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

• Cagliari: 2 nights
• Alghero: 2 nights
• Arzachena: 1 night
• Oliena: 2 nights

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

• Cagliari: 2 nights
• Alghero: 2 nights
• Arzachena: 1 night
• Oliena: 2 nights

7nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Cagliari Depart on your flight to Cagliari, Sardinia and on arrival transfer to your hotel. Dinner is at a local restaurant this evening where you’ll have the opportunity to taste some local specialities, which include typical meats, cheeses and bread, while you get to know your fellow travellers and ask your tour leader any questions you may have about the upcoming itinerary. Stay: T Hotel Cagliari (or similar). D.

Day 2: Cagliari This morning, head out on a city tour of the capital. 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. Later, visit a local market and shop for today’s picnic lunch which you’ll get to enjoy on a local beach (weather dependent). Travel south along the coast to the Nora Archaeological site to see the ruins of a once-important Roman trading town. On return you will have time to yourselves to relax or make use of the hotel’s spa facilities. Dinner is at leisure. Stay: T Hotel Cagliari (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Cagliari to Alghero The journey north starts with a short train ride from Cagliari to Dolianova where you will board your bus and travel to Su Nuraxi di Barumini, the ruins of an ancient 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. Walk around and see the colourful houses and historic tanneries on the banks of the river Temo. The day’s final leg takes you north along the coast to Alghero, a lovely coastal town. This evening, head to your hotel’s Sky Bar for an aperitif and some great views of the sea and local area. Dinner tonight is at a charming trattoria in town, where you’ll get to try 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 sits within its fawn-hued fortified city walls. Begin 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 near Alghero. Try some mouth-watering varieties as you enjoy an early, light lunch. This afternoon, head out on a boat trip to Neptune’s Grotto, a marine cave carved into the cliff face around 20 minutes along the coast. Return to Alghero for a free evening to explore the city by night and find your own 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 get an insight into local 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 a ferry in the harbour and cross the Straits of Bonifacio to the largest of the islands, La Maddalena. See the sights on a panoramic coach tour around the island before your free time for lunch. Go on short walking tour with your local leader and then return by ferry to Palau. Dinner this evening is at your hotel. Overlooking the stunning Gulf of Cannigione, this charming village-esque hotel is just 700 metres from the beach. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Hotel Airone (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Arzachena to Oliena Begin your journey back south, but not before you visit the Bronze Age Giants’ grave of Coddu Vecchiu and San Pantaleo, an adorable and authentic town. It’s then time to head to the island’s wine lands which surround Dorgali. This afternoon you will have another opportunity to visit a winery and taste some of Sardinia’s most famous produce with some appetisers. After your tasting, continue on to Oliena where you will spend two nights. Dinner tonight is at your hotel, Hotel Su Gologone, which is totally isolated and surrounded by the Supramonte Mountains. This retreat is known for its food, which is made from vegetables and herbs grown on the grounds. The Restaurant, where you’ll have dinner tonight, serves rustic meals on the open-air terrace with views out over the surrounding countryside. This is one of the standout hotels on your tour, where you can really slow down and get to know your destination. There’s a cosy library with books on local art, traditions and food and some gorgeous terraces to sit and read them – or just take in the far-reaching views. Approx. journey time: 2.5 hours. Stay: Hotel Su Gologone (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Oliena Your last 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 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. Eat classic island food at a local restaurant in the heart of Supramonte. After lunch, stroll around the village of Orgosolo, which is known for its elaborate murals that document the social discontent in the region in the second half of the 20th Century. Return to your hotel in the early evening, where you’ll have time to relax before your farewell dinner. Stay: Hotel Su Gologone (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Oliena After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or stay longer for a few days on Chia’s golden beaches.


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 Cagliari Depart on your flight to Cagliari, Sardinia and on arrival transfer to your hotel. Dinner is at a local restaurant this evening where you’ll have the opportunity to taste some local specialities, which include typical meats, cheeses and bread, while you get to know your fellow travellers and ask your tour leader any questions you may have about the upcoming itinerary. Stay: T Hotel Cagliari (or similar). D.

Day 2: Cagliari This morning, head out on a city tour of the capital. 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. Later, visit a local market and shop for today’s picnic lunch which you’ll get to enjoy on a local beach (weather dependent). Travel south along the coast to the Nora Archaeological site to see the ruins of a once-important Roman trading town. On return you will have time to yourselves to relax or make use of the hotel’s spa facilities. Dinner is at leisure. Stay: T Hotel Cagliari (or similar). B, L.

Day 3: Cagliari to Alghero The journey north starts with a short train ride from Cagliari to Dolianova where you will board your bus and travel to Su Nuraxi di Barumini, the ruins of an ancient 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. Walk around and see the colourful houses and historic tanneries on the banks of the river Temo. The day’s final leg takes you north along the coast to Alghero, a lovely coastal town. This evening, head to your hotel’s Sky Bar for an aperitif and some great views of the sea and local area. Dinner tonight is at a charming trattoria in town, where you’ll get to try 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 sits within its fawn-hued fortified city walls. Begin 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 near Alghero. Try some mouth-watering varieties as you enjoy an early, light lunch. This afternoon, head out on a boat trip to Neptune’s Grotto, a marine cave carved into the cliff face around 20 minutes along the coast. Return to Alghero for a free evening to explore the city by night and find your own 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 get an insight into local 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 a ferry in the harbour and cross the Straits of Bonifacio to the largest of the islands, La Maddalena. See the sights on a panoramic coach tour around the island before your free time for lunch. Go on short walking tour with your local leader and then return by ferry to Palau. Dinner this evening is at your hotel. Overlooking the stunning Gulf of Cannigione, this charming village-esque hotel is just 700 metres from the beach. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Hotel Airone (or similar). B, D.

Day 6: Arzachena to Oliena Begin your journey back south, but not before you visit the Bronze Age Giants’ grave of Coddu Vecchiu and San Pantaleo, an adorable and authentic town. It’s then time to head to the island’s wine lands which surround Dorgali. This afternoon you will have another opportunity to visit a winery and taste some of Sardinia’s most famous produce with some appetisers. After your tasting, continue on to Oliena where you will spend two nights. Dinner tonight is at your hotel, Hotel Su Gologone, which is totally isolated and surrounded by the Supramonte Mountains. This retreat is known for its food, which is made from vegetables and herbs grown on the grounds. The Restaurant, where you’ll have dinner tonight, serves rustic meals on the open-air terrace with views out over the surrounding countryside. This is one of the standout hotels on your tour, where you can really slow down and get to know your destination. There’s a cosy library with books on local art, traditions and food and some gorgeous terraces to sit and read them – or just take in the far-reaching views. Approx. journey time: 2.5 hours. Stay: Hotel Su Gologone (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Oliena Your last 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 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. Eat classic island food at a local restaurant in the heart of Supramonte. After lunch, stroll around the village of Orgosolo, which is known for its elaborate murals that document the social discontent in the region in the second half of the 20th Century. Return to your hotel in the early evening, where you’ll have time to relax before your farewell dinner. Stay: Hotel Su Gologone (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 8: Oliena After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or stay longer for a few days on Chia’s golden beaches. B.


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?

This small group tour takes you around the whole island to show you as much of the local food, wine and culture as possible in a full seven-night itinerary.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (including on a private journey)
• Average group size of 13 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• A pair of comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• Layers are essential for cooler temperatures in the mountainous areas
• A considerable amount of travelling with some early starts
• Authentic local experiences
• Busy days with lots of walking and exploration on foot
• A good level of fitness is required.

Accommodation on tour

Reflecting the tour’s focus on food and drink, our chosen hotels have an emphasis on traditional dining. The Hotel Su Gologone in Oliena is a wonderfully rustic hotel with a secluded location in the mountains and food made with produce from its own vegetable garden. T Hotel in Cagliari is a modern hotel overlooking the City Park and Opera House with excellent spa facilities, just a short drive from the town centre.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £2319

Is this for you?

This small group tour takes you around the whole island to show you as much of the local food, wine and culture as possible in a full seven-night itinerary.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (including on a private journey)
• Average group size of 13 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• A pair of comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• Layers are essential for cooler temperatures in the mountainous areas
• A considerable amount of travelling with some early starts
• Authentic local experiences
• Busy days with lots of walking and exploration on foot
• A good level of fitness is required.

Accommodation on tour

Reflecting the tour’s focus on food and drink, our chosen hotels have an emphasis on traditional dining. The Hotel Su Gologone in Oliena is a wonderfully rustic hotel with a secluded location in the mountains and food made with produce from its own vegetable garden. T Hotel in Cagliari is a modern hotel overlooking the City Park and Opera House with excellent spa facilities, just a short drive from the town centre.

Solo travellers

Sole-use room from £2319

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2020 Sep 10; Oct 01

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• 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 £4625 per person.

Tour dates

2021 Apr 29; May 13; Jun 03; Sep 09, 30
2022 Apr 28; May 12; Jun 02; Sep 08, 29

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• 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 £4625 per person.

Kuoni highlights

This tour focuses on the island’s food and drink with two winery visits to taste the local varieties and meals that include local specialities like meat, bread and cheese. See medieval town walls in Alghero and colourful murals in Orgosolo, and end your tour with a showstopping spot by the mountains. Staying at the rustic Hotel Su Gologone is a chance to get away from it all in an isolated location with peaceful rural views.

Kuoni highlights