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Kayaking Wild Sardinia

Season(s)
June / September
Length
9 Days
Level
Easy
Airport
Olbia OLB
75000

Highlights

Sardinia – A World Apart

Our Sardinia kayaking trip is a unique new way to explore this ruggedly pastoral island ringed by an exquisitely clear turquoise blue sea. Sardinia is an ancient land with a language and culture all its own. Our exploration of Sardinia is a feast for the senses and an authentic journey in the heart of Europe’s last great wild island.

Kayak the Gulf of Orosei

Discover the stunningly beautiful and isolated Golfo di Orosei, one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Here, nearly 20 miles of beaches, grottos, and giant sea caves are backed by steep cliffs and a nature reserve that limits land access except at a couple of beaches. You’ll paddle through transparent, vividly hued water along a steep untracked landscape dotted with picture perfect beaches.
kayaking tour group paddles the Gulf of Orosei

Hike the Supramonte

The Supramonte is a dramatic complex of limestone peaks and canyons that back onto the Golfo di Orosei. In the past, its deep winding canyons were the hideout of notorious Sardinian bandits. The most impressive of these canyons is the Gorropu Gorge, which is often billed as “Europe’s Grand Canyon” and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll do a day hike led by an expert local guide well versed in the natural history and colorful secrets of the canyon.
Sardinia kayaking tour group hikes the Gorropu Gorge -Europe's Grand Canyon

Alghero, Sardinia’s Spanish Town

Journey across the scenic interior of Sardinia to the medieval walled city of Alghero, where the residents still speak Catalan dialect and maintain a proudly independent spirit. You’ll explore the tight-knit lattice of cobbled streets and enjoy a little of Spain in Italy.

Kayak Capo Caccia

Experience an unforgettable early morning paddle as you glide pass the ruins of a stone Genovese tower en route to the most prominent cape in western Sardinia and on to the entrance of the Grotta di Nettuno, a massive cave system that extends for over 12 miles.

La Maddalena Archipelago

The Maddalena Archipelago is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and arguable the best kayaking in the Mediterranean. You’ll spend several enjoyable hours paddling its clear waters and coves framed by weather carved granite, as well as enjoying the many other charms of these history rich islands.

Discover Sardinian Wine and Cuisine

Sardinia is renowned for its food and wine, and on this trip we enjoy primo locavore dining at Agriturismos and rural restaurants. Along the way, we’ll visit small wineries to sample the distinctive terroirs of Sardinia’s ancient Vermentino and Cannonau grape varietals.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Olbia

After pick up at the airport, we will explore the historic center of this town that dates back to the Carthaginians and was a significant port in Roman times. After a trip orientation over a glass of the region’s excellent Vermentino white wine, we’ll go out for our first dinner of classic Sardinia cuisine.
Overnight: L'Hotel La Locanda del Conte Mameli
Meals: Dinner
Day 2

Gulf of Orosei

Departing early, we drive by van through an ever-steepening pastoral landscape toward the Supramonte Mountains. Passing through scenic Oliena, we’ll stop for an espresso before carrying on to our kayak launch site at Cala Conone on the Gulf of Orosei. The gulf is a stunningly beautiful arc of clear turquoise blue that abuts the steep land mass of the Supramonte. We’ll plunge into the singular experience of kayaking in Sardinia and spend the balance of the day exploring beaches, sea caves, and grottos only accessible from the sea. Tonight we’ll have a wonderful farm-to-table dinner at an agriturismo. We’ll have entered a distinctively different wine-growing region and we’ll sample some of the local Cannonau, a robust red wine.
Overnight: Agriturismo Guthiddai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3

Supramonte and the Gorropu Gorge

After breakfast, we’ll meet our local guides for a Land Rover ride into the heart of the Supramonte. Our destination is the Gorropu Gorge where we will hike into Europe’s deepest canyon. The Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was once the haunt and hideout of infamous Sardinian bandits. We’ll enjoy a rustic lunch of local cheese, meat, and bread in the splendor of the mountains. On the way back to the agriturismo, we’ll visit a small production winery (or maybe two).
Overnight: Agriturismo Guthiddai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4

Journey to Alghero

Today we cross the heart of Sardinia, passing through an ever changing landscape and stop at one of the most impressive Bronze Age Nuragic sites. The number (over 6000) and complexity of the Nuragic sites points to a distant past when Sardinia was a significant place in the ancient world. We rejoin the Mediterranean at Bosa, a colorful town built on a hillside topped by a Spanish castle. Following the coast road, we reach the town of Alghero whose residents still speak Catalan as the result of several hundred years of Spanish colonization. After touring this attractive seaside town, we’ll move to our agriturismo for the evening.
Overnight: Agriturismo Sa Mandra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5

Capo Caccia and Porto Ferro

Up early for a paddle to Capo Caccia. After launching at a small cove, the approach paddle to this imposing limestone headland is marked by a distinctive Genoese tower that predates the Aragonese (Spanish) colonization. In the morning sun, the nearly 600-foot high cliffs of the cape glow with golden light. Conditions permitting, we’ll kayak to the sea mouth of Neptune’s Grotto, a limestone cave that extends for 2 ½ miles. Our second paddle of the day takes us to the beautiful bay of Porto Ferro and another strikingly situated ancient Genovese tower. Dinner is a classic Sardinian farm-style dinner at our agriturismo.
Overnight: Agriturismo Sa Mandra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6

Castelsardo and La Maddalena

Journeying northward along the coast, we’ll be treated with vistas of blue water, pastoral hills, and ancient ruins. We’ll stop and explore the medieval town of Castelsardo. Built on a headland, the castle dates back to 1102 AD. Further along, we arrive at Punta Sardegna, from which we’ll be able to see the expanse of the La Maddalena National Park archipelago. Even from a distance, it’s clear to see why this area is regarded as offering the best kayaking in the Mediterranean. Conditions permitting, we’ll launch at Punta Sardegna and make the paddle crossing to the island, landing at the town of La Maddalena, our base for the next two days. 
Overnight: B&B Via del Centro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7

Paddling Isola Caprera – La Maddalena

With crystal clear water, remarkable rock formations, and white sand beaches, Isola Caprera epitomizes the best of Sardinian kayaking destinations. Strategically significant for centuries, the island is dotted with fortresses – some ancient and some more recent. Returning to town, there is time to relax before heading out to dinner at one of La Maddalena’s fine restaurants.
Overnight: B&B Via del Centro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8

Isola Maddalena

Today we’ll kayak the northwest coast of Isola Maddalena, stopping to swim at small beaches. Taking a short hike, we’ll have a view of the coastline, smaller islands of the archipelago, and the mountains of Corsica visible in the distance across the Bonifacio Strait. Wrapping up another great paddling day, we’ll return to the comfort of our B&B in La Maddalena’s historic center before dinner out.
Overnight: B&B Via del Centro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9

Return to Olbia

In the morning, we’ll take the ferry from La Maddalena to Palau then drive down the famous Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) on our way back to Olbia in time to catch afternoon flights.
Overnight: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

L'Hotel La Locanda del Conte Mameli

La Locanda is a beautiful, four star boutique hotel on a quiet street in the center of Olbia. A restored historic home, it reflects great Sardinian style and is close to the National Archaeological Museum of Olbia and the Basilica of San Simplicio. Visit Website

Agriturismo Guthiddai

Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Agriturismo Guthiddai is an idyllic family run property with sweeping views of the Supramonte and a kitchen that produces exceptional examples of true farm-to-table Sardinian cuisine. Visit Website

Agriturismo Sa Mandra

Sa Mandra is at once very traditional and forward looking. Also family run, with a deep commitment to organic farming, this agriturismo has very comfortable rooms and a destination restaurant that serves a rich selection of traditional Sardinian dishes. Visit Website

B&B Via del Centro, La Maddalena

With a perfect location just off the main square, Via del Centro is our home in La Maddalena. Proprietors Jessica and Fabrizio are consummate locals and will do all they can to make our stay enjoyable. Visit Website

Extensions

At this time we do not offer any extensions for this trip but please feel free to call us about added travel options at 1-800-677-0877. We have spent a lot of time in and around the destinations we offer and are more than happy to share our experience.

Dates & Availability

Dates
Trip Length
Price
Availability
Notes
9/21/2017 - 9/29/2017
9/21/2017 9/29/2017 9 days
4595
only 2 places
NOTE: Trips showing as 'Available' have at least 4 places open. All prices are $USD unless otherwise stated.

What Is Included

  • All accommodations as specified in Itinerary
  • All meals as specified in Itinerary
  • Airport transfers on the last day of scheduled itinerary
  • Ground transportation and attraction entry fees
  • Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
  • Safety equipment including medical kit, radios, and cell phones
  • Support boat and luggage transfers

What Is Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature
  • Tipping of guides
  • Insurance of any kind (we strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance that covers medical and evacuation as well as cancellations for medical reasons)
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