SARDINIA & CORSICA SMALL GROUP TOUR
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 !
- 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 which boasts the largest collection of artifacts on the island
- Marvel at the remains of the ancient city of NORA
- Wander the medieval lanes of BOSA, dominated by an impressive CASTLE
- 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 experience in SARDINIA & CORSICA
- 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 24 seats motorcoach
- Included gratuity for city guides
- Tour city guides as per itinerary in Sardinia and Corsica
- City taxes and service charges at all hotels and restaurants
- Transfers while overseas are included
- Baggage transfers and porters are not included
- Included regional meals: All breakfasts, 3 foodie experiences, 6 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 and end with a transfer to the airport in Bastia at scheduled times.
- Activity level: Light/Moderate
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- 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
SARDINIA & CORSICA SMALL GROUP TOUR TRAVEL ITINERARY
TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM CAGLIARI TO BASTIA
Day 1: WELCOME TO THE ISLAND OF SARDINIA
Arrive at Cagliari international airport and travel to the city center for three nights stay at the boutique hotel “VILLA FANNY” or similar, close to the city’s architecturally treasures. Tonight, we enjoy a welcome drink followed by a dinner in a gourmet restaurant. Overnight in CAGLIARI. Walking: Light
Day 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF CAGLIARI – THE BAY OF ANGELS
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 tantalising shops, restaurants, and bars. Today we have included a visit to the popular SAN BENEDETTO MARKET, the BASTIONE S REMY, a glorious spot for amazing views, the CATHEDRAL where to admire the Pisan Romanesque facade, the elaborate Gothic/Baroque interior, and the crypt under the altar. After an included lunch in a local tavern, visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM,which contains a fairly wide range of pre-Nuragic,Nuragic,Phoenician and Cartaginian finds. The rest of the day is at leisure.Overnight in CAGLIARI.Walking: Light
Day 3: ANCIENT NORA, TUERREDDA BEACH & OLIVE OIL FARM
This morning we drive 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 dating to the 8th century BC. Following this, enjoy an included lunch on the stunning TUERREDDA BEACH with possibilities to swim. Then we drive to the nearby community of DOLIANOVA to visit a family owned OLIVE OIL FARM to learn about the history of olive oil production in Sardinia and sampling their local products.Enjoy the rest of the day on your own.Overnight in CAGLIARI. Walking: Moderate
Day 4: UNESCO SU NURAXI,SARDINIAN WINERY & COLORFUL BOSA
Our day starts with a drive North 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 Nuragic 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. Afterwards, visit one of Sardinia’s most renowned WINERY for a cellar tour, tasting and a light lunch.Continue to the delightful pastel-coloured 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. Spend the next three nights in the medieval fortified seaside town of ALGHERO at “CARLOS V HOTEL” or similar. Tonight, you’ll eat like a local with a pizza by meter dinner.Overnight in ALGHERO. Walking: Moderate
DAY 5: CATALAN ALGHERO & BACKROAD SARDINIA
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 guided tour takes you through the labyrinthine alleys of the remarkably preserved old town,defended by robust walls and four bastions dedicated to famous explorers.Following this,drive through the colorful Sardinian countryside where you will meet a local family in their farmhouse for a delicious HOME-HOSTED-LUNCH and hands-on-making LOCA
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: MEDIEVAL CASTELSARDO,THE GALLURA REGION & THE COSTA SMERALDA
Today we take a journey inland through the GALLURA REGION rich in oak woods and granite rocks. Our first stop is the charming 13th-century Aragonese town of CASTELSARDO, perched on a cliff looking at the Gulf of Asinara.The town is dominated by its Castle hence its name and sits high on a hilltop sheltering the houses below.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.Afterwards, we reach one of the oldest and best-kept villages of the region, AGGIUS where we visit the wonderful ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM where you will learn all about its traditions and culture.We continue driving through the MOON VALLEY, an enormous valley with little vegetation surrounded by a scatter of huge granite rocks smoothed by the natural elements.We spend the last two nights in Sardinia staying in the charming town of PALAU in a central family boutique hotel “LA VECCHIA FONTE“or similar.Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight stay in PALAU
DAY 8: DELIGHTS OF COSTA SMERALDA & LA MADDALENA ISLANDS
Our days starts with a discovery of 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. As we head off to explore, we’ll discover beautiful white-sand beaches, idyllic remote bays, and sublime hotels as well as enjoying a stroll around BAJA SARDINIA and PORTO CERVO ‘s pretty marina, the Piazzetta,lined with designer boutiques, cafés, bars, and restaurants. So maybe sit with a refreshing drink, and indulge in a spot of people-watching.Next we return to Palau for taking the 15-minute ferry ride to the largest island, LA MADDALENA.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 pretty town with cobbled streets has souvenir shops and a selection of cafes and restaurants.After lunch, we take a quick tour taking in the natural beauty and diversity before crossing the small causeway over to the neighbouring ISLAND OF CAPRERA. This island is rich in wildlife and is where the Italian hero Garibaldi spent the last third of his life as a recluse. We will visit the small museum, previously his home, which commemorates his life and struggle for Italian unification. It gives a fascinating insight into his long career and his existence on the island.Overnight in PALAU. Walking: Moderate
DAY 9: ANCIENT BONIFACIO,MEDIEVAL SARTENE & 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.Upon arrival, a local guide will show the highlights of the well-preserved old town.Continue to the fascinating medieval town of SARTENE, located up the hill in the valley of the Rizzanese river. Corsica’s capital city of AJACCIO staying at the seaside “HOTEL LES MOUETTES“for the first two nights in Corsica, located on Corsica’s famous route des Iles Sanguinaires.Overnight in AJACCIO. Walking: Moderate
DAY 10: BEAUTIFUL AJACCIO, NAPOLEON’S HOUSE & CORSICAN WINERY
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.Afterwards we visit a local WINERY and olive oil producer and sample some local Corsican products. 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 11: ANCIENT CAPITAL OF CORTE & BASTIA
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.Drive to BASTIA for your last night at the”HOTEL DES GOURVERNEURS” or similar,located in the heart of the citadel.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.