The French island of Corsica, and the Italian island of Sardinia will be ours to explore on this charming Mediterranean break. Although only 11 km apart at their closest point, these two islands have very different attractions for visitors. Corsica is a land of contrasts, where the sea mingles with the mountains, where the exuberant natural scenery has kept its beauty. With its wild landscapes, famously pristine white-sand beaches and glistening clean waters, is said to be unchanged for over 200 years. Because of this, the stunning coastline views are unspoilt and will be ours to relish in the warm Easter sunshine. Sardinia, another beautiful gem of the Mediterranean Sea, has more of an expensive feel, with yachts, billionaires’ villas and private beaches. Well known as a paradise in the heart of the Mediterranean, it attracts many visitors annually.
-Luxury Coach Travel
-A total of 12 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
-Return ferry crossing Dover to Calais
-Cabin on overnight ferry, from Toulon to Bastia, with evening meal and breakfast on board
-Cabin on overnight return ferry, from Ajaccio to Toulon, with evening meal and breakfast on board
-Local guide on board for panoramic tour of the city of Bastia
-Lunch on route to Cap Corse and ¼ wine
-Lunch on in Calvi and ¼ wine
-Famous local wine tasting Patrimonio, Nonza
-Boat tour of Calanques de Piana and Reserve of Scandola
-City tour of Corte by small train
-Traditional Evening entertainment of songs and Corsican guitar at hotel Solemare Bonifacio
-Return ferry crossing from Bonifacio, Corsica to Santa Teresa di Gallura, Sardinia
-Guide on board as we arrive in Sardinia
-Photo stop at “Elephant Rock”
-Guided tour of Alghero
-Guided tour of Capo Caccia and Palmarella
-Panoramic boat trip of the Maddalena Island
-Lunch during day out on the boat to Maddalena Island
-Guide on board as we drive from Bonifacio to Ajaccio
-Traditional Corsican songs and guitar at Hotel Castle Vecchio, Ajaccio
-Guided visit of the famous city of Ajaccio
- ¼ Wine included with evening meals at Corsican and Sardinian hotels
-Complimentary Tea and coffee on board the coach
Overnight hotel in France- 1 night
Overnight ferry – 1 night
Hotel le Splendid Ile Rousse *** – 1 night
Hotel Le Porto *** – 1 night
Hotel Solemare Bonifacio – 2 nights
Hotel Catalunya, Alghero **** – 2 nights
Hotel Del Porto, Cannegione **** – 1 night
Hotel Suit Home, Porticcio ****– 1 night
Overnight ferry – 1 night
Overnight hotel in France – 1 night
Day One – We leave early in the morning and head to Dover for our early afternoon crossing to Calais. We will then drive south to our overnight hotel where our evening meal awaits.
Day Two – After breakfast at the hotel, we begin our journey to Toulon, with comfort stops on route. Once we arrive in Toulon, we will board the overnight Corsica Ferries Vessel for Bastia. On board, you will receive your evening meal and a double cabin for the crossing.
Day Three – As the sun rises over the Mediterranean Sea, we arrive in Corsica. After breakfast on board the ferry, we will disembark and start taking in the natural beauty of the “thumb of Corsica”. We will meet our local guide, who will take us on a small panoramic tour of the city of Bastia before travelling with us to charming Cap Corse. On route, we will stop for lunch, which is included in your holiday. With its mix of picturesque villages and harbours and rugged hills just off the coast, this less visited part of Corsica has retained its peaceful tranquillity. This afternoon, we will follow the scenic route towards the impressive village of Nonza. With some of the ancient houses in the village perched atop sheer cliffs to the sea below, this fantastic location will have you feeling in paradise. Here, you will enjoy tasting famous local wine from the Patrimonio region. It’s then on to our hotel for the evening, the Hotel le Splendid Ile Rousse, where our evening meal awaits.
Day Four – After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy a tour of the city of Calvi, birthplace of Christopher Columbus. You will then have free time to explore the city and get some lunch (lunch is included in your holiday), before we head on a spectacular drive through the Col de Palmerella and the Col de Croix. It is then time to discover the stunning scenery of the Calanques de Piana and Reserve of Scandola by a striking boat tour.
Day Five – Today, we will make the leisurely drive to Corte via the grand gorges of Spelunca, Evisa and Calacuccia. Once here, we will enjoy a tour of the only university town on the island by small train. Lunch will be at your leisure in this central city, at the heart of Corsica, before we start our drive to Porto Vecchio, the city of salt via the “Coast of pearls”. It is then onto our hotel in Bonifaccio, where we will be staying for 2 nights.
Day Six – Today is a day at your leisure to explore the medieval clifftop town of Bonifaccio. This must-see site of magical beauty, fascinating geography and rich history will be yours to delve into. You may decide to board a boat to visit the caves and cliffs of Bonifaccio, or ascent by small train to the old walled city, or you may decide to have a relaxing day at the hotel. It’s up to you to do as little or as much as you like.
Day Seven – After breakfast at the hotel, we will disembark the boat from Bonifaccio to discover another beautiful treat of the Mediterranean Sea: Sardinia. Once we arrive in Santa Teresa di Gallura, we will be joined by our guide who will take us to the magnificent village of Castelsardo, clinging to a rocky promontory overlooking the sea. Lunch will be at your leisure today before we head to “Elephant Rock” for a famous photo opportunity. It is then onto our host town of Alghero, where we’ll be staying for 2 nights at Hotel Catalunya.
Day Eight – Today we will head for our guided tour of the fortified city of Alghero. With its narrow-cobbled streets and ramparts skirting the sea, this main harbour town of the island will give you a real taste of Sardinia. After lunch at your leisure, we will head to the Bronze Age Nuragic sites of Capo Caccia and Palmarella with our guide for an insightful visit. Here we will be able to appreciate the marvellous natural garden full of plants and birds of prey that are quite rare to other parts of the world. It is then back to our hotel in Alghero to relax before our evening meal.
Day Nine – We will have a taster into the life of the rich and famous today with as we travel to the Costa Smeralda. With its billionaire villas, luxury hotels and marinas this extravagant area is not to be missed. At Palau, we will board a ferry that will take us on a panoramic tour of the striking Maddalena island (an archipelago of about sixty island and islets). Enjoy your included lunch today as we take in these sensational views. After disembarkation, we will head to our hotel, Hotel del Porto Cannegione, for the evening, where our evening meal awaits.
Day Ten – This morning we will head back on the ferry to Bonifaccio. Here, we will meet our guide, who will travel with us to Ajaccio, via the Lion of Rocapina, the Valincais and the Col de St Georges, stopping on route for lunch at leisure. Our guide will be able to tell us about Ajaccio and the Sanguinaires Island, before we head to our hotel on the outskirts of Ajaccio for our evening meal.
Day Eleven – Today is at your leisure to enjoy what Ajaccio has to offer. Here, you can explore the old town’s atmospheric streets, blessed by charming architectural features and attractive landmarks. You may decide to soak up some stunning coastal scenery on one of the various boat trips on offer and enjoy some fresh seafood for sale in the harbour. This stunning capital of Corsica is well worth a wander. This evening we head to the port of Ajaccio for our overnight ferry to Toulon. On board, you will be served your evening meal and you will have a double cabin for the overnight sailing.
Day Twelve – After breakfast on board the ferry, we head North to our overnight hotel, with comfort stops on route. Our evening meal will be served at our overnight hotel.
Day Thirteen – After breakfast at the hotel, we will make our way up to Calais for our crossing back to Dover. Then we head west for the last part of the journey home.