Sardinia (Alghero), Italy

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. Like its neighbor Corsica, Sardinia boasts a dramatic coastline, superb small harbors and beaches that draw visitors from around the world. Gaunt hills crowned with granite outcropping take up most of the island interior, though the landscape is broken by vineyards and groves of olive trees and cork oaks. The island's harsh beauty is counterpointed by its rich culture - the island boasts extensive prehistoric ruins, fine Pisan churches and medieval walled towns.

For centuries, Italian city-states and Spain vied for control of Sardinia. The old port of Alghero has a distinctive Catalan feel - it was known as "Little Barcelona." The Albi Palace was a residence for the Spanish viceroys who governed Sardinia.

Alghero is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.

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Points of Interest

  • Alghero / Palazzo Albis
  • Church of San Francesco
  • Nuraghe Palmavera
  • Cape Caccia
  • Grotto di Nettuno
  • Castelsardo
  • Bosa
  • Wine Resort Leda' d'Ittiri

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  • Alghero / Palazzo Albis

    Fought over for centuries by Italy and Spain, the old harbor of Alghero has distinctively Catalan influences including language, architecture and cuisine. Its renowned for excellent seafood.

  • Church of San Francesco

    This 14th century Romanesque church in Alghero's walled old town boasts a pink stone façade and graceful bell tower that dominates the building. It features an elegant Gothic interior.

  • Nuraghe Palmavera

    Mysterious stone towers dotting Sardinia were erected by the Nuraghi culture in the second millennium B.C. Palmavera has one of the largest sites, featuring a grand structure surrounded by 50 others.

  • Cape Caccia

    A lighthouse marks this natural harbor's western face. It is one of the wildest places in Sardinia with dramatic cliffs, caves, grottoes and a natural reserve covering over 7,400 acres.

  • Grotto di Nettuno

    There are 656 steps called "Escala del Cabirol" that zigzag down to the grotto and its fantastic display of stalactites and stalagmites discovered by fishermen back in the 18th century.

  • Castelsardo

    Once the seat of Italy's Doria clan, this walled Gothic town boasts a 12th century castle, narrow winding streets and the church of Santa Maria, home to the Black Christ, a 14th century crucifix.

  • Bosa

    South of Alghero, this city is famous for the local Malvasia wine, olive oil, lace and filigree. Its old quarter boasts medieval Serravalle Castle and a black-sand beach with alleged healing powers.

  • Wine Resort Leda' d'Ittiri

    Family owned wine makers located at the foot of Monte Doglia produce first class wine similar to Bordeuax red wines. They have planted Merlot and Cabernet grapevines and their production is Cannonau, Cagnulatri and Vermentino.

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Church of San Francesco & Nuraghe Palmavera

4 hours | Sardinia (Alghero) | A H O - 2 0 5
  • Alghero / Palazzo Albis
  • Church of San Francesco
  • Nuraghe Palmavera
  • Cape Caccia

Travel back to the prehistoric age. Explore the mysterious towers and huts erected by the ancient Nuraghi culture during the second millennium B.C. at Palmavera. Plus, take in the drama of scenic Cape Caccia and visit the medieval Church of San Francesco in Alghero

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Castelsardo

5 hours | Sardinia (Alghero) | A H O - 2 2 0
  • Castelsardo

Discover Castelsardo, a beautiful medieval town perched on a hilltop above the Mediterranean. Explore the 12th century Castello and its fascinating Museum of Weaving, as well as the spectacular 16th century cathedral. You'll have time afterwards to shop for souvenirs, such as traditional Sardinian baskets.

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Alghero & Bosa

5.5 hours | Sardinia (Alghero) | A H O - 2 0 0
  • Alghero / Palazzo Albis
  • Bosa

Discover Alghero and Bosa, two ancient and romantic southern Italian cities on Sardinia's pristine coastline. This excursion features guided walking tours of each town's historical district, viewing sights such as Bosa's Serravalle Castle and Alghero's Bastione Maddelena followed by time for shopping at each venue.

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Easy Alghero & Cape Caccia

4.25 hours | Sardinia (Alghero) | A H O - 2 9 0
  • Nuraghe Palmavera
  • Cape Caccia

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. Enjoy a scenic drive through Alghero and the Sardinian coast on a tour designed for passengers who wish to see the sights, with limited walking. Highlights include photo opportunities at landmarks on a route that loops from Alghero to Fertilia.

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Cape Caccia & Wine Tasting

4 hours | Sardinia (Alghero) | A H O - 3 0 5
  • Nuraghe Palmavera
  • Alghero / Palazzo Albis
  • Church of San Francesco
  • Cape Caccia
  • Wine Resort Leda' d'Ittiri

Experience the flavors of Sardinia. Explore historic Aghero's Albi Palace and the Church of San Francesco, sample wine from one of Italy's premium estates and take in the stunning natural beauty of Cape Caccia and its famous Grottos of Neptune.

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Cruise of the Gulf of Alghero

4 hours | Sardinia (Alghero) | A H O - 2 4 0
  • Cape Caccia
  • Grotto di Nettuno

Set sail on a scenic cruise that spans north from the headland at Cape Caccia to La Speranza beach in the south-one of the island's most popular beaches. The dramatic, rocky coast is punctuated by small coves and caves carved by the sea. Light refreshments will be served.

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