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Olbia (Sardinia), Italy-port

Wander through this lovely town and visit its 11th century cathedral with Roman artifacts and Punic burials. Or drive into the stunningly beautiful countryside of the Costa Smeralda with its towering cliffs, quiet grottoes and exquisite sandy beaches beside emerald green waters. Explore the enigmatic remnants of the ancient Nuraghic culture. Buy hand-loomed bedspreads, carpets, baskets and chests featuring designs inspired by the Nuraghic culture as well as embroidered silk shawls and the traditional gold or silver filigree jewelry. Enjoy delicious local mussels, lobster cooked in wine, and seadas, cheese filled crêpes covered in honey.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Panoramic Tour of the Northeast
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Sardinian Wines & Spirits
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Scenic Costa Smeralda
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Maddalena Island Experience
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Many Facets of Costa Smeralda
    Light Activity /Walking

Panoramic Tour of the Northeast

Seated Tour Minimal Activity Required

Duration: 3 1/4 hours

Tour Code: OLB-006

Explore Sardinia's fabulously scenic Costa Smeralda on a panoramic drive that encompasses a charming inland village and a coastal playground of the rich and famous.

Depart from the pier and drive northeast, deeper into the seductively beautiful area of Sardinia known as the Costa Smeralda. Here, the terrain is marked by huge granite outcrops and hillsides blanketed with macchia, an aromatic evergreen shrubbery. The coast is a paradise of powdery white beaches and hidden coves, punctuated by idyllic villages.

Stopping in Porto Cervo for a panoramic tour, you will soon understand the allure. The streets are lined with posh boutiques, sleek mega-yachts dot the harbor, and the ambiance is wonderfully chic. In the 1960s, the Aga Khan developed Porto Cervo as a retreat for his well-heeled friends, and it still lives up to his original intent. Porto Cervo continues to draw A-list celebrities and appropriately one of its trendiest clubs is called Billionaire.

Northeast Sardinia is just as spectacular inland, as you will discover by driving to San Pantaleo, a village that spills out from a flower-splashed central piazza. In contrast to Porto Cervo's somewhat recent development, San Pantaleo pre-dates the 20th century, lending it an air of authenticity and history. Rarely will you find a more dramatic backdrop, as the village nestles below a stark mountain that has been tortuously shaped by centuries of erosion.

Following a relaxing stop in San Pantaleo, you will transfer directly back to the pier in Olbia.

Please note: This tour is panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.