Gulf of Porto - Corsica
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Sardinia & Corsica Discovery - 14 days map

SMALL GROUP TOUR: Uncover the best of the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia and Corsica on this 14-day small group tour. Enjoy guided sightseeing in towns and cities including Cagliari, Alghero, Ajaccio and Bastia. Tuck into mouth-watering cuisine, enjoy wine tasting and take a boat tour of the UNESCO-listed Gulf of Porto. Explore the birthplace of Christopher Columbus in Calvi, take a day trip to the Cap Corse peninsula in northern Corsica and end your trip in the historic town of Bastia.

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
Alghero - Explore the historic city centre on a walking tour and enjoy a walk along the coast at Capo Caccia Natural Reserve
Bonifacio - Ride the tourist train to take in the main highlights and enjoy a boat tour to admire the cliffs and sea caves of this coastal town
Bastia - Spend three nights in this northern Corsican town, with guided sightseeing and a day trip to the beautiful Cap Corse peninsula
Bosa - Tuck into delicious local cuisine and explore this picturesque town, located on the Temo River
Costa Smeralda - From the northern city of Palua, discover this pretty coastal route including the hamlets of Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo
Ajaccio - Uncover the highlights of Corsica's capital on a guided sightseeing tour and explore the nearby village of Piana
Calvi - Taste regional wines at an included tasting and spend time exploring this town, birthplace of Christopher Columbus

Included

13 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 2 dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
Transportation by deluxe coach with Wi-Fi, audio headsets and onboard toilet
Guided sightseeing in Cagliari, Oristano, Alghero, Castelsardo, Porto Vecchio, Bonifacio, Ajaccio, Corte & Bastia
Porto Vecchio boat tour
Calvi wine tasting
Note: Touring is operated in conjunction with other tourist groups, not solely On The Go.
13 nights 3-4-star hotels
Escorted by an English-speaking Italian tour guide with specialist guides for some sightseeing
Ferry from Sardinia - Corsica
Entrance to the Museo della Femmina Agabbadòra in Luras
Gulf of Porto boat tour
Cape Corse Peninsula tour

Not Included

International flights and visas
Additional meals and drinks unless specified
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Departure transfer
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!

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

Bonjour Corsica

Palau - Porto Vecchio (Corsica, France). It's Arrivederci to Sardinia and Bonjour to Corsica this morning as we take the ferry across the Strait of Bonifacioto to Corsica, a gorgeous French island in the Mediterranean. On arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in the pretty coastal town of Porto Vecchio. There's free time before we meet our tour leader for the next part of our journey, and there's an included group dinner at the hotel tonight.
Overnight: Porto Vecchio  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Bonifacio sightseeing & boat tour

Porto Vecchio - Bonifacio - Porto Vecchio. Today we head to the clifftop town of Bonifacio, home to a well-preserved medieval citadel and offering sweeping views of the coast. On an included city tour, we ride the tourist train through the upper town and you can find a local restaurant to enjoy lunch at leisure. We also take an included boat ride to discover the rugged cliffs of Fazio and Paraguano and some of the sea caves that dot the coast. We also admire the old town of Bonifacio from the water and see the King of Aragon's staircase before returning to Porto Vecchio.
Overnight: Porto Vecchio  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Sartene & Ajaccio

Porto Vecchio - Sartene - Ajaccio. Departing Porto Vecchio after breakfast, we visit Sartene, a typically Corsican town home to beautiful stone houses. Along the way we pass the Gulf of Valinco and Olmeto, the village where the heroine of Prosper Merimee, lived. We arrive in Ajaccio, capital of the French island, and can take in the Genoese Quarter and the Renaissance cathedral where Napoleon was baptized. We enjoy an included lunch today and then continue to Cours Grandval, Place Austerlitz, and the Pointe de la Parata, which offers a view of the famous Sanguinaires Islands. Returning to Ajaccio, we check into our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Ajaccio  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Gulf of Porto

Ajaccio - Piana - Gulf of Porto - Ajaccio. On today's day trip we head first to the village of Cargese, founded in 1770 as a colony for Greeks from the Peloponnese. We also visit the pretty village of Piana, famous for its numerous coastal calanques (narrow inlets), sculpted by erosion. We take in the Gulf of Porto and enjoy a boat tour (weather conditions permitting) to see some of these beautiful calanques and to admire the coastline and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Porto. We return to Ajaccio for the night.
Overnight: Ajaccio  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Corte & Bastia

Ajaccio - Corte - Bastia. Our first stop today is the former Corsican capital of Corte, today a thriving university town. We can see the town's citadel, perched high above the town on a precarious clifftop. We explore Corte aboard the tourist train and enjoy an included lunch before continuing to the town of Bastia. There's free time here to head out and explore at your own pace, and dinner tonight is included at the hotel.
Overnight: Bastia  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Calvi & wine tasting

Bastia - Calvi - Bastia. We explore Calvi today, widely believed to have been the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. This town was loyal to the Genoese for many centuries. We enjoy included wine tasting at a local winery and there is free time for lunch before we continue our excursion to some of the villages of Balagne. These coastal clifftop villages are Corsica at its prettiest. We'll see Lumio, Cateri, San-Antonio, Pigna and Corbara before returning to Bastia for the night.
Overnight: Bastia  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Exploring Bastia

You didn't think we would spend three nights in Bastia without taking in the sights, did you? The capital of upper Corsica, we have time to take in the historic old port, cobbled streets and Place St Nicholas. Next, we're exploring the Cap Corse Peninsula. Highlights of this pretty strip of land include the village of Erbalunga and the renowned pilgrimage site of Lavasina. We will enjoy free time for lunch before continuing our excursion to Sisco, Luri and Nonza with its pretty main square and tower. After our guided excursion of the peninsula, we return to Bastia for our final night.
Overnight: Bastia  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Au Revoir!

Tuck into a final breakfast at the hotel before our touring arrangements come to an end.
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 - 21 Sep 20% off
R149,155
R119,324
R182,775
R146,220
22 Sep - 05 Oct 20% off
R149,155
R119,324
R182,775
R146,220
06 Oct - 19 Oct 20% off
R149,155
R119,324
R182,775
R146,220
20 Oct - 02 Nov 20% off
R149,155
R119,324
R182,775
R146,220

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.

Golden Tulip Porto Vecchio, Porto Vecchio

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A modern 4-star hotel located in the coastal town of Porto Vecchio, the Golden Tulip features a gym, outdoor pool, garden and lounge area. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered throughout the property and rooms are equipped with balconies, most of which face out to the sea. A continental and American breakfast is served daily at the buffet restaurant

Ibis Style Napoleon, Ajaccio

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Boasting an outdoor pool on a terrace overlooking the beach, the Ibis Style Napoleon is well-located in Ajaccio just a few hundred metres from Port des Cannes and features a shared lounge, bar, children's playground and terrace. Rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi and many feature balconies. Each room also features an ensuite bathroom, TV and haridryer.

Hotel Ostella & Spa, Bastia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located just outside Bastia's centre and within walking distance to the beach, Hotel Ostella & Spa features recently renovated guest rooms equipped with balconies facing the sea or surrounding mountains. The onsite restaurant serves a creative fusion menu and handcrafted cocktails can be enjoyed at the bar. A buffet breakfast is served daily and hotel facilities include a free-to-use wellness centre, equipped with an indoor pool, hot tub and gym. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also offered.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cagliari
Ends
Bastia
Departs
Sundays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 25
Hotel Rating
3-4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
No minimum age
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
No
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