16 days in Sicily, Sardinia & Porto-Vecchio Itinerary

16 days in Sicily, Sardinia & Porto-Vecchio Itinerary

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Palermo, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly
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Olbia, Italy
Drive
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Arzachena, Italy
— 3 nights
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Drive to Santa Teresa di Gallura, Ferry to Bonifacio, Drive to Porto-Vecchio
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Porto-Vecchio, France
— 1 day
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Drive to Bonifacio, Ferry to Santa Teresa di Gallura, Drive to Arzachena
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Arzachena, Italy
— 5 nights
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Drive to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to San Jose

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Palermo, Italy — 6 nights

The capital of Sicily, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians under the name of Ziz.
Visiting Riserva Naturale Dello Zingaro and Spiaggia di Mondello will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Cattedrale di Palermo and Norman Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palermo: Duomo di Monreale (in Monreale) and Tempio di Segesta (in Calatafimi-Segesta). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Regional Gallery (Galleria Regionale della Sicilia), look for gifts at Cannatella, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, and admire the striking features of Palazzo Conte Federico.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Palermo trip itinerary maker app.

San Jose, USA to Palermo is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Jose to Palermo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Olbia.
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Olbia, Italy

Olbia is a city and comune of 59,885 inhabitants (November 2016) in northeastern Sardinia (Italy), in the Gallura sub-region. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): kick back and relax at Porto Istana Beach, then kick back and relax at Porto Taverna Beach, then don't miss a visit to Corso Umberto, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Civitatense Basilica di San Simplicio.

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Traveling by flight from Palermo to Olbia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September in Olbia, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arzachena.
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Arzachena, Italy — 3 nights

Arzachena is a town and comune in the province of Sassari, northern Sardinia, Italy. On the 27th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena. Keep things going the next day: get all the equipment you need at Orso Diving Club, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Liscia Ruja, and then explore the ancient world of Nuraghe la Prisgiona.

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Arzachena is very close to Olbia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Porto-Vecchio.
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Porto-Vecchio, France — 1 day

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Plage de Tamaricciu, then kick back and relax at Plage de Palombaggia, and finally look for gifts at La Taillerie du Corail.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Porto-Vecchio trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Arzachena to Porto-Vecchio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Porto-Vecchio sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Arzachena.
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Arzachena, Italy — 5 nights

Visit Capriccioli and Liscia Ruja for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo etnografico Galluras and Nuraghe la Prisgiona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arzachena: Spiaggia di Cala Coticcio (in La Maddalena), Museo Nazionale Garibaldino di Caprera (in Caprera) and Capo Testa (in Santa Teresa Gallura). Explore Arzachena further: race across the water with a speed boat tour, stroll through Spiaggia del Grande Pevero, kick back and relax at Spiaggia del Principe, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stella Maris.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Arzachena trip maker tool.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Porto-Vecchio to Arzachena in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for home.
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Sicily travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Churches
The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is a ruggedly attractive land. The island has a long history of foreign domination and has been controlled by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Normans. The result is a distinct culture blending elements from all of those areas and featuring an intriguing dialect. This is a huge island with plenty of small villages to tour, each with its own treasures. Beyond the popular coastal areas, Sicily's inland attractions include an unspoiled landscape of mountains, hills, and villages that sometimes seem frozen in time. While the natural environment is its biggest draw, Sicily's greatest asset may be its people. They are proud of their traditions and incredibly hospitable to visitors.
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Sardinia travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Caves
Sardinia, with its Mediterranean atmosphere and charm, is loved by visitors looking for things to do outdoors on their holiday, like swimming, boating, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, and camping. Taking advantage of the island's near-perfect summer weather, visitors tend to overcrowd Sardinia's coastal areas. The inner life of the island, away from the most popular vacation spots, remains largely unblemished by mass tourism and commercialization. Sardinia is steeped in history and has a colorful character quite different from the rest of Italy. This is where the ancient Nuragic society, whose stone monuments still litter the land, flourished more than three millennia ago--predating the Etruscan civilization in mainland Italy by several hundred years. Sardinia's seaside resorts may be among the best in the world, but its quieter and more interesting countryside offers a greater array of attractions, including a patchwork of forests, citrus groves, and medieval villages.
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Corsica travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Historic Sites
The island paradise of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is a mosaic of diverse landscapes from comfortable sandy beaches and steep, narrow paved streets to inhospitable mountains rising up from the pasture. Ideal for a beach vacation, Corsica offers adventures on and off the sand, including scuba diving, sailing, and hiking. Enjoy a rugged mountain adventure by sightseeing along the famous Grande Randonnée (GR) 20 path. For an intense view of the island and the jagged coastline from the water, rent a boat to travel around the island or charter a cruise.
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