Day 1 UK - Sardinia
You'll fly to Sardinia today. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, where you can get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink before dinner. During your stay we include one evening transfer into the centre of the town, where you can shop for souvenirs, enjoy a stroll around the walled Old Town, or maybe take a seat at a pavement café and watch the sun set over its ancient sandstone ramparts.
Day 2 Alghero
Today join your Tour Manager and Local Guide on a tour of Alghero. The town is known for the deep-red coral found off the nearby Riviera del Corallo coast. It is one of the few places where coral fishing, a tradition here that dates back to the 11th century, is allowed, though strictly regulated. During our tour we'll also visit a coral factory to see how it is crafted into beautiful pieces of jewellery.
Afterwards there's time to enjoy lunch with your travelling companions if you wish. The rest of the day is free. Your hotel is surrounded by a large park and also boasts its own stretch of sandy beach. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, bowling green and mini golf range, so there's plenty to keep you occupied if you decide to spend the afternoon here.
Day 3 Nuraghe Palmavera
We include an excursion to the archaeological site of Nuraghe Palmavera today, which we will explore in the company of a Local Guide. The site dates back as far as 15th century BC and there's a host of ruins to explore, including a large meeting complex and two towers, one of which can be explored inside. We then visit the Wine Resort Azienda Agricola for a guided tour of the vineyard and olive groves, before sampling four wines accompanied by local produce including cold meats, cheeses, bread and olive oil. The afternoon is free to further explore at your leisure or perhaps head to the beach. Meals included: B,L,D
Day 4 Alghero - at Leisure
You can spend a relaxing day in Alghero, or maybe you'll choose to join our optional excursion to the fascinating island of Asinara. The whole island is a National Park and protected marine area, home to several endangered species including the popular albino donkey. Discover this untouched landscape in a 4X4 vehicle with stops including an old prison and village.
Day 5 Alghero - at Leisure
Alghero is one of Sardinia's prettiest coastal resorts and today has been left free for you to make your own discoveries. There is an optional morning excursion - a cruise in search of dolphins. There is also an optional afternoon tour to Neptune's Grotto, a large marine cave that was discovered by fishermen in the 18th century. Formed about two million years ago, there are rooms with astounding karst formations, a white sandy beach and a huge underground lake - a captivating gem of the Mediterranean.
Day 6 Alghero - at Leisure
An optional excursion today will give you the chance to explore the little town of Tinnura, where many of the buildings are covered in huge murals depicting everyday life. Next, we visit the picturesque town of Bosa, whose attractive old quarter is home to medieval streets, stone staircases and houses painted in bright colours. From here, we'll enjoy a relaxing river cruise before free time for lunch. We'll return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 7 Alghero - at Leisure
Spend today enjoying the facilities at your hotel.
Day 8 Sardinia - UK
Today we'll transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.
Please note:Pools are typically open from May-October, at the discretion of the hotel.
TAILOR YOUR TRIP
Hotel Porto Conte: Room Upgrade
First-floor sea view rooms with balcony are available at a supplement for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Holiday Advisor for details.