Hiking the Exquisite Island Worlds of France and Italy

Corsica and Sardinia

Italy, France

11 Days

From $6,395

Level 3+

Moderate

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    Overview

    Scented with myrtle, dotted with ancient oak and olive trees, and home to one of the most diverse landscapes in Europe, Corsica is a wildly beautiful French island. Neighboring Sardinia, belonging to Italy, is an island-world with its own language, traditions, and churches where Christianity and Paganism intermingle. Our perfectly crafted journey combines these two Old World cultures with a mix of coastal and mountain hikes, evocative prehistoric sites, elegant picnics, wine tastings, and many opportunities to sample the delicious culinary traditions of two very different island realms. Our stay at the charming Hotel Su Gologone in Sardinia's Barbagia Mountains is a wonderful finale.

    Arrive: Ajaccio, Corsica

    Depart: Olbia, Sardinia

    Highlights

    • Hike among Corsica's craggy peaks and spectacular cliffs above the sea
    • Visit Corsica's standing stones and Sardinia's Nuragic villages
    • Explore Sardinia's fishing villages, mystical cork oak forests, and unique cultural heritage
    • Enjoy elegant picnics and a private lunch at a goat herder's farm
    • Fine wines, mouth-watering farm-to-table cuisine on both islands

    Itinerary

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    We hike through mystical oak woodlands and maquis-covered plains to reach the standing stones at Filitosa and Cauria, where 22 stone menhirs in the form of “standing men” are a striking reminder of Corsica's prehistory. On our hike around the Col de Bavella, we pass through a forest of Corsican pine by way of an impressive natural arch, with a picnic on the top of the mountain. In cliff-perched Bonifacio, an ancient port supremely isolated at the tip of southernmost Corsica, we'll hike along limestone bluffs above the sea, discover its maze of tiny streets, enjoy a private lunch at a goat herder's farm, and sample a variety of Corsican cheeses, including delicious brocciu, the traditional favorite.
    Ferrying to Sardinia, we hike on Capo Testa, a spectacular granite promontory at the northern tip of the island, making our way through sweet-scented maquis scrub and among quarries that once supplied the Romans with granite for their monumental temples. Heading into the wild interior, we follow trails on the dormant volcano of Monte Ferru, with its forests of cork oak and views across Sardinia's prime Vernaccia wine-producing region.
    After a coastal hike on the Sinis Peninsula, we enjoy a catch-of-the-day lunch prepared for us by local fishermen, then hike to the Phoenician ruins of Tharros, one of Sardinia's most important archaeological sites, set on a spit of land called Capo San Marco. Our final hikes bring us to the mysterious ruins of a prehistoric village of round stone dwellings near the top of Monte Tiscali, and through the Codula di Luna, a remote canyon leading to a tiny half-moon beach accessible only on foot or by boat. Depart on Day 11 via Olbia.

    Dates & Pricing

    Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

    Payment & Cancel Schedule

    $600 due at time of reservation
    90 days prior to departure: Balance

    Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

    Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
    61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
    46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
    45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

    Included
    • Expert leadership of Wilderness Travel Trip Leader(s) and local guides
    • Accommodations in hotels
    • All meals included except 3 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
    • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
    • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    Not Included
    • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
    • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

    Accommodations

    Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

    Hotel San Damianu

    Sartène, Corsica, France

    Days 1-2 (2 nights)

    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 Rizzanese Valley. Each of the 28 guest rooms has a terrace overlooking the countryside, and there are lovely grounds and a wonderful outdoor swimming pool—a...

    Hotel Genovese

    Bonifacio, Corsica, France

    Days 3-4 (2 nights)

    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 heart of the citadel in the haute village, the medieval part of town, and overlooking the impossibly picturesque yacht harbor. Though the hotel is modern...

    Hotel Catalunya

    Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

    Days 5-6 (2 nights)

    The guest rooms in this large, modern hotel are decorated in typical Catalan style with bright bold colors, a legacy of Alghero's Catalan past. Its location just a few steps from the medieval center of Alghero is convenient for strolling along the sea-facing ramparts and enjoying a beautiful sunset from...

    Hotel Duomo

    Oristano, Italy

    Days 7-8 (2 nights)

    Located in historic Oristano, the Hotel Duomo has a great location in the city center just steps from the cathedral and the Piazza Eleonora.

    Hotel Su Gologone

    Oliena, Sardinia, Italy

    Days 9-10 (2 nights)

    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 paradise set on the slopes of Monte Corrasi. The architecture is distinctively Sardinian, with whitewashed bougainvillea-draped cottages sprawled around the garden, and birds are everywhere....

    Trip Leaders

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    What the Trip is Like

    This trip is rated a Level 3+ (Moderate to Strenuous) according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 5.5 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 4 hours a day. The trails on both islands can often be rocky with sections that are quite steep, even involving scrambling over boulders. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

    Average Hiking Day
    • 4-5 miles
    • 3-4 hours
    • 500-700 feet gain/loss
    Challenge Days
    • Day 7: 5 miles, 4 hours, and 1,300 feet gain/ loss; includes 2.5 hours driving
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    Our hikes are over varied landscapes with moderate to steep terrain. They are at moderate to low altitudes and include rough and rocky trails with loose scree and coastal tracks down to the beach. There are a few steep ascents and descents and some sections that involve scrambling over and around large boulders and through granite rock formations. You must be stable and confident on your feet to participate in this journey.
    The weather in Corsica and Sardinia is usually very pleasant, with temperatures in the 70s°F and 80s°F during the day and in the 50s°F and 60s°F at night. Cool breezes and showers can occur at any time, especially on fall departures.
    We spend most nights in small, picturesque inns full of charm and ambience. All hotels are chosen for their local history and central locations. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
    There is a continental breakfast at each of our hotels. We will generally enjoy a packed lunch along the way during our hikes, sometimes spending more time sampling local specialties. 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.
    Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

    Client Testimonials

    "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

    "Fabulous trip, great variety of activities, exciting hikes, beautiful scenery—what more could a traveler want?"

    Anne H.

    Hillsborough, CA

    "I enjoyed the trip very much. The selection of the itinerary, hikes, hotels, restaurants, and activities were all great."

    Bettina R.

    Santa Clara, CA

    "This trip was outstanding. Best leaders I have experienced. So knowledgeable, so caring."

    Catherine B.

    Madison, WI

    "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 hiking and itinerary were excellent, varied, well planned, and well executed. It allowed for a great variety of exposure to different regional areas."

    Diana R.

    San Francisco, CA

    "Beautiful itinerary, beautiful scenery, and every day’s hike was completely different."

    Edie and Bo L.

    Dallas, TX

    "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

    "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."

    Gay T.

    Fort Myers, FL

    "We have done many trips with several different outfitters, and this was certainly one of the best in every respect."

    Glenn H.

    Greenville, SC

    "The trip included just the right mix of beautiful scenery, interesting history, and scrumptious food and wine."

    Jobie S.

    Trumbull, CT

    "A great trip—a perfect mix of pure hiking and hiking/walking to get to an archaeological site, which the guides brought to life."

    Julie C.

    Northville, MI

    "Much to our delight, Stefano was determined to expose us to every edible and drinkable delicacy both Corsica and Sardinia had to offer! We had beautiful swims, good wines, and there was a new cookie to taste on every hike, not to mention a couple of memorable gelato stops. Having lunch with the Sardinian shepherd who grew and made every single thing we ate and drank was unforgettable."

    Julie L.

    Harbour Island, Bahamas

    "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

    "Our best WT trip yet. We'll be back!"

    Lauren P.

    Santa Fe, NM

    "Among your best itineraries, and a fantastic introduction to a little-known corner of Europe. This was the perfect mix of varied hikes with archaeology, food, and culture."

    Logan R.

    Bloomfield Hills, MI

    "My first European trip with Wilderness Travel. I’m spoiled forever!"

    Lynne G.

    New York, NY

    "This trip was a intimate and charming introduction to the cultures, history, and geography of Corsica and Sardinia—a great experience."

    Marti P.

    Truckee, CA

    "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 a way that would be impossible to replicate as an independent traveler."

    Patricia G.

    Orlando, FL

    "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

    "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

    "Fantastic trip! Great food and wine, amazing scenery and spring wildflowers."

    Susan D.

    Indianapolis, IN

    "Very well planned—a nice combination of nature, hiking, culture and history. The food was amazing, too!"

    Susan H.

    North Port, MI

    "A fantastic trip, beautiful, challenging, educational, life-enhancing. The food was AMAZING. I’ve trekked in Nepal, walked the entire Camino Frances, backpacked in Yosemite, Utah, Colorado. My first organized outdoor adventure. It will not be my last!"

    Trish H.

    Saint Helena, CA

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    Trip Levels

    With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

    Level 1 – Easiest

    Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

    Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

    Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

     

    Level 3 – Moderate

    Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

    Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

     

    Level 5 – Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

    Level 6 – Very Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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We start our hike by the church of San Giovanni, the second oldest church on the island, and head to the ruins of Tharros, one of Sardinia&apos;s most important archaeological sites, set on a spit of land called Capo San Marco. Phoenicians settled here as early as 800 BC, and the city flourished under the Carthaginians; later it was an important site to the Romans. Our coastal trail brings us up to a lighthouse, then loops back to Tharros. The nearby village of San Salvatore contains the fascinating sanctuary of San Salvatore, one of Sardinia&apos;s chiese novenari, churches open just nine days a year during special novena ceremonies for Catholic pilgrims. Around the church are tiny whitewashed houses used by pilgrims during the novena, which occurs in late summer. We&apos;ll enjoy a lunch of fresh-caught fish cooked for us by the local fisherman (perhaps sa merca, salted mullet cooked in herbs, one of the oldest-known dishes in Sardinia). 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The interior of the shrine is fascinating, with its ex-voto graffiti completely covering the walls. Each year, the nearby town of S&eacute;dilo hosts a wildly colorful horse race dating from medieval times, with the sanctuary as its finish line. We continue on to our trailhead for&nbsp;our&nbsp;hike on a fairly steep and rocky trail up Monte Tiscali (1,700'). Near its top, we explore mysterious Tiscali, a nuraghic village with round stone dwellings visible amid crumbling ruins. The village is set within an enormous chasm and was discovered a century ago by woodsmen. We descend the mountain on another narrow, rocky trail and then head to the most beautiful hotel on our journey, the family-run Su Gologone, with its impressive rural setting by a spring below the Sopramonte massif. The architecture is distinctively Sardinian, furnished with rugs and other beautiful crafts made by local artisans. The hotel&apos;s restaurant is famed for its Sardinian specialties. 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We stop partway through the hike at a shepherd&apos;s farm for lunch, then continue on to the beach, where we can take a swim in this idyllic setting before departing via boat to Cala Gonone, a picturesque port full of yachts. In the evening, we gather for a festive Farewell Dinner. 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In cliff-perched Bonifacio, an ancient port supremely isolated at the tip of southernmost Corsica, we&apos;ll hike along limestone bluffs above the sea, discover its maze of tiny streets, enjoy a private lunch at a goat herder&apos;s farm, and sample a variety of Corsican cheeses, including delicious brocciu, the traditional favorite.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Alghero, Sardinia \/ Monte Ferru","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Ferrying to Sardinia, we hike on Capo Testa, a spectacular granite promontory at the northern tip of the island, making our way through sweet-scented maquis scrub and among quarries that once supplied the Romans with granite for their monumental temples. 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Our final hikes bring us to the mysterious ruins of a prehistoric village of round stone dwellings near the top of Monte Tiscali, and through the Codula di Luna, a remote canyon leading to a tiny half-moon beach accessible only on foot or by boat. 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His love for nature led him to found an agricultural co-op with friends in the 1970s, and a decade later, he started his own farm in the hills north of Florence, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters. \"Food is one of my strongest interests. I think the understanding of a different culture can come through the palate.\" Outside of Tuscany, one of Stefano's favorite places is Sardinia \"for its spectacular, wild landscape and deep Mediterranean roots.\" When not leading trips for us, Stefano grows organic vegetables, keeps bees, and raises Cinta Senese, the traditional small boars of the Siena region He has restored two old houses on his property, one of which is now an agriturismo accommodation","BioLong":"Stefano Baldi 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 1970s, and a decade later, he started his own farm in the hills north of Florence, where he now lives with his wife and two daughters. \"Food is one of my strongest interests. I think the understanding of a different culture can come through the palate.\" Outside of Tuscany, one of Stefano's favorite places is Sardinia \"for its spectacular, wild landscape and deep Mediterranean roots.\" When not leading trips for us, Stefano grows organic vegetables, keeps bees, and raises Cinta Senese, the traditional small boars of the Siena region He has restored two old houses on his property, one of which is now an agriturismo accommodation"},{"GuideID":850999,"First_Name":"Teresa","Last_Name":"Baldi","BioShort":"","BioLong":"Teresa Baldi, daughter of veteran WT Trip Leader Stefano Baldi, grew up on a farm owned by her family on the hills surrounding Florence. She has a degree in art history at the University of Florence and when she is not helping on the farm, a working agriturismo, she is employed at a nearby first-class restaurant, where she developed a passion for good food and wines. &ldquo;It was great for me to grow up on a farm with plenty of animals and fantastic trails to explore and, at the same time, have the opportunity to study the beauty of art right in the streets of my home town. A hop on the bus and you step from nature to the glories of the Renaissance.&rdquo;"},{"GuideID":850616,"First_Name":"Mike","Last_Name":"Browder","BioShort":"Mike Browder has worked in outdoor settings all his life, directing parks and recreation programs, coaching ski teams, and mountain climbing in North America and Asia, including a 2003 ascent of Mt. Everest. He joined our Europe team in 1999 and settled in the heart of the Alpine action in Chamonix, France, with his British wife, Gill, in 2001. Mike brings knowledge, professionalism, and genuine excitement to every trip, whether an alpine adventure, a voyage through glacier-carved fjords or a Mediterranean island ramble. &ldquo;I want our trip members to appreciate the special nature of these areas, not only the mountains, but also the people and their way of life, which is changing in many ways,&rdquo; he says. When not guiding for WT, Mike is a Nordic ski instructor and high mountain guide for mountain, rock, and ice climbing expeditions in Europe, Alaska, Asia, and beyond. ","BioLong":"Mike Browder has worked in outdoor settings all his life, directing parks and recreation programs, coaching ski teams, and mountain climbing in North America and Asia, including a 2003 ascent of Mt. Everest. He joined our Europe team in 1999 and settled in the heart of the Alpine action in Chamonix, France, with his British wife, Gill, in 2001. Mike brings knowledge, professionalism, and genuine excitement to every trip, whether an alpine adventure, a voyage through glacier-carved fjords or a Mediterranean island ramble. &ldquo;I want our trip members to appreciate the special nature of these areas, not only the mountains, but also the people and their way of life, which is changing in many ways,&rdquo; he says. When not guiding for WT, Mike is a Nordic ski instructor and high mountain guide for mountain, rock, and ice climbing expeditions in Europe, Alaska, Asia, and beyond. "},{"GuideID":851165,"First_Name":"Mariangela","Last_Name":"Lovicu","BioShort":"Mariangela Lovicu was born in a lovely mountain village in Sardinia and has lived on this beautiful island all her life. Since earning her degree in Languages and Communication from the University of Cagliari, she has worked as a guide, enjoying her &ldquo;dream job&rdquo; of introducing people to Sardinia and its traditions. When not guiding, she can be found enjoying outdoor pursuits, from hiking, climbing, and kayaking to caving and canyoning.","BioLong":"Mariangela Lovicu was born in a lovely mountain village in Sardinia and has lived on this beautiful island all her life. Since earning her degree in Languages and Communication from the University of Cagliari, she has worked as a guide, enjoying her &ldquo;dream job&rdquo; of introducing people to Sardinia and its traditions. When not guiding, she can be found enjoying outdoor pursuits, from hiking, climbing, and kayaking to caving and canyoning."},{"GuideID":851305,"First_Name":"Virginie","Last_Name":"Sereni","BioShort":"Virginie was born and raised in Paris, and earned a master's degree in international business from the University of Paris. She began a career in communications, but before long moved to Corsica to work at a business school in Ajaccio and quickly developed a love for Corsican history and the Mediterranean world. After earning her license as a tour guide, she went on to obtain her hiking instructor's certificate and began guiding mountain trips. She loves to share her passion for Corsica with travelers. When not leading trips, Virginie enjoys spending time with her two children.","BioLong":"Virginie was born and raised in Paris, and earned a master's degree in international business from the University of Paris. She began a career in communications, but before long moved to Corsica to work at a business school in Ajaccio and quickly developed a love for Corsican history and the Mediterranean world. After earning her license as a tour guide, she went on to obtain her hiking instructor's certificate and began guiding mountain trips. She loves to share her passion for Corsica with travelers. When not leading trips, Virginie enjoys spending time with her two children."},{"GuideID":850725,"First_Name":"Daniel","Last_Name":"Windham","BioShort":"Daniel Windham, born in Georgia's foothills, discovered his passion for the mountains at an early age while backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. After moving to northern Italy, becoming a mountain guide, and running a mountain hut with his Italian wife, he returned (via a couple of years in Costa Rica) to his roots, enjoying the outdoor life with his family. Having climbed and guided on some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas and the Americas (notably Mt. Rainier), Dan continues to guide on Aconcagua (Argentina) and for Wilderness Travel in the Alps. He is also an Appalachian Trail Ambassador, which involves regularly running an 89-mile stretch of the trail, as well as community involvement. His goal is to \"give back to the wilderness a little of what it has given me.&rdquo; Dan speaks English, Spanish, and Italian, and continues his interests in wilderness medicine and cooking.","BioLong":"Daniel Windham, born in Georgia's foothills, discovered his passion for the mountains at an early age while backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. After moving to northern Italy, becoming a mountain guide, and running a mountain hut with his Italian wife, he returned (via a couple of years in Costa Rica) to his roots, enjoying the outdoor life with his family. Having climbed and guided on some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas and the Americas (notably Mt. Rainier), Dan continues to guide on Aconcagua (Argentina) and for Wilderness Travel in the Alps. He is also an Appalachian Trail Ambassador, which involves regularly running an 89-mile stretch of the trail, as well as community involvement. His goal is to \"give back to the wilderness a little of what it has given me.&rdquo; Dan speaks English, Spanish, and Italian, and continues his interests in wilderness medicine and cooking."},{"GuideID":851068,"First_Name":"Gill","Last_Name":"Browder","BioShort":"","BioLong":"Gill Browder is British by birth, but has made her home in the alpine capital of Chamonix, France, for almost 30 years. She has explored destinations throughout Europe, Central Asia, the Far East, Africa, and Alaska, but delights most in the discoveries to be found in the Alps. In addition to her work sharing the beauty of the mountains with visitors, Gill is an accomplished rock climber, skier, and swimmer. She enjoys photography and speaks fluent French."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Ann B.","GuestLocation":"Orlando, FL","GuestReview":"This was my first hiking trip&#8212;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."},{"GuestNames":"Anne H.","GuestLocation":"Hillsborough, CA","GuestReview":"Fabulous trip, great variety of activities, exciting hikes, beautiful scenery&#8212;what more could a traveler want?"},{"GuestNames":"Bettina R.","GuestLocation":"Santa Clara, CA","GuestReview":"I enjoyed the trip very much. The selection of the itinerary, hikes, hotels, restaurants, and activities were all great."},{"GuestNames":"Catherine B.","GuestLocation":"Madison, WI","GuestReview":"This trip was outstanding. Best leaders I have experienced. So knowledgeable, so caring."},{"GuestNames":"Catherine P.","GuestLocation":"Toronto, ON","GuestReview":"Excellent trip! Great moderately challenging hiking, diversity of terrain and landscape, excellent guides, enjoyable meals, the right mix of physical activity and cultural component."},{"GuestNames":"Diana R.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"The hiking and itinerary were excellent, varied, well planned, and well executed. It allowed for a great variety of exposure to different regional areas."},{"GuestNames":"Edie and Bo L.","GuestLocation":"Dallas, TX","GuestReview":"Beautiful itinerary, beautiful scenery, and every day&#8217;s hike was completely different."},{"GuestNames":"Esther C.","GuestLocation":"Stamford, CT","GuestReview":"This trip is an experience that no one should miss out on. The food, culture, and leaders are truly first class."},{"GuestNames":"Gay T.","GuestLocation":"Fort Myers, FL","GuestReview":"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."},{"GuestNames":"Glenn H.","GuestLocation":"Greenville, SC","GuestReview":"We have done many trips with several different outfitters, and this was certainly one of the best in every respect."},{"GuestNames":"Jobie S.","GuestLocation":"Trumbull, CT","GuestReview":"The trip included just the right mix of beautiful scenery, interesting history, and scrumptious food and wine."},{"GuestNames":"Julie C.","GuestLocation":"Northville, MI","GuestReview":"A great trip&#8212;a perfect mix of pure hiking and hiking\/walking to get to an archaeological site, which the guides brought to life."},{"GuestNames":"Julie L.","GuestLocation":"Harbour Island, Bahamas","GuestReview":"Much to our delight, Stefano was determined to expose us to every edible and drinkable delicacy both Corsica and Sardinia had to offer! We had beautiful swims, good wines, and there was a new cookie to taste on every hike, not to mention a couple of memorable gelato stops. Having lunch with the Sardinian shepherd who grew and made every single thing we ate and drank was unforgettable."},{"GuestNames":"Karen J.","GuestLocation":"Madison, WI","GuestReview":"One of the best planned trips I&#8217;ve ever been on, a great balance of hiking, cultural exploration, great food and accommodations."},{"GuestNames":"Lauren P.","GuestLocation":"Santa Fe, NM","GuestReview":"Our best WT trip yet. We'll be back!"},{"GuestNames":"Logan R.","GuestLocation":"Bloomfield Hills, MI","GuestReview":"Among your best itineraries, and a fantastic introduction to a little-known corner of Europe. This was the perfect mix of varied hikes with archaeology, food, and culture."},{"GuestNames":"Lynne G.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"My first European trip with Wilderness Travel. I&#8217;m spoiled forever!"},{"GuestNames":"Marti P.","GuestLocation":"Truckee, CA","GuestReview":"This trip was a intimate and charming introduction to the cultures, history, and geography of Corsica and Sardinia&#8212;a great experience."},{"GuestNames":"Patricia G.","GuestLocation":"Orlando, FL","GuestReview":"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 a way that would be impossible to replicate as an independent traveler."},{"GuestNames":"Peter C.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"Just the right balance of hiking and cultural opportunities. A great selection of hotels."},{"GuestNames":"Peter C.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"We have been on quite a few WT trips - this was the best team of guides that we have met!"},{"GuestNames":"Ronnie F.","GuestLocation":"Cambridge, MA","GuestReview":"The guides were great! Fun, professional, knowledgeable, available, and helpful. They were just terrific. Wonderful trip! I had a marvelous time."},{"GuestNames":"Susan D.","GuestLocation":"Indianapolis, IN","GuestReview":"Fantastic trip! Great food and wine, amazing scenery and spring wildflowers."},{"GuestNames":"Susan H.","GuestLocation":"North Port, MI","GuestReview":"Very well planned&#8212;a&#160;nice combination of nature, hiking, culture and history. The food was amazing, too!"},{"GuestNames":"Trish H.","GuestLocation":"Saint Helena, CA","GuestReview":"A fantastic trip, beautiful, challenging, educational, life-enhancing. The food was AMAZING. I&#8217;ve trekked in Nepal, walked the entire Camino Frances, backpacked in Yosemite, Utah, Colorado. My first organized outdoor adventure. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. 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We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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