TOURS: Sardinia, Italy 2023 Itinerary

09/17/23 – 09/27/23

Join Palmer’s on this one-of-a-kind travel experience! Sardinia is a well-kept Italian secret. Known for its beautiful coastline, mountainous interior, and culinary secrets, we will go behind the scenes with some of the island’s most celebrated artisan producers, meet the locals, and get to know this island and its culinary treasures, from seafood to saffron.

This trip is designed for both novice and experienced travelers who like to engage with a new place through the lens of food. We will explore the diverse foodways of the region and its cultures by engaging personally with our hosts. History and personal stories will color our many encounters. We encourage attendees to have open minds, adventurous spirits, and a deep passion for traditional foods and their modern-day developments.

We customize our adventures with a brilliant balance of free time & guided activities. But there will be some walking on uneven ground in the city and the countryside of Sardinia. Please expect to walk for as long as an hour.

Our guests are adults of all ages, and we encourage the single traveler.  We do not charge a single supplement fee! We keep the groups small, at 12 guests maximum. All of our tours have a Palmer’s host as your guide, as well as one guide from our tour partner. We feature local experts daily, to bring even more richness and information to the experience.  Be sure to bring an extra suitcase, a generous appetite and a spirit for adventure!

Secure your spot on this tour by downloading the Reservation Form. Send all completed forms to cindy@palmerstours.com.

09/17/23 – 09/27/23
*12 person maximum
$7,500 per person

Olbia, Siniscola, Porto Cervo, Thiesi, Alghero, Bosa, Cabras, Macomer, Cagliari

Olive Oil, Myrtle Liquor, Cheese, Wine, Pasta

– Visit the Aquarium Rubrum and the Coral Workshop of La Corallina
– Boat Excursion to Capo Caccia and Grotte Di Nettuno
– Guided Tours of Alghero & Cagliari
– Shopping
– Crystal Clear Beaches
– Cooking Class at the Hotel Villa Fanny in Cagliari

Breakfast Daily
11 meals included
All meals are 3-4 courses, personally curated with wine pairing.


09/18/23 – 09/28/23

Sunday, September 17th

Morning arrival into Olbia Airport*. Gioacchino will pick you up and bring you to your hotel, Grand Hotel President Olbia where you can rest after your long trip. This prestigious hotel is the ideal place for a refined stay in the centre of Oblia just steps away from everything.

Our first group dinner will be at Essenza Bistrot.  The Menu will be designed to seek the perfect union between flavors of Sardinia and innovation, all paired with local wine.

*Please send flight information to cindy@palmerstours.com so we can arrange transportation to/from airport for you. Due to time difference, all flights should be made 1 day prior to itinerary start date.


Monday, September 18th

After breakfast at the hotel, we will be touring the Olive Oil Producer – Oleificia Chieddà We will visit the olive groves, learn how their oil is produced and enjoy a tasting lunch. From there we’ll visit the beautiful vineyards of Mirto Sannai where we will learn about the traditional drink of Sardinia, Myrtle, and enjoy a tasting of this delicious and unique liquor.

Spend the rest of the day on your own to go shopping or enjoy the spectacular beach in Olbia. Dinner on your own tonight.


Tuesday, September 19th

After breakfast, we’ll venture to Porto Cervo to enjoy the luxurious city and the beautiful beaches. Afterwards you will have lunch at the premium White Beach Club restaurant Liscia Ruja

Back in Olbia for the evening, you’ll have some free time and dinner on your own!


Wednesday, September 20th

After breakfast, we’ll pack our bags and head to Alghero with a stop in Thiesi for lunch at Pastificio Artigianale Tanda & Spada .

Tonight after checking into our new hotel Villa Mosca, we will have dinner at the rustic & intimate, fine dining Restaurant Musciora .



Thursday, September 21st

After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a guided tour of Alghero with time to explore the winery Vigne Rada, including a tasting lunch!

In the afternoon we will visit the first aquarium to grow live coral in Italy, Aquarium Rubrum, and join a coral workshop at La Corallina.  After, you’ll you have time to yourself for dinner, or to head back to the hotel to relax after a busy day!



Friday, September 22nd

After breakfast, we will take a boat excursion to one of the most amazing wonders of Sardinia – the island vineyards of Copa Caccia and the beautiful cave complexes of Grotte di Nettuno.  We’ll have lunch aboard the boat between locations.  After an adventurous day, we’ll head back to the hotel for some free time to have dinner on your own and pack up for tomorrows travels to Bosa. 


Saturday, September 23rd

While we enjoy breakfast at the hotel, the aTTavola staff will collect luggage as we prepare to travel to Cabras. On our way we will stop at the colorful and cultural city of Bosa, where we will peruse shops and lunch at Restaurant Sa’Nassa .  We will then head to our hotel, Albergo Diffuso Aquae Sinis in Cabras, where you will have free time walking, shopping and dining on your own in Cabras.




Sunday, September 24th

After breakfast,  we will visit the italian cheese producer Formaggi Debbene for fun lunch and cheese tasting tour.  Back in Cabras you will have free time to shop and relax before we all travel to our next destination and have dinner at Restaurant La Brace in Oristano.


Monday, September 25th

After breakfast we leave Cabras for Cagliari where we will get a Guided Tour of the city, after checking-in at Hotel Villa Fanny.  Lunch and Dinner will be on your own in Cagliari today so you can do as the Italian’s do –  slow down and enjoy the sites!  When in Rome… or Cagliari!



DAY 10

Tuesday, September 26th

After breakfast at the hotel, we will get ready for a full day of cooking classes and relaxation at our 5-star Hotel Villa Fanny, with a break in the afternoon to enjoy the city a little more before we head home in the morning!  In the evening, we will prepare a traditional Italian dinner with our fantastic tour guide from aTTavola, and enjoy the fruits of our labor together, one last time!

DAY 11

Wednesday, September 27th

After breakfast, we’ll leave Cagliari for Cagliari Airport where we will all say our goodbyes.

Ciao for now!




Gioacchino Passalacqua

Guide and co-owner of aTTavola, Gioacchino Passalacqua, is an artisanal Italian food exporter, gastronome and native Sicilian who divides his time between Sicily, Italy and New York. As a native Mediterranean, Gioacchino has developed relationships with food producers, restaurateurs, olive oil companies, chocolatiers, vintners and confectioners. He has traveled the world in his business as an importer/exporter, taking part in food shows from Paris and San Francisco to Chicago and New York City.

Gioacchino has a keen sense of quality foods and wines which he passionately shares through his unique tours, tastings, and products. You’ll be pleased to know, every one of our guests has rated him a 5 star tour guide!