Mediterranean Island Hopping

A new north-to-south route with a private boat cruise on Bonifacio’s coast.

Exotic Sardinia and Corsica are showcased in this ultimate European getaway. Outdoor enthusiasts, photographers, nature and water lovers alike will be dazzled by this trip’s dramatic beauty. This new north-to-south route follows the coastline with spectacular seaside views, before heading inland towards the secret heart of Sardinia. Distinct and exotic, Italian-influenced Sardinia and French-flavored Corsica enchant all who visit their Mediterranean shores and magical hills. In hilly Corsica, called the “beautiful city” by the ancient Greeks, we’ll cycle by jagged purple-pink rock formations, dramatic white cliffs, and translucent blue coves.

We’ll also pedal through the astonishing glittering-red granite rock walls of Les Calanques, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Sardinia, pastel houses fade into chestnut groves and cork forests, rolling hills take us to thousands of prehistoric Nuraghi towers, and sculpted pink rock formations and dunes melt into the sea. Indulge your deepest Mediterranean fantasy on this Italian island hopping tour.

Highlights

  • Explore the Catalan-inspired coastal town of Alghero
  • Take to the seas on a private, island-hopping boat excursion on the coast of Bonifacio
  • Marvel at the glittering-red granite rock walls of Les Calanques, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Experience French and Italian cultures back-to-back
  • Cycle through spectacular limestone mountains and along stunning oceanfront cliffs
  • Savor local and fresh seafood cuisine
  • And so much more!

Trip Details

Price
$5,895
Single Supplement
$900
Length
11 days / 10 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
363 miles
Daily Average
40 miles
Terrain
Hilly with coastal riding
Start/End Locations
Calvi, Corsica/Cagliari, Sardinia
Trip Dates
09/20/17 - 09/30/17
05/23/18 - 06/02/18
06/13/18 - 06/23/18
07/04/18 - 07/14/18
09/01/18 - 09/11/18
09/19/18 - 09/29/18
10/03/18 - 10/13/18

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Itinerary

Calvi, Corsica

Bienvenue – welcome to Corsica! Our journey begins in the charming coastal outpost of Calvi. Warm your muscles up with a brief ride in the Balagna, the region of Northern Corsica famous for pink granite landscapes and mouthwatering local wine.

Porto

Our tour gets off to a great start today with one of the most scenic rides of the entire itinerary. The first miles out of Calvi will challenge you, but the view will it worthwhile. After mile 17, it’s smooth sailing along an incredible road that zigzags in and out of the trees, passing mountains lush with eucalyptus trees, meandering cows and goats, and coral-colored points along the sea.

Porticcio

Today’s ride has an incredible variety of scenery. Just after we start, have your camera ready for the next ten miles as we pass through the astonishing coastal area of Les Calanques, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose red and pink granite spires soar above the sea. For the next few miles, we ride along a wonderful coastal road with white sandy beaches. The last climb to Col de San Bastianu leads into a well-deserved descent into Aiaccio, Corsica’s capital.

Propriano

Early in the day we hit the hill of Coti Chiavari on a spectacular and quiet road that winds up through scented bushes. This is the essence of the Mediterranean. Later, the terrain gets flatter and we end at a lovely hotel with time left for a dip in the clear waters of a private beach.

Bonifacio

Today’s road is wide and hilly with views of the craggy coastline and sea to your left. After the start we climb to Sartene, the ancient capital of Corsica. Its austere atmosphere and ancient dark granite buildings will send your imagination into overdrive. The road continues alongside the coast until we reach our final destination for the day, the city of Bonifacio.

Bonifacio - Private Boat Excursion

Today, we take a break from the long rides for a special treat: a private boat cruise! Climb aboard to discover the most interesting coves of the Bonifacio coast before visiting the old city with a local guide. If you can’t stay away from the bike, we have a 20-mile optional ride after the boat excursion.

Alghero, Sardinia

Today, we transfer to Alghero by ferry and then by bus and arrive in the afternoon. Once there, we bike north to the beautiful area of Fertilia, stopping along the way to discover ancient civilizations. We’ll also cycle through Capo Caccia, which is known for its impressive cliffs and mysterious underground caves. We end the day in Alghero.

Tresnuraghes

Today’s ride follows the spectacular coastline to Bosa, a natural oasis for rare birds like the reed warbler, the Kingfisher and the Griffon vulture. You’ll cycle along Bosa’s rocky shores, whose natural ebony cliffs are fortified by ancient landslides that jut out into the Mediterranean. Later we stop in the town of Bosa Marina for lunch and a stroll around the town.

Fonni

From Tresnuraghes, we ride inland to Barbagia, a rugged landscape rich in living traditions. The silence of these untouched mountains will give you the impression that time has stopped. As you ride through this beautiful area, be on the lookout for more rare animals, such as wild boars and eagles. Our destination is the town of Fonni, the highest town in Sardinia with beautiful vistas of the Gennargentu mountain range.

Su Gologne

We wind our way towards the Gennargentu Mountains today, stopping in small, attractive towns before reaching Oliena, which is famous for the local Cannonau wine called Nepente. We also stop in Mamoiada, known for the masks of the Mamuthones, which are often on display and populate the streets during festivals and celebrations. We’ll visit the mask museum to learn more about these eerie and mysterious works of art.

Arrivederci!

It’s time to say arriverderci to the charms of the Mediterranean! After breakfast around 9 am, we provide a two-hour group shuttle to Cagliari Airport.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttles at the beginning, during and at end of the tour

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • A walking tour of Bonifacio
  • Boat excursion with lunch on board

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 8 dinners

Meet the Guides