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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 . 9 nights
A Sardinia Discovery . 9 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 Pula
    Night 1: at Lantana Hotel (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • 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.
    Take a stroll along Capo Spartivento
    Wander the narrow lanes on Carloforte
  • Pula to Riola Sardo: 3.5hrs by car
    Leaving Pula, head north-west to the bay of Cala Domestica for a swim and a short but invigorating coastal walk, then drive on to peaceful Portixeddu where there is a good fish restaurant for lunch. You also have the option of detouring to visit the Roman Temple of Antas before continuing north to the secluded bay of Riola Sardo and the Hotel Lucrezia – your base for the next three nights.
  • 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 time here 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.
    Flamingos
    Explore the ruins of Tharros
  • Riola Sardo to Sant’Antonio di Gallura: 3hrs by car
    Continuing north from Riola Sardo, you journey through the unspoiled heart of the island. Your drive 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. En route, there’s the option to visit Bitti, renowned for its Tenores, whose polyphonic vocal style dates back 5,000 years, and you may also like to explore the important archaeological site of Su Romanzesu, as well as the Crastazza Nature Reserve. Your destination is Sant’Antonio di Gallura, where you spend three nights at the Aldiola Country Resort overlooking Lake Liscia.
  • 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.
    Caprera Island
 

Accommodation

You stay in three atmospheric hotels.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 9 nights: 14 April 2020 - 30 June 2020 & 07 September 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    14 - 30 Apr 2020 £1175 £595
    1 - 25 May 2020 £1245 £670
    26 May - 5 Jun 2020 £1295 £695
    6 - 21 Jun 2020 £1385 £795
    7 - 27 Sep 2020 £1385 £795
    28 Sep - 6 Oct 2020 £1295 £695
    7 - 22 Oct 2020 £1245 £670
    3rd & 4th person discount -£105 to -£130
    Single traveller supplement £105 to £130

    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: 9 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 3h10, Cagliari 0h50, Olbia 3h20
    Driving time from the final hotel: Alghero 1h50, Cagliari 3h30, Olbia 0h40

    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: 14 Apr - 05 Jun 2020 £10
    Superior: 06 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £16
    Superior: 07 Sep - 25 Sep 2020 £8
    Superior: 26 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £10
    Aldiola Country Resort, Sant’Antonio in Gallura
    Junior suite: 14 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £32
    Junior suite: 07 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £32
    Superior with lake & garden view: 14 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £10
    Superior with lake & garden view: 07 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £10

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

    Prices include an extra day's hire car.
    Lantana Hotel , Pula (B&B) Double room Single room
    14 Apr - 10 May 2020 £110 £168
    11 May - 05 Jun 2020 £118 £186
    06 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £130 £205
    07 Sep - 25 Sep 2020 £155 £210
    26 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £140 £205
    Hotel Lucrezia, Riola Sardo (B&B) Double room Single room
    17 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £89 £118
    01 May - 31 May 2020 £94 £128
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £98 £180
    07 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £98 £180
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £89 £118
    Aldiola Country Resort, Sant’Antonio in Gallura (B&B) Double room Single room
    14 Apr - 25 Apr 2020 £88 £161
    26 Apr - 12 Jun 2020 £108 £198
    13 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £115 £205
    07 Sep - 15 Oct 2020 £108 £198
    16 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £88 £161
  • 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 Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    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 £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 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
  • 9 nights
  • 1 dinner
    9 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 £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 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 and Lizzie 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • 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 travel insurance 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.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/before-you-travel and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). 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.
  • 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.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • 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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