Spend a week in the magnificent waters of Italy's prized island of Sardinia with the Sailing Collective. This seven-day sailing vacation explores the exotic Mediterranean wonders of the most spectacular water in Southern Europe. Experience local Mediterranean culture like never experienced before paired with phenomenal sailing and exploring. They blend the boutique shopping, fine dining, and lively nightlife of chic ports such as Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo with the quiet and scenic beauty of the largely uninhabited Maddalena Islands. Most of all the sailing in these waters is splendid, with good winds an almost everyday occurrence.
Our Sardinia & Corsica voyage begins on the Italian island of Sardinia, approximately 30 minutes from Olbia airport. Itinerary example*:
Sailing along the cliffs of Southern Corsica, Bonifacio is an improbable appearance. A harbor entrance so narrow among such steep shoreline that until you are under the overhanging cliffs of the old city it remains difficult to believe it is there. Buildings within the fortified wall sit right up along the edge of the cliff and appear more pronouncedly precarious as you make your approach. Inside the Port of Bonifacio, You have the option to either dock at the marina-- a harrowing affair with slime-lines and push boats and people attempting to communicate with you through loud whistles. Going ashore leads you to as quaint of a town as you’ll find anywhere in the world. Walk up the steps from the harbor and cross a drawbridge to enter the old fortified city
A number of flat lying islands are located in the Strait of Bonifacio are notable for their orange granite boulders that litter the island edges. Lavezzi is an eerily beautiful island. A marine reserve surrounding the islands forbids fishing of all kinds and on shore the preserve protects nesting birds which find refuge in the stacked rock formations. The boulders cascade from piles on land into the sea. A boulder-strewn seafloor makes for fantastic snorkeling in the anchorages but also adds to the very tricky navigation as you make the approach.
Isola Tavolara is located just south of the Bay of Olbia and is conspicuously recognizable by its steep limestone cliffs that tower 565 meters above the sea and stretch about 5 nautical miles long. In the west, the cliff dips to a cove and a sun-soaked white sand beach. The eastern side of the island is used as a NATO radio communication station and is off-limits, but sailing past the towering antenna infrastructure that spans mountain peaks is impressive from a distance.
Sailing north from Olbia or Tavolara you will enter the La Maddalena archipelago arriving first at Isla Caprera--a largely uninhabited island that has some significant old military infrastructure scattered throughout. The tale of Giuseppe Garibaldi and the unification of the kingdom of italy looms large over the island and his retirement home is a museum worth venturing to. Caprera is connected to La Maddalena island by a causeway with roads that twist through the mountainous landscape ashore.
La Maddalena is the name of the island group that sits north of mainland Sardinia and is also the name of the largest and most populous island in the archipelago and is also the name of the only town on the island. Going ashore affords you a wander through narrow walking streets lined with fragrant and colorful flowers that overflow from the window boxes of homes that have their shutters flung open to the warm summer air.
*Itinerary is always subject to change based on guest preferences, weather, and captain recommendations.
A Sailing Collective chef embodies our philosophy of travel, storytelling, learning, and sharing. We use local ingredients to create a unique culinary experience for each voyage. This is unlike any food adventure you've ever been on.
Your professional crew are talented explorers who combine their love of sailing with personalized hospitality. Each captain is professionally certified and able to lead your one of a kind experience at sea.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective chef/crew is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Included in provisioning package:
3 Dinners (or similar)
Coffee & Tea
Dietary Restrictions: We can accommodate as long as we know in advance! It is important to notify us of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and include full details in the Guest Form that you will fill out prior to the start of the trip.
We recommend planning on having at least $300 – $600 in spending money depending on spending habits. You will be responsible for paying for:
All expenses on shore including meals and drinks
Flights and transportation to and from the marina location
Gratuity (a 10% to 20% offering)
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.
Tipping your captain and crew is welcomed. If you are satisfied with your service, the industry standard for yacht charters ranges from 10-20% of the cost of the charter. Gratuity is split evenly between the crew and can be paid via cash, check, Venmo, or PayPal. Please contact your Sailing Collective Journey Coordinator if you have any questions.
We require purchasing a travel insurance policy that protects you in case of general and covid-related trip interruptions. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance, you forfeit the right to a refund or credit in the event you have to cancel your trip with Sailing Collective.
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip-flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements - bring a light raincoat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a warm layer. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring an outfit looks nice and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy on beaches can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
We also encourage that people bring ecologically appropriate products into ocean environments. You can read more about those recommendations on the Sailing Collective Journal here: Packing for a Healthy Ocean
Camera or sketchpad - a dry bag or waterproof case for your phone and camera is highly recommended
A hat - something with a little sun protection
Sunscreen - preferably reef safe
A light raincoat/wind jacket
Boat shoes or non-slip shoes such as sneakers or tennis shoes
Shoes you don’t mind getting wet such as flip-flops
Any special dietary foods
Beach towel, Turkish towel, or Sarong (1 bath towel is provided with linens)
A handful of bathing suits
A USB charing cord - the most universal way to charge a phone
Printouts or notes of important info such as meeting details and travel documents
a really great playlist
A journal or sketchpad (more on that at the Sailing Collective Journal: 7 Tips to Keep a Travel Journal)
Travelers are required to review and agree to our Sailing Collective Pandemic Guest Agreement. All travelers are required to be vaccinated on our group journeys. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or if you believe you qualify for a health-related exception.
The Sailing Collective Travel Co. takes food to a new level. We believe by sourcing local ingredients from local friends we have made throughout our travels pushes us to experience where we are by being engulfed by the regional flavors. You will feel bewildered at first, and then you will feel ecstasy with each meal.
Each voyage, both group & private, has a private culinary artist aboard preparing some of the most unique, interesting, and thoughtful food you may ever enjoy in your life! From breakfast to dinner each day of the journey, we are blessed by beautiful meals by one of the most talented culinary teams in travel anywhere in the world.
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