Delphina Excursions Palau, Costa Smeralda Sardinia - Italy


Excursions

All guests can visit beautiful locations using their own car or with the Delphina’s excursions service.

 

 HALF DAY EXCURSIONS

Delphina Express 

For those who want to throw themselves into something different we suggest the Delphina Express, a fast motorboat that sets sail every day for you to discover a new paradise. The half-day excursions allow you to reach a variety of destinations in the La Maddalena Archipelago for a swim stop directly from the boat in exclusive corners of some of the most beautiful islands.

However, on Tuesday and Thursday, there is a visit and stop on the island of La Maddalena where we disembark right in the town centre to go for a walk through the typical old streets and their lively markets and craft workshops.

Departure 9:30 and 14:30 from the pier at Cala Capra near Capo d’Orso.

Return expected around 12:30 and 17:30.

 

Mini Tour of the Islands

For those who wish to spend just half a day exploring the La Maddalena Archipelago and be back at the hotel in time for lunch, we suggest the Mini Tour of the Islands. This pleasant trip takes in two or three stops in some of the most typical yet least visited parts of the National Park, allowing you a refreshing dive and then a short swim directly from our comfortable boat. A taste of the most transparent Archipelago in the world. To guarantee a high level of quality this trip is limited to a maximum of 12 passengers per boat.

Departure 9:30 from the pier at Cala Capra, near Capo d’Orso.

Return expected around 12:30

 

 

Sea Safari

The stretches of water along the Sardinian coasts are particularly rich in marine flora and fauna. If you are curious and want to admire the crystalline waters and sea beds of the Gallura waters with a mask and snorkel, we recommend the Sea Safari, an entertaining guided excursion which in addition to observing the marine eco-system, allows you to actively pursue the wildlife and even spot dolphins and other Mediterranean species.

This half day excursion for a maximum of 12 participants uses a fast motor boat which follows an itinerary that varies according to the weather conditions, and which goes between the islands of Caprera and Spargi with the chance of visiting at least three islands and two stops for an enjoyable and entertaining swim.

Departure 9:30 from the pier at Cala Capra, near Capo d’Orso.

Return expected around 12:30

Children must be accompanied by at least one parent.

 

Ethno Tour

This is a personalized themed and cultural tour which allows you to visit the most interesting sites of archaeological, historic, ethnographic and cultural interest in the Gallura region, travelling along spectacular panoramic roads. It lasts about 4 hours with departures both morning and afternoon, and the route and type of visits can be personalized to guarantee a wide choice among the most representative sites together with visits to numerous sites of a natural and architectural nature.

Meals and tastings available on request.

 

 

Porto Cervo sunset

For those who want to enjoy a romantic evening along the streets and alleys of the most exclusive town of the Costa Smeralda, we suggest a guided tour to admire Porto Cervo and its surroundings and a short walk to admire the tourist port at sunset, the famous little square and the exclusive boutiques.

Departure from the hotel at 17:30. Return expected around 21:00.

 

Horse riding

If you are a horse-riding enthusiast and you want to feel the emotion of a ride on horse-back, the Park Hotel Cala di Lepre is the perfect place.

The gentle horses from the stables and the expert instructors will accompany you on a ride through the wonderful nature found in this part of Sardinia. You will be able to follow the delightful natural routes specially selected for you and stop along the way for a swim in the sea. A really special horse ride!

 

 

For safety reasons, children under the age of three are not allowed to go on the boat excursions

 

 

FULL DAY EXCURSIONS

The sailing ship Pulcinella

The Pulcinella is a period wooden Norwegian sailing ship dating from 1927 with traditional red sails. It is perfect for a day out in an authentic adventurous style. The itinerary includes a passage between the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago and the northern coast of Gallura with stops at Budelli on the famous Cavaliere beach and the uninhabited island of Spargi.

A delicious lunch of seafood and typical Sardinian products will be served on board accompanied by an excellent wine from the gentle Gallura hills, a genuine tasting of local products. Top quality service on board is guaranteed by an expert crew that will follow you through the whole day.

The ship is powered both by an engine for the outward leg and by sails for the return journey. Depending on weather conditions, a variation on the above-described journey sees the Isola Piana in Corsica as the destination. An incredible experience.

Departure 9:30 from the hotel pier. Return expected around 17:30

 

 

Bonifacio and the Corsican Archipelago mini-cruise

For those looking for an energetic day discovering some of the most attractive places in the Sardinian-Corsican Archipelago we suggest the mini-cruise (for a maximum of 12 guests) on one of our fast motorboats.

Crossing the Straits of Bonifacio is always exciting and it is often made more so when you can see dolphins and on rare occasions even whales. This stretch of water is rich in cetaceans and other oceanic species and they can be seen almost every day, leaping spectacularly from the water.

The route starts from the pier at Cala Capra and passes in front of the famous Roccia dell’Orso and the north coast of Palau. Crossing the straits of the same name, we arrive at the characteristic city of Bonifacio where we stop for a pleasant visit to the historic old town.

Once back on board we set off along the south east coast of Capo Pertusato, sailing under the high limestone cliffs to reach Punta Sperone and the beautiful tongue of sand that is Isola Piana where we stop for our first swim. After a tasty lunch pre-prepared by the Hotel we move on to the island of Lavezzi where we disembark near the beach for an enjoyable walk around this uninhabited island, or a swim to see the enchanting depths near the beach.

In the late afternoon, after a snack prepared by the crew, we return to the hotel.

 

Departure 9:30 from the pier at Cala Capra, near Capo d’Orso.

Return expected around 17:30

 

Deep sea fishing in Sardinia and Corsica

Sports fishing enthusiasts will want to take part in these exciting excursions along the coast for trolling, deep sea, drifting, bolentino and surface fishing; the American deep sea fishing boats from the prestigious Poseidon fleet, the specialists in fishing in Sardinia, with skippers and expert anglers who are able to guarantee a top level made-to-measure service. These excursions are all inclusive – a real high-seas adventure!

Visit the http://www.poseidonfishing.net site

There is a 10% discount if you purchase this trip when you book your holiday.

 

Boat Charter

A prestigious fleet of craft lies available at the Capo d’Orso pier near Cala Capra. Expert skippers company you along the coasts and hidden bays to give you an exclusive and unforgettable trip.

Attentive service on board, your choice of menu (when you make the booking), a delicious champagne aperitif and one dive after another into the clearest Archipelago waters anywhere in the world. This is the most exclusive way to enjoy the North Sardinia seas.

There is a 10% discount if you purchase this trip when you book your holiday.

Fuel not included.

 

Tour of Gallura

The Gallura hinterland represents a stupendous natural resource for the north of Sardinia, a treasure chest of well-preserved antique traditions and an extravagantly beautiful natural setting. On this excursion we offer a particularly striking journey which arrives right at the heart of this ancient region, passing over the gentle hills decorated with those famous natural granite sculptures created by the Mistral wind.

During our first stop you will have the chance to visit the famous Giants’ Tombs, ancient remnants of the prehistoric age. After travelling through the luxuriantly green Gallura countryside, which is itself an open window on the 19th Century and its culture of the “stazzi”, we reach the geographic heart of this granite region, stopping for a short look at the pretty village of Luogosanto. After a short stop at the Basilica we continue to the panoramic viewpoint at the hermitage of San Trano which has a magnificent view out as far as nearby Corsica.

A stop to taste an abundance of the typical local products momentarily halts our discovery of this area, but we are soon off again to visit the ruins of the Castle Baldu.  Passing through the area around Arzachena, you arrive at the Nuraghic stronghold of la Prijona, a magnificent site which is a symbol of both the island and Sardinian history.  This is undoubtedly one of the most imposing and important examples of prehistoric Sardinian civilization

The trip lasts around 7 hours.

Departure at 9.50 from the Hotel

 

 

Outdoor facilities

 

Kayak and Stand Up Paddle: an incomparably appealing experience which allows you to appreciate in full the beauty for which Sardinia is famous world-wide. You enjoy the sea in profound and intense silence, with a means of travel that allows you to stop, swim, and explore the otherwise inaccessible coastline.

 

Trekking In Sardinia: The appeal of the landscapes and the smells of the Mediterranean scrub and bush are the travelling companions during the routes on offer here, authentic experiences of total immersion in the natural environment.

In choosing the routes, great attention has been paid to ensuring breathtaking views, natural monuments, and elements of geological floral, faunal and historical interest. These are the perfect opportunities for thinking about the natural and archaeological aspects that our expert guides and specialists will lead you to discover.

 

Mountain biking in Sardinia: our mountain bike trips are generally along roads that have little or no traffic in a delightful and varied setting offering panoramic dirt roads, lovely single tracks, smooth ascents, fast descents and sharp bends with no end in sight. Entertaining excursions where the effort you put in will be repaid by frequent sightings of wild animals, the chance to admire rare botanical species, the option of looking at archaeological sites and appreciating timeless natural spectacles.

 

Services on request. The routes may vary according to the speed of the group or individual and what may be expected to be achieved in a time span of from 3 to 8 hours.

 

For safety reasons, children under the age of three are not allowed to go on the boat excursions