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  • Location: Italy
  • Duration: 8 Day/7 Night
  • Departing from: Olbia, Sunday Day 1
  • Tour finishes: Olbia, 10:30 a.m., Sunday Day 8
  • Departures 2019: May 19 & September 22, plus private departures.
  • Price 2019: Euro €3,100 per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement Euro €300. One guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people. Two guides accompany departures of 9 or more people.
  • Departures 2020: May 17 & September 20, plus private departures.
  • Price 2020: Euro €3,150 per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement Euro €300. One guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people. Two guides accompany departures of 9 or more people.

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and has a fascinating history that goes back to Neolithic times. In recent decades it has become famous as a playground for the rich and famous, but that's not our style, so we take you off-the-beaten-track to the spectacular rugged coastline and into the isolated interior of the island. You will experience glorious coastal walks, explore breathtaking gorges, and swim in crystal blue water. Our walks take us to some of the island's most fascinating historical sites, from prehistoric petroglyphs, to massive stone towers built by the mysterious “Nuraghi” people, to Medieval churches, Spanish defensive towers, and the bustling port cities of Olbia and Alghero. The cuisine is a creative blend of fresh seafood and hearty meat dishes using local ingredients, paired with the island’s excellent Cannonau and Vermentino wines.The Sardinians themselves are an independent people proud of their unique culture and welcome you to their island home. Your guides, Manu and Marco, have both lived in Sardinia and are happy to share their love of the island with you. Join us for this very special, brand-new adventure.

Sardinia “Coast to Coast” Walking tour itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday

Make your way independently to Olbia and check into our pre-booked hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight to allow a flexible and relaxed start to the trip. Overnight Olbia at the Hotel Panorama. Hotel included. Dinner not included.

Day 2 - Monday

Meet your guide(s) this morning at 9:00 a.m. for a 1-hour drive to the Romanesque church of Sant’Antioco di Bisarcio. From there we have a three-hour walk through an eerie volcanic landscape, featuring ancient rock-cut tombs and prehistoric petroglyphs. Stop for lunch at a working farmhouse, with chickens, donkeys and other animals roaming the grounds. The day continues with a visit of some extraordinary ruins from the “Nuragic” period (the original inhabitants of the island, whose origin is still unknown). From there we go to to the lovely city of Alghero and enjoy a special dinner at a local trattoria, where our enthusiastic hosts treat us to some of the island's best food and wines. Overnight Alghero at the Hotel Catalunya. Hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3 - Tuesday

We head up the coast this morning for a beautiful and wild walk high above the sea. We stop for lunch at a rustic B&B and enjoy a taste of local specialties. Continue another hour down to the wide, sandy beach of Porto Ferro for a refreshing post-hike swim. Afterwards we have a short drive back to Alghero, where you’ll have some free time to wander the colorful city streets before dinner. Tonight is a “free night” so you’re free to dine where you like. Overnight Alghero. Hotel and breakfast included. Dinner not included.

Day 4 - Wednesday

8:30 check-out & 30-min transfer to the trailhead on one of the most scenic roads on the island. We head south to the beautiful coastal town of Bosa, where you'll find colorful houses in pastel hues, wrought-iron balconies, and narrow medieval alleys. Our hike takes us through the verdant and terraced hills surrounding the town. Afterwards, we have a 2-hour transfer inland to Su Gologone, a unique hotel complex in a lush garden setting of geraniums, hydrangeas, bougainvillea and prickly pear. Each room is different, and the furnishings and materials are all local: juniper, terracotta and inlaid plaster for the decorative touches. Overnight Su Gologone. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.

Day 5 - Thursday

Depart at 8:30 a.m. this morning for a transfer to the ruins of another ancient site called Tíscali. Built along the walls of a rocky overhang, it consists of two groups of dwellings built and inhabited between the 15th - 8th centuries BC. Its origins are unclear still today, as the building technique is different from those of other Nuragic sites, and it may have been inhabited even farther back in history. It was later repopulated and used as a defense against the Romans in the 2nd - 1st centuries BC. Stop for lunch at a little "chalet" tucked into the woods near the river. Relax at the hotel this afternoon and then enjoy a cooking lesson at a local "agriturismo" tonight. We dine on our handiwork, so be sure to do your best! Overnight Su Gologone. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.

Day 6 - Friday

A 50-minute drive takes us to the mountain pass of Genna Silana for a rugged “Dolomites-style” hike to the spectacular Gorropu gorge. At its narrowest, the gorge is 5 meters wide between sheer rock walls 500 meters high. From there an easy walk takes us along the river, where we get picked up by Jeep for an adventurous (and painless!) ride back up to our vehicle. Afterwards, a short drive takes us east to the seaside at the lively port town of Cala Gonone. Our hotel, the Cala Luna, is right on the waterfront, so relax with a cold drink on the rooftop terrace or head out to the beach for a swim. Overnight Cala Gonone. Hotel, breakfast, and dinner included.

Day 7 - Saturday

Our final day is all about the sea: we begin with a two-hour coastal walk to Cala Luna, where we’ll stop for a swim and a tasty lunch. We finish off our tour with a boat trip to experience some of Sardinia’s most spectacular and isolated bays and beaches (weather permitting, of course). Alternatively, you can enjoy the afternoon exploring the coast by sea kayak (optional activity) or you can choose to simply chill out and enjoy our hotel overlooking the lovely Cala Gonone beach. Overnight Cala Gonone. Hotel, breakfast and dinner included.

Day 8 - Sunday

We offer a 1hr15 min. drive to the Olbia airport, arriving around 10:30 a.m. If you need to leave earlier, we can arrange a taxi for you (at your expense). Breakfast included.

Activity Level 3+ = Moderate Plus:
In general: 
This is a Moderate tour for fit hikers who will find them a satisfying workout and challenging but do-able for not-so-fit hikers who invariably feel a great sense of achievement at the end of the tour!
Terrain: Rolling to hilly terrain with frequent steep ascents and descents. The "+" indicates that they also involve more rugged, rocky, or steep terrain than the 3 rated tours.
Actual walking time: between 2-5 hours per day, mostly in the morning but also in the afternoon.
Distances: Usually between 8 and 12 kms/5 and 7 miles. Max distance is 16 kms/9 miles.
Surfaces: Trails consisting of compact earth, gravelly earth, and sometimes dirt-gravel roads and frequently on rocky and uneven trails. Ancient stone staircases and trails with stone steps are often present. 
Footing: Good, but you have to pay attention to where and how you place your feet. Proper hiking shoes with thick soles with good treads are required. Sport sandals, running shoes and tennis shoes are not adequate.
Specifics: The terrain is often rugged but not technically difficult. Most of the trails are rocky, and some involve short sections of scree (loose rock), with some steep ups and downs and uneven terrain. Trails are often in the sun, and we walk between 6 - 16 km/4 - 7 mi. every day.
Hiking Poles: Highly recommended but not required, and if you habitually use hiking pole you will regret it if you don’t have them. 
Compared to the Cinque Terre: The Cinque Terre is the perfect example of a 3+ tour. Our most common comment about these trips is “More challenging than I expected but I am glad I did it”.

Other: This tour is appropriate for “sporty and fit” first-time hikers who enjoy walking, have good balance, and are coordinated. People with hip and knee issues might find a 3+ tour challenging because of the terrain and the duration of the hikes.
Moderate Plus Tours: Amalfi is the easiest of this group, then Dolomites Lite, then Cinque Terre, followed by Sardinia, Northern Greece Meteora & Zagori, and Andalusia.

Trip Cost includes: Accommodation for 7 nights (1 night Olbia, 2 nights Alghero, 2 nights Su Gologone, and 2 nights Cala Gonone in 3- and 4-star hotels); 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners; cooking class; boat trip on the final day; bilingual Customwalks guide(s) to accompany the tour and lead you on the walks; all visits, van transfers and luggage transfers as per itinerary.

Booking: Contact us at info@customwalks.com to receive a booking contract (or use the 'Contact Us' link at the top of this page), or click on the 'Book Now' button to the right.

Insurance: We highly recommend the purchase of Trip Insurance. We recommend “Travel Guard” to our North American clients, just click on the logo below.  Australian, New Zealander, and British travelers, please consult your insurance brokers.

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Getting There: Olbia is easily reached by air from Rome, Milan, and a handful of other cities in Europe.

Air: the closest airport is Olbia. For a complete list of Italian airports and a selection of low-cost airlines, see our "Transport Info" page.

Getting Away at the End of the Trip: the trip ends after breakfast on Sunday morning with an hour transfer to the Olbia airport, arriving around 10:30 a.m.

If you book a trip with us you will receive detailed information about how to get to the start of your trip, or feel free to e-mail us with any specific travel questions.

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by J Mowery from Kensington, CA
Posted Jun 28, 2018

This is a spectacular trip guided by experts. Manu and Brett are delightful and knowledgeable. If you're looking for gorgeous scenery, challenging hiking, interesting history and archaeology, and delicious food, visit Sardinia. Highlights included a grotto adventure (accessible only by boat), bouldering in a spectacular canyon, swimming off the boat in the blue-green Mediterranean, and a cooking class. Oh yes, the beds were comfy after a day on the trail, and the company was excellent!

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by DKent from Sydney Australia
Posted Jun 27, 2018

Another fabulous Customwalks tour...my 3rd in 3 different countries.The indefatigable Manu,(always with a smile);Brett’s dry humour and mastery of logistics ; a good itinerary; comfortable accommodation,excellent and plentiful food and a good group made for a great week. One less group lunch and an extra hour of walking per day would be my only recommended changes. Thank you for an experience that would be hard to replicate on your own. DK

4.6
by DKent from Sydney Australia
Posted Jun 27, 2018

Another fabulous Customwalks tour...my 3rd in 3 different countries.The indefatigable Manu,(always with a smile);Brett’s dry humour and mastery of logistics ; a good itinerary; comfortable accommodation,excellent and plentiful food and a good group made for a great week. One less group lunch and an extra hour of walking per day would be my only recommended changes. Thank you for an experience that would be hard to replicate on your own. DK

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by LLieberman from USA
Posted Jun 27, 2018

Fantastic to see the “real” Sardinia - through naturewalks in beautiful areas where the locals go! The food was delicious, the guides were delightful and the accommodations were well-appointed. There is nothing like the emerald color of the Sea surrounding this captivating island.

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by S Lane from Crawley, UK
Posted Jun 18, 2018

This was our 17th tour with Customwalks and just as enjoyable as all the others. There was a really nice variety of walks, each day's walk was different to the previous ones. The food and accommodation were good, I especially enjoyed the second hotel at Su Gologone which was very unusual and quite beautiful. The guides were phenomenal as always and ensured that we all had a trip to remember. In all a very nice introduction to Sardinia.



This is a spectacular trip guided by experts. Manu and Brett are delightful and knowledgeable. If you're looking for gorgeous scenery, challenging hiking, interesting history and archaeology, and delicious food, visit Sardinia. Highlights included a grotto adventure (accessible only by boat), bouldering in a spectacular canyon, swimming off the boat in the blue-green Mediterranean, and a cooking class. Oh yes, the beds were comfy after a day on the trail, and the company was excellent!
by J Mowery from Kensington, CA

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