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Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

1. Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

Discover the secrets that lie beneath the sunny streets of Cagliari on a guided tour of the city’s underground. Enhance your experience with an optional walk through the Old Town, and choose from private and shared group options. Meet your guide to begin your tour of the caves, crypts, and tunnels under the city. Wander between the districts of Stampace and Marina and visit a private tunnel-shelter beneath a school that was used as a bomb shelter during World War II. Explore the magnificent and rich history of the crypt of Saint Restituta. Select the option including a guided walking tour of the Old Town to extend your experience. Stroll through the city’s streets and admire the highlights of the historic center with your guide.

Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

2. Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

Live a memorable day while having fun and enjoying nature on a quad adventure under the guidance of an expert tour-escort. Cross pristine beaches and dirt paths, and admire breathtaking views onboard your quad. Upon arrival, you'll be given full instruction on handling the quad and all safety equipment will be provided. First, take a short trip to establish your confidence and then go on an amazing journey. Enjoy an authentic, exciting, and dynamic off-road experience on the powerful quads for 2 or 3 hours, depending on the option you choose. Drive through nature's twists and turns, among the vegetation and rocks modeled by time, and discover rare species and unique itineraries. Your local guide is happy to make the tour as personal as possible. He will assist you with his expertise and share interesting anecdotes for you before returning you back to the base camp.

Cagliari: Walking Tour of the Old City

3. Cagliari: Walking Tour of the Old City

Discover the beautiful Cagliari on this unforgettable walking tour of the Old City. Cagliari is an ancient city with a long history. Its origins date back to the Phoenician Karalis, developed on a settlement traced back to the third millennium BCE. During Roman times, it became the capital of the island and in the Middle Ages, it was the seat of different foreign dominations, evidence of which is still visible throughout the city today. Enjoy this walk through the narrow streets of the old district of Castello to discover the beauties of the city. Among Medieval Towers, Bastions, the Royal Palace, and the Cathedral, you will discover the history of this amazing fortress facing the sea. The panoramic points of the Castello will offer unforgettable views of the city and of the sea, of the Molentargius’ Park, and the Devil’s Saddle in all their beauty.

Sardinia Cooking Class: Fresh Handmade Pasta

4. Sardinia Cooking Class: Fresh Handmade Pasta

This is an experience for animal lovers in a familiar environment. Located near Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital city, Sinnai is a small town where you can still see the typical Campidanese-style houses, with their mud-brick walls and wooden roofs, in its historic centre. One of these houses is where a friendly couple will teach you how to make two different types of local traditional pasta: malloreddus (also known as Sardinian gnocchi) and culurgiones (ravioli closed in a peculiar way). Later, we will cook the pasta and eat together, with a glass of lovely local wine and other typical products.

Wine Tour Sardinia

5. Wine Tour Sardinia

Join an unforgettable excursion to discover the wine and wineries of Cagliari, two important elements of the Sardinian identity since the first centuries of its history. The role of the ancient plant is deep-rooted in the culture of this land thanks to the wide range of grape varieties: Cannonau, Bovale, Carignano, Monica, Nuragus, Vermentino, Nasco, Vernaccia, Moscato, and Malvasia, to name a few. This tour will allow you to live a first-hand experience immersed in the vineyards and the wineries of the area, where you will learn the peculiarities of the Sardinian wine grapes. The tour includes a visit to a traditional winery: surrounded by sweet hills and rural landscapes, you will discover the different production stages, the kinds of the grapes, the land and the people who dedicate their time to the grape growing with great passion. The visit to the winery is only the first step. Next, taste local wines! You will be captivated by a friendly atmosphere and will taste 3 excellent wines paired with local food products.

Cagliari: Molentargius Natural Park Segway Tour with Coffee

6. Cagliari: Molentargius Natural Park Segway Tour with Coffee

By this tour, departing from the Port of Cagliari you will travel through the new bike path along the channel "Palafitta", and then into the park. From here you will soak into the history and will admire the remains of the Old City of Salt, which for centuries has characterized the economy of the area, and finally, will dive into a nature trail during which it won´t be difficult to see the beautiful flamingos. The Park is an exceptional area due to the presence of fresh and saltwater basins that host plants and animals of rare beauty, including the wonderful pink flamingos. In the middle of the toue you will take a pleasant cafe break in the Park.

Cagliari: 2 Hour Bike Tour in the Flamingos Oasis

7. Cagliari: 2 Hour Bike Tour in the Flamingos Oasis

Depart from the Marina of Cagliari to see the Basilica of Bonaria with its amazing staircase. Pass through the new bike path that runs along the sea and river until the football stadium of Cagliari. See urban art under the bridges of the river that characterize the area. Arrive at the Natural Park of Molentargius and soak in the history of the remains of the old city of salt, which for centuries influenced the economy of the area.  Dive into a nature trail to see the beautiful flamingos and discover the old salt ponds of Cagliari. The park is an exceptional area due to the presence of fresh and saltwater basins that host plants and animals of rare beauty. The tour includes a coffè break to enjoy the sea and the pretty harbor. 

Cagliari: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

8. Cagliari: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Start your biking tour of the city from the Marina district and its maze of lanes. Cycle past the ornate town hall building and down Via Roma, taking you down the newly built bike path on the magnificent seafront through to the famous white Church of Bonaria. From here, you'll reach the distinctive district of Villanova, stretching out at the foot of the Castello district. Discover the beautiful marble steps of the Bastione di Saint Remy, truly Cagliari’s best known landmark. These tours are designed for small groups of 8 persons maximum in order to provide you with the a safe and professional experience. You'll be accompanied the whole way through by an expert guide so that you can make the most of your time in Cagliari!

Cagliari Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

9. Cagliari Half-Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Explore the capital of Sardinia on a 4-hour private guided tour. Start on the Via Roma, where beautiful porticoes shade busy shoppers. Then be driven in your private minivan to the sandy beach of Poetto, which stretches into the Balearic Sea for more than 6 miles. Catch a flash of pink as flamingos dance on the surface of the salt ponds at Stagno di Cagliari. Then stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria, a Roman Catholic shrine to the Virgin Mary. Now for the walking part! Enter Cagliari's medieval quarters through the historic gates in front of the National Archaeological Museum; home to fine exhibits that recount the early Sardinian civilizations. Pass the medieval limestone tower of San Pancrazio and visit the grand Royal Palace and Romanesque Cathedral. Wander down narrow streets to the Bastion of Saint Remy, and end your tour in the Marina Quarter where fresh fish is cooked and prepared in dozens of little restaurants by the sea.

From Cagliari: Porto Flavia Mine and Natural Beauty Tour

10. 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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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 44 reviews

This was a very interesting tour. We learnt lots of facts about the history of Cagliari. Our guide was able to answer questions and shared interesting facts. On our tour there were both adults and teenagers and I would say it was appropriate for both age groups. There was walking involved but nothing strenuous and I wore sandals, although it would probably have been better if I wore trainers as the ground in some of the tunnels was uneven. The tunnels themselves were beautiful and the museum and crypt were very interesting. As the tour takes you around three historical sites it is an easy way to tick off three tourist attractions in one day and it felt like a really good use of our time in Cagliari.

Very informative walking tour with excellent guide Francesca. Learned all about the history of Sardinia (name has nothing to do with the fish) and specifically Cagliari including Castillo district. Highly recommended.

I did both the walking around the city and the underground tour ! It was really nice and interesting, you learn a lot while doing some walking!

The tourguide was really nice. We could understand her english well. She gave us a lot of information about the history.

The trip was very interesting, revealing a history of Cagliari.