Sardinia has a remarkable 450 miles of standard and narrow gauge railway so what better way to explore its unspoilt inland and coastal beauty than on board a historic steam train? Heritage rail tour operator The Railway Touring Company has been offering its 'Sardinia and the Emerald Coast' tour for 15 years now and has refined the route to take in all the highlights in a nine day journey around this mountainous Italian island.

In 2016 'Sardinia and the Emerald Coast' will depart on both Saturday, May 21, and later, in autumn, on Saturday, October 15, setting out from London Stansted and flying to the Sardinian capital Cagliari to start a rail adventure on board mainly specially chartered vintage trains.

Overnight stays include: Cagliari; the colourful west coast seaside town of Bosa, which is dominated by hilltop remains of the medieval fortress Castello Malaspina; the island town of Maddalena; the walled medieval city of Alghero; and the port of Arbatax on the beautiful South West coast.