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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1299USD

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Overview

Trip Code: COR

Trip highlights


  • Exploring Cape Corsica at handlebar level
  • Experiencing the stunning landscape and diverse flora and fauna
  • Visiting tiny fishing ports awash in history
  • Enjoying the freedom of cycling light with all of your logistics taken care of
  • Delighting in the warm hospitality of the accommodation providers

Corsica is known as the 'mountain in the sea' with an incredible diversity of landscapes and a rich cultural heritage that continues to thrive. This circuit explores both the coast and Corsica's interior, through deserts, forests and mountains and along stunning coastal roads. There are a multitude of villages and historical sites to explore en route to the nights accommodation in specially handpicked inns and hotels. During the cycle day you will have several route options, allowing you the flexibility to choose a more demanding or relaxed route with more time for sightseeing. The flexibility, changing landscape and welcoming villages ensure your cycle trip in Corsica is exceptional.

Trip Grading

challenging

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

The trip begins on check in to the hotel in the afternoon when you will receive your maps and travel information. Your bike will be provided today or in the morning. The rest of the day is free to discover the capital of Upper-Corsica. The old port is picturesque and you can take time to visit the freely accessible citadel and the old city which offers a superb panorama out to the sea and the town. For dinner, you should head to the old port which is oozing with atmosphere.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you'll pedal along the east side of the Cape of Corsica, only a stone's throw from the sea. You'll then cross the island to join the west coast of the Cape with its dramatic cliffs. The route is strewn with Genoese and Paoline towers as well as old convents and mills, and the landscape, including the small fishing ports, is splendid. Stay overnight in the charming village of Canari. Cycling: a choice of two routes, approx. 59km/36.5m or 79km/49mi

Meals:  B

The route today takes you away from Corsica Cape to head southward, in the direction of Saint-Florent. Depending on the route you choose, you may visit the village of Patrimonio, famous all around Corsica for its vineyards. Tastings are possible in the cellars of the village. This route offers superb viewpoints on the Gulf of Saint-Florent. In Saint-Florent, you should take some time to visit the citadel and to stroll around the port and its small commercial streets. Stay overnight in Saint-Florent. Cycling: a choice of two routes, approx. 31km/19mi or 48km/30mi.

Meals:  B

The ride today takes you into the heart of the Agriates Desert. From hamlet to hamlet, you cross this superb desert covered in the local maquis scrub - which has a great scent and is amazing in Spring when in blossom). Dependent on which route you take, you will be able to ascend into the heights of Balagne to see dramatic landscapes before descending towards the littoral and its Genoese Towers. Returning to the coast, you will soon arrive at your accommodation not far from Ile Rousse. Overnight is usually in the charming little town of Monticello, with its lovely town square, port, and nice bars surrounded by beaches. Cycling: a choice of three routes, approx. 48km/30mi, 69km/43m or 80km/49.5mi.

Meals:  B

Today you'll get to explore the pretty villages of the Balagne. This area is bewitching, and the stone villages perched in the middle of nowhere have an astonishing beauty which hasn't changed with time. Your stop for the night will be in the mountains, usually at Olmi Capella, a typical village of Balagne. Cycling: a choice of three routes, approx. 30km/18.5mi, 44km/27.5mi or 57km/35.5mi.

Meals:  B

The cycle continues into the villages of the Balagne, with superb testimonies of the past through old churches and convents. You will follow the border of the Natural reserve of Corsica until you reach the Golo river valley, your stop for the night. Today will be marked by the numerous animals you will see wandering in freedom: cows, pigs, goats... Overnight in the quiet village of Campitello. Cycling: choice of 3 routes, approx. 48km/30mi, 61km/38mi or 73km/45.5mi.

Meals:  B

Your last day of riding will take you either through the villages of the Nebbiu region or through the Castagniccia region, both known for their chapels and the chestnut forests. Royal Milan (Red Kites) raptors are widespread in this area and you are likely to see them hovering. Your stop for the night will be in Lucciana, a village close to the airport. Cycling: choice of 3 routes, approx. 34km/21mi, 53km/33mi or 57km/35.5mi.

Meals:  B

Your trip concludes after breakfast. We can assist with a transfer to the airport or the harbour station on request - please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices
  • 7 nights in 2 and 3 star hotels and guesthouses/inns on a twin share basis generally with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer (one piece of max 15kg per person)
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental with pannier and helmet (hybrid premium, carbon road bike or e-bike available - supplement applies)
  • Information kit including detailed maps and route notes
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Bastia and from Lucciana
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to sightseeing and entry fees and optional activities
  • Storage of excess luggage
  • Bike hire deposit (see 'equipment provided' below for details, payable by cash or credit card locally). Deposit is returned on conclusion of trip. Any damage to the bike will need to be paid locally.
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory

Bike information


Grading

challenging  

CHALLENGING – GRADE 5 This trip requires a good to excellent level of fitness to fully participate in this adventure, particularly if you plan to take the more demanding routes. There are a number of options provided each day and we supply gradients so you are able to make an informed choice about the route to choose. Cycling distances range from 31 to 80km (19 to 49.5mi) each day over undulating to mountainous terrain. The cycling is on low traffic side roads but at times you will encounter heavier traffic. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. Please ensure that you wear a helmet at all times on this trip.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Apr to 5 Nov

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 15 Jun to 15 Sep and a supplement applies. Note in high season accommodation in the small villages is limited, you may be booked in a neighbouring village.
DN2
This trip is not suitable for solo travellers. Please contact our team for alternate tour suggestions.

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Total Priceper person from

$1299USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Premium hybrid bike supplementUSD$50
  • E-Bike SupplementUSD$130
  • Carbon Road Bike Supplement (disc brakes)USD$230
  • Single SupplementUSD$450
*Prices listed are per person

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