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Walking in Sardinia - Exodus Travels
Walking in Sardinia - Exodus Travels
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Olbia
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Sardinia
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Olbia
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Start and end in Olbia! With the hiking & trekking tour Walking in Sardinia, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Olbia, Italy and Dorgali. Walking in Sardinia includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
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Hotel
Max Group Size
16

30 Reviews

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  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 1
    Written on September 17, 2013
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Sardinia has great beaches and mountains.Wonderful people and food.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Swimming in the sea after a gruelling walk.A beautiful blue green sea,transparent water and gentle warm sea breezes.What did you think of your group leader?Eric was very kind and tried hard to meet the individual needs of all the group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The rock is hard ,sharp limestone .Even the experienced hikers found the walks demanding.Would suggest Exodus reconsider reclassification to Moderate.Make sure walking boots are tried and tested with some heavy duty plasters. The walks are mainly linear and flora and range of wild life limited.The hotel was excellent -providing wonderful food and a relaxed family atmosphere. If you are interested in the history of the island then read up before you go as the local guides can be difficult to understand and some have a limited knowledge of the archaeology . The locals are friendly and helpful.They will go out of their way to make sure you enjoy all aspects of Sardinian life.Is there anything else you would like to add?The success of this trip depends on the dynamics of the group.If they are supportive ,inclusive and have a great sense of humour then you will have a great time.

  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 2
    Written on September 17, 2013
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Sardinia has great beaches and mountains.Wonderful people and food.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Swimming in the sea after a gruelling walk.A beautiful blue green sea,transparent water and gentle warm sea breezes.What did you think of your group leader?Eric was very kind and tried hard to meet the individual needs of all the group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The rock is hard ,sharp limestone .Even the experienced hikers found the walks demanding.Would suggest Exodus reconsider reclassification to Moderate.Make sure walking boots are tried and tested with some heavy duty plasters. The walks are mainly linear and flora and range of wild life limited.The hotel was excellent -providing wonderful food and a relaxed family atmosphere. If you are interested in the history of the island then read up before you go as the local guides can be difficult to understand and some have a limited knowledge of the archaeology . The locals are friendly and helpful.They will go out of their way to make sure you enjoy all aspects of Sardinian life.Is there anything else you would like to add?The success of this trip depends on the dynamics of the group.If they are supportive ,inclusive and have a great sense of humour then you will have a great time.

  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 3
    Written on June 9, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A lovely Island. Great scenery,food and wine. The walks to the Gorge and to Tiscali were very interesting and well worth the effort. I enjoyed to day sightseeing, we ended up on a beautiful almost deserted beach. The hotel was very comfortable, with excellent food, the only downside was the lack of any outside gardens to relax in after the days activities, though there was a terrace.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The high sides of the Gorropu Gorge were awesome. Grotta degli Ispinigoli was well worth the visit with its huge column and the Bue Marino Grotto too. The climb to Tiscali was tough in places but well worth the effort.What did you think of your group leader?Eric was excellent. Very helpful, patient and sociable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you like the med with scenery, peace and quiet, good food and wine , then this could be the place for you. I would love to go back and see more of Sardinia as this trip concentrates on a very small area of the island.

  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 4
    Written on June 9, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A lovely Island. Great scenery,food and wine. The walks to the Gorge and to Tiscali were very interesting and well worth the effort. I enjoyed to day sightseeing, we ended up on a beautiful almost deserted beach. The hotel was very comfortable, with excellent food, the only downside was the lack of any outside gardens to relax in after the days activities, though there was a terrace.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The high sides of the Gorropu Gorge were awesome. Grotta degli Ispinigoli was well worth the visit with its huge column and the Bue Marino Grotto too. The climb to Tiscali was tough in places but well worth the effort.What did you think of your group leader?Eric was excellent. Very helpful, patient and sociable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you like the med with scenery, peace and quiet, good food and wine , then this could be the place for you. I would love to go back and see more of Sardinia as this trip concentrates on a very small area of the island.

  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 5
    Written on October 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Great walking, stunning views, amazing blue sea ... and way too much food!!!What did you think of your group leader?We were a wide range of walking abilities in the group - Eric had a difficult job balancing the hares vs the tortoises, but managed to keep us together ... at least for the scenery and food stops though not always when walking on a clear path!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We were really lucky with the weather, it was never less than 25C.  I was fine with walking trainers (Reeboks).  It was too warm for boots but they'd give better ankle support if needed.  Likewise take poles if you find them helpful, but I personally find it easier to negotiate rocky scrambles on all fours (where poles would get in the way)Walking sandals (Tevas and co) would be OK for the first day walk (all on roads), but no more than that.Main thing is to be prepared for some extended stiff scrambles (up rocky / bouldery paths) - the first part of the Tiscali walk and then the climb up to Tiscali are the worst - but generally the walking is pretty much on the flat.  I thought the first 2 days were more "A" grade because they were on paths / roads without much scrambling (unless you went up Gorrupu Gorge).  The last 2 walks were more "B" grade because of the more difficult terrain, but much more interesting because they were point to point rather than out and back along the same track.I was worried I'd struggle with an A/B grade walk because I'd done almost no walking the previous 2 months due to the dire weather back home and was fine.Is there anything else you would like to add?Take clothes with loose waist bands.  There's no shortage of food on this trip, and the staff at the hotel were great with the dietary requirements of the group (veggie, gluten free...)!  I don't think any of us lost weight.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scrambles up and along quite rocky paths to get to some stunning views on the walk to Tiscali.  The Gorrupu Gorge was amazing too.  Really enjoyed the hike along the coast on the last day - more great walking and fully justified the HUGE gelato I treated myself to at the end

  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 6
    Written on October 3, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    Group had a wide range of walking ability so may make sense to have 2 tour options graded accordingly. That way clients get an idea how hard the tour potientally could be. Also might be an idea to quote approximate mileage/kilometres the walks are likely to take for the average walker as well as the estimated time which is presently given.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Gorrupo Gorge lived up to the hype.What did you think of your group leader?Eric Woolley was very good and helpful. If he didn't know an answer he made sure he found out and advised us asap. Not a grumble but we thought his timing was sometimes awry for the walks. An hour became an "Eric hour" - usually about 65 or 70 mins. Not a problem as the group found this amusing.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Walking poles could be more of a hindrance on the rocky slopes up to Tiscali. Many group members without poles found the going easier using both hands for leverage than those with poles.Is there anything else you would like to add?Would have been nice if the hotel had a swimming pool.

  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 7
    Written on October 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Great walking, stunning views, amazing blue sea ... and way too much food!!!What did you think of your group leader?We were a wide range of walking abilities in the group - Eric had a difficult job balancing the hares vs the tortoises, but managed to keep us together ... at least for the scenery and food stops though not always when walking on a clear path!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We were really lucky with the weather, it was never less than 25C.  I was fine with walking trainers (Reeboks).  It was too warm for boots but they'd give better ankle support if needed.  Likewise take poles if you find them helpful, but I personally find it easier to negotiate rocky scrambles on all fours (where poles would get in the way)Walking sandals (Tevas and co) would be OK for the first day walk (all on roads), but no more than that.Main thing is to be prepared for some extended stiff scrambles (up rocky / bouldery paths) - the first part of the Tiscali walk and then the climb up to Tiscali are the worst - but generally the walking is pretty much on the flat.  I thought the first 2 days were more "A" grade because they were on paths / roads without much scrambling (unless you went up Gorrupu Gorge).  The last 2 walks were more "B" grade because of the more difficult terrain, but much more interesting because they were point to point rather than out and back along the same track.I was worried I'd struggle with an A/B grade walk because I'd done almost no walking the previous 2 months due to the dire weather back home and was fine.Is there anything else you would like to add?Take clothes with loose waist bands.  There's no shortage of food on this trip, and the staff at the hotel were great with the dietary requirements of the group (veggie, gluten free...)!  I don't think any of us lost weight.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scrambles up and along quite rocky paths to get to some stunning views on the walk to Tiscali.  The Gorrupu Gorge was amazing too.  Really enjoyed the hike along the coast on the last day - more great walking and fully justified the HUGE gelato I treated myself to at the end

  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 8
    Written on October 3, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    Group had a wide range of walking ability so may make sense to have 2 tour options graded accordingly. That way clients get an idea how hard the tour potientally could be. Also might be an idea to quote approximate mileage/kilometres the walks are likely to take for the average walker as well as the estimated time which is presently given.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Gorrupo Gorge lived up to the hype.What did you think of your group leader?Eric Woolley was very good and helpful. If he didn't know an answer he made sure he found out and advised us asap. Not a grumble but we thought his timing was sometimes awry for the walks. An hour became an "Eric hour" - usually about 65 or 70 mins. Not a problem as the group found this amusing.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Walking poles could be more of a hindrance on the rocky slopes up to Tiscali. Many group members without poles found the going easier using both hands for leverage than those with poles.Is there anything else you would like to add?Would have been nice if the hotel had a swimming pool.

  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 9
    Written on May 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip with variety, it ticked all my boxes with great mountain scenery and walking, archeology, lovely beaches and at that time of year (Spring) a mass of coloured flowers everywhere.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I think my favouite was the Gorropu Gorge, but also loved the Tiscali walk, visiting the Blue Marino Grotto on my free day and the mass of Spring flowers and in particular the spectacular orchids.What did you think of your group leader?Eric was a good leader, but he did not have a great Knowledge of Italian which I think would have been useful on occassions. He was shadowed by Christine, who will do some of the future trips and she speaks Italian fluently.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I did not have a problem with any of the walking and bit of scrambling on the Tiscali and Cala Luna walks, but some in the group were not so happy and there was a discussion at the end of the holiday whether it was slightly undergraded and whether some parts of the itinerary should be modified. To my mind it would miss out some of the best bits, so I think the holiday should stay the same and perhaps modify the grade slightly if felt necessary.Is there anything else you would like to add?I have been on the Evia and Amalfi holidays which are the same grade, but slightly easier, as I like a sea and mountainous holiday in the Spring when it is green and floral, and Sardinia was my favourite.  As a Coeliac I would recommend this holiday to anyone requiring a gluten free diet as the Hotel S'Adde went out of their way to provide for the diet.

  • Walking in Sardinia reviewer 10
    Written on May 11, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip with variety, it ticked all my boxes with great mountain scenery and walking, archeology, lovely beaches and at that time of year (Spring) a mass of coloured flowers everywhere.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I think my favouite was the Gorropu Gorge, but also loved the Tiscali walk, visiting the Blue Marino Grotto on my free day and the mass of Spring flowers and in particular the spectacular orchids.What did you think of your group leader?Eric was a good leader, but he did not have a great Knowledge of Italian which I think would have been useful on occassions. He was shadowed by Christine, who will do some of the future trips and she speaks Italian fluently.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I did not have a problem with any of the walking and bit of scrambling on the Tiscali and Cala Luna walks, but some in the group were not so happy and there was a discussion at the end of the holiday whether it was slightly undergraded and whether some parts of the itinerary should be modified. To my mind it would miss out some of the best bits, so I think the holiday should stay the same and perhaps modify the grade slightly if felt necessary.Is there anything else you would like to add?I have been on the Evia and Amalfi holidays which are the same grade, but slightly easier, as I like a sea and mountainous holiday in the Spring when it is green and floral, and Sardinia was my favourite.  As a Coeliac I would recommend this holiday to anyone requiring a gluten free diet as the Hotel S'Adde went out of their way to provide for the diet.

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  1. Day 1: Fly to Olbia; transfer to Dorgali.
  2. Day 2: Orientation walk through a maze of old paths around Monte Tului with beautiful views of the Gulf of Orosei.
  3. Day 3: Walk along the Gorroppu Gorge, Italy's deepest natural canyon; free time to paddle on the Flumineddu River.
  4. Day 4: Explore Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios, with its complex circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age; relax on an idyllic sandy beach. Local wine tasting
  5. Day 5: Free day; explore the archaeological sites of the Dorgali region, take an optional self-guided walk or simply relax by the beach and enjoy the leisurely Sardinian lifestyle.
  6. Day 6: Walk around the prehistoric Tiscali Village, built inside a cave; visit the springs of Su Cologone.
  7. Day 7: Explore the caves and cliffs on walk from the beach of Cala Luna; free afternoon.
  8. Day 8: End Hotel S'Adde in Dorgali.

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Covering a total distance of approx 141 km.
  • Olbia (Italy)
  • 71 km
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