Sardinia Round Tour

Season: Autumn

Tour start: friday 2 October

A tour that moves from the south to the north of the island and that traces the history of Sardinia from the Neolithic to the present day through visits to historic sites and monuments. A tour that will allow you to discover superlative traditions and naturalistic corners as well as other interesting “gems”, giving you an overview of our island’s remarkable uniqueness.

Day 1

Friday 2 October

  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Castello Quarter (Saint Remy Bastion and Virgin Mary Cathedral)
  • (free time)
  • Hike to Devil’s Saddle (around 3 hours)
Overnight stay in Cagliari

Day 2

Saturday 3 October

  • Sounding Stone Museum
  • Nuraghe Su Nuraxi
  • (lunch in restaurant)
  • Hike in the Giara di Gesturi (around 2 hours)
Overnight stay in Oristano

Day 3

Sunday 4 October

  • Tharros archaeological site
  • Holy Well of Santa Cristina
  • (lunch in restaurant or farmhouse)
  • Murats Museum
  • Biru ‘e Concas’ Menhirs Park
Overnight stay in Nuoro

Day 4

Monday 5 October

  • Sardinian Ethnographic Museum
  • Hike to Gorropu Gorge (around 6 hours)
  • (*packed lunch)
Overnight stay in Nuoro

Day 5

Tuesday 6 October

  • Cruise in the Gulf of Orosei (around 6 hours)
  • Wine tasting
  • (*packed lunch)
Overnight stay in Nuoro

Day 6

Wednesday 7 October

  • Orgosolo
  • (lunch with local shepherds)
  • Ispinigoli Karst Cave
  • Tomb of Giants S’Ena e Thomes
Overnight stay in Nuoro

Day 7

Thursday 8 October

  • Castle of Pedres
  • (lunch in restaurant)
  • Hike in the Valle della Luna (around 1 hour)
  • Castelsardo
Overnight stay in Castelsardo

Day 8

Friday 9 October

  • Santa Maria del Regno Church
  • Nuraghe Santu Antine
  • (lunch in restaurant)
  • Domus de Janas Sant’Andrea Priu
  • Alghero
Overnight stay in Alghero

Day 9

Saturday 10 October

  • Nuraghe Palmavera
  • Cooking class at a farmhouse (+ lunch)
  • Porto Conte Park (around 2 hours)

Tour details

Day 1

at 10:00: start of the group activities and meeting with the guide

We begin our tour in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, at the National Archeological Museum, the most important archaeological museum in Sardinia. Spread across four floors, it displays a wide collection of archaeological findings that retrace the history of Sardinia from prehistoric times to the Byzantine period.

Next, we will visit Castello (Casteddu ‘e Susu in the Campidanese language), the main historic district of Cagliari. Located on a hill a hundred meters above the sea, it was fortified in the thirteenth century by the Pisans after they defeated the army of the Judicatus of Càlari and destroyed their capital at Santa Igia. Since, the Castello district has hosted successive rulers of Sardinia, such as the Aragonese and Piedmontese.

Castello is defined by a system of perimeter walls, towers – which include the Tower of the Elephant and San Pancrazio Tower – and bastions. Saint Remy Bastion, a symbol of the city of Cagliari, is undoubtedly the most elegant and fascinating. Accessible via a monumental staircase and surmounted by a triumphal arch, it leads to a large panoramic terrace from where you can admire the city and its splendid gulf.

While walking along the picturesque streets of the Castello Quarter, we will stop by the Saint Mary Cathedral.

Originally built in the Pisan Romanesque style, it was later renovated in the Baroque and the Neo-Romanesque styles.

At the end of our mark we will reach the Devil’s Saddle for a short hike. Another city landmark located on the evocative promontory of Sant’Elia, it overlooks the entire gulf and Poetto beach, the quintessential beach of the citizens of Cagliari.

Day 2

We will start our day at the Sounding Stone Garden of the famous Sardinian artist Pinuccio Sciola, located in the lively town of San Sperate, which is famous, above all, for the murals that embellish the facades of houses.

We will then move to the historic landmark of Barumini to visit the prestigious Nuragic village of Su Nuraxi, a human settlement that dates from the 15th century BCE. Given its size and complexity, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. A complex nuraghe, it consists of 4 mighty corner towers joined by a wall, and contains a central tower with three overlapping chambers almost 20 meters high. During the Iron Age, the complex was enlarged and the initial structure was surrounded by a further curtain wall consisting of 5 towers.

The village, which arouse around the nuraghe, is composed of about fifty huts built on a circular plan using large dry-walled boulders which would have been covered by conical wooden and branch roof. According to Giovanni Lilliu, the archaeologist who discovered the village, the number of huts might have reached 200 units and could have accommodated a population, divided hierarchically, of almost 1000 inhabitants.

We will finish our day with a relaxed excursion to the lush Giara plateau to admire its hidden gems, such as nuraghes and little wild horses.

Day 3

We will begin the third day with a visit to the ancient and charming city of Tharros, before we head to the Nuragic Sanctuary of Santa Cristina, famous for its monumental holy well.

While similar to other holy wells, it is nonetheless remarkable due to its excellent state of conservation and accurate geometric shapes, as well as its majesty, featuring a staircase composed of 25 steps and a 7-meter high thòlos chamber containing the well.

We will then travel to Samugheo to visit the Murats Museum, dedicated to the ancient tradition of textile craftsmanship, and finally stop in the countryside of Sorgono to see one of Sardinia’s most extensive menhir parks, the Biru ‘e Concas.

Day 4

On our fourth day we will first visit the prestigious Sardinian Ethnographic Museum in Nuoro. Visiting the Museum is like travelling through time to an imaginary rural village in Sardinia, deeply devoted to its land and the cycles of nature, where scenes of everyday life like housewives making bread or shepherds making cheese, are suspended forever inside large glass dioramas.

Moreover, you will be drawn to the precious jewels, tapestries and carpets, as well as hundreds of different types of traditional bread.

The collection of archaic men’s clothes and the rich and diverse women’s clothes, both the ‘everyday’ and the ceremonial, is a strong point of the museum. They represent different clothing types from across the historical-geographical regions of the island.

We will then move to the foot of Supramonte, where we will make a challenging hike up the extraordinary Gorropu Gorge.

Day 5

A cruise along the suggestive coast of the Gulf of Orosei is scheduled for this day. We will daydream between

enchanting bays set among high cliffs covered with Mediterranean scrub, and we will take a chance to dive into the transparent sea, characterized by colors more intense than a swimming pool.

A local wine tasting will end the day with a bang.

Day 6

In the morning we will explore the lively village of Orgosolo which, thanks to its murals, is an essential stop-over when in the Barbagia region. Equally essential is a typical lunch with local shepherds, where we will indulge local cheeses and roasted meats, all accompanied by the excellent local cannonau wine.

From Orgosolo, we will visit Ispinigoli Cave, important for an imposing limestone column almost 40 meters high. Afterwards we will visit the wonderful tomb of the giants S’Ena ‘e Thomes, one of the largest and best preserved in Sardinia.

Day 7

After three days in Barbagia, we move to the north of Sardinia, where in the morning we will climb to the ruins of the medieval Castle of Pedres, a fortification and judicial residence until the 13th century, to admire the imposing island of Tavolara.

We will continue further north to Santa Teresa di Gallura to make a short excursion to the peaceful Valley of the Moon, between rocky walls of unusual shapes and hidden little bays.

Later in the afternoon we will arrive in the medieval village of Castelsardo to visit its fascinating old town.

Day 8

We begin the second to last day at the Romanesque church of Santa Maria del Regno in the charming village of Ardara in the Meilogu region. In this church, which features the largest polyptych retable in Sardinia, the judges of Torres took oaths, married, and were buried.

From Ardara we will continue towards Torralba, another town in the Meilogu, to visit the nuraghe of Santu Antine, (nicknamed the king’s house), a masterpiece of Nuragic civilization. It is a three-lobed nuraghe, consisting of a wall of three towers and a central mastio, which initially rose between 22 and 24 meters. During the Bronze Age, the mastio, was the third tallest structure in the Mediterranean, after only the Pyramids of Giza and the Nuraghe Arrubiu.

Next, we will travel through the countryside of Bonorva to visit the Domus de Janas of Sant’Andrea Priu and admire its frescoed walls, painted after the Romans turned it into a rupestrian church.

In the evening we will move to Alghero, a city full of charm, situated among natural and architectural beauty, and the final destination of the tour.

Day 9

L’ultima giornata vi riserverà un’altra perla del patrimonio archeologico della Sardegna: il villaggio nuragico di Palmavera, dove è presente uno dei nuraghi di calcare arenaria più importanti dell’isola, recentemente restaurato.

A seguire, la proposta prevede un laboratorio di cucina, che culminerà con un ricco pranzo, per farti toccare con mano la preparazione di alcuni piatti tipici della nostra terra.

Il tour terminerà con un’esplorazione del Parco Regionale di Porto Conte, tra viste mozzafiato e una ricca e rigogliosa vegetazione.

 

Around 5pm: end of the group activities

Informations

To Know

The price of the tour, for a minimum of at least 16 participants, is €1,415.00 per person.

The price covers the following services:

  • Accommodation in double/twin room and breakfast at 3 and 4-star hotels at the locations listed in the tour summary;
  • Lunch in restaurant on Days 2, 3, 7 and 8;
  • Packed lunch on Days 4 and 5;
  • Lunch with local shepherds on Day 6;
  • Lunch in farmhouse on Day 9;
  • Dinners at hotels on Days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7;
  • Entrance fees for all attractions listed in the tour summary;
  • All bus transfers to the locations and attractions included in the tour;
  • Guide service for the whole tour;
  • Emergency medical expenses, baggage and personal belongings insurance (coverage cap: €500, deductible: €50);

Price of a single supplement is € 200.00 per person.

Package excludes:

  • Lunch on Day 1 (allow €10-15 for lunch);
  • Dinner on Days 1, 6 and 8 (allow €20-30 for dinner);
  • Arrival and departure transfers to and from the airport;
  • Tips;
  • Tourist tax (if applicable), payable directly at the hotel;

In the event of adverse weather conditions, attractions included in the tour can be exchanged or replaced by other attractions among those suggested by the guide.

N.B.: As an active tour that includes excursions and hiking in mountainous terrain, it is recommended that guests bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

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+39 389 019 0723

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