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SARDINIA & CORSICA SMALL GROUP TOUR

NEW 2022 TOUR ITINERARY

An ancient land with an ancient language, Sardinia is a uniquely fascinating place, forged by many centuries of culture and history, in its strategic position at the center of the Mediterranean. Its awe-inspiring treasures of the past, such as the Nuraghic bronzes in Cagliari and the Megalithic tombs of the giants, can be admired in the island’s many museums, or in its archaeological areas, some dating back as far as the 7th century BC. And standing silently ever present across the island, the enigmatic Nuraghs; these round fortresses built in pre-historic times still survive as powerful symbols of the tenacity of Sardinia and its people.All this combines with the breathtakingly beautiful and varied natural environment to create a truly special place.

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.On the other hand,Corsica is an enigmatic island with many and varied faces, a wild and fascinating place.It resembles a minianute continent,with astounding geographical diversity.Within half an hour, the landscape morphs from glittering bays,glitzy coastal cities and fabolous beaches to sawtooth peaks, breathtaking valleys,dense forests and enigmatic hilltop villages.

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

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

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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 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
  • OLIVE OIL experience
  • 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
  • Be amazed by the prehistoric settlement UNESCO SU NURAXI, the most complete Nuraghic complex in Sardinia
  • Take a scenic coastal drive, stopping for lunch at the colorful town of BOSA
  • Stroll around ALGHERO, surrounded by towers and fortifications with time to go to a nearby beach
  • BOAT TRIP to the NEPTUNE CAVE (weather permitting)
  • 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 hill town of CORTE
  • CHEESE MAKING experience in the hills of ALGHERO
  • WINE TASTING & OLIVE OIL experience in SARDINIA
  • Delights of COSTA SMERALDA
  • Majestic citadel of BASTIA
  • 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 21 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 are included
  • Baggage transfers and porters are included in Sardinia NOT in Corsica
  • Included regional meals: All breakfasts, 3 foodie experiences, 6 dinners, 3 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 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
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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

SARDINIA & CORSICA SMALL GROUP TOUR TRAVEL ITINERARY

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

NEW 2022 TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: HIGHLIGHTS OF CAGLIARI

Arrive at Cagliari international airport and travel to the city center for a three nights stay at the boutique hotel ”VILLA FANNY“ close to the city’s architecturally treasures.Cagliari 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 and historical gems. Meet your guide at 14.00 for a discovery tour of the NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM,giving a fascinating insight into Sardinia’s past with findings from the Neolithic and Nuragic civilization, the SANTA MARIA CATHEDRAL,where to admire the Pisan Romanesque facade and the BASTIONE SAINT REMY, a glorious spot for amazing views.Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner in sophisticated gourmet restaurant.Overnight in CAGLIARI.Walking: Light

Day 2: ANCIENT NORA & SARDINIAN WINERY

Today’s travelling takes you driving south-west out of the city of Cagliari over bridges and viaducts crossing salt pans that have been in use since the Romans arrived at the sunken Phoenician city of NORA, one of Sardinia’s most important archaeological sites.Following this, continue to the village of SERDIANA for a visit to a family-run WINERY for a tasting of some Sardinian wines such as Vermentino and Cannonau.Return to Cagliari for time to explore and choose one of the town’s many enticing restaurants for dinner or even going for a swim in the nearby Poetto beach.Overnight in CAGLIARI Walking: Moderate

Day 3: LOCAL FISH MARKET, UNESCO SU NURAXI & OLIVE OIL FARM

Our day starts with a visit to the popular FISH MARKET where you’ll see how the locals’ shop, what they buy, what is fresh, and what is caught in this part of the Mediterranean Sea.Continue to BARUMINI for a tour 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.This is truly an experience you will not soon forget.After our visit,we continue south to the community of DOLIANOVA to learn about the history of olive oil production in Sardinia and sampling their local products.Dinner is included this evening in a popular seafood restaurant.Overnight in CAGLIARI.Walking: Moderate

DAY 4: COLORFUL BOSA, MALVASIA WINE, TINNURA MURALS & CATALAN ALGHERO

After breakfast we head 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 jewellery and lacemaking. Upon arrival visit a local wine shop for a tasting of Sardinia’s highest quality sweet wine MALVASIA, then enjoy free time for lunch and sightseeing.We’ll also stop by the tiny museum-village of TINNURA, where the streets are evocative with paved squares housing statues of Sardinian artists and colourful murals painted on houses, depicting the moments of traditional life.Spend the next three nights in the picturesque medieval fortified seaside town of ALGHERO at the charming “CARLOS V HOTEL”.Following the Catalan-Aragonese invasion of Sardinia, ALGHERO underwent total Hispanicization and became known as “little Barcelona”.The lively piazza is fitted with shops and restaurants.Our orientation tour takes you through the labyrintine alleys of the remarkably preserved old town,defended by robust walls and four bastions dedicated to famous explorers.Tonight, you’ll eat like a local with a pizza by meter dinner. Overnight in ALGHERO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 5: NURAGHE SANTU ANTINE & BACKROAD SARDINIA

Today’s tour takes you to examine the impressive NURAGHE SANTU ANTINE,the greatest and best preserved in the Valley of the Nuraghi, built between the 16th and the 9th century BCE, famous for its 17-metre high tower protected by three bastions.Following this,drive through the colorful countryside where you will meet a Sardinian family in their farmhouse for a delicious home-hosted lunch and hands-on-making LOCAL CHEESE.Rest of the day is at leisure for more discoveries.Overnight in ALGHERO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 6: NEPTUNE’S CAVE & SARDINIAN COOKING CLASS

In the morning, we take a boat trip to one of the most fascinating jewels of the whole Mediterranean-the mystical CAVES OF NEPTUNE, 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.Following this, master the flavors of Sardinian cuisine—like al dente gnochetti Sardi doused in savory lamb ragu and bruschetta topped with bright, sun-ripened tomatoes—during an entertaining COOKING CLASS.Learn about typical local ingredients, and then sit down to share your meal along with regional wines at a beautiful country house outside of Alghero.The rest of the day is at leisure.Overnight in ALGHERO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 7: ANCIENT CASTELSARDO & DELIGHTS OF COSTA SMERALDA

Today we leave Alghero behind and journey towards the famed COSTA SMERALDA, or Emerald Coast, a 20-kilometre stretch of reclaimed and tastefully coastline which 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.En route, we discover the 13th-century Aragonese stronghold of CASTELSARDO. Imagine steep, winding streets leading up to rugged defensive towers and elderly women sitting in doorways weaving elaborate baskets. It’s little wonder it has been listed as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages.As we head off to explore, we’ll discover beautiful white-sand beaches, idyllic remote bays, and sublime hotels. 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.Spend the night in the charming village of PALAU staying at the “HOTEL PALAU” with dinner included. Overnight in PALAU.Walking: Moderate

DAY 8: ANCIENT BONIFACIO & ELEGANT AJACCIO

Corsica boasts a long, eventful and troubled history.Rarely has it ruled itself, often has it been fought over.This morning, depart to Santa Teresa di Gallura for embarking on the ferry to CORSICA (approx. 1 hr journey).Admire the contrast of scenery of the two islands as you transfer from Sardinia to BONIFACIO, being enchanted by the magical landscape of the north-western coast where picturesque granite formations appear out of deep cork oak woods and pastures.Corsica boasts a long, eventful and troubled history.Rarely has it ruled itself, often has it been fought over.Upon arrival, a local guide will show the highlights of the well-preserved old town of BONIFACIO.Your base for the first two nights in Corsica is Corsica’s capital city of AJACCIO staying at “HOTEL LES MOUETTES“, located on Corsica’s famous route des Iles Sanguinaires.Overnight in AJACCIO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 9: BEAUTIFUL AJACCIO & NAPOLEON’S HOUSE

The wonderful waterfront city of AJACCIO is known foremost as Napoleon’s birthplace.After breakfast, we embark on a walking tour of its historical center featuring the MAISON BONAPARTE, its color-washed, terracotta-tiled houses, narrow backstreets and the Venetian Renaissance-style CATHEDRAL, where Napoleon and his siblings were baptized.Rest of the day is at leisure for taking advantadge of the hotel facilities and its sandy beach. Dinner is included this evening in a local bistro.Overnight in AJACCIO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 10: ANCIENT CAPITAL OF 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 the charming “HOTEL DES GOURVERNEURS” located in the heart of the citadel.This evening is at leisure, with dinner tonight on our own.Overnight in BASTIA. Walking: Moderate

DAY 11: DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF BASTIA

BASTIA has a charm of its own, with its Citadel and the historic center, its narrow alleys.With its colorful houses overlooking the sea,this is the second largest city in Corsica and is considered its economical capital.Your day begins with a short walking tour to orientate with the colorful citadel and the seaside part of the town, joining the locals in their ritual coffee in Place de Nicolas or a pastis at the vieux Port. Afterwards,explore further at your own pace. In the evening we’ll celebrate you with an “AU REVOIR DINNER” sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Sante’! Overnight in BASTIA. Walking: Moderate

DAY 12: AU REVOIR CORSICA

Morning transfers to Bastia airport for your flight home.

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2022 TOUR PRICE: €4,500       SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: €900   currency converter

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

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