An island can make for a pleasingly busy week of exploration, and Corsica is no exception. Join a small group of fellow travellers to experience its highlights, including enchanting Cap Corse, where villages cling to steep hillsides above sparkling bays. We’ll criss-cross the island’s varied natural landscapes, from the dramatic Rocca Mountains to historic Ajaccio bay, where Napoleon was born. And we’ll take the time to enjoy the stunning ‘Mother of Pearl’ coast, where miles of sandy beaches fringe the Mediterranean.
7 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Bastia. On arrival, we transfer to Bastia for an orientation tour including mini-train and there will be time for you to explore and take lunch at leisure, before we continue to Cap Corse and our hotel, the U Ricordu (3T+). Dinner this evening will be in the hotel’s restaurant.
Cap Corse - Calvi
Today we explore beautiful Cap Corse, an enchanting peninsula with glorious golden beaches, beautiful old terraces, and charming little bays. Many small villages await discovery including Nonza, a group of stone-roofed houses residing impressively on a steep rock formation; and Pino, an unforgettable village located on a lush green hill where the houses appear as though they are a balcony over the sea. We embark on a scenic journey stopping at Patrimonio for a delicious tasting of Corsican wines before our arrival into St Florent, a busy little fishing port with café terraces and a yachting marina. This afternoon we travel on to Calvi and the Hotel Mariana (3T). Dinner this evening will be in a local restaurant.
Porto - Ajaccio
Enjoy an effortlessly-scenic journey through the Marsulinu Pass, the Fango Valley and La Croix Pass. We arrive in the UNESCO-listed Gulf of Porto, with its red-granite cliffs overlooking an intense deep blue sea and travel by coach to see the Calanques de Piana, or you can choose an optional cruise from Porto to view these stunning orange and red granite formations from the water. This afternoon we continue our captivating journey to the mesmerising Gorges of Spelunca, before visiting the charming village of Evisa surrounded by the mystic Aitone Forest and chestnut woods. We then continue to Ajaccio, where we check in to Hotel Campo dell'Oro (3T+), where we stay and enjoy dinner for two nights.
Today we enjoy an insightful guided tour of the town of Ajaccio, the birthplace and home of Napoleon Bonaparte. Lose yourself in the tangled cobbled streets of this bustling town and its pastel-toned architecture. Continue to the inland areas of Bastelica and Bastelicaccia where the fauna and flora of this Mediterranean climate give colour and life to the beautiful scenery. An evening of guitar music and Corsican songs accompanies our dinner this evening.
Sartene - Porto-Vecchio
Enjoy a splendid journey through some of the charming Corsican villages on the way to Sartene. Scenically perched like an amphitheatre above the valley, Sartene was described by 19th century French writer, Prosper Merimee, as “the most Corsican of the Corsican towns”. We traverse many stunning regions including Alta Rocca, and pass the village of Zonza, in between green landscapes and charming shores, before crossing the Bavella Pass. Here we are treated to sights of the dramatic Rocca Mountains gracing the skyline with majestic rocky needles. This afternoon travel through the Larone Pass and Solenzara before checking in to the Hotel Shegara (3T), in pretty, coastal Porto-Vecchio, where we stay for two nights.
This morning we depart for wonderful Bonifacio, a fishing village on the southern tip of Corsica only a short distance from Sardinia. This beautiful, historic town is situated atop dominating limestone cliffs and we embark on a boat trip to explore majestic marine caves and to view the imposing cliffs from below. Once back ashore, after free time for lunch, a mini-train will take us on a tour of the historic city and medieval citadel. We are treated to more breathtaking views before the scenic return journey to our hotel. Dinner this evening is in a local restaurant.
Corte - Bastia
Travel along the ‘Mother of Pearl Coast’ on the Tyrrhenian Sea for some of the most breathtaking scenery of Corsica, where long beaches of fine sand and crystalline waters will occupy our view. Travel from Solenzara to Aléria, passing beautiful pine woods and on to Corte - a charming town situated at the confluence of a number of rivers - for a tour of the citadel by mini-train. We continue to Bastia to check in to the delightful Hotel des Gouverneurs (4T).
Day 8 Bastia - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.