The Islands of Sardinia & Corsica

14 days from £1299pp.


Bonifacio

Visit: Bonifacio, France

Avignon

Visit: Avignon, France

Ajaccio

Visit: Ajaccio, France

Costa Smeralda

Visit: Costa Smeralda, Italy

These two idyllic Mediterranean islands, only eight miles apart, each offer their own unique culture, tradition and stunning landscapes.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then travel to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    Continue to Millau, France for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Avignon

    Avignon

    Included visit to Avignon, where you have time for sightseeing in this old, Roman town, famous for its broken bridge. Continue to Toulon, where we board the overnight ferry to Corsica. Accommodation in a two-berth, en suite inside cabin is included.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Corte

    Corte

    We arrive in Bastia in Corsica this morning, then continue by coach to the ancient capital of Corte. The upper town is picturesquely situated atop a hill, dominated by the citadel and a maze of narrow streets lined with houses. We continue to Ajaccio/Porto for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Ajaccio

    Ajaccio

    Included visit to the beautiful, coastal town of Ajaccio, birthplace of Napoleon. The harbour area is a maze of tiny yellow ochre houses, church bells and domes, whilst the Old Town’s imposing citadel commands views of the leafy boulevards.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Propriano

    Propriano

    Included visit to the charming village of Propriano on the Gulf of Valinco. We then continue to Bonifacio, once a hiding place for pirates, and later board the ferry for the one-hour crossing to Santa Teresa Gallura on Sardinia. Continue to our Sardinia hotel for a five-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Nuoro

    Nuoro

    A wonderful, optional full-day excursion to the Barbagia area, considered the heart of Sardinia, with ancient traditions which survive alongside modern life, evident in the landscape, the architecture and the cuisine. The museum in Nuoro, the capital of the province, has many reminders of the culture of this ancient population. We continue through the vineyards to Oliena, the ‘murales’ of Orgosolo and the famous bandit villages. Later, we enjoy lunch with the shepherds. You will sit down in a semi circle on granite benches covered in oak leaves among the wonderful cork tree woods, accompanied by the pastori shepherds, whose sheep produce the island’s famous peccorini cheese. Lamb and porchetta are roasted on an open fire, followed by local Sardinian bread and home-made red wine. An unforgettable experience.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Costa Smeralda

    Costa Smeralda

    We offer an optional tour of the exclusive and beautiful Costa Smeralda, which owes its name to the green emerald-coloured waters. From the harbour town of Palau, we take a ferry to the Maddalena islands. The old town, perched on a hill, is a charming maze of narrow streets and small squares.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Enjoy a leisurely day in resort.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Gallura

    Gallura

    Today’s optional excursion takes us through the charming landscape of the north-western coast where picturesque granite formations appear out of deep cork oak woods and pastures. The town of Calangianus is the centre of cork production. We continue to the spa-town of Tempio Pausania.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Alghero

    Alghero

    Included excursion exploring northern Sardinia with its varied landscape. The attractive coastal town of Alghero is home to a delightful mix of architecture, especially within its charming Old Town. Here, you will find a wonderful selection of bars and restaurants serving fresh fish. The ancient walls still surround the old town centre with alleys and shops where the famous coral is worked and exhibited. If the sea is calm, you will have the opportunity to join an optional boat trip towards the wonderful Neptune’s Cave. We leave Sardinia this evening on the overnght sailing from Olbia to Livorno. Accommodation is in a two-berth, en suite inside cabin.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Arrive in Livorno and head to central France for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner

    Head to the Paris area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Overview

    • 11 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
    • 9 evening meals
    • 2 overnight ferry crossings in two-berth en suite inside cabins (meals at extra cost)
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by Silver Service coach or upgrade to Luxuria

    Included Excursions

    • Avignon - See the famous broken bridge
    • Corte - Ancient capital
    • Ajaccio - Beautiful coastal town
    • Alghero - Fascinating old town
    • Propriano & Bonifacio - Forever associated with pirates

    Optional Excursions

    • Nuoro, Orgosolo & Lunch with the Shepherds - Ancient traditions
    • Costa Smeralda & La Maddalena - Region of natural beauty
    • Gallura - Charming Sardinian landscape

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £349.00 (14 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for two nights on Corsica at a 3-star hotel such as the Hotel Castel Vecchio in the Ajaccio/Porto area, then five nights on Sardinia at a 4-star hotel such as the Hotel Li Graniti on the Costa Smeralda, between Baia Sardinia and Porto Cervo. The Li Graniti has a restaurant and bar. We may also use hotels in Olbia, Budoni or Santa Teresa di Gallura. 

    Overnight stays in France will be in city-style hotels.

    On overnight sailings, accommodation will be in two-berth en suite inside cabins. Meals are not included on board ship.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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      Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

      Front row seats can be reserved for £12pp (up to 6 days duration), £20pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £6pp (up to 6 days duration), £12pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

      Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

      If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

      Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

      We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
      Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately 90p or 1 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

      Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

      With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

      All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
      All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
      We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
      One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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