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Sardinia

With stunning landscapes, historical sites, and sandy beaches, this Italian island has something for everyone.

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Northern Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Boat Trip

1. Northern Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Boat Trip

Set sail for an exciting experience full of island vistas and stops at historical destinations, like the island of La Maddalena. Take in amazing views of the sea and the coasts of islands, and jump into the crystal clear waters during designated swimming stops. Savor a tasty pasta dish onboard. Depart from the ports of Laconia, Cannigione, and Baja Sardinia, and navigate the coasts of the islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano. Hop off on the island of La Maddalena for the chance to shop and visit sites of historical and cultural interest. Then, continue towards the most beautiful islands of the Maddalena Archipelago with stops on the islands of Spargi and Santa Maria. Continue towards the Manto della Madonna and the Island of Budelli, famous for its pink beach. During the boat tour, admire rocks sculpted by the wind and water erosion resulting in real natural sculptures, including the head of the witch, the dog, and the boot. On your way back take in views of Punta Sardegna, Porto Raphael, Palau, and Capo d'Orso.

From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

2. From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

Embark on an adventure to discover the stunning coastline and outlying islands of Sardinia on a boat. Cruise to the islands of Spargi, La Maddalena, and Santa Maria, and enjoy their pristine beaches, waters, and nature. Check-in between 9 AM and 10:15 AM, leave Palau at 10:30 AM, and cruise towards the wonderful island of Spargi. When the boat arrives, take your beach bags straight onto the white sandy beaches of Cala Corsara, and choose to sunbathe, snorkel, or explore some of the cove's historical features. Leave the island of Spargi and go along the coast towards the island of Budelli for a photographic stop at the famous Pink Beach "Spiaggia Rosa". Enter the natural swimming pool of Porto Della Madonna for photos, where the emerald color of the water will take your breath away. Head on to the island of Santa Maria for our next beach stop, once again you can easily get off the boat with your things to sunbathe, have a swim or go on a lovely walk to the old lighthouse on the island. The last stop varies — on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after Santa Maria, the Island of Caprera will be visited for a fantastic swimming stop in the natural aquarium at Cala Coticcio (Tahiti). On Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, the final stop after Santa Maria is in the charming historical center of the mother island, La Maddalena, for shopping and exploring. Arrive back in Palau at around 5-5:30 PM.

From Palau: La Maddalena and Caprera Day Tour by Ship

3. From Palau: La Maddalena and Caprera Day Tour by Ship

Board the motorboat and get ready to visit the most famous and fascinating places in the Maddalena Archipelago. This itinerary will touch places such as Cala Corsara, Spargi Island, Budelli's Pink Beach and Caprera Island all places, loaded with natural charm to be amazed. This day trip is perfect if you are looking for total relaxation because the boat is spacious and equipped with a large sun deck perfect for enjoying the sun, admiring the view and having an ice cold drink. There will be two stops, one at Cala Granara and another at Cavaliere Beach, of one and a half hours each. A third and final stop will be at Cala Coticcio where it will be possible to dive directly from the boat. The latter will be for one hour. If you get hungry The excursion price does not include meals or drinks, but there is a bar on board the motorboat that serves salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and drinks.

From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

4. From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

Start your trip at Palau or La Maddalena port, where the crew will meet you and make sure you get comfortable on board. Choose from a variety of drinks and food available for purchase as you enjoy the sea breeze. Take a swim during the first stop at Santa Maria island, known for its turquoise waters. Stop at Budelli to lie on the sand or swim in the natural pools of Spiaggia del Cavaliere, protected from currents and perfect for a relaxing swim. Once back to the boat, admire the Spiaggia Rosa and its unique pink sand. Visit Spargi to discover its white sandy beaches, rocky coasts, and turquoise waters. Go snorkeling in calm waters or lounge on the beach of Cala Granara. Along the way, see the Island of Santo Stefano, Caprera, and the Bear Rock of Palau from the boat. Listen to a multilingual explanation from your expert guide about the history of the archipelago. If you departed from Palau, have 1 hour of free time to shop for souvenirs or Vermentino wine in traditional Sardinian shops. Take a walk around the charming town. Admire the port of Cala Gavetta and the picturesque church of Santa Maria Maddalena before you get dropped off at Palau. If your journey started at La Maddalena, end your trip here.

From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

5. From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

Set out from Palau on a full-day tour of La Maddalena Archipelago aboard a comfortable and stylish catamaran. Sail along the coast and stop at uninhabited islands along the way. Sunbathe, swim, and enjoy refreshments throughout the day. Depart from Palau harbor in the morning and set sail onto the crystal clear waters of Sardinia. Admire panoramic views of the island as you travel along the coast, watching out for Porto Raphael and its famous villas along the way. Pass by the Punta Sardinia lighthouse before arriving at the first stop of the day, the island of Spargi. As the boat pulls into the bay of the island, marvel at your tranquil and uninhabited surroundings. Enjoy some time to swim in the crystal clear waters at Cala Soraya, named by Princess Soraya in the 60s, or visit the bay just next to it, Cala Corsara. After your swim, regain some energy with a refreshing drink. Later, the captain will decide on the next island to visit, depending on the weather and the tide. Arrive at either Razzoli, Santa Maria, or La Maddalena and spend some more time cooling off in the water, or relaxing on deck.  Finally, arrive at the last stop of the day for more swimming around the islands. If you've brought your snorkeling gear, you can explore the marine wildlife of the area. Put your adrenaline to the test with a big jump from the catamaran, or stay onboard and sunbathe if you’d rather relax.

From Santa Teresa Gallura: La Maddalena Catamaran Tour

6. From Santa Teresa Gallura: La Maddalena Catamaran Tour

Create unforgettable memories as you spend a full day sailing among the wonders of La Maddalena Archipelago on a trip from Santa Teresa Gallura. Visit 3 unique islands and enjoy the opportunity to swim, snorkel, explore, and enjoy a delicious aperitif, lunch, and wine. Depart from Santa Teresa and make 3 stops along the way at different islands within the archipelago, depending on tidal and weather conditions. Take in the unbelievable ocean views as you sail along and relax while you bask in the sun on your way to each destination. Visit the wonderful natural pools of Budelli to admire the characteristic turquoise water. Explore hidden bays, viewpoints, and even reefs suitable for snorkeling, then take a break to taste a typical Sardinian aperitif, lunch, and white wine.

From Santa Teresa Gallura: Maddalena Archipelago Boat Trip

7. From Santa Teresa Gallura: Maddalena Archipelago Boat Trip

Explore the Maddalena Archipelago on a full-day motorboat trip and see eastern Sardinia. Stop at the most important islands such as Santa Maria and Spargi, and visit La Maddalena town center. Wander the city alleys and perhaps take the opportunity to buy some souvenirs. Board a modern motorboat with toilets and a panoramic deck and set sail for the Maddalena Archipelago. Enjoy an onboard lunch and see the legendary Pink Beach, from Budelli Island. To protect its very fragile ecosystem, no boats have been allowed to anchor or swim there since 1992. Stop on Santa Maria Island home to about 20 seasonal residents. Enjoy sunbathing and swimming in crystal clear waters. Visit the walkway at the Port of Our Lady, so named because it is considered a safe landing in almost any wind. Marvel at the blue of this stretch of sea, unspoiled and clear down to the shallow seabed. Stop ashore for about an hour to visit the town of La Maddalena and its historic center, and wander through its charming streets. Stop at the beach at Cala Corsara on Spargi Island, and admire the beauty of the views of the north coast of Sardinia on the return voyage, including Punta Falcone, Marmorata with its Isolotto dei Gabbiani, the forts of Batteria Ferrero, and the exciting entrance to the fjord of Santa Teresa di Gallura.

Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

8. Cagliari: Underground City & Optional Old Town Walking Tour

Discover the secrets that lie beneath the sunny streets of Cagliari on a guided tour of the city’s underground. Enhance your experience with an optional walk through the Old Town, and choose from private and shared group options. Meet your guide to begin your tour of the caves, crypts, and tunnels under the city. Wander between the districts of Stampace and Marina and visit a private tunnel-shelter beneath a school that was used as a bomb shelter during World War II. Explore the magnificent and rich history of the crypt of Saint Restituta. Select the option including a guided walking tour of the Old Town to extend your experience. Stroll through the city’s streets and admire the highlights of the historic center with your guide.

Santa Maria Navarrese: Cala Goloritze Boat Tour

9. Santa Maria Navarrese: Cala Goloritze Boat Tour

Spend a relaxing day on the coast of Baunei and visit the coves of Cala Goloritzè, Cala Mariolu, Cala Biriala, Cala Gabbiani and Piscine di Venere to swim in the turquoise water. Snorkel with the amazing marine life of the Mediterranean Sea, including colorful fish, octopus and dolphins. See the most important sights of the "Caribbean" of Sardinia and access locations that big boats can't reach. Discover secret bays, historic shipwrecks and caves used by pirates in days gone by, and accessible only by boat. Spend 2 hours at 3 different beaches to experience all that of the natural park's delights.

Orosei: Guided Kayak Tour of the Biderosa Oasis at Sunset

10. Orosei: Guided Kayak Tour of the Biderosa Oasis at Sunset

Immerse yourself into a dream-like nature experience, by kayaking in the Oasis of Biderosa at sunset. Follow your guide as the sun drops down in the sky, take in beautiful views of the east coast of Srdinia, the lake of Sa Curcurica, and more. Meet your guide in Orosei and embark on a kayak excursion. Paddle along the canal towards the Oasis of Biderosa and completely relax as the sky is filled with color from the setting sun. Take in surrounding views of the sea, beautiful landscapes, and the lake of Sa Curcurica. Watch the natural change from day into night and admire the brackish environment of the fresh waters and small streams.

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What people are saying about Sardinia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,255 reviews

Irene was a lovely instructor! It was a warm experience getting to learn about Sardinian cooking in such an authentic way. I booked this as a birthday surprise for my husband, and he absolutely loved it. Irene even had a small present for him for his birthday. She also gave us some other helpful food recommendations for the rest of our visit in Sardinia. Cannot recommend this experience more!

eine sehr kreative, eine andere art von tour. wir haben uns über themen unterhalten, über die wir noch nie geredet haben. es gab auch kreativaufgaben und rätsel die wir lustig fanden.

I did both the walking around the city and the underground tour ! It was really nice and interesting, you learn a lot while doing some walking!

Irene was a great host and the cooking class was fun, informative and tasty. All that in a beautiful setting!

Great day!! Left on time, the staff was nice and helpful and the trip was amazing!!