corsica france hiking tour

Corsica’s rugged coast

On mountainous Corsica and Sardinia, we hike coastal paths and mountain trails, explore hidden villages and fascinating prehistoric sites, and discover the cuisine and culture of two dazzling Mediterrean islands.

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Corsica and Sardinia route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5895  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Ajaccio, Corsica
Depart: Olbia, Sardinia
Lodging: 10 nights in a combination of 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 tired feet), team of up to 3 Trip Leaders
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Highlights

  • Hike among Corsica’s craggy peaks and spectacular cliffs above the sea
  • Sardinia’s blue lagoons, fishing villages, and ancient traditions
  • Fine wines and regional delicacies, from freshly caught seafood to brocciu (sheep or goat cheese) and pane carasau (Sardinian cracker bread)
  • Enjoy a private lunch at a goat shepherd’s farm


This was my first hiking trip - what a way to begin. It was the trip of a lifetime. The hotels were in wonderful settings and our meals were excellent. We all had a wonderful time.Ann B.—Orlando, FL

Choosing the Right Trip

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References

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Departure Notes

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Corsica is a wildly beautiful French island possessing 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. Neighboring Sardinia, belonging to Italy, is an island-world with a colorful pageant of traditions, churches where Christianity and paganism intermingle, and a fiercely independent character. Our perfectly crafted journey combines these two Old World cultures with a marvelous mix of coastal and mountain hikes, evocative prehistoric sites, elegant picnics, wine and cheese tastings, and a delightful cuisine born of the sea. A stay at the incomparable Hotel Su Gologone is a glorious grand finale to our adventure.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Ajaccio, Corsica / Col de Bavella / Bonifacio

Gorgeous hikes on Corsica bring you among the standing stones at Filitosa and Cauria, to a deserted beach, around the mountaintop setting of the Col de Bavella (4,000’), and along cliffs above the turquoise sea.

Days 5-7
Alghero, Sardinia / Monte Ferru

In Sardinia, hike on a granite promontory with dramatic bays and sea-sculpted rocks, and explore a nuraghe, an ancient stone structure built between 800 and 500 BC. Our trails also lead along the headlands of Capo Caccia, with its vivid seascapes, and the mint-scented slopes of Monte Ferru.

Days 8-11
Sinise Peninsula / Tiscali

Hiking on the Sinise Peninsula reveals 360-degree views of the aquamarine sea. At a nearby coastal lagoon, local fishermen prepare our traditional lunch, followed by wine tasting at the prestigious Contini winery. Our final hikes lead to Tiscali, an ancient mysterious nuraghic village with round stone dwellings, 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 via Olbia.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous. We have nine hiking days, varying from 2-5 hours of hiking a day, on moderate to steep trails, all at moderate to low altitudes. Although you carry only a daypack on the hikes, there are a few steep ascents and descents. There are also some sections that traverse rough or rocky terrain and involve scrambling over and around large boulders and through granite rock formations (less challenging hikes are often available). You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.

The shape you’re in will be an important factor in your enjoyment of the trip. You must be fit and ready to walk. We strongly urge you to train for the trip with regular hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain, running, swimming, bicycling, or other sports exercise. Your feet should be fully prepared, accustomed to long days in sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots.

A Typical Day
After continental breakfast in our hotel, we’re generally off on the day’s walk by 9 am. On many days, we drive to a starting point for our walk, and get picked up at the end of the walk and driven to our night’s lodging. Some days will combine a morning of sightseeing in a town with a hike in the afternoon.  Our van will meet us for lunch on most days, bringing a picnic of local cheeses, breads, cold meats, assorted salads, fresh vegetables, fruits of the season, and mineral water. After a leisurely repast, we set off again. Those not up to the afternoon’s hike can often continue with the van back to our hotel. Our picnic lunches will be a delight: we’ll be able to sample the local fare and complement our meals with the famous regional wines. Tap water throughout Corsica and Sardinia is safe to drink, but avoid drinking from streams in the hills. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Accommodations
We spend most nights in small, picturesque inns full of charm and ambience. All hotels are chosen for their local history and central location. Since they are often in historic buildings the rooms may not conform to uniform standards. We hope you will be able to enjoy them for their charm and local color. Single rooms can be requested, but are not always available, due to the limited space in some of our hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible. European single rooms are often smaller than US singles.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2015
Apr 7-17, 2015

May 26-Jun 5, 2015  Stefano Baldi
Sep 15-25, 2015  Stefano Baldi

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5895 (13-15 members)
$6195 (10-12 members)
$6495 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $820
Forced single supplement: $620
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader (up to three per trip, depending on group size)
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except 3 dinners
  • Transportation, airport transfers and sightseeing as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal flights, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotel San Damianu

Hotel San Damianu

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Sartène, Corsica, France

This modern hotel on the outskirts of the hilltop village of Sartène has a great location with terrific views of the mountains, sea, and the ...
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Hotel Genovese

Hotel Genovese

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Bonifacio, Corsica, France

With an elegant yet comfortably casual ambiance, the Hotel Genovese has the most amazing location in Bonifacio, right on top of the cliffs in the ...
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Hotel Catalunya

Hotel Catalunya

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

The guest rooms in this large, modern hotel are decorated in typical Catalan style with bright bold colors, a legacy of Alghero’s Catalan ...
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Albergo Il Duomo

Albergo Il Duomo

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Oristano, Sardinia, Italy

This small 10-room hotel, an elegantly restored 17th century palace that once belonged to the bishop of Oristano, is in the historic heart of town, ...
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Hotel Su Gologone

Hotel Su Gologone

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Oliena, Sardinia, Italy

This is arguably the most beautiful hotel on our journey and one of our Trip Leaders’ favorites! The family-run Su Gologone is a bit of ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Stefano Baldi

Departure Dates: April 7-17, 2015, May 26-June 5, 2015, September 15-25, 2015

Stefano Baldi, of Tuscany, has led hiking trips in Europe for us for nearly 15 years. He has spent most of his life living in the beautiful rural countryside of Tuscany, except for a few years in Florence as a student. His love for nature led him to found an agricultural co-op with friends in the ...
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Mike Browder

Departure Dates: April 7-17, 2015

Mike Browder leads WT ...
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Client Comments

This was my first hiking trip - what a way to begin. It was the trip of a lifetime. The hotels were in wonderful settings and our meals were excellent. We all had a wonderful time. Ann B., Orlando, FL Wonderful combination of cultural exposure, hiking, and culinary exploration. The activities were chosen to maximize our appreciation of the islands and their peoples in such as way that would be impossible to replicate as an independent traveler. Patricia G., Orlando, FL Fabulous trip, great variety of activities, exciting hikes, beautiful scenery—what more could a traveler want? Anne H., Hillsborough, CA One of the best planned trips I’ve ever been on, a great balance of hiking, cultural exploration, great food and accommodations. Karen J., Madison, WI Beautiful itinerary, beautiful scenery, and every day’s hike was completely different. Edie and Bo L., Dallas, TX This trip was outstanding. Best leaders I have experienced. So knowledgeable, so caring. Catherine B., Madison, WI Fantastic trip! Great food and wine, amazing scenery and spring wildflowers. Susan D., Indianapolis, IN
My first European trip with Wilderness Travel. I’m spoiled forever! Lynne G., New York, NY Just the right balance of hiking and cultural opportunities. A great selection of hotels. Peter C., San Francisco, CA We have been on quite a few WT trips - this was the best team of guides that we have met! Peter C., San Francisco, CA Excellent trip! Great moderately challenging hiking, diversity of terrain and landscape, excellent guides, enjoyable meals, the right mix of physical activity and cultural component. Catherine P., Toronto, ON The guides were great! Fun, professional, knowledgeable, available, and helpful. They were just terrific. Wonderful trip! I had a marvelous time. Ronnie F., Cambridge, MA The trip included just the right mix of beautiful scenery, interesting history, and scrumptious food and wine. Jobie S., Trumbull, CT This trip is an experience that no one should miss out on. The food, culture, and leaders are truly first class. Esther C., Stamford, CT