- Colourful Castelsardo
Explore this picturesque town with its ancient castle and beautiful sandy beaches.
The capital city of Corsica, Ajaccio is the gateway to the island’s rugged interior.
- Capo Caccia
These craggy cliffs in the Bay of Alghero are home to rare plant life and priceless natural heritage.
- Historic Corte
Head inland and discover the impressive landscapes surrounding this hilltop citadel.
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Corsica and Sardinia
Corsica and Sardiniafrom £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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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.
11 nights in hotels
19 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) and 8 dinners (D)
- Included travel insurance
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
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
Day 1 UK-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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Les Iles Sanguinaires
Spend a day on the Blood Islands, an archipelago of four islets off the coast of Ajaccio. Named after the reddish rock outcrops that dominate the landscape, the islands are a natura haven for birds and marine wildlife. Another remarkable feature of the site, is the Iles Sanguinaires' lighthouse, dating back to 1870, which is built on the highest point of the Grande Île (Large Island), at 80 metres above sea level. An old semaphore can be found further south. It marks out the south-western coast of Corsica and the entry to the gulf of Ajaccio.
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Corsica and Sardiniafrom £1,749 per person
11 nights Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £54 if not required