Food & Wine Tour “Visit Sardinia VIP” Mediterranean Spring Flavors

Food & Wine Tour “Visit Sardinia VIP” Mediterranean Spring Flavors

Spring food and wine tour in Sardinia 7 nights with private guided tours, tasting various Sardinian cuisine, visiting the best wineries and dining in the best typical restaurants.
Visit Sardinia in a most beautiful time of the year – blooming spring on the island of one hundred flowers and flavors! New season, new experience, new cuisine and new wine. Discovering new places, tastes, flavors and millennial traditions in the heart of the Mediterranean in outstanding food and wine program “Carrera de Sos Sabores” – Road of Tastes Visit Sardinia VIP, lifetime journey and story about hidden Sardinia. Each day is dedicated to a specific area with its history and cuisine, which varies from place to place. Each day will be full of emotions, new sensations, wonderful sites, genuine food and exquisite wine! Our friendly staff and family’s mood will be your best guides to the local life. Our foodie program includes branded menus, specially created by our culinary experts, and selected Sardinian wines.

Spring gastronomy season in Sardinia

“Breathe Sardinia and live longer” … Sardinia still keeps the secrets of the ancient cuisine and culture, the oldest in the Mediterranean, and well-known as the island of longevity and the first place in the world for the number of centenarians. The island is surrounded by magnificent crystal-clear sea and endless beaches, spectacular scenery, beautiful resorts and lovely towns make it one of the most desirable destinations for a summer beach vacation. The unique ancient civilization called “nuragic” that existed here 3-5 thousand years ago, “The Giant Tombs”, the sacred wells and necropolises up to 7 thousand years old, refer Sardinia to the most mystical and ancient territory of the Mediterranean. Sardinia, the autonomous region of Italy, always remains the land apart – with its proper ancient history, culture, and traditions. The island’s native population, the Sardinians, speaks the ancient Sardinian language. Our tour program offers a unique cultural, food and wine experience, hidden places, picturesque sights, breathtaking views and will help you to discover the island with the locals and insiders. Sardinia is very diverse – from medieval Genovese and Aragonese medieval towns, spread out on the sea or the hills in the northwest, to the most luxurious Mediterranean resorts of Costa Smeralda in the northeast; from the typical villages and wildlife of the mountains to the pristine beaches and uninhabited islands. Our program includes not only visiting famous places, but also getting to know the true life of the island, traditions and food. In the program, you will discover various places, the diverse cuisine of the island, selected restaurants and the original menu, created by our culinary experts. The Sardinian cuisine is distinguished by a surprising variety depending on the territory. Here you will find the largest number of breads in the world, more than 400! Every day you will discover the unique island with a thousand-year history…

Highlights:

  • A high level of service and assisstance 24/7
  • Experience Sardinia with outstanding local experts and insiders, nobody can guide you better in the best on the island
  • Accommodation in beautiful hotels
  • Excellent local culinary and wine traditions, typical seasonal cuisine
  • Branded menus created by our culinary experts
  • Be our first special guests in a beautiful winery we manage
  • Wine of longevity – discover and taste “cannonau”, typical Sardinian red wine with the highest quantity of polyphenols in the world, which preserve the youth;  “cagnulari” – ancient autochthonous red wine of Sassari area called by the world’s wine experts “a trendy wine of the future”; outstanding Sardinian white “Vermentino di Gallura DOC” – the flavors of Mediterranean, granite soil, sea and mistral.
  • Charming  and cozy family-run wineries and premium Sardinian wines
  • Exclusive private dining and tastings
  • Sardinian cooking-show
  • You will learn about the first “Blue Zone”, with a largest number of centenarians in the world, the secrets of longevity in Sardinia
  • Every day – different sides of Sardinia and different experience
  • Local hospitality and family mood
  • We all friends, you will be treated in a best way, be a part of our family
  • We don’t like standard things, every experience is unique

In the spring the beach season in Sardinia is almost open!

When is a good weather, you can enjoy not only excellent food and wine surrounded by local beauties and Mediterranean flavors, but also enjoy warm spring sun.

TOUR PROGRAM

Alghero-Coral Riviera-Sassari-Castelsardo-Aggius-Gallura-Costa Smeralda

1 day

Arrival at Alghero airport, welcoming, transfer to the hotel in Alghero.
Check-in and accommodation.

2 day

CORAL RIVIERA
SARDINIAN VILLAGE & TRADITIONAL CHEESE, BREADMAKING AND CUISINE

Riviera del Corallo tour or Hiking in Porto Conte Natural Marine Park
An exciting journey along one of the most beautiful Mediterranean coasts – famous Coral Riviera, so called because of the presence of rare corals of the extraordinary beauty, and famous Alghero jewelry. The marine park of Porto Conte, the highest point of the promontory of Capo Caccia (Hunter Cape), the magnificent Neptune’s Grotto by the famous stairs Cabirol consisting of 656 steps, along with the huge rocks. These caves are 2 million years old and they are one of the largest in Europe. The regional park of Porto Conte, the Geo-Mineralogical-Environmental Park of Sardinia, the reserve of Mount Minerva, the reserve of Capo Marargiu, Motresta crest, are just some of the places where you can learn another way to travel: a slow walk, more or less challenging, to discover the beauty of an area, its history and its most hidden aspects. We will guide you along little-known trails, reaching the starting point by jeep. Hike is depending on the weather conditions.

“In Sardigna” – “Life in Sardinia”, the homeland of “pecorino” cheese, traditional dinner in Sardinian village. 
An unforgettable journey into the traditional life of Sardinia, culture and cuisine of the island in a typical Sardinian village. This is a special day that you can not miss while you are on the island. Agriturismo – traditional farm, reveals the essence of the mood in Sardinia, where the owners keep the traditions of the island. All products from the farm are homemade, cooked according to the old traditions and are the basis of the Sardinian cuisine – different varieties of typical sheep’s cheese “pecorino”, sausages, typical home-made pasta, bread, meat, sweets, wine and liqueurs.


It’s a real familiarity with the culture, traditions and typical cuisine of the island, which can be discovered here. The culmination of the traditional Sardinian cuisine – the famous “porchetto arosto” (or «porceddu» in Sardinian language) – suckling pig roasted on a spit for several hours in a special way how it was cooked by Sardinian shepherds for centuries or goat meat cooked in a traditional way. It offers a variety of unique traditional dishes and wines.

3 day

ALGHERO
FAMILY WINERY AND PREMIUM WINES OF ALGHERO

Alghero Walking Tour
The town was founded in the 12th century the powerful Doria family of Genoa, who ruled it for centuries, then was captured by the Aragonese and further developed under their influence. Under the crown of Aragon, Alghero has reached its peak as a fortress: the deep bond of the past is still evident in the local dialect, and the Aragonese style of the ancient city appears constantly in the old city walls, churches, houses and roads. The old town can be called a true treasure of history, culture and archeological sites. Alghero was and is a city of charm, ideal for those who love the typical features of the past of old Europe under the strong influence of the Aragonese domination. Currently, it is one of the most famous, the pleasant and relaxing, romantic landscapes, as well as shops, supermarkets and restaurants

Family winery and Alghero wines, food tastings and cooking class
Visit a beautiful PALMAS winery we manage exclusively. You will see one of the most beautiful places where the magical Sardinian “cannonau” is born – wine of longevity, which has become a symbol of Sardinia, spectacular, refined and full of island flavors, among beautiful vineyards. Situated on the picturesque green hills and covering the territory of 75 hectars, between the medieval city of Alghero, the pearl of one of the most beautiful Mediterranean coasts Coral Riviera, and the northern capital the ancient city of Sassari, surrounded by old vineyards, olive groves, citrus orchards and Mediterranean plants, here the family produces spetacular premium Alghero wines characterized by flavors of Mediterranean nature, sea, local soil and wind, different grape varieties, with vines of both the typical local “cannonau” and “vermentino”, and international varieties: Vermentino di Sardegna DOP (Golden Meday VinItaly); Cannonau di Sardegna DOP; Alghero Cabernet DOP; Alghero Cabernet DOP “Riserva” (3 wineglasses Gambero Rosso); Syrah IGP Isola dei Nuraghi.

According to recent studies, Sardinia can be attributed to the country with the oldest traditions of winemaking, since there were discovered the amphorae with traces of wine during the last archaeological excavations in the zones of ancient necropolises dated about 3-5 thousands years old. The island is famous for the biggest number of grape varieties, which, in addition to the traditional ones, also has grapes typical only for Sardinia, like the red ancient grape “bovale” in the south of the island, white “vernaccia” from Oristano, and an amazing red-ruby “cagnulari” that grows only in the Sassari area in the northwest, and was called by one of the most important wine experts Robert Parker “the wine of the next 20 years”. Besides that, Sardinia is famous in all the world for its special red “cannonau” typical in all the island, it contains the highest amount of polyphenols, which preserve youth.
Each of the island’s territories has its characteristics and typical grapes and wine production. Therefore, here it can be tried a huge number of different types depending on the zone of origin and soil. The wines of Sardinia in recent years attract special attention of experts and conquer the world.
For our exclusive wine routes we choose small local family wineries where traditions are passed down from generation to generation, and art and soul are expressed in wine, what makes it unique. Each wine is a reflection of the flavors of the territory where the grapes grow.

Culinary master class with our chef on cooking Sardinian pasta in the traditional way

4 day

CASTELSARDO, ELEPHANT ROCK
SEA FOOD PARADISE AND GOURMET LUNCH

Tour to Castelsardo – Sardinian Castle 
Driving along the breathtaking coast through the northern panorama, we are approaching the delightful medieval town of Castelsardo of the 12th century, which stands on a promontory in the center of the Asinara Gulf. The time is stopped here, its small old streets climb from the hill to the top, where stands the ancient castle of Doria, blowing us in the past centuries. Beautiful, breathtaking landscape from the top of the chapel on the sea around the island of Asinara and Corsica. Castelsardo is famous for traditional Sardinian handicraft and typical hand-made local baskets. Visit Roccia dell’Elefante (Elephant Rock) – the famous rock in the natural form of an elephant and a prehistoric burial «domus de janas» of prenuragic period, approx. 5000 years.


Sardinian sea-food experience in the famous local restaurant
Sardinian seafood cuisine is one of the most delicious in the Mediterranean, the true paradise for seafood lovers, its beautiful crystal-clear sea offers the variety of exquisite fresh fish and local seafood.

Tasting special menu with the unique dishes of the local seafood cuisine by a famous chef. Variety of special starters based on the seasonal products, vegetables, fish and seafood of the territory accompanied by the best Sardinian wines, local sweets and liquors of the territory.

5 day

MYSTERIOUS NURAGHE
“PANEFRATTERIA” AND ANCIENT TRADITIONAL CUISINE WITH BREAD

Tour to the Nuraghe Santu Antine of Torralba
Sardinia is the most ancient civilization in the Mediterranean. A unique tour to the ancient monuments, Nuragic complex, approx. 3900 years, which is an important example of prehistoric architecture of the Mediterranean.
Nuraghe (huge conical stone towers), the sacred wells, the Tomb of the Giants, and Meniere’s – show the ancient culture, which existed in Sardinia 5-7 thousand years ago. The towers are built of huge stones without cords with knowledge of mathematics and architecture and are still a mystery of prehistoric civilization.

Art of Italian aperitif
The culture of aperitif is very typical in Italy and in Sassari it has a special sence. The aperitif time in the local bars starts after 11:00 am before lunch and after 5:00 pm before dinner. We invite you for local aperitif tasting in one of famous bars.

Lunch “Taste and flavors of the ancient land” in the typical “panefratteria”
Original cuisine according to the ancient recipes of the island made only with bread. Sardinia is the richest region in the world for the varieties of bread, you will discover what means “panefratteria” and unique dishes from bread which the local people in inland villages used to cook since ancient times. Amazing dishes from different types of Sardinian bread: appetizers, first courses and even desserts!

6 day

AMAZING GALLURA WITH BIZZARE GRANITE ROCKS AND CORK FORESTS, AGGIUS – GRANITE VILLAGE, MOON VALLEY AND TYPICAL CUISINE OF GALLURA

Gallura is a northeastern region of Sardinia, characterized by a rugged coastline, beautiful bays and picturesque beaches, granite cliffs and cork oak forests, numerous islands, including Tavolara and the Maddalena Archipelago, and is one of the most popular destinations of the island. Gallura includes famous towns like Olbia, Tempio Pausania, Arzachena, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Palau, Golfo Aranci, Badesi, San Teodoro, Budoni and many other small towns, and also offers a wide range of luxury hotels, boutique hotels, restaurants and attractions. The main tourist area of ​​Gallura is Costa Smeralda, the most glamorous place of Sardinia, known for its beautiful coastline, and the hinterland is famous for its amazing archaeological sites scattered among the forests and away from places of mass tourism, such as the tombs of giants, nuraghe and necropolis. Gallura differs from the rest of the island also in its dialect and type of architecture, characteristic of granite houses “stazzu” in agricultural land. Gallura is famous for its cork oak forests, from which local products are made, bottle caps and even bags and clothes.


Aggius Tour
The town of Aggius in northern Sardinia is an amazing typical medieval town of Gallura called “granite village”, located among the bizarre granite rocks at the foot of the jagged ridge called “Monti di Aggius”. Its granite houses considered among the most beautiful in all the region. It is on the list of “Borghi Autentici D’Italia” (Authentic Italian Towns, which are assigned the Orange Flag). The territory of wild and enchanting beauty is a unique alternation of granite rocks, virgin cork oak forests, Mediterranean vegetation, pastures and vineyards, to which the changing of the seasons gives the diversity of nature and color. Aggius is famous for its Moon Valley, or The Plain of Big Stones, a fascinating place covered granite stones and surrounded by deep silence. In the valley is located one of the most impressive nuragic structures: Izzan Nuraghe. It is worth visiting the interesting ethnographic museum “Oliva Carta Cannas” and the Museum of Banditry, the first is devoted to typical interior items related to the internal environment, the world of weaving and everyday life, the second tells about legendary local “outlaw” characters persecuted during Piedmont’s domination for smuggling . The famous folk group and chorus of Aggius support the age-old traditions of dancing and singing. Carpets and textiles of local craftswomen are famous throughout Sardinia.


Lunch at a local taverna tasting traditional Gallura cuisine or a picnic in the Moon Valley (depending on weather conditions)

7 day

COSTA SMERALDA
VERMENTINO DI GALLURA

Costa Smeralda Tour – Sardinian Charm & Fine Luxury
One of the most exclusive places in the world – the legendary Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), famous as a center of world jet-set and celebrities. We’ll show you the famous luxury villages and legendary hotels in Sardinian style with natural local materials and typical architecture, created by world famous designers. It is also the place of nightlife with the famous clubs and discos like “Billionaire”, “Ritual”, “Sopra Vento”, “Sotto Vento”, “Vita Smeralda”, open during high season months in July and August. A short walk around the famous Porto Cervo – a luxury center of Costa Smeralda with legendary small square Piazzetta, yachts, famous restaurants and shops with luxury brands. A visit to Liscia di Vacca – a unique village, built on canals with porticos, as “Little Venice”, with the theatre, open in summer for shows, fashion weeks and concerts. The unique luxury village of Costa Smeralda – Poltu Quatu (in Sardinian language means “hidden port”), set amongst natural granite fjord with the charming Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu 5*, with hotel and residence, a true example of wonderful architecture and design, created by the legendary architect of Costa Smeralda, Jean Claude Lesuiss. Here you’ll find glamour, relax, luxury style, nightlife, port with luxury yachts, a famous diving center “Marina del Orso”, shops, restaurants, bars, famous nightclub «Vita Smeralda”.


One of the best wineries of Gallura, “Vermentino di Gallura,” wines and food tasting.
The most typical wine an the symbol of Gallura is “Vermentino di Gallura”, a white wine with Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin. A magnificent dry white wine produced in purity from Vermentino grapes cultivated on eluvial soils of granitic rocks. The only DOCG of Sardinia, the pride of Gallura throughout the world. Its delicious taste is the best combination with the precious shellfish of our coasts. Sixty hectares of vineyards located in Olbia, oaks, wild pear trees, wild flora like lavender, brooms, orchids and a thousand other flowers. Lakes around which there is a heterogeneous fauna of coots, falcons, partridges, wild boars, in front of the majestic Island of Tavolara which stands out on the eastern side, while on the opposite it is the Pedres Castle perched on its hill where it sets the sun. These are the Olbios Estates where earth, passion, work and modernity come together in an attempt to follow the deep breath of the elements and transfer it with the most current wine-making methods. The soil of Tenute Olbios is an excellent granite soil for the cultivation of Vermentino, but also of reds such as Cabernet, Cannonau, Merlot and Bovale, which find the ideal substratum to express exceptional flavors and density. The climatic conditions of this area overlooking the North Eastern coast and its proximity to the sea guarantee a constant and iodine-filled ventilation, an important factor in the organoleptic properties of our wines.

8 day

Departure or beach vacation.


INCLUDED:

  • Selected hotels 4*S/5* in Alghero and Costa Smeralda
  • Private transfers
  • Guided tours:
    Alghero – Coral Riviera – Sardinian village with dinner – Castelsardo – Sassari – Nuraghe Santu Antine – Gallura – Aggius – Costa Smeralda
  • Sardinian food & wine experience:
    Traditional Sardinian Dinner – 2 Wineries with tasting – Seafood lunch in the famous restaurant – Dinner in a local tavern – Traditional “panefratteria”
  • Sardinian cooking-show and gourmet tasting by our chef

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Extra services
  • City taxes
  • Tips, etc.

Price: from 2950€ per person in DBL accommodation, DUS accommodation +40%

Small group journey min 6 pax

Note: Program is subject to varieties.

Commission for travel agencies and tour operators

Flights info: arrival at Alghero airport (10-15 mins driving from Alghero town), departure from Olbia airport (30-40 mins driving from Costa Smeralda), all airports are connected with Rome and Milan with every day regular flight by Alitalia; they are connected also with other main European airports.

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