If you choose Sardinia as the island of your landing, you, inquiring travelers, shall start to abandon all the visualizations and ideas you have about Italy. Be conscious you will approach to a more different land than other best known Italian places, so you are going to feel an unexpected and enjoyable surprise. Like the majority of the Mediterranean islands, also Sardinia was a crossroads for exchanges and trades, but, differently to others, it has preserved its archaic and mysterious culture until nowadays. You will be impressed by countless things: the untouched Nature, the traditional cuisine, the vestiges of the ancient cultures. The merit of our travel is to show you an ancient Sardinia and a more modern one, to let you admire the artistic beauties, to enjoy the wonderful Sardinian Nature, especially the sea, and to taste local wines and cuisine. We cannot miss the nearest island, Corsica, which in the ancient time was called “Kallíste” (from Greek Καλλίστη), “the most beautiful”. The area including Sardinia and Corsica is the best preserved in Mediterranean Sea.
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea: 24 100 km² with 1 663 859 inhabitants. 188 km of Tyrrhenian Sea divide it from the Italian peninsula and  11 km from Corsica. Sardinia owns every possible kind of environments, much different from south to north. The coasts extend for 1.897 km, meanwhile the central area is occupied by Gennargentu massive. Both the sea and the mountains have been preserved with the institution of several national and regional parks. The chief town is Cagliari, placed in the southern coast.
Sardinia has been always integrated to the flow of events of the whole Mediterranean Sea. This island has preserved his magic culture over the millenia, not excluding the advantages derived from the contacts with further cultures.
The Nuraghi culture was one of the ancient indigenous folk, whose name derives from the many megaliths that characterize the island, like the mysterious Giants’ graves or the little village of Su Nuraxi, one of the most complete example of prehistoric architecture. In the old period, Sardinia was dominated by many people who travelled and traded in Mediterranean Sea: first Phoenicians and Roman, after Vandals and Byzantines; in modern times by Aragons and Savoy reign, until the Italian unification.
We promise you the most beautiful beaches, the most precious artistic works, the funniest nightlife, the more incredible travel experience you can enjoy.

ITINERARY & PROGRAM, overview

8 days – 7 nights

Day 1:  Welcome to Sardinia! The Emerald Coast

  • Meet and Great with your personal driver at Olbia airport.
  • Transfer to your accommodation in Costa Smeralda.
  • Afternoon Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) and Porto Cervo sightseeing: from crystal-clear turquoise water, unspoiled beaches, untouched nature and stunning architecture, of luxurious hotels and villas.
  • Overnightstay in you 5 starred hotel in Porto Cervo.

Day 2: Maddalena Archipelago – Winetasting

  • Departure to Palau port and take the ferry to La Maddalena Island.
  • Full day land excursion to explore the main island, La Maddalena fishing village and Caprera. We’ll take a pleasant walk amongst the nineteenth century buildings and paved alleyways of the village. Following the panoramic road, which skirts the coast for around 20 kilometres, we’ll pass through unforgettable panoramic areas, which combine the azure-blue colour of the sea with the green of the Mediterranean vegetation.
  • After the excursion, on the way back to the Hotel we’ll visit of one of the famous winery in the north of Sardinia with wine tasting accompanied by a rich, typical snack.
  • Return to Porto Cervo and overnight stay at you deluxe hotel.

Day 3: Corsica, Bonifacio

  • Today we’ll take the ferry from Santa Teresa to Bonifacio (Corsica) to visit the southern region of the island, where the Corsican mountains sweep down to the sea in an apotheosis of beaches, creeks and islets.
  • In Bonifacio, we will visit the old town with the Bastion de l’Etendard, the Place d’Armes, the very moving sailor’s cemetery, the magnificent King of Aragon steps carved out of the cliff face, and the church of Saint Dominique, one of the island’s few Gothic buildings.
  • Lunch and leisurely afternoon.
  • Proceed to Alghero and overnightstay in your 5 starred hotel.

Day 4: Aragonese Village of Alghero – Neptune’s Marine Caves

  • If weather permits morning boat trip to the Neptune’s marine cave complex leaving from the touristic port of Alghero.
  • In the afternoon time at leisure to visit Alghero’s old town. The village was founded around 1102 by the Genoese Doria family, as a fortified port. After the end of the war Alghero became a popular tourist resort. The charming little, cobble paved streets lead to the lovely promenade adorned with ramparts and towers dating back toi the sixteenth century.
  • Overnightstay at your deluxe hotel in Alghero.

Day 5:  Barbagia Region: Nuoro – Orgosolo

  • Departure for a full-day excursion to the Barbagia Region, in the heart of Sardinia.
  • Visit of Nuoro, surrounded by valleys and mountains, an important cultural center and  birthplace of several renowned artists. Nuoro hosts some of the most important museums in Sardinia as the Grazia Deledda Museum and the Sardinia museum of ethnography. If weather permits we’ll visit the statue of Il Redentore, at about 1000 mt, which represents a destination for many pilgrims.
  • Food lovers will not be disappointed by the selection of typical wines and food from the area where the local recipes are still carried out following the very antique, homemade methods. We will have table booked at the family-run country restaurant where Antony Bourdain shot an episode of “no reservation”.
  • Afternoon, visit of the near village of Orgosolo, an open-air gallery of arts, with its ‘murales’ Cubist inspired. This mural tradition started around the late 1960’s or early 1970’s when student protest was beginning to question decades of social oppression and injustice.
  • Proceed to the Oliena Hotel, your 4 starred hotel in Nuoro.

Day 6:  Tharros – Su Nuraxi – Cagliari

  • Departure to the Oristano region.
  • Visit The Marine Protected Area “Penisola del Sinis – Isola di Mal di Ventre”  and the archaeological site of Tharros. The site is one of the most fascinating archeological sites in Sardinia, not only because of the archaeological remains of this once flourishing town, originated from merging oriental urban and western prehistoric cultures, but also because of the unique position on the narrow peninsula overlooking the bay of Oristano.
  • Continue on to Barumini to visit Su Nuraxi a special type of defensive structure known as nuraghi developed on the island of Sardinia and inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.
  • End the day in Cagliari and overnight stay  at your 4 starred hotel.

Day 7: VIillasimius – Cagliari

  • Departure to discover the south east coast along the scenic coastal drive to Villasimius. The village is situated on a beautiful tip with stunning white sandy beaches and electric blue sea. You can admire the nearest Capo Carbonara (natural reserve) its harbour and the old fortress. Within the double bay with fine white sand on one side and granulated sand on the other.
  • Return to Cagliari a cosmopolitan working city surrounding an evocative Medieval centre where taverns and restaurants casually spill out onto the many cobbled piazzas. Cagliari’s two thousand years of history has also left its mark, with archaeological remains, superb churches and several fine museums. The historic neighborhood is still partially enclosed by the bastioned walls. Two medieval towers in white stone stand along the bastion enclosure along with two city gates that escaped demolition during the 19th century. The Castello itinerary begins at the S.Pancrazio (s’Avanzada) entrance or from the Porta dei Leoni, and follows the intricate web of Spanish-influenced streets.
  • ALTERNATIVE : wine discovery at the well known wine maker Argiolas in Serdina. Full wine tasting and short cooking lesson on how to make typical ravioli.
  • Overnightstay in your 4 stars hotel in Cagliari.

Day 8: Arrivederci!

  • After breakfast, private transfer to Cagliari Airport.

Please, note the detailed program is available upon request by email to info@isolabella.it

FEATURES

General info

The unusual charm of Sardinia and Corsica is a private escorted trip designed to provide customised luxury services and let participants enjoy their experience at best. Accommodation provided is luxury, strategically located. When provided, the food is always typically local, with a blend of regional delicacies and top-quality wines. Transportation is top quality. Your driver/guide or your driver/escort and your local guides are qualified, knowledgble but pleasant and happy to meet any specific need and interest.

Departures
This tour is available all year round upon request.

Prices
Quote per person are given upon request with details of inclusions/exclusions.

Flights
We prefer you to take care of your flights according to your needs.

Adds-on
We would be happy to assist you in case of any pre and post nights in Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Rome or any other Italian city and Malta. Do not hesitate to ask for info.

Reservation & Payment
A deposit of 30% per person is required at the time of reservation. Final payment of the tour is due 60 days prior to the beginning of the tour.

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