Hiking the Exquisite Island Worlds of France and Italy

Overview

Corsica is a wildly beautiful French island, scented with myrtle and possessing one of the most diverse landscapes in Europe. Neighboring Sardinia, belonging to Italy, is an island-world with its own language, colorful traditions, and churches where Christianity and paganism intermingle. 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 tastings, and savoring the legendary cuisine of both islands. Our stay at the charming Hotel Su Gologone in the Barbagia Mountains is a glorious finale to this adventure.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

We hike through mystical oak woodlands on the high, maquis-covered plains of Cauria to reach the ancient standing stones at Filitosa and Cauria, and through forests of Corsican pine to the mountaintop setting of the Col de Bavella (4,000'). 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, 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 5-7
Alghero, Sardinia / Monte Ferru

In Sardinia, we hike on Capo Testa, a spectacular granite promontory at the northern tip of the island. 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.

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Days 8-11
Sinis Peninsula / Tiscali

After a coastal hike on the Sinis Peninsula, we enjoy a catch-of-the-day lunch prepared for us by local fishermen and hike to the Phoenician ruins of Tharros, 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.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike among Corsica’s craggy peaks and spectacular cliffs above the sea
Prehistoric sites include Corsica’s standing stones and Sardinia’s Nuragic villages
Explore Sardinia’s fishing villages, cork oak forests, and unique cultural heritage
Fine wines and regional delicacies—wonderful farm-to-table cuisine on both islands
Enjoy elegant picnics and a private lunch at a goat herder’s farm

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $5995  
Arrive: Ajaccio, Corsica
Depart: Olbia, Sardinia
Lodging: 10 nights 3-, 4-, and 5-star hotels
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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)