Cultural Sardinia

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Trip code: 
ADV
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

Combine history, culture and food on this week long trip

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean, known for its white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters and the iconic Costa Smeralda. Discover this unique and mostly unspoilt island, wander through the medieval districts, vibrant markets and cathedrals whilst exploring Phoenician and Roman ruins. Sardinia offers an impressive variety of landscapes; from salt works to paradisiacal archipelagos; from natural caves to charming coastal towns. Food and wine deserve a special mention: Cannonau wine, flat bread pane carasau and local cheeses are simply not to be missed!

Highlights

  • Archeological sites from 1300BC
  • La Maddalena Archipelago N.P.
  • Medietal Markets

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-4 star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus

What's included

  • All breakfast, 2 dinners, 1 food and wine tasting
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Cagliari; transfer to hotel in Cagliari.

    Arrive in Cagliari, the island's capital, overlooking the Golfo degli Angeli, is an ancient city founded by Phoenician traders.  This evening we get a great introduction to Sardinia's cuisine dining in a traditional trattoria in the town centre.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Morning city tour. Visit to San Benedetto Market and archaelogical museum. Free afternoon.

    This morning we visit the vibrant market of San Benedetto. It is an excellent place to absorb a little of the local culture and its traditions. We will get the chance to taste some of the fresh fish, fruits and cheeses on display.
    We continue to reach the upper town, the medieval Castello district, that has preserved soaring towers and sections of massive curtain walls and boasts beautiful white limestone buildings. Afterwards, we visit the archaeological museum and its rich.
    In the afternoon we visit the Molentargius Salt Works Natural Park, which is home to a large colony of pink flamingos - hundreds of birds in the shallow water.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive to Porto Flavia to visit the mine. Drive to Baruminiand visit the nuraghe and the Casa Zapata.

    In the morning we drive to Porto Flavia, near Nebida to discover Sardinia's great mining past. Built in 1923-24, Porto Flavia's characteristics make it unique in the world, and at the time of its construction it was an outstanding engineering solution to speed up the ore transportation process.

    In the afternoon we drive to Barumini and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Su Nuraxi area. Su Nuraxi is a settlement consisting of a seventeenth century BC Nuraghe, a bastion of four corner towers plus a central one, and a village inhabited from the thirteenth to the sixth century BC, developed around the Nuraghe. They are considered the most impressive expression of the ancient Sardinia's Nuragic civilization.

    We spend the night in a lovely “Albergo diffuso”, literally “spread-out hotel”. The term refers to a hotel located in ancient skilfully restored buildings in historic centres of Italian towns and villages somewhere in the area.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Drive to Cabras to visit Museum Gigabti Monte Prama. Bottarga Workshop experience and afternoon visit to Tharros, San Salvatore Sinis and its pozzo ipogeo.

    In the morning we go on a short hike to the Giara, a basaltic plateau with ponds and cork oak forests, where we catch a glimpse of the small wild ponies, black and with almond-shaped eyes, which roam freely. Later we drive North to the Sinis Peninsula and stop in Cabras to visit the Giants of Mont'e Prama, ancient stone sculptures dating back to the Nuragic civilization. In Cabras you may be able to try the traditional pasta with bottarga - a true Sardinian speciality!
    We then visit Tharros, a Phoenician and Roman settlement dating back to 700 BC and the hypogeum (underground) located below the church of San Salvatore.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Drive to Bosa in the morning . Visit Castello di Malaspina and the cathedral before heading to Alghero. Afternoon free.

    In the morning we drive North to Alghero and stop at Bosa enroute. Bosa is a lovely laid back medieval town towered by the Malaspina castle that we reach after a walk through the Sa Costa district, famous for its narrow alleys and colourful buildings.
    We carry on northward along the spectacular coastal drive connecting Bosa to Alghero and we visit Capo Caccia. Here we have an optional visit to the Neptune cave, accessible by a 550-step staircase carved in the rock. If you do not want to visit the Neptune cave, you can be dropped off in Alghero on the way.
    Free afternoon in Alghero, one of the most beautiful towns in Sardinia, where the old Catalan dialect is still widely spoken.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Drive to Palau, wine tasting followed by a ferry to La Maddalena.

    In the morning we drive to Sassari, the second largest town in Sardinia, whose historic centre is packed with beautiful monuments; the most imposing is certainly the Cathedral of San Nicola di Bari, closely followed by the charming churches of Santa Maria di Betlem and Sant’Apollinare. In the afternoon we make our way to a winery, where a renowed Vermentino white wine is produced. We then catch the ferry to La Maddalena, main island of the geomarine national park Arcipelago di La Maddalena. It has been preserved over the centuries thanks to limited human presence.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Visit La Maddalena Archipelago National Park. Free afternoon with optional hike in Caprera or free time spent by the beach. Ferry to Palau and drive to Olbia.

    In the morning we move to Caprera and stop at the visitor centre of La Maddalena Archipelago National Park which hosts the Dolphin Research Center. We also visit Casa Garibaldi, where national unification hero spent his last days. We catch the ferry back to Palau and say arrivederci to Sardinia driving along the idyllic Costa Smeralda where the jet set gather during summertime. We spend our last night in Olbia.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Cagliari where trip ends.

    The tour ends after breakfast.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfast, 2 dinners, 1 food and wine tasting included.

The traditional Sardinian cuisine is full of local and delicious recipes. Popular specialities include: roast suckling pig, excellent seafood dishes and local Sardinian wines, such as Vermentino, Nuragus, Cannonau and Monica. Mirto is Sardinia’s after dinner liqueur, which is made from the leaves of the myrtle plant.
Although meals mostly consist of meat/fish, the hotel staff endeavour to meet specific dietary requirements. Please advise us before departure so the hotel has sufficient time to prepare.

Weather

Sardinia enjoys a Mediterranean climate, usually warm in spring and autumn and hot, dry summers. April, May, September and October usually have an average daytime temperatures around 20-25§C. Rain is unlikely but possible throughout the year.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded 1 (Leisurely)

This is a cultural trip exploring Sardinia’s towns and villages, cathedrals and castles. It is a relaxing week, where you can enjoy some real Italian hospitality. We visit the main highlights of the island with a focus on its history, culture and cuisine.

Expect some relatively long days due to the distance covered – but no journey should exceed xxxxx hours (including stops). All land transfers are in an air conditioned minivan allowing us to enjoy comfortable, flexible and stress-free journeys.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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