MSA Post-Congress Tour

Cagliari, Sardinia

Five days and four nights,

Sunday, May 31 – Thursday, June 4, 2009





Day 1: Sunday, May 31
Morning departure for Sant’Antioco lighthouse
Sant'Antioco is the fourth largest island in Italy after Sicily, Sardinia and Elba. It is located 87 km from Cagliari, and is connected by a modern bridge. The island of Sant'Antioco has been settled from at least the 5th millennium BC. The city of Sant'Antioco was founded in the 8th century BC by the Phoenicians and named Solki. Phoenician domination ended in the 2nd century BC when Solki was conquered by the Romans, who connected it to the mainland through an artificial isthmus. During Roman times, it was called Plumbaria, after its lead deposits. The current city name derives from St. Antiochus who evangelized the area and was martyred in 125 AD. After the end of the Western Roman Empire, Sant'Antioco was a fortified strongpoint of the Byzantines. It was repeatedly attacked by the Saracens from the early 8th century, and was gradually abandoned by the inhabitants, who fled in the more protected inner area. A new settlement was established around 935 but was also abandoned at a later date.
Overnight: Orroli


Day 2: Monday, June 1
Morning visit the Nuraghe Arrubiu in Orroli
The Orroli Nuraghes is one of the largest in Sardinia. It has five central towers complemented by a rampart with very thick walls. It was built between the thirteenth and ninth century BC. The outside is surrounded by a second ring of walls, formed by seven towers partially visible united by a wall. Beyond are the remains of a village of circular huts. The fortress, excluding the village, occupies an area of about 3,000 square meters.
Dinner and overnight in Bosa

Day 3: Tuesday, June 2:
Tour in Bosa: medieval castle and village.
Bosa was founded by the Phoenicians in 700 BC and ruled by the Carthagians from 550 – 212 BC. It is a charming town set in the Temo river valley near the sea. Bosa is the only riverside town in the whole of Sardinia. The river is intimately connected to the tradition and history of the town. It is thanks to the fertility of its soil and its position that Bosa was inhabited since ancient times, the territory is in fact scattered with historical monuments like the Serravalle Castle, which was built by the Malaspina family in the XII century.

In the afternoon we will proceed to the Catalan Town of Alghero. The area of today's Alghero has been settled since pre-historical times. The so-called Ozieri culture was present here in the 4th millennium BC while the Nuraghe civilization was present from around 1500 BC and traces of Phoenician buildings have been found not far from the city. Alghero was founded around 1102 by the Genoese Doria family, as a fortified port. The Doria ruled it for centuries, apart from a brief period under Pisa (1283-1284). In 1353 it was captured by the Aragonese under Bernardo de Cabrera, and experienced the arrival of many Catalan colonists. In the early 16th century Alghero received the status of King's City (ciutat de l'Alguer) and developed economically. In 1720 Alghero and Sardinia were handed over to Piedmont and became part of Italy at the time of unification. During World War II (1943) Alghero was bombed and its historical center suffered heavy damage. After the end of the war Alghero became a popular tourist resort.
Overnight in Alghero

Day 4: Wednesday, June 3
Depart for Corsica
Arrival in Bonifacio: dinner and overnight.
Bonifacio has two prehistoric sites of some importance: the ancient cave shelter of Araguina-Sennola near the village of Capello just north of the city and a chambered tomb of Vasculacciu further north near Figari. The first is the site of the notable Lady of Bonifacio, a female burial carbon-dated to about 6570 BC, which is either late Mesolithic or Early Neolithic, and the second belongs to the Megalithic Culture and is dated to the Middle Neolithic.

Corsica was taken from the Roman Empire in 469 AD by Genseric, king of the Vandals, and recovered by the Eastern Empire in 534. Starting in 806 the Moors of Spain began to contend for the island and held it for a short time. The city of today was founded as a fortress by and subsequently named after Boniface II of Tuscany in 828. He had led a naval expedition to suppress the Saracens of North Africa and returned to build an unassailable fortress and naval base from which the domains of Tuscany could be defended at the outermost frontier. Most of the citadel postdates the 9th century or is of uncertain date but Il Torrione, a round tower, was certainly part of the original citadel.

Day 5: Thursday, June 4
Morning tour Bonifacio and departure for Santa Teresa di Gallura and Olbia

Late afternoon return to Cagliari.

Optional: hotel rooms have been aranged for those wishing to stay overnight.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: $575 per person based on double occupancy (single room supplement $175). Please make all checks payable to Mediterranean Studies Association; you may also charge your credit card (see below).
Deposit:  $100 due now ($200 deposit if today's date is after March 1)
2nd deposit:  $100 due on March 1
Balance due by April 15, 2007 

With increasing costs and weakening dollar, it has been necessary for the MSA to increase the cost of the tour this year. For the five full day and four night tour the price is $575.00 (based on double occupancy; single supplement $175). However, to encourage early registration we are offering a discounted price of $499.00 for those who register and pay in full by check no later that February 1.

This includes luxury coach, hotel room (4 nights), breakfast.
This does not include meals (other than those noted above), tips for guides and driver, entrance fees to sites, spending money, hotel incidentals.

To register for the tour
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Responsibility: Mediterranean Studies Association and other participating organizations act solely as agents in arranging transportation, hotel accommodations, and other services. We do not assume, and in fact, we expressly disclaim, any liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay due to any act, negligence or default of the tour guide or any company or person engaged in transporting the passengers or rendering any service, or carrying out the arrangements for any tour, or their agents, servants and employees.
Guarantee & Rate: Once we have received your full payment, your rate is secure. However, in the event of increases in operating costs, tariffs, or taxes prior to your departure date we reserve the right to add a surcharge. You would be notified prior to travel.
Insurance: Trip cancellation insurance for medical reasons is highly recommended.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are effective on date received in writing. Full refund (minus a $75 administration fee) will be made for cancellations up to 91 days prior to departure. After that period, additional cancellation fees will be assessed as follows:
– 90-61 days prior to departure – Loss of deposit
– 60-45 days prior to departure - 35% of total tour price
– 44-31 days prior to departure - 50% of total tour price
– 30-0 days prior to departure - 100% of total tour price
Please note: Any unused tour portions are non-refundable. Claims for a refund must be sent in writing within 30 days of completion of tour.

Questions: e-mail: or telephone: 508-999-8022.