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Anything a cyclist could wish for is right here in Sardinia and Corsica. From white sand beaches and sun-kissed coastal roads, to forested mountains and hilltop villages—you’re in for a week of unforgettable views, food, and lodgings. Starting from Italian Sardinia, we’ll pedal our way to French Corsica, with crystal-clear waters and Mediterranean nature as our backdrop. We’ll have beautiful roads practically all to ourselves, as there’s very little traffic. The accommodation is crème de la crème, the local French and Italian cuisines are as tasty as it gets. Let the rhythm of the Mediterranean set the pace for your cycling holidays in Sardinia and Corsica!

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  • Two islands, two countries

    Real Mediterranean adventure: start cycling in Italian Sardinia, and end your trip in French Corsica

  • Top-notch arrangements

    Wonderful hotels, expert guides, van support, all (including luggage) transfers, all breakfasts and dinners

  • Great Mediterranean landscapes

    Perfect beaches and so much more—explore rugged coastlines, hilltop villages, and woodlands

Itinerary

What makes the perfect bike tour? Breathtaking landscapes, practically traffic-free roads, mouth-watering food, and superior accommodation. All of it is found here, on this week-long guided Sardinia and Corsica cycling adventure, where you’ll discover the beauty and magic of the Mediterranean. Our guides have thought of everything—accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, ferries, luggage transfers, maps & trip notes, van support, etc.—so It’s up to us to just kick back and enjoy the ride.

  • Meet in the afternoon at your first hotel in Palau. You’ll meet your guides and go through a bike fitting and briefing. You’ll go for a brief and easy bike ride, to test out the bikes and then return to your charming seafront hotel.

    Meals: Dinner at a local restaurant
    Cycling:
    Accommodation: Capo d’Orso in Palau

    Palau, Sardinia
  • Today you’ll cycle towards the jet-set capital of the Mediterranean, the undisputed center of Costa Smeralda: Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, where the beauty of nature is juxtaposed with fancy villas on the rocks. It’s also possible to visit the magnificent Nuraghe la Prisgiona, an impressive nuragic archeological site. Return back to your hotel and relax at the beach.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Cycling: 34 miles / 55 km
    Accommodation: Hotel Capo d’Orso in Palau

    Porto Cervo, Sardinia
  • Go for a loop bike ride from Arzachena to the island of La Maddalena via a ferry. You will ride along the coast with breathtaking scenery of Costa Smeralda, a 20-kilometer long coastal area loved for its many hidden beauties, and head towards Palau. Once there, you will take a ferryboat for a short transfer and reach La Maddalena, one of the most beautiful tiny islands in the Mediterranean. Go back to Palau with a ferry, and then a van will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Cycling: 42 miles / 68 km
    Accommodation: Hotel Capo d’Orso in Palau

    Cyclists in Sardinia taking a break
  • Take a van transfer in the morning to Santa Teresa di Gallura and take a ferry to Bonifacio, passing through the famous Bocche di Bonifacio. Once you’ve arrived there, you’ll have time to visit the amazing marina and the medieval old town. Leave the town behind you, and cycle towards the northeast to Propriano. This ride will be the first one in Corsica, and it will stun you with its whitesand beaches and wild landscapes. You’ll be riding on rolling hills and admiring the coastline. There’s also a picture-perfect picnic lunch stop on the way! Your hotel for the nights is just after Propriano, a busy seaport town.

    Meals: Breakfast and picnic lunch
    Cycling: 35 miles / 56 km
    Accommodation: Hotel Ruesco or Marinca 5*

    Bonifacio, Corsica
  • Take a loop bike ride from your hotel to Olmeto and Sollacaro. You will cross Porto Pollo and then visit the ruins of Filitosa. Jewel of the island’s megalithic art and considered by scientists as one of the most mysterious cultural sites of the Mediterranean, Filitosa provides an overview of 8,000 years of human history. End your day in Propriano and explore the town before heading to dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Cycling: 29 miles / 46 km
    Accommodation: Hotel Ruesco or Marinca 5*

    Filitosa heritage site
  • After a hearty breakfast, leave directly towards Porticcio, a town nestled just before Ajaccio, famous for its long sandy beach, numerous restaurants, cute shops, and its closeness to Ajaccio. Today you’ll pedal alongside fantastic bays which seem to pop up endlessly, and the terrific views will motivate you to keep on climbing up the wild mountain. You’ll be surrounded by aromatic Mediterranean herbs. Finally, you’ll get to Ajaccio.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Cycling: 47 miles / 78 km
    Accommodation: Sofitel in Porticcio

    Ajaccio, Corsica
  • Today you’ll take a loop bike ride through the area of Porticcio between the coast and the mountains. You’ll visit Coti-Chiavari, a typical village overlooking the sea and Ajaccio Bay. Finally, you’ll get to Ajaccio, the largest settlement in Corsica and the city of Napoleon. Together with your team and your guides, you’ll have a farewell dinner in the city.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Cycling: 35 miles / 56 km
    Accommodation: Sofitel in Porticcio

     

    Cyclists taking a break in Corsica
  • After your final delicious breakfast, it’s time to pack up as the tour has come to an end. The nearest airport is Ajaccio Airport, and your guides can arrange transfers upon request.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Group meal in Corsica
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Meet your guides

Mauro Mulas
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Mauro Mulas
Born and raised in Northern Italy, Mauro spent a long time in Mexico after his cinema & photography studies. His passion for the outdoors has always been there—he loves horseback riding (and is a riding instructor), skiing, windsurfing, and, of course, cycling. Mauro’s passion for cycling has him on the bike year-round, so it’s no surprise he is the company founder, but he’s also the support vehicle driver and a really good bike mechanic.
Gionata Secci
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Gionata Secci
Born in Sardinia, Gionata has studied biology at the University of Cagliari in Sardinia. He started cycling many years ago, and what started out as passion turned into a profession. Gionata has a mountain bike school in Cagliari and he teaches his students cycling techniques and mechanical tips. Gionata is also a guide, support vehicle driver, and a bike mechanic.
Bike Tour Sardinia
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Bike Tour Sardinia
Bike Tour Sardinia is a local Sardinian bike tour operator offering high quality guided & self-guided bike tours in the most charming regions of Italy. They offer many years of experience and continuously strive to provide you with the most perfect holiday experience. Their local cycling knowledge is impeccable, they choose the most beautiful and comfy accommodations for you, as well as the best local restaurants. The goal of Bike Tour Sardinia is to make your trip safe, hassle-free, enjoyable, and one to remember!
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Rob Flowers (source: Google Reviews)

Thanks Mauro and team. We had an excellent trip. The organisation and attention to detail was beyond expectation. The selection of places we stayed in exceptional. I can highly reccommend Bike Tours Sardinia. Thanks again.

Edward Bevan (Psy.D.) (source: Google Reviews)

Good communication and attention to detail. We requested modifications to the itinerary, and they were very accommodating. And the tour in Sardinia was amazing. I would definitely book with BTS again.

eric englund (source: Google Reviews)

The best!!!!! Bikes, support, accommodations,communications…..the whole package. Yes there are hills in Sardinia and the roads narrow, but bikes and cars co-exist. We made a mistake ordering a bike and they were quick to come up with the answer….just what we want, people who do excellent planning but are also there when things go wrong. Next stop Puglia.

jill cowling (source: Google Reviews)

These guys were fantastic. Great bikes, incredibly informative and so helpful. Hotels were amazing and restaurant recommendations superb.

Monica Michael (source: Google Reviews)

We had a wonderful experience. Mauro and Nik were helpful and everything was organized beautifully. The hotels we were booked were unique and we enjoyed them. Thank you!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced bilingual local guides with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 8-day Sardinia & Corsica bike tour
      • Accommodation for 7 nights in superior 5-star hotels with ensuite bathrooms
      • 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 2 picnic lunches
      • 1 wine tasting
      • Ferry to La Maddalena Island
      • Ferry from Palau to Bonifacio on Day 4
      • Snacks, fresh fruit, and water along the way
      • All maps, trip notes, and detailed route directions
      • Tracks on ride with GPS app
      • All shuttles and technical assistance
      • Support van
      • Luggage transfers
      • Water bottle
      • Sales taxes

    Your guides select the finest local cuisine for you to enjoy during the trip. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated—let us know your restrictions upon booking.

    What’s not included:

      • Airfare to Italy and Alghero
      • Bikes (bike rental possible at an additional cost)
      • 5 lunches
      • Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages
      • Laundry expenses
      • Anything not mentioned in the what’s included list
      • Pre and post-trip booking assistance
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — optional
  • With this Sardinia & Corsica bike tour, you can expect leisure cycling with van support, but keep in mind that the terrain gets hilly and that you’ll be cycling up to 78 km (47 miles) per day. You can check out day-by-day distances in the itinerary.

  • Yes, your guides offer bike rentals! Instead of bringing your bikes to Italy, your guides offer high-quality rentals for the week. The following prices are per week per person:

    • Race bike — $240
    • E-bike — $280
    • Hybrid bike — $165
    • Gravel bike — $280

    Your guides can also provide you with a front bag, rear bag, water bottle, and helmets. Safety kit (frame pump, CO2 cartridge with adapter, tire levers, spare tube, lock, rear red light and multitool) is always included with the bike rental.

    If you need a touring tandem, a race tandem, a kids trailer, or a child seat, please let us know. These can be arranged as well.

  • This is a list of clothing & footwear we recommend you bring:

      • 2 pairs of cycling shorts (padded shorts recommended, try them out before the tour)
      • 2 riding jerseys
      • 2-3 t-shirts and/or casual shirts (quick-dry)
      • Bathing suit
      • 2 pairs of bike socks and/or sports socks (quick-dry)
      • 1-2 pairs of dress or casual socks
      • Windbreaker or cool-weather jacket (rainproof and breathable)
      • Light rain jacket or poncho (cheap version is fine—insurance on sunny days!)
      • Bike shoes (not clip-in) or shoes with non-flexing sole (multi-purpose hiking/biking is ideal)
      • 1-2 pairs of riding gloves
      • 2-3 sets of underwear (quick-dry)
      • Sweater or fleece
      • Slacks or light jeans (quick-dry, wrinkle resistant)
      • Belt
      • Comfortable walking shoes
      • Sandals
      • Arm- and leg-warmers (Early Spring and Late Autumn tours)

    Miscellaneous

      • Passport, wallet and ID
      • Waterproof, zip-lock type plastic bag for your valuables
      • Health insurance card
      • Travel insurance card
      • Cash, credit cards and/or travel cheques
      • Electronic chargers (for camera, MP3 player, e-reader, cell phone)
      • Adaptors or convertors

    First aid kit

      • Insect repellent
      • Antiseptic cream or antibiotic ointment
      • Antihistamine tablets for hay fever
      • Sunscreen and total bloc
      • Throat lozenges or hard sweets
      • Painkillers
      • Band-aids and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
      • Rehydration salts
      • Multi-vitamins
  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this Sardinia and Corsica bike tour, the usual client-to-guide ratio is anywhere between 6:1 and 10:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 8 people for this tour to operate. The maximum group size is 18.

    Sardinia and Corsica bike tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    This adventure has to be booked at least 2 months in advance of the start date of your trip. Exact dates will be confirmed once the guide books the accommodation, so the start date may vary to the one that is booked.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors older than 14 may be permitted to join this Sardinia and Corsica bike tour on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Palau, a small town on the northern coast of Sardinia and the starting point of your Sardinia & Corsica bike tour, most people fly into Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB). It takes 45 minutes to reach Palau by car or just over an hour if you choose public transport.

    You will meet your guides in the afternoon at your first hotel, so make sure to arrange your flights accordingly.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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