Cycling Corsica from North Cape to Bonifacio

Not quite France and not Italy either, a Corsica cycling holiday 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

  • Private boat trip in Calanche de Piana
  • Corsican North Cape
  • Calvi living old town
  • Porto & Piana Calanche
  • Spelunca and Scala di Santa Reggina wild gorges
  • Remote mountain roads of Corsica
  • Aiguilles de Bavella
  • Europe most beautiful sandy beaches near Porto-Vecchio
  • Perched village of Bonifacio
I BOOK NOW I WANT TO GO CUSTOM / PRIVATE

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

DAY 1 - Arrival in 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.

 

Night in : Erbalunga

Meal included:  Dinner

DAY 2 - AROUND CAP CORSE

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

The peninsula of Cap Corse is ordered on either side of a central ridge culminating at 1 300 m. A beautifully traced route between the sea and the mountains allows you to discover its sandy or pebble beaches, the steep villages with their ancient terraced crops, and the navies nestled in the embankments of the coast.

At the hollow of a very beautiful gulf to which it has given its name, St-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. 

 

Route  : 99 km / 1240 m D+

Night in Saint-Florent

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 3 - Escape in Balagne

Balagne 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. To discover this region, we will ride our bike along the small roads that wind through fields, palm trees and agave trees before reaching Calvi.

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: the citadel, planted on the promontory that extends between the Gulf of Calvi and the Gulf of Revellata, stands out in the middle of a landscape full of tranquility, with its long beach that extends to the bottom of a vast bay.

 

Route : 107 km / 1520 m D+

Night in Calvi

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 4 - West Coast of Corsica

This morning we ride towards Piana along hilly and then rolling mountainous seaside panoramic roads. Flying over the Mediterranean, we then reach beautiful Porto and Calanche de 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.

 

Route : 92 km / 1470 m D+

Night in Piana

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 5 - Private boat trip

Today is our first day off and to rcover from our first rides let’s enjoy a private and 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 which offers stunning views !

 

Night in Piana

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 6 - Spelunca and Scala di Santa Reggina wild gorges

Starting from the sea side, we then ride inland for the first mountain stage with the passage through Spelunca gorges towards the Col de Vergio at 1478 m. The gorges offer vertiginous perspectives and dense colours, including roses, mark the visit of the gorges.

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: the bare rock, eroded by winds and storm water, is divided into needles. Only a few clumps of vegetation manage to cling to the crevices. Under the sun, the parade ignites.

We finally reach our chic boutique hotel located at the entrance of the Restonica gorges, once passed Corte. 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. Located at the crossroads of many valleys, the student city is a perfect stopover to explore the richness of the central part of the island.

 

Route : 97 km / 1950 m D+

Night in Corte

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 - Mountains of Corsica

Today’s stage is the most challenging of our cycling trip in Corsica. Indeed, it will be essentially mountainous. You will take roads from the centre of the island from Corte to Quenza, going south and riding 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 that we will bike tomorrow where we will taste all the beauty of these jagged peaks pointed above the forest, the changing colour of the great rock walls emerging from the laricio pines and the harshness of the landscape. 

 

Route : 117 km / 2630 m D+

Night in Quenza

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 8 - Splendid finish on the Gulf of Porto Vecchio

After the Col de Bavella, we will ride through the enchanting forest of l’Ospedale before reaching the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio.

Very popular since the Bronze Age, as evidenced by its prehistoric remains, the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio is still as successful as ever. 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. Surrounded by red rocks, this long white sandy beach lies at the foot of dunes shaded by superb umbrella pines. The sea is adorned with turquoise, ultramarine blue and amethyst shades: a certain idea of paradise.

We then take the van to our hotel ideally located near Bonifacio, the pearl of Corsica. We stay there for two nights, meaning that tomorrow is a day off to explore Bonifacio, its wonderful surroundings and to relax with a cocktail by the beach.

 

Route : 77 km / 1066 m D+

Night in Bonifacio

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 9 - DAY OFF IN BONIFACIO

The southernmost city on the island, built on an exceptional site, Bonifacio is a must see place, Enclosed in its fortifications, the old town, perched on a narrow and high limestone promontory shaped by the sea and the wind, dominates a 1,500 m long estuary at the bottom of which a marine flowers. Once a safe haven for warships, the port now offers its anchorage to leisure boats. We’ll have a splendid walk down to the sea throughout the cliff tanks to the unusual Aragon King’s stairs.

 

Night in Bonifacio

Meals included:  Breakfast – Dinner

DAY 10 - DEPARTURE

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will take youto Ajaccio airport after breakfast to end this bike tour in Corsica, unless you want to extend your cycling holidays and bike the French Riviera with Veymont, 

Meal included: Breakfast

Catalonia

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

Erbalunga – 1 night

Hotel Castel Brando – 4*

At the beginning of the magnificent Cap Corse and only 15 minutes away from Bastia, the Castel Brando is a hotel with great charm, in a timeless atmosphere.

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. The Castel Brando is a real haven of peace, comfort and evasion for its guests

Saint Florent – 1 night

Hotel La Roya – 4*

Hidden in a real garden Eden and immersed into scents of roses and lavender 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. A small charming path shaded by palm trees and umbrella pines leads you there.

Calvi – 1 night

Hostellerie l’Abbaye – 4*

Hotel in Calvi, Hostellerie of The Abbey welcomes you in his establishment of character in Corsica, in the micro-region of Balagne.

Built in a former church of the Convent of the Franciscans, our 4-star hotel in Calvi will delight you by its charm, its comfort and the quality of its services.

Piana – 2 nights

Hotel Capo Rosso – 4*

In the heart of a UNESCO “World Heritage” Site, overlooking the finest panorama on Corsica, with exceptional views of the Scandola peninsula

Looking out over the Gulf of Porto and the Mediterranean… In the heart of the famous Calanche of Piana, 8km from one of the finest beaches on Corsica, this charming hotel offers sea view rooms with terraces…

Corte – 1 night

Hotel Dominique Colonna – 4*

In the heart of the Restonica Valley (ranked as a ‘Grand site de France’), rooted in Corsican rural and mountain surroundings but only a few minutes from Corte, the cultural capital steeped in history, the Dominique Colonna Hotel offers an enchanting setting on the banks of the river where you can experience the good life.

Quenza – 1 night

Hotel 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.. You can enjoy a little terrace in all the rooms and the garden all day long, but also the well knowned in gastronomic tours restaurant.

Bonifacio – 2 nights

Hotel 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. The luxurious rooms have a chic rustic decoration. They have a balcony with a view of the gulf or scrubland. The establishment has a gourmet restaurant by the sea as well as a friendly restaurant on the beach. It also includes a lounge, a heated outdoor swimming pool, a spa, and a private beach. Yoga classes are available.

BIKES

Included

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105 Compact

Trek Emonda S5 (Male) ou Trek Domane SL5 WSD (female) or equivalent

Size: 44 (Emonda S4) – 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62

Crank : 50-34

Cassette: 11-32

 

 

Supplement + 140€

Road E-bike

Pinarello Nytro or equivalent

Size: 46,5 – 50 -53 – 55 – 58

 

 

 

Supplement + 215€

Carbon road bike – Ultegra DI2 Compact

Pinarello Prince or Domane SL7 or equivalent

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

Crank: 50-34

Cassette: 11-32

 

Supplement + 950 €

Carbon road bike – Dura Ace DI2 Disk Compact

Pinarello F12 

Size: 51,5 – 53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57,5

Crank: 50-34

Cassette: 11-32

 

GEARS

For a more comfortable travel experience, you can choose to bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet with you on the trip. Your guides will install your equipment on the first day when you adjust your bike.

Included with a road bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL

 

Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL
  • 1 handlebar bag with a map holder
  • 2 rear panniers

 

Dates

Price / Person*

Double Occupancy

 

Single Occupancy supplement

 

18 – 27, May, 2020

 

5 – 14 October, 2020

 

 

   from 4690€*

 

   from 4690€*

 

 

 

+ 890€

 

+ 890€

 

*Price may vary according to the season, the hotel availability and supplement(s) chosen 

Departures are guaranteed from 4 participants. In case there are less than 4 participants a supplement will be requested to guarantee the departure of the tour.

If you are a group of more than 7 people or you would like to privatize or customize the tour, please contact us to adjust our offer to your needs.

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