Walking in Sardinia

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Trip code: 
TES
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
5–16
Min age:
16

Walk one of the wildest islands in the Mediterranean

With its stark beauty, crystal clear waters, golden beaches and undulating limestone ridges, it’s easy to see why Sardinia is considered one of the Mediterranean’s finest gems. Based in the Dorgali area, we explore on foot the idyllic forest-framed coastline of the east and the rugged rocky mountains in the west, walking through valleys, gorges, peaks and spectacular turquoise bays. In addition to its serene natural beauty, Sardinia is also a place of great historic interest and during the week we have the chance to visit the famous monolithic monuments built by the Nuraghi peoples, one of the main prehistoric Mediterranean civilisations.

Highlights

  • One of the wildest islands in the Mediterranean
  • Stunning sandy beaches
  • Fascinating ancient Nuraghic monuments
  • Family-run hotel with excellent restaurant

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel S'Adde, all rooms en suite
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • 4 days centre-based walking, 1 day sightseeing
  • Altitude maximum 910m, average 400m
  • Countries visited: Italy

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 1 wine tasting and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 10 per person, see Trip Notes)

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

4

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 5-6 hours per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; uneven paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 213.0km/8.0miles
Day 315.0km/9.0miles
Day 612.0km/7.0miles
Day 710.0km/6.0miles

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

We spend the nights in the family run hotel, Hotel S’Adde, where our visit ensures that we provide job opportunities and a chance for the local community to generate income through tourism.

A wine tasting session is arranged for clients to learn about local wines and a way to support local production. Clients can consider trying the Cannonau Doc Vigna di Isalle, a smooth local red wine, popular in the area and can be purchased from local suppliers.

As a trekking holiday, it allows easy access and flexibility for clients to interact with the locals, visit local cafes and bars, support local produce and craft to facilitate cultural exploration and experience what life is really like in Sardinia. 

Water is especially important and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to not cause too much waste from single use plastic bottles. Tap water in Sardinia is generally safe to drink hence, we strongly encourage clients to bring their own reusable water bottles to refill throughout the trip.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

 

Itinerary

Dorgali
to
Dorgali
  • Day 1

    Fly to Olbia; transfer to Dorgali.

    Our week begins at the Hotel S'Adde in Dorgali. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Orientation walk through an old path around Monte Tului with beautiful views of the Gulf of Orosei

    We start with an orientation walk through an old path around Monte Tului (916m), which boasts one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf of Orosei along with the mountainous inland around Dorgali. (approx. 5 hours walking, ascent 600m descent 600m, 13km).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Walk along the Gorropu Gorge, Italy's deepest natural canyon; free time to paddle on the Flumineddu River

    On our drive above the Flumineddu Valley, we enjoy stunning views until we arrive at the Gorropu Gorge - also known as the 'Grand Canyon of Europe'. Its high, narrow, vertical walls reach 200 metres making it the deepest and roughest natural gorge in Europe. Over millions of years, the Flumineddu River has eroded the landscape to create the incomparable natural beauty of the gorge. There is a chance to paddle on the river, if conditions allow. This evening, there is the opportunity to enjoy dinner in a restaurant in Dorgali centre - payable locally (approx. 6 hours walking, ascent 415 meters -420 meters, 15km).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Explore Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios, with its complex circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age; relax on an idyllic sandy beach. Local wine tasting

    We begin with a drive to the site of the renowned Giants Tomb, the Sardinian megalithic gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic civilization. We then continue on to the site of the Serra Orrios, one of the most famous of the Nuraghes villages. The Nuraghes, cone tomb-like towers positioned around the island, are the symbols of Sardinia and of its unique ethnicity. The Nuragici people, who built these towers, are considered as the most accomplished, yet mysterious, civilisation in the Mediterranean. We explore this Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios and its complex arrangement of circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age. After this we have time for a quick coffee stop before driving on to Cala Orsala. This is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, surrounded by rocks, pinewoods and lush Mediterranean scrub. Weather permitting, we will have lunch on the beach. After this we visit the 'Grotta degli Ispinigoli' home to the longest stalactite-stalagmite column in Europe. We finish the day with a visit to a wine factory (cantina) for wine tasting and a short talk about the local wines.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day; explore the archaeological sites of the Dorgali region, take an optional self-guided walk or simply relax by the beach and enjoy the leisurely Sardinian lifestyle

    Today is free to explore the archaeological sites of the Dorgali region, take an optional self-guided walk or simply relax by the beach and enjoy the leisurely Sardinian lifestyle. Horse riding can also be arranged for you; alternatively, you can take an optional wonderful boat trip to Bue Marino Grotto (weather permitting).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Walk around the prehistoric Tiscali Village, built inside a cave; visit the springs of Su Cologone

    After a short transfer, we start our rewarding (and perhaps the most challenging) walk to the deserted village of Tiscali. Tiscali is built in a huge cave inside Monte Corrasi and it is speculated that its inhabitants hid here from the Romans. We also make an essential visit to the karstic springs of Su Cologone, where an imposing mass of mineral water carves shapes into the rocks as it gushes out of the impressive gorge. (approx. 5 hours walking, ascent 430m descent 480m, 12km).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Explore the caves and cliffs on walk from the beach of Cala Luna; free afternoon

    We start the day with a boat trip to Cala Luna, known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Here there will be time to explore the large caves and perhaps watch the rock climbing. The walk back to Cala Gonone starts through a vast forest and gulleys, with occasional views of the coast. At the end of the walk at Cala Gonone we will have time for a very welcome drink and the opportunity for a swim before we return to Dorgali (approx.5 hours walking, ascent 310m descent 310m, 10km).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Dorgali

    End Hotel S'Adde in Dorgali.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 evening meals are included. In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day.

Breakfast: Buffet including cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit and cold meats.

Lunch: Large paninis (filled with cold meats/cheese), cake and fruit.

Evening meal: Three course meal with soup/salad for starters; meat/fish for main course and local dessert.

The Traditional Sardinian cuisine is full of local and delicious recipes. Popular specialities include: roast suckling pig, excellent seafood dishes and local Sardinian wines, such as Vermentino, Nuragus, Cannonau and Monica. Mirto is Sardinia’s after dinner liqueur, which is made from the leaves of the myrtle plant.

NB Although meals mostly consist of meat/fish, the hotel staff endeavour to meet specific dietary requirements. Please advise us before departure so the hotel has sufficient time to prepare.

Weather

Dorgali has a Mediterranean climate, usually warm in spring and autumn and hot, dry summers. April, May, September and October are also warm with average daytime temperatures around 20ºC. Rain is unlikely but possible throughout the year.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
This is a moderate walking week with some free time to relax and to enjoy the excellent local food and wine. All walks take around 5 to 6 hours and require a moderate level of fitness. Walking is on a variety of dirt tracks, gravel and some tarmac. There are also rocky sections that may require some scrambling and in less visited areas be aware paths may be overgrown and rougher underfoot. A few steep ascents and descents should be expected. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to call us. Walking hours stated in the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Summer temperatures in Italy can be quite high. In case of very hot weather we will make our best to adjust the itinerary to make it the most enjoyable possible but please consider this aspect when deciding the time of the year you wish to travel according to your suitability to that season.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel S'Adde - 3 Star

You will spend 7 days at the Hotel S'Adde; a comfortable family-run 3 star hotel.

All the rooms are en-suite and equipped with telephone and a satellite T.V., while only a few have minibar. The hotel facilities include bar, restaurant, TV room and terrace. Wi-Fi is only available in the reception area, not in the bedrooms.

The hotel is located within walking distance from Dorgali, situated 1.5 hours from Olbia airport in the beautiful Gulf of Orosei. Only 7km from the coast, this small agricultural town is famous for its crafts and ceramics and offers a wide choice of shops, restaurants and bars.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2019
    geoff woods

    Sardininian walking holiday

    The bast holiday we have had with Explore or Exodus

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The boat trip and then walk back along the cliffs of Bay of Orosei and the bue/green Mediteranean

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Wonderfully italian, great organisers, created a friendly environment, not good on Geography but that didnt matter

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Its a great trip/ Maybe on the day off, walk to Casa Gonome by retracing the Sunday walk, and turning left out of the tunnel, going across the two scarp faces ahead of you and slowly down into the town (for a late lunch), get the bus back.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotel really good. Food excellent. All walks/days full of activity
  • Reviewed May 2019
    CATHERINE LAMB

    Sardinia on foot

    A well planed and well lead interesting trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We enjoyed the archaeology and caves as a balance to the lovely walks. The mountain flowers were just as I hoped to see in the wild,

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable and experienced, communicated well and demonstrated flexibility to account for changing weather.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take full bad weather gear this is hill country
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Diane Humphreys

    Walking in Sardinia

    We saw many historical and cultural aspects of Sardinia that were a complete surprise to us and these were a bonus. The planned walks were stunning in their scope and very ably led by Albert, our tour leader. The weather was variable and greatly impacted on the activities so re scheduling was necessary; having said that, we missed nothing in the end. Being flexible is part of travel.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the gorge and the cave after much scrambling over huge rocks.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert was trustworthy, physically very capable and knowledgeable and patient with a diverse group of walkers.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack for all weathers and be prepared to work with the weather.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Liz Hesnan

    Good Varied hiking, but need to be fit for the scrambling involved

    Excellent , Confident and friendly leader who coped well with a wide variety of fitness levels Good food served by the hotel, I personally found the beds very hard! Shame about the weather, but not much anyone can do about that!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visit to the cave was spectacular

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent friendly leader, felt very safe, and he coped well with a wide variety of fitness levels / and experience of the other hikers

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare for all weathers, and assess your level of fitness to cope with the scrambling and uneven rocky hiking, and Some steepish climbs/descents
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Pippa C

    Walking in Sardinia

    The walk on the first day was cold and very windy and I was unsure what to expect - but after that we were lucky with perfect sunny weather. Every day was very different with some challenging walks and very interesting archaeology. The countryside was very green with colourful flowers and the sea very blue. The sea was pretty cold in early May but a brief swim was very refreshing in the clear water. The hotel was family run and very friendly with hot showers and homely food. Our leader Albert was great - although it would have been nice to have learned a bit more about Sardinian culture. Our group spanned 30 years in our ages - which made for a really good mix of people. I really enjoyed Sardinia and this holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to say. I loved Serra Orrios in its setting of olive trees - and also seeing a bee orchid!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert was excellent. It was nice to have some local guides at some sites too. And having wine and local cheeses at the small family vineyard of our minivan drivers was very welcome.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking poles were good with some steep ups and downs on coastal paths.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Derek Clarke

    A great holiday

    Sardinia proved to be a surprisingly beautiful island with good walks and a fabulous coast. The hotel is very good with excellent food and very friendly staff. We were blessed with great weather which I'm sure influenced my enjoyment. The group was also lovely but that's my experience almost every time with Exodus. If you happen to have Albert as your guide you will indeed be fortunate - a more caring, competent and sociable leader would be hard to find. Personally I would drop the 'tourist day', hence only four stars.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Perhaps the boat ride!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Laura Keely

    Varied walking and friendly people

    Sardinia offers good, varied walking and activities on a beautiful island. We stayed at a very welcoming family-run hotel, as so often with Exodus. The town of Dorgali is a centre for crafts - traditional and modern jewellery, leatherwork and pottery, mostly - and the locals are friendly and helpful. The walking group included people with many different talents, backgrounds & interests. As usual I had many great conversations on a range of subjects, made some new friends, and learnt much.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the spring flowers

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis was great, very helpful - especially when my luggage was delayed, as he lent me his down gilet for extra warmth! He put a lot of effort into making sure that everyone had the best possible holiday, and was always cheerful and flexible

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather was very variable on our late April trip - expect a range of temperatures and weather, sometimes in the same day

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There was a member of the group who was quite difficult to relate to, because she was slightly un-neurotypical. She also had problems and got upset as she found it hard to deal with us as well. It was a shame as no-one really knew or could arrive at a good way to get on with each other better. Alexis did his best to understand her, and our, problems. Unfortunately, people often have high expectations of their week off from work - and this made some of the reactions to her behaviour a bit intolerant. It gave us all lots to talk about though!
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Andrea Stewart

    First trip with Exodus

    First day of walking was straight up. Not a very interesting route. I suggest you rethink this option. Sight-seeing day was fun, informative and well paced. Tiscali was a fabulous day. An alternative hotel would be a significant improvement. The accommodation was simple, but with 4 hours post walk before dinner, the ‘lounge’ was minimal. Meals were simple and far from expectations- dining in Italy should be a great experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Great day going to Tiscali

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fabulous! Energetic and personable. Alexi worked hard to ensure participants were happy and doing well

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A different location for the base of this trip should be considered. Why not reside in the seaside town 20 minutes away? How sad to have 4 hours after walking but to be no where near a beach? There are beautiful areas of Sardinia, but I don’t feel this trip includes them. I feel this itinerary needs a serious over haul.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Lesley Waud

    Great trip

    One of the best trip leaders I’ve seen in almost 20 holidays with Exodus; lovely family run hotel; amazing gelato and great walking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The lunch on the beach - great barbecue food and awesome views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis was knowledgable, caring, considerate and good fun to be with. He was one of the best trip leaders I have come across.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Margaret Edwards

    Walking in Sardinia

    We had a super time on this holiday. Sardinia is a beautiful island, the walking was very enjoyable and the hotel used was perfect for this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving in Dorgali to find a 2 day festival taking place. It was a joy to behold. Also, walking to Tiscali high in the mountains and discovering this ancient place.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis is an excellent leader. He guided us with great care, fun, expertise and consideration for all.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take walking poles as they can be very useful on the stony paths. Be prepared for all weathers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'd highly recommend this holiday to those who enjoy walking, good food and drink and the opportunity to explore local village life.

Dates & Prices

This trip can be combined with one of our Amalfi Coast itineraries:

With so much to see and do in the world we know how hard it is to settle just on one destination. That's why we have put together a handy guide of trips you are able to do back-to-back.

TES (Walking in Sardinia) can be combined with Walking the Amalfi Coast (TDA) but we recommend doing the Sardinia trip first in order for this to work. All the TES departures dates can be combined with TDA if both trips are guaranteed to run.

If you are interested in combining this trip, please check our trip notes, call us, email us or start a Live chat for further details.

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