Sailing Sardinia’s Hidden Coastlines - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Dayyan Armstrong, Sailing Collective
Photo Credit: Dayyan Armstrong, Sailing Collective
Photo Credit: Dayyan Armstrong, Sailing Collective

Sailing Sardinia’s Hidden Coastlines

from $3,580 USD per person for 8 days, 7 nights
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  • 8 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • On the Water
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Trip Overview
Overview

Spend a week sailing the crystalline waters of Sardinia, an island and Italian autonomous region with a history, culture, cuisine, and language all its own. From our home on a modern 46-foot catamaran, we’ll trace the story of these coastlines through abandoned lighthouses, Roman ruins, bunkers built during Napoleon’s invasion of the region, World War II naval bases, sunken ships, and ancient cairns used by seamen in search of nearby civilizations, still peaking above the waterline. Along the way, we’ll take daily opportunities to swim from remote beaches, or directly from the catamaran at anchor in a secluded cove. Throughout this voyage, your captain will be on the lookout for hidden wonders to visit, and your onboard chef will be curating a special menu from local ingredients and regional culinary techniques.

Our partner, The Sailing Collective: In order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with The Sailing Collective, a U.S.-based travel organization specializing in sailing trips throughout the world with a team of professional skippers and culinary artists who are passionate about hospitality and travel. The Sailing Collective has extensive knowledge of the region and established relationships with local restaurants and guides, and the onboard chef for this voyage is a Sardinia native.

Highlights
  • Sardinia by sail
  • Abandoned lighthouses, bunkers, and sunken ships
  • Local fare prepared by an onboard chef
  • Swimming in secluded coves

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Sailing Collective
In Partnership with Sailing Collective

Trip Leaders

Tyler Sauter, Captain
Tyler Sauter is a boatman that would fit in on a ship if you dropped him in anywhere in the ranks in any era. As a boat builder, he has worked and taught at the WoodenBoat school, where he studied traditional methods of construction and restoration. He has also studied boat building at the Landing School in their Marine Industry program. As a sailor, Tyler has taught small-boat handling in Maine and has embarked on many voyages on ships big and small. He currently lives full-time on his sailboat, sailing where work and whim may take him in the Northeast.
Alida Borgna, Chef
Alida Borgna is from Umbria, Italy, and has moved between the academic and professional worlds of food over the past decade. She creates edible landscapes using traditional cooking techniques learned through years of working on farms around the world and as a private chef in her hometown of New York. Her food allows diners to engage and interact playfully while luxuriating in the flavors and textures of the seasons. Borgna holds a Masters Degree in Food Culture and Ecology from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piemonte.

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $3,580. Each cabin on the boat has one double bed. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $1,675. Please contact us to request a single cabin.

Accommodations

Our group will be staying aboard a 46-foot modern catamaran with four private cabins, plus additional space for crewmembers. Each cabin is designed to efficiently accommodate up to two people with a comfortable double bed, private bathrooms, and shelves for storing belongings. 

Over the course of the trip, those interested will have the opportunity to handle sails, take the helm, and learn basic knots as we navigate the waters off Sardinia. The boat also has a small library for those who’d like to read more about sailing and Sardinia. When not on excursions to shore, the bulk of our time is spent in the main salon and outdoors on deck, playing games, relaxing, chatting with fellow passengers and crew, and enjoying the art of sailing. Lounge areas are both sunny and shaded, making for comfortable sailing and living onboard. 

Passengers and crew cook family-style aboard; cooking enthusiasts and foodies are welcomed to contribute their skills and experience. Onboard meals are taken in the indoor or outdoor dining area. Meals on and off the boat will highlight Sardinian and Corsican cuisine and feature local ingredients.

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive at the Marina di Olbia by 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Our boat will return to Marina di Olbia at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3, and we will disembark by 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. Taxis and shuttle services can be arranged to Olbia, your accommodations, or the airport in advance. Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB) is the nearest airport and is a 10-minute drive from the marina.

Activity Level

Keep in mind that life aboard a boat is fairly active. You should feel confident climbing up and down a ladder, as well as moving about as the ship leans over while in motion. You can also expect to walk between two and three miles per day, sometimes on hilly, rocky coastline and dirt paths as well as well-maintained, mostly flat terrain.

You should feel comfortable on and around water. Since these are bigger boats, life jackets are not mandatory unless the water gets choppy. If you feel more comfortable in a life jacket, you are more than welcome to wear one.

Included
  • The services of an experienced boat captain.
  • Seven breakfasts, six lunches, four dinners, and additional snacks aboard, all prepared by your private chef.
  • All activities and events as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Marina fees, dockage, and moorings for overnight anchorages, as well as boat-related incidentals.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Sardinia has to offer.
Excluded
  • Flights and ground transportation to and from Olbia, Sardinia.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Three dinners, additional food and snacks, and most alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • If applicable, applying for an Italian visa.
  • On-shore expenses.
  • Tips for your crew; it is customary in the industry to tip the crew 10 to 20 percent. Crew members split the tips evenly.
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Trip FAQs

As long as you include dietary information in your traveler form and update us about any requirements or preferences in advance, we’ll be able to plan our meals and food options accordingly, and will have plenty of food to satisfy you for your trip. However, if there are any particular foods that will make you feel more comfortable for the duration of your trip, please pack or purchase them in advance.

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