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Itinerary O3 OLBIA BASED

Startin from: Olbia  STUNNING SCENERY PLUS FINE DINING IN THE REGIONAL CAPITAL
COD: O3
DAYS:5 Plus

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Itinerary: O3 - Olbia Based - STUNNING SCENERY PLUS FINE DINING IN THE REGIONAL CAPITAL - Days: 5 Plus

Cala Gonone

All the best of Itinerary O2 plus a bus trip taking in the magnificent views on the Dorgali to Baunei road, followed by 2 days in the Regional Capital of Cagliari in the South of the Island with arrival in the city by ferry to appreciate the same panorama of the capital which so enthused D.H Lawrence back in the 1920's. Travel is by a combination of Train, Bus and Ferry and follows a circuit route to cover as much of the Island as possible.

Whilst we have called this a 5 day Itinerary, we have allowed only one full day in the Dorgali area. You may instead decide to extend the itinerary by staying longer in this area overflowing with things to see and do.
 
Total transport cost for the Itinerary is around Euro 50 per person (Jun 2005), more than a third of which represents the ferry fare.

The only travel days as presented which would be possible on Sundays are Day 1 and the last day (Day 5). In addition, this Itinerary utilises the Ferry connecting Arbatax with Cagliari which only runs on certain days of the week so extra care is required when planning to follow this Itinerary to ensure arrival at the Ferry on the correct day. See the descriptions for Days 3 and 4 of this Itinerary and also the Summer Itinerary O5 for alternatives to the Ferry leg.
 
The following provides a day by day description of the itinerary idea, including also tables indicating the various stages of travel for each day. These tables do not contain the actual departure and arrival times of each leg of the journey which must be accessed directly from the web sites of the individual transport providers. Links are provided to the front pages of the relevant sites, and some notes are provided here which explain how we accessed the relevant timetable information from the sites which do not have English translations.

You can make a print of this itinerary description and fill in the relevant arrival and departure times for each leg in the spaces provided.

Before deciding to follow any one of the Itineraries or suggestions in this site we strongly recommend that you read also the sections contained herein on Suggestions and Hints, News, and General Disclaimer.

Day 1- STUNNING SCENERY PLUS FINE DINING IN THE REGIONAL CAPITAL
The stages of the journey for this day are shown in the table below. To obtain the actual departure and arrival times for each stage, use the links and the information included in accessing timetables.
 

Depart Olbia (Staz ARST) Bus ARST            
Arrive Olbia (I.B. Porto)            
Depart Olbia (I.B. Porto) Bus ARST            
Arrive Dorgali            
Depart Dorgali Bus ARST            
Arrive Cala Gonone            
 
 

Cala Gonone

This Itinerary presents the fastest way to get by public transport from Olbia to the Dorgali and Cala Gonone area on the Island's central East coast so that you can have as much time as possible to spend in and around this wonderful area jam packed with potential wilderness activities and indescribable beaches. Select a departure from the Olbia Isola Bianca Port shortly after 8am (with connections from the Olbia ARST Bus Station)and you can be sitting (or lying) in the sun on the beach beside the port of Cala Gonone before midday gazing south towards the rugged coastline and wilderness planning your program of activities for the next few days.

Note that this Itinerary is also possible on Sundays however you will probably have a wait of several hours or so in Dorgali for the bus to Cala Gonone which departs in the mid afternoon. Remember also that on Sundays you can expect virtually everything in Dorgali to be shut up tight so there wont be much to do. You could decide to base yourself instead in Dorgali and hence check straight into your accommodation, or you could decide to do it on your own heading off towards Cala Gonone and the coast on foot (assuming you are adequately prepared of course!).

Day 2- STUNNING SCENERY PLUS FINE DINING IN THE REGIONAL CAPITAL
 

Remain in Dorgali / Cala Gonone area.

 
Day 2 is spent taking in a little of what this wonderful area jam packed with potential wilderness activities and indescribable beaches has to offer.

Cala Gonone

Cala di Luna (Cala Gonone)



Day 3- STUNNING SCENERY PLUS FINE DINING IN THE REGIONAL CAPITAL
The stages of the journey for this day are shown in the table below. To obtain the actual departure and arrival times for each stage, use the links and the information included in accessing timetables.
 
Depart CalaGonone Bus ARST            
Arrive Dorgali            
Depart Dorgali Bus ARST            
Arrive Arbatax            
 
 
Note that if you are intending to take the Ferry connection from Arbatax to Cagliari on Day 4 then remember that the Ferry does not depart every day. Check carefully the Ferry timetable to ensure that you complete this day 3 on the correct Day of the week such that Day 4 coincides with a ferry departure.
 

Genna Silana

We have listed this as being Day 3, but in fact it would be very hard to tear yourself away from the Dorgali area after having had only 1 full day (Day 2) to enjoy its many possibilities. So if you can afford the time then you may decide to stay at least another day or two.

Selecting an early afternoon departure from Cala Gonone will probably result in a fast bus change in Dorgali onto the bus departing for Arbatax a little before 3pm. The departing bus usually awaits the arrival of the bus from Cala Gonone however. Tickets for the full journey can be bought in Cala Gonone, otherwise there is usually a few minutes to buy a ticket for the onward journey in Dorgali.

The bus trip south from Dorgali follows one of the more scenic routes in Sardinia, passing through the wildly rugged Supramonte of Dorgali and Baunei. As the road climbs up towards the Pass of Genna Silana (1017m) there are ever improving views west towards the Supramonte of Oliena and over the Gorroppu Gorge. After the pass there are views over the deep valley of the Codula di Luna (which finishes at the back of the beach of Cala Luna) and finally spectacular views over the bay of Arbatax and Tortoli as the road descends again passing through the town of Baunei.

Arbatax

When the bus arrives at Tortoli you will probably have to make a bus change for the final short ride to the port of Arbatax, arriving in the early evening. The bus driver will indicate which bus to change to (which may well turn out to be a bus especially for you). Getting off at the port in Arbatax is the easiest option for then orienting yourself.

Arbatax is a quiet little port town which is not at all unpleasant to pass the night especially out of season. The Ferry departs early on Day 4 so it is best to try to find accommodation near the Port. See our accommodation section for some possibilities.

Due to this early start, and the fact that very few people board the ferry for Cagliari from Arbatax, there will be no ticket office open early in the morning when you are ready to board. Tickets for the ferry to Cagliari must therefore be bought on the evening of Day 3 when you arrive in Arbatax. You risk not being able to board the ferry if you do not have a ticket pre purchased.


Day 4- STUNNING SCENERY PLUS FINE DINING IN THE REGIONAL CAPITAL
The stages of the journey for this day are shown in the table below. To obtain the actual departure and arrival times for each stage, use the links and the information included in accessing timetables.
 
Depart Arbatax Ferry Tirrenia           
Arrive Cagliari           
 
 
Note that the Ferry connection used for this travel day does not operate everyday of the week. Check the Ferry timetable carefully. Note also that it is better to purchase a Ferry ticket the night before boarding or you risk not being able to board.

Cagliari

The ferry from Arbatax to Cagliari is actually the ferry in arrival from Civitavecchia (on the mainland) which, only on certain days of the week, stops first at Arbatax and then proceeds to Cagliari.
 
Don't be surprised if you get funny looks when you try to board the ferry for Cagliari as they get very few people wanting to do this. In fact the ferry is quite a bit slower and also considerably more expensive than taking the bus, but a bus trip down the east coast to Cagliari is a very slow and tortuous affair whereas the ferry is far more civilised. (You are also probably a little sick of buses by now anyway). Apart from some fresh air, the ferry also provides views back to the Island as it travels down along the East coast, and allows an approach to the port of Cagliari from the ocean which definitely shows the city from one of its best angles.

If you are not able to time your trip to coincide with the ferry timetables, or you decide not to spend the time or money necessary for the ferry, your options include hopping off the Dorgali to Arbatax bus just before Arbatax at the town of Tortoli' and taking the very early morning ARST bus the following morning for Cagliari or, and this might be a better alternative, consider adopting Days 3 and 4 of Mainland Itinerary M3 in place of Days 3 and 4 of this Itinerary and take a trip through the middle of the Barbagia instead. There are several hotel and B and B options in Tortoli'.

Cagliari

The ferry arrives in Arbatax around an hour or so before its official re-departure time to unload passengers and vehicles. It is better to be ready to board a good half hour or so before the official re-departure time as the ferry can start to push back when it has finished disembarking, even if this is slightly before the official time. Remember that they are expecting only to disembark and not embark passengers.

The Ferry brings you right into the centre of Cagliari in the middle of the morning busy period when the city is full of life, making a marked contrast to the predawn silence of Arbatax.

Day 5- STUNNING SCENERY PLUS FINE DINING IN THE REGIONAL CAPITAL
The stages of the journey for this day are shown in the table below. To obtain the actual departure and arrival times for each stage, use the links and the information included in accessing timetables.
 
Depart Cagliari Train FS            
Arrive Ozieri - Chilivani            
Depart Ozieri - Chilivani Train FS            
Arrive Olbia            
 
 

Cagliari

The final day finishes with a long South to North East traverse of the Island back to Olbia. The itinerary allows for this to be done all by train which is decidedly more civilised than the same journey all by Bus.
 
Select the departure and arrival times which best suit your needs, however a mid afternoon departure from Cagliari would allow you to make the most of the morning (and enjoy a relaxing lunch) in the city, whilst still arriving in Olbia in good time for dinner.
 
You may find that a train change is required at Ozieri - Chilivani, or you may select a train which goes direct to Olbia.

If you have arrived in Sardinia from London then you have the option of organising your flights such that your return flight departs from Cagliari, avoiding the necessity for this day's travel.

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