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So much to discover

  • Wander the chic coastal towns of Calvi, L’Île-Rousse and Saint-Florent
  • Enjoy a train journey through some of Corsica’s most dramatic scenery
  • See the formidable citadel of Corte
  • Visit the Corsica Museum
  • Take a boat ride to marvel at Scandola Nature Reserve’s pristine coastline
  • Visit Bastia and note the strong Italian influences in this lively city
  • Enjoy a tasting of Patrimonio’s famous wines 
  • Savour an authentic Corsican meal at a rustic local restaurant

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Overview

For thousands of years, visitors have arrived in Corsica only to be dazzled by its beauty: the ancient Greeks declared it ‘Kalliste’, the most beautiful, while an inspired Henri Matisse declared that ‘everything is colour, everything is light’. The ‘Isle of Beauty' is a miniature continent where the further inland you go, the captivating scenes transition from sparkling turquoise bays and pastel-hued coastal cities to an undulating landscape marked by jaw-dropping sawtooth mountains and green hills capped by ancient villages forgotten by time. Perhaps most distinctive is the ubiquitous myrtle-scented maquis, a tangle of aromatic shrubs and low trees that Napoleon – Corsica’s most famous son – swore he could smell from the sea.

Corsica has passed from the Romans to the Pisans and in 1284, the Genoese, who established an impressive network of coastal citadels and watchtowers to deter seaborne invasions. The Corsicans enjoyed 15 years of independence in 1755 under local hero Pasquale Paoli, with Genoese control kept to a few coastal towns. In retaliation, the Genoese ‘sold’ Corsica to the French in 1769 for 40 million francs and the island has since remained part of France, except for a brief period of English domination in the late 18th century.

Although the Italian and French influences are undeniable, Corsica very much has its own identity evident in everything from customs to cuisine. French may be the official language, but Corsu is also widely spoken, with various dialects scattered across the island. Local pride in the Corsican identity and government incentives have nurtured a revival of traditional arts and culture.

Our tour takes you from the unspoilt coast across sweet-smelling scrubland and fertile valleys to the mountainous interior. We’ll discover Corsica’s compelling history and its local heroes, time-forgotten villages, centuries-old traditions, and incredible flora and fauna. Then there are the awe-inspiring views of sweeping bays, magnificent citadels, staggering summits and marvellous red-rock formations. To soak up the splendid scenery from different perspectives, our tour includes relaxing journeys by coach, train and boat.

As you might expect, Corsican cuisine is steeped in tradition and draws on French and Italian influences, but it’s still flavoured with its own distinct character. The island’s diverse landscapes are key to understanding the variety of local produce: fertile vineyards yield excellent grape varieties, chestnut forests offer up a versatile ingredient and fodder for wild boars, healthy livestock in green pastures provide milk for an array of cheeses and meat for charcuteries, and the surrounding seas produce a bounty of fresh fish, from red mullet and sardines to oysters and langoustines. If it’s authenticity, natural beauty and a quieter pace of life you’re after, our itinerary offers all this and more.



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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN CALVI

Calvi city, Corsica,

Arrive at the airport for your flight to France. Upon arrival we transfer by coach to the coastal town of Calvi, where we stay for seven nights, with breakfast, at the three-star superior Hotel Revellata or the three-star superior Hotel Méditerranée.

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3* Superior Revellata Hotel - Calvi

Hotel Mediterranee - Calvi

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3* Superior Méditerranée Hotel - Calvi

DAY 2 - CALVI & L’ÎLE-ROUSSE

Pietra Lighthouse, L'Ile-Rousse

Morning

Join your tour manager this morning on an orientation walk for an introduction to Calvi, capital of the La Balagne region and the Mediterranean’s answer to Mont St. Michel. This lively port town enjoys a picturesque position in a crescent-shaped bay, with lovely views of the coast and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Calvi’s star feature is undoubtedly the massive, remarkably preserved citadel and its watchtower – your first encounter of many on Corsica – crowning the rocky promontory overlooking the town. It’s the perfect place to begin a leisurely stroll along the palm-lined promenade, which is filled with restaurants, cafés and bars. 

Watch the gleaming yachts over a cup of coffee, or head to the town centre to browse the many charming shops. If you’re feeling energetic, you may wish to climb the steep steps up to the citadel for a wander along its cobbled alleyways. Locals claim Calvi to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and the remains of his house can still be seen in the citadel, commemorated by a plaque.

Afternoon

This afternoon we take a scenic 40-minute train ride on the Tramway de La Balagne to L’Île-Rousse, an attractive coastal town named after the neighbouring islet of L’Île de la Pietra that blushes russet in the sunset. During the train ride, look out for views of the beautiful coast, pastel-coloured villas and the sparkling sea. You have free time to explore as you please. Founded in 1758 by Pasquale Paoli, the leader of the resistance against the Genoese, L’Île-Rousse was intended to be a port independent of the Genoese.

Join the locals at one of the many cosy cafés by the main square, where a bust of Pasquale Paoli stands, or visit the Greek-style covered market brimming with fresh colourful produce, from fruit and jams to cheeses and cured meats. Take the little train to L’Île de la Pietra, which dominates the view of the coastline and is crowned by a 19th-century lighthouse and the remains of a Genoese tower – the views from here are breathtaking. 

DAY 3 - SCANDOLA NATURE RESERVE

DAY 4 - BASTIA, SAINT-FLORENT & WINE-TASTING

DAY 5 - FREE DAY IN CALVI

DAY 6 - CORTE

DAY 7 - VILLAGES OF LA BALAGNE & TRADITIONAL CORSICAN MEAL

DAY 8 - RETURN FLIGHT

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Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us.

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Aéroport de Bastia Poretta Corsica 2 hrs

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