Cycling Corsica

  • Itinerary Summary

    From the sea, Corsica appears as a large piece of Alpine Europe floating on a bed of cobalt blue. In fact, Corsica is geologically more closely related to the Alps than it is to its larger neighbor to the south, the Italian island of Sardinia. But culturally and linguistically this birthplace of Napoleon is all Mediterranean. Palm-lined streets bustle with colorful marketplaces and French, the island's official language since 1768, mingles with a variety of exotic dialects brought here from northern Africa, Italy, and the rest of the Mediterranean basin. An island of beauty, Corsica is also an island of delightful surprises for the touring cyclist.

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    1. Day 1: Arrive Bastia, Corsica

      Highlights: Historic capital of Corsica, sidewalk café, gourmet introductory dinner

      Bright blue and white fishing boats and sidewalk café await you today as our tour begins near Bastia, Corsica's historic capital and its most picturesque city. We recommend arriving a day early to soak in the charms of this centuries-old Mediterranean seaport. We'll fit you with a bicycle this afternoon so you can explore town, and then reconvene this evening for a traditional French gourmet dinner together.

      Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

      Lodging: L'Alivi

    2. Day 2: Bicycle to Rogliano

      Highlights: Scenic cycling in Corsica's panhandle, Genoese history and settlements

      After breakfast you'll head north on an easy ride along the east side of Cap Corse, Corsica's panhandle. You'll want to stop for a snack or coffee in Erbalunga to see its Genoese coastal tower before a lunch stop in the tiny port of Santa Severa. Stop for ice cream or a swim in Macinaggio before heading inland to our hotel.

      Distance: 38 km (24 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: U Sant'Agnellu

    3. Day 3: Bicycle to St. Florent

      Highlights: Scenic cycling on Cap Corse, Mediterranean beaches

      Today's ride is one of the most spectacular bicycle rides in the Mediterranean basin. We suggest an early start as you'll want to stop often for photographs. You can even take a swim during your lunch stop. Our route follows a chain of Genoese watchtowers, built along the coast in the late Medieval period to provide the local villagers early warning of impending attack by pirates. We'll continue south along the west side of the Cap Corse to our hotel right on the water, located in the ancient Roman town of St. Florent.

      Distance: 74 km (46 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Dolce Notte

    4. Day 4: Rest day in St. Florent

      Highlights: 11th-century Pisan cathedrals, enchanting bay of St. Florent with nearby beaches and aquatic activities

      A visit to our first 11th-century Pisan cathedral begins our day. Pisa ruled Corsica unchallenged until 1133 A.D. when the pope divided the island between Pisa and rival Genoa. Our optional ride continues on to the most famous Pisan cathedral in Corsica as we wind our way through hilltop villages and river gorges.

      Distance: 0 - 54 km (0 - 33 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel Dolce Notte

    5. Day 5: Bicycle to L'Ile Rousse

      Highlights: Beautiful coastal landscape with breathtaking vistas and Mediterranean beaches

      You'll head across the unique Désert des Agriate today. This stony landscape that was once rich with wheat fields is unlike any area on the island and offers some beautiful panoramas. After soaking up the views you'll coast down to the beach for a refreshing swim if you wish. Our efforts today will be rewarded as we explore the coastal town of L'Ile Rousse with its charming center and beach. And if that's not enough, we'll watch the sun drop into the sea.

      Distance: 46 km (28 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel L'Escale Côté Sud

    6. Day 6: Mountain Day

      Highlights: Coastal to mountain scenery, spectacular wildflowers in season, Genoese history

      You'll head into Corsica's interior today. This is the main "mountain day" on the tour, so take your time and enjoy the extraordinary wildflowers. Climbing over the pass of Saint Colombano you'll enjoy a wonderful glide down the Navaccia River to Ponte Leccia, named for the 17th-century Genoese bridge still in use. You'll then have a steady long climb to be rewarded with a beautiful descent through chestnut forests as we head into one of Corsica's most interesting regions, the Castagniccia.

      Distance: 79km (49 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: La Refuge

    7. Day 7: Bicycle to Aléria, shuttle to Pinarello

      Highlights: Ancient capital of Roman Corsica, luxurious beachfront hotel

      The trend today is down though there are a few hills that will certainly get your attention before you reach the coast. Our destination, Aléria, was one of the principal Roman trading towns and capital of Roman Corsica by 170 B.C. From Aléria we'll shuttle just under an hour to our luxurious beachfront hotel.

      Distance: 70 km (43 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: La Pinarello Hotel

    8. Day 8: ExperiencePlus! Shuttle to Bastia

      Highlights: Tour ends in Pinarello shuttle to Bastia

      Enjoy breakfast together before you head back to Bastia for flights home.

      Meals: B

    • Highlights

      Mountain scenery, Extraordinary coastal scenery, French and Mediterranean food, Picturesque villages, Beautiful Pisan and Genoese churches, Fabulous beaches, Impressive watchtowers along the coast
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights' accommodation; 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine; shuttle back to Bastia on Day 8; 2 or 3 bilingual tour leaders; van support plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

    • Begin/End

      Bastia / Shuttle back to Bastia
    • Arrive/Depart

    • Total Distance

      297-355 km (183 - 219 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average if you ride every mile every day 59 km (36 miles)
    • Rating

      301 Moderate coastal rides and one day of optional mountainous terrain.
    • Terms

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    Sep 13-20, 2017 USD$4295 USD$550 Guaranteed to Go! Book it
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    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

  • Stories

    • Doing both Corsica and Sardinia back to back was the trip of a life time.

      Bruce T., Thornbury, Ontario
    • Corsica''s natural beauty was amazing. The riding routes were excellent. It''''s a beautiful place to experience by bicycle because you get to fully experience the glory of the island.

      Mary Ann D., Pleasanton, CA
    • Trip of a life time!

      Bruce T., Thornbury, Ontario
    • Beautiful country both interior and coast. Good routes devoid of traffic. I''ve loved my trips with ExperiencePlus! You do a great job!

      George C., Salt Lake City, UT
    • Would love to do it again and again. The leaders were incredible

      Kelly D., Ft Collins, CO
    • Loved Corsica. Jonathan and Stephane were wonderful. Already looking forward to the next trip.

      David A., Colorado Springs, CO
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea 7 out of 10 days. The bike trip was great and I look forward to doing another one.

      Jim M., Coquitlam, BC
    • The opportunities to swim was a real plus. The rides were challenging without being exhausting. The scenery was typical of travel brochures, the weather was ideal for cycling.

      Charles B., Mississauga, Ontario
    • Corsica was really magical. It has everything, lush forests, desert, beaches, mountains. I would love to go back .

      Susan A., Colorado Springs, CO
    • Keep doing the same things because it is great! All of your leaders have been exceptional.

      Ole L., Fort Worth, TX
    • The riding was superb. The group was excellent. You have great people and a great format.

      Peter M., Auckland, NZ
    • It was amazing to do Corsica and Sardinia back to back. The riding in Corsica is second to none with its wild beauty and then to do Sardinia where even the mountains seem polished. There is such a contrast in these two islands that are so close together. This trip was without a doubt at the top of our list as the most fabulous trips we have done, which now number 17 in Europe.

      Sharon M., Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • The trip was wonderful in all ways!

      Elaine M., Pittsford, NY
    • It was simply the best trip ever. I don't think it can be matched.

      Kathleen D., Tucson, AZ
    • You do a great job of service, support and fun. Thanks so much for another great trip! We love going places with you!

      Leslie M., Fort Collins, CO
    • The meals were all excellent, and the ride around Cap Corse was out of this world. I couldn't recommend this trip more. It was wonderful, a great way to see new places, make some friends, get physical activity and enjoy all the food and wine, too.

      Jane C., Lucca, Italy
    • Each guide excelled in a different area which made their team work unbeatable. Working in the tourism industry I sometimes think I look at things even more critically & yet the overall tour was superb - this was my first time using ExperiencePlus but would definitely do so again...[My favorite parts were] Cycling through the mountains (despite the climbs!) Hotels overlooking the sea - so we could leave our balcony doors open and sleep to the sound of the waves. Someone to take care of the daily stuff - meals/luggage/hotels so we could relax and simply enjoy the day... ExperiencePlus came highly recommended to me, and delivered its promises. Overall a fabulous vacation.

      Deleyse L.
      Hercules, CA
    • Many great experiences, of course. Optional day ride for a day at the beach on the east coast of Corsica was a treat. The final meal in Bonifacio was excellent, the town striking. Everything was enjoyable from my point of view.

      John G.
      Scottsdale, AZ
    • Our guides were fabulous! The arrows were the best - no bickering about which turn to make - really made the routes go smoothly.

      Gerry L.
      Belvedere, CA
    • The routes chosen had beauty. We loved buying food along the way and choosing a picnic site. It was a very nice group of people. The guides were wonderful...We are very happy with your tours. This was our fifth and if we remain healthy we plan to take five more. It's not about the bike for us. We merely use the bike for the unique experience of seeing a country from a different point of view.

      Robert B.
      Lancaster, PA
    • I hope you can always find such great people to lead your tours, as it is they (and the arrows) that keep us coming back. We are seriously entertaining the possibility of Expedition Plus for 2008...

      June W.
      Saint Paul, MN

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