Explore the Islands of Sardinia & Corsica

14 days from £1,369 pp.


Bonifacio

Visit: Bonifacio, France

About the Tour

These two beautiful Mediterranean islands, only eight miles apart, each offer their own unique culture, tradition and stunning landscapes. In Corsica, we visit the ancient capital of Corte and the beautiful coastal town of Ajaccio. Before we set sail to the shores of Sardinia, we also spend time exploring the charming village of Propriano and the town of Bonifacio. In Sardinia, why not join us for a tour of the spectacular sights of the Barbagia area, considered the heart of Sardinia. Explore the amazing architecture, and why not join us for a traditional Sardinian lunch with the pastori shepherds. This delightful holiday also offers a range of excursions, to some of the most scenic parts of the island, including Costa Smeralda and the La Maddalena islands. Before we set sail and begin our journey home, we also enjoy a trip to the coastal town of Alghero, home to a delightful mix of architecture. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights hotel 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
Dates & Prices

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Your Itinerary

    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

    We leave our hotel today and head towards Toulon. En route we pause at Avignon, one of the major cities of the Provence region. Located on the banks of the River Rhône, Avignon is a charming Roman town famous for the Pont d’ Avignon or broken bridge. Originally the bridge had 22 arches, but now only 4 remain. Another popular tourist spot is the Place du Palais, located next to Place de L’Horloge. After free time we continue to Toulon where we board the overnight ferry to Corsica.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Corte

    Corte

    Morning arrival in Corsica, 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. Corte is Corsica's only university town, and was once the island's capital during the rule of Pasquale Paoli, who ended Genoese rule, and created a Corsican republic. See the 18th century Four Canons Fountain in Rue de la Fontaine, built to provide clean water for the local military garrison and its hospital, and atop a steep hill, the Santa Croix church with its pretty muralled ceilings, and rich blue and gold decoration. 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 Bonaparte. 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. Ajaccio is the Corsican capital, and with a relatively mild climate for most of the year, remains a popular choice for visitors. Located near Marechal Foch Square, Ajaccio's old town has many narrow lanes with tall town houses painted in a variety of eye-catching colours. Rue St Charles is the location of Napoleon's birth house, which is now a museum dedicated to the Bonaparte family. The nearby Palais Fesch art museum set up by Napoleon's uncle, Cardinal Fesch contains a large collection of Italian Renaissance paintings.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bonifacio

    Bonifacio

    Today we have an included visit to the charming village of Propriano on the Gulf of Valinco for free time. You can see the contrast of small fishing boats and expensive yachts, in this small coastal village. We then continue to the southern tip of Corsica and to the town of Bonifacio, once a hiding place for pirates and then later became a major trading centre. From here we board the ferry for a short crossing to Santa Teresa Gallura in Sardinia. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean with only Sicily being larger. The island is renowned for its rugged landscape, pretty bays and pristine beaches. 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. We visit the town of La Maddalena, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. The town is perched on the hill of Guardia Vecchia (156m) in the southern part of the island. A must for any visitor is the promenade behind the port, which houses beautiful 19th century buildings. There will be free time to explore the charming maze of narrow streets and small squares before we return to Palau by ferry.

    • 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 Gallura region to Tempio Pausania. Founded in 250BC, Tempio Pausania is a beautiful spa town and also the cultural capital of Gallura. The historical centre of Tempio Pausania is an important area for mining and the working of cork and granite. Spend time meandering around the historical centre before we make a short stop at the town of Calangianus, the centre of cork production.

    • 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. We leave Sardinia this evening on the overnight sailing from Olbia to Livorno.

    • 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

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • 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 & Visits

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

    Notes


    Travel Insurance from £38.00 (14 days). 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.

    France

    ibis Millau

    Ibis Millau Centre

    France

    Novotel Macon Nord

    Novotel Macon Nord

    Ibis Millau Centre


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Novotel Macon Nord


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Telephone

    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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    Travel Information

    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 £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    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 interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers 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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air 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.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is 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 should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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