Corsica Bike Tour

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

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $5,595Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle through the stunning Calanques, UNESCO-listed granite formations emblematic of the Corsican coast
  • Climb the 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
  • Pedal along the Cap Corse, the peninsula that juts into the Mediterranean and surrounds you with the 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

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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 our hotel in the small town of Saint-Florent on the Cap Corse. Discover the island’s northern peninsula as we ride out along the coastal road, surrounded by the Mediterranean on all sides. The road rises and falls along the shoulder of seaside mountains, passes through villages, and follows rocky beaches on the Cap’s coast. Spinning back to the outskirts of Saint-Florent, we can stop for an optional wine tasting in one of the area’s top wineries. Toast our ride with a glass of local Patrimonio wine and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner tonight.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Cap Corse, Farinole, Patrimonio, Saint-Florent
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 473 meters
    Longer Option: 29 miles / 46 km, elevation gain: 1,375 meters
    Accommodations: La Roya or La Dimora

  • Day 2

    Inland from Saint-Florent to Calvi

    Today we head inland and ride into the heart of Corsica. Our first rolling section takes us through the rocky Désert des Agriates, followed by a descent to the coast near L’Île-Rousse. Start climbing again to the town of Belgodère and keep riding along a ridge for a good 25 kilometers, enjoying the impressive views in every direction. Around lunchtime, small villages abound with fresh produce or we can grab some sandwiches to stay energized for the final clicks. From the hill town of Lumio, descend back toward the water and arrive with a sprint finish at our next luxurious hotel, La Signoria, just outside of Calvi (and conveniently adjacent to an excellent local winery). 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: Désert des Agriates, Belgodère, Muro, Calvi
    Accomplished: 57 miles / 92 km, elevation gain: 1,507 meters
    Accommodations: La Signoria

  • Day 3

    Calvi to Piana Along the Rocky Coast

    Another rewarding day of riding lies ahead! We’ll begin atop the Col de Marsolino and descend into the beach town of Galéria. From here, climb up to a ridge high above the sea for an unforgettable view of Corsica’s northwest coast, then ride 40 awesome kilometers directly above the water as it recedes far below us—few rides are as visually stunning as this one. We’ll climb the mountains above the Mediterranean through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Gulf of Porto and the Calanques de Piana. Capping off the epic day is an 11-kilometer climb up to the hotel Capo Rosso with its outrageous view overlooking the wind- and sea-sculpted Calanques. Enjoy dinner at Capo Rosso tonight in an idyllic setting, overlooking the granite coast as the sun casts its last shadows on the red rock.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Calvi, Galéria, Porto, Piana
    Accomplished: 52 miles / 84 km, elevation gain: 2,166 meters
    Accommodations: Capo Rosso

  • Day 4

    The Queen Stage

    Start the day with a descent through the Calanques and down to Porto. Then, we begin a steady 34-kilometer climb 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 town squares. Finally, we descend again and end our epic ride in the seaside town of Sagone. Enjoy a fantastic lunch adjacent to the sea before a boat ride brings us to the Sofitel Thalassa in Porticcio, just outside of Ajaccio. Tonight’s dinner will take place at a nearby restaurant along the seashore, where we’ll watch as the sun sets behind the mountains ringing the bay of Ajaccio.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Porto, Marignana, Col de Sevi, Sagone, Porticcio
    Accomplished: 41 miles / 64 km, elevation gain: 1,792 meters
    AccommodationsSofitel La Thalassa

  • Day 5

    From the Bay to the Mountains

    Leaving our hotel, we head south along a winding coastal road and tackle one last climb inland to reach some of the best cycling views of the week. Follow forested roads into small hamlets perched above the sea before we summit Col de Gradello, earning some unforgettable views and a classic Corsican lunch. After lunch, enjoy the long descent with Ajaccio Bay in our sights for the entire ride home. This evening, indulge in a beautiful meal paired with a glass of Sciacarello wine at our hotel.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Verghia, Marato, Propriano
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 1,409 meters
    AccommodationsSofitel La Thalassa

  • Day 6

    Au Revoir

    Wake to the sounds of the waves and 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 Ajaccio 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: Ajaccio, France Drop-Off Location: Ajaccio airport Drop-Off Time: 10:00 am

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2019Single 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 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 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
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