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Malta, Sardinia & Corsica

The insular cultures that evolved on Malta, Sardinia and Corsica tell distinct tales but also show interconnections and early influences from as far east as the Aegean world. During our tour, you’ll discover more about the civilizations who fought over these islands, ruled over them and left their indelible marks in the monuments and cultures of the people living there today.

April 19 – May 4 2017 (16 Days)
$7,495 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $985

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the wonderfully characteristic geological environments and unique cultural and political histories of these three islands
  • Discover the megalithic temples of Malta, the nuraghes of Sardinia and the open-air sanctuaries and cult sites of Corsica

  • Enjoy spectacular scenery, blue skies and delicious local food and wines in the heart of the southern Mediterranean
  • Visit the excellent new Sartene Archaeological Museum, in the heart of Corsica’s most megalithic monument-rich region

Meals: All breakfasts, 8 lunches & 6 dinners

ITINERARY

April 19 & 20:
We depart from our home cities on Wednesday arriving into Malta on Thursday. Transfer to our hotel in Valetta. 
Hotel: Phoenicia Hotel, Valetta.

April 21: SKORBA
Our tour starts in Skorba, one of the earliest continuously inhabited sites on the island. We visit the remains of buildings that may have been shrines or prototemples more than 5,000 years ago. We continue to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, a complex occupying a marvelous site above the sea. We conclude with a tour in the old city of Mdina.
Hotel: Phoenicia Hotel, Valetta.

April 22: VALLETTA
The begin at the Archaeological Museum, which displays a wonderful collection of prehistoric material. We take a short walking tour of the old city, including a visit to St. John’s Cathedral. In the afternoon, we continue to Hal Saflieni, a rockcut catacomb for multiple burials, if this site has re-opened by spring. The last site we visit the temples of Tarxien.
Hotel: Phoenicia Hotel, Valetta.

April 23: GOZO
We travel to the island of Gozo today. The well-preserved temples of Ggantija, here have massive walls, some of which still rise to a height of 17 feet. They are as awesome today as they must have been in antiquity. We also visit the collections at the Archaeological Museum and the Citadel in the Norman town of Victoria.
Hotel: Phoenicia Hotel, Valetta.

April 24: CAGLIARI
We depart Malta for Sardinia, flying via Rome. Late evening arrival into Cagliari.
Hotel: Hotel Regina Margherita, Cagliari.

April 25: CAGLIARI
This morning we explore Cagliari, including its Archaeological Museum, a walking tour of the Old Town with its 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, and the Roman Amphitheater. The afternoon is at leisure.
Hotel: Hotel Regina Margherita, Cagliari.

April 26: NORA
Today’s itinerary will take us to several Phoenician sites, beginning with a scenic coastal drive to Nora, where we visit its Punic temple, houses, Roman theater and baths. We then continue to the volcanic island of Sant’Antioco to see a fascinating tophet. Lastly, at Monte Sirai, we will tour a Phoenician mining town.
Hotel: Hotel Regina Margherita, Cagliari.

April 27: SU NURAXI
We examine some of the island’s many nuraghes and remains of temples, fortresses and dwellings. We stop at the megalithic cult center and cemetery of Pranu Muteddu, and continue to Su Naraxi the largest nuraghic village in Sardinia. End the day at ancient Tharros.
Hotel: Hotel Mistra II, Oristano.

April 28: SANTA CRISTINA
Today begins at the nuraghic complex of Losa and the sanctuary of Santa Cristina and continues to the complex of Sant’Antine and the rockcut necropolis of Sant’Andrea Priu. We continue to Alghero to spend two nights in the lovely port city, which still retains its Catalan atmosphere.
Hotel: Alghero.

April 29: SASSARI
This morning we visit the Neolithic site of Monte d’Accoddi, a huge megalithic altar set on a base of over ten meters. We spend the rest of the morning in Sassari, a delightful medieval town nestling around its great cathedral. We visit the fine prehistoric Punic and Roman collections at the National Museum, before returning to Alghero for an afternoon at leisure.
Hotel: Alghero

April 30: LI MURI
We travel through mountain villages and along winding coastal roads, visiting the prehistoric cemetery of Li Muri and the giants’ tombs Li Loghi and Coddu Vecchiu. We take a short ferry trip to Corsica where we spend two nights in the lovely port of Bonifacio. This fortified town perched atop the chalk cliffs appears on the Corsican horizon as we approach.
Hotel: Hotel Solemare, Bonifacio.

May 1: BONIFACIO
This morning we will view Bonifacio’s old buildings remaining from the Pisan and Genoese periods, as well as its fortifications, built in 830 CE by a Tuscan margrave in order to repel a Saracen attack. The afternoon is at leisure; perhaps enjoy a boat or theater trip?
Hotel: Hotel Santateresa, Bonifacio.

May 2: FONTANACCIA
Driving into the Tizzano Valley, we visit the megalithic sites of Fontanaccia, Stantari and Renaghju, the best-preserved dolmen in Corsica. We continue to the charming town of Sartine to visit the newly installed Archaeological Museum.
Hotel: Hotel Marcina, Propriano.

May 3: FILITOSA
Touring today begins with Corsica’s most important prehistoric site, Filitosa. Here menhirs, carved 5,000 years ago, represent the pinnacle of achievement for the megalithic artists. We then continue to Ajaccio, Napoleon’s birthplace. Tonight, we meet for a farewell dinner.
Hotel: Ajaccio.

May 4:
We fly to Nice to connect to flights home.


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Additional Information

Scholar

Clive Vella

Calendar Year

2017

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