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Mountains & Villages of Corsica

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Explore island landscapes in Corsica

  • Reviews 10 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Mountains & Villages of Corsica.

Caught between France and Italy, yet with its own cuisine, culture and language, Corsica is a land of dramatic beauty. With the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean just 40km from the island’s pink granite peaks, Corsica offers a range of different terrain in a small and diverse island full of surprises. Based in the village of Bocognano, the quaint mountain railway gives easy access to some of the island’s best walking routes, covering mountain passes, rockpools and pine forests from the central highlands to the sea.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
* 7 nights in a family-run hotel with ensuite facilities (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout. Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Diverse landscapes and impressive mountain scenery
  • Free day to explore the old capital Corte, or to relax on the beach at Ajaccio
  • Beautifully located family-run hotel
  • 7 nights in a family-run hotel with en suite facilities
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader
  • Well-marked trails, often rocky and uneven
  • Altitude maximum 1650m, average 800m
  1. Day 1 Start Bocognano.

    Start at Hotel Beauséjour in Bocognano. In the afternoon we take an orientation walk of Bocognano, exploring this picturesque village as well as some of the surrounding forest.

  2. Day 2 Train to the village of Ucciani; woodland walk to ancient menhir (standing stone) and walk back to Bocognano.

    We start the week taking the local train to Ucciani, a village to the west of Bocognano, where we will commence our walk through fields to the ancient menhir (megalithic monument also known as a standing stone). We will continue on to the ruins of the medieval fort overlooking the Gravona valley. From here, return via Tavera and walk back to Bocognano past woodland streams and cascades. Distance approx. 12.5 km; ascent approx. 620m, descent approx. 320m.

  3. Day 3  Train journey to Vivario; walk to Tattone and onto the Vecchio River where it may be possible to swim. Ascend to Vizzavona and train to Bocognano. 

    After taking the train to Vivario, we begin our walk across a ridge with fine views of Monte d’Oro to the west and the Tavignano valleyto the east. We then descend through a forest to Camping Savaggio, and on to the village of Tattone. From there, a short steep descent takes us to the Vecchio River where it may be possible to swim in one of the many beautiful rock pools. Our walk then takes us along a rocky path up the river valley to Abri Southwell – site of one of the earliest known settlements in Corsica. We cross the river and make the short ascent through the forest to Vizzavona, returning by train to Bocognano. Distance approx. 12km; ascent approx. 650m, descent approx. 310m.

  4. Day 4 Train ride to Poggio; walk through woodland to the historic city of Corte.

    Today we begin with a train journey to Poggio (approx.. 55minutes). Our walk will take approx 6 hours, past streams and chestnut woods with beautiful views of the Restonica Valley and the Tavignano Gorge en route to the charming city of Corte, which we will have time to explore before returning to Bocognano. Distance approx. 12Km; ascent approx. 650m, descent 770m.

  5. Day 5 Free day for an optional trip by train to Ajaccio and its beaches, or to relax in Bocognano.

    There are various options for your free day; you can relax around the hotel, travel further across the island or, if you wish, visit the coast. Ajaccio has beaches, shops and restaurants; you can visit the Musee Fesch (with its outstanding collection of Italian paintings), follow in the footsteps of Napoleon around the city or take a bus ride along the coast. The mountain town of Corte, the nationalist centre of the island, offers the spectacular sight of the citadel and an excellent collection in the museum highlighting Corsican culture. The town has a gorgeous ambience, filled with cobbled streets, fountains and chapels and many enticing cafés and patisseries.**

  6. Day 6 Start in Vizzavona where we enjoy a walk along the famous GR20 tracks to Bocca Palmente.

    From Bocognano a short train journey brings us to Vizzavona where we begin our walk along the famous GR20 to Bocca Palmente. This walk includes sections through pine and beech forest and spectacular views out to Monte D’Oro and the east coast. There may be the opportunity for an optional extension to the clear water of the Cascades des Anglais rockpools. Distance approx. 16km; ascent/descent approx. 780m.

  7. Day 7 Walk directly from the hotel to the Gravona River; walk along the Gorge of Richjusa and onto Bocognano.

    A walk through Bocognano village takes us east & then north along quiet country lanes to the Gravona River. On the other side, a small but well-trodden path takes us alongside the Gorge of Richjusa, below an impressive face of granite and high pasture land which affords excellent views across to Bocognano and gives us the taste of the wilder climbs of the island. You may have the opportunity to stop for a swim in the river before returning to Bocognano. Distance approx. 11km; ascent/descent approx. 600m.

  8. Day 8 End Bocognano.

    End Hotel Beauséjour in Bocognano.**

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Where you stay

Hotel Beauséjour – 2 Star

Our centre is the family-run 2-star Hotel Beauséjour in the heart of Bocognano; the Ferri-Pisani family have owned and run the hotel for three generations. It overlooks the valley of the Gravona River and across to the spectacular granite face of the Monte d’Oro range. The shady grounds give you time and space to relax, and are only a few minutes walk from the small town bakeries, post office, restaurants, bar, general store, tourist office and local train station. Meals are taken in the spacious dining room in authentic 1920’s décor. There is a communal room for general use. The single and twin rooms are in traditional provincial style and are all en suite.

Eating and Drinking

The trip includes all breakfasts, five picnic lunches and six evening meals.

Evening meals are taken in the hotel and are arranged as a ‘menu’ for the whole group. The evening meal on your free day is not included, allowing you to experience local restaurants. Typical meals are usually: Breakfast: Orange juice, croissant, fresh French bread, butter, jam, coffee/tea. Lunch: Picnic lunches will consist of a filled baguette and fruit. Evening meals: A first course of soup, or a starter (often salad or charcuterie); a main course usually with meat, sometimes fish, followed by a dessert. Corsica is famous for charcuteries and brocciu cheeses, fresh local herbs, gamey meats and fish, which usually feature in the evening meals. The evening meal does not include drinks. Vegetarians can be catered for, but please note that the options are more limited, with the evening meal normally pasta or omelette-based.

This is a mountainous area, and all of the walks involve plenty of ascent and descent; there are very few level paths. We usually walk between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long-established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and way marked. Even so, paths will be rocky and walking boots with good ankle support and tread are essential for this trip. One of the walks involves a short steep walk/scramble up a rocky section, but this is optional and generally within the capabilities of most walkers. The maximum height gain and loss is 800m. Maximum altitude 1650m, average 800m.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Corsica Hiking

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I do a lot of hiking in different countries so it is difficult to say there was an inspirational moment. However, this was my first group hiking trip with a leader and I would do it again.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good, Tom was more like a group member. He was in control in a relaxed way, explained the route and we were able to walk alone or with other group members.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Wonderful walks from the railway

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the mountain rivers to cool down.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Tom was a first time guide and he led us in a relaxed, friendly manner. He was always keen to hear our opinions about the routes we took.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a travel kettle to make tea and coffee. The lunch baguette is enormous and full of as many fillings as you could want. You can also take 2 pieces of fruit. Dinner was always plentiful and tasty. Try to speak a bit of French - it is always appreciated.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Mountains and villages of corsica

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Col de Palmente walk was rather special.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Tom Humphries is a great leader, very experienced in dealing with a group.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you book your flights through Exodus. If you don't and anything goes wrong, you need to sort it out yourself.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Invigorating walks in unspoilt hills & mountains of the beautiful island of Corsica

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to say as there were so many highlights. A sense of achievement after climbing the higher trails, being rewarded with outstanding panoramic views. Loved swimming in the mountain streams at the end to cool off!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Martin was an experienced leader with detailed knowledge of the trip & the terrain through which we walked & he was calm & patient with everyone, with lots of ideas for those taking a day off fdrom walking or heading off on a trip on the free day.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking poles really do help as some ascents & descents are steep. Large water bottles needed & swimming gear is a must if you want to go for a cooling dip after a long day of hiking!!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy Corsica - it's beautiful!

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

What a Fantastic Island, what Fantastic People

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Scrambling up the side of a mountain on a rugged path with like-minded people who quickly became friends. All this followed by a cooling dip in crystal clear pools in a mountain stream under a hot sun.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Sebastien, our group leader made it all possible with his understanding of the logistics but even more so with his passion for and knowledge of this incredible island. Sebastien was able to keep us informed and amused in an environment that created trust and ensured, above all else, safety. From history to language to culture to flora and fauna we had all the information we needed to make this an exceptional week but it was down to Sebastien to make sure that all of the elements worked together.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Corsica is great and as an Italian speaker I was able to speak to local people, me in Italian and they in Corsican. Of course they also speak French and many English but they do like people to also speak their own, vibrant language. If you like butterflies, you won't be disappointed - the two tailed pasha was a highlight. The walking is not too hard although some parts are tougher than others; a section of the GR20 allows you to see the potential of this famous route.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Sardinia and Corsica share many similarities but Corsica is more mountainous. Like other holiday destinations July and August are busier and hotter so June and September seem ideal times to visit.

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