hiking the Exquisite Island Worlds of France and Italy

Overview

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.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
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.

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Days 5-11
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.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike among Corsica’s craggy peaks and spectacular cliffs above the sea
Discover Sardinia’s blue lagoons, fishing villages, and ancient traditions
Visit prehistoric sites including Corsica’s standing stones and Sardinia’s nuraghic villages
Taste fine wines and regional delicacies, from freshly caught seafood to brocciu and pecorino cheeses to pane carasau (Sardinian cracker bread)
Enjoy elegant picnics and a private lunch at a goat herder’s farm

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $5795  
Arrive: Ajaccio, Corsica
Depart: Olbia, Sardinia
Lodging: 10 nights 3-, 4-, and 5-star hotels
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

9 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, 3-7 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike)

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