Climb and Sail in
the Middle of the
Sardinia, the middle of
Sardinia is an Italian island west of the Italian Peninsula, 188 km (116 mi) away from the mainland. Often described as a micro-continent, this enchanting island endowed with a host of mountains, plains, forests and beaches is a real remote paradise for climbers.
This large island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea is where you’ll be sailing & climbing for 8 days. It is one of the most geologically ancient bodies of land in Europe, full of architectural sites, untamed natural beauty, and rich traditions. When you’re here, we’re no longer talking about a climbing trip, we’re talking about a real climb & sail voyage.
- ENDLESS SUMMITS
- Deep Calm Sea
- 40º 4’n and 9º 17’E
- Hidden Coves
- 296 Sunny Days
Over 6,000 routes under
the mediterranean sun
Unlimited Cliffs For Unlimited Climbing
Access otherwise inaccessible places with a boat and ascend a jagged network of world-class crags Sardinia’s endless coastline has in store. Climb some of the best granite, basalt, dolomite, and limestone in Europe.
Once you’re done climbing cliffs set against a vivid teal sky, cool off with a dive, and soak up some sun on a nearby sandy beach.
Routes For Every Taste and Skill Level
Your boat is a floating base-camp — enjoy absolute freedom and just drop the anchor once you find the cliff that looks just right for you. The sheer number of options is so big that you’ll easily find the perfect route no matter your skill level.
In most cases, you won’t even need shoes to reach the crag! For example, the gigantic monolith Pedra Longa offers 14 routes accessible from the sea and 20 from the beach!
A surreal experience awaits
A myriad of opportunities along the coastline
Explore the coast on a
Combine a tour of the island's coastline and smooth sailing with top-of-the-line climbing into one unforgettable experience.
A sailboat is the key for an adventure like this, providing unparalleled flexibility while moving efficiently and ecologically. While the boat will take you along the coastline and across the deep blue seas, a small dinghy will make sure you can reach all the tiny coves and hidden beaches along the way.
Dreamy sandy beaches give way to scenic climbs and geological miracles overlooking the water, while a comfortable boat and a cold drink await you at the end of each day.
Experience life onboard
Once you come onboard, you’ll become a full-fledged part of the crew. Everyone will have their duties and learn how to disembark, prepare a meal or reset the boat for sailing! Savor traditional Mediterranean cuisine and eat what you fish, and when everything’s done, enjoy a nice cold beer with your crew.
Although you’ll spend most of your days climbing, there are plenty of other activities waiting for you. Master the art of wakeboarding and learn how to walk on water or take part in your own crew Olympic games. Use your evenings to relax and party under the starry skies. Don’t worry — you’ll get plenty of rest sleeping docked in wonderful hidden coves of Sardinia.
- Traditional cuisine
- Eat what you fish
- Unique climbing sites
Lorenzo Pernigotti is the head of the Vertical Sailing Tour and a certified skipper. He has been passionate about outdoor sports since a young age and chose to live pursuing his passions and sharing his enthusiasm with his clients.
Alberto Trombetta is an experienced U.I.A.G.M. Mountain guide and the chief guide at the Vertical Sailing Tour. From the point of Cerro Torre to the wall of El Capitan, from the desert of Saudi Arabia to the picks of Mt. Blanc, he has travelled the world to climb in the most remote places.
Your expert guides are passionate about outdoor adventures and experienced in sailing, climbing, having fun, and handling any medical emergencies. They will ensure you have the best experience possible on this experience of a lifetime.
I would totally recommend the Vertical Sailing Tour experience to any climbers, from the most passionate and advanced to the beginners and the ones that are curious to discover this amazing sport in the best way possible, on a sailing boat ! The team is very professional but above all fun, the best mix to have an incredible climbing experience in the best corners of Europe !
This Vertical Sailing Tour is the best thing since sliced bread and cheese ! A true dream come true!! Well thought out, organized and truly Awesome. From start to finish, professional, easy to work with, Tony and Lorenzo went out of their way to accommodate my needs.
And seriously what better group of people could you want to hangout with?
Great Time, Great People, Great Tour! Lifetime friends are just waiting to meet you on this adventure!
The best adventure/fun/relax travel experience I’ve ever done. I traveled with Vertical Sailing twice, to Sardinia and Kalymnos and I think they’ll remain as some of the best weeks of my life. Thank you captain Lorenzo (who is also an amazing chef and if you’re lucky will catch a fish for dinner)!!
The idea of combining sailing and climbing together is brilliant…the nature always surrounds you, a real trip among nature and poetry! The staff is very competent, great food and lots of prosecco! A must do experience with the risk of not being able to live without it!
Couldn\’t ask for a better guide. Already looking to sign up for another adventure.
Meet your guides in Portisco, a small Sardinian village in the province of Olbia-Tempio, around 4pm. Be amazed with the beautiful Marina Di Portisco where your sailboat awaits. Go over your gear and get sorted into rooms for the week. Spend your first night on the boat.
Enjoy sunrise sailing to the wild Tavolara Island, a small island featuring a cove and a beach at each end of the island. Get a good taste of Sardinia and spend the day climbing the highest peaks of the island through the astonishing Via Ferrata degli Angeli overlooking Sardinia, the stunning archipelago, and the endless blue Mediterranean Sea. The boat will be anchored at Spalmatore di Terra beach — one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia — where you will spend a relaxing afternoon!
Start your day by sailing to Cala Gonone and stop in front of Cala Fuili. An amazing view of the wild coast will serve as a background for your lunch. In the afternoon, explore the canyon which starts at the beach and features over 200 climbing routes.
Enjoy a full day of climbing at the wonderful crags above the village of Cala Gonone that are waiting to be explored. There’s an optional visit to “The Millennium Cave” — trek through a tropical forest, explore Vanuatu’s largest cave, scramble over boulders, then cool down with a swim in the river.
Multi-pitch day! If you’ve been waiting to climb some fun and challenging routes right above the sea, this is your day. The climbing area has some of the most iconic climbs on the island! In the evening, explore the gorgeous bay right in front of the Aguglia di Cala Goloritzè.
Many climbers travel to far-away Sardinia just to get to Aguglia di Cala Goloritzè — the finest rocky structures in Italy, a needle 143 meters high. With 11 routes ranging from 5c to 7b+, it is a limestone dream for any climbing aficionado. On your way back to Cala Gonone, don’t miss the stunning sea cave, Grotta del Bue Marino, and find out everything about its rich history and significance to the environmental sciences.
Start your day with breakfast and a trip to the crags above Cala Gonone. After some climbing, sail to Molara Island and explore its uncontaminated beauty and granite boulders on the beach. Continue your journey and return to Portisco in the afternoon hours and enjoy a goodbye dinner at a local taverna with your group and guides!
Pack up, enjoy last views of the sparkly Mediterranean Sea, exchange contacts with your new friends, and say farewell to Sardinia! Disembark in the morning before 9.00 a.m.
To ensure your place, reserve the dates you want with a $100 deposit on this year’s adventure. Read about our cancellation policy on our FAQ page.
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Sardinia, Italy, please refer to the BluAlghero Sardinia or the official website of the Government of Italy.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Accommodation on a sailing boat — double size bed or bunk beds sorted and arranged by and among guests
- Bed sheets and towels
- Food and beverages
- Boat fuel
- Harbor fees
- Final cleaning
- Insurance covering the crew and the group during sailing and climbing
If you have any dietary restrictions, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What’s not included:
- Transportation to the harbor of departure
- Meals on land (skipper’s cost of the meal on land will be divided among all guests)
- Alcoholic beverages on board
Good physical shape is important but don’t worry — it doesn’t matter the grade you can climb on, you’ll always find a partner matching your level, and if that’s not the case, your guide will be there for you. Rock climbing is more about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun retreat, your guide will be there to supervise the climbing and to help all the climbers to improve their skills, and to choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level. You don’t need any knowledge of sailing — the skipper will take care of everything!
Sardinia has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Sardinia has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
If this is your first time on a sailing boat and you don’t know what to expect, here is what you can expect:
- On board , everyone is responsible to clean up after themselves.
- Teamwork makes the dreamwork! Be ready to participate in cooking, prepping food, washing the dishes, etc. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to cook or if you hate to wash the dishes, you can always swap the job with another crew member.
- You may be asked to use water and electricity with moderation while out at the sea
- Don’t worry about any sailing knowledge. The skipper will be there to ensure your safety and will give you precious tips on how to live on board.
- If you wish to learn how to sail or if you are an experienced sailor and want to help your skipper, they will be glad to operate the sails with you and teach you anything you want to know!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws)
- Sport climbing single rope
- Belay device
- Chalk bag
- Harness with a locking carabiner
- Rock shoes
If you need to rent any gear, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Here’s a list of the things we suggest you bring:
- Pack large enough to carry all the items listed (no rigid suitcases — make sure your suitcase is foldable to save space on board)
- Backpack for daily tours, climbs and hikes
- Hiking shoes
- Clothes for a week of sailing and climbing
- A warm pullover and a waterproof jacket
- A pair of long pants and a pair of shorts
- Bathing suit
- Bathing towel
- Water bottle
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and prices:
- For this group adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 9:1, and cost is per person.
- Costs per person doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
- It takes a minimum of 5 people for the tour to operate.
Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
There is a $600 deposit for reserving your place onboard. Once the tour is confirmed, your guide will notify you via email. The remaining amount of the trip cost will have to be paid within 30 days prior the departure.
If the minimum number of 5 participants is not ensured, you’ll have the option to either receive a full refund of the deposit or to switch to another tour with Vertical Sailing Tours.
To get to Sardinia, most people fly into Olbia, a coastal city in north-east Sardinia, just 35 minutes away from your meeting point in Portisco. If you are up for an extra adventure, Sardinia is also accessible by ferry from ports in Spain, France and Italy. Once you get there, you can rent a car or motorcycle, or take a shuttle to Portisco.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.