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    Hidden Treasures of Sardinia
    9 days
    from $3,000* per person twin share
    Circled by white sandy beaches and deep emerald waters, there’s no denying Sardinia is a Mediterranean paradise. But dig a little deeper below the surface and you’ll discover there’s also a treasure trove of cultural and archaeological gems to be admired. On our Sardinia tours, you'll explore ancient city ruins and medieval centres. Dip your toes in crystal clear waters and sip wine and taste local specialities at an authentic agriturismo. It’s true what’s been said: Sardinia is different.
    Inclusions Itinerary

    Inclusions

    Itinerary

    Inclusions

    Inclusions

    • 13 meals (8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners)
    • 8 nights accommodation in 4* hotels
    • Travel by coach
    • Guided tours in Cagliari & Alghero
    • Product tasting in San Benedetto Market, ice cream tasting in Cagliari, Malvasia wine tasting
    • Visits to Barumini with guided tour, Aymerich Park, Basilica di Saccargia, Bandit Museum, traditional Sardinian farm and honey making tour and Porto Cervo
    • 2 days free time
    Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 1 – Cagliari arrival

    Day 2 – Cagliari

    Day 3 – Barumini – Aymerich Park – Laconi – Oristano

    Day 4 – Tharros – Bosa – Alghero

    Day 5 – Alghero

    Day 6 – Castelsardo – Aggius – Golfo di Marinella

    Day 7 – Costa Smeralda

    Day 8 – Golfo di Marinella

    Day 9 – Golfo di Marinella

     

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    Based on 24th September 2024 *other dates available please contact your personal travel manager for more information
    Offer expires
    31 Mar 2024 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Cagliari arrival

    Today you will arrive in Cagliari and join your tour group at the hotel (D)

    Day 2

    Cagliari

    Cagliari: the best way to start your Sardinian adventure. The island’s capital city is golden-hued and tree-lined and everywhere you go there are traces of its rich past. Museums, Roman ruins, elegant palazzi and antique churches are just the beginning. Today, we’ll become acquainted with this fine city on a guided tour. Like many of Italy’s great cities, Cagliari has an extensive history dating back to the Phoenicians and has been influenced by the Romans and the French. Together, we’ll take in some of the highlights including the old city ramparts, the old town and the cathedral of Santa Maria. We’ll also stop by San Benedetto Market, where we’ll taste some local products. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure, interrupted only for an ice cream tasting at a local gelateria. (B)

    Day 3

    Barumini - Aymerich Park - Laconi - Oristano

    Our busy day starts early this morning. Our first stop is Barumini, where a local guide will escort us on a tour of the Su Nuraxi complex of Nuraghi, stone structures unique to Sardinia that were created by an ancient Megalithic civilisation. This particular formation was discovered in 1950 and it represents a fine example of these distinctive constructions. We continue to Aymerich Park, a botanical paradise of rare plants. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you’ll love wandering around this natural oasis discovering exotic plants, rare wild orchids and the ruins of medieval buildings. In nearby Laconi we’ll have some leisure time – maybe enjoy the charming Palazzo Aymerich, which hosts the Museum of Prehistoric Sardinian Statues. We end the day in Oristano, where we check into our next hotel. (B & D)

    Day 4

    Tharros - Bosa - Alghero

    This morning, we journey to the northern point of the Gulf of Oristano, where we’ll pass by the ruins of Tharros; a Carthaginian and Roman port originally built by the Phoenicians in the Middle Ages. The site enjoys a glorious position on the seafront of the Sinis Peninsula – a strategic advantage at the time. It’s fascinating to imagine the people who once lived here. By the afternoon, we will arrive in Bosa, one of Sardinia’s most beautiful towns. You’ll notice it from a distance before we even arrive; the rainbow houses stacked on a steep hillside are instantly recognisable. The town straddles the River Temo and cradles the ruins of Castle Serravalle. We’ll stop by the tiny museum-village of Tinnura, famous for the art of weaving, murals and Malvasia wine (don’t worry, we won’t leave without a tasting). Here, the streets are evocative with paved squares housing statues of Sardinian artists and colourful murals painted on houses, depicting the moments of traditional life. We arrive in Alghero and check into our hotel. (B)

    Day 5

    Alghero

    Sat prettily on the northwest seafront, the one-time Catalonian colony of Alghero is one of the island’s most beautiful medieval cities. The animated historic centre is a tight web of cobbled streets and Spanish-style piazzas, which slope towards the harbour and sweeping bay. There’s a buzzing atmosphere here; the restaurants are excellent and the beaches are sandy and inviting. We’ll enjoy a guided walk together, taking in Santa Maria Cathedral, San Francesco church and the tower of Porta Terra. This afternoon you can either explore the town further under your own steam, or join our optional boat trip to the Nettuno caves (Neptune’s grotto) in Capo Caccia – one of the largest marine caves in Italy and a Mediterranean gem. A special dinner awaits at an authentic agriturismo (farm), accompanied by some mirto (local liqueur). (B & D)

    Day 6

    Castelsardo - Aggius - Golfo di Marinella

    Today we leave Alghero behind and journey towards the famed Costa Smeralda. En route, we visit a real architectural gem: the Romantic-era Basilica di Saccargia. Its tall, dark bell tower looms above the surrounding countryside. This majestic structure has punctuated the plain of Saccargia since the 12th century and we’ll learn about the legends that surround it. We continue to the 13th-century Aragonese stronghold of Castelsardo. Imagine steep, winding streets leading up to rugged defensive towers and elderly women sitting in doorways weaving elaborate baskets. It’s little wonder it has been listed as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages. Then, in the Gallura region, we stop to stretch our legs in the deeply traditional village of Aggius. This small, picturesque village is a huddle of granite houses clustered around a historic centre. The village has a longstanding history as a hotbed for banditry and we’ll visit the Bandit Museum – all will be revealed! We arrive in Costa Smeralda later this afternoon and check into our hotel. (B & D)

    Day 7

    Costa Smeralda

    Named for its brilliant blue-green waters, Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) is the poster girl for the entire island. A jetsetter’s paradise, Porto Cervo is the glitzy heart of the coast; its marina is decorated with mega yachts and its beaches are dotted with celebrities. We stay just north of all the bustle and glamour, where the famously clear waters lap at the local sandy beaches. Dip your toes in and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere more tropical. This morning we’ll make our way to a traditional Sardinian farm (stazzu) for a tour of the property that’s also involved in honey making. We’ll get an introduction into their methods followed by a lovely lunch of local products. We then head to the glamorous village of Porto Cervo. Meander along the boutique-lined avenues and watch the yachts bobbing in the sparkling marina. (B & L)

    Day 8

    Golfo di Marinella

    Today is free to spend as you please in this small seaside village. You’ll find a variety of cafés, seafood restaurants and interesting shops to while away your time. Or spend the day on the beach as the turquoise waves lap at your feet. (B)

    Day 9

    Golfo di Marinella - Departure

    Say goodbye to your tour group for your onward travel. (B)

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    Room taxes not included (EUR1-5 per person per night) payable direct to hotel. Prices are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking. Pricing and availability on alternative dates is subject to change. Prices are per person and exclude flights to and from Sardinia. Please check current COVID-19 travel restrictions for the destination you wish to visit and the protocols implemented by the cruiseline before departure. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details. Further conditions may apply. Speak to your personal travel manager for more details.