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Corsica and Sardinia

Corsica and Sardinia

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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. Highlights are sure to be a stay on Sardinia’s exclusive Costa Smeralda, exploring the home town of Napoleon Bonaparte, and journeying through lush interiors of these two stunning islands.

Including...

11 nights in hotels

19 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) and 8 dinners (D)

Excursions and visits

  • Visit the Ispinigoli Grotto
  • View the Museum of Traditional Masks in Mamoiada
  • Walking tour of Alghero
  • See the spectacular cliffs of Capo Caccia
  • Explore the picturesque town of Bosa
  • Inter-island ferry crossing
  • Walking tour of Porto Cervo
  • Visit the village of Castelsardo
  • Tour the Banditry Museum OPT

Use of audio headsets on guided tours


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Day 1 UK-Olbia, Sardinia

Olbia, Sardinia

Fly to Olbia in north-east Sardinia and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Mercure Hotel (4Q) for an overnight stay. Look forward to a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel this evening. D


Day 2 Olbia to Arborea

Ancient pagan masks in Mamoiada

After breakfast, journey through the unspoilt Sardinian countryside to Arborea on the west coast. Pause en route at the Ispinigoli grotto, one of the largest caves on the island where artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age have been found, as well as traces of the extinct giant otter, Megalenhydris. You’ll also stop in Mamoiada to visit the extraordinary Museum of Mediterranean Masks, renowned for its displays of traditional carnival masks.

Spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Horse Country (4Q) in Arborea, a quiet town founded by Mussolini in 1928. B, D


Day 3 Cagliari

Cagliari

Drive south to the capital of Sardinia, Cagliari, for a full day’s exploration. Join a guided walking tour of the city this morning exploring the narrow, winding streets that lead up to the old quarter, then the afternoon is free for you to continue exploring independently. From a beautiful beach, to an array of museums and monuments, there’s plenty to see and do. Enclosed by medieval walls, the hilltop Castello offers far-reaching views over the city and beyond, or perhaps choose from the number of bars and cafes where you can soak up the city’s Italian vibe.

Return to your hotel in Arborea this evening for dinner. B, D


Day 4 Arborea to Alghero

Alghero

Journey north to the medieval city of Alghero, pausing en route in San Salvatore, a dusty, little village where many western movies were filmed in the 1960s and 70s. Continue via Bosa, considered one of Sardinia’s most picturesque towns because of its beautiful landscape of pastel-coloured houses climbing the steep hillside.

Arrive in Alghero where you’ll stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Catalunya (3Q). B, D


Day 5 Alghero

Capo Caccia

This morning, look forward to a walking tour of Alghero’s historic centre. Here a tight-knit maze of lanes open on to cafe-lined piazzas and the Catalan signposts reveal its colonial heritage, a throwback to the city’s Iberian rule which ended three centuries ago.

This afternoon’s excursion reveals the craggy cliffs of Capo Caccia, a protected area home to rare plant life and priceless natural heritage. B


Day 6 Alghero to Ajaccio, Corsica

Ajaccio, Corsica

Contrast the scenery of the two islands of Sardinia and Corsica today as you transfer to Ajaccio aboard the inter-island ferry. On arrival, transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Campo dell’oro (3Q+) where you’ll spend the next three nights. B, D


Day 7 Ajaccio

Ajaccio, Corsica, France

Embark on a walking tour of Ajaccio this morning. Corsica’s capital has an attractive old town, cathedral, and museums as well as tempting shops and a palm-lined promenade.

The afternoon is free to spend at leisure. Perhaps trace the legacy of Napoleon, born on the island in 1769, and visit his ancestral home turned national museum, Maison Bonaparte.

Alternatively, you could join an optional excursion to the secluded archipelago of Les Iles Sanguinaires. B


Day 8 Corte

Corte

Today, take a full day trip into the mountains of the island’s interior, to the traditional, unspoilt historic mountain capital of Corscia. Corte has an impressive natural setting and is home to a lofty citadel, old mansions and market. The town comes to life in the summer when hikers, cyclists and climbers flock to explore the surrounding valleys.

Return to your hotel in Ajaccio this evening. B, D


Day 9 Ajaccio to Porto Cervo, Sardinia

View of harbour and village Porto Cervo

Make the return journey to Sardinia today, crossing over to the idyllic Costa Smeralda in the north of the island. The regions is famed as a playground for the rich and famous thanks to its exclusive hotels, high-end shops and restaurants, and gorgeous white sand beaches.

Continue to the fashionable resort town of Porto Cervo where you’ll spend the next three nights at the locally rated 4-star Luci di la Muntagne (4Q). B, D


Day 10 Porto Cervo

Porto Cervo old town

This morning, take a walking tour of picturesque Porto Cervo. Frequented by glamorous clientele and full of designer boutiques, you can mingle with the jet-set as you stroll down towards the famous harbour, which, in the summer months, is filled with luxury yachts.

The afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring independently. B


Day 11 Castelsardo and Aggius

Castelsardo

Today tour two of northern Sardinia’s treasures, both famed for their handicrafts. Begin in Castelsardo, an attractive town with an ancient castle and a selection of beautiful sandy beaches. Take time to admire the ancient architecture and learn about the historic basket weaving industry.

This afternoon, continue to Aggius a picturesque village of granite stone, home to a tradition of hand-loom carpet making and weaving. During your tour visit the Banditry Museum OPT, which was once rife in this region! Return to your hotel for a farewell dinner. B, D


Day 12 Porto Cervo-UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. B


Corsica and Sardinia

Corsica and Sardinia

from £1,749 per person
2 passengers
11 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required
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from £1,749 per person
2 passengers
11 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required