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Sardinia: mountains-to-sea trek

€795 per person
The classic 8-day tour version is given as itinerary and price below. Get in touch with us to check details for the 5-day version.

Join us on an exciting self-guided walking journey through Italy’s wildest island – Sardinia. Wander upon the 800 meter-high white cliffs overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea. Explore the jagged ridges of the Supramonte Mountains and follow the narrow trails through the magnificent Gola di Gorropu gorge. Discover hidden villages, ancient megalithic monuments and breathtaking views over the coastline. It’s important to note that the limestone terrain is difficult and the tour is recommended for hikers with some experience.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8/5 Days I Tour Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 night accommodation in 3* hotels and country inns on half board basis (breakfast and dinner included; drinks excluded) except in Cala Gonone, where dinner is not included; Day 1: People and luggage transfer Oliena square-Monte Maccione; Day 3: Luggage transfer and pick-up people at Su Gologone at 16.30 to Sant'Elene; Day 4: People transfer to Ponte Flumineddu (morning) and from Ponte Flumineddu (afternoon); Day 5: People transfer to Ponte Flumineddu (morning) and from Ponte Flumineddu (afternoon); Day 6: People transfer Hotel Sant'Elene-Old Tunnel and luggage to Cala Gonone; Emergency hotline; Detailed maps and road book in English.
  • What is not included
    Flights and public transportation; Travel insurance; Admissions and entrance fees of any kind; Tips and gratuities; Personal expenses such as lunches, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.; Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in this program. Possible CITY TAX to be paid in cash on the spot (it varies depending on the city and on the hotel’s category)
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, September, October
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Day 1. Arrival at Oliena
You will probably arrive in Sardinia through Cagliari or Alghero. A transfer by local bus will take you to Oliena. Your host will meet you and transfer you to your hotel located on the Monte Corrasi by car. Enjoy a glass of Cannonau wine and local carasàu bread as you prepare for the exciting days to come.
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Day 2. Monte Corrasi circular walk (11km, 5hrs, +825m/-815m)
After a healthy breakfast, you start your independent hiking tour with an ascent up the mountain. You will be rewarded with some spectacular views of the Supramonte Mountains and the beautiful surrounding valleys. You will soon reach a beautiful plateau where you can have some rest. You will descend following a different trail.
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Day 3. Walk to Su Gologone via Pedra Mugrones and Punta Cusidore (14-16km, 5-7hrs, +395m/-990m)
Today’s self-guided hiking route takes you through the enchanting Holm oak woods covering the foothills and lower slopes of the Supramonte and its 800m high limestone rocks. Contemplate the amazing views of the Oliena and Guthiddai valleys. You can opt to climb the steep stony slope of the Scala di Sovana to the Punta Cusidore if you feel like challenging yourself today (no via Ferrata). When you reach the Supramonte plateau you can see the entrance of the Grotta Orgoi. If you feel energized you can extend your walk with another 2km to the Su Gologone canyon. It is a narrow canyon, 108 deep and the primary water source of Sardinia.
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Day 4. From Rio Flumineddu to Tiscali via ovili huts and return via Scala de Surtana (11km, 5hrs, +700m/+700m)
You begin with a 15-minute transfer to Rio Flumineddu where the starting point of today’s hiking route awaits. You follow the route along the Scala de Surtana valley reaching two curious ovili huts recently restored. You descend to the valley and then climb up Monte Tiscali. You can have a rest visiting the cave preserving the remains of a prehistoric Nuraghe village along the way. You continue through the woods of the Surtana gorge and descend to the river Flumineddu where you will be picked up and taken to your hotel.
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Day 5. Gola di Gorropu walk or alternative route to Silana (11-15km, 3,30-5 hrs, +320m to +341m/-177m to -689m)
Today your self-guided walking route takes you into Italy’s deepest gorge. The Gola di Gorropu surrounds you with impressive 350 meter-high vertical white walls. A short transfer in the morning and in the afternoon takes you to the starting point of the trail and back. Alternatively, you can walk to Silana this day. The transfer to the starting point is 35 minutes and offers some great views of Scala de Surtana and Gola di Gorropu. The hiking trail you will then follow takes you to pass the western slopes of the ‘Supramonte de Dorgali‘. You then descend through the screed of Scala d' Orvene.
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Day 6. From Dorgali to Cala Gonone via Punta Bardia and Monte Irveri (11km, 4-5hrs, +486m/-958m)
A transfer will take you outside Dorgally at the starting point of today’s walking route. You will follow a trail ascending to the top of the beautiful Monte Bardia followed by a gradual descent. Magnificent views over the surrounding valleys will accompany you for this section of the walk. When you finally reach the asphalt road you can opt to walk to Cala Gonone directly or take a 2,30hrs detour to climb Monte Irveri (616m).
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Day 7. Walk to Cala Luna beach and back to Cala Gonone by boat (9-16km, 4-6hrs, +405m to +569m/-402m to -946m)
Today’s independent walking route is dedicated to a beautiful walk along the coastline. You will reach the white beach of Cala di Luna for a well-deserved relaxation. The beach can only be reached on foot or by boat. In the late afternoon, take a boat back to Cala Gonone.
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Day 8. Departure day
The trip and our services end after breakfast.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
795 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (arrivals during September/October) (*surcharge of 25 Euro per person for arrivals during the rest of the season)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 120 Euro
Solo Traveler supplement: 390 Euro (incl. sgl. room supplement)
Private transfers (optional; price for a group of up to 4 pax; should be pre-booked in advance):
Alghero airport-Oliena: 270 Euro; Cagliari airport-Oliena: 270 Euro; Cala Gonone-Cagliari airport: 270 Euro; Cala Gonone-Alghero airport: 270 Euro; Cala Gonone-Olbia airport: 180 Euro; Olbia airport-Oliena: 180 Euro;
Tips
Daily departures between April and the end of October, excl. August, when the tour is not offered due to summer heat! N.B. If clients arrive or leave on Sundays they have to book private transfers to and from the airports or have an extra night in Alghero, Olbia or Cagliari (depending on where they flight in and out).
The walks are poorly to moderately marked, often on uneven footpaths, small tracks amongst shrubs and, on a rare occasion, on small gravel roads. Some routes (such as Monte Tiscali) are a bit demanding, with some parts of (easy) climbing being a desolate limestone area, with no springs or villages along the way. Take plenty of water each day as there are no natural springs on the routes. You can fly in to Cagliari, Olbia or Alghero airport, served by several low cost carriers). Travel time from Cagliari and Alghero airports to the first hotel is approximately 3-4 hours and from Olbia approximately 2 hours. From Oliena bus stop, you are transferred by car to the hotel.
Notes: On arrival: We suggest arriving in Sardinia before 13:00 hrs. in the afternoon because some time is needed to catch the bus to Oliena. However, if your flight lands in Sardinia after 16:00 hrs. or on a national holiday, you must either book a private transfer to the first accommodation in Oliena or spend your first night in your city of arrival. In this case, if you want to make the walks of Day 1, as mentioned in the programme, you must take a very early bus on the morning of Day 2 to Oliena. Otherwise, you may arrive the day before and book an extra night at the beginning of the trip. On departure: If you have a late morning/afternoon flight any day from Monday to Saturday and do not want to spend an extra night in Cala Gonone, you must book a private transfer with Gisellu. Minibus from Cala Gonone to Nuoro, the closest nearby city. From Nuoro, there are ample connections to get to your departure airport on time. If your return trip is on a Sunday or a national holiday, the private transfer must be from Cala Gonone all the way to Cagliari, as there are no buses that leave from Cala Gonone on Sundays or on holidays. If you fly out on a Sunday, you can sleep in Cagliari on Saturday night, instead of Cala Gonone. Otherwise, you must book a private transfer with Gisellu bus to the Cagliari airport.
Accommodation
Day 1 & 2 - Oliena; Day 3, 4 & 5 - Dorgali; Day 6 & 7 - Cala Gonone; Breakfast and dinner included, except in Cala Gonone (where dinner is not included). 2-3* hotels with en-suite rooms. The hotels in Oliena and Dorgali are cozy, friendly and nestled in peaceful, remote locations with superb views of the mountains and easy access to the walks. Throughout the trip you will have plenty of opportunities to savor both the excellent local food as well as the renowned Cannonau wine, the deepest shade of red in Italy.

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