This laid-back small group tour provides you with the perfect blend of modern-day Sardinia – its food, wine and long-held traditions – with the island’s long and rich history. From Cagliari in the south, to the Arzachena in the north, this tour takes you around the island, into the mountainous interior, and to its vineyards, 3500 year old ruins and famed beach resorts.

• Capoterra: 2 nights

• Alghero: 2 nights

• Arzachena: 1 night

• Oliena: 2 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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This laid-back small group tour provides you with the perfect blend of modern-day Sardinia – its food, wine and long-held traditions – with the island’s long and rich history. From Cagliari in the south, to the Arzachena in the north, this tour takes you around the island, into the mountainous interior, and to its vineyards, 3500 year old ruins and famed beach resorts.

• Capoterra: 2 nights

• Alghero: 2 nights

• Arzachena: 1 night

• Oliena: 2 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Capoterra Depart on your flight to Cagliari, Sardinia and on arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening you will have the opportunity to taste some Sardinian specialities while you get to know your fellow travellers and ask your tour leader any questions you may have about the upcoming itinerary. Stay: Hotel Saint Lucia Capoterra. D.

Day 2: Capoterra Your exploration of Sardinia begins today following a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Head out on a tour of the nearby city of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. Begin the day at the viewpoint at Monte Urpinu for an overview of the city, before heading down into the old town where you will see the hilltop castle, the Royal Palace and the 13th-Century cathedral. Following lunch at a local restaurant you will head south along the coast to the Nora Archaeological site to see the ruins of a once-important Roman trading town. On return to your hotel you will have time to yourselves before meeting your group for dinner at your hotel. Stay: Hotel Saint Lucia Capoterra. B, L, D.

Day 3: Capoterra to Alghero This morning you will travel by train from Cagliari to Mandas, a town at the very heart of the island, passing through the unspoilt landscapes of central Sardinia. From Mandas you will continue to Su Nurazi di Barumini, the ruins of a 17th-Century BC settlement to discover more about Sardinia’s Nuragic civilisation. The tour continues to the island’s west coast and one of the island’s prettiest towns, beautiful Bosa. You will take a walk around the town, witnessing the colourful houses and the historic tanneries on the banks of the river Temo. The final leg today takes your north along the coast to Alghero. Tonight’s dinner is at a charming trattoria in town, providing you the perfect opportunity to sample hearty, simple and flavoursome Sardinian dishes. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours. Stay: Hotel Catalunya. B, D.

Day 4: Alghero The day begins with a walking tour of Alghero’s historic centre, which is encompassed by fawn-hued fortified city walls. The tour begins at the 14th-Century Porta Terrace tower, the ancient entrance to the city, before continuing along the city walls. Over the next couple of hours you will take in the highlights of the city, including churches and the narrow streets of the former Jewish quarter. The first of the tour’s two wine tasting experiences takes place this afternoon at a winery in the surrounding countryside. Here you can sample some mouthwatering varieties as you enjoy an early light lunch. This afternoon you will head out on the water on a boat trip to Neptune’s Grotto, a marine cave carved into the cliff face approximately 20 minutes along the coast. On return to Alghero you will have a free evening to explore the city by night and find your own perfect spot for dinner and drinks. Stay: Stay: Hotel Catalunya. B, L.

Day 5: Alghero to Arzachena The next stop is the town of Castelsardo on the island’s north coast. This typically Sardinian town has a breathtaking setting on the hilltop of a headland overlooking the Mediterranean. Wandering through its historic streets you can gain an insight into traditional Sardinian life. After spending some time visiting some of the handicrafts shops you will continue along the coast to Palau, a lively resort and gateway to the islands of the Maddalena Archipelago. Board the ferry in the harbour and cross the Straits of Bonifacio to the largest of the islands, La Maddalena. You will have free time for lunch here, before joining a short walking tour with your local leader and  then returning by ferry to Palau. Dinner this evening is at your hotel. Overlooking the stunning Gulf of Cannigione, this charming village-esque property is located just 700 metres from the beach. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Hotel Airone. B, D.

Day 6: Arzachena to Oliena The journey back south begins today, but not before you have driven along the coast to the famous Costa Smeralda region. This exclusive coastline has long been a haven for the rich and famous and it boasts luxury hotels and some of the most expensive real estate in Europe. There will be time to stop and explore Porto Rotondo, which was once a small hamlet and is now a lively resort and stylish port. It’s then time to head south to the island’s wine lands which surround the town of Dorgali. This afternoon you will have another opportunity to visit a winery and of course taste some of Sardinia’s most famous produce, alongside some appetizers. Following your tasting the group will continue on to Oliena, where you will spend two nights. Although your evening is free to do as you choose, we highly recommend enjoying dinner at your hotel, the Hotel Su Gologone. The property is renowned for its restaurant and beautiful natural setting within the mountainous Supramonte district. The Restaurant serves simple, authentic Sardinian dishes which can be enjoyed on the open-air terrace with views out over the surrounding countryside. If you happen to be travelling on a tour between June and September you can treat yourself to dinner at the King’s Court, a delightful terrace adorned with historic tiles and stone columns where you can enjoy freshly baked bread, spit-roast meats and other traditional island dishes. Approx. journey time: 1¾ hours. Stay: Su Gologone. B, L.

Day 7: Oliena Your final full day in Sardinia begins with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, setting you up perfectly for a day where the focus is on the traditions of Sardinian life. You will travel to the town of Nuoro where a visit to the Museum of Sardinian Life and Folk Traditions is included. The museum is home to a fascinating and rich collection of exhibits chronicling life on the island, mainly between the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. Lunch today is a unique experience as you dine on roast suckling pig, lamb and traditional Sardinian cheeses el fresco and in the company of a local shepherd. Your lunch is followed by a visit to the village of Orgosolo which is known for its elaborate murals that document the social discontent in the region in the latter half of the 20th Century. Early in the evening you will return to your hotel, where you will have time to relax before your farewell dinner. The final meal of your tour will take place at the hotel’s unique venue, the Bread Nest. Before you dine there will be a demonstration of bread making by ladies in traditional Oliena dress. You will be able to sample these typical Sardinian breads as you dine on a set menu of dishes and reflect on your journey around this beautiful Mediterranean island. Stay: Su Gologone. B, L, D.

Day 8: Oliena to UK Following breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Stay longer

Beaches Of Sardinia 3 nights

Sardinia’s coastline is world-renowned, and this tour is easy to combine with some beach time. Southern Sardinia is famous for its sheer cliffs, golden sand dunes and sleepy villages.

Day 1: UK to Capoterra Depart on your flight to Cagliari, Sardinia and on arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening you will have the opportunity to taste some local specialities while you get to know your fellow travellers and ask your tour leader any questions you may have about the upcoming itinerary. Stay: Hotel Saint Lucia Capoterra (or similar). D.

Day 2: Capoterra Your exploration of Sardinia begins following a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Head out on a tour of the nearby city of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. Begin the day at the viewpoint at Monte Urpinu for an overview of the city, before heading down into the old town where you will see the hilltop castle, the Royal Palace and the 13th-Century cathedral. Following lunch at a local restaurant head south along the coast to the Nora Archaeological site to see the ruins of a once-important Roman trading town. On return to your hotel you will have time to yourselves before meeting your group for dinner at your hotel. Stay: Hotel Saint Lucia Capoterra (or similar.) B, L, D.

Day 3: Capoterra to Alghero Travel by train from Cagliari to Mandas, a town at the very heart of the island, passing through the unspoilt landscapes of central Sardinia. From Mandas, continue to Su Nurazi di Barumini, the ruins of a 17th-Century BC settlement to discover more about Sardinia’s Nuragic civilisation. The tour continues to the island’s west coast and one of the island’s prettiest towns, Bosa. Take a walk around the town, witnessing the colourful houses and the historic tanneries on the banks of the river Temo. The day’s final leg takes you north along the coast to Alghero. Tonight’s dinner is at a charming trattoria in town, providing you the perfect opportunity to sample hearty, simple and flavoursome dishes. Approx. journey time: 3½ hours. Stay: Hotel Catalunya (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Alghero The day begins with a walking tour of Alghero’s historic centre, which is encompassed by fawn-hued fortified city walls. The tour begins at the 14th-Century Porta Terrace tower, the ancient entrance to the city, before continuing along the city walls. Over the next couple of hours take in the highlights of the city, including churches and the narrow streets of the former Jewish quarter. The first of the tour’s two wine tasting experiences takes place this afternoon at a winery in the countryside surrounding Alghero. Here you can sample some mouth-watering varieties as you enjoy an early, light lunch. This afternoon you will head out on a boat trip to Neptune’s Grotto, a marine cave carved into the cliff face located approximately 20 minutes along the coast. On return to Alghero you’ll have a free evening to explore the city by night and find your own perfect spot for dinner and drinks. Stay: Hotel Catalunya (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Alghero to Arzachena The next stop is the town of Castelsardo on the island’s north coast. This typically Sardinian town has a breathtaking setting on the hilltop of a headland overlooking the Mediterranean. As you wander through its historic streets you can gain an insight into traditional life. After spending some time visiting some of the handicrafts shops, continue along the coast to Palau, a lively resort and gateway to the islands of the Maddalena Archipelago. Board the ferry in the harbour and cross the Straits of Bonifacio to the largest of the islands, La Maddalena. You will have free time for lunch here, before joining a short walking tour with your local leader and  then returning by ferry to Palau. Dinner this evening is at your hotel. Overlooking the stunning Gulf of Cannigione, this charming village-esque property is located just 700 metres from the beach. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Hotel Airone (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Arzachena to Oliena The journey back south begins today, but not before you have driven along the coast to the famous Costa Smeralda region. This exclusive coastline has long been a haven for the rich and famous and it boasts luxury hotels and some of the most expensive real estate in Europe. There will be time to stop and explore Porto Rotondo, once a small hamlet and now a lively resort and stylish port. It’s then time to head south to the island’s wine lands which surround the town of Dorgali. This afternoon you will have another opportunity to visit a winery and of course taste some of Sardinia’s most famous produce, alongside some appetizers. Following your tasting the group will continue on to Oliena, where you will spend two nights. Although your evening is free to do as you choose, we highly recommend enjoying dinner at your hotel, the Hotel Su Gologone. The property is renowned for its restaurant and beautiful natural setting within the mountainous Supramonte district. The Restaurant serves simple, authentic Sardinian dishes which can be enjoyed on the open-air terrace with views out over the surrounding countryside. If you happen to be travelling on a tour between June and September you can treat yourself to dinner at the King’s Court, a delightful terrace adorned with historic tiles and stone columns where you can enjoy freshly baked bread, spit-roast meats and other traditional island dishes. Approx. journey time: 1¾ hours. Stay: Su Gologone (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: Oliena Your final full day in Sardinia begins with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, setting you up perfectly for a day where the focus is on the traditions of island life. Travel to the town of Nuoro where a visit to the Museum of Sardinian Life and Folk Traditions is included. The museum is home to a fascinating and rich collection of exhibits chronicling life on the island, mainly between the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before a visit to the village of Orgosolo which is known for its elaborate murals that document the social discontent in the region in the latter half of the 20th Century. Early in the evening return to your hotel, where you’ll have time to relax before your farewell dinner. Stay: Su Gologone (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Oliena Following breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.


Stay longer

Beaches Of Sardinia 3 nights

Sardinia’s coastline is world-renowned, and this tour is easy to combine with some beach time. Southern Sardinia is famous for its sheer cliffs, golden sand dunes and sleepy villages.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

If you are looking for a small group tour with a relaxed pace and a focus on authentic Sardinian food and drink, then Highlights of Sardinia is the perfect choice.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)

• Average group size of 13 guests

• A maximum of 18 guests.

What to expect

• A laid-back pace with free time to relax

• Plenty of food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the dining experience

Is this for you?

If you are looking for a small group tour with a relaxed pace and a focus on authentic Sardinian food and drink, then Highlights of Sardinia is the perfect choice.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)

• Average group size of 13 guests

• A maximum of 18 guests.

What to expect

• A laid-back pace with free time to relax

• Plenty of food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the dining experience

Accommodation on tour

Reflecting this tour’s focus on food and drink, our chosen hotels have a particular emphasis on traditional dining. The Hotel Su Gologone in Oliena is a beautiful hotel that features a wine bar and cellar where regular olive oil, wine and cheese tasting sessions are held; and its own vegetable garden. The Hotel Santa Lucia Capoterra is surrounded by a nature reserve and perfectly located to explore Capoterra and Cagliari.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £275

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

May 11; Jun 01; Sep 14; Oct 05


Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £2162 per person.

Tour dates

2018 Apr 26; May 08, 31; Sep 13; Oct 04

Included in price

• Quality accommodation

• Insightful local tour leaders

• Hand-picked itineraries

• Flexible arrival times

• Small groups and a relaxed approach

• Porterage and guide tips

• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently

• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £2355 per person.

Why Kuoni?

This tour allows you to experience both the traditions and history of Sardinia, with a particular focus on the island’s mouthwatering food and drink. You will visit two wineries to taste the local varieties, and your included meals have been tailored to ensure you get a true taste of the island – from dinner at a local trattoria in Alghero to an al fresco lunch in the Supramonte highlands.

Why Kuoni?

This tour allows you to experience both the traditions and history of Sardinia, with a particular focus on the island’s mouth-watering food and drink. You will visit two wineries to taste the local varieties, and your included meals have been tailored to ensure you get a true taste of the island – from dinner at a local trattoria in Alghero to an al fresco lunch in the Supramonte highlands.