Beach in Porticcio on the island of Corsica, France. Photo via Flickr:ビッグアップジャパン

Bastia in Corsica, France. Photo via Flickr:Jorg

Corsica, a guided e-bike tour

France Bike Tours

A guided culinary electric bike tour in Corsica

  • Get ready for a bike tour filled with color and light on the Mediterranean Island of Corsica. This is a mountainous terrain but you will conquer this easily as this tour is an exclusive electric bike tour that showcases not only the beauty of the island, but also the unique Corsican cuisine, with Italian and North African influences. Meat and fish are abundant in the diet and Corsican wine and olive oil are not to be dismissed, enriched by an incredible diversity in soil, climate, and windswept, granite, mountainsides.

    From the turquoise sea to the high mountains, you will explore this breathtaking unspoiled landscape using your battery assist as much or as little as you need.

    Gourmet picnics consisting of the best local produce, cheeses, meats, breads, and desserts as well as wine, beer or soft drinks will delight you at mid day. The presentations and the locations are carefully selected and the costs are added and shared among the participants at the end of the tour.

    Boutique accommodations and delectable, professionally prepared and presented evening meals top off your day!

    Highlights:

    • Stunning beauty of the landscapes
    • Food and Wine
    • Boutique accommodations
    • Corsican railway ride
    • Restonica gorge

    Tours are conducted in German and English.

    Want to see more bicycle tours in France? We also have a self-guided tour in Corsica, featuring a hybrid touring bike.

  • Double/twin: £ 1714 $ 2,700 1800 NOK 18000 kr 16615 $ 2,160 Single room (limited availability): £ 2124 $ 3,345 2230 NOK 22300 kr 20585 $ 2,676

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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Skill Level

Because this is an electric bike tour, it is hard to give it a rating. The hilly bicycle routes are easy to master with the Pedelecs bike. You will control how hard you want to work! During longer sections, the support van is constantly available. Apart from a very few short sections, you will be cycling on asphalted country roads without traffic. (141 km/226 miles).

Where You’ll Stay

You will be accommodated in unique, comfortable, and mostly family-run hotels of high standard.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations including breakfast
  • 6 multi-course dinners
  • 1 light dinner with wine tasting on the boat
  • Water for dinner
  • Aperitif on the day of arrival
  • All visitors and tourist taxes
  • All transfers as mentioned in the tour description
  • All entry fees as mentioned in the tour description
  • Pedelec electric bike
  • Cycling guide
  • Service bus
  • Luggage transfer
  • Wine tasting in the Patrimonio

What’s Not Included

  • Gourmet picnic lunches are provided but not included. All participants share in the cost, payable at end of tour
  • Beverages other than water
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1800 Rates
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Tour Dates

Saturdays: September 9, September 16, September 23, and September 30, 2017. 

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Corsica, a guided e-bike tour Map

Day 1: Individual arrival to Lucciana
Day 2: Lucciana – San-Martino-di-Lota, 13 mi. (21 km)
Day 3: Round trip Sain-Florent, 24 mi. (39 km)
Day 4: San-Martino-di-Lota – Corte, 32 mi. (52 km)
Day 5: Round trip Restonica and Corte, 21 mi.(33 km)
Day 6: Corte – Porticcio, 37 mi. (59 km)
Day 7: Round trip Ajaccio, 9 miles (14 km)
Day 8: Porticcio – Bastia, departure

Day 1: Individual arrival to Lucciana
In Lucciana, not far from Bastia’s airport, the newly renovated Hotel La Lagune awaits you with swimming pool and private beach. For dinner, you will  meet in the hotel restaurant, meet your group and guides and get ready for your wonderful Mediterranean cycling vacation.

Day 2: Lucciana – San-Martino-di-Lota, 13 mi. (21 km)
After individual adjustment of the bikes, your tour starts right at the hotel. Past the Roman cathedral La Canonica,at  the railway station of Borgo, you will take the train to Bastia, the island’s most important port, situated between the mountains and the sea. The Place Saint-Nicolas, fringed by palms and sycamore trees, is a wonderful place to linger.  There is time to visit the old port and the citadel or to stroll through the small alleyways, before, the cycling begins again. A short ride leads to a scenic road with views of Cap Corse and, with good visibility, you can even see the island of Elba. In San-Martino, you are welcomed by Monsieur Anziani and his family to the Hotel La Corniche (2 nights). Their excellent cuisine and well-stocked wine cellar are known throughout the region. 

Day 3: Round trip Saint-Florent, 24 mi. (39 km)
On a panoramic road, you cycle past mountain villages to the Teghjime pass, with views opening up over Corsica’s western and eastern coast. Small paths lead downhill to Oletta amidst the Patrimonio, one of the island’s best wine areas. The conditions are ideal for premium wines, such as the muscat, but also for red and rosé wines of the Nielluccio grape, which you will have the pleasure to taste. Saint-Florent is next on the agenda.  Originating from a Genoese settlement of the 15th century, the tranquil little town, contrary to other ports on the northern coast, remains still unspoiled by tourism. In the afternoon, a bus transfer returns the group to San-Martino. For dinner, you walk to the tiny village center to a very popular restaurant, also managed by Monsieur Anziani. 

Day 4: San-Martino-di-Lota – Corte, 32 mi. (52 km)
A one-hour bus transfer transports to Corsica’s wild center, where an entirely different landscape awaits: snow-clad mountains, romantic torrents, and dense chestnut forests. Far from tourist paths, the route leads through villages of small stone house on rural roads.  Also on the agenda today is a short hike to a clearing, an ancient spiritual place, where we encounter ruins of (early) Christian and megalithic times. After having passed the col Bocca di Sant’Antone of almost 1,000 m, the route is quite panoramic to Corte, Corsica’s former capital. At the entrance to the Resonica canyon sits the Hotel Dominique Colonna, the best hotel in central Corsica.

Day 5: Round trip Restonica and Corte, 21 mi.(33 km)
Directly in front of the hotel,  the group begins the day's cycle tour through the beautiful Restonica gorge. Extraordinary rock formations, clearings, and the Corte pine tree, indigenous only in this valley, create a wildly romantic atmosphere. At the end of the valley, a rugged mountain scenery opens up onto peaks beyond 2,500 m height. On the way back to Corte, late risers may join the group, before spending the remainder of this day in this mysterious town with its picturesque citadel sitting high above on a rocky outcrop. Contested for centuries by Genoese, French, and Corsicans, it is still said to be the retreat of Corsican separatists. The town has preserved its originality and the many small craft shops in a warren of cobbled lanes provides for some shopping. For dinner, you are spoiled with regional specialties. 

Day 6: Corte – Porticcio, 37 mi. (59 km)
Take a seat and be amazed! This morning, the famous Corsican railway takes you on one of the island’s most beautiful tracks,  across viaducts, through canyons of unspoiled nature and through the longest narrow-gauge crest tunnel in France, the extraordinary Vizzavona tunnel. Before climbing up the Scalella pass of almost 1200 m, where a fantastic view awaits, you will have a worthwhile stop at Corsica’s highest waterfall. Then, by bike, it is all downhill, along serpentines to a small mountain village for lunch in a typical restaurant. Continuing on country roads, with glimpses of the glittering sea between the mountains, the route leads past the Tolla reservoir and then, Porticcio. For two nights, you are accommodated at the Suite Home Porticcio, a comfortable hotel with spacious rooms, swimming pool, and garden, located only a few steps from the beach. 

Day 7: Round trip Ajaccio, 9 miles (14 km)
Today is a special treat. First, by boat, the group crosses the Gulf of Ajaccio. Then by bus transfer to the Tour de la Parata, one of the 67 still existing Genoese towers. From there, you walk the  panoramic coastline to a mostly deserted beach with the possibility of taking a refreshing bath. After lunch, you cycle to Ajaccio and visit the capital of Corsica and birthplace of Napoleon. There is time left to discover the charm of this lively town by strolling through the narrow lanes, before the boat returns you to Porticcio. The last evening is enjoyed in a special ambiance, on a boat trip around the Iles Sanguinaires into the sunset, you are served  a light evening meal accompanied by a wine tasting and Corsican music. 

Day 8: Porticcio – Bastia, departure or extension of your stay
After breakfast, by train, it is back to  Bastia. The three-hour ride gives you the opportunity to review your week  on this wonderful island. The tour officially ends in the early afternoon at the airport but you can extend your stay, of course!

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