Corsica & Sardinia

Corsica & Sardinia

Corsica & Sardinia Tour Snapshot

There is no other place like Corsica.  Belonging to France, with roots from Italy, today Corsica remains fiercely independent. Proud of their heritage and one-time status as an independent republic in the 1700s, Corsicans love to talk about their history, their famous native son Napoleon Bonaparte, and their unique status as a special French department.

This tiny island is amazingly rich in beauty with miles of magnificent coastline, rugged mountains, and beautiful little villages.  It also boasts high quality wines, luscious cheeses and a French-Italian cuisine all its own. The people are friendly, welcoming and eager to tell you their stories.

Sardinia is Corsica’s southern neighbor and is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Today Sardinia is an autonomous region of Italy, and Sardinians remain proud of their culture and heritage. Sardinia has a rich history, having been settled in turn by the ancient Phoenicians, the Romans, the Vandals and the Byzantine Empire. It boasts fabulous archeological sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Su Naraxi, and beautiful towns and villages.

Tour Dates: May 18 - 31, 2020
Tour Price: $7,890

Tour price includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from New York or Boston**
  • Airport transfers
  • 12 nights in small, elegant accommodations of regional character
  • 1 night in Nice; 6 nights in Corsica (2 in Calvi; 2 in Ajaccio; 2 in Bonifacio); 6 nights in Sardinia (2 in Alghero; 1 in Oristano; 2 in Cagliari)
  • All Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 7 Dinners.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned mini-coach or mini-van
  • Flight from Nice, France to Calvi, Corsica
  • Ferry from Bonifacio, Corsica to Santa Teresa Di Gallura, Sardinia
  • Highlights include: 2 UNESCO world heritage sites: Scandola Natural Reserve, in Corsica and Su Naraxi, Sardinia
  • Cooking class in Oristano
  • Archaeological guided visits to prehistoric monuments and guided tours of Nice,
    Ajaccio, Filitosa, Bonifacio, Lu Brandali, Tharros, Su Nuraxi, Cagliari
  • 1 guided wine and olive oil tasting with local cheeses and sausages in Sardinia
  • All local tour guides, museum, winery and monument entrance fees
  • All tips and taxes
Tour price is per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplements are available for those traveling alone who would like their own room.
**Cost of airfare can be deducted if you wish to make your own arrangements.

Corsica & Sardinia Itinerary

We depart the United States, flying overnight to Nice.

Day 1
We arrive at the Nice Airport on the French Riviera and transfer to our hotel in Vieux Nice (old Nice). After relaxing from the flight, we take a guided walking tour of the old historic center. We enjoy a Niçoise welcome dinner.
Overnight: Nice  Meals: D
Day 2
After a free morning we take a short flight to the Corsican town of Calvi. We check into our beautiful hotel overlooking the sea and explore the coast from Lumio to Isle Rousse. Tonight we enjoy a gourmet dinner of Corsican specialties.
Overnight: Calvi  Meals: B, D
Day 3
This morning we take a guided walking tour of the medieval town of Calvi. We meet some local Corsicans and enjoy a Corsican seafood lunch at a friend's restaurant on the beach. This afternoon we visit a local winery and olive oil producer and sample some local Corsican products. Tonight is free to relax at our hotel or venture out to a local brasserie.
Overnight: Calvi  Meals: B, L
Day 4
Departing Calvi, we head south to the seaside town of Porto. Then, a boat ride along the coast takes us to the Scandola Nature Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), an amazing geological marvel of unusual red rock formations. We continue south to our next destination, Corsica's capital city, Ajaccio. After checking into our hotel, we take a stroll along the elegant palm tree-lined boulevard before dinner at a favorite Ajaccio bistro.
Overnight: Ajaccio  Meals: B, D
Day 5
This wonderful waterfront city of Ajaccio is known foremost as Napoleon's birthplace. We visit the house he grew up in with a local guide, and then take a tour of the renowned Fesch Art Museum. We then have free time to explore and choose one of the town's many enticing restaurants for dinner.
Overnight: Ajaccio  Meals: B, L
Day 6
After breakfast we head to the Valley of Taravo, where we discover a number of extraordinary statues and dolmens dating from Corsica's Neolithic era (roughly 6,000 B.C.). We see the fascinating menhir-statues in Filitosa, the dolmen of Fontanaccia in Sartène, and examples of "cardial ware", a type of pottery dating from the 7th millennium B.C. After lunch in Sartène, we continue south to Bonifacio, Corsica's southernmost town. This amazing town is perched on a narrow limestone peninsula about one mile long, which parallels the coast and forms a harbor on the southernmost point of Corsica. We check into our beautiful seaside hotel before enjoying dinner in the town.
Overnight: Bonifacio  Meals: B, D
Day 7
This morning we take a guided tour to discover the beauties of this ancient town: the Citadel, the Etendard Bastion and the lively port. We have the afternoon to relax at one of the stunning beaches, take a walk along the coast or explore the town's many quaint streets and squares.
Overnight: Bonifacio  Meals: B
Day 8
A one-hour ferry ride across the Straits of Bonifacio takes us to the lovely town of Santa Teresa di Gallura on the northernmost tip of the island of Sardinia. Outside the town lies a fascinating prehistoric village, La Brandall, and the Tomba del Giganti, a vast communal village grave used between the 14th and 10th centuries BC. After visiting these archaeological ruins, we have lunch on the waterfront. We then head west to Alghero, where we check into our hotel in this charming town. This part of the Sardinian coast, also known as the "Coral Riviera", is considered one of the most beautiful in the entire Mediterranean. Tonight we enjoy dinner in town.
Overnight: Alghero  Meals: B, L, D
Day 9
This morning we take a boat trip to one of the most fascinating jewels of the whole Mediterranean: the caves of Neptune, an authentic geological marvel. In the afternoon we visit one of the most important wine resorts and olive oil producers in North Sardinia. Our host takes us for a walk through the vineyards with a tasting of the estate's wines and olive oils, paired with typical sausages and cheeses from local artisan farmers. We have a free evening in Alghero.
Overnight: Alghero  Meals: B, L
Day 10
After breakfast we head south to the ancient archaeological site of Tharros, a city founded by the Phoenicians in the 7th century B.C. A setting of outstanding natural beauty, in the heart of the Sinis Peninsula, this is a protected area where we can see the layered architecture from the Phoenicians to the Greeks and finally to the Romans. We have lunch and free time in the medieval town of Oristano, and then check into our charming inn. After a welcome cocktail in the lounge, we head to the kitchen for a Sardinian cooking class with our host-chef. We enjoy our home-cooked Sardinian feast before retiring in our lovely home.
Overnight: Oristano  Meals: B, D
Day 11
Today we head south towards Cagliari. This is an area of Sardinia that is characterized by intense aromas and the stunning Mediterranean vegetation, consisting of strawberry trees, mastic, juniper, and broom that come down from the mountains. Springtime offers magnificent natural scenery here. On our way, we visit the UNESCO site of Su Muraxi, near the village of Barumini, a preeminent example of the Sardinian nuraghe, the main type of ancient megalithic constructions found in Sardinia and developed during the Nuragic Age between 1900 and 730 B.C. This is truly an experience you will not soon forget. After our visit we continue south to Cagliari, Sardinia's largest city. We check into our lovely hotel at the edge of the town and relax before heading out to dinner.
Overnight: Cagliari  Meals: B
Day 12
This morning we explore the city, and then have a free afternoon for shopping or relaxing. We enjoy a farewell dinner at one of Cagliari's best restaurants.
Overnight: Cagliari  Meals: B, D
Day 13
After breakfast we head to the Cagliari airport for the flight home.
 Meals: B

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