Max Leopold Wagner tour

A stage cycle tour in the south of Sardinia following on the itinerary of a renowned traveler: Max Leopold Wagner.

Tour code: MLW-24
From: May 10, 2024
To: May 18, 2024
Scheduled
  1. Number of days: 9 |
  2. Departure: Cagliari |
  3. Return: Pula |
  4. Level: Enthusiast |
  5. Fly in: Cagliari |
  6. Fly out: Cagliari
Guided group tour

€ 1759


Inclusions & details
Accommodation
8 nights at 3-star
Meals
Three dinners; all breakfasts.
Support level
Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Cagliari airport; luggage transport; 10% discount on bike rentals.
Not included
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.
On request
Individual arrival transfer from Cagliari airport to Cagliari € 30 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 60 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 285 p.p.; bike rental.
Date 1: 10 May 2024
Self guided tour

€ 990


Inclusions & details
Accommodation
8 nights at 3-star
Meals
Three dinners; all breakfasts.
Support level
Guiding; van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase; group transfers from/to Cagliari airport; luggage transport; 10% discount on bike rentals.
Not included
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.
On request
Individual arrival transfer from Cagliari airport to Cagliari € 30 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 60 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 285 p.p.; bike rental.
Supported tour

€ 1499


Inclusions & details
Accommodation
8 nights at 3-star
Meals
Three dinners; all breakfasts.
Support level
Detailed briefing. Access to SardiniaCycling App with all the information regarding your tour, the itinerary, points of interest as well as all the documentation for your trip. Van assistance; mobile workshop; spare bike, bars, gels and electrolytes available on purchase. Group transfer from/to Cagliari airport. Luggage transport. 10% discount on bike rentals.
Not included
Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc. Drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; individual arrival and departure transfer; bike rental.
On request
Individual arrival transfer from Cagliari airport to Cagliari € 30 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 60 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 285 p.p.; bike rental.

Get inspired

A stage cycle tour in the south of Sardinia following on the itinerary of a renowned traveler: Max Leopold Wagner.
Giovanni Lamieri, tour designer at SardiniaCycling

A cycle tour in seven stages following the route of Max Leopold Wagner, the noted Sardinia culture connoisseur. On this tour through the south of Sardinia, you will discover the history, culture and natural environment that fascinated Max Leopold Wagner.

Specialized in Romantic languages, Wagner, a Bavarian, traveled – on a bicycle – between Sardinian villages at the beginning of the twentieth century to enhance his knowledge of the idioms of the island specifically and its culture generally.

His stays on the island not only provided for the three volumes of the Etymological Sardinian Dictionary, an essential tool for the study of the Sardinian language, but also “La vita rustica” (The Rustic Life), a book that reflects on life as seen by Wagner during his visits in the various regions of Sardinia.

This tour follows in Wagner’s path along quiet roads through some of the most historically and culturally rich regions of Sardinia. The Wagner tour is a shaped as a ring that encloses the southern half of the island. Stages have a medium-low difficulty level and leave time for visiting the numerous sites, taking a dip at the many beaches along the way, and enjoying the wonderful Sardinian food.

We love this tour as it gives a great insight of both coastlines - east and west - as well as of inner Sardinia, as it cuts through the middle of the island, with two overnights in very typical locations.

Just as Wagner, you will gain an appreciation of Sardinia, from the most touristic corners to the very remote and traditional areas. We are sure experiencing ever the changing landscape, ancient history, and diverse food and wine traditions will leave an indelible impression on you. You may even write a Wagner-like travel blog yourself.

Stay in handpicked hotels and traditional farmhouses, offering a glimpse into the authentic Sardinian way of life. Each stop promises comfort and a true taste of local culture. This biking tour isn’t just about the ride; it's a celebration of Sardinia's rich history, stunning landscapes, and the spirit of exploration that Max Leopold Wagner embodied. Get ready for an unforgettable expedition that intertwines adventure with cultural immersion!

This biking tour isn’t just about the ride; it's a celebration of Sardinia's rich history, stunning landscapes, and the spirit of exploration that Max Leopold Wagner embodied. 

  • Cultural Immersion

    Cycling through charming villages and historical sites, participants get a firsthand experience of Sardinia's rich cultural heritage, ancient ruins, and traditional towns.

  • Scenic Splendor

    The tour showcases the stunning coastal beauty of Sardinia. From golden beaches to cliffs meeting the sea, the landscapes are breathtaking and diverse.

  • Unforgettable Memories

    The journey promises to create lasting memories, from the idyllic coastal vistas to the encounters with local traditions and the sense of accomplishment after completing this scenic route.

  • Seasonal Advantage

    Operating primarily in Spring, early Summer, and Autumn, the tour leverages the island's moderate climate, ensuring a pleasant biking experience without extreme temperatures.

Resources

total distance & elevation

  1. 477.50 km ......
  2. 6,245 m

Our Route

Day 1: Welcome to Sardinia

Arrival at Cagliari airport, transfer to Cagliari, check-in and welcome.
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 2: From Cagliari to Muravera

We start the ride in between the Poetto, Cagliari's main beach, and the Molentargius natural park: famous for its rare beauty and abundant bird life including pink flamingos. From there we head toward Villasimius, on a marvellous coastal road with multiple beachs along the way. Next we ride north to Muravera and the marvelous Colostrai lagoon. Overnight in Muravera. Upon request, we can make this stage shorter with a van transfer.
Distance: 94.4km
Elevation gain: 1,156m
Riding terrain: hilly
Riding time: 4,30h
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 3: From Muravera to Orroli

From Muravera, we ride through the typical Sardinian villages of Ballao and Escalaplano on our way to the small village of Orroli. It's a stage full of up and downs with generally medium length climbs. Only the last stretch, right after Escalaplano, is rather long: about 7km inside a spectacular red granite canyon. After the climb a rewarding view on the Mulargia lake. A must-see site to visit during the stage is right at the end of the main climb: the Nuraghe Arrubiu, a massive and unique structure dating back 4000 years. And we can’t miss the Omu Axiu museum, which offers us a view of peasant history in Sardinia. Dinner and overnight in Orroli.
Distance: 56.5km
Elevation gain: 1,173m
Riding terrain: hilly
Riding time: 3,15h
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4: From Orroli to Villanovaforru

We rate this stage as super easy, as you can see from the specs there isn't much climbing and the meters down are more than the meters up. This is designed to give you time to enjoy the sights along the way. After leaving Orroli, we pass through Nurri, Gerrei, Barumini and Collinas on our way to Villanovaforru. In Barumini, we visit the 'Su Nuraxi' nuraghic complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided visits are frequent and in many languages, a wonderful opportunity to get a better understanding of the unique history of the island. In the village of Tuili we can visit the parish church with its lovely paintings. Dinner and overnight in Villanovaforru not far from the UNESCO site at Barumini.
Distance: 48.5km
Elevation gain: 520m
Riding terrain: mostly flat
Riding time: 2,30h
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5: From Villanovaforru to Torre dei Corsari

We leave central Sardinia and ride along grain fields and pastures towards the west coast: it's a very interesting area, and surprisingly totally flat. As we approach the coast we see a huge lagoon where fishing is still the main activity of thousand families. We will cross the bay and give you a chance to experience the fruits of theses small scale fishing operations with a nice fresh lunch in the fishing village of Marceddì. After lunch it is only a few more kilometers to our hotel, situated near a nice beach that awaits you. Overnight in Torre dei Corsari.
Distance: 61.9km
Elevation gain: 323m
Riding terrain: mostly flat
Riding time: 3,5h
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast/h6>

Day 6: From Torre dei Corsari to Portixeddu

This is the most challenging stage of the whole trip. But, you'll get the reward of amazing views of the Costa Verde and it's very wild nature. First part of this stage is flat. The road begins to rise slightly as you approach the small village of Guspini, after which the climb becomes more challenging. Here you leave the coastline and ride into the heart of the Sardinian mining area, Montevecchio, with all the old mining facilities. You also ride through Arbus, known for fine handcrafted knives. After Arbus and the Bidderdì mountain pass, it's all descent - and what a descent - on a beautiful mountain road toward the sea where the ride ends at Portixeddu. Careful management of your energy, especially during the first part of this stage will allow you to easily tackle the more difficult climbs in the middle of it. Dinner and overnight in Portixeddu.
Distance: 61.5km
Elevation gain: 1,310m
Riding terrain: hilly
Riding time: 5h
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast, dinner

Day 7: From Portixeddu to Sant'Antioco

Before you leave the hotel it is very important to put a brand new memory card with many gigabytes in the camera: the stretch of coast you ride along on this stage, especially in its first part, is nothing short of spectacular. The coastline of Nebida, Buggerru and Masua has many climbs and many descents. But the time you'll spend on the uphills is never enough, as it allows you to better fix the memory of these breathtaking views in your mind. A stop at Cala Domestica is a must before tackling the biggest climb of the day. The second half of the day is mostly flat as we head toward Sant'Antioco, where we overnight.
Distance: 69.9km
Elevation gain: 861m
Riding terrain: hilly
Riding time: 4h
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 8: From Sant'Antioco to Pula

From Sant'Antioco you experience a series of ups and downs that characterize this stage. The stretch of coastal road from Porto Teulada to Chia is the highlight. Recognized as one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, this stretch features a variety of colors, very often pastels, in contrast with the deep blue sea. And, of course, there are the ever-present Aragonese towers that once protected the coastline. They’re from the time of the Spanish occupation of Sardinia. Overnight in Pula.
Distance: 85.4km
Elevation gain: 986m
Riding terrain: hilly
Riding time: 5h
Accommodation:
3-star hotel
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 9: Goodbye Sardinia

Transfer to Cagliari airport and end of services.





Map

Travel arrangements

We suggest the following arrival an departure locations and the earlier flights will help us arranging transfers or other services like bike rental formalities, bike fitting and all services that are provided individually.
  • landing airport: Cagliari
  • departure airport: Cagliari
  • Transfer time from Airport to hotels is about 25 minutes. Transfer from the hotel to Airport is about 50 minutes.

Planning For Your Max Leopold Wagner tour

Packing and Weather

Sardinia is a region known for mild Mediterranean weather. It generally features warm, dry weather which makes these rides particularly enjoyable. The spring and fall can see the highs range from the 18s to 25s (Celsius), while the lows are generally between 14 and 18. Summer highs are generally between 28 and 25. We always recommend bringing along riding layers and even a bit of rain (might happen in Spring and Fall) gear so you can keep riding comfortably throughout the day.

Transfers

Sardinia Cycling arranges group transfers from and to the closest airport for the trip: Cagliari. Individual transfers can be also planned and the cost might depend from the departure or arrival location, from the transfer time and it can also be influenced by the presence of bulky luggage, like a bike case. Other transport option is public transport. About this last opportunity, we suggest you using Google Maps and select 'public transport' from and to your selected destination. In any case, we're ready to help you selecting the quicker, smoother and most cost effective solution.

Go Custom

Sometimes your trip on Sardinia simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in our lovely island either before or after your trip, and need assistance making those plans, we're available help. Self guided and supported trips can be extended too and that can happen in any intermediate location along the itinerary: we can help selecting the best one!

Terrain

One thing riders learn soon is that Sardinia is hilly. The terrain is varied, with gradual and short, or very long and progressive climbs throughout the week. M.L. Wagner Bike Tour is best suited for our 'Enthusiast' riders. The routes have been designed to avoid busy roadways, that are very rare in a large and sparsely populated island. However, very little urban riding and short sections of busy roads are unavoidable in Sardinia.

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What you say about us

  • Although I only rented a bike and did not book a tour, Giovanni and Simona were very accommodating to make sure my three day bike-bum tour went well! They were open to give quick advice on my route and generously offered my stinky self a shower when I showed up to return the bike. The winora winora Bermuda handled the slightly rocky paths well. Hopefully I'll be back soon 🚲
  • I highly recommend the team at Sardinia Cycling! Great service. The Canyon Ultimate I hired was the perfect set up for the ‘Giro della Costa’. What an awesome route, beautiful roads and some decent climbing. The route was easily downloaded from the Sardinia Cycling app. I just wish I could have ridden for a few more days… Thanks guys!!
  • As a small group of serious but ageing cyclists we signed up to Sardinia cycling north-west circle with Giovanni and Simona. We experienced a spectacular time of cycling, food, wine and culture that was hard to beat. There is attention to detail in the ride routes and accomodation at quality and interesting sites which without local knowledge you would not be likely to find. If you want a tour that adds something extra from a local company would highly recommend this tour and company

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