• Discover Sardinia’s wonderful flora and fauna in a variety of habitats including coastal lagoons, cork oak woodland, and karstic mountain landscapes
• Examine the island’s Bronze Age civilisation through their characteristic circular towers – nuraghi
• The lagoons at Mari e Pauli and Sale Porcus offer opportunities to see uncommon water birds such as the purple gallinule, great white egret and the red-crested pochard
MA, MSc, PhD
geographer and Fellow and Director of Studies at Girton College, Cambridge
Depart London Stansted 1755 on Ryanair, arriving Alghero 2125. Continue to lakeside town of Cabras for four nights at Villa Canu.
Morning: lagoons at Marina di Torre Grande (flamingos, stilts, ospreys, saltwater plants, bees and other insects), 5th century church of San Giovanni di Sinis. Afternoon: Tharros (substantial Punic and Roman ruins) on beautiful Mediterranean peninsula (Posidonia beds, insects), Cabras Museum (introduction to mysterious prehistoric Nuraghic civilisation, including important Giants of Mont’e Prama).
Lagoons of Mari e Pauli and Sale Porcus (purple gallinule, great white egret, red-crested pochard, violet-winged mining bee), Su Pallosu for walk through coastal garrigue vegetation of dunes and cliffs to Aragonese defensive tower (coastal macchia, Dartford warbler, Sardinian warbler, shearwaters, and possibility of rare slender-billed gull). Church of San Salvatore (underground pagan sanctuary, pilgrim huts).
Good Friday Morning: Barumini Museum, Casa Zapata and high basalt plateau of Gesturi for walk through cork oak woodland (sand crocus, streams, pools, migrant birds, woodlarks, dung beetles, mantids and wild ponies). Afternoon: Su Nuraxi (one of the most impressive Nuraghic sites with huge towers).
Via Nuraghic site of Santa Cristina (sacred well, orchids, butterflies and bees) and giant’s tomb of S’Ena e Thomes to beautiful coastal village of Cala Gonone for three nights at Hotel Costa Dorada.
Day spent exploring the surroundings of Cala Gonone.
Supramonte Mountains: eagles, Barbary partridge, wildflowers (wild cyclamen and peonies) followed by walk around clifftop site of Nuraghe Mannu with Nuraghic tower and village (superb views). Evening: traditional dinner on local farm.
Transfer to Alghero via impressive nuraghe at Santu Antine for 2150 return flight, arriving Stansted 2320.
7 Apr — 14 Apr 2020
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This tour will be taken at a relaxed pace however there will be a number of walks over rugged terrain, as well as visits to sites with uneven steps and surfaces. Participants should be comfortable standing and walking for two hours at a time, and also with embarking and disembarking small sea-going boats.
We are pleased to offer complimentary overnight accommodation including breakfast at London Stansted Airport for 14 April on the inbound flight, due to the late arrival.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of £150.
Cost of £1995 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £90, double room for single use supplement £135.