Sardinia

Sardinia: From Wild Trails to Secluded Luxury

Hike the wild, beautiful trails of Sardinia, reaching high elevation prehistoric sites and gorges, and descending to the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean! The grand finale? Enjoy a luxurious, leisurely day relaxing on an incredible sailing yacht as you cruise around the idyllic La Maddalena archipelago.

Trip Overview

When most people think of a hiking vacation, they think of mountains. Maybe lakes and rivers. But beaches? Really? Well… that’s because they’ve never been to Sardinia!

On this active itinerary, yes you’ll hike through beautiful mountains, discovering cultural artifacts that date back before the Romans, but you’ll also drop down to secluded beaches, accessible only by foot or by private boat. In fact, many of your hiking excursions will end with time on the beach before transferring back to your hotel by boat! On our Sardinia: From Wild Trails to Secluded Luxury itinerary, you’ll explore the central eastern Olbia Coastline, the mountainous interior of the island, and the beautiful Costa Smerelda, or Emerald Coast, to its north, as well as the La Maddalena archipelago off the northern tip. You’ll be plenty active each day, with opportunities to swim and relax on the beach throughout. 

Sardinia’s east coast and interior comprise one of the last wilderness sanctuaries on the entire Mediterranean Sea. The landscape of the wonderful Supramonte Mountains on the east side of the island belongs to one of the most dramatic coastlines of the Mediterranean. White cliffs rise 800 meters (2,625') high out of the crystal clear blue waters of the Golfo di Orosei. Thousands of mysterious Nuraghe villages and towers, scattered over this island, tell us of ancient times and ancient cultures that once ruled Sardinia. And the pristine beaches here offer an unmatched beauty of crystal waters and pristine white pebbles and rocks that render the sea an unimaginable variety of turquoise colors, changing at different times of day, and depending on your angle of view. 

On your last few days, you’ll explore an altogether different landscape to the north: the Sardinian Maddalena archipelago. This group of 62 islands and islets offers some of the most crystal clear waters in the entire Mediterranean. A road runs around the perimeter of the main island, offering 45 kilometers (27 miles) of breath-taking panoramas. Granite and porphyry mark out jagged areas, coves, inlets, and turquoise sandy beaches, while the inland areas are made of gentle hills. The best part? You’ll spend your final day here aboard a tall sailing ship, cruising along turquoise waters into hidden coves and pristine beaches, taking in the secluded luxury that is Sardinia! 

Highlights

  • Hike in two of the most beautiful areas of Sardinia, the Orosei coastline and the Supramonte Massif, where narrow gorges, imposing chalk rocks, wide plateaus, and hidden canyons run in an uninterrupted stretch of natural beauty toward the sea
  • Overnight in a variety of traditional Sardinian accommodations – boutique hotels, rifugios, and even a farmhouse!
  • Enjoy a full day excursion on a tall sailing ship, exploring the La Maddalena archipelago, hidden beaches, and crystal clear waters 

Day By Day

Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of the Dolomite Mountains Team and your mountain guide. Daily mileage and altitude gain may vary depending on the device used.

  • Day 1

    Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese

  • Day 2

    Farm-house accommodation

  • Day 3

    Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese

  • Day 4

    Rifugio

  • Day 5

    Boutique Hotel in Oliena

  • Day 6

    Hotel on Isola La Maddalena

  • Day 7

    Hotel on Isola La Maddalena

  • Day 8

Accommodation

Great hotels with Dolomite Mountains. Whether intimate lodge, family run B&B, or luxury spa resort, our hotels are unique, eminently local, and hard to leave.

At Dolomite Mountains, we hand pick accommodations that best reflect the style of each region, to provide you with the most authentic experience of the unique cultures found in the different cities and towns where we travel. We work directly with the owners of each property, forging strong relationships to ensure you receive the best service and care during your stay. Regardless of whether it is a five-star luxury hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast you desire, we choose the best-in-class accommodations within each category, providing you stays at the most sought after hotels in each region. And, we always make sure you have access to inspired, regional cuisine!

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Cost

All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions.

Guided / Self Guided Combination Trip: 
From €5,800 (per person, based on 2 members)
From €3,850 (per person, based on 4 members) 
From €3,300 (per person, based on 6 members)
From €2,800 (per person, based on 8 members)

    Cost includes:

    • Airport transfers from/to Olbia International Airport (OLB)
    • Trip briefing
    • Logistics
    • 2 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel in Santa Maria Navarese
    • 1 night camping accommodation
    • 1 night accommodation in rifugio
    • 1 night accommodation in 4-star boutique hotel in the Oliena region
    • 2 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel on Isola La Maddalena, Sardinia
    • Meals as noted in itinerary
    • English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide for 4 days
    • Climbing equipment (karabiners, harness, and helmet)
    • Sleeping mat rental
    • Full day excursion on sailing ship, with lunch included
    • Private ground and boat transfers
    • Ferry crossing to/from La Maddalena island
    • Local tourist tax
    • Italian VAT tax

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