Sardinia Classic Guided Tour 2023 (2023)

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A fascinating dive into the past through the remains of two paradise islands in the form of archaeological sites, well-preserved architecture and ancient traditions.

Historic Olbia, gateway to the Costa Smeralda, is the springboard for your Mediterranean vacation and from here you'll head to Bonifacio, at the southern tip of Corsica. A return to Sardinia reveals the most mysterious and famous monument of this destination, the Tomb of the Giants of Coddu Vecchiu, and the opportunity to taste local wines in a winery surrounded by vineyards is a moment of reflection.

Learn about the locals and the past through visits to cork, coral, and fishing museums, a trip to an impressive cave complex, and a stop in the former mining town, now the ghost town of Argentiera. you will finally walkgluedCastelsardo, take a local train through the mountain town of Bosa and see works of art in Orgosolo, the fascinating "Village of Murals".

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  • Ride the ferry and stroll through Bonifacio, the oldest town in Corsica.
  • Shop for handmade souvenirs and browse the San Pantaleo craft market
  • Discover one of the most famous archaeological sites in Sardinia, the Tomb of the Giants of Coddu Vecchiu and Nuraghe La Prisgiona
  • Learn about ancient cork-making methods at the Cork Museum in Calangianus
  • Stroll through the fortified city of Castelsardo, surrounded by walls
  • Admire the Basilica of the Holy Trinity of Saccargia with its impressive façade
  • Take an optional tour of Neptune's Grotto, an impressive complex of stalactite caves.
  • Visit the Coral Museum in Alghero and the Tuna Fishing Museum in Stintino
  • Walk through Argentiera, a former mining town in the UNESCO World Heritage Mining Geological Park
  • Stop in the mountain village of Bosa and ride a local train
  • Admire the works of art that adorn the walls of Orgosolo, the "Village of Murals"
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What does this price include?

  • Seven nights with breakfast at the four-star Hotel Mercure in Olbia and at the five-star Hotel Carlos V Alghero in Alghero
  • Seven breakfasts and welcome dinner
  • A ferry trip, a day trip and a guided tour of Bonifacio
  • A trip to the San Pantaleo craft market, the Tomb of the Giants of Coddu Vecchiu and the Nuraghe La Prisgiona
  • Visit to the Cork Museum in Calangianus, Castelsardo and the Basilica of S. Trinita di Saccargia
  • Half day city tour of Alghero
  • Visit to the Alghero Coral Museum, Stintino Tuna Museum and Argentiera
  • Guided visit to Bosa by commuter train and visit to Orgosolo
  • Return flights from Great Britain to Olbia
  • Round trip transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • Fully escorted by a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide.
  • Day one: arrival at Olbia Costa Smeralda airport and welcome dinner.

    Today you will land at Olbia Costa Smeralda airport.,There, your friendly and knowledgeable guide will meet you and take you to your hotel, located just a ten-minute walk from the historic center of Olbia.

    Depending on the time of your flight, you can stroll through the center with its historic stone buildings, winding cobbled streets and charming squares such asMargaretenplatz.

    To celebrate your first night, a welcome dinner will be served at the hotel with your fellow travelers.

  • Day Two - Includes Ferry Ride, Day Trip, and Guided Tour of Bonifacio, Corsica

    This morning you will get up early, have breakfast and head towards the port of Santa Teresa di Gallura. From here, take a ferry to the ancient fortified town of Bonifacio, situated on the southern tip of Corsica and set against a backdrop of limestone cliffs, it's an impressive sight.

    A guided tour reveals the highlights of this medieval gem, the oldest city in Corsica, surrounded by high walls. You'll start at the lively and sheltered marina lined with bars and breweries before entering 9 Walls.º20th century citadel and head to the old town. This maze of winding streets is centered around two squares, the Place d'Armes and the Place du Vieux Marché, and you'll wander through them, passing under the arched stone aqueducts and taking in the notable monuments.

    You will find important religious monuments such as the 13th centuryºChurch of Saint-Dominique of the seventeenth century. XII andºChurch of Sainte-Marie-Majeure from the 20th century, the oldest building in Bonifacio, with an imposing bell tower. Another landmark, the Bastion de l'Étendard, was the old fortress of the city and used to house the artillery. It now includes a museum and allows access to the walls, which are ideal places to enjoy the view. The Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, "Staircase of the King of Aragon", a staircase carved into the south face of the cliff, offers another viewpoint from the 187 steps, as does the marine cemetery.

    After the pre-arranged tour, you'll have some free time to explore the area at your own pace, have lunch, perhaps at one of the open-air restaurants that dot the squares, and shop at the many boutiques.

    In the late afternoon, return to your hotel by coach, where you can dine at the restaurant, or drive to Olbia and end the evening with a drink at a local wine bar.

  • Day Three: Includes a visit to the San Pantaleo Handicrafts Market, Coddu Vecchiu Tomb of the Giants and Nuraghe La Prisgiona, and an optional excursion to the Surrau Cellars and wine tasting.

    Enjoy breakfast, then venture to Olbia, and depending on the day of the week, the tour ends at the San Pantaleo artisan market, showcasing the skills of local artisans. You will have some time to browse the stalls selling handmade jewelry, souvenirs, and food and drink. Set against the backdrop of the Gallura mountains and located in the town square, this rustic and charming market makes for a morning to remember. Lunch can be taken in either San Pantaleo or Olbia and you have free time to explore both places a bit more.

    After this rest, you will be taken to the Tomb of the Giants of Coddu Vecchiu, enigmatic and high tombs that served as public tombs in the Bronze Age. During your visit, you will learn more about this fascinating megalithic monument, built by the Nuragic civilization and dating back to 2000 BC. BC. There are more than 300 necropolises in all of Sardinia, but this is the largest.

    Then, venture to another nearby archaeological site, Nuraghe La Prisgiona, also known as the "Stone Giant." It has a nuraghe (megalithic tower) and a village of around 100 buildings. This site, in the Capichera Valley, believed to have been occupied by the Nuragic civilization since the 14th centuryºbis 9ºSwing BC

    After today's activities, you can return to your hotel or join an optional excursion to Caves Surrau, a beautiful winery. As you gaze out over rows of vines and a steep hillside, sample three wines along with a plate of local Gallura produce, including cold meats, cheeses, andcarasau brot, a traditional Sardinian flatbread.

    In the afternoon return to your hotel where you can have dinner or walk around the city.

  • Fourth Day - Includes visit to the Cork Museum, Castelsardo and the Basilica of S. Trinita di Saccargia

    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and travel to Alghero, a medieval city on the northwest coast of Sardinia. On this trip you will make a stop in the city of visit the cork museum. Here you will learn about the old and new methods of cork extraction and the manufacturing process.

    Another stop on the route will be the fortified cityCastelsardo, built on a rock and surrounded by the walls of the Doria Castle. Here you'll enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch and some time to wander the steep streets and maybe pick up a souvenir or two. The small but beautiful church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the remarkable cathedral of Castelsardo are also worth a visit.

    The Basilica della Santissima Trinità di Saccargia will be the last visit of the day. One of the most important Romanesque ensembles on the island, this impressive church is built with black and white limestone and its bell tower stands out in the idyllic landscape. Inside you will see a charming fresco that decorates the main apse.

    Arrive in Alghero in the late afternoon and check into your hotel overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. You can relax, maybe take a dip in the outdoor pool before dining in the restaurant or in the historic center.

  • Day Five - Includes a half-day city tour of Alghero and an optional visit to Neptune's Grotto.

    After breakfast, head to the city of Alghero for a half-day guided tour. Then stroll through the historic center, one of the best preserved in Sardinia. The sand-colored city 16ºHighlight for century walls. XX and you can also cross the pedestrian path that descends on the sea.

    One of the city's main landmarks, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria, dominates the center and the Piazza del Duomo with its bell tower is a leading example of Catalan Gothic architecture. Next to the tower, the 14ºThe 20th-century Porta a Terra serves as one of the city gates and now houses a museum. From the terrace on the second floor you have a fantastic view of the city.

    Other churches that you see on the way are 14ºChurch of San Francesco and Santa Barbara from the 20th century, the oldest in Alghero. You'll take a break for lunch and perhaps opt for one of the restaurants in the pretty Piazza Civica overlooking the gothic Palazzo d'Albis palace. Alghero is known for its seafood and the Catalan lobster is a specialty worth trying.

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    You'll also have time to browse the boutiques, and if you want to rest, Alghero's public garden, the Giardini Pubblici, is the perfect place before heading back to your hotel. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion to Neptune's Grotto, a nearby stalactite cave complex. Named after the Roman sea god Neptune, this resort was discovered by local fishermen in the 18th century.ºCentury and has since become a tourist attraction. Once here, you will board a boat or a ladder and admire this extraordinary natural jewel, one of the largest sea caves in Italy.

    The participants of this tour return to the hotel and maybe swim in the sea before dinner.

  • Sixth day – Includes visits to the Alghero Coral Museum, the Stintino Tuna Museum and Argentiera

    After breakfast, board the bus to visit the Coral Museum in Alghero. This room, located in an elegant Art Nouveau villa, exhibits coral jewelry and sculptures, underlining the importance of this precious element for the city and its surroundings. During your time here, you'll also learn why Alghero is known for its red coral and learn about the traditional harvesting process.

    You will then drive to a few nearby towns, the first being Stintino, a popular seaside resort stretching out over pristine beaches. The tour passes the Museo Tonnara di Stintino, a tuna fishing museum that sheds light on traditional tuna fishing methods and the origins of this people.

    Here you will have free time to have lunch in a local trattoria with fresh products and walk along one of the beaches. The tour continues towards Argentiera passing through one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia, La Pelosa, with its turquoise waters and its white sand beach.

    When you arrive in Argentiera, you can walk around this old 19th century house.º17th century mining townUNESCOSardinia preserved geological mining park. Only about 70 residents now live in this mostly abandoned town, where the remains of the original silver mine can still be seen.

    You will return tonight to rest and have dinner at the hotel or in the town.

  • Day Seven: Guided tour of Bosa by local train and visit to Orgosolo

    It is your last full day and you will really enjoy it as you travel to Costa Smeralda after breakfast and check-out. This Alghero Bosa road trip is particularly scenic and you'll make a stop in Bosa along the way. Then, hop on a local train to explore this charming town with its hilltop castle, river running through the center, and a cluster of pastel-colored structures clinging to the rocks.

    Built in 1112, Malaspina Castle will be a highlight of your visit and its watchtowers and ramparts are remnants of the original structure, just like the 14th century.º17th century chapel with frescoes. Bosa also has several attractive churches, such as the Bosa Cathedral, which is rococo in style. You also won't miss the Temo river in the historic center or the Ponte Vecchio, a three-arched bridge. If time permits, you can sample a glass of Malvasia, the dessert wine for which Bosa is famous.

    The tour continues to Orgosolo, which has become known as the "Village of Murals" due to the 150 murals spread across its walls. Originally painted by an anarchist theater group as a form of political protest, many of these now depict village life or the painter's original artwork.

    After seeing these murals, you can have lunch and maybe browse some of the shops. Orgosolo is one of the few places where silkworms are still an integral part of the economy and you will find that there are many silk products and clothing for sale.

    In the late afternoon you will travel back to Olbia and check in again at the Mercure Hotel. Tonight you can dine in the restaurant or in town.

  • Day 8 - Flight back to the UK

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport and taken back to the UK.

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  • Transfer times to the hotel

    The transfer time from the airport to the hotel is about 15 minutes.

  • Organization of transfers to the hotel

    Sometimes we need to organize transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep waiting times to a minimum, but you may be required to wait up to an hour at the airport while other flights arrive before being transferred to your hotel. Also, we may need to return it to the airport up to three hours before your flight home.

  • room rate

    Some hotels have introduced a room fee of between €1 and €3 per person per night, which the guest must pay directly to the hotel upon check-out. The guide will inform you at your destination if a specific hotel charges this fee.

  • special requirements

    If you have told us of any special requirements, please be sure to note and acknowledge them. This is especially important with any dietary requirements you may have.

  • entrance fees

    As a general rule, all entrance fees are included in the tour price. If we do not include an entrance fee to an attraction, this will be noted on your final travel documents. The entrance can be paid on site.

  • access disabled

    Most of our tours involve some amount of walking, including a short walk from the bus station to the city, landmark or attraction you are visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so we can make arrangements.

  • itinerary changes

    Occasionally we need to change the order of tours on your vacation for operational reasons. The final daily itinerary will be confirmed in your final travel documents.

  • Changes in your hotels

    If circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels of a similar standard in the vicinity. You will receive detailed information about your hotels with your final travel documents.

  • Italian hotel room tax

    A nightly fee of between €1 and €4 per person per night is payable locally. This is paid directly by the guest to the hotel at check-out.

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  • query basis

    This tour is on a bed and breakfast basis, but includes a "Welcome Dinner" on the first night of your vacation.

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    The rules may have changed since your last trip to EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Here are helpful guidelines to help you prepare for your next adventure. Please note that these new rules will NOT apply to travel within the UK or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. However, if you are traveling by plane, you will need an official ID.

    Names- It is very important that all the names of the passengers are exactly as they appear in their passport, although we do not require second names.

    passport- Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (check "issue date") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (check "expiration date").

    These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland, where you can continue to use your passport as long as it is valid during your stay.

    vista- As a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You can stay up to 90 days in a rolling 180-day period. Different rules apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; If you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards your 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays will not count toward the 90 day total.

    European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS)- From 2023, all UK citizens will need a completed ETIAS electronic form before arriving in EU and Schengen member countries. The cost of this travel authorization is €7.00 per person, except for those under 18 years of age and over 70 years of age. Current information and further details can be found

    border control -You may need to prove your return journey at border control; travel documents issued by us are sufficient for this. They must also use separate lanes for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when manual checks are required.

    health insurance- Before traveling abroad, you should always take out adequate travel insurance with health insurance that covers pre-existing conditions. You must understand the terms of your travel insurance and be satisfied with your medical coverage and trip interruption coverage. Newmarket sells comprehensive travel insurance. Ask our travel advisors for more information.

    You must also apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which allows you to get urgent medical care in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note The GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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