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Sardinia: Undiscovered Italy (2017)

A photography and foodie tour led by Seng Mah and Lynn Gail
Tour duration: 10 days (with optional 3-day Rome add-on at the start of the tour)
Date: 14 – 23 September, 2017 (Optional Rome add-on runs 12-14 September, 2017)
Price: €6440 (twin share accommodation; a single supplement of €590 is available). Optional add on: 2 nights in Rome, plus photographic and foodie excursions: €610 (twin share -- single supplement is an additional €180).
Maximum 10 participants (Minimum 6 participants required to run this tour)

 

Sardinia Photography and Foodie Tour

 

They say that you know you are in Sardinia when you step off the plane and take in the sweet scent of the helichrysum in the air...
Take a journey with us into an Italy that has yet to be discovered, where you can experience a rawness in the land and an authentic culture as yet unaffected by tourism. Sardinia, an island set within the deep azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is an ancient land that boasts a wide range of experiences for travellers and photographers looking for something beyond the usual sight-seeing icons. Its ancient history dates back to the bronze-age, where a mysterious people built Nuraghe towers and fortresses; the remnants of which now lie scattered across the countryside. From its naval history come medieval fortress towns on the coast, where high bastions and trebuchets overlook the forever changing tides.

 

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Inland, are stone villages set into the rugged valleys of the mountainous Barbagia region, peopled by shepherds who still live their lives to the rhythm of the land and its seasons. Culture and traditions here date back to an era beyond time, from the mysterious masked mamuthones of the mountains to the su fassoni of the southern lagoons, who fashion traditional boats with reeds. Fringed by the impossibly blue water of the Mediterranean, Sardinia boasts some of the most beautiful coastlines in which to explore.

 

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Sardinia also offers visitors a taste of Italy that’s exclusive and unique, and this tour features a melting pot of photographic experiences and gastronomic delights. This tour combine our travel in Sardinia with plenty of opportunities to sample the food and wine that the island has to offer, whether you’re joining the shepherds for a hearty lunch in the mountains, or savouring fresh seafood on a sailing ship plying the blue waters of the La Maddalena Archipelago. You’ll sample the beautifully robust cannonau red wine, reputed to be the source of longevity for many Sards, who often live to over 100. And for those with a sweet tooth, there are local pastries to delight – from the crispy, crumbly seadas, drizzled with local honey from the strawberry flower, or the delicious post-dinner Mirto, a sweet, sharp liquor distilled from the berries of the Myrtle tree.

 

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Throughout your journey with us, you’ll be guided and assisted in your photography by Lynn and Seng. You’ll enjoy review and post-processing sessions, where Lynn and Seng will help you refine your photographic vision and show you ways in which you can work on your images with a range of post-production tools. This tour is designed for photographers and travellers who yearn for something more than just the usual and expected, and who enjoy stimulating their eyes along with their taste buds. The itinerary has been carefully designed to offer a blend of photographic, travel and gastronomic experiences to give you a full and satisfying tour of authentic Sardinia and all that it has to offer. All accommodation on this tour has also been selected to give you an authentic Sardinian experience – where possible, we have chosen to stay in hotels and farm-stays that have character, charm and comfort.

 

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Tour highlights

  • Join in an exclusive old town tour of Alghero, a sea fortress overlooking the Mediterranean, where you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful seafood lunch in the town market and have your first taste of local Sardinian wine.
  • Explore the vertiginous cliffs of Capo Caccia and shoot the sunset from these heights.
  • Visit Bosa, a riverside town of multi-coloured buildings and embark on a photographic walking tour of the town, where you’ll meet welcoming locals, enjoy an authentic lunch on a terrace with a local family and sample the very special Malvasia wine in a cellar.
  • Shoot the sunrise at the Sinis Peninsula and Torre San Giovanni, a remarkably epic view across the south west of Sardinia.
  • Visit the archaeological site of Tharros, a well-preserved set of Roman ruins rising right next to the sea.
  • Relax and swim in the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean off the coast of Cabras.
  • View and photograph the su fassoni of Santa Giusta: men who craft Phoenician style reed boats by hand and sail these boats in the lagoon.
  • Visit the Santa Cristina Nuraghe site, a remarkably well preserved devotional and archaeological site, featuring a deep well and sprawling village dating back to Bronze Age Sardinia
  • Stay at a beautiful farm-stay in the Barbagia region, and wake up to a vista of stunning mountains.
  • Explore the rugged heights and trails of the Supramonte on an excursion in 4x4 Jeeps, and enjoy a scrumptious lunch made by the shepherds in the shade of tall cork oaks on the mountain side.
  • Photograph the sunset at Monte Ortobene, a spectacular view across the valley to the Barbagia mountains.
  • Visit and photograph the masked mamuthones of Mamoiada, where you’ll have the opportunity to join in a photo shoot of the mamuthones.
  • Take part in a photographic walking tour of Orgosolo, a mountain town famous for its revolutionary murals.
  • Enjoy a full day excursion on a sailing boat in the beautiful La Maddalena Archipelago and tuck into a fresh, home-made seafood lunch on board, with visits to the outlying islands of Isola Budelli and Isola Santa Maria.
  • Feast on fresh seafood, roast pork and lamb, prosciutto and antipasti; enjoy a range of pastas and pizzas washed down with local wines.
  • Taste the local grappa, known as filieu ferreu, or enjoy the refreshing taste of Mirto, a local “digestivo” made from myrtle berries.

 

Rome Add-On

You might like to enjoy an optional Rome add-on to this tour, where you'll join Lynn and Seng for 2 nights (3 days) in Rome, cultivating your taste buds as you savour a foodie tour of the eternal city and shoot at a number of the city's iconic locations, including the Roman Forum, St Peter's Basilica (exterior), views across the Tiber River and street photography in Rome. The add-on is €610 and includes two nights twin share accommodation in Rome (€180 single supplement), a foodie tour of the Trastavere District in Rome and photographic guidance by Lynn and Seng. Please note that this optional add-on does not include airport transfers to/from Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome.

 

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Getting to/from Sardinia

This tour begins in Alghero on the 14th September 2017 and concludes in Olbia on the 23rd September 2017. Both Alghero and Olbia are connected via daily scheduled flights to Rome.

 

Tour inclusions

  • Arrival transfers from Alghero airport to your hotel.
  • In-tour photographic guidance and assistance from Lynn Gail and Seng Mah.
  • English speaking local guides in Sardinia.
  • All accommodation in Sardinia. Note that the standard tour price is for twin-share accommodation; a single supplement of €590 is available upon request).
  • All land transport in Sardinia on a 20 seat minibus.
  • All breakfasts, six lunches and eight dinners.
  • Local guides and driver throughout Sardinia.
  • Sea excursion on the Jakaranda at the Archipelago di la Maddalena.
  • Departure transfer from La Maddalena to Olbia airport at the end of the tour.

 

Exclusions

  • Comprehensive travel insurance. All participants are required to take comprehensive travel insurance for this tour. You will need to show proof of travel insurance as a condition of participating in this tour.
  • Flight from your home town to Alghero (Sardinia) and from Olibia (Sardinia) home. Note that flights from both Alghero and Olbia connect to Rome.
  • Arrival/Departure transfers for the Rome add-on option.
  • Insurance for your photographic equipment while on tour.
  • Photographic equipment. You will need to bring/supply your own cameras, lenses, tripods, batteries, filters, memory cards and so on.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips.
  • All personal expenses, including laundry, wi-fi, medication, incidental meals and snacks.
  • Any transport or tips outside of the tour itinerary.

 

Join the tour

Gaveen by Blueberry Travel LogoGaveena Tours by Blueberry Travel in Italy is our exclusive booking agent for this tour. A 25% deposit* of €1610 (twin share) or €1758 (single supplement) is required to secure your place in this tour. If you're doing the optional Rome add-on, the deposit is €1770 twin share or €1983 single supplement. Final settlement of tour cost is 45 days before departure. To pay the deposit for this tour, please contact Gaveena Tours at ajo@gaveena.com or you can telephone Blueberry Tours on +39 079 481 2011. For further information about bookings and cancellations, please refer to Gaveena's Terms and Conditions for Photo Tours.

 

* The deposit if fully refundable if the tour does not attain a minimum of 6 guests. A decision will be made about this by the 10th July 2017.

 

For further information on this tour and to receive a copy of the detailed itinerary, please contact Lynn Gail using the form below. You can also email Lynn at hello@culturalconnectionstours.com or telephone +61 422 427 161 (0422 427 161 if calling from Australia)

 

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