In the footsteps of DH Lawrence to discover Sardinia’s wild mountains, dramatic coast and fascinating cultural heritage
Cagliari - 2 nights
Oliena area - 2 nights
Alghero - 2 nights
Oristano - 1 night
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.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO: Nuraghic Fort
Local Guide Throughout
Group Size: 8 - 22
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)
A historic, 4-star hotel centrally located between the port and old town. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and TV.
A unique, colourful 4-star hotel with traditional Sardinian furnishings and hospitality amongst extensive gardens. Restaurants, bars, wine cellar, pool, jacuzzi, WiFi (chargeable) and 67 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and TV.
A 4-star hotel overlooking the sea, marina and old town. Breakfast is served at the rooftop restaurant. Terrace, bar, WiFi (free) and 128 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently per person per night: €2.50.
An elegant 4-star hotel inside a 17th century aristocratic house with furnishings from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 13 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.
Transfer to Villasimius for a relaxing four-night extension at The Pullman Timi Ama with half board.
Day 1 Transfer to Villasimius for four nights at the 5-star Pullman Timi Ama resort. (B, D)
Day 2 Day at leisure. (B, D)
Day 3 Day at leisure. (B, D)
Day 4 Day at leisure. (B, D)
Day 5 Transfer to Cagliari airport for the return flight. (B)
The Pullman Timi Ama is a modern 5-star resort hotel on a beautiful bay close to Villasimius village and 1½ hours drive from Cagliari. Restaurants, bars, spa, pool, WiFi (free), shuttle to beach and varied sports facilities. 275 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and balcony or terrace.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement £345
British Airways Club Europe from £295
Easyjet from Stansted Nil
Extension - Villasimius
(Not available in October)
4 nights £575
Single supplement £245
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £90
(or included with group)
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.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
An accommodation tax is payable locally in Alghero and is currently €2.50 per person per night.
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