Sardinia’s Rugged Beauty & Luxurious Lifestyle

7 Days, 6 Nights | from $2667 per person


Sardinia’s Rugged Beauty and Luxurious Lifestyle are yours to live during this all-encompassing journey around the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Central Holidays takes pride in our Escorted tours throughout Europe. Begin your Italy travel adventure at Sardinia’s southernmost tip in the ancient port city of Cagliari, then continue to Nora and delve into the Punic and Roman archaeological area where the Stele of Nora was discovered, the oldest written document that shows the name Sardinia in the Phoenician alphabet. A scenic drive to Chia, a pearl on the southern coast of Sardinia, will have you gazing upon the crystal clear sea, golden sand dunes and coastal ponds inhabited by colorful birds. Return to Cagliari, the island’s capital city located on the beautiful Bay of the Angels and savor dinner at one of the best restaurants in town. Explore Barumini where the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Su Nuraxi di Barumini, a nuraghe complex that dates back to the 15thcentury B.C., is located. Then delight in a flavorful meat-based lunch at a locally renowned restaurant before departing for the Barbagia region. This sparsely populated region is known for its rocky, rugged hills with inhabitants that enjoy extraordinary longevity and the famous cannonau wine has been produced for over 3,000 years–yes, you will definitely enjoy a tasting session of this famous wine. A sailing adventure to the Maddalena Archipelago of 62 islands will whisk you over crystal-clear waters to pristine beaches. The next day Porto Cervo’s luxurious yachts and chic restaurants lie before you to experience. Explore at leisure or join in a tour to the Caves of Neptune, dating back to prehistoric times. It will be an Escorted tour you won’t soon forget. Adventuring and the luxe life waits in Sardinia.


Day 1: Cagliari
Morning arrival into Cagliari’s Elmas Airport. Here you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in Cagliari. The balance of the day is at leisure to start exploring the ancient port city of Cagliari, on Sardinia’s southernmost tip. Straddling a long bay between psychedelic blue waters and rolling ocher fields, Cagliari is a true emerald in the rough.

Day 2: Nora
This morning, we start our tour with a stop in Nora, the Punic and Roman archaeological area that stands on the promontory of Capo di Pula, also remembered for the discovery of the Stele of Nora, the oldest written document that shows the name of Sardinia in Phoenician alphabet. After the tour, we drive along the panoramic road to Chia. Symbolized by the tower of Spanish origin, with its clear sea, golden sand dunes and coastal ponds inhabited by numerous water birds, among which stand out the vivid colors of pink flamingos, Chia is one of the pearls of the southern coast of Sardinia. Free time for lunch on your own in Pula. In the afternoon, we head back to Cagliari, Sardinia’s capital city. Located at the heart of the beautiful Bay of the Angels, like Rome, Cagliari was built on seven hills which identify the historic neighborhoods of the city. Walk in the heart of the city, the Castello district, and learn about the rich history of these people and their beautiful land. Tonight we say goodbye to Cagliari with dinner in one of the best restaurants in town. (B,D)

Day 3: Barumini
Today we leave Cagliari. Stop en route in the small village of Barumini, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Sardinia’s top tourist sites. Here, the nuraghe (or stone tower) dates from the 15th century BC while the huts outside the tower were built around the 12th century BC. After a traditional meat based lunch, we continue our journey to the Barbagia region, one of the most sparsely populated regions in Italy, mainly known for its rocky, rugged hills, a cluster of villages in the mountains whose residents enjoy extraordinary longevity, and the ”cannonau”, a wine that has been produced in this area for over 3,000 years. After a wine tasting session, we end our journey in Northern Gallura. Overnight in Arzachena. (B,L)

Day 4: Sail to the Maddalena Archipelago
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the port where you will embark on a sailing boat for an unforgettable journey to the Maddalena Archipelago, one of the most stunning locations in the whole of the Mediterranean. This constellation of 62 islands boasts pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Lunch on board is included as you sail through different islands. Return to Arzachena for overnight at the hotel. (B,L) Escorted tour

Day 5: Porto Cervo
After breakfast we depart for Porto Cervo. Symbol of the Emerald Coast, Porto Cervo is synonymous of luxury tourism, trendy bars, restaurants and yachts, as well as a privileged place of encounters for international jetsetters. Time to walk around before resuming our journey. After check-in at your hotel and time for lunch on your own, you will be taken on a guided tour of Alghero, a city that still retains its distincive Catalan character deriving from the influence of Pedro IV of Aragon who seized control of the town in the mid-fourteenth century and embarked on an intense period of colonization from Spain. Visit of the old walled town and its labyrinth of narrow lanes. Overnight in Alghero. (B)

Day 6: Free Day and/or Caves of Neptune
Full day at leisure to relax or if you wish, visit on your own and weather permitting, the Caves of Neptune. The embarkation point is within walking distance from your hotel and you will be provided with round-trip ferry tickets. Their history dates back to prehistoric times. Several tracks, belonging to the Neolithic, found within them, suggest that about two million years have passed since their formation. It’s almost certain that the primitive men knew and used them, according to their needs. They extend for about 4 kilometers, but for safety reasons, visitors can access only a part of them. Apart from being an important tourist destination welcoming visitors from all over the world, the Caves of Neptune are also a place of great attraction for speleologists, the only ones able to explore its most secret recesses. (B)

Day 7: Farewell Breakfast
Morning transfer to airport for your return flight home. (B)

Package Includes:

  • First class hotel accommodation for 6 nights
  • 9 included meals consisting of:
    – 6 buffet breakfasts
    – 1 dinner at local restaurant
    – 1 lunch at local restaurant
    – 1 lunch on sailing boat
  • Wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino served with meals at hotels and restaurants
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional Tour Director from day 2 to day 5
  • Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows:
    – Tour of Nora
    – Tour of Cagliari
    – Visit of Barumini
    – Wine tasting in Barbagia region
    – Full day excursion on sailing boat to La Maddalena National Park
    – Visit of Porto Cervo
    – Visit of Alghero
  • Round-trip ferry tickets to Caves of Neptune (weather permitting)
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (see restrictions on page 73)
  • Baggage handling
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • City tax

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