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North Corsican Wonders Between Coast and Mountains

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£1,499
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W07CI
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
New Walking Holidays
Ages:
15+

Corsica is not called the Island of Beauty for nothing. From Bastia to Calvi, discover the north coast with stunning landscapes, paradise beaches, heritage and rich tradition.

Enjoy the fragrance of the maquis (scrubland), carried on the wind from the mountains to the coast. This heady mix of plants includes eucalyptus, juniper, rosemary, heather, myrtle, sage, mint, thyme and lavender. The yellow immortelle has the most distinctive aroma and is one of the most celebrated plants.

Through the enchanting landscapes, this walking tour will introduce you to the scent and taste of Corsica.

Highlights

  • The Island of Beauty boasts an incredible palette of scenery: coastal landscapes, stunning shorelines, breath-taking mountains,
  • Magical places where crystal-clear water, deserted creeks and wild cliffs stand side-by-side.
  • Fragrance of aromatic plants, citrus, eucalyptus and lavender along your walks

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3-star hotels
  • 8 day land only / flight inclusive
  • Follow peaceful well-marked walks mainly through forests, sunflower fields, along riverside paths and rolling hills.
  • Countries visited: France
  • Countries visited: France

What's included

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 3-star hotels
  • All Breakfasts and 1 picnic lunch
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Boat crossing from St Florent to Lotu Beach and Train journey from St Florent to Ile Rousse
  • Train transfer from Calvi to Bastia

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
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
Terrain:

 

Day by day breakdown
Day 26.0km/3.7miles
Day 315.0km/9.0miles
Day 412.0km/7.0miles
Day 514.0km/8.5miles
Day 610.0km/6.0miles

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    Arrive in Bastia

    Transfer from Bastia airport to your hotel (included). Explore the old port, citadel and steep streets overlooking the azure Tyrrhenian sea.

    Bastia owes its name to this 'bastille', built on a promontory in the 14th century by Genoese governors. In the shelter of its ramparts, it's a village within the city. Each alleyway leads to a monument.

  • Day 2

    At Bastia

    Transfer to Cardo, a quaint village. This place opens a splendid door to the wild, preserved Cap Corse, punctuated with Genoese towers and maquis scrublands, secret rivers and unexpected forests. Along your walk, discover beautiful views of Bastia and St Florent.

    In the afternoon, enjoy a walk in Bastia. This is a lively town, an impression that is intensified as you stroll through Place Saint Nicolas, a popular meeting-place for locals, or the Place du Marche, which is always colourful and bustling.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Bastia - St Florent

    After a transfer, walk on the coastal path to Punta Vecchiaia. Enjoy wonderful sceneries over the Gulf of St Florent. Possibility to stop at a wine estate in St Florent.

    Wander through the old town, discovering the citadel, an extraordinary monument from the Genoese period, then make a short visit to the attractive Romanesque church of Santa Maria Assunta, before enjoying a well-earned aperitif along the marina, which is the best place to admire the sunset on the natural bay while having a drink on a terrace.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    At St Florent

    Explore the Agriates Desert, a fascinating rugged territory of unspoilt landscapes, rich fauna, and paradisical beaches. Walk through this protected natural site and reach a quiet, undisturbed realm of nature at the Lotu beach, one of the hidden gems of Corsica. Then continue along magnificent coastal path with small creeks and crystal water.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    St Florent - Ile Rousse - Calvi

    Transfer to Ile Rousse. Built on one of the most beautiful bays of the Balagne, the Ile-Rousse owes its name to the presence of a small islet of red porphyry. Enjoy the enchanting scenery of maquis scrublands and granite rocks. Then follow the coast on board of the famous Trinighellu train with superb panorama. Walk to unspoilt beaches before reaching the light house Revellata.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    At Calvi

    Explore the mountains and enjoy fragrance of aromatics herbs and wonderful landscapes overlooking Calvi. Then, wander in Calvi (Birthplace of Christopher Columbus) a Genoese citadel set on the sea and surrounded by rocky mountains that cast their shadow on the waters. This place offers a labyrinth of picturesque streets and a pretty port with bars and restaurants for a fabulous dining experience.

    A shorter option is also available.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Calvi - Bastia

    Transfer from Calvi to Bastia. Calvi to Bastia. Transfer by train longing the coast with stunning views. Then enjoy the lively seaside resort of Bastia between small yachts and polychrome fishing boats, which invites you to stroll around at any time.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Bastia

    Transfer from your hotel to the airport (included)

    Meals included: Breakfast
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.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Taste the Corsican unique flavours with its charcuterie: richly-marbled coppa, lonzu, prisuttu and figatellu. Fish and seafood are accented with local herbs including oregano, marjoram and mint. Honey and chestnuts are other staple island products. Other delights that should not be missed are the aromatic wines with their own strong identity from L'Ile-Rousse and Calvi.

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance: 12 km / 7 mi
No. of days walking: 4
Terrain and route: The route takes you through coastal walking path and rocky scrublands, along beaches. Maximum ascent and descend 700m.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A local agent will be there to meet you and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

GPS Route direction and maps are provided.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local agent is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
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

North Corsican Wonders Between Coast and Mountains

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hotel-revellata

Your accommodation reflects the best of Coastal Corsica with wonderful views over the town and the sea in 3* hotels. 3 of these hotels offer a swimming pool.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
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.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
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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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. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]