Q. There are many cycling holidays to choose from, why should I choose Blue Mines
To answer this question I have to explain the history behind Blue Mines: we (my wife Nicola and I, first visited Southern Sardinia over 10 years ago – we fell in love with it, the history, the food, the people, the landscape, the quiet un-spoilt beaches, we keep coming back every year.
I love my wife dearly but she is not interested in riding bikes, she is happy to spend the day lounging at the beach or by the pool – spending all day at the beach on holidays would drive me crazy so we came up with a compromise – the mornings we go exploring and the afternoons we spend relaxing. That is how Blue Mines cycling holidays was born – we wanted to share this very special part of the Med with like minded Brits!
This cycling holiday is especially suited for couples and groups of friends – you can both cycle or you one of you can drive to our daily “ cultural destination” in the minivan. So If you want a cycling holiday that combines leisurely and escorted morning rides through stunning landscapes to world heritage sites, abandoned mining villages, and ancient Roman/Phoenician and Carthaginian remains with afternoons on pristine white sand beaches; stunning food and comfortable accommodation then this is your holiday. If you want a holiday that is a mad rush from hotel to hotel – one where you are in the saddle all day then Blue Mines is not the right holiday for you. If you want a self guided bike tour travelling by yourself at your own pace and staying at 5 star hotels each night then Blue Mines is also not for you.
Q. My partner does not ride, is there anything for them to do all day?
Yes, the mini bus will be traveling with the cyclists and they are more than welcome to travel on the mini bus and join the cyclists for the tours. Alternatively they can spend the day relaxing on the beach
Q. How fit do I have to be to take part in the trip?
We do recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness to take part in our cycling holidays but you do not have to be a super fit cycling fanatic as we are not spending all day racing from one site to another. We spend the morning in the saddle and the afternoon relaxing on the pristine Sardinian beaches.
Q. What level of comfort can I expect?
You will be staying in a comfortable air-conditioned restored miners cottage situated in a secluded part of a beach-side camping ground on a National Park.
Your rooms have En Suite bathrooms, and basic furniture along with a terrace where you can sit and drink a glass of wonderful local wine while watching the wild life.
Q. How safe is it?
Your safety and well-being is our first priority, we constantly review every component of your tour and our expert local guides are experienced with the demands of cycling in Southern Sardinia – we will also have a mini bus following each ride
Q. Can you organise a private group booking?
Absolutely we keep our tours to a personal size – no more than 6/8 people. Holidays are very suited for friends and family. Please call Gianluca to discuss.
Q. What will the food be like?
We fell in love with Sardinian food and hope you will too.
We know that when you are on an active holiday you can build up a great appetite, Giorgio the chef will delight you with each night with 3-4 courses of Sardinian specialities. Each morning you will have a continental breakfast and picnic lunch will be provided on route each day. Please let us know if you are a vegetarian as we have great meat free options. All our food is organic and sourced locally.
Q. You say all inclusive: does that mean I can drink what and how ever much I want?
One bottle of wine (white or red) share between 2 people every dinner, minibar with beer, wine, soft drink, tea etc. All Inclusive (AI) This means all your meals and locally produced drinks – both soft and alcoholic – are included in the holiday price. Usually there is a cut-off time in the evening, which will vary depending on the hotel, but it is usually 11 pm or midnight.
Q. What is included in my Blue Mines holiday?
All you need to do is bring your clothes, personal items and walking boots- we have planned your holiday to minimise most of your out of pocket expenses- please refer to your exact tour to note your inclusions
Q. What kind of bikes will I be riding?
Torpado T820, shimano alivio group, aluminiun frame trekking bikes (Italian made) with 3 different size (48,52,56), dual pedal, front suspension.
Q. Do you have any surcharges or hidden extra charges?
No! we have arranged for your holiday to cover all transport, meals, excursions, accommodation most of your equipment – including cycle sunglasses,cycling gloves etc. – so you will have very little to spend.
Q. How can I make a booking?
Please use our online booking form to book your cycling holiday.
Once we have confirmed your booking you will receive an e-mail from us with all you trip details and need to prepare for your Sardinian adventure
Q. What happens if it rains?
We have prepared an alternative set of activities if it does rain.
Q. How will you ensure that the bike I ride will fit me?
A great bike fit is important to us, your tour guide has been trained adjust your bike to fit taking into consideration your preferences to ensure and excellent fit.
Q. Do I have to have Travel Insurance?
It is mandatory for all our travelers to have travel insurance – We require participants in our cycling tours to have adequate travel insurance. You are responsible for ensuring your travel insurance covers out door activities – including cycling and trekking, accident, personal injury, cancellation and loss of luggage. Blue Mines is not liable for personal injury, death, damage to property or other loss whether arising from accident, cancellation, delays or any other matter beyond our control.