THE NORTH SARDINIA CIRCLE: A ROAD BIKING TOUR THAT AS A RING ENCLOSES ALL THE HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTH SARDINIA

THE NORTH SARDINIA CIRCLE TOUR


north Sardinia circle tour
  • Starting price

    Guided tour: € 1839
    Self-Guided: € 999

  • Duration

    9 Days

  • Activity level

    Challenge

  • Departing dates

    6 Oct 2019

  • Guided group tour

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

  • Starting location

    Arzachena

  • Final Destination

    Olbia

  • Tour code

    TNSCT-19

Support levels

Guided tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 4-star | 1 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 Olbia 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 Olbia airport to Arzachena € 35 p.p.; individual departure transfer from Olbia to Olbia airport € 25; supplement for single accommodation € 340 p.p.; bike rental.

Self-guided tour

  • Accommodation

    7 nights at 4-star | 1 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 Olbia airport to Arzachena € 35 p.p.; departure transfer from Olbia to Olbia airport € 25; supplement for single accommodation € 340 p.p.; bike rental; luggage transfer (€ 399 p.p. + 10 per pax - min 2 persons).

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The basic North Sardinia Circle Tour takes place in seven stages. This special tour is designed to highlight the outstanding features of the north of Sardinia. And it is special as it offers you - if you go for the self-guided - many options and it's very flexible: you can start from the airport in Alghero and finish there. Or you can start at the airport in Olbia and finish there. Or you can start in Alghero and finish in Olbia or vice versa, on a shortened version. And the North Sardinia Circle Tour is either guided or self-guided. We’re offering you a lot of options. Just tell us what suits you best and we’ll design a custom-made tour for you. And talk about interesting places to visit. This tour offers a lot that we call amazing and we’re quite sure you’ll agree with us. You’ll visit places offering coastline views of the Costa Smeralda and the hilly landscape of the northeast of our lovely island. And if that’s not enough you’ll experience the medieval heritage and Mediterranean lifestyle of cities such as Castelsardo, Alghero and Bosa. The tour also visits some of the most secret areas of Sardinia such as Barbagia and Ogliastra with their strong traditions, true Sardinian pride and, not least, outstanding cuisine.

Following is a description of and the cost of the basic seven-day North Sardinia Circle Tour.

Our Route

Day 1: Arrival day

Arrival in Olbia, transfer to accommodation in Arzachena. Dinner at hotel.


DAY 2: RIDE ARZACHENA TO CASTELSARDO 93 KM; 1130M.

From Costa Smeralda, riding along the hills of northern Sardinia, and passing through the famous landscapes of the Aggius valley, you come to the medieval town of Castelsardo. This is a very well preserved historical city, thanks to the fact that it’s perched atop a promontory high above the sea that has protected it from attacks and destruction over the centuries. Today, Castelsardo is a well-known tourist destination with all the services imaginable available for you. There’s a marina and beautiful beaches and small inlets perfect for a pleasant summer holiday. But rituals and traditions such as the famous Festa di Lunissanti mark the everyday life of the town, characterized by the industrious work of basket-weavers, fishermen, and farmers. You’ll love it! Accommodation in a Hotel.


DAY 3: RIDE CASTELSARDO TO ALGHERO. 97KM; 285M.

Alghero is another medieval town, and an extremely interesting one. And that's your destination today. This time you ride westwards on the beautiful coastline road very close to the beautiful and outstretched beaches of the Asinara Gulf. Some kilometers after Porto Torres, the main industrial settlement in the north, you change direction and ride southwards. Before arriving in Alghero, you can enjoy the magical views offered by the Argentiera, the Porto Conte Regional Park as well as enjoy Capo Caccia, a protected the marine area. This is a stage with a lot to see! Accommodation in a hotel.

Castellammare del Golfo

DAY 4: RIDE ALGHERO TO SANTU LUSSURGIU. 86KM; 1570M.

On this stage you’ll experience the special connection between coastline and mountain rides in Sardinia. You start from Alghero and ride south to Bosa on one of the most renowned coastal roads on Sardinia. The medieval village here is one of the best preserved on the island. And it’s definitely worth visiting. Enjoy an unforgettable ride through the narrow streets of the old town. And stop for a quick meal inside the old town. It's simply special. Bosa is the place where you leave the sea behind you. A long climb into the inner mountains of western Sardinia takes you to the historical city of Santu Lussurgiu. A Sardinian traditional dinner awaits us. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.
Bosa downtown

DAY 5: RIDE SANTU LUSSURGIU TO ARITZO. 86KM; 1530M.

This is a real mountain stage. It takes you on a climb up to the renowned mountain resort of central Sardinia. After 30 km, you enter the famous Sardinian area called Barbagia, the wildest on the island, inaccessible for thousands of years, and, for this reason, a region where tradition and true Sardinian pride live on. You can almost breathe it and you shouldn’t miss it. Here, you ride through very small villages such as Neoneli, famous for the Neoneli’s tenors. This is a male quartet which sings the so called 'Su cantu a tenòre', a style of polyphonic folk singing characteristic of the Barbagia region and today it's a proud member of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. The more you climb, the deeper you get into Sardinian tradition. For instance, you pass through Tonara, a village famous for the production of delicious Torrone nougat. Sardinian nougat is known and loved by many for its delicious taste and top-quality natural ingredients. Calories are what you really need at this stage of the trip. Enjoy! Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.

To central Sardinia

DAY 6: RIDE ARITZO TO VILLAGRANDE STRISAILI. 76KM; 1290M.

Ride towards Desulo, on a lovely winding road up to the Tascusì mountain pass. If you have a sticker from your cycling club, don’t leave it at home because here you can paste it on a road sign. This pass is a door to the famous Gennargentu mountain range, which is the highest and most extensive mountain area on Sardinia. The sense of loneliness here is incredible. One of the typical mountain villages on Sardinia you’ll visit is Fonni where, believe it or not there is a ski resort, very renowned place for winter tourism. There are many small bars and restaurants here and it’s a good place to have a quick meal. After Fonni, you leave Barbagia and enter Ogliastra, another very see-worthy region on Sardinia. The stage finishes in Villanova Strisaili, in the heart of this region. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.

DAY 7: RIDE VILLAGRANDE TO CALAGONONE. 75KM; 1130M.

Many narrow mountain roads are hidden in the heart of Ogliastra. Some can’t even be found on maps. And that’s one of the reasons they are jewels for those who love cycling. Optimal roadbed. No traffic. Springs everywhere. Green year round. The route we’ve selected here is on a good number of these roads providing you with an incredible mixture of the mountains of central eastern Sardinia and the crystal clear water of the famous Orosei gulf. Your destination is Calagonone, a tiny village on the Orosei gulf, and an excellent starting place for visits to the coves along the coastline, or simply for enjoying the beach after the ride. It’s an excellent place from which you can extend your days of cycling on Sardinia. Accommodation in Calagonone in a hotel.


DAY 8: RIDE CALAGONONE TO OLBIA. 103KM; 700M.

You climb out of Calagonone on a very old and very panoramic road. Riding on it is a perfect way to say arrivederci to the Orosei gulf. This is a very easy stage despite its length. It runs mostly along the eastern coastline, touching many resorts such as Orosei, Siniscola or San Teodoro. The stage ends nearby Olbia (if you do the basic loop), fairly close to the airport, and near the Murta Maria beach where you’ll have time for the last swim in the beautiful Sardinian water. Accommodation in a hotel.

to Olbia

DAY 9: FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE DAY.

Transfer to Olbia Costa Smeralda airport and end of services.

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