The two gems of the Mediterranean, both Sardinia & Corsica offer astounding geographical diversity and a rich history. With some of the most seductive beaches, surrounded by an emerald sea, this region is an outdoor lover’s playground. Become immersed in two striking cultures over 14 days on our Regional Discovery.
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Day 1: Cagliari
Welcome to Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital. Cagliari, located on the Bay of Angels, is an ancient fortified city that has seen the rule of civilisations for over 5000 years. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a late afternoon walking tour of the historic medieval Castello with its ancient fortifications, 14th century towers and town hall. Visit Piazza Palazzo, The Cathedral of Santa Maria, The Bastion of St Remy, Royal Palace and the bustling marina quarter with its tangled streets, bars and restaurants.
Hotel: Palazzo Dessy Guesthouse or Hotel Villa Fanny or similar, 2 nights
Day 2: Cagliari – Nora – Pula – Chia – Cagliari
Visit Nora, the oldest village in Sardinia, for Carthaginian and Roman archaeological ruins dating to the 8th century BC. Afterward, enjoy leisure time in Pula and at Chia’s pristine series of bays with its pale apricot sand lapped by turquoise waters.
Day 3: Cagliari – Su Naraxi di Barumini – Tharros – Orgosolo
Enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Su Naraxi di Barumini. The defensive structures date to 2000BC and consist of circular towers of truncated cones built of stone. Continue to the Sinis Peninsula and the ancient settlement of Tharros before arriving at your mountainous retreat near the artistic village of Orgosolo. The town is located adjacent to the neighbouring blue zone of ‘Ogliastra’ where life longevity is famed.
Hotel: – Hotel Su Gologone or similar, 2 nights
Day: 4 Orgosolo – Mamoiada – Bosa – Orgosolo
Visit Orgosolo, famous for its murals depicting political struggles and international issues. Browse the murals and visit craft stores including carnival masks from the neighbouring village of Mamoiada, before enjoying a lunch and tasting at a fabulous winery. In the afternoon, visit the ancient hamlet of Bosa with its colourful hillside houses and one of Italy’s most beautiful bridges, the Ponte Vecchio of Bosa.
Day 5: Orgosolo – Alghero – Castelsardo – Costa Smeralda
Enjoy a guided tour of the medieval fortified town of Alghero. Known as ‘Little Barcelona’ for its Catalan influence, the town boasts a striking Gothic-style historic centre with the Church of St Francis and Santa Maria Cathedral. Stroll the narrow lanes, walk the old town walls and take a boat to Neptune’s Grotto. Continue to the Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju dating to 3000BC and Castelsardo, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Hotel: Cervo Hotel Costa Smeralda or L’Ea Bianca Hotel Hotel Abi d’Oru or Petra Segreta Resort & Spa or similar, 2 nights
Day 6: Costa Smeralda – Maddalena Archipelago – Costa Smeralda
Enjoy a full day excursion by boat from Palau to the Maddalena Archipelago consisting of 7 major islands featuring beautiful clear waters, wind-blown granite coastlines and significant wildlife.
Day 7: Costa Smeralda – Arzachena – Bonifacio – Porto-Vecchio
Visit the archaeological sites of Arzachena, dating to 2000BC including the Nuraghe La Prisgiona, a megalithic fortress, and the Giant Tombs of Coddo Vecchiu. Afterward, transfer to the pier for your ferry ride to Corsica, a French Island basking in the Italian sun! Enjoy the afternoon to explore the fortress town of Bonifacio, one of the most spectacular towns of the Mediterranean. The citadel walls and ancient houses rise out of sheer cliffs. Afterward, transfer to your beachside retreat in Porto-Vecchio.
Hotel: La Plage Casadelmar or Hotel Casadelmar or Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa or Domain de Murtoli (Sartène), or Hotel Le Pinarello or Hotel Genovese or similar, 2 nights
Day 8: Porto-Vecchio
Enjoy the day to relax in your amazing property and visit the old town with its maze of streets, piazza’s and 16th century fortifications overlooking the bustling marina.
Day 9: Porto-Vecchio – Sartène – Filitosa – Ajaccio
Visit Sartène, a medieval hilltop town with narrow alleyways surmounted by arches and vaults. The surrounding region boasts some of the best wines in Corsica. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at a local winery before a quick stop to observe the ruins of Filitosa. Accessible through an ancient olive grove, the site features stone carvings from 3300BC. Continue to Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica and the birthplace of Napoléon Bonaparte.
Hotel: Hotel Le Week End or Hotel Les Mouettes or Hotel Dolce Vita or similar, 2 nights
Day 10: Ajaccio
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour including the old town, Place de Gaulle, Cours Napoléon, Maison Bonaparte and the Citadel. In the afternoon, take a relaxing boat cruise around the stunning islands that make up the panoramic Route des Sanguinaires.
Day 11: Ajaccio – Porto – Calvi
Continue north to the charming town of Porto and the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Gulf of Porto with its dramatic sculptured red rock and sweeping bays. The pinnacles and ravines of the red granite Calanches soar out of the beautiful blue seas. Explore by foot or by boat before continuing to Calvi.Hotel: Hotel La Villa or similar, 2 nights
Day 12: Calvi – Lumio – Sant’Antonino – Pigna – L’Île-Rousse – Calvi
Enjoy the day visiting the beautiful villages of La Balagne. Follow the Artisan’s route (Strada di l’Artigiani) along cobbled streets to uncover artists and craftsmen, producing everything from honey and jams to jewellery, basket weaving, essential oils and more. Visit Lumio, Sant’Antonino, Pigna and L’Île-Rousse.
Day 13: Calvi – Saint-Florent – Saleccia – Oletta
Continue to the wild Désert des Agriates, an area of arid landscape and savage beauty. Tucked away between mountains and the sea, Saint-Florent is an elegant town of cobbled streets, pink plastered houses, cafes, boutiques and a marina’s edge lined with bars and restaurants. Here, travel by boat to discover the inaccessible beaches of Saleccia and Loto. Bearing picture-postcard scenery. Afterward, delve into the attractive countryside of Conca d’Oro to your magnificent rural retreat in Oletta.
Hotel: U Palazzu Serenu or similar
Day 14: Oletta – Bastia
Spend the morning exploring panoramic Oletta with its workshops and cellars of local artisans. Continue to Bastia for your onward journey or extend your discovery into Cap Corse, a maquis covered peninsula of exceptional beauty and unspoilt coastline.
|2019 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from Cagliari:||From $10,500.00||On Application|
|Meals:||13 breakfasts, 2 lunches|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Deluxe VIP transport|
|Accommodation:||13 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Experienced Tour Guides|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|