Palau | Sardinia | Italy
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Best of Sardinia - 7 days map

SMALL GROUP TOUR: Discover the picturesque coastline, historic cities and mouth-watering food of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia on this 7-day escorted group tour. Enjoy three included gastronomic experiences to sample some of the island's delicious flavours and discover Cagliari and Alghero with included guided touring. See the historic cathedral of Oristano, relax with free time in Palau and stroll along the windswept trails of Capo Caccia Natural Reserve.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Cagliari - Begin your adventure in Sardinia's capital, with a 3-hour guided walking tour and free time to explore
Bosa - Tuck into delicious local cuisine and explore this picturesque town, located on the Temo River
Luras - Learn more about the local history of Sardinia at this charming private museum
Tinnura - Admire some of the numerous painted murals that this tiny village has become famous for
Alghero - Explore the historic city centre on a walking tour and enjoy a walk along the coast at Capo Caccia Natural Reserve
Costa Smeralda - From the northern city of Palua, discover this pretty coastal route including the hamlets of Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo

Included

6 breakfasts & 3 lunches
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and airport departure transfer on day 7
Transportation by deluxe coach with Wi-Fi, audio headsets and onboard toilet
Entrance to the Museo della Femmina Agabbadòra in Luras
6 nights 4-star hotels
Escorted by an English-speaking Italian tour guide with specialist guides for some sightseeing
Guided sightseeing in Cagliari, Oristano, Alghero & Castelsardo
Note: Touring is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance fees unless specified
City tax of €1 - 6 per person per night (tax varies by city), to be paid directly to the hotel at check-in/out. See Trip Notes for details. Please note we recommend paying your city tax when checking in or in the evening during your stay to save time on check out!
Additional meals and drinks unless specified
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Sardinia

Arrive in Cagliari, in the south of Sardinia. You will be collected at the airport and transferred to our start hotel in the city. The remainder of today is free for you to head out and explore the city.
Overnight: Cagliari

Day 2

Cagliari sightseeing

Tuck into breakfast at the hotel before you meet our tour guide in the lobby. We then embark together on a 3-hour walking tour through the streets of Sardinia's capital. We explore each of Cagliari's three historic neighbourhoods, Castello, Stampace and Marina, taking in many of the city's highlights along the way. Admire the Bastion of Saint-Remy, which dates back to 1896. See the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Elephant Tower, a medieval fortification built to try and repel the Aragonese invasion of 1323.

The afternoon is at leisure. You could head to the coast for a stroll, or grab your beach towel and enjoy a few hours of sunbathing at Poetto Beach, which is also located near the city's historic Roman Amphitheatre.
Overnight: Cagliari  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Journeying north to Alghero

Cagliari - Oristano - Tinnura - Bosa - Alghero. Today we begin our journey north, exploring some of Sardinia's most captivating destinations en route. In Oristano, we visit the cathedral and the town square, and learn more about how the town's history is intertwined with the Phoenicians and a national heroine, Eleonora de Arborea.

In the tiny village of Tinnura, there is time to enjoy the murals painted mainly by Pina Monne, which decorate many of the buildings here. We then drive to Bosa, where we enjoy a delicious local lunch. After we've eaten, we explore the town, nestled on the banks of the Temo River. See the medieval Castle of Serravalle and enjoy some leisure time to browse the town's boutique shops. Arriving in the north-western city of Alghero, the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Alghero  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Alghero sightseeing & Capo Caccia Natural Reserve

We start today with a walking tour through the historic centre of Alghero. Once forming a part of the Crown of Aragon, the nickname 'Barceloneta' is still used for the city today. We will meander through the Old Town, protected by coastal walls. Admire pretty courtyards and historic medieval palaces and churches, not to mention splendid views of the coast and the beaches which wind along it. Lunch is included today at a charming estate with a wonderful view of the surrounding area.

After our tour, we enjoy a panoramic drive along the coast to reach Capo Caccia Natural Reserve. There's time for a walk, during which we can admire the view of the coast and lighthouse, before returning to Alghero for the evening.
Overnight: Alghero  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Sardinia's north coast

Alghero - Castelsardo - Tempio Pausania - Palau. Heading north-east today, our first stop is the coastal town of Castelsardo near the 'Costa Paradiso'. This area is renowned for its beautiful wild beaches and rugged landscapes. The houses in Castelsardo are nestled between the sea and the town's hilltop castle, and we will explore the historic centre during our visit.

Our next stop is the small town of Tempio Pausania, where we enjoy some free time to explore. Then it's on to the Galluras Museum in Luras. This small local history museum is privately owned and we have the privilege of being guided by the owner himself. We then complete our drive to Palau on the island's northern tip.
Overnight: Palau  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Palau

Enjoy some leisure time this morning to soak up some Sardinian sunshine by the pool. At around midday we'll head to a charming rural estate in the Gallura region, where we enjoy a delicious included meal. Afterwards we take a scenic drive along the Costa Smeralda, stopping to explore the small hamlets of Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo. Returning to Palau, your final evening in Sardinia is at leisure.
Overnight: Palau  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Farewell Sardinia

After a final breakfast, you will be transferred to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
08 Sep - 14 Sep 20% off G
£1,965
£1,572
£2,765
£2,212
22 Sep - 28 Sep 20% off G
£1,965
£1,572
£2,765
£2,212
06 Oct - 12 Oct 20% off G
£1,965
£1,572
£2,765
£2,212
20 Oct - 26 Oct 20% off
£1,965
£1,572
£2,765
£2,212

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Unahotels T Hotel Cagliari, Cagliari

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

UNAHOTELS T Hotel in Cagliari offers a modern and sophisticated experience, seamlessly blending style with authentic Sardinian hospitality. The hotel features sleek and well-designed interiors and guests can enjoy panoramic views from the chic rooftop bar, or savour exquisite cuisine at the on-site restaurant. With a central location, impeccable service, and a commitment to excellence, UNAHOTELS T Hotel invites visitors to discover the best of Cagliari in comfort and style. Explore the state-of-the-art facilities and amenities for a memorable stay.

Hotel Catalunya, Alghero

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Facing Alghero's pretty harbour and just a 5-minute walk from the historic centre, the Hotel Catalunya makes a great base for exploring the city. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the property and large rooms are decorated in a modern style. They are all equipped with air-conditioning, TV, and mini-bar. The hotel boasts an onsite Skybar, which is a great place to relax in the evening with a drink, and the onsite restaurant serves mouth-watering Sardinian cuisine.

La Vecchia Fonte, Palau

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering sweeping views of Palau harbour, this city centre boutique hotel is also just a few minutes walk from the main beaches, boasting a perfect location for exploring the area. Inside, rooms are decorated and furnished in typical Sardinian style, and there is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. A buffet breakfast is served daily and there are also a la caret options and an onsite wine bar.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cagliari
Ends
Olbia
Departs
Sundays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 25
Hotel Rating
4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 3
Countries
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes

Emma our guide was lovely, bubbly, and knowledgeable. Our driver Marco was a gentleman & great company. Overall the tour was awesome. There was just one day where the itinerary had a 6hr gap between meals which made the lengthy museum trip too much to take in. It would've been great to have nature walks built in & maybe some more side excursions such as boat, to keep it novel.

Toby Stanton
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