8 days 7 nights
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Start in Alghero and end in Costa Smeralda! With the adventure tour Western Express Northbound, you have a 4day tour package taking you from Los Angeles to San Francisco and through Los Angeles, USA and 7 other destinations in USA. Western Express Northbound is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Arrival at Alghero airport in Sardinia (Italy), transfer to the hotel. Check-in & accommodation.
Medieval charm of Alghero and one of the most beautiful coasts Coral Riviera. Alghero was founded in the 12th century by 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. An exciting journey along one of the most beautiful Mediterranean coasts – famous Coral Riviera, so called because of the presence of rare corals of 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. Nuraghe Palmavera A unique tour to the ancient monuments, Nuragic complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 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 are the evidence of an ancient civilization, 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. The Nuragic complex of Palmavera is composed of blocks of limestone and sandstones and consists of a central body with two towers, a rampart and a village of about fifty huts. The village was built during three phases and the oldest structures date back to the 15th century BC. The part of the village that is visible today is only a quarter of its entirety at the time of the Bronze Age, in fact the original huts of the village amount to about two hundred. 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 cannot miss while you are on the island. Agriturismo – a typical 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 receipts and are the basis of Sardinian cuisine – different varieties of an iconic local sheep cheese pecorino, home-made pasta, bread, traditional suckling pig cooked by Sardinian shepherds, sweets, wine and liqueurs.
Check-out and departure. Sardinian Castle and Elephant Rock 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 has 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 pre nuragic period, approx. 5000 years. Lunch in the typical restaurant on the top of the medieval castle. Castelsardo is famous for its fisherman traditions and best typical seafood cuisine on the island Transfer to Costa Smeralda, check in and accommodation.
Emerald Coast with winery and tasting One of the most exclusive places in the world – the legendary Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), a jet-set hub with famous resorts for celebrity vacations. You’ll visit iconic picturesque villages in natural local style with typical architecture, created by renowned designers, and charming countryside hidden among granite mountains with beautiful rural houses and small traditional markets. Here you’ll find relaxation in luxury style, and a glamorous ambience with yachts, shops, restaurants, clubs. Giants Tombs of Coddu Vecchiu The giants' tombs date back to the Bronze Age, the period of a mysterious Nuragic civilization in Sardinia. Megalithic structures used as public tombs for the burial of the village members and according to some legends, before the nuragic civilization, these sepulchers housed the remains of giant and powerful men who once lived on the island. According to some studies, the tombs were conceived as a sort of portal to the afterlife. The giants' tombs usually have an astronomical orientation in the South-East direction, some towards the constellation of Taurus and the star Aldebaran as evidence of a precise astronomical knowledge. Family winery and typical Sardinian wines and food tasting One of the most beautiful places where, among the picturesque vineyards, the magical Sardinian wine is born - this is the land of the renowned Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, born among the granite rocks of Gallura, one of the most spectacular areas of Sardinia surrounded by Mediterranean scrub with arbutus, myrtle, mastic and junipers.