Sardinia | Warriors & Traders

The well temple of Santa Cristina
The well temple of Santa Cristina
Seafront of the pretty Aragonese town of Alghero
Seafront of the pretty Aragonese town of Alghero
Beautiful streets in Castelsardo
Beautiful streets in Castelsardo
Ancient town of Castelsardo
Ancient town of Castelsardo
Ancient columns by Tharos sea
Ancient columns by Tharos sea
The Punic and then Roman cities at Nora (the ruins of the forum lie in the foreground) took advantage of a splendid natural harbor
The Punic and then Roman cities at Nora (the ruins of the forum lie in the foreground) took advantage of a splendid natural harbor
Megalithic chamber tomb in glorious, wild Sardinian countryside at S’Ena e Thomes
Megalithic chamber tomb in glorious, wild Sardinian countryside at S’Ena e Thomes
Tombs at Anghelu Ruiu
Tombs at Anghelu Ruiu
Andante guests peer into the heart of a chamber tomb
Andante guests peer into the heart of a chamber tomb

The archaeology of glorious Sardinia tells the story of rich prehistoric and Classical cultures, regularly in contact with the wider Mediterranean world. From the thousands of Bronze Age nuraghi (fortified stone towers) and enigmatic ritual monuments, to ancient Phoenician colonies, discover the diverse and captivating sites that have shaped this intriguing island society. Tombs, temples, trading posts and forts line the rugged shores of this culturally and archaeologically unique island.

We have the opportunity to travel in 4x4s and visit difficult to access sites. These include a variety of Nuraghic sites which are unique to the island , such as the sacred spring at Su Tempiesu, the megalithic chamber tomb at S’Ena e Thomes and the Nuraghic compex of Sa Sedda and Sos Carros.d.

  • Visit the highest Bronze Age structure in the Mediterranean at the nuraghic site of Su Nuraxi at Barumini
  • Explore the Cagliari Archaeological Museum to see the unique nuraghic bronze figurines and statues
  • Examine the mysterious Tophet, children’s cemetery, at Sulcis
  • Visit the nuraghic well shrine at Santa Cristina
  • See the stunning coastal and mountain scenery of Sardinia close at hand

Themes

  • Romans
  • Prehistory

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We fly from London to Alghero and upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Carlos V, Alghero
Meals Dinner included

Day 2

Out first stop is the Monte d’Accoddi, which is an impressive prehistorical temple site. After lunch, we visit the Museum at Sassari, where there are excellent collections of Nuragic artefacts, as well as Neolithic figures and ceramics and Bronze Age statues.

Hotel: Hotel Carlos V, Alghero
Meals Breakfast & lunch included

Day 3

We visit one of the more complex Nuraghic settlements, namely that at Palmavera. We continue by taking a short journey to explore the pre-Nuraghic tombs at Anghelu Ruju. Later, there will be free time to wander the pretty harbour town of Alghero, with its marked Spanish flavour.

Hotel: Hotel Carlos V, Alghero
Meals Breakfast & lunch included

Day 4

Today we visit Santu Antine, one of the most complete and architecturally sophisticated nuraghi in Sardinia, which has three internal connected by a network of corridors. We continue our exploration of nuraghi, by visiting the two-storey tower at Losa, impressively set overlooking an island plain.

Hotel: Hotel Brancamaria, Dorgali
Meals Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner included

Day 5

An all day adventure in 4x4s awaits us. We begin at a ‘Giant’s Tomb’, the megalithic chamber tombs at S’Ena e Thomes, before taking a winding road up high into the hills past the town of Orune to visit the sacred spring at Su Tempiesu. Later, we drive to another valley to visit Sa Sedda e Sos Carros, hidden in the mountains near Dorgali, where we visit nuraghic settlements.

Hotel: Hotel Brancamaria, Dorgali
Meals Breakfast, packed lunch & dinner included

Day 6

We visit the nuraghic village and sacred well at Santa Cristina. We continue to the most famous and complex of all nuraghic sites, Su Nuraxi at Barumini, which has a series of architecturally sophisticated towers and concentric curtain walls, dating from 1500 BC onwards.

Hotel: Lantana Resort Hotel, Pula
Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner included

Day 7

Today we visit the Phoenician settlement of Sulcis, today located in Sant’Antioco. Founded in the late eighth century BC, Sulcis rapidly developed into a large and prosperous city. After lunch, we visit Monte Sirai, a third-second century BC Phoenician site which gives us rare insights into late Punic settlements.

Hotel: Lantana Resort Hotel, Pula
Meals All meals included

Day 8

Our morning will be spent at the fantastic Archaeological Museum at Cagliari, which hosts the island’s most important artefacts, including decorated pots and statuettes (bronzetti), from the nuraghic period. In the afternoon, we visit Nora, a Phoenician trading settlement blessed with calm waters and good anchorage. The settlement was continuously occupied, rebuilt and restructured until early Medieval times.

Hotel: Lantana Resort Hotel, Pula
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

Today, we return to the airport to catch our return flight to London.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2020 Tour Details

Fri 15th May - Sat 23rd May

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£2,795

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sgl supp: £355

SAR20A

Led By: Farès K Moussa

Tue 22nd Sep - Wed 30th Sep

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£2,795

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sgl supp: £355

SAR20B

Led By: Dr Tertia Barnett

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