Panoramic Tour of the Northeast
Duration: 3 1/4 hours
Tour Code: OLB-006
Explore Sardinia's fabulously scenic Costa Smeralda on a panoramic drive that encompasses a charming inland village and a coastal playground of the rich and famous.
Depart from the pier and drive northeast, deeper into the seductively beautiful area of Sardinia known as the Costa Smeralda. Here, the terrain is marked by huge granite outcrops and hillsides blanketed with macchia, an aromatic evergreen shrubbery. The coast is a paradise of powdery white beaches and hidden coves, punctuated by idyllic villages.
Stopping in Porto Cervo for a panoramic tour, you will soon understand the allure. The streets are lined with posh boutiques, sleek mega-yachts dot the harbor, and the ambiance is wonderfully chic. In the 1960s, the Aga Khan developed Porto Cervo as a retreat for his well-heeled friends, and it still lives up to his original intent. Porto Cervo continues to draw A-list celebrities and appropriately one of its trendiest clubs is called Billionaire.
Northeast Sardinia is just as spectacular inland, as you will discover by driving to San Pantaleo, a village that spills out from a flower-splashed central piazza. In contrast to Porto Cervo's somewhat recent development, San Pantaleo pre-dates the 20th century, lending it an air of authenticity and history. Rarely will you find a more dramatic backdrop, as the village nestles below a stark mountain that has been tortuously shaped by centuries of erosion.
Following a relaxing stop in San Pantaleo, you will transfer directly back to the pier in Olbia.
Please note: This tour is panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.