Mountains & Villages of Corsica

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Trip code: 
TEB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Walk through Corsica's diverse landscapes

Caught between France and Italy, yet with its own cuisine, culture and language, Corsica is a land of dramatic beauty. With the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean just 40km from the island’s pink granite peaks, Corsica offers a range of different terrain in a small and diverse island full of surprises. Based in the village of Bocognano, the quaint mountain railway gives easy access to some of the island’s best walking routes, covering mountain passes, rockpools and pine forests from the central highlands to the sea.

Highlights

  • Diverse landscapes and impressive mountain scenery
  • Free day to explore the old capital Corte, or to relax on the beach at Ajaccio
  • Beautifully located family-run hotel

Key information

  • 7 nights in a family-run hotel with en suite facilities
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader
  • Well-marked trails, often rocky and uneven
  • Altitude maximum 1650m, average 800m

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Moderate: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 212.0km/7.0miles
Day 312.0km/7.0miles
Day 412.0km/7.0miles
Day 616.0km/9.0miles
Day 711.0km/6.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Ajaccio; transfer to Bocognano.

    Fly to Ajaccio and transfer to Hotel Beauséjour in Bocognano. In the afternoon we take an orientation walk of Bocognano, exploring this picturesque village as well as some of the surrounding forest.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Train to the village of Ucciani; woodland walk to ancient menhir (standing stone) and walk back to Bocognano.

    We start the week taking the local train to Ucciani, a village to the west of Bocognano, where we will commence our walk through fields to the ancient menhir (megalithic monument also known as a standing stone). We will continue on to the ruins of the medieval fort overlooking the Gravona valley. From here, return via Tavera and walk back to Bocognano past woodland streams and cascades. Distance approx. 12.5 km; ascent approx. 620m, descent approx. 320m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Train journey to Vivario; walk to Tattone and onto the Vecchio River where it may be possible to swim. Ascend to Vizzavona and train to Bocognano.

    After taking the train to Vivario, we begin our walk across a ridge with fine views of Monte d'Oro to the west and the Tavignano valley
    to the east. We then descend through a forest to Camping Savaggio, and on to the village of Tattone. From there, a short steep descent takes us to the Vecchio River where it may be possible to swim in one of the many beautiful rock pools. Our walk then takes us along a rocky path up the river valley to Abri Southwell – site of one of the earliest known settlements in Corsica. We cross the river and make the short ascent through the forest to Vizzavona, returning by train to Bocognano. Distance approx. 12km; ascent approx. 650m, descent approx. 310m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Train ride to Poggio; walk through woodland to the historic city of Corte.

    Today we begin with a train journey to Poggio (approx.. 55minutes). Our walk will take approx 6 hours, past streams and chestnut woods with beautiful views of the Restonica Valley and the Tavignano Gorge en route to the charming city of Corte, which we will have time to explore before returning to Bocognano. Distance approx. 12Km; ascent approx. 650m, descent 770m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day for an optional trip by train to Ajaccio and its beaches, or to relax in Bocognano.

    There are various options for your free day; you can relax around the hotel, travel further across the island or, if you wish, visit the coast. Ajaccio has beaches, shops and restaurants; you can visit the Musee Fesch (with its outstanding collection of Italian paintings), follow in the footsteps of Napoleon around the city or take a bus ride along the coast. The mountain town of Corte, the nationalist centre of the island, offers the spectacular sight of the citadel and an excellent collection in the museum highlighting Corsican culture. The town has a gorgeous ambience, filled with cobbled streets, fountains and chapels and many enticing cafés and patisseries.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Start in Vizzavona where we enjoy a walk along the famous GR20 tracks to Bocca Palmente.

    From Bocognano a short train journey brings us to Vizzavona where we begin our walk along the famous GR20 to Bocca Palmente. This walk includes sections through pine and beech forest and spectacular views out to Monte D'Oro and the east coast. There may be the opportunity for an optional extension to the clear water of the Cascades des Anglais rockpools. Distance approx. 16km; ascent/descent approx. 780m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk directly from the hotel to the Gravona River; walk along the Gorge of Richjusa and onto Bocognano.

    A walk through Bocognano village takes us east & then north along quiet country lanes to the Gravona River. On the other side, a small but well-trodden path takes us alongside the Gorge of Richjusa, below an impressive face of granite and high pasture land which affords excellent views across to Bocognano and gives us the taste of the wilder climbs of the island. You may have the opportunity to stop for a swim in the river before returning to Bocognano. Distance approx. 11km; ascent/descent approx. 600m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Ajaccio; fly to London.

    Transfer to Ajaccio; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

The trip includes all breakfasts, five picnic lunches and six evening meals.

Evening meals are taken in the hotel and are arranged as a 'menu' for the whole group. The evening meal on your free day is not included, allowing you to experience local restaurants. Typical meals are usually: Breakfast: Orange juice, croissant, fresh French bread, butter, jam, coffee/tea. Lunch: Picnic lunches will consist of a filled baguette and fruit. Evening meals: A first course of soup, or a starter (often salad or charcuterie); a main course usually with meat, sometimes fish, followed by a dessert. Corsica is famous for charcuteries and brocciu cheeses, fresh local herbs, gamey meats and fish, which usually feature in the evening meals. The evening meal does not include drinks. Vegetarians can be catered for, but please note that the options are more limited, with the evening meal normally pasta or omelette-based.

Weather

The best weather for walking in Corsica comes in the late spring/early summer, late summer and early autumn. Average daily temperatures in May and June range from 21ºC to 28ºC and in September from 20ºC to 26ºC. The days are usually clear and fresh, avoiding the sultry humidity of mid-Summer. As with all mountainous regions there is always the possibility of rain, and when it does, it can be very heavy. Therefore it is necessary to have a fleece and good quality waterproofs at the ready. Please note that mountains can always make their own weather and as a result, we may occasionally be forced to amend the itinerary for parts of the holiday. For this reason, you will need everything from bathing gear and sunscreen to a warm layer and good quality waterproofs.

Is this trip for you?

This is a mountainous area, and all of the walks involve plenty of ascent and descent; there are very few level paths. We usually walk between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long-established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and way marked. Even so, paths will be rocky and walking boots with good ankle support and tread are essential for this trip. One of the walks involves a short steep walk/scramble up a rocky section, but this is optional and generally within the capabilities of most walkers. The maximum height gain and loss is 800m. Maximum altitude 1650m, average 800m.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel Beauséjour - 2 Star

Our centre is the family-run 2-star Hotel Beauséjour in the heart of Bocognano; the Ferri-Pisani family have owned and run the hotel for three generations. It overlooks the valley of the Gravona River and across to the spectacular granite face of the Monte d'Oro range. The shady grounds give you time and space to relax, and are only a few minutes walk from the small town bakeries, post office, restaurants, bar, general store, tourist office and local train station. Meals are taken in the spacious dining room in authentic 1920's décor. There is a communal room for general use. The single and twin rooms are in traditional provincial style and are all en suite.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Geoff Culver

    A weeks walking in Corsica

    A pleasant weeks walking on a mixture of forest and more open trails. Hotel is pleasant. The evening meals were better than the very bread heavy breakfasts and pack lunches.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk up to the Bocca Palmente coll and the Anglais Falls on day 6.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knows his stuff. Set the right balance between knowing were everyone was and letting people go at their own pace.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Hotel does not have any air conditioning or insect screens, so bring a plug-in mosquito coil. Be prepared for some fairly steep and loose rocky trails on some days as per the trip notes. I was very glad I had my walking poles with me for the descents.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would have been nice to spend more time above the tree line, but that would have significantly increased the amount of ascent and thus the trip grading.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    peter winter

    A great weeks walking

    The guide , the party and the walking was excellent. Very well pitched as a level 3. The hotel structure was fine but the food was the low point of the holiday. There was not even a bar in the hotel. Breakfast for all 7 days was a hard boiled egg, a slice of formed ham, a croissant and a decent supply of baguette...every day

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the higher walks

    What did you think of your group leader?

    excellent
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Jan Emms

    Great walking in spectacular Corsica

    Corsica was beautiful in the late summer sunshine. The hiking was as described in the trip notes and I felt appropriately prepared for the level of walking. Good central base and excellent use of the trains to allow a varied set of walks. The last two walks were outstanding, though there wasn’t a day I didn’t enjoy. Hotel was basic but adequate with welcoming hosts. I would definitely do a similar trip again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Some of the views were remarkable and cooling down in the mountain streams.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sebastian was outstanding. Obviously enjoyed and took great pride in sharing his love and knowledge of Corsica. Went beyond his responsibilities and was a real asset to the trip- Exodus you should use him again!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you carry enough water and if you do need extra supplies bring them with you- no shop in village. The level descriptions are accurate- so do some training to get to the suggested levels. ENJOY!
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Graham Bell

    Corsica is the perfect hiking and holiday destination

    Corsica is an absolute gem. The trip was exactly as described, and it just makes me want to go back!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having been to Corsica before, I chose the trip as a way of introducing my son to hiking holidays and as a way of sharing one of my very favourite places. He loved it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martin is great. Relaxed and somewhat understated. Just right.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes! The notes for this trip are really very good. When it says you should have a reasonable level of fitness and that the paths can be steep and rocky, it means exactly that. It is at the challenging-end of a “moderate” trip.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Mark Simmons

    Invigorating walks in unspoilt hills & mountains of the beautiful island of Corsica

    Everything came together for this trip - Martin, our excellent leader, a group which gelled, wonderful scenery & walks that were just a bit of a challenge for someone used to walking in the Pennines! If the weather was hot, there was the option of a cooling dip in a mountain stream at the end of most walks. The free day allowed everyone to choose either to visit Ajaccio by train or just have a relaxing day in Bocognano. The hotel Beausejour was basic but provided everything needed after a day of trekking in the hills! Recommended!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to say as there were so many highlights. A sense of achievement after climbing the higher trails, being rewarded with outstanding panoramic views. Loved swimming in the mountain streams at the end to cool off!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martin was an experienced leader with detailed knowledge of the trip & the terrain through which we walked & he was calm & patient with everyone, with lots of ideas for those taking a day off fdrom walking or heading off on a trip on the free day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking poles really do help as some ascents & descents are steep. Large water bottles needed & swimming gear is a must if you want to go for a cooling dip after a long day of hiking!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy Corsica - it's beautiful!
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Dale O'Dwyer

    Corsica hiking

    My wife and I had an outstanding time on our hiking trip in Corsica. it was great fun getting on the train in the mornings and off to hike a different area of the island. Our guide Sabastian did an outstanding job of taking care of us and guiding us through his part of France. He took great pride in showing us the countryside and informing us of the local history. We also were impressed with his knowledge of the birds and vegetation of the area. The kikes were challenging and provided a great perspective of the terrain of the island.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to see the vast terrain of the island.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I was extremely impressed with Sebastian, his knowledge of the area was impressive. Having a local guide really added to our experience. His ability to meet the needs of a wide group of folks surpassed my expectations.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Com prepared for some great hikes!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The accommodation was adequate and the meals were great, it would be nice if there was a little more variety for the lunches.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Barb O'Dwyer

    Terrific Hiking Trip

    Our guide Sebastian was outstanding. He was extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of Corsica as well as the history of the island. He has a great sense of humor which makes any trip more fun. The train is super convenient for the trip. Easy walk from the hotel and usually a short train trip to another village and then a hike. Excellent variety of terrain and views. Usually around 5 hours on the trail each day. Good hiking boots and poles were much appreciated. The accommodations and food are adequate and serve the purpose well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The hike on the last day is a very challenging climb where you are rewarded with stunning views at every turn.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Outstanding.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't let the moderate accommodations steer you away from choosing the trip. The entire trip is brilliant from start to finish.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    SUSAN WILLIAMS

    beautiful scenery and varied walks

    First time in Corsica and was surprised by its beauty and the variety of walks along wooded valleys and mountain climbs in starker scenery above the tree line - not just the GR20. Enjoyed travelling on the scenic railway and we had a great group and guide. Modest accommodation more than made up for by the views from the hotel, friendly owner and the hearty food. Would recommend going in June when its still very green and lots of wild flowers on display.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finishing the final walk which had some wonderful views at the summit, for the heavens to open 20 minutes from the hotel with our first rain all week and a dramatic thunder storm to completely soak us and turn the roads to rivers and remind us how quickly things can change in the mountains and the power of nature

    What did you think of your group leader?

    It was his first trip as lone guide for Exodus and he proved to be responsive to the group offering different alternatives, great company and very adaptable. Also brought his extensive medical knowledge, which always helps!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Apart from the rest day you are very much away from towns and shops so make sure you have Euros in cash, bring any medication, toiletries etc... you think you will need and if you like to have cereal for breakfast bring your own! (I preferred the wonderful croissants!)
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Alan Palmer

    Corsica Hiking

    Well balanced group and trip in good location for trains to hiking trails. The first days route was poor especially in comparison to the rest of the days.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I do a lot of hiking in different countries so it is difficult to say there was an inspirational moment. However, this was my first group hiking trip with a leader and I would do it again.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good, Tom was more like a group member. He was in control in a relaxed way, explained the route and we were able to walk alone or with other group members.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Judith Argent

    Wonderful walks from the railway

    A varied set of walks in a beautiful green island. Woods, rivers, waterfalls among the mountains. The walks weren't crowded and we were mostly the only walkers on the trail.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the mountain rivers to cool down.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tom was a first time guide and he led us in a relaxed, friendly manner. He was always keen to hear our opinions about the routes we took.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a travel kettle to make tea and coffee. The lunch baguette is enormous and full of as many fillings as you could want. You can also take 2 pieces of fruit. Dinner was always plentiful and tasty. Try to speak a bit of French - it is always appreciated.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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