Corsica Bike Tour

  • Region: France
  • Destination: Corsica
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Three
  • Price From: $5795
  • Single Supplement: $1100


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Climb soaring mountain roads with not a car in sight on the Corsica Bike Tour. Cycle through delightful coastal towns, from Bastia to Calvi and Piana to Ajaccio. Explore the lush green forests and staggering rocky cliffs. Enjoy the exquisite peace of the island life, challenging yourself to conquer its highest peaks and treating yourself to all its finest delicacies. Fresh seafood and local game are among the culinary pleasures on offer to fuel our rides. With exceptional accommodations awaiting us every night, we’ll wake up well-rested for another epic day on our dream Corsican cycling trip.


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Tour by Day

Day One: 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: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Cap Corse, Patrimonio wine region, St. Florent
Accomplished: 35 miles / 56 km; 3,500 feet / 1,000m of climbing
Accommodations: La Roya

Day Two: Riding Inland from St. Florent to Calvi
We’ll ride inland today into the heart of Corsica, starting with 20 rolling kilometers
through the rocky Désert d’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’s dinner is free
so you can opt to dine in the center of Calvi, on the beach, or at your hotel as is
your preference.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Desert des Agrigates, Belgodere, Muro, Calvi
Accomplished: 53 miles / 85 km; 3,900 feet / 1,200m of climbing
Accommodations: La Signoria 

Day Three: Along the Rocky Coast from Calvi to Piana
After yesterday’s mountainous ride, our legs deserve a little respite. We’ll begin
our ride 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; 2,300 feet / 700m of climbing
Accommodations: Capo Rosso

Day Four: 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; 5,365 feet / 1,635m of climbing
Accommodations: Sofitel La Thalassa

Day Five: 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 / 51.5 km; 2,900 feet / 890m of climbing
Accommodations: Sofitel La Thalassa

Day Six: 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

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