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The Tour of High-Corsica by road bike

Loop around Bastia via Cap Corse

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1040€/person

Presentation of your trip

The Tour of High-Corsica by road bike: following a loop, starting and finishing at Bastia beach, you will cross the north of the ‘Île de Beauté’, by road bike. You will cycle along the most beautiful roads and over legendary mountain passes (Cols).

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 in the Calanques (coves) de Piana, then ride through the forests over the Col de Vergio, to return in style to Bastia.

8 unforgettable days of cycling a legendary loop
 

  • 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.
Description of the tripProgramTravel conditionsDates and price

Trip details

Highlights

  • Assistance vehicle for more comfort
  • Loop starting and finishing in Bastia
  • Circuit between the sea and mountains

Complementary informations

  • 8 days 7 nights including 6 days of cycling
  • In hotels, double bedroom

Program

  • Day 1

    Bastia

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Preparation of bikes and check in to your hotel in Bastia, on a B&B basis (night and breakfast included).

  • Day 2

    From Bastia to Saint-Florent

    • Distance : 85 km
    • Elevation gain : 1290 m
    • Negative gradient : 1290 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 in to the beautiful town of Saint Florent.
    Night on a half-board basis in St Florent.

  • Day 3

    From Saint-Florent to Calvi

    • Distance : 105 km
    • Elevation gain : 1500 m
    • Negative gradient : 1500 m

    Cross the famous Agriates Desert to reach the charming town of Ile Rousse, via the Col de Vezzu.
    Then, cycling along the small roads of Balagne, you cross through typical mountain villages to reach Calvi, which awaits you with its famous citadel.
    Night on a half-board basis in Calvi.

  • Day 4

    From Calvi to Porto

    • Distance : 80 km
    • Elevation gain : 1140 m
    • Negative gradient : 1090 m

    Ride along a superb coastal road, perfect for photo opportunities and a quick dip in the sea. Then, a climb up the Col de Palmarella from which you can take in a superb view over the Gulf of Girolata and the Scandola Natural Reserve.
    Night on a half-board basis in Porto.

  • Day 4

    Loop around Porto

    • Distance : 93 km
    • Elevation gain : 1900 m
    • Negative gradient : 1900 m

    Set off to discover the fantastic Calanques (coves) de Piana (which are classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Head on to the village of Cargèse, situated on the Punta di Cargèse and perched on the northern end of the Gulf of Sagone. Ride inland to tackle the Col de Sévi before reaching Porto, where you will stay in the same hotel as the night before.

  • Day 6

    From Porto to Corte

    • Distance : 90 km
    • Elevation gain : 1900 m
    • Negative gradient : 1600 m

    Explore the mountainous centre of Corsica, passing through the splendid Gorges de Spelunca, the Col de Vergio (1477m) and the Aïtone Forest before reaching Corte.
    Option to extend the stage to see the Gorges de la Restonia (30km there and back).
    Night on a half-board basis in Corte, historic capital of the island.

  • Day 7

    From Corte to Bastia

    • Distance : 115 km
    • Elevation gain : 2550 m
    • Negative gradient : 2950 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    Leave Corte and head in the direction of Castagniccia, a region famous for its chestnut groves. This stage, with its mountain setting, transports you to the north-east coast of Corsica. 
    Night in Bastia on a B&B basis (night and breakfast included).

  • Day 8

    Bastia

      End of trip after breakfast.

    • End of trip

    Travel conditions

    • Attendees

      Departure for group of 6 people.

    • 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.

    • Options

      +1 day or -1 day,

      Picnics,
      Storage and transport of boxes and bags with rigid bottom (option only for the formula with assistance vehicle: +40 € / box)
      Customized program from the steps you choose yourself,
      Additional accommodation before or after the stay,
      Single room supplement,
      High end bike rental.

    • Accommodation

      5 nights in half board, 2 nights in B&B in Bastia in double room formula: you sleep in comfortable rooms of 2 people in hotels, guest rooms and sometimes in cottages. Sheets and towels are provided. A bathroom is reserved for you. Single room option.

    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      Departure from Bastia

      How to get there:
      By boat (car): By the port of Marseille, Nice, Toulon or Genoa. With the companies Corsica Linea or Corsica Ferries.
      By plane: Bastia airport.

      PLANE

      - Either you buy your flight tickets yourself from your preferred travel agency or via the Internet, only when we have confirmed in writing the departure of your trip.

      - Either we book your plane tickets for you.

    Dates and price

    Information

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

    Free departure from

    Price TTC per person

    Package with assistance vehicle and luggage storage - hotel
    Registration at 8 people1040

    Options

    Single room option (hotel): +175€/pers

    The price includes

    • Accommodation and their reservations,
    • 5 nights half board from dinner on day 2 until breakfast on day 7,
    • 2 nights in Bastia in B&B formula (night and breakfast included),
    • maps with highlighted route,
    • electronic GPS tracks,
    • the carriage of luggage,
    • 1 vehicle 9 seats + driver during the whole stay.

    The price does not include

    • Drinks,
    • The diners in Bastia,
    • Personal expenses,
    • Picnics,
    • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
    • Bicycles,
    • Transportation to the meeting point,
    • The transfer back,
    • Insurance,
    • Storage and transport of boxes and bags with rigid bottom (option possible, consult us).

    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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