Cagliari - Oristano - Alghero - Bonifacio - Ajaccio - Bastia

Sardinia & Corsica – Legendary Islands

Destination
Cagliari - Oristano - Alghero - Bonifacio - Ajaccio - Bastia
Dates From
10/05/2019
Duration
11 Nights
12 Days
Price From
$7,780
Book Now

SMALL GROUP TOUR

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.

Inclusions

  • Guaranteed departures group travel: small, friendly group limited to 12/14 participants only!
  • More than 15 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • 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, 4 dinners, 4 lunches (main meals include regional wine, mineral water, local coffee or tea only)

Itinerary

Day 1: WELCOME TO SARDINIA & CAGLIARI

Arrive at Cagliari international airport and travel to the city center for a two nights stay in our central boutique hotel “Hotel Palazzo Dessy” or similar, close to the city’s architecturally treasures. At 6.30pm meet your local tour manager for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a lively Sardinian restaurant. Overnight in Cagliari. Walking: Light

Day 2: HIGHLIGHTS OF CAGLIARI & NORA ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA

Breakfast in hotel. 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 Maris, 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 light 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: WINERY, OLIVE OIL & UNESCO SU NURAXI ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA

Breakfast in hotel. Today’s tour starts with a discovery of the simple life and the genuine flavors of the island during a visit to a local winery for a wine tasting of some Sardinian wines such as Vermentino and Cannonau and a visit to the Olive Oil Museum in Dolianova. After an included light barbecue  with typical Sardinian products, 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.Continue to the delightful provincial town of Oristano where you’ll be spending the next two nights at the 19th century “Hotel Regina D’Arborea” or similar. Placed at the northern border of the Campidano region, between the mouth of the Tirso river and the Santa Giusta marshlands, Oristano was founded in 1070, after the powerful and prosperous city of Tharros was abandoned. Overnight in Oristano. Walking: Moderate

Day 4: THE SINIS PENINSULA: EXCAVATIONS OF THARROS & MALVASIA WINE IN BOSA

The morning starts with a discovery of 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. Following this, we’ll drive 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 river in Sardinia. This fascinating town is famous for its artisan tradition of gold-filigree jewelry and lace-making. After a tasting of Malvasia wine in a local bodega, you’ll return to Oristano on time for more exploration. In the evening enjoy a Sardinian light evening meal in a local wine bar.Overnight in Oristano. Walking: Moderate

Day 5: SANTA CRISTINA,UNKNOWN SARDINIA & HOME-HOSTED LUNCH NEAR ALGHERO

Departure in the morning from Oristano in direction to Nuoro which is regarded as the heart of Sardinia because traditions are very severely respected and maintained.Stop en route at Santa Cristina, an important Nuragic complex whose extraordinary Bronze age sacred well is one of the best preserved in Sardinia. The next visit is the Museum of Life and Sardinian Popular traditions in Nuoro where every feature of the traditional material culture is represented (dresses, jewels, manufactured products of cloth and wood, weapons, masks, bread, tools for house and work, etc.). After the museum experience, we drive to the town of Orgosolo, symbol of the Barbagia culture and famous for its wall-paintings (murals) on houses and buildings. Continue to the town of Ittiri for an included home-hosted lunch with a taste of local cheese. Spend the last two nights at the picturesque medieval seaside town of Alghero staying at the “Hotel Carlo V” or similar. Dinner is on your own in the charming town of Alghero. Overnight in Alghero. Walking: Moderate

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

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, we are obliged to cancel the boat trip and driving instead to the beautiful 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 for more local experiences in beautiful Alghero. A pizza by meter experience evening is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight in A;ghero. 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 Theresa” for your first night in Corsica. Lunch is on your own followed by a guided walking tour of the well-preserved old town of Bonifacio with our local tour guide. Overnight in Bonifacio. Walking: Light/Moderate

Day 8: EXPLORING SARTENE, PREHISTORIC FILITOSA & AJACCIO

Breakfast in hotel.After a short visit to the lively port Marina in Bonifacio, we head to the town of Sartene, located up the hill in the valley of the Rizzanese river. After free time and 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 MoulOTEL 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

Breakfast in hotel. Spend the morning with your tour guide for a 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. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own for a swim or more exploration 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 the “Hotel de Gouverneurs“ in the heart of the citadel. Dinner is on your own this evening.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. 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

Day 12: Au Revoir Corsica

Morning transfers to Bastia airport for your flight home.

DATES & PRICES

Starts Ends Price Status Book
10/05/201921/05/2019$7,780 p/p twin shareOn Request
Book Now
25/05/201905/06/2019$7,780 p/p twin shareFully Booked
20/06/201901/07/2019$7,780 p/p twin shareOn Request
Book Now
20/09/201901/10/2019$7,780 p/p twin shareOn Request
Book Now
07/10/201918/10/2019$7,780 p/p twin shareAvailable
Book Now

Exclusions

Single supplement (is available to request if required)
Meals and beverages other than those specified
Tips/Gratuities
Everything which is not clearly specified under inclusions