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Rustic Villages & Costa Smeralda

Sardinia & Corsica Cultural Walking Adventure

7 DaysStarting at $5,495

Overview

When was the last time you broke bread with a shepherd? Were you sitting at a stone table in his garden, a Sardinian breeze rustling the leaves, with a corkwood plate of his homemade specialties? It’s a simple and simply remarkable event, just one of many we’ll arrange for you in this amazing week of Mediterranean adventure. Travel between the isles of Sardinia and Corsica and you’ll only venture eight miles…but they’re worlds apart. Corsica—part of France, but defiantly non-French—is blanketed in fragrant herbs and dotted with quaint villages. Sardinia seeks adventure. Travel through the island and see how it’s more rustic, mysterious; with a few thousand years of Phoenician, Spanish and Italian blood in its veins. Together, these two gorgeous islands are some of the least-touristed spots in Europe. When you leave behind the yacht-studded harbors for the mountains, pastures and vineyards of the interior, you have the rarest of privileges—to see and experience countryside and culture that seem to have stood still in time.

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Highlights

DAY 1 - ALGHERO
We meet our Sardinia & Corsica tours in the Sardinian town of Alghero (1 night). That Aragons captured the city in 1353 and it still has a visible Spanish influence. We'll wander the quiet, pedestrian-only streets, then enjoy an authentic cooking class for our first taste of the locally-caught seafood.

DAYS 2-3 - BONIFACIO
After breakfast we head north and take a light walk to a castle, perched on a promontory overlooking Castelsardo. Then we cross the 8-mile strait to the ancient Corsican town of Bonifacio (2 nights). Shop the afternoon away or join us for a great seaside walk. Moving inland we stroll in chestnut forests and taste the olive oil at an historic press. After picking up lunch in Sartene, we walk in a nature reserve and explore fascinating 5,000-year-old carved stone monoliths.

DAYS 4-7 - OLIENA / ALGHERO
In the morning, we ferry back to Porto Cervo on Sardinia's Costa Smeralda, mooring site of the yacht set. From our country inn near Oliena (3 nights), we visit a local baker...explore an archeological site with Europe's oldest stone towers...relax over lunch with a local shepherd...and savor a final dinner of the local specialties. On our final day, we return to Alghero for flights home or to other points in Europe.
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Map

  • Starting Point:

    Alghero – 2:30 pm – Lobby of Villa Mosca Hotel
  • Ending Point:

    Alghero – 2:30 pm – Lobby of Villa Mosca Hotel

Why Choose Classic Journeys

Travel + Leisure has awarded Classic Journeys the #1 World's Best Tour Operator multiple times and says, "Classic Journeys provides unbeatable access to experiences around the globe." Here's what that access means for you.

  • Experience the world on foot and at eye level. Each day, join your guide on the most cinematic footpaths in the region.
  • Exceptional full-time local guides who become your well-connected friend. Our amazing guides are with you throughout each day of the tour, share their lifelong connections as well as engaging anecdotes about the history and culture of the region.
  • Small groups that provide you unrivaled access. An average of fewer than 10 guests per departure means we can offer you special access to sites like Stonehenge so you experience the stone circle when it's closed to the general public, a guided visit to Zion Narrows that other companies cannot arrange because of larger group sizes, and vineyard walks with a count and countess in Tuscany.
  • Award-winning hotels are waiting for you at the end of every day. Luxuriate in the finest and most distinctive accommodations in the region you're exploring, including rainforest lodges, 16th century villas, and award-winning properties that show up on World's Best and Gold lists.
  • Eat like (and with) the locals. Food is a foolproof way into the hearts, homes and history of the places you visit with us. From gourmet picnics to coveted local restaurants, our meals offer you opportunities to explore native food traditions and fine dining.
  • Handcrafted itineraries with all activities included. With our long-term friendships, we know our walking tour regions more personally than anyone else. So you get thoughtfully curated itineraries that combine explorations of the villages, organic farms, archeological sites and the people who know them best.
  • Sustainable travel that supports the places you're visiting. We put our local currency into the pockets of the people who live where we travel. It's your guarantee that you'll have authentic, up-close experiences on your trip. Best of all, our person-to-person approach helps sustain their ways of life.
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Family Departure

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Accommodations

Su Gologone Hotel

Wrapped in ancient vineyards and olive groves, this 4-star country inn offers majestic quietness and charming history. Its guesthouses are scattered among gardens, courtyards, stone pathways and a spring water guest pool.

Villa Mosca

Designed and constructed in the early 20th century, Villa Mosca today represents one of the icons of the city, a stunning example of Art Nouveau architecture. The building, with its octagonal shape, plays host to elegant, intimate and refined rooms.

Cala Di Greco

High in the wooded hills overlooking Bonifacio, this all-suite hotel is Mediterranean modern at its best. From breakfast to sunset, the spectacular pool is the place to eat, relax and sip a glass of wine. Each of the suites includes a private patio.

What’s Included

  • Award-winning boutique hotels that provide you unlimited access to the people and places, culture and history you came to experience
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Wine on Us

  • In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.

Perfect Pairings Dinners

  • A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course.

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