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Duration
11 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 10 nights in hotels
Meals
  • 10 Breakfasts

Price

$2380USD

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Overview

Trip Code: SOG7140

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

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The trip begins on check in to the hotel in the afternoon. You will receive luggage tages but most printed documents have been replaced with the digital versions provided with your final documents. 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. Overnight Bastia

Meals:  Nil

In Bastia at leisure. Bastia is a charming Mediterranean town. The best way to explore it is on foot and get lost in its narrow streets. If you're in Bastia at the weekend, don't miss the small food market on the market square on Saturdays. On Sundays the large Place Saint Nicolas hosts the flea market. From the old port, you can also book a day at sea to discover the Cap Corse Overnight Bastia

Meals:  B

This morning your bikes will be delivered to the hotel and from there 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. 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. Overnight in Saint-Florent. Cycling: a choice of two routes, approx. 31km/19mi or 48km/30mi.

Meals:  B

At leisure in Saint Florent

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

Bike today to Calvi you will cross the splendid villages of Balagne singing names, Sant'Antonino, Pigna, and many others, to discover their discrete charms. You will then reach the active Calvi. Distances: 40 km (D+ : 601m ; D- : 786m ; Min. : 1m ; Max. : 786m) or 50 km (D+ : 730m ; D- : 915m ; Min. : 1m ; Max. : 538m) Overnight Calvi

Meals:  B

Calvi, splendid city, a beach of azure blue, overhung by mountains (natural barrier: the massif of Monte Cinto) and its rock where dominates a medieval city, a splendid Genoese citadel of the 13th century, is a true small paradise where life is good. You can choose between a day free around to enjoy the discovery of the city and its beaches, or go for a 70km loop towards Galeria. Distance : 79km (D+ : 1029m ; D- : 1030m ; Min. : 1m ; Max. : 432m) Overnight Calvi

Meals:  B

Begin the day with a transfer to start of the ride and continue 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 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

  • 10 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices
  • 10 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)
  • Information pack - smartphone app with maps and route book per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
  • 8 days Ebike rental from day 3 to day 10

  • 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

ED
Exclusive Departure
S
Surcharge

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Total Priceper person from

$2380USD

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*Prices listed are per person

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