Sardinia & Corsica | Regional Discovery - 14 days

The two gems of the Mediterranean, both Sardinia and 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.

Highlights and Inclusions

  • 13 nights in exquisite 4 and 5 star hotels.
  • Guided walking tour of Cagliari perched over the Bay of Angels.
  • Excursion to the ancient town and archaeological ruins of Nora.
  • Guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Su Naraxi di Barumini.
  • Admission to the ancient sites of Tharros, Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju and Arzachena.
  • Visit the murals and craft stores of Orgosolo and Mamoiada.
  • Lunch and wine tasting at wineries in Sardinian and Corsica.
  • Visit charming Sardinian towns of Pula, Bosa and Castelsardo.
  • Guided walking tour of Alghero.
  • Boat excursions to Neptune’s Grotto and The Maddalena Archipelago.
  • Visit Sardinia’s best beaches including Chia and Costa Smeralda.
  • Visit Corsica’s Filitosa ruins.
  • Visit charming Corsican towns of Bonifacio, Sartène, Porto, Saint-Florent and Oletta.
  • Guided walking tour of Ajaccio including Napoléon Bonaparte’s former home.
  • Cruise the panoramic Islands of the Route des Sanguinaires.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Gulf of Porto.
  • Follow the Strada di l’Artigiani to discover the artist villages of La Balagne.
  • Explore Désert des Agriates’ unspoilt beaches of Saleccia and Loto by boat.
  • Deluxe VIP transfers as indicated including airport transfers on arrival and departure.

Upcoming Departures

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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.

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Day: 2 Cagliari – Nora – Pula – Chia – Cagliari

B

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.

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Day: 3 Cagliari – Su Naraxi di Barumini – Tharros – Orgosolo

B

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.

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Day: 4 Orgosolo – Mamoiada – Bosa – Orgosolo

B, L

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.

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Day: 5 Orgosolo – Alghero – Castelsardo – Costa Smeralda

B

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.

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Day: 6 Costa Smeralda – Maddalena Archipelago – Costa Smeralda

B

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.

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Day: 7 Costa Smeralda – Arzachena – Bonifacio – Porto-Vecchio

B

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.

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Day: 8 Porto-Vecchio

B

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.

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Day: 9 Porto-Vecchio – Sartène – Filitosa – Ajaccio

B, L

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.

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Day: 10 Ajaccio

B

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.

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Day: 11 Ajaccio – Porto – Calvi

B

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.

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Day: 12 Calvi – Lumio – Sant’Antonino – Pigna – L’Île-Rousse – Calvi

B

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.

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Day: 13 Calvi – Saint-Florent – Saleccia – Oletta

B

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.

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Day: 14 Oletta – Bastia

B

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.

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