Italy
Sardinia Tour – Beyond the Tourist Trail

Our Sardinia tour – Beyond the Tourist Trail is an 9 day Small Group Tour starting from £2495 per person.


Explore the less travelled roads of amazing Sardinia on this small group tour. Starting from the very Mediterranean coastal city of Cagliari in the south, we travel north into little visited Barbagia where age old traditions hold sway, Sardinian language is still dominant and mysterious mask culture tells stories of the struggles between man and nature.

Also marvel at stunning coastal scenery, white sand beaches and impossibly azure waters whilst travelling along the North West coast culminating in a visit to Capo Testa where one can almost reach out and touch the southern tip of Corsica.

 

Stroll in beautiful ‘borgo’ including the picture perfect villages of Castelsardo and Bosa with their alluring pastel coloured buildings and atmospheric narrow streets.

Lovers of fresh food will be firmly entrenched in gastronomic heaven in Sardinia, not least with a bountiful choice of delicious seafood. History lovers are not to be left out with a plethora or incredible archaeological and historic sites to delight, not least the remarkably well preserved UNESCO site of Su Nuraxi.

This is a captivating adventure of contrasts that will leave its mark on any pre conceptions you had of Italy. Delight in the ever changing scenery, learn about the islands shear depth of history, and feel the pride and passion emanating from the people of Sardinia on this small group tour.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track
  • Culture 
  • History 
  • Wildlife 

Tour pace

Busy

Tour style

Traveller

Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.

Itinerary

Start your Sardinia tour when you arrive in Cagliari and you will be transferred to your well located accommodation where if time allows you will be able to explore at leisure. No guided activities or meals included today. Overnight Sardegna Hotel or similar (B)

Start this island adventure exploring the old town of Porto Karalis (the ancient name of Cagliari). Here you will visit the archaeological museum, which gives an excellent overview of the islands cultures through the ages going as far back as the pre-nuragic age. A particular highlight is the Giants of Mont’e Prama, ancient stone sculptures created by the Nuragic civilisation and discovered in the 1970’s.  Following on from the museum visit we take a walking tour along atmospheric narrow lanes of the historical city and castle area, learning as we go about the complex history of the city. Overnight Sardegna Hotel or similar (B)

(Approx. overall driving time today is 3.5 hours)

This morning, leave the city behind and begin your journey into the heart of Sardinia. The first stop will be the UNESCO listed site of Su Nuraxi, possibly the best preserved Nuragic archaeological site in Sardinia. Continue to nearby Marmilla to visit the impressive family home of Casa Zapata, dating from the 17th century and an example of rare Hispanic architecture which has been developed into a museum. This afternoon, arrive at the traditional “borgo” of Aritzo attractively flanked by chestnut and walnut forests in the mountainous and very traditional region of Barbagia, where local inhabitants speak their own language. We will have some time to explore in Aritzo and enjoy the rarefied air.  Overnight Hotel Sa Muvara or similar (B)

Please note – There are some rather steep steps to reach the top part of the Nuraghe.  

(Approx. overall driving time today is 3.5 hours)

Continuing our exploration of Barbagia region this morning, travelling to Mamoiada home to one of Sardinia’s dark and mysterious mask rituals where ancient farming rites and the struggle with nature are recognised at the time of annual carnival with fascinating displays where the Mamuthones clad in scary looking masks and rhythmically chiming cowbells follow the Issohadores, adorned in colourful clothing. Visit the museum to learn more about the history and possible origin of these masks and to view some of the masks. Thereafter, enjoy a traditional lunch with local shepherds before continuing to Orgosolo which is notable for its many fascinating street mural paintings which tell of the political struggles in Sardinia. We then head in a westerly direction visiting the archaeological site of Santa Cristina, visiting a Nuragic village and to observe the quite remarkably preserved well temple of Santa Cristina on an easy walk. Our resting point for the day is Santu Lussurgiu situated a short distance inland from the west coast of Sardinia.  Overnight Antica dimora del Gruccione or similar (BL)

Note – It may be necessary tonight to stay nearby in the small town of Bosa.

(Approx. overall driving time today is 2.5 hours)

After breakfast at the hotel we visit the town of Santu Lussurgiu. Here a number of traditional Sardinian products originate, including authentic and handmade Sardinian switchblade (knives). We then drive to the beautiful small hilltop town of Bosa situated only a few kilometres inland from the coast where we visit the cathedral, the castle and the old part of the town known as “Sa Costa” which can be accessed only on foot on an uphill walk of around 20 minutes duration. Many buildings in Bosa are delightfully painted in soft pastel colours adding an even greater allure to the place.  The rest of the day is spent in the beautiful coastal reserve of Porto Conte, and here stop to admire one of the islands best coastal panoramas from Capo Caccia. Our final destination today is the seaside town of Alghero, where if time allows on arrival, we explore within the ancient city walls. Overnight El Balear or similar (B)

(Overall driving time today is 2.5 hours)

This morning in the softer morning light we visit the 12th Century Saccargia Basilica, an important church constructed with local basaltic and limestone rock in the Romanesque Tuscan style. Continue to Monte d’Accoddi, a Neolithic archaeological site consisting of a raised altar where it is thought animal sacrificial rituals took place.  We then continue on once again to the coast to surely one of the most beautiful “borghi” in Italy, that of fortified Castelsardo. The combination of pastel coloured houses, the sea air, impeccable coastal views, and some of the best seafood and Sardinian cuisine is sure to delight. We will explore the atmospheric and historic lanes on foot and visit the castle which involves walking up around 200 steps although there is also a shuttle for 1€ each way). Overnight Janus Hotel or similar (B)

(Approx. overall driving time today is 3.5 hours)

After breakfast we drive through the region of Gallura, now in the far north of the island. We reach Capo Testa, a small peninsula which overlooks the Bonifacio Strait, separating Sardinia and the island of Corsica. The coastal views from here are both dreamy and quite spectacular. We then veer south away from the coast across a vast hinterland characterised by granite rocks and cork oak trees liberally scattered.  Also observe the ‘concheddas’, a type or hut built with rocks, used by local herders.  Lunch today will be in a traditional granite stone building known as a “stazzo” which were widely used on the island until the end of the 19th Century.  Continue to Tempio Pausania known as “the stone city” because of the prominence of granite as a construction material in the buildings. Explore the centre of the town including the local museum dedicated to cork, a primary resource of the Gallura region. Finally we return to the region of Barbagia and its capital, the town of Nuoro for the overnight stay.  Overnight Sandalia Hotel or similar (BL)  

(Approx. overall driving time today is 2.5 hours)

This morning we explore the delightful and historical centre of Nuoro with its narrow streets and tiny piazzas including the house museum of Grazie Deledda, possibly Sardinia’s best known writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1926, putting Nuoro and Sardinia firmly on the map. Continue to an outstanding lookout point from close to the top of Ortobene Mountain for panoramic views across the valley and towards Nuoro. The formerly mentioned Nobel literature prize winner wrote fondly and passionately of the beauty of Ortobene. Finally we continue south through the hinterland before once again arriving on the south coast and the hubbub of Cagliari. Overnight Sardegna Hotel or similar (B)

 

Today is at leisure until the time of your transfer (no guide) to the airport for your onward flight at the end of your Sardinia tour. (B)

Dates & Price.

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  • Tour Code 20-01 OCT
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  • Tour Code 20-02 NOV
    Start Thursday November 5, 2020
    End Thursday November 12, 2020
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    Trip Extras:

    Italy – Northern Sardinia – Single Supplement
    £ 325.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

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  • Tour Code 21-01 APR
    Start Thursday April 15, 2021
    End Thursday April 22, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) £2,495.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Italy – Northern Sardinia – Single Supplement
    £ 325.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

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  • Tour Code 21-02 MAY
    Start Thursday May 13, 2021
    End Thursday May 20, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) £2,495.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Italy – Northern Sardinia – Single Supplement
    £ 325.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

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  • Tour Code 21-03 SEP
    Start Thursday September 16, 2021
    End Thursday September 23, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) £2,495.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Italy – Northern Sardinia – Single Supplement
    £ 325.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

    Learn More
  • Tour Code 21-04 OCT
    Start Thursday October 7, 2021
    End Thursday October 14, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) £2,495.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Italy – Northern Sardinia – Single Supplement
    £ 325.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

    Learn More
  • Tour Code 21-05 NOV
    Start Thursday November 4, 2021
    End Thursday November 11, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 8

    Adult ( 1 - 8 Pax ) £2,495.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Italy – Northern Sardinia – Single Supplement
    £ 325.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

    Learn More

Tour Notes

This Sardinia group tour operates subject to a minimum group size of 4 travellers and a maximum of 8.

The single supplement on the Sardinia tour starts from £345.

Return flights from London to Cagliari start at £100. Contact us for a quotation.

If you do not wish to travel in a group then you can do the same tour on a private basis. On a private basis, this same itinerary starts from £2955 per person, based on two people travelling and sharing a room.

Kindly note that we can also tailor a similar or totally different itinerary to meet your requirements. Please contact us so we can tailor your perfect tour to Sardinia or elsewhere in Italy.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transport throughout
  • All accommodation
  • Services of English speaking guide from Day 2 to Day 8.
  • Local site guides where necessary
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas if applicable
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Tips (Discretionary)