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Sulcis Tour

(25 - 29 May, 2022)

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.

Tour details

Day 1 - 25 May (15 km)

9 am: Meeting with the guide in Cagliari and start of the tour

This superb tour begins 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, it was fortified in the thirteenth century by the Pisans after they defeated the army of the Judicatus of Càlari and destroyed their capital 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.

In the afternoon, we will reach the Devil’s Saddle for an easy 2-hour hike. Another city landmark located on the evocative promontory of Sant’Elia, it overlooks the entire gulf (Golfo degli Angeli), including the Poetto beach, the quintessential beach of the citizens of Cagliari, as well as the Molentargius lagoon, habitat of a large colony of flamingos.

Day 2 - 26 May (85 km)

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 bay 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 (around 1-hour hike).

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.

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 - 27 May (60 km)

In the first part of the day we will explore 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 the 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 - 28 May (120 km)

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 by chance 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 Savoy 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 - 29 May (130 km)

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.

The uniqueness of Porto Flavia is in the point chosen for loading the minerals onto ships, using a movable arm, from a tunnel cut into the mountain that emerges from a sheer cliff high above the sea. At first glance this choice 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.

 

At around 3 pm: end of tour and return to Cagliari

Information

To Know

The price of the travel package is 705 Euros per person.

The price covers the following services:

  • 4-night accommodation in a double/twin room and breakfast at 3-star hotels at the locations listed in the summary itinerary
  • Lunch at restaurants on Days 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Dinner at a hotel or restaurant on Day 2
  • Activities and entrance fees for all the attractions listed in the summary itinerary
  • All bus transfers to the locations and attractions included in the tour
  • Airport transfer at the end of the tour on the way back to Cagliari (on request)
  • English speaking guide for the whole tour
  • Emergency medical expenses, baggage and personal belongings insurance

The price excludes:

  • Flights
  • Lunch on Day 1 (allow 15-20 Euros)
  • Dinner on Days 1, 3 and 4 (allow 20-30 Euros per dinner)
  • Return transfer from the airport
  • Tips
  • Tourist tax (if applicable), payable directly at hotel

 

Price of a single supplement is 135 Euros.

P.N.: If you require accommodation at a hotel on the night before the start of the tour – 24 May – please let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements in due time.

-Price of accommodation in a double/twin room, with breakfast, at a 3-star hotel in Cagliari is 50 Euros per person

-Price of accommodation in a single room, with breakfast, at a 3-star hotel in Cagliari is 75 Euros

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Group size: 12-18 people

Minimum number required for travel: 12 people

Booking deadline: 5 April 2022 (50 days prior to the start of tour)

Daily activities run from around 9 am (after breakfast) until 6 pm every day

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

As an active tour that includes excursions, visits to archaeological sites located on countryside terrain, and stopovers at beaches, it is recommended that guests bring appropriate clothing and footwear (e.g.: hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, bathing suit, sun protection)

No previous experience is needed to attend this tour, however we’ll be crossing some steep inclines at some point while walking and hiking, therefore a decent level of general fitness is required

Meals are made up of three courses including a drink

 

For Payment and Cancellation Policy, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page

Covid-19 information

  1. EU Digital COVID Certificate (or an equivalent certificate for travellers from extra-EU countries) is required to access indoor venues such as hotels, restaurants and museums.
  2. You will be expected to maintain social distancing while doing the activities
  3. Please bring hand sanitizer and face masks with you
  4. Masks are not needed while hiking but please wear one in any enclosed environments, or while standing and walking in crowded areas
  5. Transfers included will be in larger buses than usual to ensure a reasonable amount of space among passengers while in the vehicle

For the latest updates on COVID-19, please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website www.viaggiaresicuri.it, or contact the number 0039 06 491 115.

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