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Itinerary O4 OLBIA BASED

Startin from: Olbia  OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
COD: O4
DAYS:6 Plus

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Itinerary: O4 - Olbia Based - OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - Days: 6 Plus

Ulassai

This itinerary allows all the stunning scenery of Itinerary O2 but then takes a turn decidedly off the beaten track to allow a small taste of the Sardinian interior. The route passes Lanusei (situated on the side of a mountain affording sweeping panoramas across the bay of Arbatax and hinterland) and then allows a stop in Ulassai surrounded by mountain scenery, lesser known climbing and walking opportunities, fine red wines, and the culture and hospitality traditional to the remote and beautiful Ogliastra zone of Sardinia. The return route passes through the heart of the Barbagia and includes a stop in the quiet but strongly traditional and little visited Gavoi. Travel is entirely by Bus.
Whilst we have called this a 6 day Itinerary, we have allowed only one full day (Day 2) 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†was †around Euro 35 per person (Jun 2005).

The only travel days as presented which would be possible on Sundays are days 1 and 6, or better still is to try to spend Sunday as one of the non-travel days with Day 2 being more appropriate than day 4.

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.

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Day 1- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
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- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

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.

Gola di Gorropu (Dorgali)

Cala di Luna (Cala Gonone)



Day 3- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
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 Cala Gonone Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive Dorgali †††††††††††
Depart Dorgali Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive Lanusei †††††††††††
Depart Lanusei Bus FdS (135/3530) †††††††††††
Arrive Ulassai †††††††††††
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

Dorgali

can afford the time then you might decide to stay at least another day or two.

Select an early morning bus from Cala Gonone to Dorgali to ensure that you make the ongoing departure from Dorgali for Lanusei†a little after 10am. You may find that there is no direct connection between one of the busses from Cala Gonone and†this ongoing bus. As a result you may have a little time to kill in Dorgali (unless you have already spent the previous night in Dorgali). Have a wander around the town, or choose a bar in which to relax and read a book.

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 to 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.

After passing across the plains behind Tortolž the route then climbs again to reach the town of Lanusei, where you arrive in the very early afternoon which should leave†sufficient time for a leisurely walk between the two Bus stations and to grab a bite to eat before the journey continues.

Genna Silana


The Bus trip from Lanusei to Ulassai (the bus may be signed to Tertenia) is only an hour but quite scenic affording views back towards Baunei and the mountainous region of the Supramonte (from where you have arrived earlier) then, following the pass, there are views of the very distinctive form of the Perda Liana mountain whilst in winter there are also views to the snow capped Gennargentu Range. After the pass the route winds through the towns of Gairo (and old Gairo), and Osini (and old Osini) before arriving at Ulassai mid afternoon.

Day 4- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Remain in Ulassai area

Day 4 can easily be spent in the town of Ulassai and surrounding areas, leaving plenty of time to explore some of the natural highlights, and to acclimatise to the pace and warmth of the local people and culture.

Of course if you find the pace a little too slow, or you strike bad weather, then you can anticipate your departure by heading off on Day 4 either for Gavoi and Olbia as described below, or for Cagliari by following Day 4 of Mainland Itinerary M3 and then Day 5 of Olbia Itinerary O3 for the return journey to Olbia.

Culurgiones (Ussassai)

Ulassai



Day 5- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
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 Ulassai Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive Lanusei †††††††††††
Depart Lanusei Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive Gavoi †††††††††††

Lanusei

There are not too many choices of bus for the trip from Ulassai back to Lanusei and you will probably find that you arrive mid morning leaving a few hours of wait before the Bus for Gavoi departs in the early afternoon. Mid morning is, however, the perfect time of day to arrive in the bustling little town of Lanusei (shortly to become a Provincial Capital) and the delay between buses allows time to wander around a little.

There are a few handicraft shops, and look out for the shops with the traditional Sardinian sweets (biscuits/cakes) displayed in the windows. Here's a good opportunity to try a few if you haven't had the chance yet during your visit. Several of the Bars in town have back windows or balconies which make the most of the wonderful panorama afforded by the town' s location so, when you are ready to relax, you can do so in one of these and read a book (or just take in the view).

The Bus trip from Lanusei to Gavoi (bus will probably indicate Macomer as destination) passes through the heart of the Gennargentu which are the highest mountains on the Island. The panoramas are enjoyable what-ever the season.

Gavoi itself is located at 700m elevation facing towards the higher peaks of the Gennargentu Range. A stroll around the renovated old section is rewarding, otherwise the several restaurants in town make this a good place to try out some of the local foods and wines.

Day 6- OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
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 Gavoi Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive Nuoro †††††††††††
Depart Nuoro Bus ARST †††††††††††
Arrive Olbia (Bus stn) †††††††††††

Gavoi

The journey back to Olbia passes through Nuoro where
you may have a wait of at least an hour if not more.

Depending upon what time you wanted to be back in Olbia, and if you wanted to take the opportunity to see also a little of Nuoro during the transit stop, then there are several different departure and arrival times possible for this day's travel. Select the ones which best suit your needs.

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