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East Sardinia in Comfort 25

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East Sardinia in Comfort


East Sardinia in Comfort 25
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Activity type
Self Guided Walking
7 days & 6 nights
Easy to Moderate, Moderate
April - October


Day 1: Oliena
Day 2: Oliena
Day 3: Dorgali
Day 4: Sorgali
Day 5: Santa Maria Navaresse
Day 6: Santa Maria Navaresse
Day 8: Departure

Overview for East Sardinia in Comfort

Our East Sardinia in Comfort walking holiday combines some unique walks between the rugged mountains and the sea and six overnights in three charming hotels. The daily routes offer a perfect mix: beautiful views of the coastline, the blue-glistening bays and the Mediterranean karst – a land full of colours.

Your trip will take you to the heartland of the wild Supramonte region along Sardinia’s east coast, the island’s most spectacular area for trekking. Here sheer limestone cliffs coloured by wildflowers and the fruits of strawberry trees drop down vertically into the blue Mediterranean Sea, where little sandy beaches open up. Wild animals such as wild boar, Sardinian wild sheep or mouflons, and many species of birds of prey, including eagles, roam the barren karst plateaus of the mountain ranges occasionally descending into the verdant valleys where lucky encounters with hikers are not uncommon.


  • Breathtaking coastal views
  • Turquoise-blue seashores
  • Unspoiled nature
  • Remote bays and secluded beaches

Itinerary for East Sardinia in Comfort

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Day 1: Arrival in Oliena

Arrival in Sardinia. Travel to Oliena by bus (private transfer on request). After being transferred to your hotel, you can check-in and make a short walk climbing up to the high plateau of Punta Sos Nidos, a perfect introduction to the wild nature of the Supramonte. In the evening you will enjoy a nice dinner based on local specialities in your hotel’s restaurant.

  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Oliena, half-board

Day 2: Supramonte Circular Walk

This morning you will walk through a wild limestone landscape, underneath the towering walls of the Supramonte’s highest peaks. This vast area is an isolated land of shepherds, slashed with deep gorges and inaccessible peaks that are home to a rich fauna of eagles, mouflons, foxes, wild cats, and wild boar. From the mountain’s flanks there are airy views across the high belvederes and karst plateaus of the Supramonte and into the fertile valley of Oliena. Halfway your walk you will arrive at the beautiful Su Gologone spring, an opening in the limestone that is the only source of running water in the area. After a well-deserved lunch break you can choose to continue walking to Oliena or travel back there by private transfer. Walking back to Oliena, you pass through a pleasant agricultural landscape of olive groves and ‘Canonau’ vine yards. After crossing a small ancient bridge of Roman origin you then arrive at Oliena where you can freely wander through the old village centre before being picked up again for the ride to your hotel where you have your dinner.

  • Walking for the day: 11 km, 4 hours (easy option) or 21 km, 7 hours (moderate option)
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Oliena, half-board

Day 3: Mount Tiscali

After breakfast you begin your day with a short transfer into the valley of Lainaittu, along the grotto of Sa Oche. Here you can pay a visit to the amazing Nuraghic temple of the Sacred Spring, discovered only recently. You then start your great day walk, which will bring you into the homeland of the Nuraghic people. You start with a rough stretch climbing up towards Mount Tiscali. The underground village of Tiscali, in a depression at the top of the mountain, is perhaps the most scenic archaeological site you will ever see! Then, through a beautiful gorge, called the ‘steps’ (Scala) of Surtana, you descend to the lush valley of the Flumineddu River. A few kilometres upstream this river has dug the Su Gorropu Gorge, one of the most impressive natural beauties of Sardinia. The gorge looks like a real canyon with dizzy heights up to 500m high. Strong walkers may want to take the extra walk up the river to go and marvel at the amazing gorge. After visiting the gorge you turn back to the bridge over the Flumineddu River in time for your private transfer to your hotel near Dorgali. In the evening you will enjoy a hearty dinner and have plenty opportunity to taste the heady local Canonau wine.

  • Walking for the day: 13 km, 4 hours (easy to moderate option) or 24 km, 7-8 hours (moderate to strenuous option)
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel or agriturismo in Dorgali, half-board

Day 4: Dorgali Circular Walk

Today you walk from your hotel to the little town of Dorgali. From Dorgali you then climb up to the saddle of Monte Tuili from where you can admire the whole of the Supramonte. While walking through the fragrant Mediterranean maquis you will marvel at the fractured vertical cliffs of the gorge and be able to glimpse the dazzling white beach of Cala Fuili. A small path then takes you along the coast to the little village of Cala Gonone where you will have plenty of time to relax on the beach and have an ice cream or refreshing drink before taking the local bus back to Dorgali where you will be picked up for your private transfer back to the hotel. In the evening you may relax with a nice aperitivo one the hotel’s panoramic terrace before having yet another great dinner based on local specialities.

  • Walking for the day: 13 km, 4 hours (easy to moderate option) or 24 km, 7-8 hours (moderate to strenuous option)
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel or agriturismo in Dorgali, half-board

Optional Extra Day 1: Gorropu Gorge

On this extra day you have the opportunity to walk to the amazing Gorge of Gorropu, dug out by tthe Flumineddu River. After breakfast you transfer from your hotel to the trailhead of today’s path, near the modern bridge over the river. From here you follow an easy path upstream along the river passing through the fragrant Mediterranean maquis coloured by wild flowers and the red fruits of the strawberry trees. When arriving near the gorge you may climb down into it. Local guides will explain you the nature and geology of the amazing canyon after which you are free to walk in and explore this eerie wonder of nature on your own. By climbing over huge boulders and passing through narrow passages you reach the point where the base of the gorge is only 5 m. wide! From here you turn back to the entrance of the gorge, and back track your route to your pick up point near the modern bridge. Dinner is in the hotel’s restaurant again.

  • Walking for the day: 13 km, 4-5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel or agriturismo in Dorgali, half-board

Optional Extra Day 2: Codula di Luna Gorge

On this extra day you have the opportunity to walk down the Codula di Luna Gorge to the wonderful little bay of Cala di Luna with its dazzling white sandy beach. After breakfast you will be brought to the start of the walk near Teletotes, between Baunei and Dorgali. From here you then walk all the way down to the coast, following a small trail running along the mostly dry torrent bed. You will admire the most bizarre rock formations while passing in the midst of colourful oleander trees. At the end of the walk you arrive at the sandy Cala Luna Beach, an ideal spot for a refreshing swim. You will then be picked up by boat for the return trip to Santa Maria Navarrese, gliding along high vertical cliffs over the crystalline sea. In the evening you are free to go out for dinner.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 4 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Santa Maria Navaresse, bed & breakfast

Day 5: Cala Goloritzè and Serra Salinas

This morning you transfer from Dorgali along one of the most beautiful roads of the island, with great views over the Gulf of Orosei and the nude Supramonte peaks, to the medieval church of San Pietro, on the high plain of Golgo above Baunei. From here you make a great round walk through an amazing landscape. Your walk will take you along the great sinkhole of Su Sterru, and a number of natural ponds. From the high plain you then descend towards the coast along the magnificent gorge leading to the little bay of Cala Goloritzè dominated by it’s over 75 metre tall rock needle of Punta Salinas. Here you have time for a refreshing bath in the crystalline water where until few years ago monk seals still swam around. From the little bay you then walk up again to the Golgo high plain by way of the Serra Salinas, offering beautiful views on the coast towards Porta Quau. Through Mediterranean maquis and holm oak forest you reach the Golgo high plain again from where you are then picked up for the ride to Santa Maria Navarrese, where you will spend the next two nights in a nice family-run hotel.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 4 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Santa Maria Navaresse, bed & breakfast

Optional Extra Day 3: Golgo High Plain

You can opt to spend the night on the Golgo high plain and then the next day make a great roundwalk from there. This walk will eventually take you down the beautiful small bay of Ispuligidinie (named after the white pebbles which look like ‘snowflakes’ in Sardinian language). This stunningly beautiful beach, more commonly called the Cala Mariolu bay (named after the monk seal, the ‘thief’ of fish, in Neapolitan). can only be reached on foot (or by boat).  To get here you walk across the wild Golgo plateau, which sometimes resembles a Mexican desert, until you get to the ‘Arcobaleno’, a natural rock arch, from where you’ll anjoy wonderful views over the blue Mediterranean, far below you. After this, a challenging descent (only for sure-footed walkers) will bring you  down to the beach of Ispuligidenie. You will then be picked up by boat for the return trip to Santa Maria Navarrese, gliding along high vertical cliffs over the crystalline sea. Alternatively you can walk back to your hotel and transfer from there to Santa Maria (or if you wish you can spend another night on the Golgo Plateau). In the evening you are free to go out for dinner.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 4-5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Santa Maria Navaresse, bed & breakfast

Day 6: Santa Maria Navaresse Circular Walk

Your last walking day is dedicated to the wild coast immediately south of Santa Maria Navarrese. After breakfast you walk from your hotel through the village of Santa Maria Navarrese to the trailhead of the path leading south along the steep rocky coast in the direction of the limestone monolith of Pedra Longa. You will pass through fragrant Mediterranean maquis dotted with wild flowers and small shady patches of holm oak. During this first part of the walk you will enjoy marvellous views on the spectacular coast of the Gulf of Orosei and the towering Pedra Longa. After arriving at the gigantic rock jutting out of the sea you can climb down to its base for some impressive views from below, before climbing up the quiet tarmac road to the mountain saddle dominated by the Monte Scoine and the Monte Oro. From here an incredibly panoramic gravel road takes you back in direction of Santa Maria Navarrese. The view includes the whole of the bay of Arbatax with its coastal lagoons and red basaltic rocks, against the back drop of the Ogliastra Mountain Ranges. At the end of the walk a short steep descent takes you back down to Santa Maria Navarrese. In the evening you are free to go out for dinner in one of the nice little restaurants in the little village.

  • Walking for the day: 13 km, 3-4 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Santa Maria Navaresse, bed & breakfast

Day 7: Departure

End of the walking tour. After breakfast you travel by public bus on to your next destination. On request a private transfer can be arranged.

Hotels for East Sardinia in Comfort

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Accommodation is in very nice 3-star hotels and equivalent agriturismos. All rooms have en-suite facilities. The places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis in 3-star hotels and equivalent agriturismo’s. All rooms have en-suite facilities. Dinners are included except on day 6 in Santa Maria Navarrese when you are free to organise your dinner from the wide choice of restaurants in the village. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price. Materials for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you stay or you can ask your hotel to prepare a lunch packet for you.

Nights 1 & 2: The first two nights you will stay in a beautifully located 3-star hotel near Oliena, situated right underneath the high peaks of the Supramonte Mountains, with a wonderful panoramic view on the valley of Oliena.

Nights 3 & 4: These nights are spent in a comfortable 3-star family-run agriturismo/hotel near Dorgali, in the valley of the Flumineddu River. Meals are based on traditional Sardinian cuisine.

Nights 5 & 6:The last nights you stay in a cosy 3-star hotel (with a good restaurant) in the little fishermen’s village of Santa Maria Navarrese, in the centre of the village, at walking distance from the sea.

Sample hotels: Oliena, Dorgali, Santa Maria Navaresse

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.


Breakfast is included on all days, as well as 4 dinners. When no restaurant is available on the route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or the restaurants in the town where you stay for overnight.

Travel for East Sardinia in Comfort

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Our recommended arrival airports for this holiday are Cagliari and Olbia.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

The tour starts in Oliena and ends in Santa Maria Navarrese. Regular long-distance bus services run from Cagliari, Olbia and most other major Sardinian towns and airports to Nuoro, connected to Oliena by regular local buses. The return is most easily made by bus to Nuoro and then on to Cagliari, Olbia or any other major town on the island. A taxi transfer from Santa Maria Navarrese can be arranged on request.

Baggage Transfers

Hotel to hotel luggage transfers are included on all walking days.

Country Info

Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for East Sardinia in Comfort

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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate / Moderate

You will walk along lovely footpaths along the coastline and in the highlands. Sardinia is mainly made out of limestone cliffs, which means that you will need to be sure-footed because you will often be walking on rocky and stony paths. On many days you have alternative walks of different difficulty provided to choose from (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Most of the walks are on good paths. Few parts of the trails are waymarked and you will have to follow the route notes provided together with the maps and GPS tracks. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from 01 April until 15 October departing every day.

Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful in Sardinia. It may become too hot for walking in July and August.

Without a doubt the best time to see Sardinia is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom, the weather is just warm enough, and the temperature of the Mediterranean allows for the first dips of the season. The months of September and October are also an excellent time to visit the region, while the temperatures are still mild.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee. As this is a rail & hike holiday, you will transfer all your luggage between hotels by train by yourself. However, the trip is organised in such a way, that you will not have to carry your main luggage while walking. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for East Sardinia in Comfort

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  • 2 nights Agriturismo/Hotel in Oliena *** – HB
  • 2 nights Hotel in Dorgali*** – HB
  • 2 nights Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese *** – BB
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Private Transfer from Oliena to Monte Maccione (day 1)
  • Private Transfer from Su Golone to Monte Maccione (day 2)
  • Private Transfer from Monte Maccione to Sa Oche (day 3)
  • Private Transfer from NS Buon Cammino to Dorgali (day 3)
  • Private Transfer from Hotel in Dorgali to Dorgali (day 4)
  • Private Transfer from Dorgali to Hotel in Dorgali (day 4)
  • Private Transfer from Hotel in Dorgali to Golgo (day 5)
  • Private Transfer from Golgo to Santa Maria Navarrese (day 5)
  • Luggage transport throughout the tour
  • Extensive route notes, with description of the routes
  • Maps at 1 : 25.000 scale (or better)
  • GPS-data to use via our smartphone app
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Options and Extras

  • Single room supplement for group members
  • Solo traveller supplement
  • Private airport transfers can be arranged upon request
  • Extra nights and walks as described in the itinerary

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extensions and supplements for your desired dates.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums


  • Flights and airport transfers
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme

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