Self Drive Tours in Sardinia:
Cagliari and the South West
Smart & Chic
THotel Cagliari 4*
LU' Hotel Carbonia 4*
Whether it is Winter or Summer, you will realize that Sardinia is full of interesting places and things to do, but at the same time peaceful and quiet, letting you really have a break from the stressful life.
The aesthetic appeal of Sardinia’s landscapes will never disappoint your expectations, travelling through the island is a continuous change of scenery and colours
3 overnights in Cagliari
4 overnights in Carbonia
8 days car hire Fiat Punto/Citroen C3/Renault Clio or similar
full theft and damage cover included
1 half day private Cagliari City walking tour with private guide
Special Early Booking Rates
1° day – Cagliari - Arrival at Cagliari airport, pick-up your car and drive to your hotel in Cagliari, the 4* THotel. Remaining time at leisure, overnight at the Hotel.
2° day – Cagliari – Breakfast at the Hotel – the morning is dedicated to the visit of the town of Cagliari. Your guide will meet you at the Hotel and together you will reach by feet the ancient quarter of Castello, dominating the city with its cathedral and the medieval walls. Afternoon free. The hilltop citadel hosts many attractions of the city like the Cathedral, two pisan towers, the bastione of Saint Remy, the Palazzo Viceregio, the medieval town hall and the archaeological museum. The city of Cagliari will surprise you with its thousand of years history and you will admire its beauty from one of the 7 hills dominating the city.
3° day – Cagliari – Breakfast at the Hotel – you may choose to keep letting fascinate from the city or drive your car towards Barumini (1 hour drive) and visit the unique complex of its kind, the ‘’Su Nuraxi’’ of Barumini. Among 7000 units scattered throughout the territory, the Nuraghe of Barumini, important inheritance left to us by the Nuragic civilization, is one of the best preserved. Return to Cagliari and overnight at the Hotel
4° day – Cagliari – Old Tratalias & the Great Coal Mine of Serbariu - Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning free at your choice and departure by car towards Carbonia to Old Tratalias. Once the main town of the region, saw its main splendour as episcopal headquarter during the Pisan and Spanish period. The buildings of the original and ancient village have been heavily damaged and abandoned after the construction of the dam on the Rio Palmas and the subsequent creation of the artificial Lake of Monte Pranu. Now the ghost village still preserves the cathedral of Santa Maria di Monserrato, built between 1212 and 1282. After the visit, transfer to the Great Coal Mine of Serbariu in Carbonia where you’ll explore the underground gallery and the museum. Your 4* Lu’ Hotel in Carbonia is waiting for you.
5° day – Sant'Antioco and Calasetta – today we suggest you a full day excursion to the island of Sant’Antioco. The town was founded by the Phoenicians and later conquered by the Carthaginians. The morning is dedicated to the visit of the Catacombs in the Basilica, the archaeological site of the Tophet and the Necropolis. In the afternoon drive for a panoramic view of the island towards north and reach the second town of the island named Calasetta, with its white houses of the cozy historical centre and the spectacular view from the promenade overlooking the coast, or for a bath in the turquoise water of the adjacent beach. Return to Carbonia at your Hotel.
6° day - Nebida - Porto Flavia - Iglesias - Departure after breakfast towards north to the scenic area of Iglesias and Nebida for the visit of the futuristic work of Porto Flavia on the promontory of Masua, actually a port built in 1922-1924 at 37 meters height serving as the mineral production hub in the west coast of Sardinia and its tormented sea. Today, the site belongs to the mining archaeology and visited with guided Tours. The entrance overlooks the sea and faces the Pan di Zucchero, a natural monument 132 meters high, shaped by the power of the wind and the sea. As the exceptional panorama is so breathtaking, the stop at the Belvedere on the way to Iglesias is a must. Arrival before noon in Iglesias, church in Spanish, and known as the city of the 100 churches as every street of the old town has his own church. Time at leisure for lunch and explore the castle of Salvaterra and enjoy the historical centre with the ArtNouveau-styled façades rich in decorative features. On the way of return, stop to the Mine of S. Giovanni for the visit of the Grotte di Santa Barbara 1.30hrs. In 1952, during a shaft excavation and tearing down a rock wall, the mine workers discovered the spectacular view of a magnificent extended natural cavity. The Cave, remembering a sumptuous Cathedral, has remained unknown for millions of year sheltered in the heart of the mountain Return in the late afternoon to the hotel. Overnight.
7° day – Santadi - Porto Pino - Today we explore the internal area and the south of the Sulcis Region. After breakfast departure to the village of Santadi, surrounded by woods and vineyards reaching international fame for its red Wine Carignano del Sulcis. Very appreciated for its olive oil, high quality cheese, honey, a variety of different typical bred and Sardinian sweets and for the historical importance of the area. Sheltered by century-old olive trees in an extraordinary environmental context of the hill of Pani Loriga, the archaeological area hosts 6000 years of history and findings dated from the Neolithic, the Nuragic, Phoenician and Punic and later also from the Roman Era. Guided walking tour through the area among Nurage, Domus de Janas (antique tombs) from the Nuragic Period and over 150 burial chambers from the Phoenicians. Transfer to Santadi for a break and if time available a short visit of the museum. Before noon the tour goes on to the Zuddas Caves, a splendid underground setting unique in the world. In the afternoon transfer to Porto Pino. Crystalline waters and tall white dunes, one kilometer of soft sandy hills reaching up to 3 meters height. Time at leisure to explore the area. Return before evening to the hotel.
8° Day – Departure - Breakfast at the Hotel. According to flight departure drive to Cagliari airport in tipe to drop off your car and check-in formalities. End of our services.