Mediterranean Island Hopping
Exotic Sardinia and Corsica are Showcased in This Ultimate European Island Getaway
Outdoor enthusiasts, photographers, and nature and water lovers will be dazzled by the dramatic beauty of Italian-influenced Sardinia and French-flavored Corsica as we tour these fascinating Mediterranean islands by bicycle. Our coastal route showcases the best of northern Sardinia and western Corsica and their respective Italian and French cultures. In Sardinia, where pastel houses fade into chestnut groves and cork forests, we ride through rolling hills to thousands of prehistoric Nuraghi towers, hinting at the mysterious treasures that await. In Corsica, the road passes by jagged purple-pink rock formations, white cliffs, and translucent blue coves. Superlative coastal cycling, refreshing dips in turquoise blue coves, and exceptional local cuisine are just some of the treasures we’ll share on this unforgettable island hopping bike trip.
Experience Two Distinct Cultures and Islands on One Unforgettable Bike Trip
Each day of the island hopping cycling tour brings new pleasures and discoveries. We’ll explore Sardinia’s Catalan-influenced coastal town of Alghero, and sweep along the coast to Santa Teresa di Gallura on our bicycles, with granite mountains to our right and the blue sea to our left. From Sardinia we embark on a festive day trip by boat to the National Park of La Maddalena’s Archipelago, where we’ll explore the crystal waters and wind-shaped rocks of these remote beaches, and enjoy a lunch washed down with local wine and homemade mirto – a Sardinian liqueur. On Corsica we’ll shop the boutiques of Bonifacio while learning the city’s fascinating history, pedal along miles of maquis-covered landscape, and see the astonishing glittering red granite rock walls of Les Calanche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The grand finale of our bike trip is the descent to Porto, possibly the most scenic ride of our tour, and one that many guests say is their all time favorite ride!
- Catalan-inspired coastal town of Alghero
- Island-hopping boat excursion
- Astonishing glittering red granite rock walls of Les Calanche
- French and Italian cultures back to back
- Superlative coastal cycling
- Dips in turquoise blue coves
- Local seafood cuisine
- Enjoy lunch in an Agriturismo, a local organic farm
Day by Day
We meet at the hotel at 12:30 pm for lunch & introductions, followed by bike fittings and a quick spin along the coast. For our first night’s feast we treat ourselves to exquisite flavor at renowned Ristorante Andreini!
Castelsardo and lunch in an Agriturismo
Today’s ride gives you a taste of inland Sardegna. The sky is expansive and the wind can be strong; most of the ride is a descent. One of the highlights today is a Ciclismo Classico’s lunch at an Agriturismo, a family-run farm that provides organic and locally-sourced food.
Santa Teresa di Gallura
We climb out of Castelsardo and descend back to the coast. Before lunch, you’ll experience miles of maquis covered landscape - literally a sea of green. Both the short and long route provide little shade, so have the sun block and cold water dousing ready. Post lunch is a sweeping ride along the coast to Santa Teresa di Gallura with Granite Mountains to your right and the blue sea to your left.
Santa Teresa di Gallura Boat Ride to a secluded beach
Today we take a much-deserved day off from cycling and enjoy a festive boat ride to the National Park of La Maddalena’s Archipelago and some of the most beautiful beaches on earth! At each stop, we are free to explore the crystal waters and windshaped rocks of these remote beaches. Our captain serves up a delicious meal on board, washed down with local wine and homemade mirto - a Sardinian liqueur.
Vive La France! Bonifacio Corsica
After a morning bike ride inland and lunch in Santa Teresa, we take a one-hour ferry to Corsica in the afternoon. If you love boutiques and cute shops, you’ll love Bonifacio. The history of the town is quite fascinating as well. The local guide will lead a spectacular walk that starts in the old town of Bonifacio and continues along the cliffs.
Bonifacio Loop Inland
Today is a gorgeous and peaceful ride to Corsica’s rugged interior. Cork trees line our routes that zig zag up to granite overlooks. There are few villages along the way, and lots of mules, sheep and a landscape that sings of an ancient past.
Today’s road is wide and hilly with views of the craggy coastline and its sea to your left. Just before lunch we descend through a spectacular mix of vineyard/farmland and mountainscape and then there’s a climb before Sartene that whets your appetite for endless baskets of French bread. After Sartene it’s all downhill, unless you’ve got some steam left over for the highly recommended 10 mile extra loop that takes you inland and up along the edge of a gentle mountain chain to several charming Corsican villages.
The ride meanders through the beautiful countryside and coastline along the bay of Propriano. The extra loop takes you inland through a cool and lush forest with views galore through the trees. We finish our ride in the quaint village of Porticcio, where a delicious lunch and a swim will soothe our tired legs, as we wait for the half hour shuttle to our hotel in Ajaccio. Before dinner we visit the city with a local guide who will tell us the story of Napoleon’s birthplace, Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica.
Today’s ride has an incredible variety of scenery. We take a 1-hour private shuttle through a vast backdrop of rugged mountains. Then, enjoy a fabulous descent through the Gulf of Liscia. After Sagone, we start to climb gently towards Cargese, one of the most picturesque villages of the trip. Have your camera ready for the next ten miles as we pass through the astonishing coastal area of Les Calanche, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoying red and pink granite spires that soar above the sea! Descend to Porto.
Possibly the most scenic ride of the trip and a fitting grand finale to our tour; many guests say that this ride is their all time favorite! After mile 7, it’s smooth sailing along an incredible road. From the top of Col de Palmerella, we descend into Fango and begin our last 20 miles along a coastal road just above a rocky coast. Climb through the valley to the tune of cowbells. In the late afternoon, the orange sun animates the cream-colored rocks -soak in the views!
After breakfast we offer a 15-min group shuttle around 9 am to Calvi's airport (recommended). Alternatively, you may take a 2.5-hour taxi transfer to Bastia (350 euros) and then catch a ferry that takes you to the Italian mainland at Livorno’s port in about 4-5 hours. Please note that this schedule is not always valid in the fall season.
- Carbon bike rental equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttles during and at end of tour
On The Tour
- Van support
- Guided visits of Bonifacio and Ajaccio
- Boat excursion with lunch on board
- Wine tasting
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 3 lunches
- 8 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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This beautiful seaside hotel faces the splendid Riviera del Corallo with a spectacular view from the promontory of Capo Caccia. Its close proximity to the city center and the Grotte di Nettuno make it a perfect choice for Alghero.
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Hotel Marinca is located on the far side of Valinco Bay. It has a pool, private beach and wonderful views of Propriano. It is 5 km from the Propriano center.
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Palazzu u Domu
The Palazzu u Domu is located in Ajaccio’s historic centre near the Citadel and close to the house in which Napoleon was born.
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