The wildly beautiful island of Corsica possesses one of the most diverse landscapes in Europe. Miles of untouched coastline, rugged granite peaks, sun-splashed villages, and ancient, mysterious standing stones are among its many enchantments. Sardinia is an island realm with a colorful pageant of folk traditions, churches where Christianity and paganism intermingle, and cuisine and wines that reflect its strong character. Our exquisite hiking journey combines these two cultures with a great mix of coastal and mountain hikes, evocative prehistoric sites, wine and cheese tastings, and a delightful cuisine born of the land and sea.
Excellent trip design with superior hotels and food. The islands themselves were even more beautiful than I had expected from the brochure, and there was an excellent balance of hiking and enjoying our accommodations/towns/hotels.
— Diana R., San Francisco, CA
Ajaccio, Corsica / Col de Bavella / Bonifacio
Gorgeous hikes on Corsica bring us among the ancient standing stones at Filitosa and Cauria, to a deserted beach (the wonderful setting for our elegant picnic lunch), and around the mountaintop setting of the Col de Bavella (4,000'). In Bonifacio, we’ll hike along limestone cliffs above the sea and enjoy a private lunch at a goat herder’s farm, where we’ll sample a variety of cheeses, including brocciu, made with fresh goat milk.
Alghero, Sardinia / Monte Ferru / Sinise Peninsula / Tiscali
In Sardinia, our trails lead along a granite promontory with dramatic bays and sea-sculpted rocks, to a 2,500-year-old stone nuraghe, and through the cork oak forests and herb-scented maquis of Monte Ferru. A hike on the Sinise Peninsula reveals 360-degree views of the dazzling clear blue sea, and after a traditional lunch prepared by local fishermen, we taste wines at the prestigious Contini winery. Our final hikes bring us to mysterious nuraghic ruins tucked in a chasm near the top of Monte Tiscali, and through a remote canyon filled with pink oleander to a tiny half-moon beach accessible only on foot or by boat. Depart on Day 11.