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12 DAYS SARDINIA & CORSICA SMALL GROUP TOUR

LEGENDARY ISLANDS

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

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, should not be ignored, 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.Corsica is an enigmatic island with many and varied faces, a wild and fascinating place.

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

SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
  • Guaranteed departures group travel: small, friendly group limited to 12/14 participants only!
  • More than 15 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • Explore the magical CAGLIARI “walled city of water and light” spectacularly perched over the Bay of Angels
  • Visit the archaeological museum at CAGLIARI which boasts the largest collection of artifacts on the island
  • Marvel at the remains of the ancient city of NORA
  • Visit the stunning ROYAL PALACE in CAGLIARI
  • Wander the medieval lanes of BOSA, dominated by an impressive CASTLE
  • Visit a local winery specialized in the MALVASIA wine production
  • Visit the distinctive NURAGHE, pre-historic conical stone towers for which Sardinia is famous for
  • Be amazed by the prehistoric settlement UNESCO SU NURAXI, the most complete Nuraghic complex in Sardinia
  • Swimming in the clear salt water of the Gulf of ORISTANO near THARROS
  • Visit the OLIVE OIL MUSEUM in DOLIANOVA
  • Stroll around ALGHERO, surrounded by towers and fortifications
  • Follow the PANORAMIC ROUTE around BOSA and ALGHERO
  • Explore the ruins of THARROS, a Phoenician coastal town, founded in the 8th century BC
  • Stunning views of CAPO CACCIA and boat trip to the NEPTUNE CAVE (weather permitting)
  • Discover the intriguing MENHIRS in FILITOSA
  • BONIFACIO, perched on the precipitous limestone cliffs of Southern Corsica
  • AJACCIO, birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte with included museum
  • Loose yourself in the medieval streets of SARTENE
  • Back road CORTE and BASTIA
  • BARBAGIA COUNTRYSIDE: NUORO AREA and SARDINIAN MURALS in ORGOSOLO
  • WINE TASTING in a Corsican DOMAINE near AJACCIO
  • Visit popular UNESCO World heritage sites
  • Exceptional local tour director, experienced to accompany you throughout your journey
  • Entrances to main Sardinian and Corsican sites are included
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned 17/19 seats motorcoach
  • Included gratuity for city guides
  • Tour city guides as per itinerary in Sardinia, Bonifacio, Ajaccio and Bastia
  • City taxes and service charges at all hotels and restaurants
  • Transfers while overseas, baggage transfers and porters are included
  • Included regional meals: All breakfasts, 3 foodie experiences, 5 dinners, 4 lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee or tea only)
  • Arrival and departure: The tour will begin with transfers from Cagliari airport to the hotel and end with a transfer to the airport in Bastia 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
  • Personalize your adventure with a Pre-and Post Trip Extension to CALVI in Corsica 5 nights from only € 1,100 per person or the FRENCH RIVIERA 5 nights from only € 1,300 per person
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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

12 DAYS SARDINIA & CORSICA SMALL GROUP TOUR

TRAVEL ITINERARY

TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM CAGLIARI TO BASTIA 

Day 1 : WELCOME TO SARDINIA, CAGLIARI & THE GULF OF ANGELS

Arrive at Cagliari international airport and travel to the city center for a two nights stay in our central boutique hotel”VILLA FANNY“or similar, close to the city’s architecturally treasures. At 6.00pm meet your local tour manager for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a popular restaurant. Overnight in CAGLIARI. Walking: Light

Day 2 : HIGHLIGHTS OF CAGLIARI & NORA ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA

Start your discovery of Sardinia with a guided walking tour of CAGLIARI, the Sardinian capital. It has an enviable setting overlooking the beautiful Bay of Angels and its historic heart, the CASTELLO which is cradled by ancient ramparts that enclose some beautiful architectural gems and historical treasures. Beneath the citadel walls, the vibrant marina quarter is a tangle of tiny streets bursting with tantalizing shops, restaurants and bars.We have included today a visit to BASTIONE SAN REMY, a glorious spot for amazing views, the stunning ROYAL PALACE, the CATTEDRALE DI SANTA MARIA,where to admire the Pisan Romanesque facade, the elaborate Gothic/Baroque interior and the crypt under the altar. Continue to the MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO, giving a fascinating insight into Sardinia’s past with findings from the Neolithic and Nuragic civilization. Following an included lunch in a local tavern, we’ll head south-west to explore NORA, one of Sardinia’s most important Carthaginian and Roman archaeological sites. Overnight in CAGLIARI. Walking: Moderate

Day 3 : SOUTH-WEST SARDINIA:WINE TASTING, OLIVE OIL MUSEUM, UNESCO SU NURAXI & BACKROAD RIOLA SARDO

Today’s tour starts with a discovery of the simple life and the genuine flavors of the island. After a panoramic view of Cagliari from the top of URPINO MOUNTAIN, you’ll visit a local winery for a tasting of some Sardinian wines such as Vermentino and Cannonau. Continue to the olive oil museum in DOLIANOVA for a tasting of their excellent olive oil accompanied by a light Sardinian barbecue lunch. In the early afternoon we make our way north to BARUMINI for a visit of the Bronze Age site at SU NURAXI, ancient megalithic constructions developed during the Nuragic age (1900-730 B.C.), included by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.The Nuraghic people built many prehistoric stone villages in Sardinia from about 1800 BC but left no written records. Su Nuraxi, is described as the finest and most complete example of this remarkable form of prehistoric architecture.We spend the next two nights in the 18th century historical country house “HOTEL LUCREZIA” in the heart of the small community of RIOLA SARDO. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in RIOLA SARDO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 4 : THE CHARMING TOWN OF BOSA,MALVASIA WINE & EXCAVATIONS OF THARROS

Today we discover 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. Malvasia white grapes proliferate around Bosa and this sweet wine from Bosa is one of Sardinia’s highest-quality ones. After a tasting in a local bodega, you’ll drive to the archaeological excavations of THARROS, a city founded by the Phoenicians around the end of the 8th century BC, on a split of land called Capo San Marco and soon became a flourishing center of commerce. Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant. Overnight in RIOLA SARDO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 5 : UNKNOWN SARDINIA: WELL OF SANTA CRISTINA, THE MOUNTAINS & THE TRADITIONS OF THE BARBAGIA REGION

Departure in the morning from Riola Sardo to the heart of Sardinia where there is a place of culture that tells us about thousands of years of history and traditions and centuries of festivities and rituals, shared by various civilizations in the Mediterranean.En route we’ll visit the WELL OF SANTA CRISTINA, part of a shrine complex built by the Nuragic civilization, and is in fact one of the most important remaining Nuragic sites. Continue to the Museum of Mediterranean masks in the village of MAMOIADA, famous throughout the world for its traditional carnival masks and a visit to a local family for a taste and demonstration of the Sardinian Carasau bread. After an included lunch in a family restaurant, we drive to ORGOSOLO, once famous for its bandits and nowadays better known for its wall-paintings murals which are everywhere.They have turned the town into an open air museum. Spend the next two nights at the picturesque medieval seaside town of ALGHERO staying at the central “CARLOS V HOTEL” or similar. Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in ALGHERO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 6 : LA DOLCE VITA IN ALGHERO & BOAT TRIP TO NEPTUNE’S CAVE 

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.In the morning, we’ll depart for an exciting discovery of the mystical CAVE OF NEPTUNE by boat from the port of Alghero, bathed in shimmering colors and bristling with stalactites and stalagmites contorted into fantastical shapes. Please note that in case of unfavorable weather or strong wind, we are obliged to cancel the boat trip and driving instead to the limestone headland of CAPO CACCIA where a steep series of 654 steps leads down to the cave for you to visit.Rest of the day is on your own in beautiful Alghero. Pizza by meter dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight in ALGHERO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 7 : ENCHANTING CORSICA & BONIFACIO

Contrast the scenery of the two islands as you transfer from Alghero to BONIFACIO, admiring the charming landscape of the north-western coast where picturesque granite formations appear out of deep cork oak woods and pastures. En-route we view the town of CASTELSARDO, perched on a volcanic headland, dominated by the castle which now houses a museum which exhibits of traditional basket-weaving. After a photo stop and a coffee break, you’ll depart to Santa Teresa di Gallura for embarking on the ferry to CORSICA (approx 1 hr journey) at midday. Upon arrival in Bonifacio port, you’ll be transferred to the family owned “HOTEL SANTA TERESA” for your first night in Corsica. After a foodie experience in hotel upon arrival,you’ll attend a guided walking tour of the well-preserved old town. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in BONIFACIO. Walking: Light/Moderate

DAY 8 : EXPLORING SARTENE, PREHISTORIC FILITOSA & AJACCIO 

Corsica boasts a long, eventful and troubled history. Rarely has it ruled itself, often has it been fought over. Visitors to Corsica could be mistaken for thinking they were in Italy, such is the influence the boot across the sea has exerted on the island’s language, cuisine, wine and lifestyle. Indeed, for the majority of the last millennium-around 650 years- Corsica was ruled by the Republic of Pisa, then by the Genoese. Only since the mid-18th century has it been a part of France.After a short visit to the lively port of MARINA DI BONIFACIO and an included foodie experiencewe head to the town of SARTENE, located up the hill in the valley of the Rizzanese river. After lunch on your own,we drive to the most famous prehistoric site in Corsica, FILITOSA which offers almost 5,000 years of history.Populated in very ancient times because it was both fertile and easy to defend, the area was filled with large constructions and menhirs from 1800 BC to 1100 BC. Continue to AJACCIO, your base for the next two nights at the “HOTEL DEMEURE LES MOUETTES” or similar, located on Corsica’s famous route des Iles Sanguinaires, in the heart of splendid Ajaccio Bay.Dinner is included this evening in a Corsican bistro.Overnight in AJACCIO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 9 : AJACCIO DELIGHTS,NAPOLEON BONAPARTE & WINE TASTING IN A CORSICAN DOMAINE

After breakfast, we embark on a walking tour of historical AJACCIO, the largest city in Corsica and famous because Napoleon Bonaparte was born here on August 15, 1769. We’ll visit the MAISON BONAPARTE, the charming historical center with its color-washed, terracotta-tiled houses and narrow backstreets which have changed little in centuries.We also visit the Venetian Renaissance-style Cathedral, where Napoleon and his siblings were baptized. After some free time for lunch and sightseeing, depart for a brief journey to the Ajaccio countryside for a WINE TASTING in a Corsican domain. Rest of the day is on your own for more explorations of Ajaccio. Overnight in AJACCIO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 10 : MEDIEVAL CORTE & RESTONICA VALLEY 

Today we explore the medieval town of CORTE, whose fortunate geographic location meant that on several occasions potential conquerors, including the Romans, had to stop short of this region. From its Citadel, which is the home of the MUSEE DE LA CORSE, one of the leading centers of Corsican culture, there are commanding views of the territory. Continue to the heart of the RESTONICA VALLEY for an included lunch in a Corsican restaurant. Drive to BASTIA for your last two nights at theHOTEL DES GOUVERNEURS in the heart of the citadel. This evening is at leisure, with dinner tonight on our own.Overnight in BASTIA. Walking: Moderate

DAY 11 : BASTIA & FAREWELL DINNER

BASTIA has a charm of its own which can be found in the Citadel and the historic center, with its narrow alleys reminiscent of Italian villages.With its colorful houses overlooking the sea, BASTIA is the second largest city in Corsica and is considered its economical capital.In the morning meet your local tour guide for a discovery of the citadel to get a true sense of the town, the archaeological museum, joining the locals in their ritual coffee in Place de Nicolas or a pastis at the Vieux Port.Rest of the day is on your own.In the evening we’ll celebrate you with an “AU REVOIR DINNER” sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Sante’! Overnight in BASTIA. Walking: Light/Moderate

DAY 12 : AU REVOIR CORSICA

Morning transfers to BASTIA airport for your flight home. 

TOUR DATES & PRICING

TOUR PRICE: €4,300       SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: €950   currency converter

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy for 12 days/11 nights

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