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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 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 for 9 or more.

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 “Nuraghic” 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 adventure.

Sardinia “Coast to Coast” Walking Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation (1 night Olbia/4-star hotel, 2 nights Alghero/4-star hotel, 2 nights Su Gologone/4-star hotel, and 2 nights Cala Gonone/superior 3-star)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 1 picnic lunch, and 5 dinners
  • Luggage: Bags are transferred by van starting with pick-up from Olbia on day 2 with drop off at Olbia airport on day 8
  • Special events: Culinary demonstration, easy river kayak excursion, entry to archaeological and naturalistic sites (Santu Antine, Tiscali and Gorroppu Canyon), and a private boat trip to see spectacular caves, gorges, and beaches
  • Transport: Private van transfers
  • Active days: 6 days of guided hiking
  • Guides: At least 1 bilingual Customwalks guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people; 2 guides accompany departures of 9 or more people
  • Max group size: Tours are capped at 14 people

 

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Sardinia “Coast to Coast” Walking tour itinerary Request full itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday

Independent arrival in Olbia and check-in at the Hotel Panorama (or similar), located in the historic old town. There are several flights per day to Olbia from Rome and Milan as well as from other European hubs. Take some time this afternoon to explore Olbia’s charming city center. Dinner is on your own tonight to allow for a flexible and relaxed start to the trip. 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 4-star Hotel Catalunya (or similar). The Sept 20 departure stays at the four-star Hotel Calabona. 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, breakfast and lunch included. Dinner not included.

Day 4 - Wednesday

8:30 check-out and 30-min transfer to the 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. Today we hike on water! Or more precisely, we take you on a beautiful and easy kayak trip down the Temo River with a local guide. We paddle through the old town, under the 16th century stone bridge and gradually enter a wild and secluded part of the river for an unexpected trip into the abundant flora and fauna of the small river. Afterwards, we have a 2-hour transfer inland to Su Gologone, a unique 4-star 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

Transfer this morning to the ruins of the ancient village of Tíscali, which was built inside a massive collapsed cave so was protected by natural walls but open to the sun and fresh rain water. It consists of two groups of dwellings which were 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 defence against the Romans in the 2nd - 1st centuries BC. Stop for lunch at a little "chalet" tucked into the woods near the river, or if you prefer, you can take a 5-minute stroll back to your hotel and have lunch by the pool. Relax at the hotel this afternoon before a special culinary experience where you see how to make traditional Sardinian breads in an ancient wood-fired oven that is still used today. Following the demonstration, you will dine on the delicate filo-like flat-breads and hearty savory tartes that the women of the village have made for centuries. Dinner tonight on the terrace. 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 Gorroppu gorge. At its narrowest, the gorge is 5 m (16 ft) wide between sheer rock walls 500 m (1,650 ft) 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 superior 3-star Cala Luna (or similar) is right on the waterfront, so relax with a cold drink on the rooftop terrace or head out to the beach for a swim before dinner. Overnight Cala Gonone. Hotel, breakfast, picnic lunch 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 the walks a satisfying workout, while less-fit hikers will find them challenging but do-able and have a great sense of achievement at the end of the week.
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 standard 3-rated tours.
Actual walking time: Between 3-5 hours per day, mostly in the morning but also in the afternoon.
Distances: Usually 8 - 12 kms (5 - 7 mi) per day. Max distance 16 kms (9 mi).
Surfaces: Trails are a mix of compact earth or dirt track, gravel roads, and rocky, uneven wooded trails. You will also encounter centuries' old stone stairways and rocky steps.
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 on uneven terrain. Trails are often in the sun, and we walk between 6 - 16 km (4 - 10 mi.) every day.
Hiking Poles: Highly recommended but not required, and if you habitually use hiking poles 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+ rated tour. Our most common comment about the Cinque Terre walk and other tours rated 3+ 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 and have good balance. 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, followed by the Cinque Terre, Sardinia, Northern Greece Meteora & Zagori, and Andalusia.

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Getting There: We begin our trip in Olbia, which is easily reached by air from Rome and Milan plus a number of other European hubs. You can also get to Olbia by ferry from the Italian mainland.
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.
Ferry: there are ferry connections with Civitavecchia (near Rome), Livorno (near Pisa), and Genoa with a three different companies, so see the latest schedules at the Direct Ferries website.

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 Angela
Posted Oct 02, 2019

This was a superbly organised trip. The hikes were challenging in parts but at a pace that made them very do-able. Some scrambling over rocks but the views were worth it! Our guide Manu was friendly, professional and nothing was too much trouble, a credit to the company. I had never been to Sardinia before but I’m in love with the country. The hotels were lovely and there was free time built in to enjoy the facilities or explore the area and the food was out of this world. I recommend this tour to anyone who loves walking (and eating)

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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!

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

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.



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This was a superbly organised trip. The hikes were challenging in parts but at a pace that made them very do-able. Some scrambling over rocks but the views were worth it! Our guide Manu was friendly, professional and nothing was too much trouble, a credit to the company. I had never been to Sardinia before but I’m in love with the country. The hotels were lovely and there was free time built in to enjoy the facilities or explore the area and the food was out of this world. I recommend this tour to anyone who loves walking (and eating)
by Angela


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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