Fly to Olbia and transfer to the Hotel S'Adde in Dorgali.
We start with a nice orientation walk through a maze of old paths around Monte Tului (916m), which boasts one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf of Orosei along with the mountainous inland around Dorgali. We pass some fascinating old shepherds' huts to witness the traditional Sardinian way of life.
On our drive above the Flumineddu Valley, we enjoy stunning views of this breathtaking area until we arrive at the Gorropu Gorge - also known as the 'Grand Canyon of Europe'. Its high, narrow, vertical walls that reach 200 metres make it the deepest and roughest natural gorge in Europe. Over millions of years, the Flumineddu River has eroded the landscape to create the incomparable natural beauty of the gorge. There is chance this afternoon for a little swim in the river's clear pools. This evening, there is the opportunity to enjoy dinner in a restaurant in Dorgali centre (own expense).
The Nuraghes, cone tomb-like towers positioned around the island, are the symbols of Sardinia and of its unique ethnicity. The Nuragici people, who built these towers, are considered as the most accomplished, yet mysterious, civilisation in the Mediterranean. In the morning, we explore this Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios and its complex arrangement of circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age. We then drive to the renowned Giant's Tomb and onto the small town of Galtelli where we enjoy lunch. Today we also have the option to visit the spectacular Grotta degli Ispinigoli, home to the longest stalactite-stalagmite column in Europe. We spend the rest of the afternoon in Cala Cartoe, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, which is surrounded by rocks, pinewoods and lush Mediterranean scrub.
Today is free to explore the archaeological sites of the Dorgali region, take an optional self-guided walk or simply relax by the beach and enjoy the leisurely Sardinian lifestyle. Horse riding can also be arranged for you, which is roughly EUR70 for 4-5 hours. Alternatively, you can enjoy a wonderful boat trip to Blue Marino Grotto (dependent on weather conditions).
After a short transfer, we start our rewarding walk to the deserted village of Tiscali, perhaps the most challenging walk of the week. Tiscali is built in a huge cave inside Monte Corrasi and it is speculated that its inhabitants hid here from the Romans. On our return to the hotel, we make an essential visit to the karstic springs of Su Cologone, where an imposing mass of mineral water carves shapes into the rocks as it gushes out of the impressive gorge. As well as boasting some amazing traditional Sardinian food, it is also the ideal place for bird watching.
We transfer to Cala Gonone, the centre of the Gulf of Orosei, and complete the week with a lovely walk to Cala Luna, also considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. In the afternoon, we venture into the vast forest and canyon, which offer beautiful views of Cala Luna and its large caves. Alternatively, you may simply decide to swim in the sea and relax on the tranquil beach. Depending on weather, there is the opportunity to return to Cala Gonone by boat and then an onward bus to Dorgali.
Transfer to Olbia airport; fly to London.