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The Tour of southern Corsica by road bike

Loop around Ajaccio via Porto-Vecchio

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1040€/person

Presentation of your trip

The Tour of southern Corsica by road bike: following a loop, starting and finishing at Ajaccio beach, you will cross the south 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 southern Corsica. You leave the Port d’Ajaccio and head to Porto Vecchio. Having taken in the cliffs of Bonifacio, cross through the forests over the Col de Bavella before returning in style to Ajaccio.

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 Ajaccio.
  • Circuit between the sea and mountains.

Complementary informations

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

Program

  • Day 1

    Ajaccio

    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

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

  • Day 2

    From Ajaccio to Propriano

    • Distance : 118 km
    • Elevation gain : 1630 m

    Set off on the adventure along the coast of the gulf of Ajaccio, taking in the sea view. Then descend via winding roads which lead you on to the beautiful beach of Propriano. For those wanting a little more, there is the option to climb the Col de Siu, before a descent down to the beach.
    Night on a half-board basis in Propriano.

  • Day 3

    From Propriano to Bonifacio

    • Distance : 114 km
    • Elevation gain : 1720 m

    Numerous options to enhance the day: the Torra Campoloro + 26km there and back, the remarkable site of Tizzano : + 30km there and back, or a beautiful loop through mountain villages, starting in Sartène : + 46km +800m
    Continue south, passing through the village of Sartène to reach the beautiful beaches at the south of the island. We then arrive in the town of Bonifacio, guardian of the cliffs and the strait of the same name. Take some time to enjoy the town, discover the old town centre facing Sardinia, which is visible and stands just 9km from the French coast.
    Night on a half-board basis in Bonifacio.

  • Day 4

    From Bonifacio to Porto-Vecchio

    • Distance : 90 km
    • Elevation gain : 1420 m

    Riding along a straight road, you very quickly arrive in the mountains, in search of the Chapelle San Agostino and several small Corsican villages. Next, for the more athletic riders, it’s a good climb up the Col de Bacinu (there and back). At the summit, you join the very beautiful coastal road, which winds around the Gulfs of Giula and Porto-Vecchio. You then have the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches on Corsica, such as Santa Giulia and, of course, Palombaggio.
    Night on a half-board basis in Porto-Vecchio.

  • Day 5

    From Porto-Vecchio to Zonza

    • Distance : 90 km
    • Elevation gain : 1620 m

    Set off to discover the mountains with an ascent of the Col de l’Ospédale and its dam.
    You then arrive in the village of Zonza. Next, a climb up the magnificent Col de Bavella, a remarkable listed site. The other option is to take a small road along the length of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio. Then, it's another climb to the village of Conca to rejoin the coast. 10km further, and you leave the coastal road to make your mark on the Col de Bavella from the east coast in order to reach Zonza.
    Night on a half-board basis in Zonza.

  • Day 6

    The mountain loop

    • Distance : 92 km
    • Elevation gain : 1430 m

    Today, you have a pretty loop to visit the mountainous centre of southern Corsia, passing through the small villages of Levie, Santa Lucie de Tallano and Aulène. You have the option to add the Col de la Vaccia to the menu. 
    Night on a half-board basis in Zonza, in the same hotel.

  • Day 7

    From Zonza to Ajaccio

    • Distance : 105 km
    • Elevation gain : 1400 m
    • Type of accommodation : Hotel (B&B)

    We start the morning with a climb up the Col de Saint Eustache, followed by a run along small roads and mountain villages, crossing through typical Corsican forests. From the Col de Saint Georges, you start your final approach towards the sea and Ajaccio. Passage via the Bocca d’Arghja di Bastianu and di Luminataia.
    Night in Ajaccio in a B&B.

  • 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
    • Attendees

      Departure for group of 6 people.

    • 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.

    • Difficulty level

      Physical level 2: Stages from 58 to 105km per day and from 920m to 1400m
      Physical level 3: Stages from 90 to 118km per day and from 1400m to 1720m
      You have a good physical condition, practice at least once a week road cycling over long distances.

    • DEPARTURE AND MEETING POINT

      Departure from Ajaccio.

      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: Ajaccio Airport

    • Plane

      - Either you buy your plane ticket yourself, 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): +185€/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 Ajaccio in B&B formula (night and breakfast included),
    • maps with highlighted route,
    • electronic GPS tracks,
    • the carriage of luggage,
    • 1 vehicle 6 or 9 seats + driver during the whole stay.

    The price does not include

    • Drinks,
    • The diners in Ajaccio,
    • Personal expenses,
    • Picnics,
    • Personal bike equipment (helmets, gloves),
    • Bicycles,
    • Transportation to the meeting point,
    • 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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