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Join us on our Walking Tour of Corsica, a magical island of wild, untouched and sensational natural beauty. Its high peaks, rugged coastline, crystalline waters, endless forests and unspoiled landscape are rare jewels. Blend that in with its unique culture and charming coastal towns and you have the recipe for a perfect Caspin Walking Tour.
DURATION: 11 days
PICK UP & DROP OFF: Ajaccio Airport
The island of Corsica is located in the northernmost waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea with the Côte d’Azur and the Tuscan Archipelago only a stone’s throw away.
The island boasts a wide variety of scenery including 1,000 km of coastal landscapes, stunning shorelines, breath-taking mountains, refreshing forests and high-altitude lakes.
A central range of steep mountains starting in Calvi in the North and ending in Porto Vecchio in the South divides the island into two distinct regions. The South and the West are substantially more mountainous and volcanic. Its coastline is rugged and defined by steep and jagged granite cliffs and coves – the occasional sandy beach is often only accessible by boat. The North and the East by comparison have more gentle mountains and the coastline has long stretches of sandy beaches spanning from Bastia to Porto Vecchio.
Bonifacio & St Florent stand out with their limestone escarpment where the rock is clear and light, a stark contrast to the deep red volcanic cliffs of Scandola National Park and the western coast of Corsica.
Corsica is the tallest and greenest island in the Mediterranean with 20 peaks over 2,000m high and water omnipresent. Its mountains are thickly forested and the highlands form vast natural prairies with an abundance of freshwater sources, streams and rivers. Water cascades down the mountain directly down to the sea, hollowing out the gorges and valleys in its wake.
Why not extend your trip and take the opportunity to explore another destination like Italy or Spain for example? Have a look to our Tour Calendar. We would be delighted to offer you a discount on your second tour in the same year! Do not hesitate to write us an email. We would be happy to hear from you and help you plan your next adventure!
We meet at 13:00 in Ajaccio airport and drive into the ancient Genovese city.
Our journey begins in the footsteps of Napoleon, exploring Ajaccio and his birthplace in the old Genovese district. We then head down Rue Cardinal Fesch to the imposing palace named after the Cardinal, Napoleon’s uncle. Today a museum, Palais Fesch is second only to the Louvre for quality and quantity of masterpieces it house. Inside its halls we will discover works of art by the likes of Botticelli, Tiziano and Veronese.
Tonights welcome dinner will be in a local restaurant of undeniable Corsican tint. It’s a surprise!
We leave Ajaccio and head for a splendid drive along the west coast of Ajaccio toward the Gulf of Porto. The drives around Corsica will be one of the most memorable parts of the journey for the jaw dropping beauty of the landscapes we will encounter.
After a coffe stop in Piana, we head to Capo Rosso for a walk out to the end of this peninsula and up to the Genovese tower 300m above sea level, from where we will enjoy a 360 degree view of the Calanches de Piana and its unique pink granite rock formations.
Today we will picnic with a view!
In the afternoon we head to the town of Porto, where we can relax, stroll around this small seaside village and enjoy one of the best sunsets in Corsica!
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Hike: 10km / + 500m Elev
We head out in the morning to the marina of Porto, from where we hop on a boat and set off to explore the Scandola Natural Reserve.
This Natural Reserve is one of the most carefully protected areas in Corsica due to its rich flora and fauna home to a broad range of birds, fish, algae and many other species. The most spectacular site however is the peninsula’s unique volcanic geology which presents the jagged red cliffs which are such a marvel to look at. Our boat will take us all along the cost line and right up into some of the caves for the best possible views.
The captain will drop us off in the small fishing village of Girolata, located right in the center of the reserve and which is only accessible by boat or on foot.
We will have lunch overlooking the bay, while enjoying a delicious fish feast!
After lunch we will head back along the Postman’s Path for more views of this unique coastline.
We will meet again for dinner in one of Porto’s restaurant.
Hike: 12km / +350m Elev
Today we leave Piana and head inland to Corte.
Our day begins with a walk through the Spelunca Gorge, one of the most dramatic on the whole island. We will be mostly under the shade of an oak and chestnut forest. The highlight of the walk will be the 89 switchbacks we must climb to get to our picnic. But don’t let this put you off, we have wine waiting for you at lunch!
In the afternoon we will drive to Corte, the heart and soul of Corsica, once its capital. Tonights hotel is located just outside of down on the banks of the Restonica river.
Hike: 11km / + 600m Elev
In the morning head inland towards Vizzavona Forest. Here we walk along a spectacular river and wind up at what are know as the English Waterfalls. A delicious picnic lunch will be waiting for us in the woods just below the ancient ruin of the Vizzavona Fortress.
In the afternoon we take some time to explore Corte, the city where the Independent Republic of Corsica was established in 1769. Here we discover all about Pasquale Paoli and the fight for Corsican Independence.
Tonight you will be free to dine on your own in the city center. Of course we can give you a few tips on where to go!
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Hike: 13km / +500m
Today we leave Corte and head north to explore the area south of Bastia. Here, hidden amongst countless valleys and spurs of La Balagne’s and Nebbio’s interior, we will discover small hamlets dating back to the Pisan era, Romanesque chapels, olive groves and lush vineyards. The area between St-Florent and Patrimonio is one of Corsica’s top wine producing regions.
After spending the morning exploring this region, tasting artisan made products and local wines we shall head to the Desert des Agriates to walk off our lunch along one of Corsica’s most spectacular and longest stretches of beach.
Today we head to the Northern most part of Corsica, the Cap Corse. This enchanting peninsula stretched north of Bastia and is dotted with small fishing villages like Erbalunga, Centuri and Nonza.
Our walk takes us right around the tip of the peninsula, along the coastal Sentier de Douaniers, and brings us to the tiny village of Barcaggio. On our return we head down the western coastline of the Cap Corse, stopping for a gelato or a coffe in one of the small fishing villages.
In the evening we take some time to wonder the streets of Bastia before heading for dinner. Bastia is the second largest city of Corsica, it has retained its medieval charm, small streets, an incredible citadel and a charming marina, all heritage left behind by its Genoese settlers.
We leave Bastia and head down the eastern coastline of Corsica to Aleria, to explore the archeological site of the oldest city in Corsica first founded by the Phoenicians and later resettled by the Romans.
We then continue down the coastline to Porto Vecchio where we embark on our boat and set of on a trip down the southern coastline of Corsica. As we approach Bonifacio we will enjoy splendid views of the white cliffs and a majestic approach into the Marina of Bonifacio which the citadel above us.
Tonights dinner will be down in the Marina.
We start our day by exploring the ancient citadel of Bonifacio fortified by the Genovese in the 13th century. We walk down its small alleys, visit the 12th century cathedral of Ste-Marie-Majeure and look down the impressive Aragonese stairway. From the citadel we head out and along the white cliffs of Bonifacio, with imposing views all along. We arrive at a lighthouse with a hidden beach down bellow, where we can enjoy our lunch and a swim in the crystal clear waters!
In the afternoon you will have some free time to explore Bonifacio, shop or have an aperitif on the chic marina.
Tonight you will be free to enjoy dinner on your own.
We leave Bonifacio and head to the forest of Cucuruzzu. We will stroll among prehistoric menhirs, statues, caves and forts in their original setting, a perfectly preserved example of how these populations used to live. Walking through this forest is a magic experience, it is something which you can\’t quite describe in words, but you go away with a special kind of feeling.
After lunch we head to Sartène, a town which proudly boasts the title of ”the most Corsican of Corsican towns”. It is a charming place to explore and gives us a glimpse into Corsican life.
In the afternoon we head back to Ajaccio where we will enjoy our final dinner.
Scheduled drop off at Ajaccio airport at 9.00am (or later as long as this accommodates everyone in the group). If you wish, we can help you to extend your stay or make other independent departure arrangements such as early taxis to the airport.
Discover a new destination where history and Nature come together in breathtaking landscape
Be ready to taste incredible fresh and local food
Get lost in the beauty of Corsica unspoiled Nature
Learn more about the life of Napoleon, hero of the island
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When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms. We look for hotels or bed and breakfasts which are committed to ensuring their guests are well looked after and pay attention to detail, for example offering locally sourced breakfast produce, or a special selection of toiletries, or tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Wherever possible your hotel* will be perfectly positioned for exploring and will have a historical charm or maybe a new and innovative design. We choose the best possible places to stay ensuring that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm. We are on a mission to find the ingredients you need to wake up feeling rested and looking forward to each day of your Caspin Journeys tour!
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We believe that where you sleep is an important part of your overall travel experience. So we put a lot of effort into carefully choosing the hotels for each tour.
We always look for attractive, clean and quiet rooms with private bathrooms. But, our priority is also to find the best possible accommodations to make sure that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm.
The result is a fabulous selection of delightful hotels, medieval palaces, family-run hotels, country residences, manor houses, historic inns, luxurious alpine hotels – sometimes with a spa, sauna or swimming pool facilities – and all with character, good food and a friendly atmosphere.
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Getting out and about on foot is a wonderful way to slow down the pace, relax and get some healthy exercise.
When we walk we see so much more – grapevines, wildflowers, ancient oaks, wheat fields, avenues of cypresses and pine, time resistant hills and valleys.
As we stroll through historic towns we learn about the culture of the people; as we stand in the splendour of the countryside, beneath the soaring columns of ancient temples, abbey walls and turrets of medieval castles we marvel at man’s ability to conceive of and construct such monuments.
Food is an all important part of each and every one of our journeys. We are foodies, we love to savour the authentic flavours of each destination we visit. And let’s not forget the wine “the drink of the gods” which will accompany every meal, even picnics!
Picture yourself eating Buffalo mozzarella from a farm in Amalfi, tasting a Sicilian cannolo with fresh ricotta cheese, home-made pasta, organic vegetables, fresh fish and so on.
Or why not consider a Gourmet Cooking Holiday in Tuscany, where you will learn directly from the locals?
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On our small group tours we use a combination of gourmet restaurants, local trattorias, traditional pubs, tapas bars and farmhouse meals, to give you the best overall experience!
Each adventure combines fantastic hikes and authentic cultural experiences which make for a phenomenal and enriching travel experience. – admire Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi – walk in the Castle gardens of Henry VIII – stand at the tomb of St James in Compostela – gaze at and touch the columns of a Greek temple – visit the birthplace of Napoleon Buonaparte – see how a Duke lives at Blenheim Palace – tread the streets of Pompeii – admire mosaics in a Norman cathedral – understand more about the Roman Empire Travel in the richest artistic heritage in the world, many of which are part of UNESCO. What are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on an unforgettable trip.
Our travel style attracts a similar type of people, outgoing, interesting, adventurous, cultured and curious.
You’ll enjoy the company of your fellow travelers on our small group tours. Italy’s food and wine, England’s local pubs, and Spain’s meditative and spiritual pilgrim route are best experienced amidst the camaraderie of the group.
Guests who join our small group tours become our friends. They return again and again to share new adventures as we explore these unforgettable destinations with like-minded travellers and build ever-lasting memories together.