Starting with the Trenino Verde of Sardinia from the lovely Arbatax or Tortolì station, you can take a unique journey towards the heels of Ogliastra. You will do it slowly, retracing the old railway, between a succession of small stations and roadside houses, bridges and tunnels, all immersed in the most uncontaminated nature.
In the first part of the journey the train will slowly climb up the plain of the Tortolì area to Elini, where the landscape is characterized by olive groves and hilly landscapes.
Once you arrive at Lanusei station, one of the main Ogliastra towns, the train begins to tackle the first important differences in height, and will be forced to spiral in order to then return to the upper part of Lanusei.
From here the landscape will become mountainous, and you will begin to see many animals in the wild that populate those countryside.
We will skirt the Flumendosa lake for a very short stretch, before arriving at the slopes of Gennargentu.
Curve after curve you will arrive at the tiny village of Gairo Taquisara, inhabited by very few people deeply attached to their land.
Gairo Taquisara is a very small village with just under 200 souls, 800 meters above sea level and is located in a small valley ten kilometers from the town of Gairo Sant'Elena. The services on site are minimal, which is why we offer you a whole series of opportunities to visit this extraordinary area without any problem.
This old village was an important hub for the complementary Sardinian railways. In fact, another section of the line departed from here, dismantled in 1956, which passed through Osini, Ulassai and Jerzu.
The small town is characterized by the historic railway station, a mural, the old stone quarry and its numerous caves.
Immediately after your arrival and after having introduced you with our guides we will take you on a short walk along a path that runs along the old stone quarry, an environment linked to the history of the old village and an opportunity to tell you the history of the railway.
After about ten minutes of walking we will reach one of the many unexplored caves of Gairo Taquisara and more precisely we will take you to the Grotta dell'Angelo. This is not the usual tourist cave but between tales and legends we will make you relive different emotions than usual.
For lunch time we will return to Gairo Taquisara where, for those who wish, we have the opportunity to delight you with a platter of typical products, all strictly zero-kilometer.
Everything will be served to you at the pine forest in Gairo Taquisara surrounded by a relaxing and friendly environment that will make you experience the true Sardinian atmosphere.
On the cutting board you will find typical Sardinian cold cuts, cheeses, coccoi prena, roast culurgionis, pistoccu with spicy cream and other delicacies, all surrounded by an excellent cannonau wine.
ATTENTION: The tasting must be ordered when booking the excursion.
In the afternoon we get on our buses to start an exciting journey leaving the landscapes of the Tacchi d'Ogliastra for a long tour of the slopes of Gennargentu. The scenarios change completely with an increasingly bare and dry vegetation.
After about ten minutes of walking, a first stop is made at the base of the marvelous Natural Monument of Perda Liana, symbol of the upper Ogliastra area.
After the necessary souvenir photos, continue by bus towards the Gennargentu Arzanese, until you reach the large boulder in which the map of the area is carved.
Precisely from this position you can clearly see Punta la Marmora which with its 1846 meters is the highest point in Sardinia.
Continuing, we will take you along the entire Flumendosa lake, pleasantly inhabited by a large number of wild and wild animals.
You will encounter herds of cows lazing along the lakeshore waiting to receive supplies from the shepherd. Also there will be pigs, goats, donkeys and why not, if you are lucky, even horses that gallop free.
This will be an opportunity to tell you about the agro-pastoral aspect that characterizes this part of the territory, a reality that is still carried out today with so much dedication.
The Gennargentu tour ends, always with our buses, at the pretty Arzana station, along the state road 389. Here you will find yourself immersed in the greenery and you can treat yourself to something fresh at the bar inside the station, and then take the train again. of the return.
We do this in a special way to give you the opportunity to cut a part of the train route and make the return shorter and lighter, after a day already so full of places, views and pleasant emotions.
Once you have taken the train back you will arrive in Elini at 18:00 Tortolì for 19:15, and in Arbatax by 19:40
ATTENTION: Leaving by train from Elini is an excellent solution for those with very young children and who want to somehow reduce the hours on the train, without losing the most panoramic part of the Trenino Verde route.
-8:00 am Departure by train from Arbatax
-8:30 am Departure from Tortolì
-9:50 am Departure from Elini station or short BAR stop for those already on the train.
-11:50 am Arrival at Gairo Taquisara station.
-12:50 pm Guided tour of the Grotta dell'Angelo, one of the many unexplored caves of Gairo Taquisara.
-1.30 pm Stop for lunch with the possibility of tasting typical products at zero km.
-2.30 pm With a mini - bus departure for the tour in heels, visit to the natural monument of Perda Liana, passage to the slopes of Gennargentu, and then skirt the upper lake of Flumendosa.
-5:00 pm Arrival at Arzana station to take the train back to return.
-7:15 pm Return to Tortoli
-7.45 pm Return by train to Arbatax
55 € Adults
35 € Children from 4 to 15 years
Free for children under 3 years
The price INCLUDES the train ticket, the guide and all guided tours, transfers and assistance.
Sardinian tasting: extra service at € 14.00 per person
At your place:
From 16 June to 11 September 2022
From Thursday to Sunday
The Arbatax station is located at the entrance to the port. Cars can be safely parked near the station or in the parking lots in the Rocce Rosse square
Next to the station you will find a bar for those wishing to have breakfast before departure
During the day you will be accompanied by local guides
The guides are in Italian and English. For other languages, audio guides or catalogs are provided as an alternative
Suitable clothing, closed shoes and a windbreaker are recommended in case of temperature changes
For those taking the tasting, please inform about any intolerances or allergies.
Service carried out with an official tourist guide of the Sardinia Region
TYPE OF TRAIN USED: LdE LOCOMOTOR with 144 seats
We look forward to helping you
to organize your ideal holiday.
Where and how to find us:
c/o La Stazione di Arbatax (Fronte Rocce Rosse)
Via Lungomare - 08048 Arbatax
Tel. +39 393.9303736 (anche whatsapp)