€1.060,00 pp

Hiking in Sardinia with Donkeys, discover the most authentic Sardinia and trek alongside the local donkeys in the middle of untouched nature.

Donkeys will help you carry your luggage through forests of holm oaks, thick Mediterranean vegetation, rivers and pure water springs among the highest mountains of the island, we will meet typical Sardinian wild boars, deer and, with a bit of luck, we will see big horned sheep, horses and birds of prey. It will also be an opportunity to get in touch with the shepherds and the inhabitants of these small villages, making an immersive experience in the local culture.

 

Highlights

  • Superb 7 days-trip through nature, allowing to see wild animals and to discover archaeological remains.
  • A trekking in contact with the Sardinian donkeys which carry your stuff.
  • Nights in inns or at the inhabitant’s home for authentic meetings.
  • Beautiful landscapes of the primary forests.
  • Frequent bathes, in translucent water (cascades, canyons, sea)… – A circuit practically without car in the middle of the nature.
Transfer from the airport/harbour to Jerzu, a small village of Ogliastra region located in the east of the island. Accommodation in an inn with room and private bathroom, presentation of the program of the week, dinner and night in the inn.

Contact with the Sardinian donkeys, and if the weather allows it, walks with donkeys and visit the height of the small country cottage of the foresters in charge of supervising the fires. It is a beautiful panoramic viewpoint where we can see most of the excursion we will make during the week.

  • Trekking 2h
  • Elevation 100 m

Departure from Jerzu in the morning towards its hills, famous for the production of wine Cannonau, one of the secrets of the longevity of the Sardinian people. From there, we continue towards the valley of Tacchi d’Ogliastra.

The walk will continue on high cliffs, the forests of oaks and in the Mediterranean maquis, sweeping a sight on the surrounding area and the sea. Evening and dinner in the village.

  • Trekking 6h
  • Elevation 400 m

We begin our excursion with the visit of the caves of Ulassai on the height of the village by taking away which curves in the middle of the mountain with sight on the sea. We will pass beside the museum in the open air of the small village of Ulassai, to admire works of Maria Lai, a local artist of international reputation, as well as works of other artists. We will have the opportunity of seeing the canyon of Saint Giorgio, nested in the full rocky mountain in the middle of forests and we will sleep in an inn in the middle of nature.

  • Trekking 6h
  • Elevation 400 m

The morning we walk until Nuraghe Serbissi, one of the most beautiful fortresses of Ogliastra, dating of more than 4000 years, spectacular from its position dominating the region and for its cave. Then, we go down in the picturesque valley from Gairo Taquisara, crossed by the small green train of Sardinia (touristic train).

We will stop to lunch it in a cuile, the typical hut of Sardinian shepherds. We cross the dense forest of Niala, appreciating the song of its waterways and of the birds to arrive finally in the middle of the forest of Mont’ Arbu where we will make a halt in a forest house.

Possibility to take a bath in the river a few meters from the forest house.

  • Trekking 7h
  • Elevation 600 m

We continue our journey through the old holm oaks, ascending the course of the Ermolinos River to cross the imposing limestone cliffs of the Tonneri, culminating in the majestic summit of Margiana Pubusa.

Like the old shepherds of transhumance, we are heading towards one of the most important symbols of Sardinia, Perda e Liana, a limestone tower, used by the first Sardinians as a meeting place and for pagan rites.

We finish our itinerary with the donkeys which will lead us in 15 minutes of the trip to our agriturismo where we will dine and sleep.

  • Trekking 6h
  • Elevation 600 m

Departure by bus in the morning towards Baunei. From there we climb on the top of the high plateau of Golgo with its small church as in a setting of Far West. It is one of the most famous excursions and one of the most beautiful: it starts from the plateau of Golgo and ends in Cala Goloritzè. We pass the morning and the early afternoon on the beach.

  • Trekking 4h ((1h30 to go down, 2h30 to come back climbing up)
  • Elevation 700 m

We get up early in the morning to observe the bighorn sheep or deer and we should hopefully see them queuing as they move towards the valley. We leave the mountains of the Gennargentu to walk and join on the eastern coast the small village of Santa Maria Navarrese (transfer by bus).

We leave directly for an excursion following a panoramic path that runs along the coast to Perda Longa, a huge rocky needle overlooking the sea. Its name means “long stone” in Sardinia.

We have lunch in a restaurant with a panoramic terrace. Possibility of swimming in the crystalline waters amid the rocks. In the afternoon we leave for Cengia Giraldili, rocky plateau and an ideal place to admire a postcard’s panorama.

Return to the accommodation and departure by bus to the city of departure (Cagliari/Olbia/Alghero). Dinner and accommodation in the city getting a well-deserved rest!

  • Trekking 2h30
  • Elevation 400 m

Minibus transfer to airport/harbour

Cancellation Policy

  • www.magnificenttuscany.com is not responsible for changes or cancellations made by the Museums or Partners company directions on the offered programs.

In case of cancellation, please contact us, on refund@magnificenttuscany.com
Tickets purchased on www.magnificenttuscany.com will be refundable if you e-mail us your request for cancellation and in the percentage of the following steps. (excluded bank charges)

  • There will be no penalty for cancellations communicated via email at least 30 days prior to date of excursion departure.
  • Cancellations made less than 29 days prior the date of excursion departure: €50 person for management fees from deposit.
  • Cancellations made between 29 and 21 days prior the date of excursion departure: 25% of deposit.
  • Cancellations made between 20 and 8 days prior the date of excursion departure: 50% of deposit.
  • Cancellations made between 7 and 2 days prior the date of excursion departure: 75% of deposit.
  • Cancellations made within 2 prior the date of excursion departure: 100% of deposit.
  • In case of no show, tickets will not be refundable: 100% of deposit.

 

Note
  • These amounts will be reimbursed by the insurance in case of justified cancellation. However, the amount of insurance and registration fees will not be refunded. In case of failure to show up for boarding, or if it is not possible to present the police the necessary health documents for the trip (passport, visa, vaccination certificate), it will not be possible to request any refund.
  • Interruption: the interruption of the stay due to a participant (incompatibility with the level or nature of the excursion, for example) will not give rise to any refund.
  • Trip modification: More than 30 days before departure, if you wish to change the stay or the date of your stay, an amount of € 50 per person will be retained for the change. At 30 days or less of departure, any change of stay will be considered a cancellation. If the excursion is cancelled by us, or because the minimum number of participants is not reached, or due to conditions that involve the safety of the participants, (decision took 21 days before departure), or due to force majeure in most of the cases, you will be offered one (or more) replacement formula. The change could be more expensive (up to a limit of 5%). In case of definitive cancellation and if the proposed replacement is not accepted, you will be reimbursed in full.

 

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We can arrange transport for your tour experience destination according to your convenience with an extra fee apply.

If interested, you can make the request when you book the tour on the “Additional information” field or by sending an email to book@magnificenttuscany.com.

Car Service

  • Comfortable A/C Minivan
  • Private Luxury Car
  • English Speaking Driver & Guide

Availabiliy:

  • Full Day
  • Half Day
  • For Transfers to (all airports, stations or in city)

Pick Up & Drop Off from:

  • Rail or Bus Station
  • Cruise Ship Port
  • Airport
  • Hotel
  • Address or Intersection
  • Monument/Building

No extra service Available! Please check later.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 7nights in inn, forest house, agriturismo, hotel in double or twin room
  • FB treatment – breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
  • A wine tasting
  • Local english speaking guide for the tour (from day 2 to day 7)
  • Local shepherd guide (from day 2 to day 5)
  • Donkeys and equipment to bring your luggage

 

What’s Not Included

  • All extra not mentioned

 

Optional Extra Costs

  • Transfer from/to airport/harbour
  • Cooking workshop
  • Cheese making workshop

 

Notes

The proposed itinerary could be modified on request to better suit your needs.

Important Informations

  • ImportantPlease check our Cancellation Policy in the ‘Policies’ section, each package may have different terms and conditions.
  • Rain Policy – Tour NOT run in Rain or bad weather conditions

 

More Info.

  • The « cuiles »​: the typical huts of the shepherds in Sardinia. Some of them were the object of a program of rehabilitation. They will be used to rest or to sleep.
  • The Sardinian donkey​: Very important in the economy of the rural small companies of the island, the donkey was used for many activities: to grind cereals, to transport the wood for heating air and water, to plough… The Sardinian donkey is patient, untiring, but this spicy is in the process of disappearance. Only 90 cm high at its garrot (tourniquet) for the females and 115 cm for the males, it is the favourite animal of the shepherds and it is perfectly adapted to our trekking for the transport of luggage. In general, we will have a donkey for two people. It is the first project of long-stay supporting the development of the local economy’s alternative forms.
  • The «Tacchi»​: they occupy most of the territory of the area of Ogliastra. They are mountains limestones similar to the heel of a shoe, from which their name was given (tacco = heel in Italian). The zones of Tacchi preserved the old farmings, such as the vine growing with the production of the famous wine Cannonau di Jerzu, as well as the artisanal activities.
  • The paths of transhumance​: the paths where we walk during our trekking are mainly the ways which were used for transhumance and the movements between the mountain and the littoral, enjoying an exceptional sight-seeing of nature.
Hiking in Sardinia with Donkeys
Hiking in Sardinia with Donkeys | Magnificent Tuscany

Donkeys will help you carry your luggage through forests of holm oaks, thick Mediterranean vegetation, rivers and pure water springs among the highest mountains of the island, we will meet typical Sardinian wild boars, deer and, with a bit of luck, we will see big horned sheep, horses and birds of prey. It will also be an opportunity to get in touch with the shepherds and the inhabitants of these small villages, making an immersive experience in the local culture.

Product Brand: Magnificent Tuscany

Product Currency: EUR

Product Price: 1060

Product In-Stock: Available

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Tour Type: Wild Nature, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Outdoor Activities
Availability: From April to November
Accommodation: Accommodation with breakfast in Charming B&B, hotels and Agriturismo (farmhouse)
Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
Location: Villages of Ogliastra
Languages: 🇮🇹🇫🇷🇬🇧🇩🇪
Min nº of People: 2
Max nº of People: 12
Pick-Up Time: –:–
Meeting Point: Ogliastra
Transportation method: Optional
Kid-friendly: Yes
Friendly: No
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