This 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, 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 the 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. This evening you will 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). (Guests departing on 06 June 2019 will stay at Hotel Santa Gilla in Capoterra.) 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 will take place 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 to your hotel 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). (Guests departing on 06 June 2019 will stay at Hotel Santa Gilla in Capoterra.) 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 Nurazi 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. 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, a lovely coastal town. This evening, head to your hotel's Sky Bar for an aperif 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 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 visit the Bronze Age Giants' grave of Coddu Vecchiu and San Pantaleo, an adorable and authentic town. 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. This secluded property is renowned for its restaurant and beautiful natural setting, with views over the mountainous Supramonte district. The Restaurant serves simple, authentic Sardinian dishes made using produce grown in the hotel's farm, and which can be enjoyed on the open-air terrace with views out over the surrounding countryside. Approx. journey time: 1¾ hours. Stay: Hotel Su Gologone (or similar). B, L, D.

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. Enjoy typical Sardinian fare at a local restaurant in 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: Hotel 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.

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.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

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

Good to know

• For guests over 16
• Average group size of 13 guests
• A maximum of 18 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local 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 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. 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.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £291

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.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £2319

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Jun 06*; Sep 12; Oct 03

*Guests departing on this date will stay in Capoterra at Hotel Santa Gilla on Day 1 and Day 2.

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked 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 £2761 per person.

Tour dates

2020 Apr 16; May 07; Jun 04; 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.

Special offer
From
£1725
 
2019 DEPARTURE
Price per person for 7 nights
On this small group tour you will discover
the rich culture, history and food of Sardinia
Small group tour departs 3 Oct 2019
 
Fly with British Airways from London Gatwick
Special offer
From
£1799
 
2019 DEPARTURE
Price per person for 7 nights
On this small group tour you will discover
the rich culture, history and food of Sardinia
Small group tour departs 12 Sep 2019
 
Fly with British Airways from London Gatwick

Kuoni highlights

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.

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.