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NORTHERN SARDINIA & THE COSTA SMERALDA SMALL GROUP TOUR

Experience the Northern Sardinian lifestyle with a small group of 12/14 travelers only! Travel to Sardinia with its idyllic climate, archaeology treasures, dramatic vistas and hearty cuisine that embodies all things Sardinian.

Famous mostly for its sea and coastline, Sardinia also abounds in spectacular natural scenery and numerous archaeological ruins, such as the archaeological sites of the early Prehistoric times and the Nuragic villages, as they represent the importance of the geographical and strategic position of Sardinia in the Mediterranean. Sardinia has some of Italy’s best beaches and on this tour, we make sure that you’ll have time to enjoy them.

A world apart, an Island separated from the rest of Italy not only by the sea but also by centuries of history and cultural experience.

We have a real passion for Northern Sardinia and look forward to sharing it with you!

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NORTHERN SARDINIA TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

  • Guaranteed departures group travel: small, friendly group limited to 12/14 participants only!
  • More than 15 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • Wander the medieval lanes of BOSA, dominated by an impressive CASTLE
  • Visit a local winery specialized in the MALVASIA wine production
  • Fall in love with the distinctive NURAGHE, pre-historic conical stone towers for which Sardinia is famous for
  • Stroll around ALGHERO, surrounded by towers and fortifications
  • SARDINIAN MURALS in TINNURA
  • Sardinia’s EMERALD COAST
  • The artists’ village of SAN PANTALEO
  • Home-hosted lunch in the hills of ALGHERO
  • Visit of the NURAGHE PALMAVERA
  • Visit of a local WINERY for a wine tasting
  • Be enchanted by the beauty of the LA MADDALENA ISLANDS
  • Exceptional local tour director, experienced to accompany you throughout your journey
  • Entrances to main Sardinian sites are included
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned 19 seats motorcoach
  • Included gratuity for city guides
  • Tour city guides as per itinerary
  • City taxes and service charges at all hotels and restaurants
  • Transfers while overseas, baggage transfers and porters are included
  • Included regional meals: All breakfasts, 2 foodie experiences, 4 dinners, 2 lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee or tea only)
  • Arrival and departure: The tour will begin with transfers from Alghero airport and end with a transfer to the airport in Olbia at scheduled times.
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ ( View Here)
  • Trip Interruption & Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health insurance is strongly recommended

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

NORTHERN SARDINIA & THE COSTA SMERALDA SMALL GROUP TOUR TRAVEL ITINERARY

TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM ALGHERO TO OLBIA

Day 1: WELCOME TO ALGHERO & NORTHERN SARDINIA

Welcome to Northern Sardinia!Arrive at Alghero airport and travel to the town centre for a three nights stay in the picturesque Catalan seaside town of ALGHERO at the central “CARLOS V HOTEL” or similar.At 6.00 pm meet your tour director for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a local restaurant.Overnight in ALGHERO.

Day 2: CATALAN ALGHERO & HOME-HOSTED LUNCH 

Following the Catalan-Aragonese invasion of Sardinia, the medieval fortified seaside town of ALGHERO underwent total Hispanicization and became known as “little Barcelona”.The lively piazza is fitted with shops and restaurants.Our guided tour takes you through the labyrintine alleys of the remarkably preserved old town,defended by robust walls and four bastions dedicated to famous explorers.Continue to the hills of Alghero where meet a Sardinian family in their farmhouse for a delicious home-hosted lunch and hands-on-making local cheese.Overnight in ALGHERO.

Day 3: CHARMING BOSA, MALVASIA WINE & TINNURA MURALS

This morning we drive to the delightful pastel colored houses town of BOSA located on a green valley at the foot of a mountainous area dominated by the CASTELLO DEI MALASPINA, on the right bank of the Temo river, the only navigable one in Sardinia. This fascinating town is famous for its artisan tradition of gold-filigree jewelry and lace-making.Upon arrival we visit a local wine shop for a tasting of their sweet wine MALVASIA,Sardinia’s highest-quality,then have free time in the town for lunch and to explore on your own.We complete the day visit with a photo stop in the mural town of TINNURA. Here, the streets are evocative with paved squares housing statues of Sardinian artists and colourful murals painted on houses, depicting the moments of traditional life.Tonight, you’ll eat like a local with a pizza by meter dinner in a popular restaurant.Overnight in ALGHERO.

Day 4: NURAGHE PALMAVERA,MEDIEVAL CASTELSARDO & CORK REGION

Today’s tour takes you to admire the unique landscape of the north-western coast where picturesque granite formations appear out of deep cork oak woods and pastures.We start the visit with the captivating 3,500-year-old NURAGHE PALMAVERA,a cluster of the island’s unique limestone edifices dating from between the Bronze and Iron ages.Continue to the enchanting medieval village of CASTELSARDO,perched on a volcanic headland,dominated by the castle which now houses a museum of traditional basket-weaving.After an included local street food experience,we’ll learn about the fascinating production of SARDINIAN CORK techniques and the many uses of this versatile material.We spend the last four nights in the charming town of OLBIA staying in a family boutique hotel “LOCANDA DEL CONTE MAMELI” or similar.Dinner tonight is on your own.Overnight stay in OLBIA

Day 5: DELIGHTS OF COSTA SMERALDA

This morning drive takes you to visit the COSTA SMERALDA, or Emerald Coas.This 20-kilometre stretch of reclaimed and tastefully developed coastline has grown to become one of the world’s most celebrated holiday playgrounds and a haven to the Mediterranean’s sailing and private yacht community.As we head off to explore, we’ll discover beautiful white-sand beaches, idyllic remote bays and sublime hotels. It’s no wonder this glamorous destination is a magnet for the rich and famous.Enjoy some time to yourself with a stroll around PORTO CERVO‘s pretty marina, where there’s sure to be plenty of elegant yachts moored.The Piazzetta is another great place to head. It’s lined with designer boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants, so maybe sit with a refreshing drink and indulge in a spot of people-watching.Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight in OLBIA

Day 6: SAN PANTALEO, VERMENTINO WINERY & ARZACHENA ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURES

We’re going to head to the artists’ village of SAN PANTALEO today and get an authentic glimpse of rural Sardinian life.It is one of the prettiest on the island and a joy to explore. It’s set around a picturesque piazza where you can browse artisan shops and craft stalls, and watch local artists at work.Winemaking is an important part of the local economy, so we visit a family-owned wine estate for a tour of the vineyards, wine tasting and light lunch.End the day in ARZACHENA to visit a Nuragic funerary monument dating from the Bronze Age.The site consists of a stele, stone megaliths and a gallery grave, and is one of the larger Nuragic Giants’ graves on the island.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in OLBIA

Day 7: THE COLORS OF LA MADDALENA ISLANDS & GARIBALDI MUSEUM

LA MADDALENA is the name of the principal island of an archipelago off the north-eastern tip of Sardinia. The archipelago is also known as La Maddalena, and consists of over sixty islands, islets and rocks. In the past the islands have been important strategic naval and military bases; now they are an attractive holiday destination. The most famous attractions are the beautiful unspoiled beaches, the blue seas and the final home of Italian hero Giuseppe Garibaldi, on the ISLAND OF CAPRERA.Giuseppe Garibaldi, the hero of the Risorgimento, was so taken with this unpromising lump of arid rock and scrub that he bought a chunk of the island and built a house there, to which he brought his 40-years-younger last wife, and where he died.In the evening celebrate your Sardinian adventure with an “Arrivederci dinner” sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Overnight stay in OLBIA

Day 8: ARRIVEDERCI NORTHERN SARDINIA

Morning transfers to Olbia airport for your flight home

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2021 TOUR PRICE: €3,100       SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: €400   currency converter

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy for 8 days/7 nights

SARDINIA & CORSICA

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