1st Day: Genoa / Porto Torres
In the evening depart from Genoa on board the cruise boat ‘Grandi Navi Veloci’ which will take us all the way to the island of Sardinia – one of the most ancient and beautiful areas in Italy. Overnight accommodations in two bed inner cabin.
2nd Day: Porto Torres / Alghero
Arrival in Sardinia at Porto Torres where you will meet your tour escort who will assist you for the entire stay. You will then depart for Alghero – a beautiful city with medieval arches, Spanish bastions and narrow streets. As the town was once a favourite residence of the Aragonese family you will notice the Spanish influence not only in the architecture but also in the local dialect. Weather permitting we will visit the Nettuno Grottoes, one of the geological wonders of Sardinia, reachable by boat only as the entrance is located under the cliff of Capo Caccia. Accommodation at a hotel located in the region of Alghero and lunch. In the afternoon visit to Palmavera with its historical town centre, church of San Francesco and Cathedral of S. Maria. Here you will also see a complex of ‘Nuraghi’ (large prehistoric stone towers, dating back to the stone age, and which can be found throughout the island). In the evening back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
3rd Day: Bosa / Oristano / Cagliari
Depart for the South. First stop will be Bosa, a charming city on the river Temo, with abandoned tanneries and colourful boats. We will first visit the cathedral and then we will take a pleasant walk along the river. Here we will see the old women of the town, dressed in black, creating beautiful embroidery, keeping an ancient craft very much alive. We will then depart for Pozzo di S. Cristina and Oristano. Stop for lunch then continue on to Cagliari. In the evening accommodation at a hotel located in the region, dinner and overnight stay.
4th Day: Cagliari / Nora
In the morning we will visit of one of the oldest towns in Italy – Cagliari. Guided tour of the historical city centre characterized by narrow streets and old palaces. We will visit the historical bastions of the Castle, the Bonaria church, the towers of S. Pancrazio, the Savoia Castle and the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Stop for lunch. We then travel southwest to visit the city of Nora, founded by the Phoenicians and built on a hill with a wonderful view. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
5th Day: Muravera/ Arbatax/ Cala Gonone
After breakfast depart for the east coast of the island towards Muravera. We arrive in Arbatax, a town famous for its red porphyry rocks, which emerge from the sparkling blue water – ideal scenery for photographs! Lunch stop. In the afternoon the trip will continue on to Dorgali, taking one of the most scenic roads in Sardinia. We will stop at the Ispinigoli Grottoes before reaching the hotel located in Cala Gonone, a small port and vacation spot. Dinner and overnight stay.
6th Day: Nuoro / Orgosolo / Arzachena
After breakfast depart for Nuoro, a city located at the foot of Mount Ortobene almost in the centre of Sardinia, and a part of the island whose main industry is still sheep farming. We will visit the Museum of Popular Traditions with its beautiful collection of costumes. Our itinerary will continue with a visit to Orgosolo, a typical village on the slopes of Gennargentu, in the heart of Barbagia. This spot is famous for its houses decorated with murals and for its women’s costumes, traditionally saffron in colour. After lunch in a typical restaurant, we will depart for the most famous coast of Sardinia – the Emerald Coast. We will travel past and enjoy the wonderful scenery of San Teodoro, the Golden Coast, and Olbia, one of the most important ports of the island and finally we will arrive in the region of Baia Sardinia. Accommodation, dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in the region.
7th Day: La Maddalena / Caprera
After breakfast depart hotel for Palau, a small port where we will take a boat to reach the island of La Maddalena, one of seven granite islands sculpted by the waves, and a real paradise for lovers of snorkelling. We will visit the island of Caprera and the museum dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi who lived on the island for 26 years until his death. Lunch in a typical restaurant on the island of La Maddalena. Free time to relax or stroll around this beautiful island on your own. In the late afternoon we will take the boat back to Palau to return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
8th Day: Santa Teresa / Porto Torres
After breakfast we will travel north along a road encountering breathtaking scenery of bays, beaches and blue waters – truly paradise on earth! We will pass Santa Teresa di Gallura, a pretty town just before Bonifacio, and stop in Castelsardo, an ancient village with picturesque roads that seem to be suspended between land and sea. Castelsardo is also very famous for its crafts. After lunch we will continue our trip , travelling towards Porto Torres where we will board our boat to return to Genoa. Dinner and overnight stay on board.
9th Day: Departure
Light breakfast on board and arrival in Genoa early in the morning and departure.
- full board starting with dinner on the 1st day and ending with breakfast on the 9th
- 3 or 3 star superior hotel accommodations; room with private services (classification of hotel according to Italian standard)
- boat (round trip) from Genoa to Porto Torres with the company Grandi Navi Veloci in a two berth inner cabin
- tour escort services for the whole trip from the 2nd to the 7th day included
- private boat excursion to the Nettuno Grottos on day 02
- entry fee to the Nettuno Grottos on day 02
- entry fee to the Nuraghe of Palmavera on day 02
- entry fee to the Pozzo of S. Cristina on day 03
- entry fee to the Excavations of Nora on day 04
- entry fee to the Museum of Popular Tradition of Nuoro on day 06
- private boat transfer from Palau to La Maddalena round trip on day 07
- a personalized booklet with all relevant information necessary for your stay
- our assistance throughout the whole stay
- all services specified in the above program
- entry fees to the sites (except those mentioned in the “services included” listing)
- parking fees
- city tax to be paid directly on spot
- all services not specified in the above program