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Sardinia Bike Tour

Italy’s Wild Island: from Costa Smeralda to the Interior

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $5,395Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Ride an incredibly scenic road along the Goroppu Gorge and push yourself to conquer the Genna Silana Pass
  • Taste Sardinia’s culinary heritage in foods like pane carasau, flatbread baked fresh in a wood-fired oven
  • Get to know the island’s acclaimed red wine, Cannonau, during a tasting lunch with a local producer
  • Discover Sardinia’s distinct regions, whether stargazing at a luxury hotel nestled against the island’s highest peak or exploring beachy Costa Smeralda by bike and boat

Eat

Fresh seafood, porceddu (whole-roasted pork), a comforting cheese-and-bread dish called Zuppa Gallurese, culurgiones (mint and potato ravioli), lamb with artichokes, and seada, a sheep’s cheese-pastry covered in honey

Drink

Intense, full-bodied Cannonau for red wine lovers and a variety of whites—from crisp Vermentinos produced in Gallura to the rich Malvasias of Bosa and lighter Vernaccias

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Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Sardinia

    Your guides will meet you at the Olbia airport for a short transfer to our first hotel. Check-in at this classically Mediterranean property, located right on the famed Costa Smeralda, where we’ll get fitted to our bikes before our first ride. Our warmup route follows the cerulean coast before heading inland to our friend Max’s hidden winery. Here, we’ll have our first taste of Sardinia’s flagship varietals, Vermentino and Cannonau, paired with local cheeses and a home-cooked lunch. After lunch, opt to visit some prehistoric stone edifices called nuraghe or bike directly back to the hotel to get settled. Tonight’s dinner sets the tone for the week: a fresh seafood feast enjoyed as the sun sets over the Mediterranean.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Cannigione, Arzachena
    Accomplished: 14 miles / 23 km, elevation gain: 439 meters
    Longer Option: 25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 539 meters
    Accommodations: Villa del Golfo

  • Day 2

    La Maddalena

    Pedal up the coast today and catch a short ferry to La Maddalena, part of the archipelago just off the main island. We’ll bike in and out of hidden bays with views of the rugged coastline, then cross the causeway to Caprera, Maddalena’s sister island. Caprera was the historic home of Giuseppe Garibaldi—one of modern Italy’s most fascinating figures—so we’ll spend some time learning about his life and legacy. This afternoon, board a private yacht and experience Costa Smeralda’s glamour as we swim in secluded coves. After a simple and satisfying lunch on deck, we’ll sail right to our hotel. Our evening concludes with a sunset aperitivo at a winery in the hills above Cannigione. You’re free to choose your own restaurant for dinner, and our guides are happy to recommend their favorites in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Palau, Maddalena, Caprera
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 42 km, elevation gain: 547 meters
    Accommodations: Villa del Golfo

  • Day 3

    The Ancient Interior

    This morning we head inland to explore the island’s center—over the next few days, we’ll see how Sardinia’s interior is replete with natural beauty that’s been respected and preserved for centuries. Our ride begins in a small mountain village, following a scenic ribbon of pavement that hugs mountainous bluffs and peers all the way to the sea. After a quick coffee in the little town of Lula, we’ll keep cruising to lunch at a whitewashed restaurant that produces its own wine and truly sets the standard for celebrating regional cuisine. Afterward, it’s just a few more miles to our next hotel—an incredible property devoted to upholding Sardinia’s simple, old-world traditions.

     Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Sant’Anna, Lula, Oliena
    Accomplished: 38 miles / 62 km, elevation gain: 1,001 meters
    Longer Option: 43 miles / 69 km, elevation gain: 1,023 meters
    Accommodations: Su Gologone

  • Day 4

    Painted Walls of Orgosolo

    Today’s ride visits Sardinia’s up-and-coming wine region where local producers are crafting award-winning Cannonau. First, we’ll ride through Orgosolo, a village that stands apart thanks to its ubiquitous murals: the public paintings first emerged in the 1960s and today they number well over 150. A local guide will take us on a different kind of gallery tour, pedaling through this open-air museum and explaining the significance of standout murals. Continue cycling through the vineyards to lunch at one of Sardinia’s emerging wineries, then choose to transfer or finish riding the loop back to Su Gologone. Tonight, we’ll taste Sardinia’s classic wood-fired fare as we prepare dinner alongside a lovely local.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Orgosolo, Mamoiada, Oliena
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 1,238 meters
    Longer Option: 44 miles / 71 km, elevation gain: 1,355 meters
    Accommodations: Su Gologone

  • Day 5

    Supramonte to the Sea

    We’ll set off for the Supramonte mountain range and the most epic riding of our trip, full of staggering scenery on a 3% grade as the road climbs gently along the Goroppu Gorge. At the top of the Genna Silana pass (featured in the 2017 Giro d’Italia), we’ll celebrate our feat of the week before enjoying the sweet reward: a 36-kilometer downhill to the coastal village of Santa Maria Navarrese. Check in to our beachfront hotel, take a swim at the private beach, and toast to a wonderful week at our final dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Dorgali, Baunei, Santa Maria Navarrese
    Accomplished: 46 miles / 74 km, elevation gain: 1,264 meters
    Shorter Option: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 1,081 meters
    Accommodations: Lanthia Resort

  • Day 6

    A si bìri, Sardinia!

    Sleep in, enjoy a relaxed breakfast or rise with the sun for an early-morning swim. Your guides will transfer you back to the Olbia airport and see you off to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Santa Maria Navarrese, Olbia

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Olbia, Italy Pick-Up Location: Olbia Airport Pick-Up Time: 10:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Olbia, Italy Drop-Off Location: Olbia Airport Drop-Off Time: 10:30 am
Travelers Take Note

To show you all our favorite parts of Sardinia, this tour includes longer transfers on Days 3 and 6. We like to think of it as an opportunity to experience a greater breadth of scenery and cover as much ground as possible.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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Type: Road

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Type: Hybrid

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