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From Cagliari: West Beaches Tour

1. From Cagliari: West Beaches Tour

Depart Cagliari and journey alongside the wetlands of Santa Gilla to see the area's characteristic pink flamingos. Stop at Santa Margherita di Pula to experience its beautiful beach, and then travel on to the cove of Pinus Village to get a look at its lovely natural swimming pools. Continue to the beautiful resort of Chia to see the archaeological site of Bithia, founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC.  Return to Cagliari by 3:00 PM for the end of the tour services and your glorious day exploring the west coast of Sardinia.

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From Cagliari: Porto Flavia Mine and Natural Beauty Tour

2. From Cagliari: Porto Flavia Mine and Natural Beauty Tour

Travel from Cagliari to Iglesiente, one of the oldest historical areas in Sardinia with a wild landscape famous for its mining history. Discover the Porto Flavia mine, an extraordinary monument of industrial archaeology overlooking an incredible coastline with a breathtaking vista of the Masua Sea.   Built in 1924, Port Flavia is an incredible work of engineering suspended between sky and sea that made it possible to load minerals directly onto the ships. Walk through the 600-meter-long tunnel and discover the history of the mine that remained functional up until the 1960s.  Next, see the Parco Geominerario della Sardegna (Geological and Mining Park of Sardinia), declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After the visit, enjoy a little stop to see the incredible coast of Nebida, walking through the panoramic street in front of the Laveria Lamarmora mineral washing plant before returning to Cagliari.

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From Chia: Private Half-Day Ancient Roman Road Hiking Tour

3. From Chia: Private Half-Day Ancient Roman Road Hiking Tour

Join this beautiful hike along one of the most picturesque coasts of Sardinia in the southern coast between Santa Margherita di Pula and Chia. Pinus village will be the starting point of the Ancient Roman road that linked Bithia to Nora, an ancient Phoenician Roman outpost created since the 7th century BC in the southwest of Sardinia. Travel along a beautiful trail that overlooks the turquoise sea surrounded by a lush Mediterranean vegetation. Meet a small island where once stood the Tophet Phoenician Punic Bithia. At the end of the excursion, the Bitan guides will have the great pleasure to offer you "Sa Picchettada," typical Sardinian snack.

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Cagliari: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour With a Local Guide

4. Cagliari: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour With a Local Guide

Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, is a city full of fragments of the past – spanning Carthaginian, Roman, Byzantine, Spanish, and Italian eras – overlaid with a layer of 21st-Century dolce vita.  Accompanied by a dedicated private guide you'll visit Piazza Costituzione with the Medieval Rampart of Saint Remy, the Elephant and Saint Pancras Towers, and Saint Mary’s Cathedral, situated in the beautiful Piazza Palazzo that is also site of the Palazzo Regio.  You'll walk though pictureqsue streets, typical shops, and explore the beautiful hidden corners of the city. The tour will then end in the beautiful fortified quarter of the Castello that overlooks the city.

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Nuraghe: Archaeological Tour

5. Nuraghe: Archaeological Tour

Leave the seaside sights of Cagliari behind and explore a world thousands of years away as you visit archaeological sites and uncover Sardinia's fascinating past.  After boarding your spacious and comfortable transportation, you will proceed to make your way north into Sardinia's interior. Roll through pastoral landscapes and admire the soft green hills of Trexenta.  Listen as your guide as they explain the nuraghe, an ancient style of building made of concentric rock circles. Learn about Nuraghe Arrubiu's construction, which dates back to the 15th century BC, and get up-close looks of the ornate stonework that went into each of it's 5 sections. Head back to your waiting shuttle and begin the scenic ride back to Cagliari.

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From Cagliari: Full-Day Tour of Prehistoric Sardinian

6. From Cagliari: Full-Day Tour of Prehistoric Sardinian

On this full-day tour, you will go through the wonderful panoramic road from Chia to Teulada (departing from Chia), traveled by the ancient Romans and Carthaginian population, passing through little towns like Teulada and Santadi e Villaperuccio. The transfer to the archaeological site will take around 80 minutes. There, you will visit a prehistoric ancient necropolis of about 2 kilometers in area. The site is made up of two areas: the first one includes the ancient graves called the Domus de Janas (House of the Fairies), while the second one is called Su Congianu. There are more than 40 tombs of various shapes and sizes. Two of the domus are especially important as they contain Neolithic religious symbols. One has a bull symbol sculpted on the entrance wall, as well as other symbols including the eyes and breasts of the goddess mother and a false door representing the passage to the other world. The other tomb has horns of various shapes, referring to the cult of the bull-god, sculpted into the ceiling and on the steps leading to the entrance of the domus. The pottery found during excavations bear witness to the long use of the necropolis, in the final Neolithic and the recent Aeneolithic up to the Early Bronze Age. Afterwards, discover the amazing Giant Tomb. This name was given by the locals and archaeologists to a type of Sardinian megalithic gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic civilization. They were collective tombs and can be found throughout Sardinia, with 800 being discovered there. Before driving to the nuraghe, have a break to taste some of the best Sardinian food. You will try a typical Sardinian meal (optional). The nuraghe is the main type of ancient megalithic edifice found in Sardinia, developed during the Nuragic Age between 1900 and 730 B.C. Today, it has come to be the symbol of Sardinia and its distinctive culture, the Nuragic civilization. More than 7000 nuraghes have been found, though archeologists believe that originally there were more than 10,000.

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Cagliari: Full-Day Tour to Well Temple & Cabras Museum

7. Cagliari: Full-Day Tour to Well Temple & Cabras Museum

Your tour starts with a drive of about an hour from Cagliari to the area of the Sacred Well, where a local guide will lead you to visit the well temple. The well temple of Santa Cristina (7th century BC) is one of the most important examples of religious and building evidence of the Nuragic period. It consists of a dromos (vestibule) and a stone staircase which leads to an hypogeic tholos room. The temple is surrounded by a perimetral wall (themenos). You will also visit a village with the small medieval rural church of Santa Cristina, built by the Camaldolese Monks. Nearby is the beautiful nuraghe of Santa Cristina (16th century BC), a simple circular Nuragic stone tower. After the tour of the Nuragic site of Santa Cristina, take a 20-minute drive to Cabras, home of the stone Giants of Monti Prama. Visit the local archaeological museum to learn more. This full-day excursion will take about nine hours, including transportation and there will be a stop for lunch (not included in price).

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Cagliari: Half-Day Nora Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

8. Cagliari: Half-Day Nora Archaeological Site Shore Excursion

This combination tour will take you back to the Roman times, where you can discover the city of Nora. On this tour, learn about Sardinian history, the native Sardinians and the Roman civilization in Sardinia.  Walk through the Roman streets and see the theatre, baths, houses and the forum. Afterwards, you will drive to Pula and explore this beautiful little town. When you get off the bus, you can see Sardinia through the eyes of a local. Your local guide will be keen to make the tour as personal as possible. They will assist you with their expertise and recall interesting anecdotes for you before bringing you back to your cruise ship.

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From Cagliari: Full-Day Alghero Tour Experience

9. From Cagliari: Full-Day Alghero Tour Experience

Departing from Cagliari, drive for 2.5-hours in a minivan through the amazing Sardinian countryside towards the northwest of the island. Explore one of Sardinia's most beautiful medieval cities on a tour of Alghero, the island's main resort town in the northwest. Discover its unique character and proud, independent spirit. The historic center is an animated place to hang out, with many excellent restaurants and bars. It's an ideal base for exploring the beaches and beauty spots of the nearby Riviera del Corallo. The main focus of attention will be the picturesque centro storico (historic center), one of the best preserved in Sardinia. Enclosed by robust, honey-colored sea walls, it's a tightly knit enclave of shady, cobbled lanes, Gothic palazzi (palaces) and piazzas lined with cafes. Discover the historical center with an expert local guide on a stroll through the city center. Discover Capo Caccia and the Neptune Caves, one of the most fascinating natural jewels in the entire Mediterranean basin, the grotto is a veritable geological wonder that attracts over 150,000 visitors per year. It is accessible by sea leaving the tourist port every day, or on foot via Escala del Cabirol (billy goat stairs), a set of 660 steps cut into the cliff side. The tour will begin at the great room holding the transparent waters of Lago Lamarmora (Lake Lamarmora), one of the largest saltwater lakes in all of Europe. It is there that Acquasantiera stands (the baptismal font), a monumental stalagmite that is approximately 2 meters high; its peaks have formed vats, where rainwater collects, thereby forming a precious drinking fountain for birds nesting in the Capo Caccia area. After a brief descent, you will reach the Sala delle Rovine (Room of Ruins) and after this, the Majestic Reggia, the most evocative area of the grotto. Impressive and overwhelming columns arise in this room, almost holding up the ceiling. Among the large flowstone and "scallop" formations, the distinctive stalagmite formation known as the Albero di Natale (Christmas Tree) stands out. The lake comes to end at a sandy beach called the Spiaggia dei Ciottolini (Pebble Beach) because at one time it was made up of tiny stones. After the Reggia, you will find Sala Smith (Smith Room), where the Grande Organo (Great Organ) can be found, the largest column in the entire grotto. This room is named after the English captain who in the early 1800s had been one of the first to explore the grotto. After having taken in the small columns that adorn the Sala delle Trine e dei Merletti (The Lace Room), the route will come to an end with a view of Tribuna della Musica (The Music Gallery), an evocative balcony from which you can enjoy the view from above the Reggia area and Lake Lamarmora.

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Cagliari: Santa Cristina's Well Temple Archeological Site

10. Cagliari: Santa Cristina's Well Temple Archeological Site

This combination tour will take you into the heart of Sardinia, into a little town called Paulilatino. On the tour, learn about Sardinian history, the Nuragic civilization and their monuments. Discover the Nuragic village walking through Nuraghe, the temple and cemetery. The well temple of Santa Cristina (12th-century BC) is one of the finest examples of the elaborate religious architecture of the Nuragic era. The nuraghe structure consists of an entranceway (dromos) with steps leading to an underground, circular domed chamber (tholos), all surrounded by an enclosing wall (temenos). The walls of the stairway and underground chamber are made from finely cut ashlar blocks of alkali basalt rock. Santa Cristina can without a doubt be considered the most representative structure of the Sardinian well temples. In the area surrounding the temple, you'll find the remains of a village, at the front of which stands a 'meeting hut' with a circular stone seat. Visit an old village and church from the Middle Ages. Your local guide will be keen to make the tour as personal as possible. He will assist you with his expertise and recall interesting anecdotes for you before bringing you back to your cruise ship.

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What people are saying about Cagliari

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Had a great experience with Claudia and Barbara exploring beaches in Chia. They took me to the most beautiful beaches that were not crowded at all and I had a great time. There were also some nice little kiosks at the beaches where I had lunch. I can only recommend this trip!

Claudia is a great guide as well as the driver. Very nice tour where you can see and have time to enjoy different beaches. Also great that they give you umbrella and a gopro to take pics in the water!

It was great! Barbara and Claudia were very friendly and gave a lot of interesting information. The Beaches are amazing...blue clear water, white sand and you also have time to swim and relax.

An exciting excursion into the interior of Sardinia in the footsteps of the island's nuragic past. A truly extraordinary, cultivated and friendly guide.

Absolutely recommendable - highly recomended

Super organized excursion, very flexible also with regard to the start time, we had a wonderful day, thank you Claudia