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Day 1: We set off from Rome and cut across Tuscany to reach Livorno in the evening. We’ll stay just a few minutes from the harbour so we can catch the early morning ferry to Bastia. On this day you’ll be riding the wild area of northern Lazio and south western Tuscany known as Maremma, which is normally left out on other tours.
Day 2: We catch the ferry and sail to Bastia for 4 hours. We get off the ferry and start the ride north along the Corsican finger. We stop for our first lunch just half an hour out of the harbour in a small bay sitting by the waterfront. We then reach the lighthouse Moulin Mattei and then follow the amazing coastal road all the way to St Florent. The views are amazing and the road has just been widened and newly paved.
Day 3: From St Florent we ride west along the coastal road and have lunch in the historical town of Calvi. In the afternoon we follow the incredibly scenic and wild western coastal road. A feast for your eyes all the way to Porto where we stop for our first two night stopover.
Day 4: We run a loop into the heart of Corsica. The scenery changes dramatically from Mediterranean to Alpine. We visit Corte, the Valley of la Restonica and that of de l’Asco, close to the highest mountain in Corsica, Monte Cinto with 2706mt, and return to Porto for another night by the Mediterranean.
Day 5: We head south to Bonifacio. Immediately we ride along the road of the Calanches (pic. in the header) then by pass Ajaccio, the busy capital of Corsica, and visit the site of Filitosa, the most significant pre-historic archaeological site in Corsica before reaching Bonifacio for the night.
Day 6: After a loop ride inland to the Col de la Bavela and the Lac de l’Ospedale we return to Bonifacio and take the afternoon ferry (50 minutes) to Santa Teresa di Gallura in Sardinia. After a short ride we reach Palau where will have our second double night stop over. We are in heart of the Costa Smeralda, the Emerald Coast.
Day 7: The first week is nearly finished and Palau is a chance to get off the bikes and enjoy this incredible coastline. Out of Palau there are many boats that offer day trips around the small islands with possibilities to swim in the clearest waters Italy can offer. In May the water temperature is around 20C. For the hardcore riders an amazing loop ride will also be available.
Day 8: We cross Sardinia from East to West along the twisty roads of Gallura and reach Alghero for the night. The roads are amazing. We have dinner by the city walls overlooking Capo Caccia and hopefully witness a sunset like the one here above.
Day 9: We can take a day off or ride a loop to Stintino and view another amazing Sardinian beach, La Pelosa, and its tower and christal clear waters. Returning to Alghero we ride to Capo Caccia and for the fit ones you can climb up and down 300 steps to view Neptune’s grotto.
Day 10: After the stunning coastal ride from Alghero to Bosa, we cut inland again and visit the Nuraghe site of Losa, excellent example of Sardinian bronze age constructions, and then cut across the mountains to Arbatax back on the eastern coast of Sardinia for the 3rd and last double night stop over. We have reserved a stunning hotel by the beach with an amazing restaurant.
Day 11: The best ride of the tour, the SS125 from Arbatax to Cala Gonone and back. Superb scenery, perfect tarmac, curves of all kinds makes for an incredible ride. Of course, should you be tired you can always relax on the beach of the hotel.
Day 12: The last day in Sardinia. We ride some more incredible twisty roads in the Sardinian interior heading south to Cagliari and catch the 8pm overnight ferry back to the mainland. You’ll all have private cabins with en-suite shower rooms. There’s also an a-la-carte restaurant on boars with excellent food.
Day 13: Once we have landed we take the scenic way into Rome delaying our entry until after lunch. This way we avoid rush hour traffic and your rooms at the hotel will be ready. We return the bikes and get ready for the farewell dinner.
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