Corsica has 1,000 kilometres of coastline with over 200 beaches and the dramatic white limestone cliffs around Bonifacio are a delight to behold, particularly from the sea.
The second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is home to a unique style of polyphonic folk singing known as cantu a tenore.
The Corsican seaside town of Ile Rousse lies at the bottom of the Balagne hills, boasting white sands, clear waters and a relaxed atmosphere. It's centre has a tree-lined square with an abundance of cafés and a lively marketplace.
Take an included excursion to Punta Negra, Stintino and Spiaggia della Pelosa on the northern periphery of Sardinia. These parts of the island are characterised by white beaches and transparent waters.
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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.
- 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
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.
Day 3 Alghero
Perhaps enjoy an optional excursion to Torralba and the Church of the Santissima Trinita. B
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
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.
Day 5 Alghero to calvi
Contrast the scenery of the two islands today as you transfer by ferry from Alghero to Porto Torres, Corsica. 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.
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
Day 7 Ile Rousse and Parc de Saleccia
At leisure or take an optional excursion to Ile Rousse.
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.
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.
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.
Day 10 Emerald Coast
Enjoy the morning at leisure and in the afternoon perhaps join an optional excursion.
Join an optional excursion this afternoon that visits exclusive resorts along the Emerald Coast including Baia Sardinia and Porto Cervo.
Day 11 Aggius
At leisure or enjoy a full-day optional excursion to Aggius.
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.
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.
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.
Included on 12 nights itinerary