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MrsRowdy - Perth, Australia
Alghero Jeep Safari

Claudio met us on the quayside from a cruise ship, we had explained that we wanted to get away from the usual tourist spots and see the "real Sardinia" and have a bit of a walk. He was very knowledgable and took us to some lovely out of the way places. We had lunch at a nice beachside restaurant and visited some beautiful countryside before returning to Alghero for a walk round the old town. Highly...

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Couple from UK
One of the best ways of seeing what the island has to offer is to take an "off road" tour

“…..one of the best ways of seeing what the island has to offer is to hire a car, walk or to take an "off road" tour. A local young man, named Claudio Desiati, has started a business here in Alghero, offering walking, trekking and nature trail trips, or guided, off road LandRover tours of the Sardinian interior; many of these focus on the flora and fauna. In addition, Claudio is flexible enough to be happy you somewhere that you would like to go, provided that you give him sufficient...

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globeadventurer777 from Florida
The day Jeep Safari Tour offered by Sardinian Discovery

“The day Jeep Safari Tour offered by Sardinian Discovery, and its experienced owner and tour guide, Claudio Desiati, is definitely a great option. You will travel as far up the mountains as possible to get fantastic views ….. Claudio gives you a chance to get off the jeep to take pictures at each point. ……. All along the way, Claudio provides interesting information on the history of the reserve, and the animals and wide variety of plants and trees found there. A short part of that leg of the trip is on foot so that you can see the animals from a closer distance. …. Overall, this tour of Alghero and surrounding areas is highly recommended, since it allows you to visit places that might be difficult to access on your own, including driving up and down mountains, provides a wide variety of sites and activities, and gives you access to the experience and knowledge of a friendly tour guide. It is a lot of fun... keep it in mind next time you are there...

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Millie Ball from US
I met Claudio Desiati over the Internet

“I met Claudio Desiati over the Internet. And, lest you think my vacations are spicier than they really are, I hasten to add that he is the owner of Sardinian Discovery, which specializes in Jeep tours across the unspoiled forests and beaches that make Sardinia a go-to destination for the glitterati. We spent the afternoon chasing wild albino donkeys that roam the island's national parks, chugging through sandy off-roads to explore isolated beaches, climbing trails up a cliff or two to catch a breathless view from the base of a crumbling 14th-century tower. It was all about the scenery, and, though I'm sure Claudio wasn't quite sure what to do with a three-generation family ranging from a recent high school graduate to a 76-year-old grandmother with an artificial knee, he plunged gamely into a jaunt that took us from the porch of a government fire tower perched on a mountain to a rustic beachside bar where locals dance in the moonlight on Saturday nights. Such is the world of the people who offer excursions over the...

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Marijke from Holland
Sardinië

Aangezien Sardinië toch nog redelijk onontdekt is, is het lastig om de mooiste plekjes te vinden. Een hele goede oplossing daarvoor is door met een jeepsafari mee te gaan. Sardinian Discovery, www.sardiniandiscovery.com, biedt tochten aan door heel Sardinië, waarbij ze met hun 4 wheel drive de meest moeilijk te bereiken plekjes kunnen laten zien. Eigenaar en tourguide Claudio Desiati zorgt gegarandeerd voor een onvergetelijke...

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andy47 from London
This was a 4wheel drive excursion that I can really recommend

This was a 4wheel drive excursion that I can really recommend. Claudio the owner can alter the itinerary to suit your wishes. We could really feel the pride he has for his island and the countryside. You reach places you would never know of and learn a lot from him. He is very obliging and will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. An excellent day...

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tropicalkerry2002
I'm sure you will have a fabulous time with him

“I'm sure you will have a fabulous time with him, he was so knowledgeable for someone as young as he; his love for his homeland was most impressive. Have a wonderful cruise!...

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tropicalkerry
I had planned for this to be an R&R day

“I had planned for this to be an R&R day, but then did some research and thought Costa Smeralda should be seen. Booked a tour with Claudio from sardiniandiscovery.com , and it was fabulous! Claudio has spent his whole life on the island, and his love for and knowledge of it is obvious. We were in a Land Rover, and went inland and up a mountain for great views, stopping to learn about, and taste the fruit of Sardinian flora. Then we headed for the coast and saw Porto Cervo, and the beaches. It was a great tour, and I highly recommend...

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Friscorays
The tour to discover Costa Smeralda

"SARDINIA: I had planned for this to be an R&R day, but then did some research and thought Costa Smeralda should be seen. Booked a tour with Claudio from sardiniandiscovery.com , and it was fabulous! Claudio has spent his whole life on the island, and his love for and knowledge of it is obvious. We were in a Land Rover, and went inland and up a mountain for great views, stopping to learn about, and taste the fruit of Sardinian flora. Then we headed for the coast and saw Porto Cervo, and the beaches. It was a great tour, and I highly recommend...

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lisemare
Costa Smeralda

“We had a great time overall. He arrived right on time and met us right near the gangway. It started off slow-driving around looking at the area. He answered all of our questions and was very passionate about his homeland. We visited the ritzy side of the coast and a beautiful white sand beach. Then we went off to see the 2500 yr old olive trees which were very impressive. Lunch was wonderful. We had a private lunch of local dishes. Appetizers,pasta, and dessert. The dessert was really good-a fried cheese calzone shaped pastry drizzled with honey. Ummm! Then it off for the off-road portion of the trip. It was alot of fun. Bouncing around the back of. We all had a great time and made some fun memories together and some great friends. I would recommend Claudio to...

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Araic09 - Dublin, Ireland
Guided Hike with Sardinian Discovery

I was delighted to find the Sardinian Discovery site. Claudio was really flexible and once I gave dates and times, he was able to suggest a half day hiking trip through a nearby national park. We met in Fertilia the village outside Alghero and even driving to the start of the hiking trail, I learned a lot! Claudio really knows this territory and spoke knowledgeably about local grapes, indigenous plants and the history of Sardinia. The trail was through a National Park taking in spectacular views of Cappo Caccia cliffs, old World War II viewing posts, barracks buildings, beaches and signs of the odd wild boar having passed through...I'd heartily recommend any trips with Sardiniandiscovery, the local guide and spectacular sights made this on of the highlights of my...

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DLeach85 - London, United Kingdom
Sea kayaking

We were staying in Alghero for three days and contacted Claudio online asking to arrange a 2-hour sea kayaking trip for the following day. He was very quick to get in touch and confirm arrangements. We met on the gorgeous Lazzaretto beach. Claudio provided all the equipment and offered us different trip options. We decided to explore some quiet coves and beaches - the coastline was beautiful and we were able to stop a few times to have a swim in the bays. Claudio was very friendly and informative about everything from Sardinia's history, food, culture and geography. He even suggested some places for us to explore further along the coast. I can highly recommend a kayaking trip with Claudio and I look forward to returning one day to explore more of the beaches and coastline in the Alghero...

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Louis F - Dublin, Ireland
Kayak rental

My girlfriend and I rented two sea kayaks from SardiniaDiscovery for one week in August 2012. The guide/owner Claudio was very friendly and very accommodating. We made a number of changes to our trip (start/finish, dates and choice of kayaks) and Claudio was always very helpful and very accommodating. We have previously kayaked in Sardinia and this year's trip was yet again excellent. We kayaked in the north of Sardinia. Claudio drove us to our starting point in Olbia and picked us up at our finishing point in Palau. Although this was in August (the busiest month in Sardinia) it didn't feel packed on any of the beaches we visited. We would very much recommend SardinianDiscovery to anyone thinking of kayaking or hiking in Sardinia. Check out their website (http://www.sardiniandiscovery.com) - they have a number of different activities and options available including guided kayaking trips and unguided kayaking and hiking trips. The price was very reasonable - and the service was...

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CoventryDent - coventry
Sea kayaking

We contacted Sardinian Discovery before leaving and Claudio was back in touch very quickly to organise all the arrangements for our two hour sea kayaking trip. Lazzaretto is a lovely beach - busy like all in Sardinia in August - but we were talked through the basics before heading out to sea. We paddled around some interesting coves and stopped for swim and a snorkel. Claudio was helpful and threw in just enough history of the area to make it informative as well as fun. Great weather, great fun and a splendid...

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Mosez78 - Torreglia
Kayak course for adult

I had never been on a kayak before doing the basic course with Claudio, he pushed the curiosity and the desire for adventure. Thanks to the course, I lerned techniques of paddling and the risks and difficulties that you may encounter when you are at sea. I recommend it to everyone because it is a relaxing and enjoyable activity, which allows you to see the Sardinia from a different point of view and perhaps, as it happened, to have a close encounter with some big fish.In addition, I suggest it because it is also a good way to socialize and meet new...

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Eila Wilkinson
Sea Kayak Coach at SKUK (Sea Kayaking UK) - Holyhead, United Kingdom

 “If you're looking for something to do outside - look no further” Claudio is a true master and is an encyclopedia of history & local knowledge. A wonderful guide be it kayaking, hiking, biking, exploring then this is your stop. The area allows kayaking in all weathers and is so beautiful. We saw a whole pod of dolphins crossing to one of the islands. If you're looking for outdoor adventure - look no further. Would Highly...

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Nancy Soares - San Francisco, USA
Tsunami Rangers (Extreme Sea Kayaking Adventures)

I Claudio, I really enjoyed meeting you and Valentina. Thank you for being such a wonderful...

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Carol and Derek
Birmingham, United Kingdom

We found Claudio on Sardinian Discovery, and booked him for  half day sea kayaking near Portisco, and can honestly say we had an excellent time on both trips with Claudio as our guide. As a novice kayaker I was initially nervous, however he explained everything in detail, keeping with me to talk through techniques, equipment and if necessary assisted, I felt reassured, safe and absolutely loved it! Claudio has a wealth of knowledge of the island, and clearly loves where he lives, which makes him an excellent guide, telling us about Sardinia’s varied history, the surrounding area, the nature, how people live, giving us so many of interesting and useful information, while taking in the stunning scenery . We strongly recommend Sardinian...

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Charles & Debbie
Oregon

Thank you so much for being our kayak guide + showing us the wonderful sights in your area. We are very appreciative that you are an excellent kayaker but also keep safety as priority and made our trip not only enjoyable but...

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Christine B.
“Hiring kayaks for 4 day trip”

We have done kayak trips independently as a couple in Croatia and Scotland and this is the first time we have hired kayaks in Sardinia. Claudio was very helpful, very professional and helped us to plan our  trip and contacted us daily to check we were OK. The kayaks and equipment were in excellent condition, in fact it was only the second time the kayaks had been used. The coastline and islands were beautiful and paddled for 4 days and camped on beaches for 3 nights. There was sometimes strong winds but there is the opportunity to plan a trip which is sheltered a lot of  the time. If you have done independent kayak trips before then I can strongly recommend 'Sardinian Discovery' for rental of kayaks and equipment and help planning a...

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Dave Olson
El Granada, California

Claudio and Valentina provided a wonderful sea kayaking trip for a group of us! It was well organized, and we went to a variety of interesting destinations as a series of day trips. Claudio was great at handling a group with a wide variety of skills and experience, and in making sure that we had a safe time on the water, changing destinations when necessary to keep the trip safe for the whole group. Claudio also gave us background on the areas we kayaked, and provided some trips after the kayaking to give us a wider experience of Sardinia. The trip to the Nuraghe with one of the archaeologists working at the site was both interesting, and very informative on recent thinking about the Nuragic culture. I would highly recommend booking a sea kayaking trip with Sardinian Discovery, either a single day trip, or multiple...

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Fran Sticha - Fran Sticha
“Sardinian Sea Kayaking Extravaganza!!”

This 8 day trip (3-11 June 2015) coordinated and executed by Claudiao Desiati and Valentina M. was outstanding. Their knowledge of their home island was enhanced by their attention to every detail (scheduling, transportation, boats, gear, great hotels in Alghero and San Pantaleo), and dinner arrangements (fab !!!) to name a few. Land based tours of Surrau Winery and a Nuragic archeology site were great. The Sardinian waters and beaches (and Neptune's Grotto cave) are wonderful; not to be missed. The attention to safety on the water was exemplary without being stifling. Want to go...

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Linda Rusk
Placerville, California

Just returned from a week of kayaking with Claudio in Sardinia! What an experience. The pride and knowledge that Claudio has for his island made all the difference for this trip. The food and accommodations were excellent as well. This is a must do trip that any kayaker at any level could do. It will definitely be a trip I will not soon forget. Thank you Claudio and Valentina for being such great...

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Robin B. - UK
“College Expedition.”

We started by trying to choose a country and Sardinia just looked amazing, and then we chose to sea kayak. we found Claudio's website really easily and then booked him for three days paddling, each day trip was packed with paddling, snorkeling, beautiful sites and the culture of Sardinia. Claudio took us to his favorite restaurant and the food was incredible! Sardinia is such a beautiful country and the best way to see it is with...