Biking CORSICA from North to south

Not quite France and not Italy either, a bike trip in Corsica is a unique biking experience between mountain, sea and cultural particularities.

Get ready to be amazed by the breathtaking cliffs plunging into the Mediterranean, its golden beaches and high mountains, the villages hung on the side of the cliffs, riding the gorges carved in stone, the hills lined with chestnut and olive trees: Corsica is well and truly an “island of beauty” and a cycling paradise.

Further south, amazing granite sculptures overlook the Gulf of Porto: these are the Calanche de Piana, with its formidable chaotic decor. You will not get tired of the spectacle of the landscapes until the southern end of the island, where Bonifacio seems to be standing in balance on high cliffs of white limestone.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Riding across the “Beauty Island”
  • Calvi & Bonifacio
  • Some of Europe most beautilful sandy beaches
  • Private boat tour in Gulf of Porto & Piana’s Calanques (included in the guided version)

A BIKE TRIP THAT ADAPTS TO YOUR WISHES!

Choose the option that suits you: supported, guided or custom.

Supported Tour

The perfect balance between autonomy and assistance.

Thanks to the simplicity of use of the biking GPS, which we include, you can enjoy your day the way you want. We suggest places for lunch and dinner as well as the activities not to be missed on the itinerary we have created.

A support vehicle (van) and its driver-guide will accompany you. It will pick you up on the first day at the meeting place and drop you off at the end of your stay. At each stage, he transfers your luggage. For more security and comfort, the van is at your disposal for the duration of your trip. It will stay nearby to provide you with supplies, to solve any mechanical problems or to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in case of fatigue or capricious weather. Finally, since we choose to offer you the most beautiful itineraries, it sometimes requires a transfer to make the junction between two stages.

Our trips are privatized, offering you the guarantee to travel in small groups with your friends or family.

From 2950€/person

Guided Tour

Follow the guide !

All you have to do is pedal and enjoy the scenery, we’ll take care of everything! You discover the region accompanied by a certified bike guide. Every day we program the best places for lunch and dinner, as well as the activities not to be missed on the itinerary we have created.

A support vehicle (van) and its driver-guide will accompany you. It will pick you up on the first day at the meeting place and drop you off at the end of your stay. At each stage, he transfers your luggage. For more security and comfort, the van is at your disposal for the duration of your trip. It will stay nearby to provide you with supplies, to solve any mechanical problems or to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in case of fatigue or capricious weather. Finally, since we choose to offer you the most beautiful itineraries, it sometimes requires a transfer to make the junction between two stages.

Our trips are privatized, offering you the guarantee to travel in small groups with your friends or family.

From 4350€/person

Custom Tour

The trip of your dreams !

With our expertise and the elements that you will share with us, we will know how to accompany you in the conception of the trip of your dreams! Whether it’s a question of creating a new itinerary or adapting one of our tours, each element of your trip will be carefully studied to meet your expectations: budget, dates, itinerary, difficulty, activities, theme, guiding, accommodation, catering or bike rental.

We design and organize bike tours for friends and families who wish to celebrate an event or simply share good times. We also offer solutions to companies, associations and administrations who wish to thank their teams or partners.

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    BIKe itinerary

    Welcome to Corsica

    We welcome you at Bastia airport at 2 pm and drive you at your ideally located hotel in the charming fishermen village of Erbalunga.

    After a bike fitting and a tour oriention, we will enjoy the beauty of the Corsican coast. This small marine aligns its old houses on a green schist peninsula topped by an old Genoese tower that is half ruined. Enjoy the pleasure of strolling around the port in the narrow stairways, shaded by plane trees, laurels and palm trees, and in the flowered squares.

    Erbalunga > Saint-Florent

    Today, for your first ride in Corsica, you will start from Erbalunga on a very beautiful hilly road along the coast that will take you around Cap Corse to Saint-Florent.

    A beautifully traced route between the sea and the mountains allows you to discover sandy or pebble beaches, steep villages with their ancient terraced crops, and navies nestled in the embankments of the coast.

    At the hollow of a very beautiful gulf to which it has given its name, Saint-Florent is built on a slight height north of the mouth of the Aliso river. Stroll through the old town through winding alleys lined with old houses and flower-filled oleander plots.

    Saint-Florent > Calvi

    Balagne region contemplates the Mediterranean from its balcony of fertile hills and its coastline with its sandy bays. Beautiful villages dot the landscapes of this pleasant region, a land of coconut trees, orchards, vineyards and olive trees. Beyond the first reliefs, Balagne becomes wild and unknown, and offers unforgettable panoramas.

    Proudly set on its bright harbour in a setting of often snow-covered mountains, Calvi is one of the most beautiful marine sites on the island.

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    Calvi > Piana

    This morning we ride towardsPiana along hilly and then rolling mountainous seaside panoramic roads. Flying over the Mediterranean, we then reach beautiful Porto and Calanche of Piana where we will stay for 2 nights. Dominating the Gulf of Porto, there are astonishing granite sculptures formed by erosion. From this chaotic landscape emerges a strange and unique beauty. The intense blue of the sea, the often unreal light that bathes the coast, the palette of oranges and roses of granite and the vigorous relief make it an exceptional site.

    PIANA REST DAY

    Today is our day of. It is the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular boat trip in Gulf of Porto and Calanche of Piana ! This is the type of experience you’ll remember for a long time ! We will also enjoy this day spending time in the village of Piana, which is classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages and relaxing at our comfy hotel with stunning views !

    Piana > Corte 

    Starting from the sea side, we then ride inland for the first mountain stage with the passage through the Spelunca gorges towards the Col de Vergio at 1478 m. Once at the top, we ride downhill through Scala di Santa Regina gorges. which are one of the most famous and wildest on the island. The road, cut in places in the rock face, dominates the gorges. The arid and tormented landscape offers a grandiose physiognomy.

    Corte played a fundamental historical role and remains today the Corsican capital of heart. You will love to linger in the old town with its steep, cobbled streets dominated by the citadel.

    Corte > quenza 

    Today’s stage is the most challenging of our cycling trip in Corsica. Indeed, it will be essentially mountainous. We will go south and ride series of beautiful and remote cols: Sorba (1311 m), Verde (1289 m), Vacchia (1193 m).

    We stay overnight in Quenza, at the footsteps of the famous Aiguilles de Bavella.

    Quenza > Palombaggia beach

    After the Col de Bavella, we will ride through the enchanting forest of l’Ospedale before reaching the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio.To the north and south, peninsulas and small bays are home to sumptuous beaches fringed with pine forests, such as the famous Palombaggia where we finish our ride and enjoy a well diserved bath in one of Europe’s most beautiful beaches.

    We then take the van to our hotel ideally located near Bonifacio, the pearl of Corsica. It is the southernmost village on the island, built on an exceptional site. Bonifacio is a must see place,

    END OF STAY

    We will take you to Ajaccio airport after breakfast to end this Corsica bike tour, unless you want to extend your stay with Veymont Travel.

    ACCOMODATIONS / HOTELS

    Veymont Travel retains the right to change the hotels if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

    ERBALUNGA – 1 night

    Castel Brando 4*

    Settled in an authentic patrician mansion of the XIXth century and its dependences, the Hotel is surrounded by a splendid mediterranean garden with numerous century-old palm trees.

    Saint-Florent – 1 night

    La Roya 4*

    The hotel offers an exceptional setting on one of the most beautiful beaches of the Bay of Saint-Florent. The beach is directly accessible from the hotel garden.

    Calvi – 1 night

    Hostellerie l’Abbaye 4*

    Built in a former church of the Convent of the Franciscans, this hotel in Calvi will delight you by its charm, its comfort and the quality of its services.

    Piana – 2 nights

    Capo Rosso 4*

    Looking out over the Gulf of Porto and the Mediterranean, in the heart of the famous Calanche of Piana, this charming hotel offers sea view rooms with terraces.

    Corte – 1 night

    Dominique Colonna 4*

    In the heart of the Restonica Valley rooted in Corsican rural and mountain surroundings the hotel offers an enchanting setting on the banks of the river.

    Quenza – 1 night

    Sole e Monti 3*

    Sole e Monti is a charming hotel-restaurant located in south Corsica’s mountains, at the footsteps of the Aiguilles de Bavella.

    Bonifacio – 2 nights

    U Capu Biancu 4*

    Located in the bush and overlooking the Gulf of Santa Manza, this luxurious and vast beach hotel is located 12 km from Bonifacio.

    equipment / bikes

    Included

    Carbon road bike – Shimano 105

    Trek Emonda SL5 or equivalent

    Women’s model also available

    Size: 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62

    Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-32

    Supplement + 130€

    Road E-bike

    Pinarello Nytro or equivalent

    Size: 46,5 – 50 – 53 – 55 – 58

    Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-30

    Supplement + 200 €

    Carbon road bike – Ultegra DI2

    Pinarello Prince or equivalent

    Women’s model also available

    Size: 46,5 – 50 – 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5 – 62

    Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-32

    Supplement + 880 €

    Carbon road bike – Dura Ace DI2

    Pinarello Dogma F12 or equivalent

    Size: 46,5 – 50 – 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57,5 – 59,5

    Chainring: 50-34 Cassette: 11-32

    Equipment / dEtails

    You can choose to travel with your own bike and/or bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet. The guide will set up your equipment upon arrival.

    Equipment provided with the rental of a Road Bike
    Equipment provided with the rental of a Hybrid Bike
    • Pedals to choose from the following:
      • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
      • flat with cages
      • flat
    • 1 Pump
    • 1 Computer
    • 2 water bottles
    • 1 saddle bag: 1 spare tube + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
    • 1 helmet
    Equipment provided with the rental of a Hybrid Bike
    • Pedals to choose from the following:
      • cleats: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo
      • flat with cages
      • flat
    • 1 Pump
    • 1 Computer
    • 1 water bottle
    • 1 saddle bag: 1 spare tube + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
    • 1 helmet
    • 1 handlebar bag
    • 2 rear panniers

    WHAT’s INCLUDED / WHAT’S NOT incluDED ?

    Included
    Supported tour
    Not Included
    Supported Tour

    Accomodation

    • 1 night in a 3* hotel (or equivalent) in double occupancy
    • 7 nights in 4* hotels (or equivalent) in double occupancy

    Meals

    • 8 breakfasts
    • Snacks and refreshments

    Guiding

    • 1 driver-guide

    Activities

    • 6 bike rides

    Equipment

    • Carbon road bike rental with bike equipment (see above)
    • Garmin bike GPS rental (1 for 4 persons)
    • 1 Veymont Travel cycling jersey

    Support & Transfer

    • 1 support van following the group and offering to the guests:
    • Transfer of people
    • Transfer of luggage
    • Transfer of bikes
    • Mechanical assistance
    • Refreshments
    • Pick up and drop off at predeterminated places
    Not Included
    Guided Tour
    • Travel and repatriation insurance
    • Plane/train tickets and transportation to/from predetermined pick up/drop off locations
    • Accomodation before and after the stay
    • Personnal effetcs purchased during the stay
    • Activities not planned by Veymont Travel
    • Meals not mentionned in the “meals” section
    • Wine and dinks in bars, hotels and restaurants
    Included
    Guided tour
    Not Included
    Guided Tour

    Accomodation

    • 1 night in a 3* hotel (or equivalent) in double occupancy
    • 7 nights in 4* hotels (or equivalent) in double occupancy

    Meals

    • 8 breakfasts
    • 6 lunches
    • 8 dinners
    • Snacks and refreshments

    Guiding

    • 1 driver-guide
    • 1 certified bike guide

    Activities

    • 6 bike rides
    • Private boat tour in Piana’s calanques

    Equipment

    • Carbon road bike rental with bike equipment (see above)
    • Garmin bike GPS rental (1 for 4 persons)
    • 1 Veymont Travel cycling jersey

    Support & Transfer

    • 1 support van following the group and offering to the guests:
    • Transfer of people
    • Transfer of luggage
    • Transfer of bikes
    • Mechanical assistance
    • Refreshments
    • Pick up and drop off at predeterminated places
    Not Included
    Guided Tour
    • Travel and repatriation insurance
    • Plane/train tickets and transportation to/from predetermined pick up/drop off locations
    • Accomodation before and after the stay
    • Personnal effetcs purchased during the stay
    • Activities not planned by Veymont Travel
    • Meals not mentionned in the “meals” section
    • Wine and dinks in bars, hotels and restaurants

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