Overview

Cagliari - 2 nights
Oliena area - 2 nights
Alghero - 2 nights
Oristano - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

SEA AND SARDINIA

In the footsteps of DH Lawrence to discover Sardinia’s wild mountains, dramatic coast and fascinating cultural heritage

In 1921 DH Lawrence, who was residing in Sicily, embarked for Sardinia, then travelled by train and bus from Cagliari to Mandas and through central Sardinia, returning via the mainland as recounted in his travelogue, ‘Sea & Sardinia’. This itinerary follows in his footsteps from Cagliari by train and by bus, not however to the same poor lodgings but to fine hotels.

Whilst famed for its stunning coastline, Sardinia reveals a cornucopia of habitations and artefacts from the pre-historic Nuraghic to the Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman and Byzantine periods, with strong influences from long Spanish and Italian rule.

The capital, Cagliari rises from elegant boulevards to the medieval Castello. Coastal Alghero reveals an elegant mix of Catalan and Sardinian culture and cuisine.

Central Sardinia is a complete contrast to the coast, a slower, more rural existence amongst dramatic landscapes. Orgosolo recalls the film ‘Bandits at Orgosolo’ and the novels set in this region of Grazia Deledda (Nobel prize for Literature 1926), with the independent Sardinian spirit revealed in the political and revolutionary murals on the houses.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Nuraghic Fort
Local Guide Throughout
Historic Hotels
Central Hotels
Group Size: 8 - 22

 

Special Events

Sardinian Specialities

Taste local specialities at the unique Su Gologone Hotel. Enjoy a shepherd’s lunch with local cheeses, meats and the classic Sardinian roast suckling pig. In Alghero, enjoy a sparkling drink overlooking the sea and visit an Azienda for a wine tasting.

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick for two nights at the historic, central 4-star Hotel Flora in the capital, Cagliari, which rises from elegant boulevards to the medieval Castello.

Day 2 Visit the old town and Castello, the cathedral and view the Nuraghic artefacts of the archaeological museum. Visit the Carthaginian and Roman site of Nora. (B)

Day 3 Visit Mandas and the largest Nuraghic fort at Su Nuraxi, enjoy a short train ride and continue through the mountains to Oliena for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Su Gologone. Enjoy a special Sardinian dinner. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit the Grazia Deledda and folk museums at Nuoro. Enjoy a shepherd's lunch with local cheeses, meats and the classic Sardinian roast suckling pig. Walk through Orgosolo village, which recalls the film 'Bandits at Orgosolo' and the novels of Grazia Deledda (Nobel prize for Literature 1926), with the independent Sardinian spirit revealed in the political and revolutionary murals on the houses. (B, L)

Day 5 Travel to the Basilica Santissima Trinità di Saccargia. Continue to coastal Alghero, which reveals an elegant mix of Catalan and Sardinian culture and cuisine. Walking tour of the old town and port of Alghero. Two nights at the 4-star Catalunya Hotel. Enjoy a sparkling drink with a view! (B)

Day 6 Visit the medieval university town of Sassari and its archaeological museum. Visit an Azienda to learn about Sardinian wines at a wine tasting. (B)

Day 7 Follow the dramatic coastline to picturesque Bosa. Continue to the ancient Tharros, overlooking the sea. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Duomo in historic Oristano. (B)

Day 8 Transfer to Cagliari for the return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2019

Thursdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick

Date Price
September 19 £1745
October 17 £1645

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £345

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £295
Easyjet from Stansted Nil

Extension Options

Extension - Villasimius  
(Not available in October)
4 nights £575
Single supplement £245

Independent Arrival

Save £180 
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £90
(or included with group)

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
An accommodation tax is payable locally in Alghero and is currently €2.50 per person per night.

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