Corsica and Sardinia

Hiking the Exquisite Island Worlds of France and Italy

Overview

Corsica is a wildly beautiful French island, scented with myrtle, dotted with ancient oak and olive trees, and home to one of the most diverse landscapes in Europe. 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 marvelous mix of coastal and mountain hikes, evocative prehistoric sites, elegant picnics, wine and cheese tastings, and many opportunities to sample the legendary cuisine. Our stay at the charming Hotel Su Gologone in Sardinia’s Barbagia Mountains is a glorious finale.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

Winding on foot through mystical oak woodlands on the high plains of Cauria, we walk among the ancient menhirs (stone statues) at Filitosa, created some 8,000 years ago. Our hikes take us down to the beach for a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean and through forests of Corsican pine up to mountaintop Col de Bavella (3,996'). In cliff-perched Bonifacio, an ancient port on Corsica’s southern tip, we discover a maze of tiny streets, then head to a shepherd’s farm for lunch and a taste of local goat cheeses, including Corsica’s famous Brocciu.

Hotel San Damianu
Sartène, Corsica, France
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Hotel Genovese
Bonifacio, Corsica, France
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Days 5-7
Alghero, Sardinia / Monte Ferru

In Sardinia, we hike on Capo Testa, a spectacular granite promontory, and visit remote nuraghi, the beehive-like stone structures built by a little-known people who inhabited Sardinia between 1800 and 500 BC. In the wild interior, we follow trails on the dormant volcano of Monte Ferru, with its forests of cork oak and vistas across Sardinia’s prime Vernaccia di Oristano wine-producing region.

Hotel Catalunya
Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Hotel Duomo
Oristano, Italy
Days 7 to 8 (2 nights)
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 Capo San Marco. We’ll also visit the prestigious Contini winery and sample their Vernaccia di Oristano. One of our final hikes is 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.

Hotel Duomo
Oristano, Italy
Days 7 to 8 (2 nights)
Hotel Su Gologone
Oliena, Sardinia, Italy
Days 9 to 10 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Hike among Corsica’s craggy peaks and spectacular cliffs above the sea
Visit prehistoric sites including 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, regional delicacies, mouth-watering farm-to-table cuisine on both islands

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 as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

9 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, 2-4 hours a day, van support

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