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Sardinia & Corsica Sailing Adventure

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia & Corsica Sailing Adventure

Snorkeling
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Start: Sardinia
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End: Sardinia

Sail the pristine waters of Sardinia through the Maddalena Archipelago to Corsica

Activity
Snorkeling
LocationSardinia, Italy
Duration8 days
Start / EndSardinia / Sardinia
Tour operatorIntrepid Travel

Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia & Corsica Sailing Adventure

Snorkeling·
8 days·Intrepid Travel
Start: Sardinia
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End: Sardinia

Description

Set sail across some of the clearest, bluest water on earth on this relaxing nautical adventure in Italy. Island-hop from Portisco to Bonifacio, stopping to snorkel among the coves of Caprera, swim in the archipelago, or find a quiet spot on a white sandy beach in Isola Santo Stefano. Climb the King Aragon Steps in Corsica, bush walk through wild national parks, or cruise Maddalena Island on tw...

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Itinerary

Day 1Olbia
This land resembles no other place. Sardinia is something else. Enchanting spaces and distances to travel-nothing finished, nothing definitive. It is like freedom itself. – DH Lawrence. Meet the Skipper at 16:00 at the Café Principe Umberto in Olbia which located on the NE Coast of Sardinia. A short drive (approximately 20 min) will bring you to the Yacht which will be located in Portisco. The first port of call is then the local supermarket to buy supplies for your trip as a group. If you have any special dietary requirements, please make sure you notify us at the time of booking so we can accommodate your requests. We settle on the boat that will be our home for the next 8 days and spend the first night in Portisco on the Costa Smeralda. Fifty years ago the coast north of Olbia was farmland that was until a group of well heeled business purchased the strip of coast and turned it into a millionaires playground, the Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast. Called so because of the green-blue colour of the water. The rest of the trip we will be among the beautiful marine reserve of Sardinia and Corsica and their small islands. ***The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we are flexible on the day's itinerary***
Day 2Isola Caprera
This morning we set sail for Caprera Island where we have time to take a dip and go for our first snorkel of the trip. This island has been declared a natural reserve for the particular species of seabirds living on it (royal seagull, cormorant and peregrine falcon). The island's name is linked to that of Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian patriot and fighter who lived in the 19th century and was one of the fathers of the Italian independence. He bought the island in 1855 and died there in 1882. His house is now a museum and a memorial chapel and the island itself is a national monument. Caprera is linked to La Maddalena island by a 600 metre long causeway. The island was probably given its name because of the numerous wild goats living on it (capra means "goat" in Italian).
Day 3Bonifacio (Corsica)
It is time to cross the Bocche di Bonifacio (strait of Bonefacio), famous for a strong wind from north west, the Mistral. Our destination is Bonifacio (18 kms) located on the French governed Island of Corsica. Bonifacio is an ancient fortified city where according to tradition you must buy one of the famous knives. Bonifacio is a star attraction in Corsica, drawing visitors from all over the island and overseas to marvel at its medieval houses precariously teetering on the edge of the imposing limestone cliffs.Bonifacio's Old Town, with a labyrinth of narrow streets and historic buildings, was built by the Genoese and is a fascinating place to wander around. Founded in 828 AD by Count Bonifacio of Tuscany, it's natural harbour bears a striking resemblence to the home of the Laestrygonians referred to in Homer's Odyssey of the 7th century BC. Bonifacio also boasts a busy marina filled with impressive yachts and lined with chic bars, restaurants and hotels, enhancing the vibrancy of this fashionable coastal resort. Add to this the fact that Bonifacio is close to several idyllic, unspoiled Corsican beaches as well as staggeringly beautiful mountains, and you have a near perfect, varied holiday destination. A good dinner in one of the traditional little restaurants in the old town will be a great way to an unforgettable day.
Day 4Isola Lavezzi & Maddalena Archipelago
Depending on the weather conditions we spend the afternoon and night in Lavezzi. Lavezzi is located in the middle of the Bonifacio strait and known to be a little paradise where the nature is well intact. We continue exploring the Maddalena Archipelago with possible stops in the Islands of Spargi, S.Stefano and anchor for the night in Budelli. The water here is crystal clear. Un-inhabited islands are surrounded with great snorkelling opportunities and walking trails. Set sail to Maddalena Island. The yacht will be docked in the center of the lively town of Maddalena. Here we have the option to rent e-and normal bikes to explore the island. The town has lots of small stores, cafes, bars and restaurants. The Island of Caprera was home of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian freedom fighter, that established his presence on the island and spend his final days here. Caprera and Maddalena are connected by a bridge. We will then head back to Olbia in the afternoon of day 7 for our last night.
Day 8Olbia
Relax on board this morning before this unforgettable adventure comes to an end at around 11 o’clock. Sardinia has so much to offer and as we've only touched the coast on this trip we recommend you book a couple of extra days pre or post your sailing adventure to explore inland and further south. Some recommended areas are: Porto Istana, Porto Brandinchi or Porto San Paolo (Tavolara Island) which you can find about 20kms south of Olbia. Pittulongu beach area which is about 8 kms north of Olbia The rural village of San Pantaleo is about 5kms inland from Portisco

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Last modified (date)

23 Jan 2019

Trip title

Sardinia & Corsica Sailing Adventure

Trip code

ZSRS

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2020

Introduction

Set sail across some of the clearest, bluest water on earth on this relaxing nautical adventure in Italy. Island-hop from Portisco to Bonifacio, stopping to snorkel among the coves of Caprera, swim in the archipelago, or find a quiet spot on a white sandy beach in Isola Santo Stefano. Climb the King Aragon Steps in Corsica, bush walk through wild national parks, or cruise Maddalena Island on two w... Read more

Style

Original

Themes

Sailing

Transport

Boat

Physical Rating

3

Physical preparation

We don't ask travellers to complete a physical participation form for this trip however we do ask you read through the trip notes carefully to ensure that this trip is the right trip for you. This applies to the included activities and moving around the boat. The cabins and communal areas of the boat are spread over 2 decks. The steps between the decks are steep

Joining point

Café Principe Umberto

Joining point description

Café Principe Umberto is located on the waterfront in Olbia and presents a great location for lunch before you meet your skipper and group. Please meet your skipper and group at 4pm at the meeting point on day 1.

Joining point instructions

Olbia is located about 5kms from the Aeroporto Olbia Costa Smerelda. Bus lines 02 and 10 run half hourly between 6.15am and 11.40pm from the airport to the city centre with the cost of a ticket at about EUR 1.50. Get off the bus at the stop called ‘Via Mameli 1’ or ‘Via Mameli 6’ (depending on which bus you take – double check with the bus driver), cross the train line and turn right into the str... Read more

Finish point

Marina Portisco

Finish point description

Marina Portisco is located on the north east tip Sardinia and about 17kms from the city of Olbia.

Finish point instructions

A taxi from the marina to Olbia airport will take about 25 minutes and cost between €35 - €45. A taxi from the marina to Via Bonn will cost €19 - €24 taking about 15 minutes and then there is a bus to the airport which runs every 20 minutes taking about 15 minutes and costs €1.

Group leader

On this trip you will be accompanied by one of our skippers. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, the safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. Skippers all hold a Yacht Master Offshore license or higher and have completed an intense training and review process before sailing with us. They are also fully qualified in CPR and First Aid. The aim of the skipp... Read more

Safety

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and upd... Read more

Communications

Please note that our sailing boats do not have Wi-Fi. You will be getting off the boat and visiting towns regularly so you will be able to connect with the outside world then.

Visas

Passport: Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months' validity remaining. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or frie... Read more

Why we love it

Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and explore the ancient citadel of Bonifacio

Is this trip right for you

As the majority of this trip takes place on a sailing boat, you’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs. With that said, sea legs come naturally to some but not so much for others. Your friendly crew will be able to help with the effects of sea sickness if needed. A zodiac is used to transport passengers from the boat to the mainland, with landings ta... Read more

Health

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/o... Read more

Food and dietary requirements

The amazing food on offer is one of the highlights of any trip in Europe. To make the most of this we’ve structured our meal arrangements to provide both flexibility and variety. For most dinners and some lunches we will moored in a port or marina near meaning that the group will have a choice of on-land eating options available. We find our group often eat together however you have the freed... Read more

Money matters

SPENDING MONEY: When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so ... Read more

What to take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes). Many travellers carry their luggage in a bac... Read more

Climate and seasonal

HOT WEATHER Summer temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Conversely, shoulder and off season can bring a variety of weather, from strong winds and even snow at higher altitudes to pleasant and warm spring days. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

A couple of rules

Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol... Read more

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

Emergency contact

CRISIS AND EMERGENCIES: Please note that the operations for all of our sailing trips, across all regions, is based in Thailand. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency please contact Intrepid's sailing operator in Thailand on: +66 (0) 89 810 3722 which is a 24 hour number. If you are unable to reach anyone on this number, please contact Intrepid's sailing operations manager on: +351 960 295 ... Read more

Responsible travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller. http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsible... Read more

The Intrepid Foundation

Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed mo... Read more

Accommodation notes

This trip is accommodated entirely on board a yacht of between 50ft to 52ft. A typical yacht for 9 travellers is equipped with 5 twin/double share cabins, 2/3 shared bathrooms and 2 showers. Our boats are real yachts and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to keep sleeping areas to the absolute minimum of space, while maximising common areas as much as possible.  Rooms are allocated... Read more

Transport notes

This is a sailing adventure so our time is spent on board a monohull yacht. You may be asked to assist on-deck, particularly when coming into or leaving port. No experience is necessary, but getting to know some 'sailing language' might help to get you into the spirit of the adventure. Port - left Starboard - right Bow - front of the boat Stern - rear of the boat Deck - outside, upper area of the... Read more

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and th... Read more

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit... Read more

Itinerary disclaimer

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject ... Read more

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