Corsica Bike Tour

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

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $5,895Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Pedal along the Cap Corse, the peninsula that juts into the Mediterranean and surrounds you with the sea on all sides
  • Catch a speedboat to the Scandola Nature Reserve, where UNESCO-listed formations of red rock mark the Corsican coast
  • Enjoy unforgettable dining experiences like a sunset dinner overlooking the port in Saint-Florent and a five-star feast at Hotel Misíncu
  • Experience Corsica’s unique island identity, whether you’re tasting local Patrimonio wines or swimming at secluded beaches

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

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to l'Île de Beauté

    Your guides will greet you at the airport in Bastia, then transfer you to lunch by the sea in Erbalunga. This ancient village is known as a “painter’s nest” for the way artists seem to gravitate to its charms. After our bike fitting and safety briefing, you’ll see the scenic appeal as we warm up on Cap Corse, a finger of the island that points toward France. The ride is filled with crumbling Genoese watchtowers and the air carries the scent of wild thyme and mint. Keep pedaling to our five-star hotel, where you can settle into your room, take a dip in the pool, or stroll out to the beach. If you prefer, continue cycling in the surrounding hills which are thick with maquis—a shrub that also became a general term for the French Resistance during the second World War. Tonight we toast to a vibrant week and indulge in a Corsican feast at our hotel that highlights local produce.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Bastia, Pietranera, Lavasina, Erbalunga, Porticcio
    Accomplished: 22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 608 meters
    Shorter Option: 10 miles / 16 km, elevation gain: 250 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Misíncu

  • Day 2

    Cap Corse to Patrimonio

    Ride out from our hotel this morning and head across the Cap Corse, following the peninsula’s western side before turning inland to reach the forested town of Morsiglia. Cruise back out towards the gulf and keep riding down the coast to Pino and Nonza, each with their own stellar views. After lunch in Nonza, our roller coaster ride continues to the Patrimonio region where—of course—we must try the eponymous wine at a petite domaine in the center of town. Upon our arrival in Saint-Florent, we’ll check into our seaside hotel, explore the old town and its marina, and have a satisfying meal of super-fresh fish.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Morsiglia, Pino, Nonza, Patrimonio, Saint-Florent
    Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 1,587 meters
    Longer Option: 48 miles / 80 km, elevation gain: 1,889 meters
    Accommodations: La Roya

  • Day 3

    Bike / Eat / Hike / Beach

    Wake up to an exhilarating view of the Mediterranean and take a moment to sip a cup of coffee, gazing at the Saint-Florent citadel in the distance. This morning we’re back in the saddle to explore Corsica’s diverse natural assets—from its arid mountains to olive groves and vineyards. We’ll have lunch back in Saint-Florent and set off by speedboat for northern Corsica’s most beautiful beach, the Plage de Saleccia. On our own secluded stretch of powdery white sand, you can spend the afternoon swimming, sunning, or trekking the Sentier des Douaniers. The latter is a trail that cuts through the Désert des Agriates, a wild landscape of flowers, desert scrub, and salty air that arrives at Loto Beach. This evening, have dinner at the hotel and catch a classic Mediterranean sunset over the port of Saint-Florent.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Oletta, Saint-Florent, Saleccia Beach, Loto Beach
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 790 meters; 4 miles / 7 km hiking
    Accommodations: La Roya

  • Day 4

    The Littoral

    Today begins with a transfer to the start of our ride: a delightful descent out of L’Île-Rousse that delivers us into the countryside dotted with sleepy villages. Our winding route on the littoral arrives to the stacked village of Pigna, where we’ll explore local boutiques selling hand-blown glass, ceramics, and Coriscan handicrafts, then stop for a tapas-style lunch overlooking the Bay of Calvi. From here, transfer to our next hotel outside of Calvi or finish riding right to the front door, gaining plenty of hard-won elevation along the way. Choose a restaurant for dinner on your own in Calvi; your guides have plenty of recommendations in the heart of town or right on the beach.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Désert des Agriates, Monticello, Corbara, Pigna, Calvi
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 660 meters
    Longer Option: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 1,074 meters
    Accommodations: La Signoria

  • Day 5

    Calvi Coast

    Another day of exploring lies ahead! We’ll begin atop the Col de Marsolino and descend by bike into the beach town of Galéria. A small boat is waiting to ferry us to the Scandola Nature Reserve, a breathtaking collection of ragged red cliffs reflected in the deep turquoise waters of Corsica’s gulf. Keep soaking in the scenery during a picnic lunch, then return to dry land and head back to the hotel either in the saddle or in the van. However you get there, we’ll gather back together for a final dinner in the hotel’s lovely indoor-outdoor restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Calvi, Galéria, Scandola
    Accomplished: 17 miles / 28 km, elevation gain: 515 meters
    Longer Option: 38 miles / 62 km, elevation gain: 1,214 meters
    Accommodations: La Signoria

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    Take your time enjoying an excellent breakfast at the hotel—you’ve earned it. Reflect on the amazing rides you just accomplished or keep your legs limber with a short spin in the area before your guides see you off at the Calvi airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Bastia, France Pick-Up Location: Bastia airport or downtown hotel Pick-Up Time: 11:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Calvi or Bastia, France Drop-Off Location: Calvi airport Drop-Off Time: 10:00 am
Travelers Take Note

The boat rides on Day 3 and Day 5 are weather permitting and subject to change.

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

2020Single Supplement From: $1,500

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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 wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

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

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • 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
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