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.
Arrive: Alghero, Sardinia
Depart: Alghero, Sardinia
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
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Days 3-5 (3 nights)
Days 6-7 (2 nights)
Located in historic Oristano, the Hotel Duomo has a great location in the city center just steps from the cathedral and the Piazza Eleonora.
Day 8 (1 night)
Day 9 (1 night)
Tucked in the folds above a small traditional town and overlooking the verdant valleys around Monte Albo rests the Hotel Su Lithu in its serene country setting. The area is so peaceful and quiet, you can often hear the faint sounds of church bells ringing in the distance. Guestrooms have...
This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 4 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 2 hours a day.
Average Hiking Day
"This was a truly remarkable trip by a leader who is experienced, motivated, and obsessed by his love of Sardinia and its people and traditions."
Mount Kisco, NY<br />Pagan Festivals of Sardinia
"One of our absolute best trips, certainly the best of our Wilderness trips. We have been raving about it since we got home."
Mount Kisco, NY
"A wonderful, intense experience. Stefano’s love for Sardinia, its food, history, and people made the trip."
Menlo Park, CA
"Only because of Stefano's experience and efforts was such a trip possible. Travelers could never duplicate such a trip for themselves. This is what sets Wilderness Travel apart."
San Luis Obispo, CA
"This trip gave us insights into facets of Sardinian life that most tourists will never see."
Punta Gorda, FL
"Stefano's personal contacts and intimate knowledge of Sardinia really makes this trip possible and so unique. The behind-the-scenes interaction was incredible and made the festivals even more fun. Loved lunching with the shepherds, the roasted lamb, pecorino and ricotta-making. Despite the language barrier, Stefano's local contacts became our festival-going friends as well."
Harbour Island, Bahamas
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