10 days in Sardinia & Italian Riviera Itinerary

10 days in Sardinia & Italian Riviera Itinerary

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10 days in Sardinia & Italian Riviera Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Alghero
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  3​h
2
La Maddalena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
San Teodoro
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
4
Genoa
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Cinque Terre
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  11​h
End: Cairo


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1
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Alghero

Alghero ©
Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at La Pelosa Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Trinita di Saccargia, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Frecce delle Grotte di Antonio Piccinnu. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Spiaggia di Maria Pia, then Head underground at Capo Caccia, and then Head underground at Grotta di Nettuno.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Alghero itinerary app .

Cairo, Egypt to Alghero is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Alghero is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in July: high temperatures in Alghero hover around 36°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Maddalena.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Basilica di Saccargia, La Pelosa Beach
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La Pelosa Beach ©
La Pelosa Beach
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Capo Caccia

1
night
La Maddalena

La Maddalena ©
La Maddalena is a town and comune located on the island with the same name, in northern Sardinia, part of the province of Olbia-Tempio, Italy.The townLa Maddalena is the largest town in the Maddalena archipelago, just 2km from the northeastern shore of Sardinia and sitting in the Straits of Bonifacio, between it and Corsica.The focal-point of pedestrian activity is found around Piazza Umberto I (formerly known as Piazza Comando-the older generation of natives in town still commonly refer to the piazza by its original name). Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Maddalena travel planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Alghero to La Maddalena takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Teodoro.

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Parks Nature
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nights
San Teodoro

San Teodoro ©
A chance to sip cocktails at swanky beach bars by day and experience the vibrant club scene by night makes San Tedoro vacations extremely popular.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Castello della Fava, enjoy the sand and surf at Cala Brandinchi, and then kick back and relax at Lu Impostu Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Spiaggia Capo Coda Cavallo, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Cinta, and then don't miss a visit to spiaggia di Posada.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Teodoro trip itinerary builder .

Getting from La Maddalena to San Teodoro by car takes about 2 hours. In July in San Teodoro, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Genoa.

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Beaches Parks Outdoors

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Posada, Cala Brandinchi
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Spiaggia La Cinta ©
Spiaggia La Cinta
Cala Brandinchi ©
Cala Brandinchi
Lu Impostu Beach ©
Lu Impostu Beach

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Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, then meet the residents at Aquarium of Genoa, and then take a stroll through Boccadasse. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, get to know the fascinating history of Via Garibaldi, take in panoramic vistas at Spianata Castelletto, don't miss a visit to Piazza Raffaele De Ferrari, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and finally take in the waterfront at Old Port.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Genoa road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from San Teodoro to Genoa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from San Teodoro in July, you will find days in Genoa are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

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Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Boccadasse ©
Boccadasse

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nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Di San Pietro, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cinque Terre driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Genoa to Cinque Terre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cinque Terre when traveling from Genoa in July, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

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Trails Parks Outdoors
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Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza
Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails

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