Spend a week sailing the crystalline waters of Sardinia, an island and Italian autonomous region with a history, culture, cuisine, and language all its own. From our home on a modern 46-foot catamaran, we’ll trace the story of these coastlines through abandoned lighthouses, Roman ruins, bunkers built during Napoleon’s invasion of the region, World War II naval bases, sunken ships, and ancient cairns used by seamen in search of nearby civilizations, peeking above the waterline. Along the way, we’ll take daily opportunities to swim from remote beaches, or directly from the catamaran at anchor in a secluded cove. Throughout this voyage, your captain will be on the lookout for hidden wonders to visit, and your onboard chef will be curating a special menu using local ingredients and regional culinary techniques.
Our partner, The Sailing Collective: In order to create and curate this unique experience, we’ve partnered closely with The Sailing Collective, a U.S.-based travel organization specializing in sailing trips throughout the world with a team of professional skippers and culinary artists who are passionate about hospitality and travel. The Sailing Collective has extensive knowledge of the region and established relationships with local restaurants and guides, and the onboard chef for this voyage is a Sardinia native.
The total cost of this trip is $3,580 for the June 27 departure and $3,635 for the July 11 departure. Each cabin on the boat has one double bed. For those traveling solo, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $1,675 for the June 27 departure and $1,720 for the July 11 departure. Please contact us to request a single cabin.
Our group will be staying aboard a 46-foot modern catamaran with four private cabins, plus additional space for crewmembers. Each cabin is designed to efficiently accommodate up to two people with a comfortable double bed, private bathrooms, and shelves for storing belongings.
Over the course of the trip, those interested will have the opportunity to handle sails, take the helm, and learn basic knots as we navigate the waters off Sardinia. The boat also has a small library for those who’d like to read more about sailing and Sardinia. When not on excursions to shore, the bulk of our time is spent in the main salon and outdoors on deck, playing games, relaxing, chatting with fellow passengers and crew, and enjoying the art of sailing. Lounge areas are both sunny and shaded, making for comfortable sailing and living onboard.
Passengers and crew cook family-style aboard; cooking enthusiasts and foodies are welcomed to contribute their skills and experience. Onboard meals are taken in the indoor or outdoor dining area. Meals on and off the boat will highlight Sardinian and Corsican cuisine and feature local ingredients.
You should plan to arrive at Marina Cala dei Sardi by 7 p.m. on Day 1. Our boat will return to Marina Cala dei Sardi at 5 p.m. on Day 7, and we will disembark by 9 a.m. on Day 8. Taxis and shuttle services can be arranged to Olbia, your accommodations, or the airport in advance. Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB) is the nearest airport and is a 20-minute drive from the marina.
Keep in mind that life aboard a boat is fairly active. You should feel confident climbing up and down a ladder, as well as moving about as the ship leans over while in motion. You can also expect to walk between two and three miles per day, sometimes on hilly, rocky coastline and dirt paths as well as well-maintained, mostly flat terrain.
You should feel comfortable on and around water. Since these are bigger boats, life jackets are not mandatory unless the water gets choppy. If you feel more comfortable in a life jacket, you are more than welcome to wear one.
As long as you include dietary information in your traveler form and update us about any requirements or preferences in advance, we’ll be able to plan our meals and food options accordingly, and will have plenty of food to satisfy you for your trip. However, if there are any particular foods that will make you feel more comfortable for the duration of your trip, please pack or purchase them in advance.
Nope! This trip is open to all levels of experience, and is a great chance to...ahem...learn the ropes. Your guides are seasoned sailors and they'll be taking care of the boat's operation, navigation, and maintenance, but they're always happy to share their knowledge if you're curious to learn.
Because of the exploratory nature of this voyage, every day is different, filled with sailing, exploring abandoned places and coastal hamlets, swimming, and getting to know one another. You can expect approximately two to four hours of sailing each day. Final decisions about our daily activities will be based on weather conditions and taking advantage of unexpected opportunities that may arise. The notes in this itinerary are designed to give you a good idea of our intentions, and what your days will look like, but there will very likely be some changes.
Sailing Collective is committed to developing and following best practices of sustainability to reduce our environmental impact and promote cultural learning. As members of One Percent for the Planet, we partner with like-minded ocean conservation organizations to support the ecosystems that support us as we harness the wind to voyage across the sea. As conscientious travelers, we engage thoughtfully with local communities along every shore we sail.