Sardinia & Corsica
7 nights. May 2022 - October 2022. From £1349.00.
Clear skies & golden sands
Two of the Mediterranean’s most captivating islands – one Italian, one French – both blessed with blue skies, warm waters and natural beauty. Join us on this wonderful two-centre holiday, which combines a three-night stay close to Sardinia’s stylish Costa Smeralda, one of Europe’s most celebrated destinations, with four nights on rugged Corsica, birthplace of Napoleon and blessed with one of the Mediterranean’s most fascinating and diverse landscapes. With some delightful excursions, and plenty of time to rest and relax, included this is a perfect way to discover two island paradises in one.
What's IncludedSeven nights’ carefully chosen half board accommodation at the four-star Hotel Martini in Olbia and the three-star Castel Vecchio Hotel in Ajaccio
Visit idyllic sea-side Porto
A guided tour of Ajaccio - Napoleon Bonaparte's birthplace
Return ferry crossings from Sardinia to Corsica
Return flights to Olbia
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsAncient Alghero and the views across to the Capo Caccia
The hill-top town of Bonifacio, including a train ride
The amazing rock formations of the Calanques de Piana
The Costa Smeralda - a playground for the wealthy since the 1960s
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Olbia, in Sardinia's northeast corner, where our Tour Manager will be waiting to meet you. The hotel is just a short coach ride from the airport, and, depending on your time of arrival, you'll be free to spend the rest of the day relaxing or perhaps wandering into town.
Day 2After a relaxed breakfast, board the coach for a leisurely introduction to the sun-kissed playground of the Costa Smeralda. Over the last 50 years, this 20-kilometre stretch of reclaimed and tastefully developed coastline has grown to become one of the world’s most celebrated holiday playgrounds and a haven to the Mediterranean’s sailing and private yacht community. Idyllic hidden coves; stunning beaches fringed by azure waters and backed by fragrant, herb-filled scrubland; tiny islets; and the ultra-chic capital of the region, Porto Cervo, whose church and shopping arcade were both designed by the same architect, all contribute to the allure of this unique location.
Day 3Today’s excursion sees you travel to historic Alghero, the principal town of Sardinia’s north and a thriving, long-standing fishing port. Here, the Old Quarter, with its 16th-century cathedral and its narrow, cobbled streets, is surrounded by the stout battlements that link seven defensive towers. This being Italy, delicious ice cream can be sampled at any number of local gelatarie. The long, sweeping promenade stretches away past magnificent beaches, and looks out across the blue waters to distant Capo Caccia, a rocky promontory with a silhouette that looks for all the world like a sleeping giant. After a marvellous day, you’ll return to Olbia for a last evening at your hotel.
Day 4Today you'll bid farewell to your Sardinian hosts, and head to the port at Santa Teresa di Gallura for your ferry crossing to Corsica. You'll disembark in the stunning natural harbour of Bonifacio, a fortified town set high upon wind- and wave-weathered cliffs, and one of the Mediterranean’s most spectacular locations. The tourist train will take you up to the haute ville to take in the stunning views. Perhaps enjoy a drink in one of the cafés that line the quayside, before boarding our coach to continue your journey north, through some stunning scenery, to your hotel in Ajaccio.
Day 5Today's half-day guided excursion introduces island capital Ajaccio, the city where, in 1769, Napoléon Bonaparte was born. Set on a stunning, sweeping bay, Ajaccio would be a fascinating place even without its associations with the "Little Emperor". Wander its ancient old town, filled with restaurants and cafés, and see its towering citadelle, which surveys the colourful vista below. After your tour, you'll have time free for further explorations, or to return to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon by the pool.
Day 6Your final included excursion takes you up Corsica's west coast to Scandola Nature Reserve, overlooking the blue Gulf of Porto, home to the twisting inlets and outcrops of the Calanques de Piana. Here, the elements and millennia have shaped and shifted the pink granite landscape into fantastical forms that seem almost alive. Your route winds through the reserve from sleepy Piana, with its pink houses and spectacular views, down to exquisite Porto, a famous resort town with its tiny harbour and pebbly beach overlooked by an ancient watchtower. Spend some time enjoying the surroundings, then re-board the coach for the return journey to Ajaccio, or (more likely) join the optional 90-minute cruise back along the coast, a beautiful journey that boasts the best views of the towering calanques from the water.
Day 7Spend your last free day relaxing. Hire a bike from the hotel, head to the nearby beaches, make the most of your hotel's facilities or head back into Ajaccio to explore a little more. The choice is yours.
Day 8Bid farewell to your hotel, early this morning, as you begin your scenic journey back to Bonifacio, take the ferry back to Santa Teresa di Gallura on Sardinia and head back to Olbia to catch your flight home, at the end of a wonderful two-island holiday. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 15 minutes. On departure, the transfer time from your hotel to the airport will take approximately five hours, including the ferry crossing from Corsica to Sardinia.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Entrance feesSince some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Italian hotel room taxSome regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 £ and 3 £ per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top