Corsica & Sardinia Tour Snapshot
Visit Corsica and Sardinia for their strikingly beautiful landscapes, villages perched on rocky hillsides and beautiful beaches!
2018 Tour Price: $7,890
Tour price includes:
- Roundtrip airfare from New York or Boston (airfare can be deducted)
- 12 nights in small, elegant accommodations of regional character
- 1 night in Nice; 6 nights in Corsica (2 in Calvi; 2 in Ajaccio; 2 in Bonifacio); 5 nights in Sardinia (2 in Alghero; 2 in Oristano; 1 in Cagliari)
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned mini-van or mini-bus
- Flight from Nice to Calvi, Corsica
- Ferry from Bonifacio, Corsica to Santa Teresa di Gallura, Sardinia
- Visit 2 UNESCO world heritage sites: Scandola Natural Reserve, Corsica and Su Naraxi, Sardinia
- Archeological guided visits to prehistoric monuments
- Winery visits in both Corsica and Sardinia
- Cooking class in Sardinia
- All local tour guides, museum, winery and monument entrance fees
- All tips and taxes
Depart the United States, flying overnight to Nice.
We arrive at the Nice airport on the French Riviera and transfer by shuttle to our hotel. After relaxing from your flight, we then take a guided walking tour of the old historic center. Enjoy a gourmet welcome dinner.
Overnight: Nice | Meals: D
After breakfast we take a short flight to the Corsican town of Calvi. We check into our beautiful hotel overlooking the sea and then take a walking tour of Calvi’s charming medieval port. Tonight we enjoy a gourmet dinner of Corsican specialties.
Overnight: Calvi | Meals: B, D
Today we explore the coast around Calvi. We meet some local Corsicans and visit a Corsican winery and olive oil producer. We then enjoy a lunch on the beach with our new Corsican friends. We have time to relax at our hotel at the end of the day.
Overnight: Calvi | Meals: B, L, D
Departing Calvi, we head south to the seaside town of Porto. Then, a boat ride along the coast takes us to the Scandola Nature Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), an amazing geological marvel of unusual red rock formations. We continue further south to our next destination, Corsica’s capital city, Ajaccio. After checking into our hotel, we take a stroll along the elegant palm tree-lined boulevards before a wonderful dinner.
Overnight: Ajaccio | Meals: B, D
This wonderful waterfront city of Ajaccio, is known foremost as Napoleon’s birthplace. We visit the house he grew up in with a local guide. In the afternoon we have free time to explore and choose one of the town’s many enticing restaurants for dinner.
Overnight: Ajaccio | Meals: B, L
Ajaccio, Valley of Taravo, Bonifacio
After breakfast we head to the Valley of Taravo, where we discover a number of extraordinary statues and dolmens dating from Corsica’s Neolithic era (roughly 6000 B.C.). We see several fascinating menhir-statues in Filitosa and the dolmen of Fontanaccia in Sartène. We’ll see “cardial ware”, a type of pottery dating from the 7th millennium B.C. On the Cauria plateau we see many of the best-preserved menhirs and dolmens. The nearby seaside resort of Propriano, an ancient town pre-dating the Romans, is a perfect place for lunch. We then continue on to Bonifacio, Corsica’s southernmost town. This amazing town is perched on a narrow limestone peninsula about one mile long which parallels the coast and forms a harbor on the southernmost point of Corsica. We check into our beautiful seaside hotel before enjoying dinner on the town.
Overnight: Bonifacio | Meals: B, D
This morning we take a guided tour to discover the beauties of this ancient town: the Citadel, the Etendard Bastion and the lively port. We have the afternoon to relax at one of the stunning beaches, take a walk along the coast or explore the town’s many quaint streets and squares.
Overnight: Bonifacio | Meals: B
Bonifacio, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Alghero
A one hour ferry ride across the Straits of Bonifacio takes us to the lovely town of Santa Teresa di Gallura on the northernmost tip of the island of Sardinia. Outside the town lies a fascinating prehistoric village, La Brandall, and the Tomba del Giganti, a vast communal village grave used between the 14th and 10th centuries BC. After visiting these archeological ruins, we have lunch on the waterfront in Santa Teresa and then time to take a stroll on the beautiful beach. We then head west to Alghero where we check in at our stunning hotel located on a private peninsula, a former residence of the Kings of Italy. This part of the Sardinian coast, also known as the “Coral Riviera”, is considered one of the most beautiful in the entire Mediterranean. Tonight we discover the great culinary delicacies of northwestern Sardinia.
Overnight: Alghero | Meals: B, L, D
This morning we have at leisure to relax at the beach, discover the lively town of Alghero, or take an optional boat trip to one of the most fascinating jewels of the whole Mediterranean: the caves of Neptune, an authentic geological marvel. In the afternoon we visit one of the most important wine resorts and olive oil producers in North Sardinia. The owner takes us for a walk through the vineyards with guided tasting of the wines and olive oils, paired with typical sausages and different kinds of cheeses from local artisan farmers.
Overnight: Alghero | Meals: B, D
Alghero, Bosa, Tharros, Oristano
Today we take the most beautiful road in Sardinia on the drive south to Bosa: 45 miles of breathtaking views on stunning rocky cliffs that overlook the sea. Bosa, an ancient Phoenician town with a long and renowned tradition for seafood, is the perfect place to stop and relax for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the ancient archeological area of Tharros, another city founded by the Phoenicians in the early 7th Century B.C. On the protected Sinis Peninsula we discover how diverse cultures overlap in a layered architecture: from the Phoenicians to the Greeks and finally the Romans. We check into our small boutique hotel, an old farmhouse with a fabulous wine cellar.
Overnight: Oristano | Meals: B
Today we take a guided tour of Oristano, a lively city with a medieval center and stunning Cathedral founded in 1253. While strolling through the center, we observe the joy and vitality of the locals and its tiny alleys. After lunch we head back to our hotel, where our Chef will guide us in an entertaining cooking class focusing on fish recipes. Our dinner will feature local Sardinian wines such as Vermentino and Vernaccia to go with our dishes.
Overnight: Oristano | Meals: B, D
Oristano, Su Naraxi, Cagliari
After breakfast we drive south towards Cagliari, Sardinia’s largest city, stopping en route at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Su Naraxi. Here we see a pre-eminent examples of the Sardinian nuraghe, ancient megalithic constructions developed during the Nuragic age (1900-730 B.C.). After a delicious picnic lunch, we continue on to Cagliari and arrive at our centrally-located hotel. After a stroll in the city center, we enjoy a gourmet farewell dinner of local traditional cuisine.
Overnight: Cagliari | Meals: B, L, D
This morning we transfer to the Cagliari airport for our return flights home.