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Corsica and Sardinia

Corsica and Sardinia

from £1,099 11 2

Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £24 if not required
  • Breakfasts and more All breakfasts and more
Explore two of Europe's most beautiful islands

Unravel the contrasting and unique identities of Corsica and Sardinia on this exceptional tour, which reveals the rugged natural beauty and fascinating cultures of these unspoilt islands.

Including...

  • Travel insurance and additional cancellation cover
  • Return scheduled flights and transfers
  • All breakfasts and seven dinners
  • Excursions as described
  • Saga tour manager
  • Porterage at all hotels

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June 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015

2015

Day 1 UK to Cagliari to Alghero

Fly to Cagliari, Sardinia and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Hotel Carlos V (4Q) in Alghero, where you'll stay four nights. The transfer covers a fair distance as you travel through the Sardinian countryside at a leisurely pace, stopping for lunch (not included) at Santa Giusta, near Oristano.

The hotel benefits from an elevated position above the seafront, with commanding views along the coast. Dinner is included this evening.


Day 2 Capo Caccia and Alghero

This morning's included excursion reveals the craggy cliffs of Capo Caccia and in the afternoon an orientation walk takes you on a pleasant stroll through the old town of Alghero.

Dinner is included this evening.

Capo Caccia Alghero Sardinia Italy Europe

Day 3 Alghero

Perhaps enjoy an optional excursion to Torralba and the Church of the Santissima Trinita. B

Pelosa Beach Stintino Sardinia Italy Europe


Optional excursions

Discover Sardinia’s fascinating prehistoric and Romanesque heritage on an optional excursion. Travel to Torralba, east of Alghero. Set in a valley in the mountains, Torralba is the home of the Nuraghic Palace of Santu Antine, with its surrounding 'village' – archaeological remains of these extraordinary buildings. Nuraghi are conical stone-built towers dating roughly to between 1500-800 BC and are unique to Sardinia (another site on the island has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The main palace building is 17 metres high and lies at the centre of the site, which is also home to a museum. Afterwards visit the famous Romanesque church of SS Trinità di Saccargia, situated on the Logudoro hills and built by Camaldolite monks in the 12th century. The influence of Sardinia's historic Pisan overlords can clearly be seen in its distinctive striped exterior, and wonderful interior fresco to the apse dating to the late 12th century.

Day 4 Punta Negra and Stintino

Today's included excursion will take you to Punta Negra, the north-western point, and the charming village of Stintino. Nearby is the white-sand beach of Pelosa, facing the islands of Asinara and Piana across crystal clear seas. These beautiful parts of the northern periphery of Sardinia are home to long stretches of white beaches and clear blue waters teeming with sea-life. B



Optional excursions

Enjoy an optional excursion to Bosa Marina, a popular seaside resort, and Torralba to see the famous UNESCO-protected stone ruins known as 'nuraghi.' Also visit the Church of the Santissima Trinita, with the only existing 13th-century frescoes on the island.

Bosa Marina Sardinia Italy Europe Torralba

Day 5 Alghero to calvi

Contrast the scenery of the two islands today as you transfer from Alghero to Calvi, Corsica by coach and ferry. Stay for the next three nights at the locally rated 3-star Hotel L'Abbaye (3Q) in Calvi. On the first two nights of your stay, dinner is included at a local restaurant. B, D


Day 6 Calvi

Enjoy an included orientation tour of Calvi with its huge medieval citadel this morning. Then, take an afternoon trip into the mountains to the traditional village of Corte. B,D

Calvi Corsica France Europe

Day 7 Ile Rousse and Parc de Saleccia

At leisure or take an optional excursion to Ile Rousse.



Optional excursions

This morning travel by coach to Ile Rousse, arriving at Place Paoli, the main square. From here you’ll board the Petit Train for a charming journey along the harbour to Ile de La Pietra, with excellent views of the town. You can also discover the horticultural delights of Parc de Saleccia, which features olive trees, oleanders and cypresses. You'll stop briefly at the Genoese lighthouse before journeying along the coast with its white sandy beaches, returning to Place Paoli through the old town.

Ile Rousse Corsica France Europe

Day 8 Calvi to Golfo Aranci

Today travel to spectacular Golfo Aranci back in Sardinia where you spend the next four nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Gabbiano Azzurro (4Q).

Dinner is included every evening.


Day 9 At leisure or an excursion to La Maddalena

At leisure or take an optional excursion.



Optional excursions

Begin this tour with a pleasant 15-minute ferry crossing to the island of La Maddalena, one of three inhabited islands in the seven island archipelago that lies off the north coast of Sardinia. It was settled mostly in the 18th century, but because of its strategic position was a desirable possession. The Maddalena islanders successfully repulsed Napoleon's attempt to land in 1793, while Lord Nelson anchored his fleet in the island’s safe waters prior to the Battle of Trafalgar.

The capital of the island is also called La Maddalena and lies on the coast, overlooked by the Guardia Vecchia fortress. Along the seafront, handsome buildings are evidence of the island's 18th-century heritage, while the old town is dotted with narrow lanes. Perhaps enjoy a coffee and people-watching in the main square of Piazza Garibaldi, or explore the shops and beaches.

La Maddalena Sardinia Italy Europe

Day 10 Emerald Coast

Enjoy the morning at leisure and in the afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion.



Optional excursions

Join an optional excursion this afternoon that visits exclusive resorts along the Emerald Coast including Baia Sardinia and Porto Cervo.

Emerald Coast Sardinia Italy Europe

Day 11 Aggius

At leisure or enjoy a full-day optional excursion to Aggius.



Optional excursions

Enjoy a full-day optional excursion to Aggius, a picturesque village of granite stone, home to a rich tradition of weaving and hand-loom carpet making. Visit the village and its museums of daily life and history of banditry, and enjoy a spot of wine tasting before heading back to the hotel.

Aggius Sardinia Italy Europe

Day 12 Golfo Aranci to cagliari

Travel to Cagliari, stopping en route for lunch, and stay one last night at the locally rated 4-star T-Hotel (4Q). This ultra-modern hotel is located opposite the stylish brand new 'Music Plaza.'


Day 13 Cagliari to UK

Travel to Cagliari airport and fly back to the UK.


2016

Day 1 UK to Cagliari to Alghero

Fly to Cagliari, Sardinia and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Hotel Carlos V (4Q) in Alghero, where you'll stay four nights. The transfer covers a fair distance as you travel through the Sardinian countryside at a leisurely pace, stopping for lunch (not included) at Santa Giusta, near Oristano.

The hotel benefits from an elevated position above the seafront, with commanding views along the coast. Dinner is included this evening.


Day 2 Capo Caccia and Alghero

This morning's included excursion reveals the craggy cliffs of Capo Caccia and in the afternoon an orientation walk takes you on a pleasant stroll through the old town of Alghero.

Dinner is included this evening.

Capo Caccia Alghero Sardinia Italy Europe

Day 3 Alghero

Perhaps enjoy an optional excursion to Torralba and the Church of the Santissima Trinita. B

Pelosa Beach Stintino Sardinia Italy Europe


Optional excursions

Discover Sardinia’s fascinating prehistoric and Romanesque heritage on an optional excursion. Travel to Torralba, east of Alghero. Set in a valley in the mountains, Torralba is the home of the Nuraghic Palace of Santu Antine, with its surrounding 'village' – archaeological remains of these extraordinary buildings. Nuraghi are conical stone-built towers dating roughly to between 1500-800 BC and are unique to Sardinia (another site on the island has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The main palace building is 17 metres high and lies at the centre of the site, which is also home to a museum. Afterwards visit the famous Romanesque church of SS Trinità di Saccargia, situated on the Logudoro hills and built by Camaldolite monks in the 12th century. The influence of Sardinia's historic Pisan overlords can clearly be seen in its distinctive striped exterior, and wonderful interior fresco to the apse dating to the late 12th century.

Day 4 Alghero to calvi

Contrast the scenery of the two islands today as you transfer from Alghero to Calvi, Corsica by coach and ferry. Stay for the next three nights at the locally rated 3-star Hotel L'Abbaye (3Q) in Calvi. On the first two nights of your stay, dinner is included at a local restaurant. B, D


Day 5 Calvi

Enjoy an included orientation tour of Calvi with its huge medieval citadel this morning. Then, take an afternoon trip into the mountains to the traditional village of Corte. B,D

Calvi Corsica France Europe

Day 6 Corsican mountains and Corte

Today, take a trip into the mountains to a traditional, unspoilt Corsican village – Corte. B, D



Optional excursions

This morning travel by coach to Ile Rousse, arriving at Place Paoli, the main square. From here you’ll board the Petit Train for a charming journey along the harbour to Ile de La Pietra, with excellent views of the town. You can also discover the horticultural delights of Parc de Saleccia, which features olive trees, oleanders and cypresses. You'll stop briefly at the Genoese lighthouse before journeying along the coast with its white sandy beaches, returning to Place Paoli through the old town.

Ile Rousse Corsica France Europe

Day 8 Calvi

An optional excursion visits Ile Rousse, named after the islets that blush a deep russet red in the sunset. This laid back seaside town has beaches of white sand, and a bustling marketplace with cafes in the village square. The nearby Parc de Saleccia is a landscaped botanic garden set in the heart of the Corsican Maquis. Dinner is included tonight.B,D



Optional excursions

This morning travel by coach to Ile Rousse, arriving at Place Paoli, the main square. From here you’ll board the Petit Train for a charming journey along the harbour to Ile de La Pietra, with excellent views of the town. You can also discover the horticultural delights of Parc de Saleccia, which features olive trees, oleanders and cypresses. You'll stop briefly at the Genoese lighthouse before journeying along the coast with its white sandy beaches, returning to Place Paoli through the old town.

Ile Rousse Corsica France Europe

Day 8 Calvi-Arzachena

Today travel to spectacular Arzachena back in Sardinia where you spend the next three nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Airone (4Q). B, D



Optional excursions

Begin this tour with a pleasant 15-minute ferry crossing to the island of La Maddalena, one of three inhabited islands in the seven island archipelago that lies off the north coast of Sardinia. It was settled mostly in the 18th century, but because of its strategic position was a desirable possession. The Maddalena islanders successfully repulsed Napoleon's attempt to land in 1793, while Lord Nelson anchored his fleet in the island’s safe waters prior to the Battle of Trafalgar.

The capital of the island is also called La Maddalena and lies on the coast, overlooked by the Guardia Vecchia fortress. Along the seafront, handsome buildings are evidence of the island's 18th-century heritage, while the old town is dotted with narrow lanes. Perhaps enjoy a coffee and people-watching in the main square of Piazza Garibaldi, or explore the shops and beaches.

La Maddalena Sardinia Italy Europe

Day 9 Emerald Coast

Enjoy the morning at leisure and in the afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion.



Optional excursions

Join an optional excursion this afternoon that visits exclusive resorts along the Emerald Coast including Baia Sardinia and Porto Cervo.

Emerald Coast Sardinia Italy Europe

Day 10 Arzachena

Enjoy a full-day optional excursion to Aggius, a picturesque village of granite stone, home to a rich tradition of weaving and hand-loom carpet making. In the company of a local guide, visit the village and its museums of daily life and history of banditry, and enjoy a spot of wine tasting before heading back to the hotel. B, D



Optional excursions

Enjoy a full-day optional excursion to Aggius, a picturesque village of granite stone, home to a rich tradition of weaving and hand-loom carpet making. Visit the village and its museums of daily life and history of banditry, and enjoy a spot of wine tasting before heading back to the hotel.

Aggius Sardinia Italy Europe

Day 11 Arzachena to Cagliari

Travel to Cagliari, stopping en route for lunch (not included), and stay one last night at the locally rated 4-star T-Hotel (4Q). This ultra-modern hotel is located opposite the stylish 'Music Plaza.' B


Day 12 Cagliari to UK

Travel to Cagliari airport and fly back to the UK.


Calvi

Enjoy an included orientation tour of Calvi with its huge medieval citadel this morning. Then, take an afternoon trip into the mountains to a traditional, unspoilt Corsican village.

Calvi Corsica France Europe
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Corsica and Sardinia

Corsica and Sardinia

from £1,099 11 2

Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £24 if not required