Corsica Bike Tour

L'Île de Beauté: All is Color and All is Light

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price from: $5,795Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle through the stunning Calanches, UNESCO-listed granite formations emblematic of the Corsican coast
  • Climb the Col de Vergio and Col de Sevi for rewarding views from the heights of the most mountainous Mediterranean island
  • Enjoy unforgettable dining experiences, like a sunset dinner overlooking the coast at Capo Rosso and a Michelin-starred meal at La Roya
  • Pedal along the Cap Corse, the peninsula that juts into the Mediterranean and surrounds you with sea on all sides

Eat

Wild boar, local cured meats, goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses, chestnuts, and fresh seafood

Drink

Patrimonio and Sciacarello Corsican wines; Mattei’s famous Cap Corse aperitif

Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to l’Isle de Beauté

    Your guides will greet you at the airport in Bastia, and we’re off. We’ll transfer to the small town of Saint-Florent on the Cap Corse. Discover the island’s northern peninsula riding out along the coastal road, with the Mediterranean in every direction. The road rises and falls along the shoulder of seaside mountains, passing through villages and along rocky beaches on the Cap’s coastal road. Spinning back to town, just outside of St. Florent, we can opt to stop for a wine tasting in one of the areas top wineries. Toast our ride with a glass of the local Patrimonio wine and enjoy a delicious Michelin-starred meal at La Roya tonight.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Cap Corse, Patrimonio wine region, Saint Florent
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 377 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 46 km, elevation gain: 665 meters
    Accommodations: La Roya

  • Day 2

    Riding Inland from Saint Florent to Calvi

    We’ll ride inland today into the heart of Corsica, starting with 20 rolling kilometers through the rocky Désert des Agriates. Descend to the coast near Ile Rousse before climbing again to the town of Belgodere and ride along a ridge for 25 kilometers, with impressive views in every direction. Small villages abound with fresh produce or a quick sandwich will energize us for the final clicks. From the hill town of Lumio we’ll descend back toward the water to arrive with a sprint finish at our next luxurious hotel, La Signoria, just outside of Calvi and conveniently located adjacent to a excellent local winery. Stretch out and relax! Tonight, your guides can recommend a restaurant for dinner on your own in the center of Calvi or right on the beach.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Desert des Agrigates, Belgodere, Muro, Calvi
    Accomplished: 53 miles / 85 km, elevation gain: 1,200 meters
    Accommodations: La Signoria

  • Day 3

    Along the Rocky Coast from Calvi to Piana

    Follow yesterday’s mountainous ride with another rewarding day of riding. We’ll begin atop the Col du Marsolino, starting with a descent to the beach town of Galeria. From here, we’ll climb up to a ridge perched above the sea for an unforgettable view of Corsica’s northwest coast, then ride 40 awesome kilometers directly above the water hundreds of feet below us. Few rides are as visually stunning as this. We’ll climb the mountains above the Mediterranean through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Golf of Porto and les Calanches de Piana. Capping off the epic day is an 11-kilometer climb up to the hotel Capo Rosso, with its outrageous view overlooking the granite Calanches, sculpted by the wind and sea. Enjoy dinner at Capo Rosso tonight in an idyllic setting, overlooking the rocky coast as the sun sets on its red rock.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Galeria, Calvi, Porto, Piana
    Accomplished: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 840 meters
    Accommodations: Capo Rosso

  • Day 4

    The Queen Stage

    We’ll start our day riding the 11-kilometer descent through the Calanches and down to Porto. Then, we begin a steady climb of 34 kilometers, ascending into scrub-oak forests and chestnut groves, which give way to gigantic Corsican pines. Pedal through scattered hill towns where you can hear the ancient language of Corsican spoken in the town squares. Finally, we descend again, ending our epic ride in the seaside town of Sagone. Enjoy a fantastic lunch adjacent to the sea before speeding off to the Sofitel Thalassa in Porticcio, just outside of Ajaccio. This evening enjoy a beautiful meal paired with a glass of Sciacarello wine at our hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Porto, Col de Vergio, Col de Sevi, Sagone, Porticcio
    Accomplished: 50 miles / 80 km, elevation gain: 1,635 meters
    AccommodationsSofitel La Thalassa

  • Day 5

    Propriano Ride

    Leaving our hotel we will head south along the winding coastal road, aiming for the resort town of Propriano, crossing inland to encounter some of the best cycling views of the week. Pedal through small towns perched above the sea, then descend down into the port of Propriano. We’ll come together at one of our favorite restaurants on the waters edge for a victory lunch, celebrating a week of unforgettable cycling. After lunch you can opt to continue riding back to the hotel for an additional challenge or go for a swim in the sea before transferring back to our hotel for the afternoon. Tonight we will dine at a nearby restaurant along the seashore, and watch as the sun sets behind the mountains ringing the bay of Ajaccio.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Portiglio, Marmontaja, Propriano
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 51 km, elevation gain: 890 meters
    AccommodationsSofitel La Thalassa

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    Awake to the sounds of the waves and take in a great breakfast at the Sofitel. You’ve earned it. Reflect on the amazing rides you just accomplished, keep your legs limber with a short spin in the area, or get a much-deserved massage. Your guides will see
    you off at Ajaccio airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Bastia, France
Pick-Up Location: 10:30am at the Bastia Airport or Bastia city center hotel

Depart

Airport City: Ajaccio, France
Drop-Off Location: 12:30pm at the Ajaccio Airport

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $1,200

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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