“ Our only walking holiday in Sardinia, for eight days, led by local expert guides, along ridges and rivers, gorges and gorgeous coves. Gorgeous price too, we reckon.”
Monte Tului | Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios | Gorroppu Gorge | Swimming | Flumineddu River Pre-historic Tiscali Village | Su Cologone springs | Caves of Cala Luna
Description of Sardinia walking holiday, Italy
This eight day Sardinia walking holiday, travelling in a small group with an expert local guide accompanying you throughout, is Sardinia at it slowest and most serene. Because as well as its world renowned beautiful beaches, which await at the end of nearly every hike, or indeed half way along for the perfect siesta spot, Sardinia’s mountainous landscapes appeal to any walker's sense of wanderlust.
With four full days of guided walks, the tracks and trails that we take you on are considered ‘moderate’ in terms of ability and fitness, discovering a different part of the island every day but coming back to the same friendly, family owned hotel every night near the ancient town of Dorgali.
The walks on Sardinia have a wonderfully wild feel to them, following traditional mule trails up to Monte Tului where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Gulf of Orosei. Or hiking through Europe’s deepest canyon, the Gorropu Gorge where the cliff walls stretch up as far as 200m. This rugged trekking terrain has seen visitors for centuries, however, with Bronze Age ruins such as the Nuraghes villages and cave dwellings scattered around Sardinia, where karst limestone allowed for the likes of Tiscali, an ancient village, to be built inside a huge cave, where people hid from the Romans. The island’s limestone landscape is also home to natural water springs, such as the ones at Su Cologone. A wonderfully cooling spot on a hot walking day.
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Always have a swim gear to hand. Dips are to die for.
Small group. Max. 16 people. Min. age 16.
Moderate . 3-6 hours walking per day.
3 * hotel.
Flights, accommodation, all breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 5 dinners, wine tasting, all transport, tour leader.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Small group holiday
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.
We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!
Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.
Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.
Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.
“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.
“The accommodation will be basic” Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.
“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.
“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson
Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando
Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.
Activity: Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour does encourage clients to have a positive effect by engaging with locals, using cafes and restaurants, and investing in traditional gifts and local produce. By visiting a number of places of interest and offering additional optional excursions, we support those who run these trips and the upkeep of historically important sites.
UK Office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Accommodation and Meals: We will be spending 7 days at a comfortable, family-run hotel within walking distance of Dorgali. Only 7km from the beautiful coast, this small agricultural town is famous for its crafts and ceramics and offers a wide choice of shops, restaurants and bars. As the hotel is locally staffed, this has multiple benefits for the community: local employment opportunities are created and income generated is reinvested in the area. Most meals are included and chefs at the hotel’s locally renowned restaurant seek to take advantage of the rich and varied local produce available in the Mediterranean. This will include delicious regional cheeses and meats, fresh fruit and salads, and catch of the day. Free meal times are a an opportunity to support local businesses and to try some Sardinian specialties, like almond cakes, local honey, homemade clam pasta, suckling pig, cheese and mint ravioli, fish roe and cheese pastries.
Local Craft and Culture: We explore this Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios and its complex arrangement of circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age. There is also the option to visit the other archaeological sites of the Dorgali region, which include the Archaeological Museum and the ethnological Park and Museum of s'Abba frisca. As for local crafts, we pass several manufacturers on our route that make jewellery, leather goods, ceramics and wine. We arrange for a wine tasting in a small wine factory where we learn about the local wines and how they are made. Cannonau Doc Vigna di Isalle is a smooth, local red wine which is popular in the area and clients are welcome to buy some from these small suppliers.
Group Size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.