7 Days Wine and Food Tasting Cultural Tour in Sardinia, Italy

Food Tasting Tour Italy

Discover the Blue Zones of Sardinia! Join Travel Motus in a fun way to understand and enjoy the island through the guidance of passionate guides who will be, forever your best friends in Sardinia; who better can lead you to hidden treasures and get you involved with passion and enthusiasm that only the natives can give. This is not only a culinary adventure in Sardinia but also a real discovery of the island!

Highlights

  • Cheese making and tasting
  • Enjoy visits to archaeological sites
  • Walking tour in the vineyards with tasting in a winery
  • A total family experience including lunch and a cooking class
  • English-speaking insider guides
  • 6 breakfasts and four dinners
  • Transports during the tour
  • 6 nights accommodation

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5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Cagliari Elmas Airport

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various charming houses in double rooms throughout the duration of this tour.

Travel Motus Italy Food Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday: Cagliari, the capital and small hamlets

  • Afternoon

You will be greeted by your personal local English-speaking insider. Enjoy a scenic drive through Cagliari's panoramic sites and stroll through the historical city center. Hopefully, you will get to see the iconic pink flamingos. Have some welcome aperitif on the old bastions.

  • Overnight in Cagliari.
  • Meals: None

Day 2 - Sunday: Silky beaches, prehistoric treasure, and haunting mines

  • Morning

In the morning, you will be delighted with a rich and genuine breakfast made with local products. Get ready to drive to the southwest coast and visit the stunning “Scoglio Pan di Zucchero” and “Porto Flavia”, a dismissed mining port, incredibly dug into 50-meter high cliffs, overlooking the open sea; it features two 600-meter long tunnels and a mobile arm.

  • Afternoon

Visit an impressive Roman temple set in bucol­ic scenery, nine kilometers south of Fluminimaggiore called Tempio di Antas.

  • Overnight in Cagliari.
  • Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Monday: Sardinia cheese and wine

Check-out from the hotel in Cagliari and depart for a panoramic tour of the vineyards and olive trees around the rural church of Santa Maria di Sibiola and visit a small local wine producer. Visit the vineyards, the cellar, and have a wine tasting.

Later on, reach a modern milk processing factory operating in the dairy field for the last 50 years. The company specializes in the production of typical Sardinian cheeses and dairy products derived from sheep and goat’s milk of an exclusive local origin. There will be an itinerary along the producing stages where you’ll discover the secret of CLA cheese that helps maintain the balance of cholesterol levels in the blood. You will have cheese tasting in this factory and then you will drive to Barumini village to admire Nuraghe Su Nuraxi, the UNESCO-listed, prehistoric marvel.

  • Overnight in a warm and traditional house located in a small village.

The house has been turned into an elegant inn with all comforts. The breeze and crisp air from the hills invites you to the romantic garden in the evening for a fresh sparkling cup of Vermentino wine.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 - Tuesday: A day together with a family, their friends and neighbors, between a cheese lab, fresh pasta, and bread

You will proceed to a small vivacious mountain resort that has a cool climate and an alpine character with an elevation of 796 meters. It has caught the imagination of the Piedmontese nobility, who came to hunt boar in its forests.

The experience with the family is held in an old typical Barbaricina house with an outdoor courtyard and an inner cellar. You will be delighted in the preparation of cheese, fresh pasta, and bread and will become confident with the ancient craft and tools.

In the afternoon, after a typical lunch with the family, you will be escorted for a walking tour of the surroundings and a stroll through the museum trail, along the streets of the historic district, visiting old houses, the Spanish prison from 15th Century A.D. and meeting artisans and locals.

You will stay overnight in the mountain resort.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5 - Wednesday: Sinis Peninsula lagoons and rice-shaped sands

Drive north to explore the Punic-Roman ruins of Tharros and the snow-white beaches and bird-filled lagoons of the Sinis Peninsula. Later on, reach the ancient ‘borgo’ of Riola Sardo and visit an oil maker producing valuable oils enriched with spontaneous herbs and typical Sardinian fruits and modern packaging.

You will spend the night in the Sinis area, at a charming house restored following the principles of organic architecture. In this hotel, located in a rural area, you can feel the spirit and the elegance of the ancient culture, you can breath an atmosphere of the past, and you can enjoy the real, authentic Sardinia.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Thursday: Pastel-colored Bosa and Alghero catalan culture

After breakfast, drive to the pastel-colored, alley-woven Bosa and its crowning glory castle, then go on a dramatic coastal drive to Alghero. The town radi­ates a Spanish air, its honey-colored seawalls enclosing cobbled lanes and Gothic palazzi. Take a passeggiata or stroll along the historic center and the seafront.

  • Meals:Breakfast and dinner.

Day 7 - Friday: The worship of water in Sardina

After breakfast, drive to Cagliari International Airport Elmas (CAG) with an en-route stop to Santa Cristina, an important Nuragic complex whose extraordinary Bronze Age ‘tempio a pozzo’ (sacred well and temple) is one of the best preserved in the Mediterranean Sea. The worship of water was a fun­damental part of the Nuragic religious practice.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Included excursions

Among the places you will be visiting are:

  • Cagliari
  • Scoglio Pan di Zucchero
  • Porto Flavia
  • Tempio di Antas
  • Santa Maria di Sibiola rural church
  • Winery and vineyards
  • Modern milk processing factory
  • Barumini village
  • Nuraghe Su Nnuraxi
  • Tharros
  • Sinis Peninsula
  • Riola Sardo
  • Bosa
  • Alghero
  • Santa Cristina

Location

This retreat will be held in Sardinia, Italy. Sardinia is blessed with an incredibly sunny climate, it is Italy's most undiscovered region. Holidays in Sardinia can take place all year round. The weather is a pleasure in Sardinia and summer lasts from April to November, it rains very little during this period. The interior can be even drier than on the coast.

This is one of the most scenic parts of Europe with a beautiful rocky coast, islands everywhere, and the Mediterranean at its most emerald green. Interspersed among the rocks are seductive beaches that are sometimes pelted by dry winds.

Sardinia (in Latin and English, Sardegna in Italian, Sardigna, Sardinna, or Sardinnia in the Sardinian language, Sardenya in Catalan) is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, at the center of the basin, directly south of Corsica (France) but north of Tunisia. It has an area of 24,090 square kilometer and a population of 1.6 million. It was called "Ichnusa" by the Phoenicians and "Sandalyon" by the Greeks because of its unique footprint shape.

Among the many attractions of this ancient and mysterious island, Cagliari, the capital, is not to be missed. Sardinia is where is where you can find Gothic, Roman, and Phoenician treasures that are wonderfully blended within this modern and vibrant crossroads. Africa, Spain, Italy, and France have all exerted enormous influence on Sardinia. Sardo is not, in fact, a dialect of Italian. It is a distinct language that originates from early Latin with a strong resemblance to Catalan.

Although Sardinia is politically part of Italy, like its language, its history and culture developed on its own. Sardinia existed 600 million years ago, when the Alps and mainland Italy were not yet formed. Inhabited since the dawn of mankind, Sardinia is covered with remains of lost civilizations, most a mystery to this day.

Underground temples, ziggurats, mysterious objects, and dwellings whose proportions are attributed to a mythological race of giants, honeycomb the land. Today, its people are simple, pure, and hardy. You will enjoy meeting them as much as they will enjoy you. Its distinctive cuisine and wines are brutally honest yet delicious and you will relish these as well.

You will also discover that pink is the dominant color of Sardinia. Pink sands and flamingos line the coast just as wild peonies rise at whim throughout the rugged interior.

Food

A total of six breakfasts and four dinners are included in the price of this tour. A winery visit with a walking tour in the vineyards and wine tasting as well as cheese making and tasting are also included. You will also have lunch and have a cooking class with a local family.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4 dinners
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All transports during the tour
  • Cheese making and tasting
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites
  • Lunch and cooking class with a local family
  • Winery visit including walking tour in the vineyards with wine tasting

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra nights
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 15, 2018
Departure: Friday September 21, 2018

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