Sardinia: Wild and Blue

A Trek Along an Untouched Mediterranean Coast
Repertory Trip: Next Offered May 13-22, 2016

Sardinia: Wild and Blue route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4695  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Cagliari, Italy
Depart: Olbia, Italy
Lodging: 5 nights in hotels, 3 nights in shepherds' refuges, 1 night beach camp
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 8 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, some steep sections, 4-6 hours a day, optional swimming. This is a strenuous hiking trip. Please read the “What the Trip is Like” section or contact our Europe Team for more details.


  • Hike along Sardinia's untouched Mediterranean coast
  • Discover ancient nuraghi, Bronze Age megalithic sites particular to Sardinia
  • Explore secluded beaches, swim in turquoise seas

I had a wonderful time. I am so glad I pushed my boundaries and did this trip.Debbi O.—Prospect Heights, IL

Choosing the Right Trip

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Repertory Trip

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered every two to five years.  It will be several years before this journey is offered again. Now is the time to go!

There’s a corner of Sardinia that is utterly wild and untouched, where the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean lap the shores of white-sand beaches, and shepherds’ paths lead to ancient stone age sites. The only way to reach this spectacular landscape is on foot, as the shepherds do, or by boat along the enchanting sea. WT Trip Leader Stefano Baldi, whose passion for the unique cultures of Sardinia has led him to explore its most remote reaches, has handcrafted an extraordinary trek across this untamed landscape that will immerse you into an incredible world unlike any other. We’ll hike shepherds’ trails, discover mysterious ancient dwellings known as nuraghi, swim in isolated coves, camp on a secluded beach, and meet local shepherds as we stay in their shelters along the coast. The hiking is rugged, and our camps are basic, but the reward is an experience of a people, culture, and landscape that few would imagine still exist in Europe. And after five nights of rough but exhilarating living, we savor two fantastic nights in an exquisite boutique hotel, the Su Gologone, renowned for its stunning setting, beautiful design, and great cuisine. If this is your kind of adventure, join us for an absolutely unforgettable hiking and cultural experience to wild Sardinia!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3, May 13 - 15, 2016
Cagliari / Santa Maria Navarrese / Giradili

After meeting in Cagliari, we explore a fascinating defensive complex known as a nuraghe, a Bronze Age megalithic site particular to Sardinia, then head to Santa Maria Navarrese, a charming seaside town set on the shores of a turquoise bay of the Mediterranean. From here we hike a coastal path to Pedra Longa, where a huge karst monolith rises beside the sea, and take a boat ride along the coast to stop at Cala Mariolu, a beautiful pebbled beach, and swim in a gorgeous pool of clear blue water at the base of tall vertical cliffs. The next day, a dramatic hike brings us to Giradili, one of the most breathtaking sea cliffs along Sardinia’s eastern coast, and on to Ovile Irbiddossili (“shepherd place”) following a former mulattiera, a mule track used by charcoal gatherers and shepherds.

Days 4-6 , May 16 - 18, 2016
Cala Goloritzè / Cala Sisine / Margine

A coastal hike brings us to Cala Goloritzè, a tiny, secluded white pebbled beach that’s so beautiful it’s been declared an “Italian National Monument.” After a chance to swim and enjoy the transparent waters, we hike to a basic refuge with a welcoming atmosphere for dinner and overnight. The next days’ hikes lead through a forested canyon to a remote white-sand beach (where we camp overnight) and to a shepherds’ shelter that offers accommodation in dormitories built as “cuiles,” traditional round-shaped shepherd huts made from stones with juniper branches as the roof.

Days 7-10 , May 19 - 22, 2016
Gorropu Gorge / Tiscali

Heading inland, we hike steeply down into the Gorropu Gorge, an impressive limestone canyon that’s one of the deepest in Europe, and walk beneath its towering 1,300-foot walls past emerald ponds and boulders as large as houses. Another hike finds us in the Supramonte di Oliena, a mountain-and-highlands area that is home to Tiscali, a mysterious nuraghic village with round stone dwellings visible amid crumbling ruins. As a grand finale, we explore Mamoiada, the home town of Mamuthones, an annual February festival with pre-Christian roots and propitiatory rituals to ensure eventual good harvests, and enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Cantina Sedilesu, one of the best wine producers of Sardinia. Overnights on Days 8 and 9 are at Su Gologone, a lovely accommodation that’s ample reward for the rugged hiking and camping we’ve experienced the last few days. Depart from Olbia on Day 10.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 4+, moderate to strenuous, according to our trip grading system. Our hikes range from four to six hours in length and are mostly on rough terrain, with some exposure and ascents and descents of as much as 2,950 feet. You carry only a daypack with trailside essentials (water, camera, etc.) during the day, but you should have good mountain hiking experience and wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail. Along the way we explore several beaches; swimming is optional (but highly recommended). At this time of year, the water is "refreshing," but still very beautiful.

We stay a few nights in hotels, but the majority of our lodging is extremely rustic—either camping in tents on the beach or in ovile (shepherds’ refuges) with dormitory-style accommodations. There is no running water along this wild stretch of coast, so showers are not always available.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

This is one of our special Repertory Trips offered only every two to five years. This journey will not be offered again for several years. Now is the Time to Go!

May 13-22, 2016 Added Departure  Stefano Baldi

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$4695 (11-15 members)
$4995 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $330
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

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

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in hotels, tented camps, and ovile (shepherds’ refuges)
  • All meals included
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Land transportation, transfers to and from airport on Day 1 and Day 10, entrance fees to museums and visitors sites, and sightseeing as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Detailed Itinerary, 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.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Cagliari, Italy
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Cagliari, Italy (airport code AJA)
Suggested arrival time: 10:00 am
Oliena, Sardinia
Date: Day 10

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Olbia, Italy (airport code OLB)
Suggested departure time: 11:30 am or later

Nascar Hotel

Nascar Hotel

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Baunei, Italy

In a tiny seaside town tucked between olive trees and an 11th century church, the Nascar Hotel is a lovely stone hotel run by three sisters. Each of ...
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Rural Lodging in Sardinia

Day 3 (1 night),
Day 5 (1 night),
Day 7 (1 night), Sardinia, Italy

One of the great things about traveling like a local is getting off the beaten path and staying in real authentic accommodations that encompass the spirit of the place. We’ll stay in a couple different ovile (shepherd’s huts), our first introduction to some of the rural lodgings in Sardinia. On Day 3, we’ll make our beds on the roofed terrace of Ovile Piras. On Day 5, we’ll camp in tents on the beach at Cala Mariolu and have solar camp showers. And on Day 7, we’ll stay at Ovile Zichette in the valley of Oddoene. Running water is available in moderation for showers at the ovile.

Refuge of Cooperativa Goloritze

Refuge of Cooperativa Goloritze

Day 4 (1 night), Baunei, Sardinia, Italy

At the Refuge of Cooperativa Goloritze, a farmstead and hotel, we’ll stay in rustic rooms with showers and fully immerse ourselves in the ...
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Hotel Gorropu

Hotel Gorropu

Day 6 (1 night), Urzulei, Italy

Nestled into the limestone canyon and surrounded by rugged and wild landscapes with an intense scent of rosemary and thyme, Hotel Gorropu is a ...
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Hotel Su Gologone

Hotel Su Gologone

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Oliena, Sardinia, Italy

This is arguably the most beautiful hotel on our journey and one of our Trip Leaders’ favorites! The family-run Su Gologone is a bit of ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Stefano Baldi

Stefano Baldi, of Tuscany, has led hiking trips in Europe for us for nearly 15 years. He has spent most of his life living in the beautiful rural countryside of Tuscany, except for a few years in Florence as a student. His love for nature led him to found an agricultural co-op with friends in the 1970s, and a decade later, he started his own farm in the hills north of Florence, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters. "Food is one of my strongest interests. I'm always curious about the cuisine of other places. I think the understanding of a different culture can come through the palate. For this reason, I love cooking and eating and I do both very (too) much." Outside of Tuscany, one of Stefano's favorite places is Sardinia "for its spectacular, wild landscape and deep Mediterranean roots. The genuine traditions kept alive here have a direct link with pagan times and are truly a part of everyday life in Sardinia." When not leading trips for us, Stefano grows organic vegetables, keeps bees, and raises cinta senese, the traditional small boars of the Siena region, now endangered. He spent five years restoring two old houses on his property, one of which is now an agriturismo accommodation.

Upcoming Trips:

Pagan Festivals of Sardinia, February 3-12, 2016
Corsica and Sardinia, April 29-May 9, 2016
Sardinia: Wild and Blue, May 13-22, 2016
Corsica and Sardinia, May 25-June 4, 2016
Ultimate Dolomites, July 4-15, 2016
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites, July 17-24, 2016
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites, August 7-14, 2016
Ultimate Dolomites, August 15-26, 2016
Corsica and Sardinia, September 13-23, 2016
Volcanoes of Southern Italy, September 26-October 6, 2016
The Kingdom of Truffles and Barolo, October 17-24, 2016
Pagan Festivals of Sardinia, February 22-March 3, 2017

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Client Testimonials:

It was obvious that Stefano is a much-loved visitor to Sardinia, as everywhere we went he was greeted like a long-lost friend. His relationships with people like the beekeeper, the shepherds, and the wine maker made the trip very special. And much to our delight, he was determined to expose us to every edible and drinkable delicacy both Corsica and Sardinia had to offer! He described the hikes accurately, kept an ideal pace, and conveyed a deep passion for all of the archaeological sites we visited. I would probably follow him to the ends of the earth if he said it was a good place to go and led the way! Julie L., Harbour Island, Bahamas
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano was a fountain of knowledge and information on topics ranging from the flora and fauna to the wine, food, and history of the region. His quiet manner, dry humor, and clear appreciation and love of the Dolomites and all they offer added a very special touch to the trip. Lori W., Charlottesville, VA
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites
Warmth, finesse, steady, funny, quiet leadership. Stefano handled everything with apparent effortlessness and concern. Verona R., Boulder, CO
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano was simply an excellent team leader—accomplished, well-informed, patient, humorous, and supportive. Plus you have to appreciate someone who doles out fine chocolate along the trail! Gay T., Fort Myers, FL
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano is a real gem. He made me laugh and had such great insight into the food, wine, area, and culture. I would definitely join a trip just to have him as our leader again! Sarah I., San Diego, CA
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy’s Gourmet Trail
Stefano made the trip. He is a rare renaissance man, and I learned a lot. Dining with him is La Dolce Vita. Logan R., Bloomfield Hills, MI
Corsica and Sardinia
A fascinating man with an extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge about all aspects of our trip. Susan S., Greenwich, CT
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano loves Sardinia and it shows in every aspect of his approach to the trip. His enthusiasm for the festivals and the culture is infectious and enhances the trip for his clients. Malcolm S., Corona, CA
Pagan Festivals of Sardinia
Stefano was really interesting with a great sense of humor, and kind and patient with hikers. He has a vast history and knowledge of the region and of Italy, and is very happy to share. He is a real gem. Mary Elizabeth R., Anchorage, AK
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites
Stefano is a number one leader. His knowledge of the islands and culture made this trip incredible. He pays attention to details and it was a pleasure having him as the Trip leader. Esther C., Stamford, CT
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano is a master—knowledgeable, approachable, and flexible. Roy G., Sunriver, OR
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano was superb in every respect. We loved every hike, every hotel, every meal, every joke. We particularly enjoyed the engaging way he interacted with the local island people, and introduced us to their culture and way of life. Jobie S., Trumbull, CT
Corsica and Sardinia
We appreciated Stefano's deep knowledge of Italian culture, agriculture, and cuisine, and his wry sense of humor. Pam B., Newton Center, MA
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail
Stefano was a wonderful addition to the trip. His knowledge of the local flora and fauna on the hikes was a very unexpected bonus. A very wise, experienced, and delightful leader! Julie R., Bainbridge Island, WA
Great Hikes and Chefs of Northern Italy's Gourmet Trail
Stefano was charming and had a great dry sense of humor. He answered all our questions about Italian customs, food, and culture and gave us great insights to all. Lisa S., Sacramento, CA
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites
Stefano is hilarious! Very understated, philosophical sense of humor, great stories about farming in Italy. Bix W., Pebble Beach, CA
Normandy and Brittany
Stefano's passion for the people and culture of Sardinia made the trip exceptional in many ways. Jim H., San Luis Obispo, CA
Pagan Festivals of Sardinia
Stefano is outstanding on all fronts and an exceptional trip leader. This was my third trip with him, and he continues to impress me with his knowledge of the area, ability to select great restaurants, and attention to detail and good humor. Rob K., Pound Ridge, NY
Ultimate Dolomites
Stefano is passionate about the area and takes great care in making sure guests have a well rounded experience of both Corsica and Sardinia—from food to culture to hiking! I would not hesitate to sign up for a trip he was leading. Michelle J., Irvine, CA
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano is a professional, sensitive, and thoughtful guide. Also, his sense of humor makes him very pleasant company! Thelma A., Morristown, NJ
Normandy and Brittany
Stefano did a superb job of handling all the trip details effortlessly...or so it seemed to us! Everything ran very smoothly. His knowledge and love of the area made it feel like we were traveling with "old friends" who truly enjoying sharing their experiences with us! Pat S., North Oaks, MN
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano was great. Very knowledgeable regarding the area (particularly Sardinia) and you can tell he loves it there. Very professional, flexible, and responsive to differing needs of group members, yet at the same time has a laid back, relaxed demeanor and is very pleasant company. Catherine P., Toronto, ON
Corsica and Sardinia
What a pleasure it was to have Stefano as our leader! His love for and passion to show us the best of Corsica and Sardinia was evident throughout the trip. He also cared very much about the well being and enjoyment of each of us and made accommodations based on our requests and needs. Thelma A., Morristown, NJ
Corsica And Sardinia
Stefano's knowledge of and personal dedication to educating his clients about Corsica and Sardinia (geography, people, culture, food) made the trip a pleasure. Peter C., San Francisco, CA
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano was fantastic! His love for the area—history, geography, cuisine, and wines was apparent every step of the way. Sandy H., Indianapolis IN Stefano was extremely flexible and sensitive to our interests and needs. Many extras were built in based on our requests. I would do one his trips again. Cecily H., San Carlos, CA
Corsica and Sardinia
Stefano Baldi is a real master working on his "home court," In-depth personal knowledge of the geography, culture, history, cuisine, and wine. An absolutely superb leader. Harvey S., Huntington VT
Corsica and Sardinia
This was our 4th trip with Stefano, a confident, kind humorous man. He enjoys all kinds of hikers. Walter E., Etna, NH
Corsica to Sardina
He’s just a winner—knowledgeable, organized, sensitive to participants needs, charming and fun sense of humor! Angus and Elisabeth R., Norwich, VT
Corsica to Sardina
Stefano Baldi is fantastic. He leads with a good pace. His choice of restaurants and food was superb. Susan and Tony C., Del Mar CA Once again, Stefano ran a trip in exemplary fashion. His love of the area was obvious and he easily generated equal enthusiasm with us. WT should be proud to have such leaders on its staff. Michael W., Stamford, CT
Volcanoes of Southern Italy
Aptly named “El Maestro,” Stefano’s expertise, knowledge, and passion totally infused our experience. Lynne G., New York NY
Corsica & Sardinia
Stefano worked to create experiences for us that penetrated the surfaces of the culture. He infected us with his love of Sardinia, its people, its foods, its landscape. I very much appreciated his love of good food and wine. Carol C., Menlo Park CA
Pagan Festivals of Sardinia
Stefano was a wonderful leader. His contacts with the local Sardinians made the trip very special. He loves this place! His enthusiasm was contagious. Gordon C., Menlo Park CA
Pagan Festivals of Sardinia
It was our third trip with Stefano and we always enjoy his enthusiasm and expertise. Barbara R., San Diego, CA
Great Hikes & Chefs of Northern Italy