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Sardinia Self Drive 2015

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing: Olbia – Tempio Pausania – Palau – Maddalena – Santa Maria – Rose Beach Of Budelli – Cala Corsara – Tempio Pausania – Alghero – Nepture’s Grotto – Tempio Pausania – Oristano – Archologicaal Site Of Tharros – Tempio Pausania – Cagliari – Nora – Quartu Sant’Elena – Campidano – Villamar – Barumini – Giara di Gesturi – Quartu Sant’Elena – Arbataz – Grotto Del Blue Marino – Tempio Pausania – Arzachena – Costa Smeralda – Olbia

 

Includes

• 7 nights in selected hotels or similar
• Half-board (B, D)
• Rent a car Fiat Grande Punto or similar (8 days)
(different car types available on request)

Accommodation (or similar)

• Quartu Sant’Elena – Hotel Setar (4*)
• Tempio Pausania – Hotel Pausania Inn (3*)

2015 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Self Drive Code: 2015-AC
Departures Between
Twin Share
03 Apr - 11 Jun
11 Sep - 31 Oct
1,165
12 Jun - 30 Jul
28 Aug - 10 Sep
1,250
31 Jul - 27 Aug1,283

SELF DRIVE ITINERARY

Day 1: Olbia – Tempio Pausania

Arrive at Olbia and drive to the hotel Pausania Inn in Tempio Pausania.

Day 2: Tempio Pausania – Palau – Maddalena – Santa Maria – Rose Beach Of Budelli – Cala Corsara – Tempio Pausania

Leave the hotel for Palau and take a boat trip through the Archipelago of La Maddalena. Visit Madalena and see it’s historical centre and enjoy some shopping. Next visit the island of Santa Maria where you can visit the Punta Filetto lighthouse, sunbathe on the beach or have a swim. Visit the famous Rose Beach of Budelli before sailing along the coast reaching Cala Corsara. On the way back you’ll pass by Punta Sardegna, Porto Rafael and Capo d’Orso. In the afternoon return to the hotel. (B, D)

Day 3: Tempio Pausania – Alghero – Nepture’s Grotto – Tempio Pausania

A day spent in Alghero, a beautiful town with a prestigious Catalan past most noticeable in the town’s architecture; from the thick cobbled streets to the fortifications which follow the coastline. Another example can be found in the Piazza Civica (square) shaped like a funnel. In the square D’Albis and De Ferrera palaces and the ancient cathedral of Santa Maria are held. In the afternoon visit Neptune’s Grotto. This marine cave is carved into a spectacular sheer cliff and contains many stalagmites and stalactites. Inside the cave there is a salt water late which is 120 metres long and has splendid limestone columns rising out of the water. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Pausania Inn. (B, D)

Day 4: Tempio Pausania – Oristano – Archologicaal Site Of Tharros – Tempio Pausania

Travel to Oristano, a town situated in the heart of the great plain of Campidano. Whilst in the town you can visit numerous sites such as Oristano Cathedral, Church of Santa Chiara and San Francesco, Tower of Mariano II and the Antiquarium Museum of Palazzo Parpaglia. Located in Via Parpaglia is Eleonara D’Arborea’s house as well as the citys oldest and most traditional inn. In the house you will have the opportunity to taste the delicious Vernaccia wine. Afterwards you can visit the archeological site of Tharros. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Setar. (B, D)

Day 5: Tempio Pausania – Cagliari – Nora – Quartu Sant’Elena

Depart for Cagliari, capital city of the Sardinia region. Among the ancient walls some real gems are hidden: Portal of Santa Cristina, tower of Santa Pancrazio, Tower of the Elephant and the Piazza Palazzo which holds the beautiful cathedral of Santa Maria and the Palace of the Prefect. Enjoy lunch on Via Roma in one of the numerous restaurants. In the afternoon visit Nora, an archaeological site located 30 minutes outside of the city. Nora was an important resting point for Phoenician navigators in the 9th century. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Setar. (B, D)

Day 6: Quartu Sant’Elena – Campidano – Villamar – Barumini – Giara di Gesturi – Quartu Sant’Elena

Leaving the hotel and crossing a large section of the fertile plain of Campidano you will reach Villamar a small village popular with visitors for it’s murals. The tour continues towards Barumini where you will visit the famous nuragic archaeological complex of Su Nuraxi. The complex has a main tower and four small ones connected to each other by a wall which also forms part of a courtyard. The entire complex is protected by another wall and seven towers.
Surrounding the Nuraghe, is the village with its circular, elliptic-shaped huts. In the afternoon visit Giara di Gesturi, known for its small wild horses with almond eyes. There are about 600 of these horses which have probably originated from the Far East. Adapted on the tablelands long ago they live in small herd containing a dominant male and from 4 to 12 females and their respective colts. February is breeding season and it is common to see male horses fighting for control of new females to increase their harems and give them power. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Setar. (B, D)

Day 7: Quartu Sant’Elena – Arbataz – Grotto Del Blue Marino – Tempio Pausania

Follow the Orientale Sarda road North reaching Arbatax, known for its porphyry rocks named Rocce Rosse (red rocks). You can also visit the Grotto Del Blue Marino, located near Dorgali and can be reached by boat from Cala Gonone. The cave is named after the rare Mediterranean monk seal which nowadays can only be seen on the Sardinian Coast. Approximately 1km of the grotto is open to tourists, the unearthly reflections of the stalactites in the grottos pools are an unforgettable sight. Diner and overnight in Tempio Pausania. (B, D)

Day 8: Tempio Pausania – Arzachena – Costa Smeralda – Olbia

Move inland to visit the village of Arzachena The village is situated on the side of a hill on a large eroded rock which is shaped like a mushroom. One of the must-dos in this area is a visit to the archaeological site where you can visit the Giants’ Tombs Coddu Vecchju and Li Lolghi and the Nuraghe Albucciu. Afterwards visit the famous Costa Smeralda, an area which is a popular tourist destination for the rich and elite and boasts the best hotels on the island. Luxury yachts are docked along the coast and designer shops line the square. Here you can also visit the church of Stella Maris which holds a Neapolitan pipe organ from the 1600s and a painting by El Grego. (B)

 

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