DATES & PRICES

Days = 8

30 Mar 2018 - 06 Apr 2018

London - London Price = £1685

Cagliari - Cagliari = £1495

Deposit = £200       

Single Supplement = £95*

 

* does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged.

TOUR SUMMARY

Days 1 & 2 

To Sardinia and the Giara de Gesturi

Days 3 & 6 

Sinis

Day 4 

Cala Mosca and the Molentargius Marshes

Day 5 

Domusnovas and the Sa Duchesa Valley

Days 7 & 8 

Laconi, Ortuabis and return to the UK 

SARDINIA

TYRRHENEAN SPRING

Spring Flower Tour, Wildlife and Reptiles in Rural Sardinia with Greentours

The ‘lost world’ of the Giara di Gesturi is a landscape as unexpected as it is strangely beautiful. Outcrops of pinky-black basalt and prehistoric ‘nuraghi’ emerge from marshy meadows and dwarf Cork Oak woodlands on plateaux two thousand feet above sea level.

As a chorus of trills from Tyrrhenean Tree Frogs rises from pools we’ll enjoy lovely Crocus minimus and pink-purple Romulea revelieri amongst several orchids. Newly described Ophrys ortuabis blooms with yellow Anemones under the shadow of six-thousand feet high Monti del Gennargentu. We’ll visit a wood full of the endemic Paeonia morisii, a startling sight. Lower down the beguiling landscapes that lie between our ideally placed hotel and the Fluminese are rich in orchids. One of Europe’s most beautiful orchids, Orchis longicornu is rather common, and mixes with Pink Butterfly Orchid and the endemic Orchis ichnusae. The lovely Mirror Orchid is a frequent sight and amongst a host of commoner Bee Orchids we’ll see plenty of the island’s specialities of which there are quite a number! Ophrys eleonorae has lips of glowing blue and purple, endemic Ophrys chestermannii large velvety square flowers, and oval-lipped flowers of grey, purple and pink belong to exquisite Ophrys morisii.

The little green orchid Gennaria diphylla joins several species of Romulea, Bellardia and Barbary Nuts in one of Europe’s pre-eminent wetlands, the little-known Sinis. Corsican Swallowtails fly amongst dunes by lagoons that are home to birds such as Audouin’s Gulls. Even as we land at Cagliari’s airport we’ll see flocks of Greater Flamingoes on lagoons next to the runway - Sardinia’s that sort of place!

INFORMATION

Focus

Spring Flowers, particularly Orchids. Also Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, and superb rural Landscapes.

Leaders

Paul Cardy, Stefano Doglio,

Walking

Very easy. Always at a relaxed pace and never more than two or three miles in any one day, ideally suited to flower photographers.

Included in the Price

All flights. All transport, meals and accommodation in Sardinia. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature including travel insurance, are not included.

Group Size

The minimum is 4 and the maximum is 12. Only one leader will accompany a group of 6 or less.

Accommodation

We will be staying for the entire week at the Agriturismo Su Massaiu. Set atop a low hill and surrounded by orchards this lovely little hotel has views up to the Giara and is close to the famous Nuraghe of Barumini. Almonds and Olives populate Su Massaiu’s orchards and the farm is well-known for its organic produce that includes lavender, melons, lentils, vegetables and the precious Turri Saffron. The pleasant rooms are set around a wide courtyard in which there is a swimming pool. Each room has its own verandah entrance. All have air-conditioning, wifi and en suite WC/shower.

Flights

UK return flights are direct from London Stansted to Cagliari. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available.

*These routes may incur a supplement.

Climate

Variable but mostly clear and sunny with daytime temperatures between 12°C and 25°C. Rain is likely at some point and is occasionally prolonged.

Combinations

Why not combine this holiday with the Corsica tour. Your leader will transport you between the two… London to London the cost of the two tours is £3625 Cagliari to Bonifacio is £3370 and single supplement is £415.

How to Book

Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information.  

Flower, bird and butterfly checklists are available.

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www.greentours.co.uk