Regional Tour

Season: Spring

Tour Start: Sunday 20 September

From Cagliari to Iglesias, a holiday break in one of the historical subregions of Sardinia defined by wild nature, rich in archaeological evidence and fascinating mining sites.

Day 1

Sunday 20 September

  • 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

Monday 21 September

  • Archaeological city of Nora
  • Hike along the Roman Road Pinus Village – Chia (around 1 hour)
  • (lunch in restaurant)
  • Spanish tower
  • Chia beach
Overnight stay in Teulada

Day 3

Tuesday 22 September

  • Tomb of the Giants Su Barrancu Mannu
  • Domus de Janas of Montessu
  • (lunch in restaurant)
  • Hypogeum Village
  • Byssus Museum
  • Wine tour
Overnight stay in Sant'Antioco

Day 4

Wednesday 23 September

  • Archaeological area of ​​Monte Sirai
  • Big Coal Mining Museum
  • (lunch in restaurant)
  • Santa Barbara Cave
  • Spanish tower and Cala Domestica beach
Overnight stay in Sant'Antioco

Day 5

Thursday 24 September

  • Nuraghe Seruci
  • Porto Flavia
  • (lunch in restaurant)

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

The second day starts at the Basso Sulcis (Lower Sulcis) and visits the ancient and evocative city of Nora, the first nuragic village to display integration between the ancient Sardinians and Phoenician merchants. Subsequently conquered first by the Carthaginians and later by the Romans, it was raised to the capital of the Roman province of Sardinia and Corsica.

Following in the footsteps of the Romans, we continue to Pinus Village, an enchanting beach from which an ancient Roman road branches off into the Mediterranean scrub. We will walk along it as far as the ancient city of Bithia – today’s Chia.

One of the features that makes this road unique is the fact that it passes along the edge of the coast, allowing you to glimpse the turquoise sea below. The same sea can be admired from the top of Monte Sa Guardia, nearly 200 meters above sea level, which we will reach after a short detour from the main path.

Once in Chia, we will climb to the Spanish tower, built in the 16th century to defend against Saracen attacks and, finally, stop for a few hours to enjoy its beach and sea: an immense expanse of crystalline emerald water enrobed by golden sandy dunes and lagoons where pink flamingos find convivial hospitality.

A place full of beauty and variety that has led it to be honored by Legambiente (an environmentalist association) as the most beautiful beach in Italy for two years in a row.

Day 3

In the first part of the day we will focus on exploring two archaeological sites that impress both for their cultural aspect and for their dramatic settings: the tomb of the giants of Barrancu Mannu, one of the best preserved in Sardinia, located on a hill from which we can admire the striking mountains and valleys of the Sulcis; and the wide Domus de Janas of Montessu, one of the most important in Sardinia in terms of the number and size of tombs, set on a hill shaped like an amphitheater that commands amazing views all the way down to the sea.

From there we will continue on to Sant’Antioco to have a glimpse of a past ways of life in a hypogeum village, once a vast Punic necropolis. In the Middle Ages, hypogeums (gruttas) became refuges from Saracen raids and, up into the 1970s, the poorest families still used them as dwellings.

We will then go to meet Chiara Vigo, the last master of the byssus, the sea silk secreted by the mollusk pinna nobilis. In her workshop and museum, we will appreciate the textile crafts she makes and attend the rites that accompany the various phases necessary to get the byssus ready to be worked.

We will finish the day with a wine tour in one of the cellars of Carignano del Sulcis wine.

Day 4

The second to last day of the tour begins with a visit to the archaeological area of ​​Monte Sirai, a small plateau that carries the marks of civilizations stretching back to the Neolithic period. Some examples are the pit tombs, made by the Phoenician community, and the Carthaginian hypogea, some of which were built into pre-existing domus de janas.

The tofet, the necropolis for children, also dates from the Carthaginian period, while the sacred temple, built on a previous nuraghe, and dedicated to the goddess Astarte, dates back to the Phoenician era.

The Romans kept the buildings intact while changing their use from civilian to military purposes.

Next, we will visit the Big Coal Mining Museum, once the largest coal deposit in Italy.

In the afternoon our first attraction is the Santa Barbara Cave, one of the oldest in the world, discovered during the excavations of a tunnel in the San Giovanni mine. Rich in calcite and aragonite columns and tabular barite crystals that cover the walls, it will amaze as a masterpiece of nature.

We will complete the day at the splendid Cala Domestica, a beach in Buggerru area, where we will also visit the Spanish tower located on a promontory adjacent to the beach. Here we can enjoy the last moments of the day surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery.

Day 5

On the last day of the tour we will visit the complex Nuraghe Seruci, one of the largest and most evocative on the island.

Erected during the Bronze Age, for both military and religious purposes, it stands on a hill overlooking the sea, allowing us to admire the wild Sulcis coast, and catch a glimpse of the imposing sea stack Pan di Zucchero, the final surprise of the tour.

We end the tour at Porto Flavia, a once important commercial harbor where minerals from the surrounding mines were loaded for export.

At first glance the choice of the point for loading the minerals onto ships – from a tunnel cut into the mountain that emerges from a sheer cliff high above the sea, using a movable arm – might seem senseless.

However, the imposing Pan di Zucchero sea stack, right in front of the harbor, protected the ships moored below from the waves and sea streams caused by the winds. Yesterday, a very satisfying sight for the mineworkers and, today, for the thousands of tourists who look out from the same terrace and are enchanted by the enormous size and by the view of the sea.

 

Around 3pm: end of the group activities

Informations

To Know

Il costo del tour, per una base minima di 16 partecipanti, è di €665.00 a persona, e copre i seguenti servizi:

  • Pernottamento in camera doppia e colazione presso hotel di categoria 3 stelle situati nelle località indicate nello schema riassuntivo del tour;
  • Pranzo in ristorante nei Giorni 2, 3, 4 e 5;
  • Cena in hotel nel Giorno 2;
  • Cena in ristorante nei Giorni 3 e 4;
  • Ingresso presso tutte le attrazioni elencate nello schema riassuntivo del tour;
  • Tutti gli spostamenti in pullman presso le località e attrazioni incluse nel tour;
  • Servizio guida per tutta la durata del soggiorno;
  • Assicurazione Rimborso Spese Mediche, Bagaglio, Effetti Personali (massimale: 500 Euro; franchigia: 50 Euro);

Il costo del supplemento in stanza singola è di €120.00.

La quota non comprende:

  • Pranzo e cena nel Giorno 1;
  • Trasferimenti da e per l’aeroporto;
  • Mance;
  • Tasse di soggiorno dove previste;

In caso di condizioni atmosferiche avverse, le attrazioni incluse nel tour potranno essere scambiate o sostituite da altre attrazioni fra quelle suggerite dalla guida.

N.B.: Trattandosi di un tour attivo che prevede escursioni, soste al mare e visite presso siti archeologici localizzati in campagna e montagna, è raccomandabile portarsi scarpe e un abbigliamento adeguato.

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