Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: cag-001
This outstanding walking and driving tour presents a historical insight into Cagliari and a look at its considerable natural beauty from several vantage points.
Your tour begins at the pier with a panoramic driving tour through Sardinia's historic capital of Cagliari. Although founded in the 7th century B.C. by the Phoenicians, Cagliari has been dominated by many cultures over the millennia and boasts well-preserved ruins attesting to the influence of the Romans, Pisans, Spanish and others. Upon arriving at the ancient hilltop citadel, known as the Castello, you will disembark your coach and begin the guided walking portion of this tour, as motor vehicles are prohibited in this historic district.
Entering near the white limestone, 13th century Tower of St. Pancras, you will walk to the National Archaeological Museum, which houses a vast collection of valuable artifacts. You may see Phoenician tombs, Punic jewelry, Nuragic bronzes and Roman statues, all of which provide an excellent insight into the history and development of Sardinia. Later, you will continue your walking tour through the citadel's narrow streets and alleyways, which are lined with historically significant buildings. You'll see a Cathedral that the Pisans built in the 13th century, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Governor's Palace, which was once the seat of government.
Rejoining your coach, you will drive to Monte Urpinu on the outskirts of Cagliari and enjoy sweeping views of the city and Poetto Beach before returning to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes over 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking and standing. There are some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.