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8 Days Self-Guided Cycling Holidays in Corsica, France

Bastia, Corsica, Haute-Corse, France

Unforgettable Cycling Holiday France

Join this superb cycling trip that will allow you to enjoy the best that Corsica has to offer! You will discover the northern capital of Bastia and the birthplace of Napoleon. For the most part, you will be cycling along the stunning and varied western coastline. Come and join Corse Active Voyages now!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point-to-point
  • Terrain: Mostly paved, hilly
  • Difficulty levels: Easy (Cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day); Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 288 or 347 kilometers / 179 or 216 miles
  • Vacation type: Leisure
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 170 EUR

Highlights

  • 1:100000 scale map
  • 6 days self-guided bike tour
  • Option to take longer or shorter routes
  • Daily delicious and tasty breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
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Accommodation

You will stay in various hotels in France. From the first to the last night, you will stay in the following accommodations respectively: a two-star hotel in Bastia, a two-star hotel in Saint-Florent, s three-star hotel in L'Île-Rousse, a two-star hotel in Balagne, a two-star hotel in Porto, a two-star hotel in Cargese, and a three-star hotel in Ajaccio.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Bastia

Your trip starts in Bastia, the capital of Haute Corse (upper Corsica). Settle into your hotel in the afternoon and spend some time wandering around this interesting town. In particular, it is worth visiting the ancient Citadelle, La place Saint-Nicolas, and the old harbor. There are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from for your evening meal.

  • Accommodation: Two-star hotel in Bastia

Day 2: Col de Teghime - Saint-Florent - Patrimonio - Cap Corse - Col de Santa Lucia

This first stage leads you over the Col de Teghime (536 meters), where you have a beautiful view on both sides of the island. On your way down to Saint-Florent, you can stop in Patrimonio for a short wine tasting.

The region of Patrimonio is well-known for its vineyards. For the very courageous ones, an 85-kilometer stage can be done by cycling north of Bastia onto the Cap Corse and over the Col de Santa Lucia (381 meters).

  • Total Distance: 26 or 85 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: 536 or 917 meters
  • Accommodation: Two-star hotel in Saint-Florent

Day 3: Désert des Agriates - L'Île-Rousse

Today, you will leave the bay of Saint-Florent and head through Désert des Agriates. At springtime, you will be accosted with the scents and colors of the wild maquis (Corsican scrub). After about 30 kilometers, you will reach the coast again with a superb view of the Red Island hat shelters the harbor of L'Île-Rousse. Your overnight stop is a village just above it.

  • Total distance: Around 48 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Three-star hotel in L'Île-Rousse

Day 4: Calvi - Citadelle - Balagne

Today, you will continue southwards to Calvi. You have the option to stay high and ride through some nice mountain villages (with superb views of the sea) or take the shorter route along the coast (this is the main road). Once you arrive in Calvi, it is worth visiting the Citadelle that overlooks the bay.

A refreshing drink on the port is a must. From Calvi, you still have 37 kilometers to go on the coastal road. This has been named as one of the most scenic coastal roads in the whole of Europe, despite the fact that it is, at times, in bad condition. Tonight, you will spend your evening in a small fishing village.

  • Total distance: Around 79 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Two-star hotel in Balagne

Day 5: Col de Palmarella - Scandola - Col de la Croix - Curzu - Partinello - Porto

Just when you thought the scenery could not get any better, it does! This is a superb day of cycling with breathtaking views of the whole ride. After a few warm-ups, you will start to climb the Col de Palmarella (408 meters). From the top, you can see the bay of Scandola (a UNESCO World Heritage site).

Further on, you will climb the pass to the Col de la Croix, after which you can enjoy some good downhill riding. You will cross the villages of Curzu and Partinello, before taking the last short climb that separates you from the bay of Porto.

  • Total distance: Around 51 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Two-star hotel in Porto

Day 6: Porto - Calanques de Piana - Cargese

This stage starts with a climb out of Porto to the famous Calanques de Piana. This is an area with stunning rock formations and has also been named a UNESCO world heritage site. You will then cross the village of Piana and finally, Cargese, an ancient village built by the Greeks in the 18th century.

  • Total distance: Around 53 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Two-star hotel in Cargese

Day 7 - Cargese - Lava - Ajaccio

This will be your last day on the bike. As it is not too far to Ajaccio, you can do a round-trip to the bay of Lava and its magnificent beaches. An early arrival in Ajaccio allows a visit of the Iles Sanguinaires at the north cape of the Ajaccio bay, or a tour of the city including, for example, the Tino Rossi harbor and Napoleon's birthplace.

  • Total distance: Around 31 kilometers
  • Accommodation: Three-star hotel in Ajaccio

Day 8: End of Tour

After breakfast, your tour comes to an end. If you rented bikes, Corse Active Voyages will pick them up at the hotel. Transfer to the airport or back to Bastia (possible by train) is available on request.

other bikes available for rent

  • Aluminium road bike (triple crankset, Secteur Sport) - 170 EUR per person
  • Aluminium road bike rental (compact crankset, Domane AL 3) - 190 EUR per person
  • Carbon road bike rental (V-brake, Look 566 Ultegra) - 220 EUR per person
  • Carbon road bike rental (Disc brake, Emonda SL 6) - 270 EUR per person
  • Hybrid bike rental (Trek FX2 2018 or Specialized Sirrus / Vita) - 120 EUR per person

Skill level

Beginner

  • Can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • Assistance required
  • Comfortable with curves and leans
  • Basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • Can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Location

This cycling holidays will take place in Corsica, France. You will cycle through the best scenic destinations in France. Corsica is a wonderful destination for active holidays and easily accessible by ferry from the south of France.

It offers dramatic scenery, quiet country roads, and mountain passes, historic villages perched high in the hills, golden beaches, Mediterranean sunshine, excellent French cuisine with a local flavor. You will enjoy discovering this friendly island!

Food

The price includes daily breakfast in the hotels. For the drinks and additional meals, there will be a plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from in Corsica.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Visit Citadelle, La place Saint-Nicolas, and the Rossi harbor
  • Stop at Patrimonio for a short wine tasting
  • Visit the Iles Sanguinaires

What's included

  • A 1:100000 scale map
  • 6 days self-guided bike tour
  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transfers

What's not included

  • GPS (60 EUR)
  • GPS tracks on a USB stick (25 EUR)
  • Transport to Bastia and from Ajaccio (can be arranged)
  • Unplanned transfers
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Insurances
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season
  • September 16  - June 14
High season
  • June 15 - September 15
 

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