Cagliari - Oristano - Alghero - Bonifacio - Ajaccio - Bastia

Sardinia & Corsica – Legendary Islands

Destination
Cagliari - Oristano - Alghero - Bonifacio - Ajaccio - Bastia
Dates From
23/05/2021
Duration
11 Nights
12 Days
Price From
$7,680
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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.Corsica is an enigmatic island with many and varied faces, a wild and fascinating place.

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

Highlights & 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 & THE CITY OF CAGLIARI

Arrive at Cagliari international airport and private transfer to center for a two nights stay in our central boutique hotel ”Villa Fanny“ or similar, close to the city’s architecturally treasures. At 6.00 pm meet your local tour manager for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a popular restaurant. Overnight in Cagliari.

Day 2 : HIGHLIGHTS OF CAGLIARI & NORA ARCHAEOLOGICAL AREA

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 the popular San Benedetto Market, the Bastione San Remy, a glorious spot for amazing views, the Santa Maria Cathedral, 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. After an included lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll head south-west out of the city 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 archaeological site in Sardinia. Evening is on your own. Overnight in Cagliari.

Day 3 : OASIS OF FLAMINGOS, LOCAL WINERY, OLIVE OIL FARM & UNESCO SU NURAXI

Our tour takes you today to learn about flora and fauna in Sardinia discovering a national park with salt pans and flamingos. Visit a local winery for a tasting of some Sardinian wines such as Vermentino and Cannonau and an olive oil farm where to learn about Sardinian olive oil accompanied by a light brunch.Drive to the Bronze Age site at Su Nuraxi in Barumini, 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 spend the next two nights in the 18th century historical country house “Hotel Lucrezia” in the heart of the small community of Riola Sardo. Dinner is included this evening. Overnight in Riola Sardo.

DAY 4 : EXCAVATIONS OF THARROS, MALVASIA BOSA, ART MURALS IN TINNURA & HOLY WELL OF SANTA CRISTINA

We start the day with a drive to 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. 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. Malvasia white grapes proliferate around Bosa and this sweet wine is one of Sardinia’s highest-quality ones.We end the day with a photo stop at the nearby mural town of Tinnura followed by a visit to Santa Cristina and the Nuragic holy well, built around 1000 BC.In the evening, our chefs and experts will teach you all the secrets of Sardinian cooking, learning how to cook home made pasta. Overnight in Riola Sardo.

DAY 5 : BACKROAD SARDINIA & HOME-HOSTED LUNCH NEAR ALGHERO

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, will visit the Museum of Mediterranean masks, famous throughout the world for its traditional carnival masks, a family house where to enjoy a demonstration of how the Sardinian Carasau bread is made. Continue to the village of Ittiri where you’ll visit a Sardinian family in their farmhouse for a delicious Sardinian 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.

DAY 6 : BOAT TRIP TO NEPTUNE’S CAVE & CATALAN ALGHERO

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 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 underwent total Hispanicization and became known as “little Barcelona”.The lively piazza is fitted with shops and restaurants.Our guided tour takes us the 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.

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.

DAY 8 : CHARMING SARTENE & AJACCIO

Corsica boasts a long, eventful and troubled history. Rarely has it ruled itself, often has it been fought over.Today, drive to the fascinating medieval town of Sartene, located up the hill in the valley of the Rizzanese river. After lunch on your own, we drive to AJACCIO, your base for the next two nights at the 5 stars “Hotel Les Mouettes” or similar, located on Corsica’s famous route Des Iles Sanguinaires. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in Ajaccio.

DAY 9 : NAPOLEON & AJACCIO

After breakfast, we embark on a walking tour of historical Ajaccio, the largest city on 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.Spend the rest of the day at leisure for more discoveries. Dinner is included this evening in a Corsican bistro. Overnight in Ajaccio.

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.

DAY 11 : THE MAGIC OF BASTIA

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.

Day 12: Au Revoir Corsica

Morning transfers to Bastia airport for your flight.

DATES & PRICES

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Exclusions

Single supplement (is available if required)
Optional excursions/sightseeing
City Tax: some City Councils may introduce a tourist tax that has to be paid directly at the hotel
Meals and beverages other than those specified
Everything which is not clearly specified under inclusions

* Please note, price is subject to fluctuation and availability is subject to change until booked and confirmed *

An update from Italia Mia

23rd June, 2020

To all our wonderful clients,

We are excited to announce the office of Italia Mia has reopened!

For the time being our office opening hours are as below.

Tuesday to Thursday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

We are practising safe social distancing, and we are advising if you are not feeling well that we communicate via telephone or email.

Thank you all, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!


Sam, Hayley & Cosima