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A Sardinia Discovery

Lagoons, mountains & an emerald coast
 
Tour Sardinia’s panoramic landscapes on this self-guided journey by car (hire car included). Discover craggy mountains, golden dunes and glorious woodland; delve into the rich history and fascinating archaeology; savour delicious local cuisine and stay in charming, traditional hotels.
A Sardinia Discovery . 10 nights
A Sardinia Discovery . 10 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday by car on Sardinia

Nature has been generous to Sardinia, bestowing upon this expansive Mediterranean island the finest shades of her colour palette – the kaleidoscopic grains of its coral beaches, the rich floral carpets of its spring awakening, and the silver hues of its olive trees and limestone peaks.
A place where people lead simple lives governed by unshakeable traditions and a fierce pride in their roots, Sardinia is an island to be savoured: from the idyllic islands off the Costa Smeralda to the mountains and forests of the interior, and from the smoky Pecorino cheese and Carasau handmade bread to the robust Cannonau red wine produced from vines whose heritage dates back centuries.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Riola Sardo
    Night 1: at Hotel Lucrezia (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore the Sinis Peninsula
    You are close to the sublime Sinis Peninsula – a protected haven for wildlife, set between the Cabras Lagoon and the sea – so your first day is spent discovering its dramatic landscapes. Explore the vast, saltwater lagoons to which pink flamingos flock; the beautiful coastline with its spectacular cliffs, pristine waters and quartz sandy beaches; and the promontory of Capo San Marco at the southernmost tip, where the ruins of Phoenician Tharros lie.
  • Riola Sardo to Pula: 3.5hrs by car
    Driving south, detour to the Roman Temple of Antas before continuing to peaceful Portixeddu, where there is a good fish restaurant for lunch. Afterwards, seek out the secluded bay at Cala Domestica for a swim and a short but invigorating walk above dramatic cliffs, before heading south-east to reach the Lantana Hotel, centred on an oasis of sub-tropical gardens in the small town of Pula, for a three-night stay.
  • Explore from Pula
    Take a short walk to Nora on a nearby promontory, where there are interesting Roman remains and a Romanesque church overlooking a beautiful beach. We also suggest an easy coastal stroll via a string of sandy beaches to the lighthouse at Capo Spartivento, Sardinia’s southernmost point. Highly recommended is a drive around the coast to visit the island towns of Calasetta (by causeway) and Carloforte (by ferry), to experience their unique North African and Genoese heritage. Wander their narrow lanes and enjoy a waterfront lunch of pasta alla Carlofortina – locally-caught bluefin tuna with pesto and tomato.
  • Pula to Bitti or Oliena: 4hrs by car
    Driving north through the unspoiled heart of Sardinia, your journey is punctuated by nuraghi, the ancient stone watchtowers of the island's first inhabitants, and by the silent protests of socio-political graffiti adorning the façades of houses in villages like Orgosolo. Bitti, in the north-east, is renowned for its Tenores, whose polyphonic vocal style dates back 5,000 years. There is a museum here, as well as your next two-night base, the delightful Hotel Su Lithu (or upgrade to the traditional Sardinian splendour of Hotel Su Gologone in nearby Oliena).
  • Explore from Bitti or Oliena
    At Bitti visit the archaeological site of Su Romanzesu; or explore the surrounding countryside on foot: in the Montalbo hills, characterised by canals, canyons and caves, you may see mouflon, wild cats, pine martens and golden eagles; other local sites include the Nuraghic well-temple of Su Tiempiesu and the Santuario di S.Franceso di Lula. From Bitti, or Oliena, explore the stunning coastline of the Golfo Orosei and take a boat ride from Cala Gonone.
    From Oliena, you will find some of the island's wildest and most remote areas: head out on foot from the hotel to explore the Valle Lanaittu on a trail that leads to Grotta Sa Oche and the remains of a nuraghic village, or join a group excursion of the enigmatic site of Tiscali or the imposing Gola Gorropu gorge.
  • Bitti or Oliena to Sant'Antonio di Gallura: 2.5hrs by car
    Leaving Bitti or Oliena, you drive north to reach the Aldiola Country Resort, a tranquil rural retreat near the small village of Sant’Antonio di Gallura, overlooking placid Lake Lisica, where you spend your last three nights.
  • Explore from Sant'Antonio
    Admire the strange rock formations of Capo Testa, said to glow white in the moonlight, and drive to the Costa Smeralda for a ferry to La Maddalena archipelago, a galaxy of white-sand islets set in sapphire waters. Cross the causeway onto the garden island of Caprera to visit the house of Garibaldi, or follow paths beneath shady pine trees to secluded coves of white sand to savour your own Sardinian idyll.
 

Accommodation

You stay in four atmospheric hotels.
To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Oliena (to replace the Hotel Su Lithu in Bitti). Please indicate your preference at the time of booking.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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  • 10 nights: 17 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 04 September 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    17 - 25 Apr 2019 £1395 £395
    26 - 30 Apr 2019 £1425 £450
    1 - 30 May 2019 £1495 £470
    31 May - 6 Jun 2019 £1565 £545
    7 - 20 Jun 2019 £1625 £475
    4 - 12 Sep 2019 £1565 £545
    13 - 26 Sep 2019 £1495 £470
    27 - 30 Sep 2019 £1425 £450
    1 - 8 Oct 2019 £1395 £395
    9 - 21 Oct 2019 £1335 £385
    3rd & 4th person discount -£110 to -£140
    Single traveller supplement £110 to £140

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: 10 days’ category B car hire (Lancia Ypsilon or similar with manual transmission)
    Please note: a 'one-way' supplement is payable locally if hire car is returned to a different location from the pick-up point

    Driving time from the first hotel: Alghero 2h10, Cagliari 1h15, Olbia 2h30
    Driving time from the final hotel: Alghero 1h45, Cagliari 3h30, Olbia 0h30

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Lantana Hotel , Pula
    Superior: 17 Apr - 04 May 2019 £10
    Superior: 05 May - 30 Jun 2019 £8
    Superior: 04 Sep - 15 Sep 2019 £14
    Superior: 16 Sep - 29 Sep 2019 £8
    Superior: 30 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £10
    Hotel Su Lithu, Bitti
    Superior: 17 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £25
    Superior: 04 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £25
    Aldiola Country Resort, Sant’Antonio in Gallura
    Junior suite: 17 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £32
    Junior suite: 04 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £32
    Superior with lake & garden view: 17 Apr - 27 Jun 2019 £10
    Superior with lake & garden view: 28 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £22
    Superior with lake & garden view: 04 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £10

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Lucrezia, Riola Sardo (B&B) Double room Single room
    17 Apr - 25 Apr 2019 £85 £105
    26 Apr - 13 Jun 2019 £105 £125
    14 Jun - 27 Jun 2019 £110 £130
    28 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £120 £145
    04 Sep - 15 Oct 2019 £105 £125
    16 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £85 £105
    Lantana Hotel , Pula (B&B) Double room Single room
    17 Apr - 04 May 2019 £105 £155
    05 May - 09 Jun 2019 £116 £160
    10 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £132 £170
    04 Sep - 15 Sep 2019 £130 £190
    16 Sep - 29 Sep 2019 £116 £160
    30 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £105 £155
    Aldiola Country Resort, Sant’Antonio in Gallura (B&B) Double room Single room
    17 Apr - 25 Apr 2019 £85 £105
    26 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £110 £130
    04 Sep - 15 Oct 2019 £105 £125
    16 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £85 £105
  • 10 nights, staying in Hotel Su Gologone (3 dinners)

    14 April - 19 June 2019 & 4 September - 31 October 2019 Price Single room
    17 - 25 April £1560 £460
    26- 30 April £1590 £525
    1 - 26 May £1660 £545
    27 - 30 May £1690 £590
    31 May - 6 June £1760 £665
    7 - 20 June £1820 £595
    4 - 12 September £1760 £590
    13 - 22 September £1690 £590
    23 - 26 September £1660 £545
    27 - 30 September £1590 £525
    1 - 8 October £1560 £470
    9 - 21 October £1500 £460
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Alghero, Cagliari, Olbia

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Cagliari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Olbia easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Cagliari (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Alghero TUI 
    Gatwick - Cagliari British Airways 
    Gatwick - Olbia Air Italy,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Alghero (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Alghero (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Cagliari (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Cagliari (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Olbia British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Alghero easyJet 
    Luton - Olbia easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Cagliari Air Malta 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Alghero Ryanair 
    Stansted - Cagliari easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Alghero TUI 
    Manchester - Cagliari Ryanair 
    Manchester - Cagliari (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Manchester - Cagliari (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Olbia easyJet 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 10 nights
  • 3 dinners
    10 breakfasts
  • detailed cultural information
  • category B car hire
 
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FAQs

  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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