A STAGE CYCLE TOUR IN THE SOUTH OF SARDINIA ON THE ITINERAY OF AN ANCIENT TRAVELER: MAX LEOPOLD WAGNER.

THE MAX LEOPOLD WAGNER TOUR

west coast on Wagner tour
  • Starting price

    Guided tour: € 1669
    Self-Guided: € 899

  • Duration

    9 Days

  • Activity level

    Enthusiast
  • Departing dates

    01 Sept 2019

  • Guided group tour

    Small group minimum 6 riders | Private groups, any size on requested dates

  • Starting location

    Cagliari, Italy

  • Final Destination

    Pula, Italy

  • Tour code

    MLW-19

Support levels

Guided tour

  • Accommodation

    8 nights at 3-star

  • Meals

    Four 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; 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 € 45 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 250 p.p.; bike rental.

Self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    8 nights at 3-star

  • MEALS

    Four dinners; all breakfasts.

  • SUPPORT LEVEL

    Detailed briefing and a Road-Book containing tour details; GPS with preloaded stage routes; telephone assistance during your stay; 10% discount on bike rentals.

  • NOT INCLUDED

    Flight tickets; extras in hotel, etc; drinks during the dinner; city tax (if any); travel insurance; arrival and departure transfer; bike rental; luggage transport.

  • ON REQUEST

    Arrival transfer from Cagliari airport to Cagliari € 30 p.p.; departure transfer from Pula to Cagliari airport € 45 p.p.; supplement for single accommodation € 250 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transfer (€ 610 + 10 per pax - min 2 persons).

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A stage bicycle tour. Bike the route of Max Leopold Wagner, the noted Sardinia culture connoisseur.
On this stage tour in 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 – to typical 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.

Our Route

Day 1: Arrival day

Arrival at Cagliari airport, transfer to Cagliari, check-in and welcome.

DAY 2: RIDE CAGLIARI TO MURAVERA, 102 KM, 521M.

We ride along the coast famous for its rare beauty, abundant bird life including pink flamingos and citrus groves. Then on to Muravera and the marvelous Colostrai lagoon. Overnight in Muravera.

Upon request, we can make this stage shorter with a van transfer.
Castellammare del Golfo

DAY 3: RIDE MURAVERA TO ORROLI, 78KM, 1550M.

From Muravera, we ride through the typical Sardinian villages of Villasalto, Ballao and Escalaplano until we reach the small village of Orroli. A must-see site to visit in this village is 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.

DAY 4: RIDE ORROLI TO VILLANOVAFORRU, 50KM, 500M.

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. In the village of Tuili we can visit the parish church with its lovely paintings. Dinner and overnight in Villanovaforru.
Bosa downtown

DAY 5: RIDE VILLANOVAFORRU TO TORRE DEI CORSARI, 57KM, 400M.

We leave central Sardinia and ride towards an interesting area, totally flat and characterized by huge lagoons in which the small fishery is still the main activity of thousand families. Dinner and overnight in Torre dei Corsari.
To central Sardinia

DAY 6: RIDE TORRE DEI CORSARI TO PORTIXEDDU, 73KM, 530M.

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. You also ride through Arbus, known for the fine handcrafted knives. Then you descend 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.

DAY 7: RIDE PORTIXEDDU TO SANT'ANTIOCO, 74KM, 550M.

You begin cycling along the sea and then head briefly inland. The overall altitude gain during this stage is low to medium, with most of the gain during the first 12km where you experience 15% grades. The view of the white cliffs along the sea here and the enchantment of Pan di Zucchero are your rewards for this unique and unforgettable stage. Overnight in Sant'Antioco.

to Olbia

DAY 8: RIDE SANT'ANTIOCO TO PULA, 83KM, 500M.

After leaving Sant'Antioco, we head toward Pula. This ride takes us to the harbor of Teulada where we begin our ride along the marvelous southwest coast road. This road features not only wonderful beaches at Capo Malfatano, Tuerredda and Capo Spartivento, but also the Aragonese towers from the time of the Spanish occupation of Sardinia. When close to Pula, we can visit the archeological site at Nora with its remains from Punic and Roman times. Overnight in Pula.

DAY 9: FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE DAY.

Transfer to Cagliari airport and end of services.

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