Thursday 24 September 2020 (6 Days)
Book by 8 July for £399 (Save £100pp)
Just over the water from Palau, the pink-granite island of Maddalena lies at the heart of the archipelago. From the moment you dock, you’ll be taken by the urbane character of the place, its cobbled piazzas and infectious holiday atmosphere.
The archipelago of La Maddalena, off the Costa Smeralda, is a quiet place of turquoise lagoons, deserted islands and the most heavenly beaches in Sardinia, with barely a footprint to spoil them
In the translucent seas of the La Maddalena archipelago, you're in another world. It doesn't feel like the Mediterranean here. It feels like a more rugged version of the Caribbean. Suspended between Sardinia and Corsica this scatter of seven large islands and 55 tiny isolotti has some of the most spectacular beaches in Italy and some of the cleanest and clearest water.
But it is only recently that these islands have begun to discover tourism, and in turn to be discovered by tourists.
Napoleon later besieged the port, and met his first defeat here. Nelson visited the waters off Maddalena three times in the build-up to Trafalgar, but never once came ashore, though he did present a silver crucifix to the parish priest.
in the archipelago, swimming, sailing and long walks are the default activities. At the end of a long day's communing with nature, you come home to La Maddalena, a surprisingly large, lively, sophisticated town, buzzing with bars and bookshops, cinemas, shops and restaurants. Because all the development has been concentrated in the town, the island itself has some quiet corners which are well worth exploring.
Things to see and do
La Maddalena is quite a large island with several very appealing sandy beaches. These all lie outside the town, but are easy to reach thanks to a panoramic circular bus service. Organised boat trips depart every day from the waterfront in La Maddalena. Boats leave in the morning, cruise through the islands stopping at two or three beaches for long bathing/exploring breaks, and lunch (usually seafood pasta) is provided on board. This is a great way to see the island group, atmospheric uninhabited islands and some beautiful isolated beaches - although you will be sharing them with your fellow passengers and those of other boats.
Palau is definitely one of the most spectacular and noteworthy seaside towns in Gallura and bordering the Emerald Coast. It's also an important landing place for ferries coming from Corsica and the archipelago of La Maddalena. Its modern harbour's development is tied to the entire extending coastline, offering a variety of gulf, dream-like bays, uncontaminated spiagge and small rocky islands that emerge from a crystal-clear sea teaming with life.
Single Supplement: £175 (double room, single occupancy)
Day 1- Depart Manchester on your flight to Olbia (or from Luton)
Transfer to hotel to Palau (approx. 40 mins) then by ferry approx. 15 mins) to La Maddalena
Day 2 – Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 3 - Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 4 - Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 5 - Day at Leisure or Optional Excursion
Day 8 – Transfer to Olbia via Palau for your return flight to Manchester airport
4* Hotel Excelsior
The Excelsior is located in the centre of La Maddalena Island, a 2-minute walk from the ferries to/from Palau. There is free public parking in front of the hotel.
A varied buffet is served in a breakfast room with views of Santo Stefano Island. In summer, guests can enjoy it on the panoramic outdoor terrace.
The hotel provides elegant rooms with classic Italian furniture, plasma-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms offer views of the sea, and some are equipped with spa bath and emotional shower. Bicycles to explore the island can be rented at the Excelsior's 24-hour reception.
Safe-box in room
Express Check In
Express Check Out
From 7.30 PM to 01 AM, try one of the cocktails offered by our barman, while the sun sets in front of you, on the panoramic terrace on the first floor, or after a romantic dinner by candlelight, while the light turns off the island Santo Stefano.
Manchester - Olbia - Manchester
All times shown are in the local times applicable to that country
Flight supplements: no other flight options
All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.
1 x Small Cabin Bag (56X44X25cm)
See “Extras” for additional luggage with charges
Transfer Time: Approx. 60 mins
Luton Airport Supplement: £50
Included 1 large cabin bag (size 56 x 44 x 25 cms including handles) per passenger Due to space limitations, on busy flights you may be asked to check-in your (correct size) cabin bag into the hold (free of charge). Any hand-bags, camera bags etc are included within this 1 item of cabin bags, They are NOT in addition to the 1 item.
15kg Check-In Luggage £50 return
23kg Check-In Luggage £60 return
Door 2 Door Transfers
These are currently only available from Sheffield, Rotherham and Chesterfield areas
Manchester Airport £75pp Return
Hotel Upgrades – see Accommodation
Room Upgrades – see Accommodation
Luton Airport Supplement: £50
Optional Excursions –
Full Day Island Cruise of the Archipeligo (a touch of the Caribbean, crystal clear turquoise seas and white sandy beaches)
Day Trip To Corsica and the beautiful town of Bonafacio
Day Trip to Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda (the Monaco of Sardinia)
Train Journey on Vintage style train into the mountains
Further details will be e mailed to you approximately 3 months prior to departure
Add-Ons – not available for all tours
Special Assistance - If this is required at the airport please notify us when booking