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Sardinia: Alghero, Costa Smeralda & Corsica

8 days from only £899pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Discover hidden cultural treasures in the charming traditional villages of inland Sardinia
  • Explore medieval Alghero’s fascinating Catalan heritage on a guided tour
  • Tour Italian-influenced Bonifacio in French Corsica with an expert guide
  • Admire the fabled Costa Smeralda’s picturesque coastal towns and villages
  • Marvel at the Santu Antine nuraghe, one of the thousands of Bronze Age settlements scattered across the island
  • Discover the ancient Phoenician ruins at Tharros
  • Visit a family-owned wine estate and enjoy a tasting of Sardinia’s excellent wines
  • Enjoy scenic drives with superb views along the breathtaking coast
  • Feast on traditional Sardinian fare at a family-run agriturismo, a rural restaurant serving dishes made with fresh, local produce
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, with transfers to and from your hotel
  • Seven nights’ accommodation in four-star hotels inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and four dinners
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager

Selected departures from April to October 2019

 
At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast & 4 dinners
Expert tour manager
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Speak of Sardinia and the glamorous scalloped bays of Costa Smeralda spring to mind, but the Mediterranean’s second-largest island has so much more to offer. A closer look reveals delightful surprises at every turn: an exhilarating thousand-mile coastline of translucent sea, white sands and hidden coves; a long history as diverse and fantastic as its rugged landscapes; and a unique identity that is familiar yet distinct from mainland Italy. Further inland away from the bustling coast is a very different yet perhaps more intriguing and authentic side to Sardinia: immaculate beaches give way to undulating countryside, cloaked in forests of cork oak in the uplands, and swathed in myrtle and olive on the lower slopes. Tucked away are sleepy towns and villages, where you’ll catch enticing glimpses of local life and centuries-old traditions.

Even the cuisine of Sardinia differs with distinct takes on Italian staples. Semolina-based ‘fregula’ challenges our preconceptions of pasta as its spherical shape bears a closer resemblance to couscous than spaghetti. ‘Zuppa gallurese’ is Sardinian comfort food at its best and, despite its name, has nothing to do with soup – slices of bread are soaked in lamb stock and sprinkled with cheese and herbs, then baked in the oven to golden perfection. Some might say the culmination of Sardinian cuisine is the ‘porceddu’, suckling pig wrapped in myrtle and bay leaves, spit-roasted for hours over an open fire. Off the beaten track are verdant vineyards producing superb wines, such as the Cannonau reds and Vermentino whites.

Sardinia shares much of its history with Corsica, which once formed a head to its torso before the Straits of Bonifacio divided them over time. The islands’ strategic position between Europe and Africa has long attracted invaders since prehistoric times. Scattered across Sardinia are some 7,000 ‘nuraghi’ – these Bronze Age settlements were left by a mysterious civilisation and are an unceasing allurement to the curious traveller. Then came the Phoenicians who founded trading posts at sites such as Tharros, followed by the Romans who ruled Sardinia and Corsica as a province. Both islands were liberated by Genoa and Pisa from Moorish invasion, and in the 14th century the kingdom of Sardinia and Corsica was offered by Pope Bonifacio VII to the Catalan-speaking Aragonese.

The entire island is an open-air museum best explored at leisure, and our wonderful tour follows this fascinating journey through time across Sardinia and the southernmost tip of Corsica. We visit one of the island’s largest nuraghi, the astonishing Santu Antine, and see the archaeological ruins left by the Phoenicians and Romans at Tharros. Observe the legacies of the Genoese in the elegant Corsican town of Bonifacio, and of the Spaniards in the medieval port city of Alghero. Of course, we experience Sardinia’s wide-ranging landscapes, from fine-sand beaches and towering cliffs to granite mountains and rolling hills. Along the way you’ll encounter the perfectly hospitable Sardinians, who are extremely proud of their heritage and more than happy to share a slice of traditional, idyllic island life with anyone willing to embrace it.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and four dinners (including one in a local restaurant), all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, entrances to Calangianus Cork Museum, Tharros Archaeological area and Nuraghe Santu Antine, ferry crossing from Santa Teresa Gallura to Bonifacio and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

  Arrival airport   First hotel location   Transfer time    Final hotel location    Departure airport  Transfer time 
  Olbia Airport Cannigione 45 mins Alghero Olbia Airport 2 hrs
Alghero Airport 2 hrs 15 mins Alghero Airport 20 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Languages: Italian, French, Corsu
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Countries: Italy, France

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Hotel Information

  • The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.
  • Where hotels feature a swimming pool, it will be open during the summer months depending on weather conditions.

Accommodation


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