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Sardinia - Two Islands Trail

Join a varied and scenic trail ride on the southernmost point of the island of Sardinia, near the small islands of Sant'Antioco and Pietro.
It is 180 km long and is ridden along the main island and out on the island of Sant'Antioco, you will explore and experience medieval villages, the turquoise sea, saltworks, lakes, mountains and golden yellow beaches. You return every night to the hotel at Sant ’Antioco where you can enjoy both the pool and the spa.

The family-run farm, which also runs riding school activities for the locals, has been around since 1978 and they have now created an adventurous week-long long ride for experienced riders. Originally established by Candido, who is known throughout the island for his equestrian knowledge, the rides are now guided predominantly by his son, Manolo. Both are professional guides and Candido is still on hand to help his son when needed.
They have spent many years discovering the most beautiful and hidden corners of Sardinia and now want to share these places with experienced riders from all over the world.

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Accommodation & Food

You stay in the Hotel I Colori on Sant'Antioco in double/twin rooms with private bathrooms. There is a swimming pool and a spa with sauna, turkish bath and hydromassage.

All meals are included. Dinners are taken at agriturismo or local restaurants and include authentic Sardinian specialities which are based on local produce. Meals generally include a variety of antipasti, pasta, fish or meat and dessert along with wine and water.

Lunches are picnics served on tables with chairs and cutlery. A selection of fresh breads, salad, cheese, olives, cold cuts and Sardinian specialities along with wine, water and other soft drinks. Coffee or tea is available on request. NB. Wine at lunches is boxed and not bottled for ease of transport.

Horses

The horses are a mixture of Arabian x Sardian crossbreeds and Sardian horses. There are around 25 horses and they all live outdoors in a herd with free access to fodder and water. They are of sound mind with good temperaments and enjoy their lives.

Comfortable English or Endurance style saddles are used.

Weightlimit: 85kg

Program

Preliminary day-by-day program. If you have chosen a short week, departure is on day 5 after breakfast.

You ride about 5 hours a day and return every night to your hotel in Sant'Antioco.

Day 1 - Arrival
Transfer from the airport Cagliari to the hotel “I Colori”  (or similar) in Sant’Antioco. Dinner in the Restaurant “Agrifoglio” with typical local products.

Day 2 - Views in front of Saint Pietro island
From the stables, ride to the ancient fishing village of Is Loccis Santus and alongside some Domus de Janas - some are over 8000 years old - and head towards the sea. Ride from the Punta e'Trettu through Corongiuali to arrive at Brunca e Teula where you walk along the seashore. Ride the little beaches and sandy shores and head inland for amazing views of the Saint Pietro island which is close by. Savour the scent of the sea's fresh breeze as you return for dinner at restaurant Da Silvana.

Day 3 - Shades of blue between lake and sea
Meet the horses and set off riding in the direction of the sea and towards Saint Antioco's salt works. Follow the riverbed to the small village of Palmas Vecchio where you can admire the church built 1000 years ago. Continue riding to the artificial lake of Tratalias from where there is an amazing panoramic view with the lake in the foreground and the coast in the distance. Return through the Middle Age village of Tratalias Vecchia. A lovely scenic ride between native vegetation and the blue notes of the lake and sea. Dinner at the restaurant Da Silvana which specialises in fish and seafood before returning to your hotel to overnight.

Day 4 - Eastern coast of S.Antioco Island
Transfer to the area of the ex quarries of Palmas where you unload the horses and mount up. Ride to the beautiful beach of Maladroxia through the mediterranean vegetation until reaching the wild beach of Coe' Cuaddus in the south of the island. Continue to Turri with its majestic 700 year old tower which dominates the headland and the numerous bays - some sandy and some rocky. Leave this beautiful view behind you and turn inland to reach the valley of Cannai before heading back to your starting point.

Day 5 - South Coast of Sardinia
Set off and follow a local river towards the sea and the windy inlet of Porto Botte which is particularly loved by kite surfers. Continue to Is Solinas, another lovely beach before riding further to the romantic bay of Su Portu e Su Trigu. Finally arrive on the well known beach of Porto Pino characterised by white sands and dunes that have UNESCO heritage status. You may see flamingoes here as you ride between the coastal vineyards, green junipers and Aleppo pines before returning. Dinner at Agrofoglio in San Giovanni Suergiu which uses all its own produce.

Day 6 - Monte Suergiu and the islands of Sulcis
Today you ride on the mountain of Suergiu which offers priceless views of the Sulcis archipelago. Stop near the Domus de Janas - ancient tombs carved into the rock - on Crobu's mountain and climb onto the summit of Suergiu (400m above sealevel). From the green paths on this hill you have breathtaking views over the sea, S. Antioco and S. Pietro islands and the private island of Piana along with other islets in the archipelago. Return to have dinner in the Pizzeria di Renzo e Rita.

Day 7 - West coast of S.Antioco island
Your trail on the island of S. Antioco starts at the fountain of Cannai which is an ancient animal drinking trough in the valley of Cannai. Ride past the ruins of Su Semafuru, a historic lighthouse above the bay of Palmas, from where you can enjoy unique panoramic views across the sea. Continue riding across mediterranean vegetation to Portu Sciusciau on the coast with a beautiful view of the cavern of Sirene. Visit the village of Grutti'e Acqua and the grave of the giant placed in Su Niu'e su Crobu. Return through the beautiful bay of Calasapone with its arms of cliff that hug the sea and draw it into a charming cove from where it's possible to view multicoloured sunsets. Dinner in a local restaurant with fresh fish.

Day 8 - Departure
After breakfast you are transferred to the airport in Cagliari.
 

Travel Information

Ability description: Trail ride level 2-3 >>

Included in the price:
7 nights, 6 days ridning, airport transfers from / to the nearest airport. All meals from dinner on day of arrival to break-feast on day of departure. Transfer by support vehicle every day.

Not included: Flights, insurance, tips

Season: Specific dates

Travel: Fly to Cagliari on Sardinia.

Transfer:  A joint group transfer. 
Time: Arrival day: Meeting time at 7.00pm in arrivalhall. Departure day: Pick up from hotel at 9.00am arrive Cagliari airport at 10.00am.
Price: Included

Single room: Can be booked with a supplement. For price click on ”Book on request” under Dates & prices. If there is no one to share a room with, a single supplement will be added.

Group size: Minimum 3,  max 8 riders.

Age limit: Minimum 14 years

Currency: Euro

Credit card: Yes

Tipping: Not required but appreciated.

Wifi: Yes

Pool:  Yes

Special diet: Inform when booking.

Misc.: Possibility to borrow helmet and chaps.

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Dates and prices

"Book on request" means that we cannot confirm your booking immediately, but we will get back to you as soon as possible with a booking confirmation, normally within 24 hours on weekdays.

DateDaysName of tripPrice from
27/04/20248Italy, Sardinia - Two Icelands Trail RideEUR 1,900Book on request
04/05/20245Italy, Sardinia - Two Icelands Trail Ride, short weekEUR 950Book on request
04/05/20248Italy, Sardinia - Two Icelands Trail Ride
Offer! 210 EUR discount on the following price
EUR 1,900Book on request
11/05/20248Italy, Sardinia - Two Icelands Trail RideEUR 1,900Book on request
25/05/20248Italy, Sardinia - Two Icelands Trail RideEUR 1,900Book on request
01/06/20245Italy, Sardinia - Two Icelands Trail Ride, short weekEUR 950Book on request
01/06/20248Italy, Sardinia - Two Icelands Trail RideEUR 1,900Book on request
15/06/20245Italy, Sardinia - Two Icelands Trail Ride, short weekEUR 950Book on request
15/06/20248Italy, Sardinia - Two Icelands Trail Ride
Offer! 210 EUR discount on the following price
EUR 1,900Book on request

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