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SARDINIA AUTUMN TOUR 2018

 Map of Sardinia. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

 

THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS ON THIS TOUR TO ARRIVE ON SARDINIA

OPTION A: A SCENIC 6 DAY TOUR THROUGH FRANCE FROM CAEN TO GENOA IN ITALY WHERE WE CATCH THE OVERNIGHT MOBY LINES FERRY TO OLBIA IN NORTH EAST SARDINIA

OPTION B: MAKE YOUR OWN WAY TO GENOA TO JOIN THE MAIN GROUP

 

OPTION A

 

DATES: 18 DAY TOUR   SEPTEMBER 21st to OCTOBER 9th  

  AN 18 DAY TOUR WITH 11 DAYS ON SARDINIA STARTING PORTSMOUTH AND TRAVELLING FOR 6 DAYS FROM OUISTREHAM-GENOA ITALY TO CATCH THE OVERNIGHT FERRY TO SARDINIA

COST PER PERSON: £3,850  based on 2 people, per car, sharing a room

 The costs are based upon £1sterling = 1.10 euros and we reserve the right to make a surcharge or give a reduction if the conversion rates move either way.                                                                                                                                    

 

OPTION B

MAKE YOUR OWN WAY TO VILLEFRANCHE OR GENOA, ITALY TO JOIN THE MAIN TOUR

SEPTEMBER 26th to OCTOBER 9th      A 12 DAY TOUR WITH 12 DAYS ON SARDINIA

COST PER PERSON: £2,850   based on 2 people per car sharing a room    

                                                                                                                       

The costs include the following:

OPTION A,  18 DAY TOUR STARTING FROM PORTSMOUTH

NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :

OPTION B,  12 DAY TOUR

NOT INCLUDED ARE THE FOLLOWING :

 

DESCRIPTION:

Opion A    18 day tour with 10 days on Sardinia, Italy's Mediterranean island and a 6 day scenic drive through France from Ouistreham to Genoa, Italy with overnight stops in: Ouistreham, the Loire valley, the Dordogne and the Tarn gorge and Villefranche-sur-Mer.On the 6th day we catch the overnight ferry from Genoa to Olbia, Sardinia

Option B. 12 day tour.Participants make their own way down to either Villefranche or Genoa where they join the main tour.

OPTION A: 18 DAY TOUR WITH A 6 DAY ROUTE FROM OUISTREHAM TO GENOA, ITALY

A 6 day tour to Genoa, Italy to catch the overnight ferry to Olbia, Sardinia. Our route goes through some of France's most stunning areas including the Loire Valley, the Dordogne, the Gorges des Tarn and Provence.Following an afternoon ferry crossing from Porsmouth to Ouistreham, our scenic route takes us south east to our second hotel, a 4* sumptuous chateau hotel in the Loire Valley where we spend a night in this beautiful region which is a UNESCO world heritage site.We then leave the Loire Valley and drive south to the Dordogne our next overnight stop. We then continue south east to Millau where we drive over the stunningly beautiful Millau bridge, the world's highest and most beautiful suspension bridge spanning the Millau gorge.We then drive into the scenic Gorges des Tarn where our hotel is on the banks of the river Tarn. On our 5th day we drive east through Provence to Villefranche -sur-Mer where our hotel is located. On the 6th day we drive to Genoa to catch the overnight ferry to Olbia, Sardinia.

OPTION B: 12 DAY TOUR WITH PARTICIPANTS MAKING THEIR OWN WAY TO VILLEFRANCHE OR GENOA TO JOIN THE MAIN TOUR

 

12 DAY TOUR OF SARDINIA

Our tour of Sardinia takes us clockwise around the island on stunning coastal roads with picturesque sea scapes and over mountain passes and through through villages where time appears to have stood still.

 

Day 1 Friday 21st September Afternoon ferry from Portsmouth-Ouistreham/Caen then overnight in Ouistreham ( 1 mile )

Our ferry departs Portsmouth at 14.45 and arrives Ouistreham/Caen at 21.30.

From here it is less than a mile to our 4* hotel  overlooking the beach.

. Hotel Thalasso, Ouistreham.Join us on our Loire Valley car tour.

Day 2 Saturday 22nd September Ouistreham to St Patrice, Loire Valley ( 200 miles)

 After breakfast we drive to Pegasus Bridge and the cafe which was the first place to be liberated in 1944 towards the end of the 2nd world war, see photos below:

 pegasus bridge cafe photospegasus bridge cafe photos 

We then head south to for 60 miles to Sees our morning coffee stop where we can visit the twin spired cathedral.

                                                                                                              Sees cathedral photos france

We then continue south to Arnage, near Le Mans where we enjoy lunch at the Harlequin restaurant.

After lunch we visit the famous Auto Museum next to the main entrance of the Le Mans 24 hours circuit, Musée des 24 Heures, see photos below.

 

 

 

Le Mans 24 hours circuit. Join us on our Sardinia Car tour.

Le Mans Musée des 24 Heures.Join us on our Sardinia Car tour. Le Mans 24 Hour circuit and museum.Join us on our Sardinia Car tour. Le Mans Musée des 24 Heures.Join us on our Sardinia Car tour.

We then leave Le Mans and head south on scenic backroads and a great driving road to our sumptuous 4* chateau hotel, Chateau de Rochecotte (click here to visit their website), in St. Patrice in the Loire valley, (see photos below).

Château de Rochecotte, Loire Valley.Join us on our Sardinia Car tour. Chateau Rochecotte, Loire Valley.Join us on our Sardinia Car tour.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel.

Click on the link below to youtube to see a video of a Morgan arriving at Chateau Rochecotte:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC_Ewi28fRc&list=UU4kYRRX5BQ2LJnnICOydThA&index=6&feature=plcp

Click here to see a video of the interior of Chateau Rochecotte

  Day 3 Sunday 23rd September St. Patrice to Bourdeilles near Brantome ( 185 miles)

After leaving our chateau hotel we continue south, through Descartres, to La Roche Posay our coffee stop.We then continue south to Angles-sur-l'Anglin, one of France's "plus beaux villages" and our lunch stop at an auberge nestling under the ruins of an ancient chateau, see photos below.

Angles-sur-l'Anglin.Join us on our Sardinia Car tour. Angles-sur-l'Anglin.Join us on our Sardinia Car tour.  

After lunch we drive south to Chauvigny through the picturesque Vienne valley on minor roads into the Charente department through Confolens to Chabanais where, just south, we stop to visit the amazing Chassenon Roman Baths. Located at Longeas, a small hamlet just south of Chassenon, these are amongst the best preserved buildings of their type in the territory of ancient Gaul and possibly in the whole of what was once the Roman Empire. The site also includes three temples, a theatre and an aqueduct, all once part of the ancient Roman city of Cassinomagus. We then continue south into the Dordogne to the charming town of Brantôme, described as "the Venice of the Perigord" due to the river Dronne completely encircling the town effectively making Brantome an island! Brantome also boasts the oldest bell tower in France attached to the ancient abbey. Bourdeilles is 5 miles down river from Brantome and is where our hotel for the night is based and this is a charming, 17th century converted moulin, (water mill) with its front entrance on a 16th century bridge overlooked by the chateau of Bourdeilles, (see photos below; our hotel is the large white building on the right).

Les Griffons, Bourdeilles.Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tourLes Griffons Hotel, Bourdeilles.Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour

Dinner tonight is in a local restaurant

 

Day 4 Monday 24th September, Bourdeilles to Le Rozier, Tarn Gorge, via the Millau Viaduct Bridge (246 miles)

We take the autoroute to Brives and then head east to Rodez and then on to the Millau gorge where we have the opportunity to view, arguably, the world's most beautiful modern suspension bridge, the Millau Viaduct, (see photo below). We drive over the bridge and then under it when you really appreciate its beauty and scale.

The Millau Viaduct bridge  is a cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in the Aveyron. Designed by architect Sir Norman Foster, in collaboration with
French bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux, it is the highest vehicular bridge in the world, with one pier's summit at 343 metres (1,125 ft) - slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only
38 m (125 ft) shorter than the Empire State Building.The Millau Viaduct bridge was conceived as a means to alleviate traffic congestion, as every year kilometers-long traffic jams would form as tourists made their way south during summer, descending the valley into the town of Millau which became a notorious bottleneck on the A75 autoroute.
 

Construction in this area is difficult as the region is known for high winds and the valley is very deep, resulting in an extended period of research and planning, investigating various potential routes, and taking 10 years before construction began. A competition was established to elicit the best solution and in July 1996 the design of a cable-stayed bridge by Foster & Partners was awarded. After a few modifications the final design was approved in 1998 and an international call for tenders made in 1999. The primary contract was won by Compagnie Eiffage du Viaduc de Millau and and construction began in October 2001, finishing in December 2004.

Viaduc de Millau/Millau bridge.Join us on our Sardinia Car tour.

 

From Millau we drive into the stunning Gorges des Tarn, (see photo below left), where our hotel is located in Le Rozier on the banks of the river Tarn in the gorge itself, (see photo below right).

Grand hotel de la muse et du rozier Grand hotel de la muse et du rozier 

Dinner tonight is in the hotel's restaurant

 

Day 5 Tuesday 25th September Le Rozier to Villefranche-sur-Mer
We drive through the Tarn Gorge and take the scenic road to Ales where we take N106 to Nimes and then the motorway via Aix en Provence to Nice 


Day 6  Villefranche-sur-Mer to Genoa ( to catch the overnight ferry to Olbia, Sardinia 

( Participants on the 13 day tour join us today either in Genoa or in Villefranche-sur-Mer )

We drive across the Italian border to Genoa where we catch the 21.30 overnight ferry to Olbia, Sardinia.

Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Dinner tonight is in the ferry's restaurant

                          

 

Day 7 Thursday 27th September Olbia to Su Gologone

Overnight ferry arrives in Olbia Sardinia at 8.00am 

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 Map of Sardinia. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

 

 

Leaving Olbia where we take the S127 west to Tempio Pausania. Here we turn south over the Passo del Limbara then past Lake Coghinas to Oschiri.We then turn east and drive to Budduso via Lake Lerno. At Budduso we turn south to Bitti and then take a scenic mountain route south west to Nuoro.Here we drive south east to Oliena where our charming hotel is based less than 5 miles west nestling in the mountains at Su Gologone.

The hotel is unique and is charming, see photos below.

Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel.

 

 

Day 8 Friday 28th September  Su Gologone local excursion, Tiscali and Cala Gonone

Early morning, for the walking enthusiasts, there is an opportunity to visit Tiscali, a unique nuraghic settlement hidden in the depths of an enormous chasm in Monte Tiscali.

Tiscali was inhabited prior to the Roman invasion and is still one of the most exciting nuraghic finds in Sardinia, in particular because of its unique position.

To reach Tiscali we take a 5 mile drive down an unmade road, 200yards from the hotel, into the Lanaittu Valley to the starting point of the walk where we join a guide. It's then a 1hr 30 minute walk through dramatic mountain scenery to reach the top of the mountain and the chasm that houses Tiscali.

Tiscali Sardinia. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Tiscali, Sardinia. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Tiscali, Sardinia. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour. Tiscali, Sardinia. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

 

For the other less adventurous we enjoy a local excursion and our morning coffee stop is Nuraghe Muristeno.

Then we drive to nearby Dorgali where we drop down to the coast to Cala Gonone, our lunch stop, see photos below:

Cala Gonone Cala Gonone

After lunch there is an opportunity to swim in the sea in one of Sardinia's most beautiful bays at Cala Luna, near the Grotta del Blue Marino, see photos below:

The bay near Grotta del Blue MarinoThe bay near Grotta del Blue Marino

We then return to our hotel at Su Gologone to relax by the pool.

 

Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel.

 

Day 9 Saturday September 29th Su Gologone to Torre di Barri 

We leave Su Gologone and drive to Dorgali where we take the S125, the Orientale Sarda road down to the coast at Baunei.

This is a scenic mountain road shewn out of rock by Piedmontese coal merchants during the mid-1800s and the road takes us over the Genna Silana Pass at 1,017 metres and past Urzulei down to Baunei.

We then continue along the S125 to Santa Maria Navarrese a seaside resort and our lunch stop overlooking the beautiful beach protected by a Spanish watchtower.|

The east coast of Sardinia. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia Car tourThe east coast of Sardinia. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia Car tour

After lunch we continue south via tortoli to Bari Sardo where we head east on a minor road to Torre di Bari a pleasant seaside resort that developed around the 17th-century Spanish tower to defend the town from pirates.This is where our hotel is located at the end of the coastal road overlooking the tower and beach.

Torre di Bari on Sardinia's east coast. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Torre di Bari on Sardinia's east coast. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Torre di Bari on Sardinia's east coast. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel.

Day 10 Sunday 30th September Torre di Barri to Villasimius

Our route takes us inland to Bari Sardo then west to Jerzu where tall sharp pinnacles of rock are an impressice sight as they emerge from the maquis on the approach to Jerzu. The town is mainly noted for its Cannonau red wine one of the most famous in Sardinia.

From here we take the scenic mountain road south to Perdasdefogu.

 Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

We then continue on a minor road through the mountains to Muravera where a few miles south we take another scenic mountain route across the Gola dy Rio Cannas to Capitana on the southern coast. We then drive east along the scenic coast road to Villasimius on the south-east peninsula where our 5* hotel is located.

 Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel.

 Day 11 Monday 1st October Villasimius local excursion

A day relaxing around the hotel

 

 

Day 12 Tuesday 2nd October Villasimius to Buggeru

Our morning route takes us west along the scenic coastline to Cagliari our morning coffee stop. We then continue west along the coast to Chia where we visit the sheltered bay flanked on one side by the 17th century Torre di Chia and on the other by red cliffs. At the foot of the tower you can visit the remains of Phoenician Bithia an ancient city covered by the sea for centuries and not yet completely excavated.

 

 

Sardinia south  coast. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Sardinia south  coast. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Continuing north west we skirt around Sant 'Antioco and then head north to Portoscuso our afternoon coffee stop.

Continuing north we drive up to Fontanamare we hug the scenic coastline to Masua, along the Costa di Masua. At Nebida we can see the abandoned mines of the industrial archaeological area

We then continue to Buggerru, a former mining town in an area rich in mineral deposits.Although the mines have now closed the town has been reclaimed as a harbour for pleasure boats and our hotel is located overlooking the Marina.

 

Buggeru, Sardinia west coast. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Sardinia west  coast. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Buggeru, Sardinia west coast. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel.

 

Day 13  Wednesday 3rd October Buggeru to Alghero

Our route takes us north east to Guspini and then to Oristano where we drive along the peninsula to Capo San Marco.

We then drive north east up to Riola Sardo  and take a scenic road to Santa Caterina de Pittinuri on the coast

Our scenic route takes us initially away from the coast to Cuglieri then back to the coast at Bosa.

The final route to Alghero is a spectacular coastal road.

Our hotel is 30 minutes away in a private bay overlooking Capo Caccia, see photos below.

Hotel El Faro near Alghero. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Hotel El Faro near Alghero. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel.

 

Day 14    Thursday 4th October Alghero  local excursion 

In the morning we visit Cap Caccia with an option to take a boat ride to nearby Neptune's cave.

 

 Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

 

We then drive to Alghero, our lunch stop, where we explore this atmospheric town, see photos below:

Alghero. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Alghero. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Alghero. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Alghero. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

We then return to our hotel to relax by the pool.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel.

 

 

Day 15 Friday 5th October Alghero to Su Gologone 

We leave Alghero and drive inland into the mountains on the S292 stopping en-route to our morning coffee stop, Monteleone Rocca Doria, perched on a cliff overlooking a lake ,see photos below.

View from the village of  Monteleone Rocca Doria. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour. View from the village of  Monteleone Rocca Doria. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

In the village is the church of Santo Stefano dating back to the 12th century, see photos below

 

Santo Stefano church, Monteleone Rocca Doria. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour. Santo Stefano church, Monteleone Rocca Doria. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

After coffee we continue south-east on the S292 stopping to visit the San Nicola di Trullau church, see photos below.

San Nicola di Trullau church. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.San Nicola di Trullau church. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

We then continue east to Semestene.

From here we turn south to Abbasanta where we cross Lake Omodeo to our lunch stop a pizzeria overlooking the lake.

After lunch we drive on minor roads east to Austis then continue north west to Nuoro.

From here it's 15 miles to our hotel Su Gologone where we stayed on our 1st night, see photos below.

 

Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.Hotel Su Gologone. Join us on our 2017 Sardinia car tour.

Dinner tonight is in the hotel.

Day 16 Saturday 6th October Su Gologone to Porto Cervo  

We leave Su Gologone and drive on a scenic mountain route north-east to Orosei our morning coffee stop.

We then continue up the coast to Siniscola our lunch stop.

We then drive up to San Teodoro our afternoon coffee stop

From here we take the scenic coast road to Olbia then across to Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda Coast
 

Day 17 Sunday 7th October Porto Cervo to Olbia 

A day relaxing around Porto Cervo before we drive early evening to Olbia to catch the ferry
 

Our ferry leaves 21.30 for Genoa and arrives at 8.00am the following morning.

Monday 8th October Ferry arrives at Genoa Ferry Port

The ferry arrives at 8.00am and participants make their way home.


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