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Sardinia: Birds, Flowers & Nuraghi

28 Mar — 4 Apr 2017 | Tour Directors: Kevin Hand, Harriet Allen

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Tour Directors

Andrew Wilson portrait

Harriet Allen, MA, MSc, PhD

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

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Andrew Wilson portrait

Kevin Hand, MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Stansted 1020 on Easyjet, arriving Alghero 1355. Continue to lakeside town of Cabras for four nights at Villa Canu.

Day

2

Morning: lagoons at Marina di Torre Grande (flamingos, stilts, ospreys, salt-water plants), 5th century church of San Giovanni di Sinis. Afternoon: Tharros (substantial Punic and Roman ruins) on beautiful Mediterranean peninsula then Cabras Museum (introduction to mysterious prehistoric Nuraghic civilisation).

Day

3

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

Day

4

High basalt plateau of Gesturi: walk through cork oak woodland (sand crocus, streams and pools) for migrant birds, woodlarks, wild ponies. Afternoon: Su Nuraxi (one of most impressive Nuraghic sites with huge towers).

Day

5

Via Nuraghic site of Santa Cristina (wonderfully-preserved 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) followed by walk around coastal Nuraghic tower and village (superb views). Evening: traditional dinner on local farm.

Day

8

Transfer to Alghero via impressive nuraghe at Santu Antine for 1430 return flight, arriving Stansted 1605.

Tour Dates

28 Mar — 4 Apr 2017

Days

8

Cost

Tour Code

SARD-17

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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."

Recent ACE Customer

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 £85.

 
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