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Sea & Sardinia

In the footsteps of DH Lawrence, and enjoying the coast and countryside, culture and cuisine of the island, this tour explores Sardinia from charismatic Cagliari to Oliena’s mountains, La Maddalena Islands, medieval and modern Alghero, and elegant Oristano

Visiting the island in 1921, DH Lawrence wrote of his sojourns in a descriptive travelogue, ‘Sea & Sardinia’. We re-create his itinerary (but with notably better lodgings!) in this eponymous tour, seeing the relics of pre-historic and ancient Roman settlements, strolling in medieval streets, relaxing on an offshore island, and experiencing the blend of Sardinian and Catalan culture and cuisine.

The tour begins in south-coast Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital, its seven hills holding honeyed stone palazzi, palm-studded piazzas, pavement cafés in graceful arcades, and the crowning Castello old town. We see the fascinating fort of Su Nuraxi, Sardinia’s largest Nuragic remains; enjoy the tranquillity of untamed nature in Oliena, set beneath the soaring Corrasi peaks; and travel through the charming scenery of the Costa Smeralda to sail to La Maddalena Island. We visit a rural basilica and a Neolithic burial ground enroute to vibrant Alghero, a unique mix of modern Italian and medieval Catalan, the former focused on the lively marina, the latter unmistakable in the historic centre; and spend time in the riverbank village of Bosa and the seaside ruins of ancient Tharros; ending the tour in Oristano, at the centre of the island’s sunset shore.

Overview

  • Cagliari  - 2 nights
  • Olbia area  - 2 nights
  • Alghero  - 2 nights
  • Oristano  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Cagliari's Castello 'Old Town' Tour
  • Nuragic 'Su Nuraxi' Fort at Barumini
  • Cruise the Islands & Islets of La Maddalena
  • The Romanesque Basilica di Saccargia
  • Capo Caccia Cliffs & Botanical Reserve
  • The Pastel-Painted Houses of Bosa Village

In the footsteps of DH Lawrence, and enjoying the coast and countryside, culture and cuisine of the island, this tour explores Sardinia from charismatic Cagliari to Oliena’s mountains, La Maddalena Islands, medieval and modern Alghero, and elegant Oristano

Accommodation

Unahotel Thotel - Cagliari

A 4-star centrally located hotel, in front of the new Parco della Musica and the Lyric Theatre. Restaurant, bar, spa, gym, WiFi (free) and 207 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe and TV.

Grand Hotel President - Olbia

An elegant 4-star hotel located in the city centre. Restaurant, lounge bar, WiFi (free) and 60 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities and TV.

Catalunya Hotel - Alghero

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.

Hotel Lido Beach - Oristano

A small hotel situated on torre grande with easy access to oristano, the Sinus peninsula, at the edge of the soft, sandy beach. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 18 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer and mini-bar and satellite TV.

Dates & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
EasyJet from Gatwick

September
September 12 (Thursday)
  • 2 Places Remaining on Tour
October
October 3 (Thursday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 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, approximately €2 per person per night.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Sep, Oct
  • £345
  • 2025: May, Jun, Sep
  • £375
  • 2025: Oct 09
  • £325
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £180
  • Arrival transfer
  • £46 (included if travelling with group)
  • Departure transfer
  • £183 (included if travelling with group)

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