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Stonehenge 2 Sardinia - Megalithic Odyssey Meets Megalithomania - October 2017

 
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We will be touring the megaliths and stone structures of beautiful Sardinia for a total of 5 full days. 
This majestic island is littered with Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron age sites and structures, 
featuring an amazing variety of architecture, construction methods, and ritual purpose.
This population is the Nuragic population which observes people who try to interpret the Tombs of the Giants, the Nuragic Wells, the holy sources and the Nuraghi. The Nuragic civilization developed between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age (from 1800 to 500 B.C.). 8000 nuraghes, about 400 tombs of Giants and no specified number of sacred wells are examples of the impressiveness of the nuragic civilization. The so-called bronzetti (representing little modern ships) and the archaeological finds (such as the representations of Shardana people in the Egyptian temple of Medinet Abu) demonstrate how the Nuraghic people dominated the whole Mediterranean area. The theories of Sergio Frau, a journalist and writer of the book “Le Colonne d’Ercole, un’inchiesta” (The Pillars of Hercules. An investigation) state that Sardinia actually was the powerful Island of Atlas (also called Atlantis). Eminent scholars and archaeologists of all over the world maintain these theories.

Day 1 and 2:  October 21 and 22   

Stonhehenge / Avebury, United Kingdom

Arrival at Tour Group Meeting Location for 10am local time Oct 21

  • Tour stop meeting location and overnight stay at Castle and Ball
  • Guided Tour of Stoneheng
  • Guided Tour of Avebury
  • Hotel Accommodation at Castle and Ball for two nights
  • Coach and guided tour of Stonehenge and Avebury
  • Depart for Sardinia ON MORNING OF OCTOBER 23rd

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a massive stone monument located on a chalky plain north of the modern-day city of Salisbury, England. Research shows that the site has continuously evolved over a period of about 10,000 years. The structure that we call “Stonehenge” was built between roughly 5,000 and 4,000 years ago and that forms just one part of alarger, and highly complex, sacred landscape. The biggest of Stonehenge’s stones, known as sarsens, are up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall and weigh 25 tons (22.6 metric tons) on average. It is widely believed that they were brought from Marlborough Downs, a distance of 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the north. Smaller stones, referred to as “bluestones” (they have a bluish tinge when wet or freshly broken), weigh up to 4 tons and come from several different sites in western Wales, having been transported as far as 140 miles (225 km). It’s unknown how people in antiquity moved them that far. 

Avebury

Avebury - Contained within a giant circular henge about 430 metres across, the site of Avebury rivals, and some would say surpasses Stonehenge for its sheer scale and impressiveness. The antiquarian John Aubrey certainly agreed and wrote in the mid 17th century - "it does as much exceed in greatness the so renowned Stonehenge as a cathedral doeth a parish church". Avebury is certainly calmer and more accessible than Stonehenge as although the A361 road passes through the middle of village the whole area can be easily viewed on foot and the visitor is free to wander amongst the stones. Constructed during the Neolithic, probably around 2500BC, the banks of the henge earthwork that surrounds the whole site are around 5 metres high - originally they would have been nearly 7 metres tall, between 20-30 metres thick at the base and enclosed an area of some 30 acres (12ha). 

Day 3 to Day 8: October 23 to October 28 

Sardinia Megalith Tour

Sardinia transfer and arrival

We will be touring the megaliths and stone structures of beautiful Sardinia for a total of 5 full days. This majestic island is littered with Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron age sites and structures,
featuring an amazing variety of architecture, construction methods, and ritual purpose.
Below, is a healthy sampling of some of the amazing locations we plan to visit
​on this 2017 October Tour of Sardinia!
The complete list of sites we will visit are to many to mention on this webpage, but please feel free to download our Google Earth Tour file to see a complete listing of the tour objectives and destinations. 

Su Nuraxi - Barumini (South West Sardinia)

Su Nuraxi is a nuragic archaeological site in BaruminiSardiniaItaly. It was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997 as Su Nuraxi di BaruminiSu Nuraxi is a settlement consisting of a seventeenth century BCE Nuraghe, a bastion of four corner towers plus a central one, and a village inhabited from the thirteenth to the sixth century BCE, developed around the Nuraghe. They are considered by scholars the most impressive expression of the Nuragic civilization and were included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.
The oldest part of the Nuraghe consists of a central tower with three superposed chambers (18.6m high), was built in blocks of basalt between the seventeenth and thirteenth centuries BCE. Later, during the Late Bronze Age, four towers joined by a curtain wall with an upper balcony (no longer extant) were built around the central tower, all communicating with an inner courtyard served by a well. 

Su Tempiesu Sacred Well - (East Central Sardinia)

If you want to disclose the mystery of the Sacred Wells you cannot miss the nuragic source “Su Tempiesu”. Fortunately, this site has been perfectly preserved. Most of nuragic wells in the Island have only the well’s structure and the stairs, whereas “Su Tempiesu”, probably due to a landslide that protected it till 1953, keeps its original structure. This beautiful well shows that the nuragic sources were really solid buildings. They were fascinating and cosy temples and probably only priest had access to them. The stones used for the nuragic wells are set with more accuracy than the ones used for the nuraghi. Furthermore stone working is more regular and accurate. You can find this kind of building all over the Island, inPaulilatino, Bonorva or Olbia for instance. The holy source “Su Tempiesu” is the only one with a double roof due to the shale wall covering it. This temple was probably built at the end of the Bronze Age and it was used till the early Iron Age.

Pranu Muttedu Archaeological Complex - (South East Sardinia)

Pranu Muttedu Park, represents one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Sardinia. The Park area is divided into two parts, for a total extension of about 200 thousand square meters, is affected by one of the most important monumental complexes of Sardinian prehistory. Excavations carried out at the beginning of the years ' 80, have unearthed many artifacts of different type and invoice, referring to permanent "culture communities" Ozieri "" dating back to the Neolithic (3200-2800 BC). The presence of numerous tombs and menhirs suggests a site usage for burial rites and religious, connected to the cult of the ancestors. The archaeological complex Has the highest concentration of menhirs in Sardinia known (about sixty, variously distributed in pairs, alignments or groups).

Montessu Sa Grutta de is Procus / Montessu Necropolis - (South West Sardinia)

The necropolis of Montessu is located just a stone’s throw from the small village of Villaperuccio along the provincial road leading to Narcao. It is one of the most important burial sites in Sardinia from the Prenuraghic Era. This was the place in the Late Stone Age where peoples coming from the Middle East during the 3rd millenium B.C. decided to build a city for their dead. The volcanic rock hillsides of Sa Pranedda, a hollow valley forming a natural amphitheatre, provided the ideal setting for these underground places of eternal rest consisting of about forty small dug-out grottoes, which in local dialect are known as domus de janas meaning fairy houses or witches’ houses. These were the same people who brought the so-called San Michele or Ozieri culture to the island. The most interesting examples are the sanctuary-tombs known as sa cresiedda and sa grutta de is procus (the “little church” and the “cave of pigs”).

Monte d'Accoddi - (North West Sardinia)

A ziggurat on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia? As strange as it may sound, this is precisely the conclusion – or suggestion – that archaeologists have reached. For the structure of Monte d’Accoddi is not only something that is set apart from anything else found in Sardinia, it is unique in the entire Mediterranean region.
Situated between the coastal town of Porte Torres and the city of Sassari, the site of Monte d’Accoddi in the northwest part of the largest island of the Mediterranean, is sometimes not even indexed on maps. As such, it doesn’t attract many visitors, despite a very impressive car park, suggesting that when the site was finally fully excavated and opened for tourists, two decades ago, the mass influx of tourists that was expected, never came. Monte d’Accoddi is a pyramid. It is the only pyramid known on Sardinia. It is a large platform pyramid. With a causeway, which is why it is more commonly referred to as a ziggurat. But it also has a menhir (a standing stone). And a dolmen. And a stone sphere. Which makes it even more unique, not just on the island, but the entire Mediterranean Sea

Nuraghe Serbissi - (East Central Sardinia)

Nuraghe Serbissi is nuragic complex dating back to XVIII-X century BC. It is located in the municipality of Osini in OgliastraThe nuragic complex, built over a cave with two entrances, consists of a central tower of 6.3m high flanked by three smaller towers, around which are placed 8 circular huts. The archaeological site is located on the Taccu di Osini plateau, an imposing natural monument with steep limestone walls. Set in a panoramic position, it offers sweeping vistas over the Ogliastra and Barbagie districts.
This fascinating site includes a complex nuraghe and an associated village of 8 huts, inhabited between the Early and Late Bronze Ages; there are also a cave with two entrances, probably used for food storage and two giants’ graves, one of which of the slab type, with curved front slab.
On the plain of Troculu, two single-tower nuraghi, known as Sanu and Orruttu, stand at a short distance one from the other. 

 S'Acqua Salida - (South West Sardinia)

The necropolis of S'Acqua salida consists of eight tombs, in front of or above which there are remnants of ritual hearths and cups (small holes in the rock, destined to the offers). Some of these tombs are characterized by columns, pillars, pools, niches, shells, and traces of paint. In the wall of an internal cell of a tomb is carved and painted the symbol of the male deity: the bull, two bulls' heads "T" painted in dark ocher, enclosed in a rectangle. Two other graves have internal reliefs in imitation of the dwelling huts roofs. Another grave is equipped with a long corridor, and the input box dell'anticella painted in red ocher. The necropolis of Corongiu (nearby) consists of classic domus de Janas carved in limestone, among these there is a vertical shaft tomb antechamber, and cell with decorations in relief above and at the sides;the design has a vertical part above which there are two lateral spirals: it is assumed can represent the "goddess of the eyes" an 'appearance of the mother goddess neolithic that protected the deceased.

San Cosimo - (South West Sardinia)

Massive chambered tomb with attached stone circles in Sardinia (Sardegna) This huge complex comprises a large tomb with forecourt and large stone circles attached to it. Built of granite blocks, the site has the usual horned forecourt but in this case it is extended to a full circle in front of the site. There is a 26 metre long chamber partially dug into the ground and with a trapezoidal cross section. Further stone circles are attached to the side of the chamber. Excavations in 1981 yielded Middle Bronze Age Nuragic finds dating to the 14th century BC which included six intact vessels and numerous pot sherds. The vessels had twin handles and a flat inner lip. Other finds included glass bead necklaces. The site is located on a small road which runs from just north of Gonnosfanadiga to Arbus. 

Santa Cristina Holy Well - (West Central Sardinia)

Santa Cristina area, near Paulilatino (OR), is one of the most beatiful Sardinian archaeological sites.The  major complex includes a nuragic holy well, a nurage and nuragic habitations.
Santa Cristina nuragic well, due to its mysterious appeal and inexplicable coincidences, is probably the most known holy well. Sacred Wells had initially a circular compound wall, like Su Tempiesu holy well. Why does the moon light reflect in the well every 18 years and 6 months between December and the beginning of January? Is it only an incredible coincidence? Or did the well wall have a perpendicular opening on the top? Enigmas of the nuragic culture; fascinating mysteries with no solution. 
Another enigma: In the past, during vernal and autumnal equinoxes, the sun shone down the steps through the hole in the stone construction over the well. It happened when the earth's axis was tilted and  Rigel Kent(even called Alfa Centauri, the closest star of the system) was visible from the island. The sun and the moon, one more together, relate to the nuragic sites. 

S.Andria Priu - (West Central Sardinia)

The necropolis of Sant'Andrea Priu consists of a number of Domus de Janas, houses of the fairies. These are articifial caves for burials ranging from small spaces to manhigh complex tombs with a central room and lateral rooms. The most important tombe that can be visited contained also graves of roman times and roman frescoes and it was transformed in an early christian church in the byzantine period with byzantine style frescoes. Unfortunately it is not permitted to take pictures in this magnificent tombe. At a short distance of the village of Bonorva lies the prehistorical burial site of Sant'Andrea Priu. The burial site consist of a number of Copper Age and Bronze Age Domus de Janas cut out of the rockface of a hill. The largest and most complex of these graves has been reused in Roman times as a tomb and in medieval times has been transformed into an early christian and a byzantine church. It is this church that makes this necropolis so unique.

Santu Antine - (North West Sardinia)

The Santu Antine Nuraghe, also called Sa domo de su Re (Italian for "House of the King") is one of the nuraghi most majestic of the whole Sardinia and is also one of the most important of the existing ones. The entire complex represents an important example of prehistoric Mediterranean architecture and it is assumed that the original height of the central tower reached by between 22 and 24 meters, the highest for that period after the Egyptian pyramids and the keep of nuragic Arrubiu of which measured between 25 and 30 meters  Santu Antine is a lobed nuraghe, the oldest part consists of the central tower, while a later period the outer wall of three-lobed wall, which arrives at the first level. Access to the building is oriented towards South , the internal environment of the first level of the central tower has three niches, but - something rare - are connected with each other by a circular corridor built into the wall. The scale, arranged clockwise, leads to the second level by completing 360 ° of extension. The scale also reached the third level no longer exists, the residual height of the main tower reaches 17.5 meters . The dolmen has two wells, one in the floor of a cell, the other in the courtyard. One of the galleries inside the nuraghic palace of Santu Antine. 

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Your Sardinia Tour Hosts:

Hugh Newman is a world explorer, megalithomaniac and author of 'Earth Grids: The Secret Pattern of Gaia’s Sacred Sites' and co-author of 'Giants On Record  America’s Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files’ (with Jim Vieira). He has been a regular guest on History Channel’s 'Ancient Aliens' and 'Search for the Lost Giants' and has articles published in Atlantis Rising (US), New Dawn (Australia), Nexus (UK/AUS) and numerous other publications. As well as organising the Megalithomania conferences and tours, he co-organises the Origins Conference in London with Andrew Collins and has spoken at events in the UK, Malta, France, Peru, Egypt, Bosnia and North America. He lives in Glastonbury, England. 

His websites are


www.megalithomania.co.uk

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James Swagger, A prolific researcher, field investigator and down to earth engineer, James Swagger has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to researching megalithic sites and ancient cultures. James approach is simple use science and engineering to peer into the past, his passionate aim is to unveil humanity’s true cultural blueprint. James has been to over 550 megalithic tombs dotted across Europe. In addition to this, he has also researched stone circles and henges in search of commonalities and design. James utilizes his engineering background as a systems analyst as a utility to reduce the complexity of ancient megalithic sites.


James is an intellectual who loves to philosophize about our origins, explore anomalies and mysteries of all kinds. He enjoys talking about where we are now as a species and what the future holds for us. He firmly believes humanity cannot know where it is going unless it knows its true origins, the process of which, although begun, has yet to unfold. He currently runs the independent Capricorn RadioTV show, and is currently producing and directing Megalithic Odyssey Season One documentary series

2017 Sardinia Payment Schedule:

​Sardinia Tour 2017 Total Payment and Costs: $2520.00 USD*

Total Deposit Required to secure your seat: $640.00 USD****

Total Remaining Payment Due before 
September 1 , 2017:  $1880.00 USD*

Early bird final payment will be: $2199.00 - $640.00 = $1559.00 USD*

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​This discount will be applied to the remaining balance due Sept 1st, 2017

Price includes


- All Coach Travel & Overnight accommodations while on tour
-Return Flight from London to Sardinia
- English-speaking guides
- Entrances to sites and museums
- All VAT and local taxes
- All Breakfast - All Lunches - All Dinners
- Adventure!!!

Price does not include


- All ground transportation (guest must provide their own transportation  to and from tour start and stop locations) 
- Visas
- Tips and items of personal nature
- Any meals or activities not included in the programme
- International/Domestic Flights to and from London.
- Travel & Health Insurance
- Deposit is Non-Refundable



CONDITIONS & POLICIES

Internet and WIFI availability:

We know how important an internet connection is for many of our guests! We will do our best to arrange accommodation with complimentary Wi-Fi, however we can’t guarantee this, we also can’t guarantee the reliability or speed of any free or paid service provided.



Passport:

All travelers need to ensure they have a valid passport with at least six months before expiry after the date of entering the country.



Reservation and Cancellation Policies:

A non-refundable deposit of $640.00USD per person will be required at the time of booking, Final payment will be due on SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2017 (we will remind you). 
It is the responsibility of the traveler (or agent) to determine that final payment reaches us. Bookings made within 45 days of departure date will require full and final payment upon booking. 



No booking will be considered until final payment is received. We ask that payments are made via Bank Transfer. Any bank fees charged will be the responsibility of the sender. Please inquire about this before you make your bank transaction. 



Cancellation and Refunds:

Due to high preparation costs, cancellations must be received in writing as soon as possible. Cancellations received 45 days prior to departure will have a penalty of $640.00USD; those received between 30 and 14 days prior to departure will have a penalty of 50% per person (of the total amount of the tour). Cancellations received 14 days or less before departure will receive no refund. 


Note* depending on the circumstances of the cancellation we may be willing to transfer your trip to another person, please have in mind this could incur extra costs. No refund will be made for services voluntarily not taken or participated in during the tour.


General Travel Advice for October in Sardinia:


Temperature Average: 18°C 64°F
Low Temperature: 13°C 55°F
High Temperature: 22°C 72°F
Sunshine Hours: 6 hrs
Rainfall: 41mm
Rainfall days: 11 days
Sea Temperature: 21°C 70°F


October sees an average temperature of 18°C, which some may find welcome following the high temperatures of the previous months, with a high of 22°C, and a low of around 13°C, leading to much better sleeping conditions of an evening.



Money and Banks: 

As with most of the European Union, Sardinia uses the Euro. There are places to exchange money at any airport and money can also be exchanged in most banks. A person wanting to exchange one currency for another will have to show a valid passport or identification card.

There are banks all over the island where money can be withdrawn from automated teller machines, and most of the machines accept credit cards or bank cards with a personal identification number.

Emergencies: 

There is an emergency response system in Sardinia, and emergency calls can be made from any public or private phone. Sardinia has police, military, ambulance, fire and coast guard emergency responders.



Post Office: 

Post offices are located all over Sardinia where stamps can be purchased and letters can be mailed. Most post offices open at 8:20 a.m. and they close at various times depending on their location.



Health and Tour Insurance:

If you have any health concerns about joining the trip please contact us. We will also be on hand during the trip, please speak to Modern Knowledge if you have any concerns, we will do our best to help!

We often receive inquiries about the suitability of our tours for mature people and the fitness levels required to attend. We have a wide spread of ages joining us, quite often from 20 -70 years old. 

In almost all cases we will have our transport close to hand for anyone that would like to take a rest, please have in mind there will be a good amount of walking involved, generally the walking will be on flat ground, however in some cases there will be up hill hikes.


Tour Itinerary Changes:

We may need to changes the sequence of site visits in order to adapt to conditions on the ground, as well as the groups requirements, alterations in other unforeseen circumstances may also impact the tour schedule. The tour schedule will remain the same, barring any unanticipated complications.



Insurance:

We ask that all participants obtain Travel Insurance. This will protect you against, trip cancellation & interruption, and pays for loss due to unforeseen circumstance, death, injury, or illness to you or a member of your family. It also includes coverage for missed connections due to weather, pays for lost deposits due to the financial default of the airline, the tour operator. It also covers you against lost baggage and delays, travel delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.



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By signing up to the tour you agree to Megalithic Odyssey Tour Operator's, deposit conditions and waiver.
Megalithic Odyssey it’s agents and tour Facilitators have worked hard to ensure all of the arrangements for the above tour will run smoothly, however, Megalithic Odyssey it’s agents and tour facilitators will not be held liable for delays, theft, damage, injury, or any other irregularities that may occur during the course of the journey. 

We will not be held liable for any changes or delays in airline schedules or missed connections; injury, loss, or damage to persons or property; additional expenses resulting from changes in exchange rates, tariffs, or itinerary; any transportation issues or problems with vehicles utilized on the tour; additional expenses incurred due to illness, weather conditions, protests, war, terrorism, quarantine, or other causes; and losses due to cancellations not subject to our terms and conditions.

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