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The Tour of Corsica by road bike

From Bastia to Ajaccio

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1090€/person

Presentation of your trip

The Tour of Corsica by bike: from the beach of Bastia to that of Ajaccio, you cross over the entire ‘Ile de Beauté’, from west to east and north to south, on your road bike. You will cycle along the most beautiful roads and over legendary mountain passes (Cols), crossing through 2 Corsican departments en route.

From the sea to the mountains, through an extraordinary variety of landscapes, each turn of the wheel invites you to discover a little more of Corsica. You leave the Agriates desert to take on the forests over the Col de Vergio. Then, after the Bavella Needles (Aiguilles de Bavella), take in the shores of Porto Vecchio before, finally, reaching the citadel of Ajaccio.

8 unforgettable days of cycling a legendary crossing.

  • DestinationCorsica
  • TypeFree
  • Length of trip8 days and 7 nights
  • ActivitiesRoad bike
  • Physical level

Possible periods for this trip

  • Jan.
  • Feb.
  • March
  • Apr.
  • May
  • June
  • Jul.
  • August
  • Sep.
  • Oct.
  • Nov.
  • Dec.
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Trip details

Highlights

  • The most beautiful cols in Corsica
  • Assistance vehicle
  • From Bastia to Ajaccio
  • Accommodation on a half-board basis

Complementary informations

  • 8 days 7 nights including 6 days of cycling
  • In a hotel double bedroom or a ‘gite’
  • Self-guided cycling with assistance vehicle

Program

  • Day 1

    Bastia

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Preparation of bikes and a night in your hotel in Bastia, on a half-board basis.

  • Day 2

    From Bastia to Saint-Florent

    • Distance : 85 km
    • Elevation gain : 1800 m

    Set off on the adventure along the coast of Cap Corse, taking in the sea view. Then descend via winding roads which lead you on to the beautiful town of Saint Florent.
    Night on a half-board basis in St Florent.

  • Day 3

    From Saint-Florent to Porto

    • Distance : 146 km
    • Elevation gain : 2800 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel

    Cross the famous Agriates Desert to reach the charming town of Ile Rousse. Then, cycling along small roads, follow the jagged coastline to Porto and its famous gulf. A short detour is possible to see the Calanques de Piana (20km, there and back). 
    Night on a half-board basis in Porto.

  • Day 4

    From Porto to Corte

    • Distance : 85 km
    • Elevation gain : 2100 m

    Explore the mountainous centre of Corsica, passing through the splendid Gorges de Spelunca, the Col de Vergio and the Aïtone Forest before reaching Corte.
    Night on a half-board basis in Corte.

  • Day 5

    From Corte to Zonza

    • Distance : 120 km
    • Elevation gain : 3400 m

    Another magnificent route today, that of the Corsica Regional Park, passing over a number of exceptional mountain passes: the Col de Sorba, Col de Verde and the Col de la Vaccia, before arriving in the village of Zonza, not far from the Bavella Needles (9km).
    Night on a half-board basis in Zonza. 

  • Day 6

    From Zonza to Propriano Via Porto-Vecchio

    • Distance : 110 km
    • Elevation gain : 2260 m

    Before getting to the relaxing beaches of Porticcio, this stage takes you along mountainous routes around the forests of south Corsica. Pass by the famous waterfalls of Piscia di Gallu before re-descending towards the gulf of Porto Vecchio. Then, after the Col de Bacinu and the beautiful village of St Lucie de Tallano, you arrive at the beach. 
    Night on a half-board basis in Propriano.

  • Day 7

    From Propriano to Ajaccio

    • Distance : 95 km
    • Elevation gain : 1800 m
    • 1 : 95km - Positive Altitude Difference : 1500m
      Via the coast, arrive at the village of Aqua Doria and cross through the beautiful Chiavari valley to reach the Cols de Cortone, Gradello and Chenova. Arrival in Ajaccio over the appropriately named, Col de Bellevalle.
    • 2 : 140km - Positive Altitude Difference : 2600m After a short warm up along a coastal road, we arrive at the Col de St Georges, passing by the Col de Luminataja. Next, the magnificent Cols de Cricheto and Scalella before a descent into Ajaccio.
      Night in Ajaccio on a half-board basis.
  • Day 8

    Ajaccio

      End of trip after breakfast.

    • End of trip

    Travel conditions

    • Formalities

      • Passport or ID is compulsory
      • We recommend getting a European Health Insurance card (check with the NHS) 
      • Repatriation insurance is compulsory
    • Food

      No question of dieting during your stay but it is rather an opportunity to taste the local cuisine. We attach great importance to the quality of food: dietary balance, energy intake and specialty of the country are the ingredients of each meal.
      Picnics are not included in the price. Every day you have the opportunity to prepare your picnics or stop along the way. Every day you have the opportunity to prepare your picnics. Either you buy yourself or the logistician (formula with assistance) buys everything necessary at each step, or you order your picnic the day before from the host.

    • Bike transport

      You only carry the items of the day and the picnic. Luggage is carried by assistance vehicle. 1 piece/person and limited to 15kg/piece.

      Transport of bike boxes/boxes/boxes and hard bottom bags is not included: option possible on request and subject to availability.

    • Accompanying

      Free bike with assistance vehicle (for groups of 8 or more):
      The assistance vehicle (with driver) joins you at different times during the day’s stage, often at the top of the passes and transports your picnic, water, your extra clothes and a complete toolbox in case of mechanical problem. You enjoy your day with a light bag or no bag. The driver of the vehicle also gives you advice for each step, helps you manage your effort and can, most of the time, answer your questions about the region visited.

      For more comfort, we only offer the formula with assistance vehicle for our bike stays in Corsica.

    • Attendees

      Free departure for groups of 8 or more participants.

    • Accommodation

      7 nights half board with 2 options:

      Double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms for 2 people in hotels, guest rooms and sometimes cottages. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you. Single room option.
      Formula lodging stage: selected in particular for the quality of their reception, you find in the cottages a friendly atmosphere. Most often you share 4/6-seater dorms with other people.

    • Difficulty level

      You have a good physical condition, practice at least once a week road cycling over long distances. Stage from 85 to 146km per day with positive gradients from 1800 to 3400m per day.

    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      Departure from Bastia (free appointment for groups)
      For arrivals by plane: appointment directly at Bastia or Bastia airport. Return by the port or airport of Ajaccio.

      How to get there:
      By car: By the port of Marseille, Nice, Toulon or Genoa. With the companies SNCM or Corsica Ferries.
      By plane: Bastia airport. Return by Ajaccio airport.

    • Options

      • 6 picnics (+60€ / person for the stay),
      • Customized program from the steps you choose yourself from 8 people,
      • Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
      • Single room supplement,
      • High-end bike rental on measure,
      • Transport of bike cases and hard bottom panniers, only for the formula with assistance vehicle and within the limit of available places: +40 € / box.

    Dates and price

    Information

    For constituted groups: we adapt the level, the duration, the price and the program to the demand. You choose your own departure dates according to your availability.
     

    Free departure from

    Price TTC per person

    Self-driving bike with assistance vehicle - hotel double room
    Registration at 8 people1090

    Options

    Single room option (hotel): +185€/pers
     

    The price includes

    • Accommodation (cottage or hotel depending on the formula chosen),
    • Maps, topo-guide and GPS tracks,
    • Half board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8,
    • The transport of 1 luggage per person,
    • For the formula with assistance vehicle: 1 vehicle 6 or 9 seats + driver during the entire stay.

    The price does not include

    • Accommodation the day before departure and at the end of the stay,
    • Drinks,
    • Personal expenses,
    • Picnics 
    • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
    • Bicycles,
    • The transport of bike boxes and hard bottom panniers (option only for the formula with assistance vehicle: +40 € / box),
    • Transportation to the meeting point,
    • The transfer back,
    • Insurance.

    The destination

    • Corsica

      Corsica amazes with its mixture of stones and delights, austerity and scents of distant island. Turning from sparkling blue shores to inland villages means navigating different worlds. Inspire… exhale … this is the maquis you feel, the deep Corsica! That of wild pigs and free-range cows, long winters where coppa, brocciu and chestnut flour are made.

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