Legend Cultural experience: learn the history of Sardinia and visit our cities, villages and archaeological sites Taste of Sardinia: enjoy our cuisine and our famous wines Active: have fun with some light activities Active – Sport: challenge yourselves with some sport Beach Experience: time to chill out at our beautiful beaches Winter proof: this icon means that the excursion can be done all year round
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Why choose F.A.Travel?Because we have been providing ground services in Sardinia forthe last 30 yearsBecause we are present in the whole island with our offices inCagliari and OlbiaBecause the most important tour operators in Europe chooseour services every yearBecause we will arrange a training and free trials for your ShoreExcursion Manager on board in order to maximize the sales ofthe excursionsBecause by increasing the sales of excursions you will achievea double goal: you will cut your costs during the lunch hours andof course you will increase your income with our commissions
Cultural Experience: Locations• Distance from Olbia “Isola Bianca” harbour• 1 Olbia Old Town: 2,3 Km – 5 minutes• 2 Archeo-Olbia: 3 Kms – 10 minutes• 3 Aggius: 54 Kms – 50 minutes• 4 San Pantaleo: 24 Kms – 20 minutes
Cultural Experience Treasures of the ancient Olbia Category: Cultural Experience Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 2 Meals: Not included Guide: Included Transportation: Minivan or Bus (depending on the number of participants) Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and shoes
Cultural Experience Treasures of the ancient Olbia You will find a bus and a guide waiting for you at Olbia harbour “isola Bianca”. In about 10 mns drive you will reach the old town centre. Olbia is very ancient and was possibly founded by the Punics, according to the archaeological findings. It contains ruins from Phoenician and Carthaginian settlement to the Roman Era, when it was an important port, and the Middle Ages, when it was the capital of the Giudicato of Gallura, one of the four independent states of Sardinia. The tour will start with the Church of St Paolo, dating from the 17th century, which boasts its Gallurese style and is really worth visiting. The surrounding area is filled with an array of old, beautiful houses and exquisite buildings. Remains from the Roman era, the defence wall and famous thermal baths can also be seen in this part of town. Another must-see church is the Church of San Simplicio, which is the oldest and the most important religious landmark in the Gallura region. The church, with its grand exterior and interior boasting refined architecture, also serves as evidence to the diffusion of Christianity in Sardinia. The second part of the tour is dedicated to the shopping in the old town.
Cultural Experience Olbia: Museum & Artisans’Street Market Category: Cultural Experience Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 5 hrs Minimum Participants: 20 Maximum Participants: 200 Meals: Not included Including: return bus transfer to the museum, ticket entrance to the museum and to the artisans’ market, English speaking guide (one every 30 pax) Transportation: Bus Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and shoes
Cultural Experience Olbia: Museum & Artisans’Street Market Designed by the architect Vanni Macciocco, the archeological museum is situated on the "isolotto di Peddone", along the passenger street leading to the embarkation point at the "Isola Bianca" and the historical centre. The Museum is characterized by a grand central patio in which there are some recently discovered Roman ships and a series of functional places, such as the library, the auditorium and the congress centre. On the upper floor advanced technology is used to reproduce the event of the Vandals sinking ships. The big spaces of this building will host a picturesque artisans’ street market, where the most representative craftsmen will perform in front of the guests the art of making nougat, fresh pasta, handmade knives, pottery, objects made out of cork, Sardinian jewels. There will also be an exposition and tasting of typical Sardinian products such as cheese, cold cuts, wine, sweets and the typical Sardinian sherbet “Sa Carapigna”. Possibility to buy favourite souvenirs.
Cultural Experience Welcome to Olbia! Including: folk ballet, accordion player, flowers, “Cruise Friendly Shopping Map”
Cultural Experience Welcome to Olbia! Upon the arrival of the cruise ship at the Olbia “Isola Bianca” harbour, a folk group wearing colourful Sardinian costumes will perform a traditional dance on the notes of an accordion. After the dance they’ll hand over a rose and a “Cruise Friendly Shopping Map” to each guest. On the “Cruise Friendly Shopping Map” they will find the map of the old town of Olbia: the shops pointed out in the map respect some important standards such as: - Opening times during the stopover; - English spoken by the shop assistants or our English- speaking staff helping during the shopping; - Discounted prices for the guests.
Cultural Experience Olbia Archeo-Tour Sardinia has many archaeological mysteries: Tombs of Giants, Menhirs, Domus de Janas (house of the witches), Dolmens, Sacred Wells, Holy Sources and Nuraghi.We can find these megalithic constructions everywhere in the island. In the past it was possible to count more than 20000 constructions, now there are only 8000 sites. Our tour begins at the Olbia harbour “Isola Bianca”. A bus will take us to the Giants’ Tomb Su Monte de s’Ape, just 3 Kms from the town centre. The Giants’ Tomb of Olbia (1500 to 1100 BC) is one of the largest in Sardinia. These tombs got their names from local folklore due to the size of the stones used in the building. The dead were laid in the central corridor. Offers to the gods and solemn religious ceremonies took place in front of the tomb in an area shaped as a large semi-circle, formed by massive standing stones. One of the most interesting nuraghi in the north of Sardinia is the nuraghe of Cabu Abbas, near Olbia. It’s located on a rocky promontory which dominates the gulf of Olbia at a sea level of 246 metres. We can assume that nuragic people used this construction in order to check the arrival of enemy boats.
Sardinian Tradition: Ethnographic Museum in AggiusCultural Experience Category: Cultural Experience Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 10 Maximum Participants: 150 Meals: Not included Including: bus at disposal, English speaking guides (one every 20 pax), entrance ticket to the Ethnographic Museum Transportation: Bus Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and shoes
Cultural Experience Olbia Archeo-Tour Category: Cultural Experience Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 2 Maximum Participants: 200 Meals: Not included Including: return bus transfer harbour – archaeological sites, English speaking guide (one every 25 people), entrance ticket to the archaeological sites Transportation: Minivan or Bus (depending on the number of participants) Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and shoes
Sardinian Tradition: Ethnographic Museum in AggiusCultural Experience A bus will take you from Olbia harbour to a little village plunged into the granite mountains of the Gallura region: Aggius (about 45 minutes from Olbia). Here you wil visit the Ethnographic Museum, the biggest one in Sardinia. 19 exposition rooms with a permanent display of the Aggius Carpet as well as demonstrations of the work of carpets weavers on ancient looms. An immersion into the history and culture of this part of Sardinia from 1600 a.C. to nowadays, through an accurate reconstruction of the traditional house and the ancient activities of domestic economy, the old costumes and the coral songs. Ancient occupations, among which the working of cork and granite, the phases of wool working, including warping and colouring of yarns with dyeing herbs are displayed and explained by professional guides.
San PantaleoCultural Experience Category: Cultural Experience Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 10 Maximum Participants: 50 Meals: Not included Including: bus at disposal, English speaking guides (one every 30 pax), entrance to the artisans’ labs Transportation: Bus Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and shoes
Cultural Experience San Pantaleo Another world, 18 km from Olbia by bus. San Pantaleo, in certain respects, evokes a village in the Dolomites. Historically known as "the fount of Beddoro", it constituted an island of well-being and salubrious health in a relatively untouched and unpopulated area. The village, like today, grew up thanks to the initiative of the inhabitants of the stazzi in the area who in 1894 asked to the bishop of Tempio for the creation of a parish as a religious and social reference point. Strategically, San Pantaleo is situated on a raised platform, overlooking on one side the road for "Monti di Mola" (the current Costa Smeralda), and on the other, the road from Arzachena to Baja Sardinia. A dominant position, therefore, to keep a vigil on the coast. Starting from the 1970s then, a group of artists and painters populated the village, attracted by its atmosphere, far from the coastal way of life, and absolutely informal. Artists, painters and sculptors, arrived here from England, Germany, Scandinavia and France, and they caused San Pantaleo to develop a sort of bohemian feel. Next to the foreigners, a group of Gallurese craftsman are located here, and they are highly sought after for their products crafted from natural materials: wood, beaten iron and other metals, but also terracotta and ceramic.
The Wine Road Category: Tastes of SardiniaTaste of Sardinia Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 10 Maximum Participants: 150 Meals: Snack with wine tasting included Including: bus at disposal, English speaking guide (one every 25 pax), entrance ticket to the Wine Museum Transportation: Bus Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and shoes
The Wine Road Wine-lovers can’t miss this excursion through the so-called wineTaste of Sardinia road linking the town of Berchidda to Monti. This area is very famous for a renowned white wine: the Vermentino. You will leave Olbia by bus to reach Berchidda, where you will visit the Wine Museum, located in the upper part of the village, in a modern building with a rooftop terrace from which you can admire the vineyards of the area, and the beautiful surroundings of the village. In the many rooms of the museum an exposition displays of ancient tools used to work in the vineyards and to press the grapes. On our way back to Olbia, you will stop at the Masone Mannu Estate, where we’ll be able to visit the winery and to taste the local wines with a typical Sardinian snack.
Surrau winery Category: Taste of SardiniaTaste of Sardinia Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 10 Maximum Participants: 150 Meals: Snack with wine tasting included Including: bus at disposal, English speaking guide (one every 25 pax), visit to the winery and cellars Transportation: Bus Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and shoes
Surrau winery The Surrau winery dominates over 40 hectares ofTaste of Sardinia farmlands mostly cultivated with vineyards spreading out in a sunny valley caressed by the north-west wind coming from the coast. The project was born through the harmonious blending of buildings and nature. Glass walls both exalt the landscape when looking out and illustrate the winemaking activities when looking in. Spaces are laid out in a sequence of work rooms, tasting rooms and showrooms in an attempt to optimize processing spaces and expose modern methods for vinification and wine preservation. The wines produced are destined for the global market and are ambassadors of the hard lands of Gallura. You will visit the cellar, the winery and then we will taste some wine accompanied by typical Sardinia products.
Typical Sardinian Lunch at Il Muto di Gallura Category: Taste of SardiniaTaste of Sardinia Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 2 hrs Minimum Participants: 10 Maximum Participants: 150 Meals: Typical Sardinian Lunch with drinks included Including: bus at disposal, English speaking guide (one every 25 pax) Transportation: Bus Recommendations: To be matched with “Sardinian tradition: Ethnographic Museum in Aggius” and/or “Artisan Labs in Aggius”. Comfortable clothing and shoes
Typical Sardinian Lunch at Il Muto di Gallura In 1800, a feud between two families of shepherds causedTaste of Sardinia many victims and till today it is not unusual to hear tales about the cruel bandit named "IL MUTO DI GALLURA". This agriturismo named after the romantic bandit is equipped with a hunting reserve and an Anglo-Arabic-Sardinian horse riding. It consists of productive homes based on what it is produced on their land, on the agricultural activities and on their livestock resources. Situated in the Aggius area, 1KM from the center and 4 Km from Tempio Pausania, at about 500 meters above the sea level. In this agriturismo guests are offered only traditional healthy food: from generations cows, goats, sheeps and farm animals have been raised here and every ingredient used in the kitchen (cheese, pork meat, ham, vegetables in oil and in vinegar, wine) comes from organic agriculture and is prepared according to traditional recipes.
Five Senses Experience Category: Taste of Sardinia Difficulty Level: EasyTaste of Sardinia Duration: 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 2 Maximum Participants: 15 Meals: 3 course lunch included Including: bus at disposal, entrance to the Spa and Wellness Center Transportation: Minivan or Bus (according to the number of participants) Recommendations: Comfortable clothing
Five Senses Experience A bus will take you from Olbia “Isola Bianca” harbour to theTaste of Sardinia Mercure Olbia Hermaea Hotel, in the center of Olbia. Here you will relax yourself at a beautiful Wellness Center with Spa: sauna, hammam, emotional shower with colourtherapy and a wonderful pool with hydromassage and colourtherapy. In the outside area the guests can drink a warm herbal tea or rest on the chaises lounges. 90 minutes of real pleasure for both body and soul, followed by a delicious 3-course lunch at the hotel restaurant, where refined recipes will be served in a friendly and welcoming athmosphere.
Cooking Class at Sa Crescia Ezza (Berchiddeddu) Category: Active Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 6 hrs Minimum Participants: 5 Maximum Participants: 30 Meals: Sardinian lunch included with drinks Including: bus at disposal, English speaking guide (one every 30 pax), cooking class Transportation: Bus Recommendations: Comfortable clothing andActive shoes
Cooking Class at Sa Crescia Ezza (Berchiddeddu) The guests will be actively involved in the preparation of the typical Sardinian recipes, that they will be able to cook for friends and relatives once they’ll be back home. All the ingredients needed to prepare the Sardinian “gnocchetti” (small dumplings) and the Papassinos (biscuit made out of wheat, almonds, raisins and sugar) will be handed over to them and an experienced cook will explain them the proceedings. The guests who are not really into cooking will be able to visit the cellar, where the owner will explain how homemade wine and grappa are produced. There will alsoActive be a tasting of wines produced in the estate. At the end of the activity, an unforgettable Sardinian lunch will be served.
Artisan Labs in Aggius Category: Active Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: “Festive Bread” 3 hrs – “Weaving & Colouring” 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 15 Maximum Participants: 50 Meals: not included Including: bus at disposal, English speaking guide (one every 25 pax), laboratory Transportation: BusActive Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and shoes
Artisan Labs in Aggius Festive Bread (1 hour): The group will be welcomed by a local female cook-housewife dressed in the traditional costume, who’ll briefly introduce the laboratory with the story of the origin of the decorated bread traditionally prepared in Sardinia for the feasts: “Easter bread, Wedding bread and Engagement bread”. The guests will be invited to wear aprons and caps and will be provided with all the tools needed for the preparation of bread: they will roll out dough with the supervision of local experts. At the end of the activity the will receive as a gift the bread they baked according to the tradition.Active Weaving & Colouring (4 hours): This activity consists in the display of wool combing, spinning with distaff and spindle. The guests will be actively involved in the weaving with ancient tools such as the “reel”, the “delivery spool” and the “take-up spool”. Experienced weavers will explain how to weave a warp and will show the mordanting of the wool and the colouring of the threads with dyeing herbs. The coloured wool threads will be weaved in the loom in the textile laboratory inside the Ethnographic Museum.
Golf class* at the Pevero Golf Club Category: Active Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 3 hrs Minimum Participants: 6 Maximum Participants: 50 Meals: not included Including: bus at disposal, English speaking instructor / or green feeActive Transportation: Minivan or Bus Recommendations: Comfortable long trousers (not jeans) and shoes * Golf Class can be switched with a regular Green Fee
Golf class at the Pevero Golf Club A bus will take the guests to the Pevero Golf Club, where a golf instructor will be waiting for them: he will teach them the basic rules and techniques of the game. They will have fun in a charming place and will enjoy one of the most wonderful views in Sardinia. Pevero Golf Club: an extraordinary position for an equally extraordinary golf course. Everything is special starting from the design by Robert Trent Jones, who, at the beginning of the Seventies (in 1978, Pevero Golf Club hosted the renowned Italian Open), implemented a very exclusive course scattered with terrible hazards created by nature itself more than by man and with a strong wind often blowing across it. Before, the whole area between Cala di Volpe and Golfo del Pevero was completely covered by theActive typical Mediterranean bushes, by rocks and natural ponds; it would have been a shame if he had destroyed this beauty. So, he have just removed some areas where the vegetation was too thick. The Pevero is considered one of the most beautiful courses in the world, is second to none thanks to the spectacular foreshortenings taken from the magnificent Costa Smeralda, stretching from Porto Rotondo to Porto Cervo. The view from the club house over the gulf of Pevero and the bay of Cala di Volpe are unforgettable.
Horseback riding Category: Active Difficulty Level: Medium Duration: 3 hrs Minimum Participants: 2 Maximum Participants: 10 Meals: not included Including: bus at disposal, English speaking instructor Transportation: Car or Bus (according to theActive number of participants) Recommendations: Comfortable long trousers and training shoes
Horseback riding Just 15 minutes from Olbia harbour “Isola Bianca”, a horse riding center will host an unforgettable excursion on the saddle of wonderful horses. The ideal activity for nature lovers, even if they are inexperienced beginners. The routes stretch along the Bay of Cugnana, where you can ride both on the beach and in the sea-water in a breathtaking scenery. All the equipment needed (helmets, boots or gaiters) will be handed over before the excursion. A snack will restore the riders after the excursion.Active
Trekking at Monte Pinu - Olbia Category: Sport Active Difficulty Level: Medium Duration: 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 6 Maximum Participants: 100Sport Active Meals: not included Including: Jeep at disposal (max 6 pax on each jeep), English speaking guide, fuel Transportation: Jeep Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and training or trekking shoes
Trekking at Monte Pinu - Olbia An easy trip along a Forest track leading from an artificial lake used for sports fishing to the lookout of Punta Casteddu. We walk along a cart way which crosses the State Forest, where you can pick cherries in spring and corbezzoliSport Active (Arbutus unedo) in autumn. In summer, from the various panoramic sites which face the Costa Smeralda and the Gulf of Olbia, you can see right across the island from the isle of Tavolara to the Maddalena archipelago. During the walk various breaks are planned at the area s natural springs and we can have lunch in one of the specially equipped areas. It s also possible to extend the walk descending from the other side of Monte Pinu where you can often see tortoises. Altitude: 742 metres Total length of the trip: 11 Km
Trekking at San Pantaleo Category: Sport Active Difficulty Level: Medium Duration: 4 hrs Minimum Participants: 8 Maximum Participants: 100Sport Active Meals: not included Including: Minivan or Bus transfer, English speaking guide Transportation: Minivan or Bus (according to the number of participants) Recommendations: Comfortable clothing and trekking shoes
Trekking at San Pantaleo Sardinia is a true trekking and sightseeing paradise. Across its uncontaminated territory, under the blue sky, you’ll be able to walk through wild valleys, mirror yourself in clear waters, enjoy breathtaking landscapes with beautiful granite cliffs. The best way to live this experience is to be lead by ourSport Active export guides in hardly forgettable excursions. Departure by minivan or bus (according to the number of participants) from Olbia harbour “Isola Bianca”. The enchanting uncontaminated landscape will take you from the Cugnana Bay to the mountains and fountain of San Pantaleo, from which you will admire the beautiful Costa Smeralda, from the Portisco Bay to the Cala di Volpe.
In the heart of Gallura between nature and culture Category: Sport Active Difficulty Level: Medium Duration: 6 hrs (h 9.30 – 16.30) Minimum Participants: 6 Maximum Participants: 100Sport Active Meals: Sardinian lunch included Including: Land Rover Jeep with driver, English speaking guide, lunch at the farm, fridge inside the jeep with mineral water, insurance Transportation: Land Rover 110 (max 6 pax per jeep) Recomendations: Comfortable clothing and trekking shoes
In the heart of Gallura between nature and culture Full Day tour of the inlands parts of the Gallura region, discovering nature, small villages, traditional gastronomy and culture of Northern Sardinia. The tour starts in Olbia: after a 20- minute transfer by Land Rover we’ll get to Berchidda, a small village clinging to the east side of Mount Limbara. The first stop will be at a well-known artisan laboratory, whereSport Active typical Sardinian sweets, marmalade and spirits are produced. We’ll continue visiting the old center of the village, with its characteristic houses made out of granite. A dirt road starting from the highest part of the village and going through a thick forest and Mediterranean maquis will lead us to the heights Mount Limbara (1362 m), from which we’ll be able to admire a superb 360 degree view on a great part of Northern Sardinia and Corsica. After a quick transfer we’ll get to a picturesque farmhouse, where we will taste the various Gallura specialties. Early in the afternoon we’ll visit an artisan weaving laboratory. Transfer to Olbia harbour.
Flying & Off-road Experience Category: Sport Active Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 6 hrs Minimum Participants: 3 Maximum Participants: 15Sport Active Meals: Sardinian Lunch with the shepherds included Including: helicopter flight over La Maddalena Archipel, jeep transfer from the airfield to the shepherds‘ shed, jeep transfer back to Olbia “Isola Bianca” harbour, English speaking instructor Transportation: helycopter und Land Rover Jeep Recommendations: Comfortable clothing
Flying & Offroad Experience An exciting excursion that you will hardly forget! An helicopter will pick up the guests at Olbia harbour and will fly to the Natural Marine Park of La Maddalena Archipel: 7 beautiful islands surrounded by crystal-clear water, most of them totally uninhabited.Sport Active The helicopter will land on an airfield near Arzachena, where a Land Rover jeep will be waiting for the guests and leave towards the village of Luogosanto. Here the guests will enjoy a typical Sardinian lunch prepared by some shepherds in their shed. Transfer back to Olbia by jeep.
Sunny Day on the Beach Category: Beach ExperienceBeach Experience Difficulty Level: Easy Duration: 6 hrs Minimum Participants: 20 Maximum Participants: Meals: not included Including: bus at disposal Transportation: Bus Recomendations: Swimsuit, beach clothing
Beach Experience Sunny Day on the Beach Transfer by bus from Olbia “Isola Bianca” harbour to the nearby beach of Bados. This wide beach made of white fine sand is very popular especially among young people, who very often play beach volley on the volleyball court on the beach. Several bathing establishment are at the guests’ disposal for the rental of umbrellas and sunbeds, to eat a sandwich or have an ice-cream. The Iow seabed makes this beach particularly safe for bathing. Transfer back to the harbour in the afternoon.