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Best of Sardinia Two Week Tour

13 Days / 12 Nights

Costa Smeralda, Alghero, Inland Sardinia, Cagliari

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Sure you could just add a couple of days in Sardinia to a tour of Italy, but there's more than enough to see and do on Italy's second-largest island to easily fill two weeks. From glitzy coastal resort towns to the rustic interior to the bustling capital Cagliari, Sardinia is bursting with things to do, eat, drink and experience. We've created this almost-two-week (13 days) itinerary to give you an idea of the possibilities. It can be shortened or lengthened according to your needs, or even joined to a longer tour of Italy.

With our private tour itineraries, you're in charge - you set the dates, pick the activities you want to be included, and choose from our hand-picked accommodation options at each price level. We get to work making all the bookings and provide in-country support throughout your trip.

Route for Costa Smeralda, Alghero, Inland Sardinia, Cagliari tour

3 Nights in Costa Smeralda

3 Nights in Costa Smeralda

4 days in Costa Smeralda
4 days in Costa Smeralda

3 Nights in Costa Smeralda

Costa Smeralda delivers the quintessential Mediterranean feeling: a relaxed seaside vacation between jaw-dropping seaside scenery and the crystalline water. From the elegant boutiques and restaurants of Porto Cervo to the more local and vibrant atmosphere of historic Santa Teresa di Gallura on the northern coast. Although a magnet for Italian and international celebrities who want to see and be seen, as well as world-class sailing competitions, Costa Smeralda can also deliver on authentic island experiences.

Costa Smeralda delivers the quintessential Mediterranean feeling: a relaxed seaside vacation between jaw-dropping seaside scenery and the crystalline water. From the elegant boutiques and restaurants of Porto Cervo to the more local and vibrant atmosphere of historic Santa Teresa di Gallura on the northern coast. Although a magnet for Italian and international celebrities who want to see and be seen, as well as world-class sailing competitions, Costa Smeralda can also deliver on authentic island experiences.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Costa Smeralda

After you land at Olbia Costa Smeralda airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by a driver holding a sign with your name on. The journey to your accommodation in Porto Cervo should take around one hour.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Costa Smeralda

Full Day Catamaran Small Group Excursion to La Maddalena Archipelago

Full Day Catamaran Small Group Excursion to La Maddalena Arcipelago

Included in your vacation package price.

The most exclusive and close to nature way to fully enjoy the beauty of Sardinia and these islands is undoubtedly aboard a luxurious and exclusive catamaran or elegant and comfortable sailing boats, which will allow you to visit the most beautiful bays and beaches. You will be enchanted by the crystal clear water of the incredibly turquoise bays, the most beautiful in the world, which will surprise you with the contrast with the white beaches of the islands of the Maddalena Archipelago. You can swim and snorkel with the equipment that will be provided on board. The tour starts in the morning around 9.30 and ends in the afternoon around 17.30. During the day you will visit several islands and beaches, and a typical aperitif based on typical Sardinian products will be served on board, followed by lunch, cooked on board, based on fish of the characteristic Sardinian cuisine (no-fish option or vegetarian available on request when booking). Included are wine, beer, fruit, Sardinian sweets and myrtle, the typical Sardinian liqueur extracted from the typical Mediterranean vegetation of these islands. Navigation is carried out in compliance with the ministerial safety and sanitation protocols.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 8 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Costa Smeralda

Vermentino and Cannonau winery experience

Suggestion to explore on your own

For wine lovers, the ideal complement to a seaside vacation is the visit to a family-run winery to familiarise with autochthonous Sardinian varietals and enjoy the local Vermentino di Gallura and Cannonau wines, presented by an experienced sommelier. Our local staff will help you choosing among the best options, in particular in the area of Arzachena.

Vermentino and Cannonau winery experience

A 007 sunset drink in San Pantaleo

Suggestion to explore on your own

The picturesque village of San Pantaleo is nested in a scenic mountainous location, and retains its original look and temperament even after the touristic development of the coast and having being the set of James Bond’s movie "The Spy Who Loved me" with Roger Moore and Barbara Bach. The ideal time to visit is sunset when the mighty mountains surrounding the village turn pink as you sip your drinks and enjoy local delicacies in the lively local Piazza della Chiesa.

A 007 sunset drink in San Pantaleo

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Alghero by Private Transfer

Today you will leave Porto Cervo towards Alghero, the gem of the north-western coast. A driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on your preferred departure time and take you to your accommodation in Alghero (or to Alghero airport, according to your flight's departure time). The journey takes around 2 and a half hours. If you'd like, we can arrange a stop on the way for an additional fee. We recommend visiting the seaside town of Castelsardo nested atop a scenic cliff or the beach area of Isola Rossa. Please note this is a non guided transfer.

Alghero by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Costa Smeralda

Castelsardo and Muto di Gallura Full Day Private Tour
Light7 hours
Full Day Private Trip to the Amazing Beaches of Costa Smeralda
Easy8 hours
James Bond’s Sunset Aperitif Private Tour
Light4 hours
Private Rubber Boat Tour to La Maddalena
Easy8 hours

3 Nights in Alghero

3 Nights in Alghero

4 days in Alghero
4 days in Alghero

3 Nights in Alghero

A 3000-year-long history spanning from the unique bronze-age Nuragic settlements to Renaissance and Baroque treasures, make Alghero the most interesting cultural site of north Sardinia. The mighty bastions, the labyrinth of narrow streets, and lively piazzas bustling with life echo the many languages of this Mediterranean crossroad of peoples. The colorful and diverse cuisine reflects the multiple influences, in particular the Catalan origins of the city.

A 3000-year-long history spanning from the unique bronze-age Nuragic settlements to Renaissance and Baroque treasures, make Alghero the most interesting cultural site of north Sardinia. The mighty bastions, the labyrinth of narrow streets, and lively piazzas bustling with life echo the many languages of this Mediterranean crossroad of peoples. The colorful and diverse cuisine reflects the multiple influences, in particular the Catalan origins of the city.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Alghero

The driver will take you directly to your accommodation in Alghero.

Follow the great Explorers along the catalan Bastions

Suggestion to explore on your own

Treat yourself with a relaxed walk along the ramparts at sunset, when the colors are incredibly intense. The honey-colored walls of Alghero, built by the Aragonese in the sixteenth century as a stronghold in the historic center, run from the elegant Piazza Sulis up to the city's marina. On one side is the sea, on the other the bell towers and the roofs of the city along the Bastioni Cristoforo Colombo,  Torre de Sant Jaume and Bastioni Marco Polo, from where you admire the profile of Capo Caccia (Cap de la Caça in Catalan). Be rewarded by the beautiful belvedere of the Tower of Castile, then go ahead along the Bastioni Magellano, up the steps leading to the port for a rewarding dinner with fish delicacies.

Follow the great Explorers along the catalan Bastions

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Alghero

Alghero Private Walking Tour

Alghero Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Walking by its streets you will discover the History of Alghero, called “Barceloneta”, the little Barcelona: in fact Alghero is the only Italian city speaking a Catalan dialect, and where you will also eat in a Catalan way. Visit to the ramparts with the Aragonese Towers and the Gothic-Catalan Cathedral  of  Santa Maria  (XVI-XIX century). Alghero is also famous for its “Red Gold”:  the Corallium Rubrum, the most precious Coral of the Mediterranean Sea, that is caught here.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Alghero

Neptune's cave, a rewarding hike or relaxed stroll

Suggestion to explore on your own

Neptune's Cave is the main natural attraction of the rugged coast around capo Caccia: a spectacular sequence of ponds, narrow ravines, large halls with colonnades, stalactites and stalagmites shaped by the delicate force of nature. A visit that will leave you breathless.
The caves can be visited with a pleasant and very popular boat trip form the harbor or a more solitary, demanding but rewarding hike down and up the the Escala del Cabirol, 656 steps carved into the rock wall leaving you breathless... in every sense!

Neptune's cave, a rewarding hike or relaxed stroll

Coral jewellery, the "red gold" of Alghero

Suggestion to explore on your own

During a stroll around Alghero center, you will be surprised by the amount of red coral jewellery you will see. The ancient Greeks thought it was the petrified blood of Medusa, and that it had aphrodisiac powers and other properties, and in fact made amulets from it. The coast of Alghero south of Capo Caccia is called Coral Riviera. Although an important element for the local economy, the fishing of red coral is under strict control: it takes place from May to October and at a depth of not less than 80 meters. For a complete understanding of this unique form of art, we recommend a visit the Alghero Coral Museum, in an Art Nouveau villa, and bring home a precious memory of L’Alguer, purchasable from one of the city's jewellers.

Coral jewellery, the "red gold" of Alghero

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Inland Sardinia by Private Transfer

Today you will leave the coastline of Alghero and travel to your accommodation nested on the scenic hills of the verdant Sardinian interior. A driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on your preferred departure time and take you on a 1 - 2-hour journey, depending on the location of the chosen accommodation. Please note this is a non guided transfer.

Inland Sardinia by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Alghero

Asinara Island Full Day Small Group Excursion
Light8 hours
Beaches, Artisans and Wines of the Northern Coast Full Day Private Tour
Light8 hours
Historic and Artistic Gems of the Southern Coast Full Day Private Tour
Light8 hours
Neptune's Caves Half Day Private Tour
Light4 hours

3 Nights in Inland Sardinia

3 Nights in Inland Sardinia

4 days in Inland Sardinia
4 days in Inland Sardinia

3 Nights in Inland Sardinia

Ready to discover the secret of a longer life? The remote villages scattered around the majestic mountains and rugged hills of Sardinia’s interior are home to communities renowned for their exceptional longevity and lively folklore traditions. Healthy, tasty, and diverse culinary traditions are a key factor, which you can sample and enjoy thanks to family-style cooking experiences. An active lifestyle is the other staple of these areas, accessible to visitors thanks to rewarding hikes to the spectacular Supramonte and Gennargentu mountains, wild rivers, and picturesque waterfalls of the Barbagia region.

Ready to discover the secret of a longer life? The remote villages scattered around the majestic mountains and rugged hills of Sardinia’s interior are home to communities renowned for their exceptional longevity and lively folklore traditions. Healthy, tasty, and diverse culinary traditions are a key factor, which you can sample and enjoy thanks to family-style cooking experiences. An active lifestyle is the other staple of these areas, accessible to visitors thanks to rewarding hikes to the spectacular Supramonte and Gennargentu mountains, wild rivers, and picturesque waterfalls of the Barbagia region.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Inland Sardinia

The driver will take you directly to your accommodation.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Inland Sardinia

The Barbagia Experience, Mamoiada & Orgosolo Private Tour

The Barbagia Experience: Mamoiada&Orgosolo Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Barbagia is the heart of Sardinia.
A whole day dedicated to the heritage and culinary & wine traditions of two among the most popular towns in Sardinia: Orgosolo and Mamoiada in Barbagia. The EU excellence Mediterranean Masks Museum, as well as the many family-owned Cannonau wineries in Mamoiada will definitely be part of our tour. Then, let us feast our eyes on Orgosolo and its murals, an icon of contemporary Sardinia.
The Barbagia Experience tour depart from Cagliari or other destination requested and include the visit at the museum masks, the visit at the wine cellar with the food&wine experience, the walking tour in the village of Orgosolo beetween the murals and the old historic center.

One of the best museum networks that will give you a deeper insight into Sardinia’s rural life, from trades to traditions, is the MaMu – Mamoiada Museums network, which includes three museums: the Museum of the Mediterranean Masks, the Museum of Local Culture and Trades and the MATer – Museum of Archaeology and of the surrounding Territory.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 10 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Inland Sardinia

Drink local wines, and live up to 100 and more!

Suggestion to explore on your own

The remote villages of Sardinian inner regions are blessed by extremely high longevity, to the point that the area is studied by scientists as one of the few "blue zones" in the world. A sporty lifestyle and healthy food are the key ingredients, and locals will for sure add a glass (or more, to be on the safe side) of the local wines Vermentino di Gallura and Cannonau. From world-class wineries to local bio farms, there are plenty of options to learn the traditions and enjoy their flavors. Our local staff will help you choosing among the best wineries and arrange a visit.

Drink local wines, and live up to 100 and more!

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Cagliari by Private Transfer

Today you will leave the scenic hills of the verdant Sardinian interior and travel towards bustling Cagliari. A driver will pick you up at your accommodation based on your preferred departure time (or airport, according to your flight's departure time) and take you on a 3 to 4-hour journey, depending on the location of the chosen accommodation. If you'd like, we can arrange a stop on the way for an additional fee. We recommend visiting the historic centers of Nuoro, or Oristano. Please note this is a non guided transfer.

Cagliari by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Inland Sardinia

Orosei Full Day Boat Trip
Light8 hours
Suspended Between the Sea and the Sky, Hiking Private Tour to Cala Luna
Strenuous8 hours
Tiscali Cave Trekking Private Tour
Moderate8 hours

3 Nights in Cagliari

3 Nights in Cagliari

4 days in Cagliari
4 days in Cagliari

3 Nights in Cagliari

The winding streets of Cagliari's historic districts and the lively harbor should not be missed on any visit to Sardinia. Quality street-food and fine dining options, a vibrant cultural life, and photogenic spots from the blue waters of the popular Poetto beach to the bastions of Saint Rémy make a stop in the island's capital an ideal complement to a vacation in trendy Costa Smeralda.

The winding streets of Cagliari's historic districts and the lively harbor should not be missed on any visit to Sardinia. Quality street-food and fine dining options, a vibrant cultural life, and photogenic spots from the blue waters of the popular Poetto beach to the bastions of Saint Rémy make a stop in the island's capital an ideal complement to a vacation in trendy Costa Smeralda.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Cagliari

Upon reaching Cagliari your driver will drop you directly at your accommodation.

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Cagliari

Cagliari Private City Tour

Cagliari Private City Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today Cagliari appears like a complex city, with a heritage of great importance as well as a modern personality, coherently to a capital that developed, with time going by, in harmony with the surrounding area, being a pivotal part of it, but what you need is an expert and local tour guide and a van to bring you around to discover its beauties, inside and out, in the heart of the city and its center and with the beautiful natural parks and areas just outside.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4-5 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Your Second Full Day in Cagliari

Nora, aka where ancient Romans went sunbathing

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Nora is where beach- and history class-fans can be both satisfied . A mere 20-minute drive from Cagliari leads you to the remains of three different cities: Phoenician, Pre-Roman and Roman, with artefacts from each that are part of what was, according to legend, the first city on the island. The Roman ruins are the most intact, and you can see intricate mosaics, villas, temples and an incredible amphitheatre. For a better understanding of its cultural importance, we recommend to join a guided tour exploring the best attractions of the scenic southern coast.

Nora, aka where ancient Romans went sunbathing

Day 13

Day 13 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up at your accommodation and drop you off at Cagliari Airport for your departing flight. The journey should take around half an hour.

We also offer the following excursions in Cagliari

Sant’Antioco & Calasetta Private Day Tour
Moderate8 hours
The Family Experience Private Tour
Moderate10 hours
Traditional Sardinian Small Group Cooking Class
Light3 hours
Unesco Site of Barumini & Giara Private Day Trip
Light8 hours
What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Costa Smeralda

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Olbia Airport - Porto Cervo Private Transfer
Full Day Catamaran Small Group Excursion to La Maddalena Arcipelago
Porto Cervo - Alghero Private Transfer

Alghero

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Alghero Private Walking Tour
Alghero - Su Gologone Private Transfer

Inland Sardinia

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
The Barbagia Experience: Mamoiada&Orgosolo Private Tour
Su Gologone - Cagliari Private Transfer

Cagliari

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Cagliari Private City Tour
Cagliari Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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