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Contrasts of Corsica

Nearest of the Faraway Islands
 
This self-guided, four-centre walking holiday offers characterful, contrasting accommodation, private scenic transfers and wine visits. Experience ancient villages, azure seas and take a boat trip to one of Corsica’s most beautiful beaches.
 
Contrasts of Corsica. 7 nights
Contrasts of Corsica. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on Corsica

Known to the French as the nearest of the faraway islands, Corsica is both on the doorstep yet off the beaten track. A visual feast of powder-sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters; scented forests of chestnut, oak and olive backed by snow-capped peaks; and ancient villages tucked into the folds of green valleys… the allure of the 'mountain in the sea' is timeless.
Taking you on a journey across the island from east to west, your holiday, and the places at which you stay, are as contrasting as the island itself. Starting on Cap Corse, you gain your first insight into Corsican life as you explore the picturesque villages of slate houses in the north-east of the island. A transfer through the vineyards of the Patrimonio region, sampling wines en route, then brings you to the coastal town of Saint-Florent, where the boat trip to idyllic Plage Lotu, lapped by turquoise seas, is a real highlight. Moving inland to your next base in the mountains provides a startling contrast, and the chance to discover the unspoiled splendour of the island’s interior – where time stands still and nature holds sway – as you walk along old muleteers’ trails to Genoese bridges. Last, but by no means least, is the buzzing town of Calvi on the west coast. More panoramic paths beckon you to explore on foot, though the beach and citadel are every bit as appealing…
 
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Itinerary

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  • Arrival in Sisco
    Night 1: at La Ferme U San Martinu or Osteria A Stalla Sischese (where you stay one night).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from Sisco: 9km, 3.5hrs (then transfer to Saint-Florent)
    Follow a winding trail through the region's ancient hamlets, passing old flour mills, chapels and family tombs along the way. Built from traditional schist slate and nestling cheek-by-jowl with their neighbours, the centuries-old houses are still occupied today and offer a glimpse of Corsican rural life. As you walk, views occasionally open up across the Tyrrhenian Sea to the islands of Elba and Capraia.
    Once back in Sisco, a private transfer (1hr) takes you south along the coast to Bastia and then winds dramatically up to the poignant and historic Col de Teghime pass where views open up to the Tyrrhenian Sea in the east, and to the Agriates Desert and the Mediterranean in the west. Passing through the island's wine-growing region of Patrimonio, you stop to sample some of Corsica's distinctive wines before continuing to Saint-Florent with its pretty marina. Here, you spend two nights at the Hotel la Roya.
    Circular walk from Sisco: 9km
    Village route outside Sisco
  • Linear walk from Plage Lotu to Saint-Florent, starting by boat: 12km, 4hrs
    Your day begins with a boat trip (30mins) from Saint-Florent to remote Plage Lotu – considered one of Corsica’s three most beautiful beaches – on the edge of the Agriates Desert. Wading barefoot across shallow estuaries, you follow the coastal path back to your hotel, taking in coves of powder-sand lapped by translucent azure waters and an ancient Genoese Mortella Tower.
    Linear walk from Plage Lotu to Saint-Florent, starting by boat: 12km
    Coastal walk at St Florent
  • Transfer to Olmi-Cappella then circular walk: 10.5km, 4hrs
    You leave the coast in the morning and are transferred inland to Giussani (1.5hrs). This broad valley, densely wooded with chestnut, oak and pine and enclosed by towering mountains, is one of the most isolated and beautiful regions of Corsica. You are dropped off at the Guesthouse U Tribbiu in Olmi-Cappella, your base for two nights, in time to follow a beautiful, dappled trail through oak and chestnut forest, to reach the spectacular Col di Battaglia, a natural balcony over L'Ile-Rousse and the fertile Balagne basin, backed by imposing, granite mountains.
    Transfer to Olmi-Cappella then circular walk: 10.5km
    Views towards the coastline
  • Circular walk from Olmi-Cappella: 8km, 3.5hrs
    You descend through a beautiful landscape of schist crags embroidered with pine, oak and chestnut forests. With views across dusky terracotta villages clinging to the sides of the valley, you traverse a path used for centuries by shepherds, to two beautiful Genoese bridges and the crystal waters of the River Tartagine. Following the course of the river along the valley floor, your return route ascends along forest paths to emerge at a natural viewpoint across the valley.
    Circular walk from Olmi-Cappella: 8km
    Genoese bridge route on the route around Olmi-Capella
  • Transfer to Calvi then circular walk: 6km, 2hrs
    Another contrast awaits today as you trade mountain tranquillity for buzzing street life. Your transfer (1.25hrs) offers fine views of villages whose houses are washed in hues of terracotta and pink, and which cluster around the inevitable bell tower of a baroque church in the folds of the hillsides. If you wish, you can stop en route again for wine tasting, this time at the award-winning Clos Culombu vineyard in Montegrosso, before arrival in cosmopolitan and vibrant Calvi, where the culture shock could hardly be more marked. Checking into the Hotel Revellata for the next two nights, you have the afternoon to spend as you like. However, we recommend our walk along a cobbled path lined with olive groves to reach the splendid Notre Dame de la Serra abbey which stands on a hilltop with commanding views over Balagne and Calvi, all the way to Cap Corse where your holiday began. In the evening, stroll around the colourful marina with its luxury yachts and waterfront eateries, or amble along the wonderful Rue Clemenceau with its proliferation of shops and restaurants.

     
    Transfer to Calvi then circular walk: 6km
    The Abbey of Notre Dame de la Serra on the route around Calvi
  • Out-and-back walk from Calvi: 11km, 3hrs (5.5km each way)
    We suggest you spend your morning on a final walk and your afternoon exploring the many delights of Calvi. Stepping out from your hotel door, you join the coastal path which follows the contours of the coast as it rounds the gulf and climbs up the 'finger' of the Revellata Peninsula to the lighthouse at its tip. The path is through the famously scented maquis which includes wild thyme, curry plant, cistus and fennel, among others. Panoramic views over the gulf and the citadel of Calvi accompany you on your return walk. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a beach restaurant on the trail, or continue into Calvi to spend your last afternoon lazing on the beach, exploring the town and its imposing citadel, or simply relaxing by the hotel pool.

     
    Out-and-back walk from Calvi: 11km
    Revellata Peninsula route towards the lighthouse
 

Accommodation

A charming chambres d'hôte set on a farm; a chic, Michelin-starred hotel on a golden beach; an ancestral home filled with antiquities and family memorabilia in a remote mountain hamlet; and a contemporary, seafront hotel in a bustling port town, offer four markedly contrasting experiences.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 11 May - 15 July 2019 & 18 August - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    11 - 23 May £1495 £695
    24 May - 30 June £1595 £795
    1 - 8 July £1675 £895
    18 - 31 August £1675 £895
    1 - 30 September £1595 £795
    1 - 24 October £1495 £695
    3rd & 4th person discount -£140
    Single traveller supplement £485

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: taxi from Bastia airport to first hotel & back to Calvi airport at end. 

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel la Roya, Saint-Florent
    Superior with sea or village view & balcony: 11 May - 15 Jul 2019 £85
    Superior with sea or village view & balcony: 18 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £85
    Hotel Revellata, Calvi
    Larger: 11 May - 15 Jul 2019 £18
    Larger: 18 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £18

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Revellata, Calvi (B&B) Double room Single room
    11 May - 30 Jun 2019 £92 £172
    01 Jul - 15 Jul 2019 £130 £248
    18 Aug - 31 Aug 2019 £130 £248
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £92 £172
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Bastia (return from Calvi)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Bastia Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Bastia easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Bastia British Airways 
    Heathrow - Bastia (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Bastia (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Bastia Air Corsica 
    Stansted - Calvi Air Corsica 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Bastia easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Bastia Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Bastia

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Bastia airport to first hotel (0h50) included 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi last hotel to Bastia airport (2h) £85 1000

    Connecting travel options - flying via Calvi

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Calvi airport to first hotel (3h) £85 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi last hotel to Calvi airport (0h15 to 0h30) included flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • taxi from Bastia airport and back to Calvi airport
  • boat trip
  • wine tasting visits
  • transfer days 1, 3 & 5
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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