Cycling Corsica Plus! Beaches and Bonifacio

Cycling Corsica Plus! Beaches and Bonifacio

From the sea, Corsica appears as a large piece of Alpine Europe floating on a cobalt blue sea. 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 the island's official language, French, 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.

If this sounds like a great ride but you'd prefer an 8-day tour check out Cycling Corsica

OR

Italy's Sardinia island is a short ferry ride away so do both tours and save $400.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
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May 12-22, 2021
USD$5595
USD$650
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Sep 15-25, 2021
USD$5595
USD$650
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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.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Total Distance / 436-524 km (269-323 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 58 km (36 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 4.0 Classic
  • Countries / France
  • Begin/End / Bastia/Bonifacio
  • Price / From USD$5595
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Mountain scenery, Extraordinary coastal scenery, French and Mediterranean food, Picturesque villages, Beautiful Pisan and Genoese churches, Fabulous beaches, Impressive watchtowers along the coast, Wine Tasting.
  • Includes
    11 days, 10 nights' accommodation; meals as noted in itinerary; wine tasting; guided tour of Bonifacio; and the usual (see below)

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Bastia / Figari Sud-Corse
  • Overall Tour Level
    4.0 difficulty level 4.0
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    39km / 737m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    3
    74km / 1623m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 4.5
    4
    51km / 1331m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    5
    47km / 919m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 3.0
    6
    78km / 1800m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 5.0
    7
    71km / 1361m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    8
    90km / 1891m
    Mountainous
    difficulty level 5.0
    Today's ride is an optional loop ride
    9
    63km / 758m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    10
    29km / 387m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 1.5
    11
    Last day

Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary
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DAY 1: Arrive Bastia, Corsica

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

Bright blue and white fishing boats and sidewalk cafés 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 ride to a viewpoint above the city, and then reconvene this evening for a traditional French gourmet dinner together.

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 cycling through the tiny port of Santa Severa. Stop for lunch and perhaps a swim in Macinaggio before heading inland to our hotel.

  • Distance: 39km (24mi)
  • Gain: 737m (2417ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Bicycle to Saint-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 Saint-Florent.

  • Distance: 74km (46mi)
  • Gain: 1623m (5323ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Rest day in Saint-Florent

Highlights: 11th-century Pisan cathedrals, enchanting bay of Saint-Florent with nearby beaches

A stop 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: 51km (32mi)
  • Gain: 1331m (4366ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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 Agriates 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 sunset into the sea.

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 spectacular scenery. Climbing over the pass of Saint Colombano you'll enjoy a wonderful cruise down the Navaccia river valley 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.

  • Distance: 78km (49mi)
  • Gain: 1800m (5904ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 5.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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, and home for the next two nights.

  • Distance: 71km (44mi)
  • Gain: 1361m (4464ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Rest day or stunning ride

Highlights: Visit Pinarello's charming little port, relax at the beach, or take a challenging ride into the hills

Our hotel is on the beach, and you may very well want to spend the day soaking in the sun there. Go for a swim in the clear blue waters of the bay, unwind by the hotel's swimming pool, or sign up for some pampering at the hotel's wellness center. Pinarello beach is one of the many beautiful beaches to the north of Porto-Vecchio. The sea is azure blue, and the 1.2 km long, narrow sweeping beach has soft white sand, is backed by dramatic mountains and overlooked by a Genoese watchtower. Pinarello has a pretty little port and plenty of opportunities for refreshments and water sports. For those of you who want more cycling, we'll offer an incredible roller-coaster ride on the famous Route de Bavella.

  • Distance: 90km (56mi)
  • Gain: 1891m (6202ft)
  • Terrain: Mountainous
  • Day Level: difficulty level 5.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 9: Bicycle to Bonifacio

Highlights: Visit Porto Vecchio and the Seaside fortress of Bonifacio

This morning we'll ride through Porto Vecchio a well-known seaside resort, bounded on the west by the relief of Ospedale and to the east by the Tyrrhenian Sea. We will then continue onto Bonifacio at the southern tip of Corsica. This magnificent village perched on limestone cliffs was the prize possession of both the Pisans and Genoese who fought over it for over 150 years.

  • Distance: 63km (39mi)
  • Gain: 758m (2486ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Explore Bonifacio

Highlights: Morning ride along the coast to the lighthouse, guided tour of Bonifacio

This morning we'll have a leisurely ride out to a lighthouse and some beautiful alcoves. We'll regroup in the afternoon with a local guide to reveal Bonifacio’s intriguing history. Tonight we'll celebrate our final dinner together.

  • Distance: 29km (18mi)
  • Gain: 387m (1269ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: Tour ends in Bonifacio, Corsica

Highlights: Bon Voyage!

Our tour ends this morning after breakfast. Sardinia is just a few miles across the Strait of Bonifacio, so maybe you plan to explore more of the Mediterranean. Whatever your plans, bon voyage!

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Arrive Bastia, Corsica

Meeting time 2 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on the itinerary.

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Bastia Poretta Airport (BIA).

Although there are no direct international flights to the island of Corsica, London, Paris, Marseille and Nice all serve this airport regularly.

Getting to the Day 1 Hotel

  • Taxi from the airport to the Day 1 hotel (30 min/EUR 45-60)

Or public transportation

  1. Shuttle Bus from the airport to central station (45 min/EUR 10)
  2. Walk from central station to taxi stand or Tourist Information where you will find a taxi stand or the Tourist Information will arrange one for you (2 mins)
  3. Taxi from central station to hotel (10 min/EUR 10-12)

If you are planning to arrive by Ferry from France or Italy, you will find information on arriving from Marseille, Nice and Toulon in English at Corsica-ferries.co.uk (travel time 3.5 to 10 hours). For Ferries from Italy (Genoa, Livorno and Piombino), you can find information at Mobylines.com (travel time 4-10 hours).

Day 11: Departure Information

Tour ends in Bonifacio, Corsica

Your trip ends on the final day after breakfast.

We recommend departing from the Figari Sud-Corse Airport (FSC). The Bastia airport is a 2.5-3 hour drive away.

  • Taxi from the ending hotel to the Figari airport (20 min/EUR 40)

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Classic Tour Style

Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic page.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • The routes in the Corsica trip made for the best riding I've ever experienced; great surfaces, little traffic, and spectacular views every day

    Anne K., Portsmouth, RI - Sept 2019
  • We had a lovely, lovely experience. We loved the guides, the route and even the weather was great. We loved this tour!

    Kathy K., Seattle, WA - May 2018
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Challenging bike tour in alp-like setting with spectacular ocean views. Thank you!

    Cathy M., Portland, OR - May 2018
  • Beautiful, fun, great way to travel and visit. We love you guys - looking forward to our next trip!

    Jonathan L., Portland, OR - May 2018
  • A must do trip to experience the beauty of Corsica. Highly recommend doing it back to back with Sardinia.

    Dennis D., Calgary, Alberta - September 2016
  • A great way to experience Corsica.

    Nadine K., Edmonton, Alberta - September 2017
  • Amazing experience sad it is over.

    Kym and Peter H., East Grosford, Australia
  • Fantastic trip, thanks.

    Dean H., Berwick, Australia
  • A well run company with an excellent staff, good equipment, good accommodations and an arrow marking system that all but eliminates navigational issues.

    James W., Sonora, CA
  • I love the hotel at Pinarello. The route to the mountains, the ride to St Florent and the fun dinners with other riders.

    Dede M., Sonora, CA
  • We wanted to ride the hills and enjoy the beaches and scenery near the water. We got it all! We had a great time on this trip. Thanks so much!

    Judy W., Sonora, CA
  • 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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