Alghero, Sardinia - Mediterranean Cruises

The old port of Alghero has a distinctive Catalan feel – dubbed as "Little Barcelona" by its 14th century rulers. Alghero’s strong Catalan influences are revealed through its old fortifications, notably in the church of San Francesco with its colourful dome and gothic bell tower. The legacy extends to menus too, as paella features prominently amongst the charming collection of bars and restaurants, dotted around the cobbled streets.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Panoramic & Folklore

    See the sights and enjoy the sounds of a regional folk dance whilst sampling some delightful local produce.

    Panoramic & Folklore

    Sit back and relax as the sights of north east Sardinia unfold before you. Your panoramic drive takes you along the rugged Capocaccia coastline, past the ancient Nuraghe Palmavera with its intriguing small stone ruins, to the headland of Capo caccia. Enjoy a brief photographic stop to capture the views along the cliffs and the pounding waves below.

    The highlight of your tour will be a visit to the small 'Agriturismo' country house of Le Pinnette. A rustic atmosphere pervades Le Pinnette, and you will be entertained with a wonderful local folk dance performance. During your stay at Le Pinnette, savour refreshments of Sardinian snacks and local wine will be served.

    You return to Alghero along the same route, allowing you to enjoy the scenery once more.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Although there is little walking involved during this tour, guests must be able to negotiate the steps onto and off the coach, uneven ground at the photographic stop and at La Pinette farm.

    Tour code

    AGR_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Bosa Village & Wine

    Discover the charms of the southern coastal town of Bosa and sample the famous Malvasia wine.

    Bosa Village & Wine

    Journey by coach along the dramatic winding coastal road towards Bosa. Situated at the mouth of the River Temo, the town of Bosa has an atmospheric old quarter located at the foot of a hill, which is dominated by the medieval Castle of Serravalle.

    Bosa is the centre for the production of olive oils and wines (‘Malvasia’ is particularly famous) and is also well known for lace and ‘filigrana’. Bosa is also a traditional fishing village bisected by the River Temo, Sardinia's only navigable river.

    Your walking tour will take you along the waterfront promenade, passing the fisherman’s two and three story houses with their red tiled roofs. Continue past the church and along the quaint narrow lanes of this medieval town.

    Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to sample the typical Malvasia wine at a local café in Bosa.

    Relax as your return journey to Alghero takes you back along the same scenic route.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time to Bosa is around 1½ hours. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours of walking over steep, inclined and cobblestoned surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Participants in the wine sampling must be over 18 years of age.

    Tour code

    AGR_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Alghero & Cheese Tasting

    Discover the Iberian charm of Alghero and taste the famous pecorino cheese.

    Alghero & Cheese Tasting

    The little city of ancient Alghero today conserves the look of a typical coastal town - unplanned, with narrow and twisting streets. The old town barely covers one-tenth of today’s city, but is a delight to explore on foot. Setting off from Plaza Sulis, you’ll discover Alghero’s ancient Catalan origins as your guide takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the town. Some free time will be given for you to explore the town at leisure before reboarding the coach to head to the ‘Agriturismo’.

    Travelling inland and crossing through the countryside you will reach the ‘Agriturismo’, where a local shepherd will demonstrate how pecorino cheese is produced. Sardinian cheesemaking has evolved over the centuries and has been an integral part of Sardinian life for the past 5,000 years. The island makes 80% of Italy’s famous pecorino romano, one of the oldest cheeses around.

    After the cheese demonstration, you will have the opportunity to taste some of the other locally produced cheeses as well as some Sardinian snacks and wine.


    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 2½ hours of walking, over some cobblestones and uneven surfaces. You are advised to take local currency, sun screen and insect repellent.

    Tour code

    AGR_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Gulf of Alghero by Boat

    Take in the delights of Sardinia's coastline and enjoy the sun and sea on this relaxing beach and boat excursion.

    Gulf of Alghero by Boat

    Board your motor vessel for a scenic cruise along Sardinia's stunning north west coast, the Rivera del Corallo. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you pass by some of the 47 miles of coastline.

    Dotted along the shoreline you may see some of the intimate coves and mysterious caves, which have been carved out by the pounding sea over the centuries.

    A stop at a popular beach along the coast allows you to enjoy the sunshine and take a dip in the inviting crystal-clear waters. Relax and enjoy.

    During your boat ride you will be offered some light refreshment.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by boat. Guests wishing to swim should bring swimwear and a towel. Sardinia is often very hot during the summer months, so protection from the sun is recommended. Those who suffer from motion sickness should note that the waters in the area can sometimes become a little rough.

    Tour code

    AGR_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Kayak Adventure

    Discover coves, inlets and beaches as you kayak along the Sardinian coastline.

    Kayak Adventure

    Departing from Alghero, a short minivan transfer will take you to the Kayak Centre at Lazaretto, which is located on the Riviera del Corallo.

    Riviera del Corallo is an area of the Sardinian coastline, situated on the plain of Nura, northwest of Alghero. It is named after the red coral which is found in its waters and has been used to make jewellery and ornaments since the times of Ancient Rome.

    Upon arrival at the Kayak Centre, you will be fitted with equipment and given a safety briefing before heading off on your guided kayak adventure in the blue waters of this stunning coastline. Discover an abundance of different little coves, inlets and beaches as you kayak along the coast from Capo Galera to Le Bombarde.

    After your kayaking experience, you will have some free time to relax on the beach, swim in the turquoise-tinged water or purchase refreshments before your return transfer to the ship.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by minivan and kayak. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit. Pregnant women and guests under 16 may not participate. The kayaking will last approximately three hours and will be adapted according to the skill level and experience of the group. Please take a hat, sunglasses, shoes that can get wet, a towel and non-oil sunscreen. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket.

    Tour code

    AGR_008

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Sardinian Sampler

    Sample delightful scenery, local wines and delicacies as you acquaint yourself with the charms of Sardinia.

    Sardinian Sampler

    Take a scenic drive along the Riviera del Coarallo, famous for its red coral, before reaching the headland of Capo Caccia. Enjoy the scenery from this lookout point where the coastline stretches out in front of you and the cliffs plummet to the surfy waters below. You may also catch a glimpse of the lighthouse and far below at sea level, the famous Caves of Neptune.

    During the second millennium BC the first nuraghi appeared, dotted across the Sardinian countryside like giant upturned stone buckets. You’ll visit the site of Nuraghe Palmavera, where you can see the interesting architectural remains.

    Visit the Leda d’Ittiri Winery, one of Italy’s most outstanding wine estates located at the feet of Monte Doglia. From this mountain it is possible to admire the bay of Porto Conte and the promontory of Capo Caccia. The estate consists of 18 hectares of olive orchards and vineyards that are carefully cultivated by the owners as if they were the garden of their farmhouse.

    During your visit to Leda D’itteri Winery, you’ll be offered samples of the local Sardinian wine along with typical Sardinian snacks.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The order of this tour may vary.

    Tour code

    AGR_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Alghero & the Little Train

    Discover Alghero at a leisurely pace with a ride on the little tourist train.

    Alghero & the Little Train

    All aboard the small tourist train for a 30 minute narrated ride. Departing from the quayside, the ‘Lo tren de L’Alguer’ (or the little train on wheels) will head up towards a panoramic viewpoint for a short photograph stop. Located on a hill called ‘El Tro’, stunning views of the Riviera del Corallo can be enjoyed here.

    Sit back and relax on the little train as it winds its way back to the ship through the historic part of Alghero, a town famed for its Catalan origins, that are still preserved today. Along the way your local guide will point out the main places of interest.


    This excursion will operate by Trolley Train and on foot. There is minimal walking involved on this tour. The train is exclusively chartered for Cunard.

    Tour code

    AGR_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    0½ hour

  • Palm Beach Break

    What better way to relax than to spend some time at a lovely Sardinian beach.

    Palm Beach Break

    Take a short drive to one of the best beaches in the Alghero area.

    Sit back and relax on a sun-lounger and soak up the Mediterranean sun, or perhaps take a refreshing dip in the inviting blue water. You may wish to enjoy a leisurely stroll and simply absorb the coastal surroundings.

    During your stay, you can purchase drinks and lights snacks at the beach bar.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. Although there are showers, toilet and changing facilities, these are basic and limited. A sun-lounger per person is included and a shared umbrella. Please pay close attention to the pickup time, so as not to miss your return transfer. The beaches are popular and can become very busy. Please remember sunscreen with you as there are no shops in the area. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports. These are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    AGR_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4 hours

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