Country
Italy
Duration
14 Days/13 Nights
Travel Type
Escorted Tour
 

Inclusions

– 13-night accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels (2 nights in Cagliari, 2 nights in Alghero, 2 nights in Palau, 2 nights in Porto Vecchio, 2 nights in Ajaccio, and 3 nights in Bastia)
– 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners
– Arrival transfer in Cagliari, between airport and hotel
– 3-hour walking tour of Cagliari
– Visits of Orsitano, Bosa, and Castelsardo
– Walking tour of Alghero
– Panoramic drive to Capo Caccia Natural Reserve
– Visit to the Galluras museum (entrance included)
– Scenic drive along Costa Smeralda
– Transfer between Palau hotel (Sardinia) and port and between port and hotel in Porto Vecchio (Corsica)
– Ferry between Sardinia and Corsica (Ferry is on foot, the journey is about 50 minutes)
– City tour of Bonifacio with tourist train
– Cliff discovery boat tour (subject to weather conditions)
– Boat tour to the Calanques of Piana (subject to weather conditions)
– Guided tour of Corte
-Excursion to Calvi with wine tasting

Exclusions

Meals and beverages, unless mentioned – Return transfer in Bastia – Travel insurance – Optional excursions – Entrance fees to museums and monuments, unless mentioned – City tax (payable at the hotel directly) – Any item not listed in the inclusion.

Additional Information

Note

– The tour leader in Sardinia and in Corsica will be different. The Sardinian tour leader will accompany the group to the ferry and will then leave the group. Upon arrival in Bonifacio (based on the number of participants on the tour), there may only be a driver waiting for them. If there is only a driver, the tour leader will meet the group in the hotel lobby in the evening. If the tour leader is the same for Sardinia and Corsica, he will board the ferry with the group.

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DAY 1 - CAGLIARI

Welcome to the Enchanting Island of Sardinia! As you touch down in Cagliari, your adventure begins. Step off the plane and be greeted by our friendly driver, ready to whisk you away to your hotel in the heart of the city. Settle into your accommodation in beautiful Cagliari, where the magic of Sardinia awaits.

Accommodation : Cagliari for 2 nights

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DAY 2 - CAGLIARI

After breakfast, meet our professional local guide in the hotel lobby and embark on a captivating three-hour walking tour through the heart of Sardinia’s capital. Cagliari’s historic center is divided into three charming neighborhoods: Castello, Stampace, and Marina. During the tour, you’ll explore must-visit landmarks, including the Bastion of Saint-Remy, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Elephant Tower, and Via Roma. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. You can also take the opportunity for a scenic stroll along the Cagliari coastline, leading you to the renowned Poetto Beach. Undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest urban beaches, you can choose to explore the Roman Amphitheatre and the National Archaeological Museum, delving into the rich historical and cultural heritage from Punic times onwards (optional). Rest up for another exciting day ahead as you return to your accommodation in Cagliari. Overnight.

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DAY 3 - CAGLIARI - ORISTANO - TINNURA - BOSA - ALGHERO

After a delightful breakfast, we’ll set out towards Alghero, making captivating stops at three charming and character-filled towns along the way. Our first destination is Oristano, a city steeped in fascinating history intertwined with the Phoenicians and a national heroine, Eleonora de Arborea. We’ll explore the cathedral and Oristano’s most prominent square before continuing our journey. Next, we’ll pause in Tinnura, a tiny village where it’s worth taking a leisurely stroll to admire its captivating murals. Our adventure then continues towards Bosa, where we’ll treat ourselves to a traditional Sardinian gastronomic experience at a local restaurant. Following a sumptuous lunch, we’ll explore the picturesque town of Bosa, nestled on the banks of the Temo River, which flows into the nearby Bosa Marina beach. The historic village, also known as Sa Costa, flourishes around the Castle of Serravalle, a 12th-13th century construction by Duke Malaspina. Bosa is renowned for its high-quality olive oil and wines, especially the Malvasia (a DOC brand), as well as its historic tuna fisheries. Many of the town’s shops specialize in coral craftsman- ship, gold filigree, and lacework. Our journey then continues to Alghero, where we’ll arrive in the late afternoon and check into our accommodation.

Accommodation : Alghero for 2 nights

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DAY 4 - ALGHERO - CAPO CACCIA - ALGHERO

After a delightful breakfast, we’ll embark on a walking tour through the historic heart of this enchanting medieval city with Catalan origins, often hailed as the most beautiful in all of Sardinia. It’s affectionately referred to as “Barceloneta”, harkening back to the days when it was part of the Crown of Aragon. Its unique location, nestled within seaside walls, grants it a distinct charm and atmosphere. We’ll meander through its old town adorned with noble palaces, churches, and hidden courtyards. Alghero boasts a rugged and marvelous coastline, stretching for over 100 kilometers (that’s 62 miles), with secluded beaches dotting its path. At midday, we’ll enjoy a lunch at a charming estate, savoring the exquisite Sardinian mountain and sea cuisine. In the afternoon, we’ll embark on a panoramic drive along the coast, leading us to the magnificent Capo Caccia Natural Reserve. The views from atop the cliffs and the lighthouse are nothing short of sublime. Returning to Alghero, you’ll have some free time to explore and un- wind. Rest up comfortably in your accommodation, reflecting on the day’s adventures.

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DAY 5 - ALGHERO - CASTELSARDO - TEMPIO PAUSANIA - PALAU

After a satisfying breakfast, we’ll set off towards Palau on the eastern coast of Sardinia. Along the way, we’ll make captivating stops, starting in Castelsardo, situated near the renowned “Costa Paradiso”, known for its rugged and wild beaches and rocky landscapes. Castelsardo is a charming coastal village, characterized by its tightly clustered houses nestled between the sea and the castle perched high above. We’ll explore the historic center and relish in its breathtaking panoramas. Next, we’ll venture into the rural heartland of Gallura, stopping in Tempio Pausania. This small town boasts one of the best-preserved ancient centers in Sardinia, where you’ll feel as though time has stood still while wandering its narrow streets and squares adorned with baroque churches and stone palaces. The tour will subsequently lead us to Luras, where we will visit the Galluras Museum to take a step back in time. This is a private museum, created and envisioned by its owner, who began collecting and showing interest in the history of these places from a young age. The owner himself will welcome you and guide you through the museum spaces, providing fascinating explanations and anecdotes, allowing you to journey through history. The path is organized on three levels with entrance and exit through the ground floor. The environments have been reconstructed with great care and attention to detail, respecting the structure and balance of the old Gallurese houses. A focal point of the visit is the story of Femina Agabbadòra, a mythical female figure who, in these countryside areas, used a wooden hammer to assist those who were dying and hopeless. Her tool was said to be a hammer wrapped in thick black orbace fabric. This figure inspired the book “Accabbadora” by Michela Murgia, one of the most renowned contemporary Italian writers who recent- ly passed away at the age of 51. Finally, we’ll reach Palau, where you’ll check in and relax in your accommodation, ready for more adventures in Sardinia.

Accommodation : Palau for 2 nights

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DAY 6 - PALAU - GALLURA REGION - PORTO ROTONDO - PORTO CERVO (COSTA SMERALDA) - PALAU

After breakfast, you’ll have some free time to unwind by the pool or sea, enjoying moments of relaxation. Around midday, we’ll head to a charming estate in the Gallura region, where you’ll indulge in a delightful culinary experience featuring the best of both land and sea. Afterward, we’ll embark on a scenic journey along the Costa Smeralda road, making two stops and granting you free time to explore the exclusive locales of Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo. Returning to Palau, you’ll check in once more to your accommodation, reflecting on the day’s culinary delights and the breathtaking beauty of the Costa Smeralda.

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DAY 7 - PALAU - PORTO VECCHIO

Breakfast. Check-out and transfer from the hotel to the port. Board the ferry heading to your next destination: Corsica. Once aboard, relax and enjoy the picturesque journey across the Strait of Bonifacio. Upon arrival at the port, our warm-hearted driver will be ready to assist you with the transfer to the hotel. Check in at the Hotel. Lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, you’ll have some free time to explore and unwind. Later in the evening, meet your Tour Leader at the hotel. Welcome briefing and dinner at the hotel. Overnight .

Accommodation : Porto Vecchio for 2 nights

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DAY 8 - PORTO VECCHIO - BONIFACIO, THE EXTREME SOUTH

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast meeting with our guide for a visit to Bonifacio, a town perched on a cliff over 60 meters above the sea, boasting a fjord and an exceptional marine environment. No description can truly capture the astonishing citadel that meticulously preserves its medieval appearance. We’ll embark on a city tour via a tourist train that grants access to the upper town. Afterward, we’ll have free time to enjoy lunch (not included). Following that, we’ll embark on a “Cliff Discovery” boat ride, featuring a guided tour of the sea caves, the cliffs of Fazzio and Paraguan, the old, fortified town, the King of Aragon’s staircase, and the famous grain of sand. Return to the hotel. Time at your disposal and enjoy dinner by your own and overnight.

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DAY 9 - PORTO VECCHIO - GULF OF VALINCO - COL SAINT GEORGES - SARTÈNE - AJACCIO

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Roccapina, Sartène, renowned as “the most Corsican of Corsican towns,“ with its beautiful stone houses. Along the way, you’ll pass by the Gulf of Valinco, Olmeto, the village where Colomba, the heroine of Prosper Mérimée, lived, Col Saint Georges (747m), Cauro, and Ajaccio. Explore the imperial city, including the Genoese quarter and the Renaissance-style cathedral where Napoleon was baptized. Visit the Place du Diamant, the fishing port dedicated to Tino Rossi, Place du Maréchal Foch, Rue Fesch, and its shops. It’s lunch time and savor a delicious lunch (included). After lunch, continue to Cours Grandval, Place Austerlitz, and the Pointe de la Parata, which offers a view of the famous Sanguinaires Islands. Finally, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at your disposal. Overnight.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : Ajaccio for 2 nights

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DAY 10 - AJACCIO - CALANQUES OF PIANA - PORTO

After having breakfast at the hotel, we will set off towards the Gulf of Sagone and Cargèse, founded in 1770 as a colony for Greeks from the Peloponnese. Our journey will then take us to the village of Piana, renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Piana is famous for its stunning Calanques, sculpted by erosion and displaying unique shapes that inspired Guy de Maupassant. We will also explore the Gulf of Porto, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Free time for lunch. Following lunch, there will be a boat tour to the Calanques of Piana (subject to weather conditions). We’ll return to the hotel for the evening and enjoy the rest of the day on your own. Overnight.

Meals : Breakfast

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DAY 11 - AJACCIO - CORTE, HISTORICAL CAPITAL - BASTIA

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Today’s journey takes you to Corte, the former capital of Corsica and a thriving university town. Corte is known for its citadel, perched high like an eagle’s nest, commanding breathtaking views of the Restonica Valley. Explore the city with a guided tour on a tourist train, soaking in its rich history. Afterward, enjoy a satisfying lunch. Continue your adventure to BASTIA, where you’ll have some free time in the afternoon to explore the town at your leisure. In the evening, savor a delicious dinner at the hotel and overnight in Bastia.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Bastia for 3 nights

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DAY 12 - BASTIA - CALVI AND LA BALAGNE REGION

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Today, your journey takes you to Calvi, known as “civitas semper fidelis”, which remained steadfastly loyal to the Genoese for many centuries, earning it this motto. Calvi is also steeped in the legend of Christopher Columbus, who is said to have been born here. During your excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting of AOC wines at “Chez Lucienne”. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, explore the charming old villages of Balagne, including Lumio, Cateri, San-Antonino, which is perched on a rocky hill and classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, Pigna, and Corbara. Return to Bastia and time at your disposal. Overnight.

Meals : Breakfast

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DAY 13 - BASTIA - CAP CORSE TOUR

Begin your exploration in Bastia, the captivating capital of Upper Corsica, boasting its historic old port, charming Place St. Nicolas, and enchanting cobblestone streets. Next, venture on a captivating journey to discover the beauty of Cap Corse. Wander through Erbalunga, a picturesque village that has inspired many artists, and Lavasina, a renowned pilgrimage site. Lunch is at your leisure, allowing you to savor a fulfilling meal and recharge for the day’s adventures. Continue your excursion through Sisco, Luri, Col de Sainte-Lucie (381 m), Pino, and the renowned Nonza with its iconic square tower. Don’t miss the chance to marvel at the Agriates Desert and St. Florent before concluding the guided tour services for the day. In the afternoon, return to Bastia, where you’ll have free time at your disposal. Enjoy an overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast

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DAY 14 - BASTIA

Savor a delightful breakfast at the hotel. End of our services.

Meals : Breakfast

HOTEL OPTIONS OR SIMILAR

Cagliari: Unahotels T Hotel Cagliari 4*
Alghero: Catalunya 4* or SMY Carlos V Wellness and Spa 5*
Palau: La Vecchia Fonte 4*
Porto Vecchio: Golden Tulip Porto Vecchio 4*
Ajaccio: Ibis Styles Napoleon 3*
Bastia: Hotel Ostella & Spa 4*

Rate in CA $, per person, starting at – Land Package
Departures – 2024 Double Occupancy Single Occupancy

June 16
September 8, 22
October 6, 20

7850 9619

Tour code: CA

 

 

 

 

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