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Highlights
  • World class tour guided by Trip Leader Stefano Baldi
  • Experience the 2000 year old rituals
  • Immerse yourself in colourful parades, lively music and street dances
  • Visit artisans in their workshops to learn the culinary secrets of making good pasta.

Take a step back in time for a wild cultural experience! Join veteran WT Trip Leader Stefano Baldi for a fascinating discovery of the captivating pagan festivals of Sardinia, wild spectacles that hold true to their Sardo roots, with 2,000-year-old rituals, allegorical reenactments, colorful parades, masked dancers, lively music, dancing in the streets, and spirited horse races. This is a chance to experience the real Sardinia—the deep “dark heart” of the interior, where few tourists venture, and where the locals proudly keep the oldest traditions. In the company of Stefano, whose irrepressible, exuberant nature is well known and loved by all who travel with him, we can’t help but get caught up in the action! Along with the festivals, we visit artisans in their workshops, learn the culinary secrets of making good pasta, see how the special bread—pane carasau—is made, and enjoy a wine tasting as we visit one of the most renowned wineries of the island.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2:Olbia / Sortilla de Tumbarinos

Meals:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Our introduction to the heart of Sardinia begins with a visit to Romanzesu, an ancient Nuraghic village set amid centuries-old cork trees. After a hike in the lake and forest environs of Gavoi, we attend the Sortilla de Tumbarinos, a lively local event where people attired in black clothes or robes, some with blackened faces or simple masks, roam around the town playing homemade drums accompanied by accordion and flute music.

Days 3-4:Countryside Hikes

Meals:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Our hikes in the Sardinian countryside bring us to the  beautiful little town of Galtelli, with its well preserved historic center, and to the Grotta di Ispinigoli, a deep cave linked to legends of human sacrifices in Nuraghic times. We also explore the Mamoiada area, with its beautiful landscape and “forgotten” archaeological sites, and learn about Sardinia's ancient past as we visit a Bronze Age tomb and the intriguing Museum of Mediterranean Masks, which displays the traditional masks used in Sardinian festivals.

Days 5-9:Pagan Festivals

Meals:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

We take the next few days to revel in the fun and excitement of Sardinia’s most fascinating pagan festivals, a chance to share a part of its fascinating ancestral history. At the Mamuthones carnival, we witness solemn parades of mysterious masqueraders in costumes of black sheepskins, heavy brass cowbells, and somber black wooden masks. We also take part in the Carrela è Nanti, where horses are ridden wildly through the narrow streets of Santu Lussurgiu in daring acts of bravery and skill, and we are treated to the genuine hospitality extended to istranzos (foreigners); the Sartiglia, a reenactment of a medieval tournament on horseback, complete with reverberant drums and cheering crowds; and the carnival in Ovodda, culminating with a huge bonfire in the main square. Between festivals, we’ll enjoy short hikes along with the delights of Sardinia's traditional cuisine. Depart from Olbia on Day 9.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,595

Price Per Day:

$ 511 per day
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 350
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodation
  • Welcome and farewell dinners and other meals as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
  • Land transportation, transfers to and from airport on Day 1 and Day 9, entrance fees to museums and visitors sites, and sightseeing as noted in the Full Trip Brochure
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare
  • Transfers for independent arrival or departure
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff
  • Additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors
  • Expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 15
Start City
Olbia
End City
Olbia
Cancellation Policy:

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!

90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost

45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip ID#: pagfeswil

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