Itinerary Highlights
    • Enjoy a memorable summer holiday in Sardinia with the family, combining the countryside, coast and medieval towns
    • Stay in a collection of beautiful family-friendly accommodations
    • Make unforgettable memories with the family: a sailing trip to the Maddalena Islands, a cookery class in Mamoiada and a private tour of medieval Cagliari

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Nestled between Sicily and Corsica is lesser-visited Sardinia, an idyllic Italian-Mediterranean island oozing with treasures: long sandy beaches, generous sunshine, mouth-watering local produce and lush countryside. This family summer holiday takes you to three destinations beautifully located between the coast and the countryside: Arzachena, Cala Ganone and Pula. The next nine days are all about making memories as a family. Splash around in warm turquoise waters, sail to idyllic islands, learn to cook local dishes, visit ancient ruins and discover mysterious caves.


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Your Sardinian summer starts today. After the mayhem of making sure every member of the family is packed and out of the house, head to the airport to enjoy some peace and quiet in the lounge before departure. Flight time to Olbia is around two-and-a-half hours, enough time to plug your youngsters into a movie and enjoy getting stuck into your holiday read. On arrival, pick up your hire car and drive to Arzachena, a beautiful town just 30 minutes to the north. Settle in for three nights in a beautiful hotel surrounded by olive trees and Mediterranean flora that characterises the Sardinian countryside. Spend the rest of today settling into your new home and, when dinnertime comes around, tuck into your first of many delicious dinners.

DAYS 2 & 3


The next two days are yours to spend exploring the countryside and coast of northern Sardinia. One of the days you’ll have to explore independently. On the other, we’ll arrange for you to embark on a Zodiac sailing trip to the idyllic Maddalena Islands. Classified as a national park, the lands that make up the Maddalena archipelago cover a vast territory dedicated to preserving a sumptuous natural environment. Granite boulders and white-sand beaches make this look more like the Maldives than the Mediterranean (if emerald scrubland replaced coconut palms). The day's sailing adventure in this marine paradise is broken up with several swimming stops and visits to some of the nearby islands: Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria, the south of Caprera and Maddalena. An alternative option for today is a private tour of the picturesque Gallura region, in the northeast of the island.



After one last delicious breakfast surrounded by the Sardinian countryside, bundle the family back into your hire car and head two hours south to Cala Gonone. Your home for the next two nights is a charming hotel located near the beach and the foot of Mount Bardia. The rest of today is yours to play with. This area is best known for its calas, steep coves that are typically only accessible by boat. The Bue Marino cave is one of the most fascinating sites to visit in the area. The cave complex is a treasure trove of beauty, with turquoise lagoons, stalactites and mysterious wall carvings that date back to the Neolithic period. The ocean here is crystal-clear and warm, making it the perfect place for a spot of snorkelling.



Today is all about getting a little closer to Sardinian customs and traditions with a private cookery class followed by a visit to some handicraft workshops in the charming town of Mamoiada. Under the expert guidance of a local resident, you and the family will cook up maharrones a poddihe, a type of fresh pasta prepared by hand. Mamoiada is also known for its handicrafts, particularly its production of masks and knives. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the local craftsmen who have been keeping this tradition alive for generations. Round off your day of cultural immersion learning about the carasau bread oven, one of the signature delicacies of the island. Another option for today is a canoeing expedition down the Cedrino River.



It’s time to hit the road again. After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, jump into your hire car and drive to Pula, a beautiful town in the extreme south of the island. It takes around three-and-a-half hours to drive to Pula directly, but you’ll be hugging the entire east coast of the island, so you’ll likely want to stop off in a handful of the many beautiful beaches that line this coast. When you arrive in Pula, settle in for three nights in a peaceful hotel integrated beautifully into the surrounding countryside.



Today is yours to spend discovering Pula and the south of the island independently. The Pula Lagoon is home to astonishing biodiversity, including sea turtles, a variety of cetaceans, flamingos and kingfishers. The region also harbours a fascinating history, including Sardinia's most important archaeological site: Nora. Here, the remains of an ancient Punic city, founded by the Phoenicians, bear witness to the island’s splendour and importance in the third and second centuries BC.



On the agenda for your final full day of summering in Sardinia is a private tour of Cagliari, a medieval city perched on the azure shores of the Tyrrhennian Sea. After fuelling up at breakfast at your hotel, head out with your knowledgeable local guide. Cagliari has endured quite the tumultuous – but incredibly fascinating – history. In turn exploited by the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians and the Romans; then devastated by the Vandals and then the Saracens; and finally rebuilt by the Pisans and the Aragonese, this city is a treasure trove of stories. If you’re keen to enjoy one last bit of Sardinian nature, we can also arrange for you to enjoy a hike to the Sella del Diavolo.



After eight adventurous days, your Sardinian summer holiday has come to a close. Enjoy one last hearty Italian breakfast before heading back to the airport, a three-hour drive away. Drop your hire car off and relax in the airport lounge before boarding your two-and-a-half-hour flight back to the UK.

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After a brief introduction to the basic rules of canoeing, head out onto the beautiful Cedrino River with the family. The river rises at the foot of Monte Novo and flows down to the Tyrrhenian Sea near Orosei. The scenery changes along the way, from lakes surrounded by mountains, to small vineyards and Europe's largest holm oak forest.


The 'Devil's Saddle’ is perhaps one of the most evocative viewpoints in Cagliari. You'll be embarking on a mini trek, accessible to all, to conquer this spectacular peak. At the top you can soak in a bird's-eye view of the sea, stretching from Poetto beach to the Molentargius lagoon. Along the way, among the lentisks and euphorbia, you'll come across cisterns, towers and military forts.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £2,190 to £3,040 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £2,605 per person.
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