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Blue skies and golden sands
Spend three nights on the edges of the stylish Costa Smeralda and four just outside the Corsican capital Ajaccio. Discover twin island paradises where the cultures and cuisines of Italy, France and Spain mix; and where rugged mountains tumble down to pristine beaches and bright blue seas.
Fly to Olbia, 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 One: Fly to Olbia
Join us on an excursion to the Costa Smeralda, 20 kilometres of tastefully developed, reclaimed coastline that has become a playground of the wealthy. Hidden coves, offshore islets and the unusual architecture of the 'capital' Porto Cervo all add to the charm of this unique location. You'll also have free time to swim and enjoy lunch in the beautiful Baia di Sardinia.
Day Two: Included excursion to the Costa Smeralda
A picturesque fishing port, Alghero is the Spanish-influenced main town of Sardinia's north-west coast. The cobbled streets of its Old Quarter weave past the cathedral and open onto a harbour lined with bars and restaurants while, out in the bay, the long mass of Capo Caccia lies across the water like a slumbering giant.
Day Three: Visit to Alghero
Today we'll leave Italy behind, heading to the port of Santa Teresa di Gallura to catch the ferry to the French island of Corsica. We'll disembark in the stunning natural harbour of Bonifacio, where the tourist train will take you up to the haute ville to take in the views (or simply relax in a quayside cafe).
Day Four: Bonifacio and a train ride to the haute ville
You'll have time for lunch in one of the many local restaurants before our coach carries you north, through the rolling green landscape, to Ajaccio and your second hotel.
The capital of Corsica and the island's largest city, Ajaccio shelters at the northern end of one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful bays. It is also famous as the place where Napoleon was born in 1769. Discover its 15th-century citadel, cafes, restaurants and many monuments to the Little Emperor on a half-day guided tour then continue exploring or return to the hotel to relax.
Day Five: Included guided tour of Ajaccio
Spend today relaxing. Head to the nearby beaches, make the most of your hotel's facilities or head back into Ajaccio to explore a little more.
Day Six: Relax in Ajaccio
Our final included excursion takes us further up Corsica's west coast to Scandola Nature Reserve and the twisting inlets and outcrops of the Calanques de Piana. Here the elements have shaped and shifted the pink granite landscape into forms that seem almost alive. We'll follow the road past Piana's pastel houses to Porto's harbour and pebble beach, and you'll have time to explore here before returning to the coach or joining an optional 90-minute cruise along the coast for the very best views.
Day Seven: Included west coast tour and optional cruise
Say a fond farewell to your hotel and Corsica, this morning as we cross back to Bonifacio, take the ferry to Sardinia and wind our way back to Olbia in time to catch your flight home.
Day Eight: Flight back to the UK