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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.

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.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 14/16 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 (average of 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 in DOLIANOVA
  • Wander the medieval lanes of BOSA, dominated by an impressive CASTLE
  • Visit a local winery specialized in the MALVASIA wine production
  • Explore the BARBAGIA region- the heart of SARDINIA
  • 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
  • Swimming in the clear salt water of the Gulf of ORISTANO near THARROS
  • Stroll around ALGHERO, surrounded by towers and fortifications
  • Explore the ruins of THARROS, a Phoenician coastal town, founded in the 8th century BC
  • PRIVATE 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
  • Discover the BARBAGIA COUNTRYSIDE
  • SARDINIAN MURALS in TINNURA
  • WINE TASTING & OLIVE OIL experience in SARDINIA
  • COOKERY LESSON in RIOLA SARDO-LIVE LIKE A LOCAL…
  • 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 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, 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
  • 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
OUR ACCOMMODATIONS
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

SARDINIA & CORSICA SMALL GROUP TOUR TRAVEL ITINERARY

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

Day 1: HIGHLIGHTS OF CAGLIARI

Welcome to Cagliari!Today, we’ll become acquainted with this fine city on a guided tour starting at 14.30 from your hotel.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 gems and historical treasures.Today,our discovery tour features a visit to the NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM,the SANTA MARIA CATHEDRAL,where to admire the Pisan Romanesque facade and the BASTIONE SAINT REMY, a glorious spot for amazing views. Spend the first two nights of your stay in our boutique hotel ”VILLA FANNY“ or similar, close to the city’s architecturally treasures.A dinner is included this evening in a popular gourmet restaurant.Overnight in CAGLIARI. Walking:Light

Day 2: ANCIENT NORA & SARDINIAN WINERY

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 to the sunken Phoenician city of NORA, one of Sardinia’s most important archaeological site.Following this, drive 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 an included lunch followed by the afternoon at leisure,maybe visiting the vibrant marina quarter, a tangle of tiny streets bursting with tantalizing shops, restaurants and bars.Overnight in CAGLIARI.Walking: Moderate

Day 3: SAN BENEDETTO MARKET, OLIVE FARM, UNESCO SU NURAXI & MEDIEVAL LACONI

Our busy day starts early this morning with a visit to the popular SAN BENEDETTO MARKET where you see how the locals shop, what they buy, what is fresh, and what is caught in this part of the Mediterranean sea.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.We then 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.We end the day with a stop in the charming hamlet of LACONI where we’ll have some leisure time – maybe enjoy the Palazzo Aymerich, which hosts the Museum of Prehistoric Sardinian Statues or the Aymerich Park, a botanical paradise of rare plants. We spend the next two nights in a beautiful 18th century country house “HOTEL LUCREZIA” located in the heart of the backroad village of RIOLA SARDO, near Oristano.An al fresco dinner is included this evening.Overnight in RIOLA SARDO.Walking: Moderate

DAY 4: EXCAVATIONS OF THARROS, CHARMING BOSA & MUSEUM-VILLAGE OF TINNURA

This morning we drive to the near 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. Continue 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.A light Italian style dinner called “apericena” is included this evening while learning how to prepare a Sardinian dish with our chef.Overnight in RIOLA SARDO.Walking: Moderate

DAY 5: BACKROAD SARDINIA:MAMOIADA & HOME-HOSTED LUNCH

Today’s travelling takes you to the heart of Sardinia where there is a place of culture that tells us about thousands of years of history, traditions and centuries of festivities and rituals, shared by various civilizations in the Mediterranean.In the remote village of MAMOIADA we experience the Museum of Mediterranean masks, famous throughout the world for its traditional carnival masks followed by a family house where to enjoy together a demonstration of how the Sardinian Carasau bread is made.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.Spend the next two nights in the picturesque medieval seaside town of ALGHERO at the central “CARLOS V HOTEL” or similar.Enjoy dinner in one of the beautiful al fresco restaurant.Overnight in ALGHERO.Walking: Moderate

DAY 6: NEPTUNE’S CAVE & CATALAN ALGHERO

In the morning, we’ll depart for an exciting adventure of the mystical CAVE OF NEPTUNE by private 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. 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 labyrinthine alleys of remarkably preserved old Alghero, defended by robust walls and four bastions dedicated to famous explorers.Your afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the beauty of the town.Tonight, you’ll eat like a local with a pizza by meter dinner in a local restaurant.Overnight in ALGHERO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 7: ENCHANTING BONIFACIO & CORSICA ISLAND

Contrast the scenery of the two islands as you transfer from Sardinia to CORSICA, admiring the charming landscape of the north-western coast where picturesque granite formations appear out of deep cork oak woods and pastures.Depart to SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA for embarking on the ferry to CORSICA (approx 1 hr journey).The approach to Bonifacio by water is spectacular.Upon arrival, we drive to Bonifacio Marina for sightseeing and lunch on your own. Following this, a local guide will show the highlights of the well-preserved old town of BONIFACIO.We’ll be staying for the night at the family owned “HOTEL SANTA TERESAor similar.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in BONIFACIO. Walking: Light/Moderate

DAY 8: MEDIEVAL SARTENE,CORSICAN PROPRIANO & SCENIC DRIVE TO AJACCIO

Corsica boasts a long, eventful and troubled history.Rarely has it ruled itself, often has it been fought over.In the morning, drive to the fascinating medieval town of SARTENE, located up the hill in the valley of the Rizzanese river.Lunch is included today in the charming coastal town of PROPRIANO.Continue to AJACCIO, your base for the next two nights at the 5stars “HOTEL LES MOUETTES” or similar, located on Corsica’s famous route des Iles Sanguinaires.Overnight in AJACCIO. Walking: Moderate

DAY 9: NAPOLEON & AJACCIO

After breakfast, we embark on a walking guided tour of historical AJACCIO, the largest city in Corsica and famous because Napoleon Bonaparte was born here on August 15, 1769. Our tour features a visit to the MAISON BONAPARTE, the charming historical center with its color-washed, terracotta-tiled houses and narrow backstreets and the Venetian Renaissance-style Cathedral, where Napoleon and his siblings were baptized.Rest of the day is at leisure in beautiful Ajaccio for more discoveries or maybe taking advantadge of the hotel facilities.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” or similar 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, Bastia 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

2021 TOUR PRICE: €4,400       SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: €900   currency converter

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

SARDINIA & CORSICA

SARDINIA & CORSICAFamous 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 Read more

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