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Summary

Neolithic, Nuragic and Punic Mysteries of this Mediterranean Island

Sardinia offers one of the richest and most fascinating standing archaeological repertoires in Europe. It is the second of the Mediterranean’s two "mega islands" (after Sicily) and now one of the least populated regions in Europe. Known to the Greeks as Sandaliotis ("Sandal", due to its shape), or Ichnoussa ("Stepping stone"), the island has seen Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Catalonians come and go. Before them, the mysterious Nuraghi people left an astonishing plethora of wonderful archaeology, which is brilliantly preserved, jutting out of the bucolic landscape. Sites to see include the only ancient Pyramidal structure known in Europe from the late Neolithic period; stunning unique inverse pyramid-shaped sacred springs; painted and engraved rock-cut tombs (so-called “fairies houses”); mysterious Nuraghi towers; impressive giant statues of warriors and archers, possibly the earliest in the Mediterranean outside Egypt, wielding shields and bows; and controversial Punic “Tophet” cemeteries. Like all Mediterranean islands, Sardinia offers a veritable palimpsest of archaeology, as different peoples who colonised the island over millennia left their marks here. What is more, like Sicily, Sardinia offers a breathtaking landscape made all the more delightful by its wonderful cuisine.

Tour highlights:

  • Visit the highest Bronze Age structure in the Mediterranean at the Nuragic site of Su Nuraxi at Barumini
  • Travel in 4x4s to visit off the beaten track sights such as the megalithic chamber tomb at S’Ena e Thomes and the Nuragic complex of Sa Sedda 'e Sos Carros
  • Examine the island’s Phoenician past at Tharros and Sulcis, including mysterious tophets, children’s cemeteries
  • Visit the extraordinary Nuragic well shrine at Santa Cristina with its incredible ashlar masonry

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Today's Price
£3,995

Deposit: £750 Single supplement: £595

Includes flights

Meet your Experts

Farès K Moussa

Andante Guide Lecturer

Farès has researched and published on Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman and ancient Amazigh cultures in North Africa and the central Mediterranean; and on rock-art in North Africa and Saudi-Arabia.

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Archaeological Site Of Nora And Torre Del Coltellazzo
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
4 April 2023 ASDN230404 4 April 2023 (Tuesday) 12 April 2023 (Wednesday) Farès Moussa £3,995
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