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Sardinia: Birds, Flowers & Nuraghi

17 Apr — 24 Apr 2018 | Tour Directors: Kevin Hand, Harriet Allen

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Tour Directors

Andrew Wilson portrait

Kevin Hand, MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Andrew Wilson portrait

Harriet Allen, MA, MSc, PhD

geographer and Fellow and Director of Studies at Girton College, Cambridge

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Stansted 1255, arriving Alghero 1625. Continue to lakeside town of Cabras for four nights at Villa Canu.

Day

2

Morning: lagoons at Marina di Torre Grande (flamingos, stilts, ospreys, saltwater plants), 5th century church of San Giovanni di Sinis. Afternoon: Tharros (substantial Punic and Roman ruins) on beautiful Mediterranean peninsula, Cabras Musuem (introduction to mysterious prehistoric Nuraghic civilisation, including important Giants of Mont’e Prama).

Day

3

Lagoons of Mari e Pauli and Sale Porcus (purple gallinule, great white egret, red-crested pochard), Su Pallosu for walk through coastal garrigue vegetation of dunes and cliffs to Aragonese defensive tower (coastal macchia, possible Marmora’s warbler). Afternoon: church of San Salvatore (underground pagan sanctuary, pilgrim huts).

Day

4

Morning: Barumini Museum, Casa Zapata MUSEUM and high basalt plateau of Gesturi for walk through cork oak woodland (sand crocus, streams, pools, migrant birds, woodlarks and wild ponies) and picnic beside the protonuraghe of Brunku Madrugui. Afternoon: Su Nuraxi (one of most impressive Nuraghic sites with huge towers) and the Lilliu Centre.

Day

5

Via Nuraghic site of Santa Cristina (sacred well) and giant’s tomb of S’Ena e Thomes to beautiful coastal village of Cala Gonone for three nights at Hotel Costa Dorada.

Day

6

Whole day excursion by boat to sea cave of Bue Marino (Audouin’s gulls, huge stalagmites), secluded beach and lagoon of Cala Luna.

Day

7

Supramonte Mountains: eagles, Barbary partridge, wildflowers (including wild cyclamen and peonies) followed by walk around coastal site of Nuraghe Mannu with Nuraghic tower and village (superb views). Evening: traditional dinner on local farm.

Day

8

Transfer to Alghero via impressive nuraghe at Santu Antine for 1650 return flight, arriving London Stansted 1825.

Tour Dates

17 Apr — 24 Apr 2018

Days

8

Cost

£1895

Tour Code

SARD-18

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Testimonial

"Everything went very smoothly and was well organised. The great feature of the tours is that you can just enjoy the tour and everything is taken care of."

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Cost 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 £140.

 
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