Sardinia & Corsica: from the Stone Age to Napoleon

Oct 11 - 26, 2019
$8,450per person, twin share (land content only). $1,850 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive
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Overview

Sardinia and Corsica each have a unique history, stretching back 5,000 years. In spite of centuries of invasion and occupation, each island has maintained a distinctive culture, reflecting both their current status as part of modern Italy and France, and millennia of ancient and diverse Mediterranean influences. This tour showcases the very best of each island – from prehistoric archaeological sites, to Romanesque architecture, and the history of Napoleon – and explores how their history has been shaped by the superb mountainous landscapes and coastlines, living on in the distinctive cuisines and local traditions.

Explore

  • The history of these Mediterranean islands, whose diverse landscapes, cultures and past belie their proximity
  • Remarkable archaeology, offering fascinating evidence of prehistoric and classical civilisation
  • The influence of Pisa, Genoa and Catalonia, medieval maritime empires whose presence remains in Romanesque architecture and modern notions of independence
  • Evocative scenery, combining dramatic coastlines with sweeping dry interiors
  • Vibrant contemporary cultures that have remained defiantly independent

Highlights

  • Key Bronze Age and Roman sites in Sardinia, particularly Nuraghic towers, tombs and fortress-villages
  • Distinctive Pisan Romanesque architecture on both islands
  • Bonifacio, a citadel perched on southern Corsica’s precipitous limestone cliffs
  • Ajaccio, Napoleon’s birthplace, and the Musee Fesch, the extraordinary art collection acquired by his uncle
  • Scenic drives along Sardinia’s west coast and the high mountains of central Corsica, plus the Scandola Nature Reserve
  • The fresh and distinctive food and wine of the islands

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available soon. Please register your interest above to receive your copy.

Your Tour Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive is a literary and cultural historian with close to 15 years’ experience leading tours to Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Japan and the United States. She has a strong personal interest in the visual arts, interior design, fashion history and contemporary fiction.

Itinerary

Days 1–3: Group flight from Rome. Stay in the resort town of Pula, visit sites at Nora and Su Nuraxi.

Days 4–5: Travel to Santa Caterina, visit the Punic-Roman site Tharros.

Days 6–8: Explore Alghero’s Catalan influences, take a boat trip to the ‘Grotte di Nettuno’ and enjoy a wine tasting.

Days 9–10: Marvel at the Costa Smeralda on the way to the ferry for Corsica. Explore Bonifacio.

Days 11–13: Travel to Ajaccio via prehistoric Filitosa. Boat trip to the Scandola Nature Reserve.

Days 14–16: Admire vestiges of Pisan rule in the Romanesque architecture outside Bastia, a picturesque port.

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available soon. Please register your interest above to receive your copy.

Getting There

Several airlines offer daily connections to Rome. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.

Deposits

A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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Oct 11 - 26, 2019
$8,450per person, twin share (land content only). $1,850 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Kathleen Olive

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Kathy Wardrop 02 9235 0023
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kathy@academytravel.com.au
 

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