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Olbia, Sardinia

Coda Cavallo Beach

Lounge beneath the warm Mediterranean sun, swim amid the blue-green water and wander the unspoiled sands at a Coda Cavallo beach, a Sardinian utopia of rest and relaxation.

Embark on a panoramic, air-conditioned motor coach drive along the stunning Costa Smeralda where small villas meet the breathtaking blue waters of the Mediterranean amidst sandy beaches and rocky shores. Arrive at the charming seaside village of Coda Cavallo and breathe in the crisp seaside air as you greet the pristine sands along the Cala Brandinchi Beach. Settle into your reserved lounging area featuring a beach umbrella and a luxurious beach chair.

Lay back, surrender your worries and let the sound of the crashing waves carry away them away. Look around you and soak up the San Teodoro region vistas of untouched shore surrounded by lush wilderness and ancient mountains piecing the brilliant sky. Sip on a cool mineral water or refreshing soft drink. Splash into the rejuvenating crystal-clear cobalt water. It does not take much effort to imagine how the area looked in 150,000 B.C. when the primitive vessels of the first known human settlers of Sardinia washed ashore. Not much has changed during all of those years in this immaculate natural wonderland. Enjoy more views of the magnificent coast on your ride back to Olbia.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Mild
Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours
Price: $119 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$109 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

La Cinta Beach

Soak up the sun, sand and surf at the scenic southern part of Costa Smeralda.

Voyage through the picturesque splendor of Olbia, with its panoramic landscape of lumbering hills, green vegetation and rocky bluffs, during an air-conditioned motor coach ride to the Sardinian oasis of La Cinta Beach. Once there, stroll the three miles of warm sands or sunbathe under the warm sun amidst a mountainous backdrop. Make a splash in the amazing blue and green sea, explore the nearby marshland and lake area, or just simply sit back, relax and take in the warm, Mediterranean breezes. Whatever your pleasure, you're sure to find it at La Cinta.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Mild
Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours
Price: $59 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$49 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Day at Sea at Maddalena Archipelago

Set sail for the picture-perfect islands of Maddalena and make a splash in the Mediterranean.

Travel along a sweeping Sardinian countryside and revel in an exquisite seaside landscape as you journey past the villages of San Pantaleo and Arzachena to the small commune of Palau in an air-conditioned motor coach. Along the way, learn about the region's world-renowned production of cork from your tour guide. Once there, board a reserved motorboat and embark on a narrated cruise in and around the picturesque islands of Maddalena, long known as the "Polynesia of Italy." A National Nautical Nature Reserve, the luminous blue waters and beautifully sculpted rocks of the Maddalena islands have long been a destination of choice for sailors throughout the ages.

After touring the famous coastline of Maddalena and enjoying a traditional Italian lunch onboard the boat, become part of the magical Mediterranean panorama during a beach stop at one of the islands. Once onshore, sunbathe on the white sands and swim in the blue water before your return back from paradise.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 - 6.5 hours
Price: $159 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$149 (ages 0-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Jeep Safari

Blaze a trail during this rugged 4x4 Land Rover tour of San Giacomo Church and the Tomb of the Giants of Coddu Vecciu.

Behold a sprawling panorama of gentle hills and winding scenic roads as you make your way across the Sardinian countryside via Land Rover to the charming village of San Pantaleo. Revel in the sweeping splendor of the valley during a photo stop before making your way to the quaint San Giacomo Church, which is considered one of the most important Baroque buildings in all of Sardinia.

After savoring the flavor of an authentic Sardinian lunch amidst the unspoiled grandeur of nature, continue your journey through the wild Olbian countryside to the age-old burial chamber known as the Tomb of the Giants of Coddu Vecciu. Consisting of curious stone slabs erected some 4500 years ago, this fascinating Neolithic site of ancient rocks was the collective burying place of the Bonannaro people. Picturesque and inspiring, the artistry of the primitive architecture is surely a sight to behold. Stroll the grounds and lose yourself in the tranquility and history of the region before boarding your Land Rover for your return drive back to the ship.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Active
Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours
Price: $175 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
N/A(Child) Ages: 10 And Up

Su Gologone and Wild Sardinia

Explore the natural splendor of Su Gologone amidst the majestic Supramonte mountains.

Embark on a 75-minute air-conditioned bus ride through the dramatic countryside of Sardinia - with its rocky mountain peaks, juniper trees and wild olives - to the heart of Sardinia at Su Gologone. Once there, journey to the world-famous Karstic hot springs, the largest in all of Sardinia, where 300 liters of fresh water naturally flow from a cleft of limestone rock.

Continue your tour of the Oliena area with a picturesque ride via Land Rover to the woody valley of Lanaitto at the heart of the Supramonte mountain range. Stroll through the ancient Nuragic settlement of Sos Carros, dating back to the Late Bronze Age, which offers an eye-opening glimpse into the lives of the early Sardinian inhabitants. Behold the Sa Oche caves with their narrow, jagged rocks and weathered design that will surely leave you standing in awe at the artistic beauty of nature. Afterward, savor the flavor of an authentic Sardinian lunch amidst a serene countryside backdrop for 90 minutes before returning back to the bus and then back to the ship.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Active Duration: 6.5 - 7 hours
Price: $249 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
N/A(Child) Ages: 10 And Up

Panoramic Tour of La Maddalena

Sail the translucent blue waters of the Emerald Coast aboard a traditional Italian ferry before surrendering to the timeless beauty of La Maddalena island.

Gaze upon the beauty of the Gallura region during an air-conditioned motor coach ride through the tranquil villages of San Pantaleo and Arzachena, where the winding coastal road opens up to rocky hillside vistas and the slumbering slopes of green flora. Arrive at Palau, a charming seaside town bordering the Emerald Coast, and journey to the largest of the seven the Maddalena Islands, La Maddalena, for a scenic guided tour of this resort town. During the tour, stop by historic Garibaldi Square, the town's largest square, before indulging in a bit of shopping amidst a bevy of local craftsman offering such treasures as hand-woven carpets and coral jewels.

After a short snack break, embark on the second leg of your narrated scenic drive. Pass luminous crystal-clear seabeds, pink sand and jagged cliffs as you make your way to the Guardia Vecchia, the highest point on the island. Once there, breathe in the salty fresh air and take in the stunning views of nearby Corsica and several other La Maddalena Islands amidst the tranquil Sardinian Sea. Finally, relax and unwind during your return trip, via ferry and motor coach, back to the ship.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Mild
Duration: 5.5 - 6 hours
Price: $99 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$89 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Costa Smeralda

Follow the Emerald Coast to the famous seaside vacation destinations of Baia Sardinia and Porto Cervo.

Embark on a panoramic, 45-minute air-conditioned motor coach drive along stunning Costa Smeralda where small villas meet the breathtaking blue waters of the Mediterranean amidst sandy beaches and rocky shores. Pass through the picturesque town of San Pantaleo, with its plethora of stylish cottages and rural charm, on your way to the traveler's paradise of Baia Sardinia. Enjoy a bit of shopping and take in the spectacular view of the crystal-clear Mediterranean awash with yachts during your 45-minute visit.

From Baia Sardinia, sit back and relax during a 30-minute drive - past small villas, exclusive hotels, quaint bays and majestic yachts - to the center of Costa Smeralda, the world-renowned vacationer's paradise known as Porto Cervo. Once there, take a relaxing tour of the city by "wheeled" train and learn why the rich and famous continue to make this their destination of choice year after year. Shop along the promenade with its myriad of high-end boutiques like Prada, Gucci and Cartier and stroll the picturesque harbor brimming with boats amidst the gently rising hills. Finally, unwind during a 70-minute scenic motor coach ride through the verdant Sardinian countryside back to the ship, crossing the tranquil town of San Pantaleo, a picturesque village built in the traditional Gallura style of the region.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours
Price: $85 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$75 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Train to Gallura

Explore the hidden beauty of Italy by age-old train and stroll through the charming town of Tempio Pausania.

Journey through winding roads peppered with scenic coastal views and sloping rocking hillsides to the popular Sardinian destination of Arzachena, where a railway station just outside the city awaits your arrival. Once there, board a charming train once traveled (and quoted) by popular writer D.H. Lawrence, for an exciting adventure through the wondrous woodlands of the Gallura. Breathe in the tantalizing aromas of myrtle and juniper and revel in the sprawling countryside as you venture off the beaten track to remote places that cannot be reached by any other means. Along the way, surrender to the beauty of the Lago del Liscia and pass through the charming town of Arzachena.

After a scenic stop for an authentic Sardinian snack, travel to the ancient capital of the Gallura region, Tempio Pausania, for a walking tour of the picturesque city, known the world over as the Sardinian capital of the cork and granite. Stroll through the charming center squares, savor the flavor of some traditional snacks, and behold the intricate gray-granite architectural style that is the hallmark of the town. Shop for a handcrafted souvenir at a local shop or visit the local cathedral that includes paintings from the 17th-century. Finally, return to the pier via a relaxing air-conditioned bus ride.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 5.5 - 6 hours
Price: $125 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$115 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Moon Valley

Surround yourself in the wondrous worlds of Moon Valley and Tempio Pausania.

Surrender to a picturesque panorama of rolling hills and unspoiled countryside during a 60-minute air-conditioned motor coach ride to Tempio Pausania, the ancient capital of the Gallura region of Sardinia and cork capital of Italy. Once there, enjoy a guided tour highlighting the history of the city and the dramatic yet elegant gray granite architecture that surrounds you at every turn. Take in a stop at a local handcraft shop, and then enjoy a light snack and beverage, before making your way to the village of Aggius for a photo stop where impressive cliffs loom high above.

At Aggius, journey to the mesmerizing landscape of Moon Valley with its strange, sculptured white rocks that look as if they were handmade by a world-renowned artist, but actually have been carved after years and years of natural weather conditions. Wander this natural oasis of statuesque rocks amidst the tranquil splendor of Sardinia for 15 minutes, and then sit back and relax during a 60-minute scenic drive back to the ship.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Adventure Sports
Activity Level: Mild
Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours
Price: $89 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$79 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Weaving Work

Partake in the age-old art form of weaving and uncover ancient Sardinian life at the Ethnographic Museum.

Wind your way along a scenic coastal road and discover the storied past of Sardinia during a narrated, air-conditioned bus ride to the captivating village of Aggius. Along the way, pass through the sleepy village of Calangianus and the central town of the Gallura region, Tempio Pausania. Upon your arrival at Aggius, make your way to the Ethnographic Museum for a fascinating demonstration of the art of weaving by an expert. Then, immerse yourself in the Olbian way of life by partaking in the unique opportunity of preparing the yarn using a traditional horizontal wooden handloom and observing the dying process.

Afterward, voyage back through time and uncover a bevy of artifacts, crafts and traditional costumes of the Gallura region during a visit to the Ethnographic Museum. Discover how the ancient Sardinians once lived, and learn how daily life in Sardinia has changed over the years. Finally, take in the lush flora of the inimitable Italian countryside during the picturesque drive back to the pier.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Beach & Water Activity
Level: Mild
Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours
Price: $139 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$129 (ages 6-9)(Child)
Ages: 6 And Up

Aggius and the Ethnographic Museum

Discover ancient Sardinia at the Ethnographic Museum and step back in time during a walking tour of Aggius on this excursion for the entire family.

Behold an unspoiled Sardinian landscape of sweeping coastal views, tranquil pastures and looming rocky hills during a scenic drive as you make your way to the village of Aggius. Along the way, pass through the sleepy villages of Calangianus, with its many cork craft shops, and Tempio Pausania, the center of the Gallura region. Upon your arrival, enjoy a tour of the Ethnographic Museum, and discover the age-old traditions of how the early Sardinians lived. Learn how bread and cheese were prepared, discover how wine and olive oil were manufactured, and revel in the bevy of ancient artifacts on display.

After your visit at the museum, wander alongside the picturesque granite house and winding narrow streets of Aggius' historical center on a guided tour of the city. Along the way, children will learn several popular street games of the Sardinian children, including an Italian version of Hopscotch, and partake in a series of traditional Sardinian dances at the Piazza dell Danze. After your walking tour, relax during your scenic drive back to the pier.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Adventure Sports
Activity Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 - 4.5 hours
Price: $145 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$135 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Gnocchetti Sardi & Ravioli

Simply, delizie! Savor the flavor of a pasta-cooking class and take a peek into the past at the Ethnographic Museum.

Sit back and relax during a 60-minute air-conditioned motor coach ride through a Mediterranean landscape of green flora and rocky shorelines, as you make your way past the delightful towns of Tempio Pausania and Calangianus, to the charming village of Aggius. Retreat to the Li Naccari country house, once home to famous Sardinian musician and writer Gavino Gabriel, and take in a very special cooking lesson where you will learn the secrets of authentic Italian pasta-making from an Italian chef. Roll the dough and prepare the pasta for baking before sitting down to savor your very own creation.

After lunch, visit the nearby Ethnographic Museum, which features a remarkable collection of traditional costumes, crafts and artifacts of the Gallura region. Discover how the Sardinians once lived, and how similar life in Sardinia is today. After your hour-long visit, revel in the unspoiled splendor of Sardinia during a relaxing 60-minute drive through the Gallura region back to the ship.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Beach & Water
Activity Level: Moderate Duration: 5.5 - 6 hours
Price: $175 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
$155 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Ages: All Ages

Kayak in Gallura

Paddle along in a kayak amidst a natural wonderland in scenic Sardinia.

Lose yourself in a world of sloping hills, abundant vegetation and brilliant blue skies during an air-conditioned motor coach ride to stunning Lago del Liscia, a picturesque man-made lake nestled in the Gallura region of Sardinia. Once there, embark on a relaxing journey along the rugged coastline as you make your way up and down the tranquil lake in your very own one or two-person kayak. Discover hidden lakeside crevasses and soak up a captivating backdrop of flora that includes olive, strawberry and mastic trees and the most famous Sardinian plant, the Myrtle. Revel in the natural beauty that surrounds you at every turn and find the rest and relaxation you've been craving on this delightful retreat designed with the nature lover in mind. At the end of your adventure, savor the flavor of a traditional Sardinian snack known as the "music paper," and then take in the countryside sights during your scenic 60-minute drive back to the ship.

Port of Call: Olbia, Sardinia
Activity Type: Sightseeing
Activity Level: Active
Duration: 4.5 - 5 hours
Price: $199 (ages 10 and up)(Adult)
N/A(Child)
Ages: 10 And Up


   


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