Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Cagliari airport and transfer to our hotel. Here you'll have the opportunity to settle in and meet your new cycling companions over dinner.
Day 2: Solanas to Orroli - 117km, 1,800m of climbing
We start our journey in Solanas, a few kms southeast of Cagliari on the coast. We enjoy a mixture of undulating terrain, short hills and false flats along the stunning coast road. The only long climb is our final one which takes us to the finish in Orroli. Here we overnight in a hotel and enjoy a traditional Sardinian dinner.
Day 3: Orroli to Fonni - 101km, 2,600m of climbing
Our start point today is a famous village that acts as the border between the south of Sardinia and the wild, central sub-region called the Barbagia. Once we move into this region the scenery changes dramatically, and here we find the real mountains! We tackle three challenging (c.4-5% gradient), medium length, climbs at Villanovatulo, Seulo and Gadoni, all of which offer stunning views and quiet roads with few cars. The longest climb of the day is a col that comes after the tiny village of Belvi and tops at the Tascusi pass. We finish our day at an Agriturismo a few hundred metres from the top of Mt Bruncu Spina and enjoy a rewarding dinner.
Day 4: Fonni Loop - 78km, 1,600m of climbing
Today we enjoy a stunning loop that explores the mountains of the Gennargentu range, and takes in some of the wildest landscape on the island. Most of the gradients are fairly shallow, and the longest climb of the day is that from Tonara to Rifugio S'Arena (14km). However, its important you save some juice in your legs for the last climb to the S'Arena col, which has a few short sections at over 20% incline! We return to Fonni for another superb Sardinian dinner.
Day 5: Fonni to Seulo - 105km, 1,740m of climbing
This route takes in some of the less well known roads; the real jewels of Sardinia. They are fairly challenging, but worth the effort to enjoy the best of the Gennargentu mountain range. We start with a relatively easy 4% climb to the Correboi Pass, and after we descend from here we enjoy c.40km of a semi abandoned road where we can enjoy the magical loneliness of this quiet corner of Sardinia. Here we'll enjoy beautiful undulating terrain, with views of springs, wild pigs, free-roaming sheep and cows, and with eagles, hawks and vultures above our heads. After a cappuccino break in Seui we'll continue onwards to Seulo where we'll enjoy the hospitality at a small family run hotel.
Day 6: Seulo to Bari Sardo - 105km, 2,100m of climbing
Our last stage takes us from the mountains to the sea, however, this is by no means a roll down to the coast! This route incorporates some of the most fascinating and challenging hills of the tour. There's three key climbs, firstly from Sadali, our toughest climb of the day, which incorporates 5km above 13%, with some sections at 24%. The other two climbs are nowhere near as tough by comparison. Once we reach the top of Passo Sarcerei at 1100m we'll be able to view the beautiful blue Mediterranean, and we enjoy a long, thrilling descent on excellent tarmac down to Bari Sardo. We'll finish our tour at a four-star hotel on the beach.
Day 7: Farewell and departure day
Today we say goodbye and after breakfast transfer back to Cagliari airport for the journey home