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Sardinia's Coast & Islands

White-sand beaches & a richly coloured history
 
Wonderful coastal cycling, fascinating islands and delicious regional cuisine are the highlights of this self-guided holiday on which you cycle from one welcoming, family-run hotel to the next, passing through traditional communities, while your luggage is transported.
Sardinia's Coast & Islands. 7 nights
Sardinia's Coast & Islands. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in Sardinia

The south-west corner of Sardinia is an oft-neglected area of this Mediterranean island that even many Italians do not know about. Largely unaffected by commercial interests, the local people quietly carry on their traditional pursuits and ways of life, much as they have done for generations. Nowhere sums this up more perfectly than the picturesque island of San Pietro (known as Carloforte), where bakeries, fishmongers and cake shops line the narrow cobbled streets, selling local delicacies straight from the oven.
Your discovery begins with an exploration of the idyllic islands of San Pietro and Sant’Antioco, where delicious seafood, and tuna in particular, is the order of the day. A causeway links Sant’Antioco to Sardinia, allowing you to continue your journey around the dramatic southern tip of the island, staying at small welcoming hotels on the way, before you arrive in the bustling town of Pula.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
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  • Arrival in Portoscuso
    Night 1: at Hotel Lido degli Spagnoli (where you spend one night).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Portoscuso to Carloforte, plus circular route: 15km or 25.5km
    Your journey begins with a cycle ride to take a short ferry crossing (pay locally for all ferries), to the beautiful island of San Pietro, where you spend one night at the Hotel Villa Pimpina close to the harbour in the old fishing port of Carloforte. You will need to bring an overnight bag, as your main luggage will be transferred to your next hotel instead. Once on the island, we recommend an easy circuit around the southern part, passing salt ponds populated by herons and flamingos, the cliffs of Punta delle Colonne, and Bobba beach. For more of a challenge, we also provide notes for a steeper circuit which crosses the centre of the island to reach the starkly beautiful western coast, and a magnificent viewing point near the Capo Sandalo lighthouse.
    Carloforte
  • Carloforte to Calasetta: ferry, plus 6.5km by bike
    Today, after taking time to explore Carloforte, catch another ferry to Calasetta on the neighbouring island of Sant’Antioco. Wander round the narrow streets and linger over lunch on the waterfront while tuna fishermen land their catch, then cycle the short distance beyond the port to your hotel, the Luci del Faro, set on a rocky headland.
  • Calasetta to Porto Pino: 48km
    Your initial target is the town of Sant’Antioco, where you can visit an ancient Phoenician necropolis, the archaeological museum and fascinating catacombs. Your ride continues from here across a wide causeway back to the mainland, after which you cycle through rural landscapes of flower-filled meadows to the village of Tratalias to visit the magnificent Roman-Pisan church of Santa Maria. A gentle cycle then brings you to your next hotel, the Hotel Cala Dei Pini, in the seaside village of Porto Pino, six kilometres from Sant’Anna Arresi and close to some of the best sand dunes on the island.
  • Porto Pino to Chia: 40km
    After a gentle climb inland at the start of the day, you soon return along quiet backroads to the sea, for a spectacular ride along the coastal road. The uphill sections are rewarded by marvellous views – and subsequent stretches of freewheeling! Your destination is the Hotel Su Giudeu in the coastal town of Chia, whose beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a refreshing swim. Alternatively, upgrade to the Hotel Aquadulci.
  • Chia to Pula: 22km
    Shorter than the previous two days’ routes, this is a leisurely ride around the southern tip of Sardinia, where pristine white sandy beaches and imposing white cliffs are mirrored in the translucent turquoise seas. Your destination is the charming town of Pula, where you spend your final two nights at the Nora Club Hotel.
  • Circular route from Pula: 15km
    For your day in Pula, we suggest a short circular route through the surrounding countryside, which can easily be combined with a visit to the magnificent Roman villa and amphitheatre at nearby Nora, a suitably leisurely end to a very relaxing holiday.
    Road tracks around Pula
 

Accommodation

You stay in welcoming, family-run hotels.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. 

We offer an upgrade option in Chia. Whichever hotel you choose, it is worth adding an extra night in Chia if you would like time to relax on the beach.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 24 March - 30 June 2019 & 01 September - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    24 March - 30 April £1155 £270
    1 - 23 May £1170 £275
    24 May - 23 June £1195 £280
    1 - 30 September £1195 £280
    1 - 24 October £1185 £275
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £85

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £120 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £12pp per day.
    Hotel Villa Pimpina (B&B) Double room Single room
    24 Mar - 31 May 2019 £62 £92
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £75 £119
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £75 £119
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £62 £92
    Hotel Su Giudeu (B&B) Double room Single room
    24 Mar - 30 Apr 2019 £75 £119
    01 May - 30 Jun 2019 £87 £117
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £87 £117
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £75 £119
    Nora Club Hotel (B&B) Double room Single room
    24 Mar - 30 Apr 2019 £110 £135
    01 May - 31 May 2019 £115 £145
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £120 £155
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £125 £180
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £115 £145
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Cagliari

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Cagliari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Cagliari (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Cagliari British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Cagliari (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Cagliari (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Cagliari Air Malta 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Cagliari easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Cagliari Ryanair 
    Manchester - Cagliari (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Manchester - Cagliari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Cagliari

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Cagliari airport to hotel (1h15) £64 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Cagliari airport (0h45) £44 0900
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our cycle supplier will provide you with a hybrid bike with 27 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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