This laidback small group tour provides you with the perfect blend of modern-day Sardinia – its food, wine and long-held traditions- with the island’s long and rich history. From Cagliari in the south, to the Arzachena in the north, this tour takes you around the island, into the mountains interior, and to its vineyards, 3500 year old ruins and famed beach resorts.
Highlights of Sardinia
Day 1 UK to Capoterra
Depart on your flight to Cagliari, Sardinia and on arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening you will have the opportunity to taste some local specialties while you get to know your fellow travelers and meet your tour leader.
Day 2 Capoterra
This morning head out on a tour of the nearby city of Cagilari, the capital of Sardinia. Head down to the old town where you will see the hilltop castle, the Royal Palace and the 13th century cathedral. Later visit the local market shop for a picnic lunch which will take place on the beach (weather dependent). Travel south along the coast to the Nora Archaeological site to see the ruins of a once important Roman trading town. On return to your hotel you will have time to yourselves before meeting your group for dinner at your hotel. Stay - Hotel Sain Lucia Capoterra (or similar) BLD
Day 3 Capoterra to Alghero
The journey north starts with a short train ride from Cagliari to Dolianova where you will board your bus and travel to Su Nurazi di Barumini, the ruins of an ancient settlement to discover more about the Sardinia's Nuragic civilization. The tour countinues to the west of the island's prettiest town - Bosa. Take a walk around the towns colourful houses and the historic tanneries on the banks of the river Temo. Tonight's dinner is at a charming trattoria in town, along the north coast to Alghero, providing you the perfect opportunity to sample hearty, simple and flavoursome dishes. Stay: Hotel Catalunya (or similar) BD.
Day 4 Alghero
Walking tour of Alghero's historic centre, which is encompasse by fawn-hued fortified city walls. The tour begins at the 14th century Porta Terrace tower, the ancient entrance to the city walls. The first of the tour's two wine tasting experiences takes place this afternoon at a winery in the countryside surrounding Alghero. Here you can sample some mouth watering varieties as you enjoy an early, light lunch. This afternoon you will; head out on a boat trip to Neptune's Grotto, a marine cave carved into the cliff face along the coast. Stay: Hotel Catalunya (or similar) BL.
Day 5 Alghero to Arzachena
The next stop is the town of Castelsardo on the island's north coast. This typically Sardinian town has a breathtaking setting on the hilltop of a headland overlooking the Mediterranean. As you wander through its historic streets you can gain an insight into traditional life. After spening some time visiting some of the handicraft shops, continue along the coast to Palau, a lively resort and gateway to the islands of the Maddalena Archipelago. Board the ferry in the harbour and cross the Straits of Bonifacio to the largest of the islands, La Maddalena. Dinner this evening is at your hotel, overlooking the stunning Gulf of Cannigione. Stay: Hotel Airone (or similar) BD.
Day 6 Arzachena to Oliena
The journey back south begins today., but not before you have driven along the coast to the famous Costa Smeralda region. The coastline has long boasted rich and luxury hotels as well as the most expensive real estate in Europe. There will be time to stop and explore Porto Rotondo, once a small hamlet and now lively resort and stylish port. This afternoon you will travel south to the town of Dorgali, where you will have the opportunity to visit a winery and of course taste some of Sardinia's most famous produce, alongside some appetizers. The group will then continue to Oliena where you will spend two nights. Stay: Hotel Su Gologone (or similar) BL.
Day 7 Oliena
Your final full day in Sardinia begins with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, setting you up perfectly for a day where the focus is on the traditions of island life. Travel to the town of Nuroro where a visit to the Museum of Sardinian Life and Folk Traditions is included. The museum is home to a fascinating and rich collection of exhibits chronicling life on the island, mainly between late 1800's to the mid 1900's. Early in the evening return to the hotel where you will have time to relax before your farewell dinner. Stay: Hotel Su Gologone (or similar) BLD.
Day 8 Oliena to UK
Following breakfast you'll transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
*Prices are based on 12th September departure*
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Sardinia’s coastline is world-renowned, and this tour is easy to combine with some beach time. Southern Sardinia is famous for its sheer cliffs, golden sand dunes and sleepy villages.