Start: Dorgali Finish: Dorgali
Physical rating: Moderate
Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour code: TES
Group size: 5 - 16
16 to 99
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With its stark beauty, crystal clear waters, golden beaches and undulating limestone ridges, it’s easy to see why Sardinia is considered one of the Mediterranean’s finest gems. Based in the Dorgali area, we explore on foot the idyllic forest-framed coastline of the east and the rugged rocky mountains in the west, walking through valleys, gorges, peaks and spectacular turquoise bays. In addition to its serene natural beauty, Sardinia is also a place of great historic interest and during the week we have the chance to visit the famous monolithic monuments built by the Nuraghi peoples, one of the main prehistoric Mediterranean civilisations.
Location: Olbia, Dorgali
Our week begins at the Hotel S'Adde in Dorgali. In the evening our guide will
hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local
area and answer any questions.
Location: Monte Tului, Orosei
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We start with an orientation walk, talking an old path that winds around
Monte Tului (916m) and offers some of the best views of the Gulf of Orosei to
one side, and the mountainous interior around Dorgali on the other. The walk
should take around 5 hours.
Location: Gola di Gorropu, Flumineddu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
On our drive above the Flumineddu Valley, we enjoy the sweeping views before
our arrival at the Gorropu Gorge - also known as the 'Grand Canyon of
Europe'. Its high, narrow, vertical walls reach 200 metres making 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. We can appreciate it in all its glory during our walk,
which takes around six hours. There is a chance to paddle on the river if
conditions allow. This evening, there is the opportunity to enjoy dinner in a
restaurant in Dorgali centre - payable locally.
Location: Nuragic Settlement of Seruci, Bronze Aesthetics - Solarium
We begin with a drive to the site of the Giants Tomb, the Sardinian
megalithic gallery grave that was built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic
civilization. We then continue on to the site of the Serra Orrios, one of the
most famous of the Nuraghe villages. 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 the
most accomplished, yet mysterious civilisation in the Mediterranean. We
explore the archaeological complex of Serra Orrios with its circular huts
dating back to the Bronze Age. After this, we have time for a quick coffee
stop before driving on to Cala Orsala. This is one of the most beautiful
beaches on the island, surrounded by rocks, pinewoods and lush Mediterranean
scrub. Weather permitting, we will have lunch on the beach. Next up is a
visit to the 'Grotta degli Ispinigoli' home to the longest
stalactite-stalagmite column in Europe. We finish the day with a visit to a
wine factory (cantina) for wine tasting and a short talk about the local
Location: Dorgali, Sardinia
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
(price and all the details to be agreed locally with the hotel);
alternatively, you can take an optional wonderful boat trip to Bue Marino
Grotto (weather permitting).
Location: Tiscali, Su Gologone
The Nuragic village of Tiscali is fascinating, and not much is known about
its origins, nor the people that lived there. It does seem that is was
populated even before the Nuragic era but archaeologists put its main period
of activity as between the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C.
The dwellings are virtually invisible until you are at the vast cavity in
which they are built. This has led some to postulate that people moved back
here to hide from the Romans.
We also visit Su Gologone, described as a ‘natural masterpiece’, the
result of karst being sculpted by rushing water as it exits the gorge. The
water is tinged green or blue, depending on the angle of the sun and an
astonishing 500 litres of water per second come crashing out of the chasm
into this mini oasis.
Location: Cala Luna
We start the day with a boat trip to Cala Luna, one of the most beautiful
beaches in the Mediterranean. Here there will be time to explore the large
caves and, as this is a popular spot for rock climbing, we may get to see
some enthusiasts put their skills to the test. The walk back to Cala Gonone
taks us through a vast forest and along deep gulleys, with occasional views
of the coast. At the end of the walk at Cala Gonone we will have time for a
very welcome drink and the opportunity for a swim before we return to
End Hotel S'Adde in Dorgali.
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners.
All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 evening meals are included. In the itinerary
we state which meals are included on which day.
Breakfast: Buffet including cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit and cold meats.
Lunch: Large paninis (filled with cold meats/cheese), cake and fruit.
Evening meal: Three course meal with soup/salad for starters; meat/fish for
main course and local dessert.
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.
/NB 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./
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