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Sardinia: Birds, Flowers & Nuraghi

5 Apr — 12 Apr 2022 | Tour Directors: Harriet Allen, Mark Welch

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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

full biography and other tours

Andrew Wilson portrait

Mark Welch,

BSc, PhD

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Stansted 1755 on Ryanair, arriving Alghero 2125. Continue to lakeside town of Cabras for four nights at Villa Canu.

Day

2

Morning: lagoons at Marina di Torre Grande (flamingos, stilts, ospreys, saltwater plants, bees and other insects), 5th century church of San Giovanni di Sinis. Afternoon: Tharros (substantial Punic and Roman ruins) on beautiful Mediterranean peninsula (Posidonia beds, insects), Cabras Museum (introduction to mysterious prehistoric Nuraghic civilisation, including important Giants of Mont’e Prama).

Day

3

Morning: Lagoons of Mari e Pauli and Sale Porcus (purple gallinule, great white egret, red-crested pochard, violet-winged mining bee) and Church of San Salvatore (underground pagan sanctuary, pilgrim huts). Afternoon: Su Pallosu for walk through coastal garrigue vegetation of dunes and cliffs to Aragonese defensive tower (coastal macchia, Dartford warbler, Sardinian warbler, shearwaters, and possibility of Hermann’s Tortoise and rare slender-billed gull).

Day

4

Morning: Museum of Casa Zapata, Barumini, and high basalt plateau of Gesturi for walk through cork oak woodland (sand crocus, cyclamen, orchids, streams, pools, migrant birds, woodlarks, mantids and wild ponies). Afternoon: Su Nuraxi (one of the most impressive Nuraghic sites with huge towers).

Day

5

Via Nuraghic site of Santa Cristina (sacred well, orchids, butterflies and bees) 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 spent exploring the surroundings of Cala Gonone.

Depending on local conditions, we hope to take a boat trip and gorge walk at Cala Luna and visit the Bue Marino caves (stalagmites & stalactites). If the weather does not permit this, we will visit the Cala Gonone Aquarium, which showcases fascinating insights into the hidden off-shore world near the east coast of Sardinia.

Day

7

Supramonte Mountains: eagles, Barbary partridge, wildflowers (wild cyclamen and peonies) followed by walk around clifftop site of Nuraghe Mannu with Nuraghic tower and village (superb views). Evening: traditional dinner on local farm.

Day

8

Transfer to Alghero via impressive Nuraghe at Santu Antine for 2150 return flight, arriving London Stansted 2320.

Tour Dates

5 Apr — 12 Apr 2022

Days

8

Cost

£2195

Tour Code

SARD-22

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FITNESS/PRACTICALITIES

A good level of fitness is required for this tour. It will be taken at a relaxed pace, however there will be a number of walks over rugged terrain, as well as visits to sites with uneven steps and surfaces. Participants should be comfortable standing and walking for two hours at a time, and also embarking and disembarking small sea-going boats. Our visit to Su Nuraxi (Day 4) involves a steep descent and those who suffer from claustrophobia or lower levels of mobility may prefer to opt out.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION AT STANSTED

Owing to the late flight arrival time at the end of this tour, we are able to offer an additional overnight at a Stansted Airport hotel on the night of April 12 for those who wish, at no extra cost. Please let our Sales team know if you would like us to arrange this for you when you make your booking.

FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £160.

Cost of £2195 includes: return airfare, overnight accommodation (room only) at a London Stansted Airport hotel on April 12, tour accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £150.

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