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.

Port: Olbia (Sardinia)
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Olbia (Sardinia)

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  • Panoramic Tour of the Northeast

    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.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 10 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Sardinian Wines & Spirits

    A picturesque drive inland through the rugged Sardinian countryside takes you to the village of Berchidda at the foothills of Mount Limbara. Here, in the region of Gallura, gallurese grapes are cultivated to produce a wide variety of excellent wines. For an insider's look at the area's fascinating viticulture, you will visit the Sardinian Wine Museum and learn about the classical tradition of Gallura wine. Then, enjoy a glass of locally produced wine with cheese and carta da musica, a traditional Sardinian bread. Later, at the revered Lucrezio distillery, you will discover the process for making its best-known brand, Lucrezio R. Mirto.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of easy walking and/or standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • The Many Facets of Costa Smeralda

    Costa Smeralda is more than just a tourist enclave filled with shops and restaurants and this comprehensive tour does an excellent job of showing you all of the facets that make it a truly special destination.

    Starting off from the pier, you'll first enjoy a mostly panoramic tour of Costa Smeralda and Porto Cervo. The story of the Costa Smeralda began back in March, 1962, when headed by Prince Karim Aga Khan, a small group of venture capitalists from various part of the world managed to acquire a large piece of land within the confines of the city of Arzachena. Thus was founded the 'Consortium of the Emerald Coast'. Everything that the most demanding form of tourism could imagine was created from scratch on what was then, an untouched area of Sardinia. The city of Porto Cervo has long been considered the gem of 'The Coast' and host to high-end international tourists. Today, it truly reigns as one of the best holiday locations in the Mediterranean.

    From Porto Cervo, you'll completely change focus and make your way to the fascinating Nuraghe La Prisgiona. The ancient nuraghi of Sardinia have come to be the symbol of the island and Nuraghe La Prisgiona is one the first evidences of advanced prehistoric construction techniques. It has been estimated that over 7,000 nuraghi exist in Sardinia and they are the great protagonist of the island's landscape. Their shape and strategic locations seem to support the most common belief that nuraghi were towers built for military and defensive purposes and likely date back to1900-730 BC.

    Continuing on, you'll travel to the Surrau Caves and Vineyards where local wines are cultivated and produced. A visit here gives you the opportunity to tour the cellars and then enjoy a tasting of some excellent local red and white wines, accompanied by a typical Sardinian snack. Afterwards, you'll re-board your coach and travel back to the ship, en route passing through the village of San Pantaleo which is majestically framed by unique granite peaks and represents a typical Sardinian town, just a few miles away from the glamorous setting of Costa Smeralda.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing and includes natural and uneven surfaces, especially at Nuraghe La Prisgiona. There will be a significant number of steps to negotiate. 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; however, some areas are inaccessible by wheelchair. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the wine tasting.

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  • A Train Journey to Gallura

    You'll get a good look at the stunning Sardinian countryside on the drive to the Arzachena railway station, where you'll board a private vintage train. The views become even more spectacular as the train winds through Gallura, the island's greenest area. At one of the more scenic areas, you'll stop for a snack of locally made foods, including Sardinian cheese, salsiccia sausage, crispy pane carasau bread and wine. Continuing to Tempio Pausania, you will enjoy free time on your own. You might stroll around the historic town center, admiring the many cathedrals and other architecture made with locally quarried granite.

    Please note: This tour is mostly a sightseeing tour; however it includes approximately 1 hour of walking and/or standing. There are steps to be taken in and out of the train and the bus. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. During the off-season (September-June), you may find that the shops, restaurants & bars will be closed.

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  • Scenic Costa Smeralda

    The Costa Smeralda, or Emerald Coast, is one of Sardinia's most beautiful areas, as you'll soon discover driving along its Cugnana Gulf and the enchanting bay of Cala di Volpe. One of the true gems of Costa Smeralda is chic Porto Cervo, an exclusive destination that is often regarded as the Italian Saint-Tropez. Created in part by Aga Khan in the 1960s as a playground for the rich and famous, Porto Cervo is known for its luxury boutiques, exquisite restaurants and beautiful marina filled with sleek yachts. During your free time in this resort village, you can shop, relax in the gorgeous plazas, or simply take in the magical scenery.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of walking and/or standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. During the off-season (September-June), you may find that the shops, restaurants & bars will be closed. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair.

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  • The Maddalena Island Experience

    Driving from Olbia, you will pass through northern Sardinia's distinctive landscape, covered with vegetation known as macchia mediterreanea, which contrasts beautifully with the region's many granite outcroppings. Arriving at the port of Palau, you will sail by ferry to La Maddalena, a strategically located, triangular-shaped island that has undergone numerous invasions since first occupied by the Romans. The island is revered for its rugged terrain, fine beaches and lively plazas in the town of the same name.

    Some free time is included to explore the town center and beyond. In the parish church there are two candelabras and a Crucifix, both of which were donated to the island's community by Admiral Nelson. Perhaps you will want to spend your time shopping in Garibaldi Square which contains some great shops, or enjoy a stroll along the lovely promenade, before it's time to sail back to Palau and then transfer to your waiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking and/or standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. This tour is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. During the off-season (September-June), you may find that the shops, restaurants & bars will be closed.

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  • The Nuragic Culture & Piero Mancini Vineyards

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    Explore the ruins of nuraghic buildings found only on Sardinia, followed by a tasting of wines paired with foods that reflect the local cuisine.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic drive inland the Nuraghe Prisgiona, an archaeological site full of wonderfully preserved prehistoric structures. Built with volcanic basalt, the nuraghi are typically small buildings, yet they reveal much of the early civilization. The larger buildings tend to be circular towers constructed on high ground for defense.

    Thousands of these nuraghic structures have been uncovered throughout Sardinia and the ones at Prisgiona are among the finest. As you meander through the stone ruins, you will learn how they were discovered, the methods of construction and some of the theories behind the Nuraghic civilization that thrived only on Sardinia thousands of years ago.

    Continuing on, you will soon arrive at the family-owned Piero Mancini Winery for a revealing tour of the vineyards, which extend into the fertile Balajana Valley. A tasting follows, during which you will sample a selection of characteristic Sardinian wines.

    They may include an elegant Cannonau with hints of wild berries, an aromatic Vermentino or perhaps an intense red blend with vanilla notes. The wines will be paired with delicacies prepared on the estate such as sausage, cheese, olives and sweets.

    You will also enjoy free time to tour the idyllic winery before returning to the pier.

    Please Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking/standing; there will be some inclines, and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. And around 40 steps at the while visiting and touring Nuranghe. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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