Walking in Sardinia

Walking in Sardinia

Start: Dorgali Finish: Dorgali

Visiting: Olbia, Dorgali, Monte Tului, Orosei, Gola di Gorropu, Flumineddu, Nuragic Settlement of Seruci, Bronze Aesthetics - Solarium, Sardinia, Tiscali, Su Gologone, Cala Luna, S'Adde


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: TES

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 5 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconOne of the wildest islands in the Mediterranean
  • iconFascinating ancient Nuraghic monuments
  • iconFamily-run hotel with excellent restaurant
  • iconInviting sandy beaches

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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Fly to Olbia; transfer to Dorgali.

Location: Olbia, Dorgali

Meals: Dinner

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.
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icon Day 2 : Orientation walk through an old path around Monte Tului with beautiful views of the Gulf of Orosei.

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.

icon Day 3 : Walk along the Gorroppu Gorge, Italy's deepest natural canyon; free time to paddle on the Flumineddu River.

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. 

icon Day 4 : Explore Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios, with its complex circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age; relax on an idyllic sandy beach. Local wine tasting

Location: Nuragic Settlement of Seruci, Bronze Aesthetics - Solarium

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
wines.

icon Day 5 : Free day; 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.

Location: Dorgali, Sardinia

Meals: Breakfast

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).

icon Day 6 : Walk around the prehistoric Tiscali Village, built inside a cave; visit the springs of Su Gologone.

Location: Tiscali, Su Gologone

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

icon Day 7 : Explore the caves and cliffs on walk from the beach of Cala Luna; free afternoon.

Location: Cala Luna

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Dorgali.

icon Day 8 : End Hotel S'Adde in Dorgali.

Location: S'Adde

Meals: Breakfast

End Hotel S'Adde in Dorgali.

What's Included

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners.

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    All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 1 wine tasting and 5 dinners

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    Tour leader throughout

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    All transport and listed activities

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    All accommodation (see accommodation section)

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    /Local taxes (approx. EUR 10 per person, see Trip Notes)/

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Visas or vaccinations

Food

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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Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no specific health risks.

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

16+ age people can go on this tour.

Reviews

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Unspoilt Sardinia
Excellent walking in an unspoilt, wild part of Sardinia. Walks are varied and interesting and reasonably hard going. If you like craggy, rocky landscapes with lots of up and down, ....more Excellent walking in an unspoilt, wild part of Sardinia.

Walks are varied and interesting and reasonably hard going.

If you like craggy, rocky landscapes with lots of up and down, this would suit you.

Also enjoyed the cultural day visiting archeological sights, it made a good contrast and I was keen to find out more about bronze age Sardinia.

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Great experience
A special mention must go to the Hotel S'Adde for their warmth and hospitality in general but for their food in particular. I have dietary requirements and I usually expect ....more A special mention must go to the Hotel S'Adde for their warmth and hospitality in general but for their food in particular.

I have dietary requirements and I usually expect to eat a limited range of food (and/or have to remind staff at every meal), especially when in a small town off the beaten track.

But Michaela and her team had my diet nailed from day 1 and went above and beyond to produce fantastic, appetising alternatives every time.

Frankly, you should have this as a USP in your marketing of this trip!; ....less
Pleasant walks and good food
A well organised and enjoyable trip with varied walks in scenery and technicality. We were never left hungry as the Hotel S'Adde catered very well for us with packed lunches ....more A well organised and enjoyable trip with varied walks in scenery and technicality.

We were never left hungry as the Hotel S'Adde catered very well for us with packed lunches and evening meals.

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WALKING IN SARDINIA
A really lovely holiday - a fabulous, friendly family hotel, great food, fantastic scenery and some very good walking. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who likes good coastal ....more A really lovely holiday - a fabulous, friendly family hotel, great food, fantastic scenery and some very good walking.

I would recommend this holiday to anyone who likes good coastal walks.

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Great trip, fantastic guide, hotel could be better
The walks have a nice mix of challenging and easy with lovely views and points of interest. The additional sight seeing and wine tasting really added to the trip.The only ....more The walks have a nice mix of challenging and easy with lovely views and points of interest.

The additional sight seeing and wine tasting really added to the trip.

The only thing that let it down a bit was the location of the hotel.

The hotel itself is ok but there is nowhere nice to sit when we got back from the walks, the little terrace with uncomfortable chairs doesn't count, and there is nothing really to do in Dorgali.

This meant we all just retired to our rooms until dinner which was a bit boring.

Also the breakfasts and lunches were very dull.

A hotel in Calla Gonone for example would be much better.

Then guests could go to the beach and have a swim in the sea after their walks and on the free day; ....less
Sardinia ticked all of the boxes
From the initial booking of the holiday to arrival in Sardinia, from the first greeting of our Exodus Rep to the final goodbye, Exodus delivered.We were well fed (Italian ....more From the initial booking of the holiday to arrival in Sardinia, from the first greeting of our Exodus Rep to the final goodbye, Exodus delivered.

We were well fed (Italian like to feed you, and you'd certainly not go hungry at Hotel S'adde), we were organised, informed and cared for.

Our Exodus Rep was knowledgeable of the area, he had scoped out restaurants, bars and gelato establishments and was available to assist and make our trip relaxing and enjoyable.

Sardinia delivered on many fronts too, exciting landscapes, mountain tracks, beaches and caves, boat trips, wine tasting and local cuisine - it has something for all.

For us the holiday was made memorable because of the location and because of the group of people also on the trip, always someone interesting to talk to.

So well done Exodus, another excellent holiday delivered - in the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger "I'll be back"; ....less
TES 0605127
Excellent organisation and hotel. great food Excellent organisation and hotel.

great food;
Walking in Sardinia
A very full week with excellent walking....possibly too much food!!!! A very full week with excellent walking.

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possibly too much food!!!!;
A great holiday
Sardinia proved to be a surprisingly beautiful island with good walks and a fabulous coast. The hotel is very good with excellent food and very friendly staff. We were blessed ....more Sardinia proved to be a surprisingly beautiful island with good walks and a fabulous coast.

The hotel is very good with excellent food and very friendly staff.

We were blessed with great weather which I'm sure influenced my enjoyment.

The group was also lovely but that's my experience almost every time with Exodus.

If you happen to have Albert as your guide you will indeed be fortunate - a more caring, competent and sociable leader would be hard to find.

Personally I would drop the 'tourist day', hence only four stars.

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Sardinia is special
Was on the 16th Sept. departure for Walking in Sardinia - proved to be a good time of year 25*C and plenty of sun but also some shade and gentle ....more Was on the 16th Sept.

departure for Walking in Sardinia - proved to be a good time of year 25*C and plenty of sun but also some shade and gentle breeze.

Lovely time to arrive as it was the weekend of the annual Dorgali festival, with small groups of singers and musicians touring the streets, street stalls, wine tastings etc.

etc.

Nice atmosphere and the town felt safe to wander any time of day.

Local people were polite & helpful.

Walks were on the strenuous side for me - but I enjoyed the challenge and on the few occasions I needed advice or assistance it was available immediately from our leader and/or other members of the group.

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