Port in Calvi, a gem on Corsica, France. Photo via Flickr:pascal POGGI

Shopping in L'lle Rousse on Corsica, part of France. Photo via Flickr:sylvain CITERNE

Corsica, Isle of Beauty Bike Tour

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Bike the French island of Corsica

  • This is a bike tour to discover the wild and windswept Isle of Beauty, Corsica, and enjoy riding its beautiful coastline! Henry Matisse declared that here "all is color and all is light."

    Corsica is a mountainous Mediterranean island, the fourth largest, with an incredibly varied geography. You will find dense forests, craggy peaks, and lovely beaches dotted with scenic villages and lovely hamlets.

    Highlights:

    • Corsican cuisine including the local specialities, sausage, cheese, and honey
    • Corsican wine and olive oil
    • Fishing port of Centuri
    • Dramatic coastal views
    • Saint-Florent
    • Désert des Agriates
    • Calvi, a little Saint Trope

    We invite you to experience for yourself the beauty and light.

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  • 2020

    Standard accommodations:
    Twin/double: $ 2236 £ 1107 $ 1,933 1210 $ 2282 kr 13640 $ 1,378 Single supplement: $ 739 £ 366 $ 639 400 $ 754 kr 4509 $ 456 High season supplement (from the 15th of June to the 15th of September): $ 277 £ 137 $ 240 150 $ 283 kr 1691 $ 171 Single supplement during high season: $ 1109 £ 549 $ 959 600 $ 1132 kr 6764 $ 684
    Luxury accommodations: 
    Twin/double: $ 4342 £ 2149 $ 3,754 2350 $ 4432 kr 26491 $ 2,677 Single supplement: $ 1783 £ 883 $ 1,542 965 $ 1820 kr 10878 $ 1,099 High season supplement (from the 15th of June to the 15th of September): $ 416 £ 206 $ 359 225 $ 424 kr 2536 $ 256 Single supplement during high season: $ 2642 £ 1308 $ 2,284 1430 $ 2697 kr 16120 $ 1,629

    extra options

    Additional nights before, after, or during: On request.
    Upgraded hybrid bike rental:
    Trek FX2: $ 74 £ 37 $ 64 40 $ 75 kr 451 $ 46 Electric bike:
    Trek UM3+ 2018 or Neomouv): $ 185 £ 91 $ 160 100 $ 189 kr 1127 $ 114 *Road bikes:
    Specialized /Secteur Sport aluminum road bike with triple crankset: $ 148 £ 73 $ 128 80 $ 151 kr 902 $ 91 Trek Domane AL3 2018 aluminum road bike with compact crankset: $ 185 £ 91 $ 160 100 $ 189 kr 1127 $ 114 Look 566 ultegra carbon road bike (V-brake):   $ 240 £ 119 $ 208 130 $ 245 kr 1465 $ 148 Trek Emonda SL6 carbon road bike (disc brake): $ 333 £ 165 $ 288 180 $ 339 kr 2029 $ 205 Bike protection (mandatory):
    City, hybrid, or road bike: $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 113 $ 11 Electric bike: $ 37 £ 18 $ 32 20 $ 38 kr 225 $ 23
    *Do note that the road bike option does not offer panniers and/or handlebar bags

    Transfers: Prices pending
    Departure airport transfer to Cali, standard accommodations, per transfer, shared cost
    Departure airport transfer to Bastia, weedays and Saturdays, per transfer, shared cost
    Departure airport transfer to Bastia, Sundays, per transfer, shared cost

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Most convenient arrival airport in terms of transfer logistics is Bastia Airport and for departure airport, Calvi.

    Local Travel

    Airport transfer from Bastia to your first hotel is included in your tour price. Departure transfers are not included unless you have booked the luxury option and are departing from Calvi. Otherwise, there is a small supplement. See pricing. If departure is from Bastia, distance is 2 - 3 hours of driving and public transportation would not really be an option. See pricing for more information.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather related information is weatherbase.com

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveller's responsibility to insure proper documentation.

    Bicycles:

    You can upgrade your bicycle rental to the Trek FX2, a hybrid bike with all the characteristics of a road bike except that it has flat handlebars. It’s a perfect fitness bike and very versatile in that it combines road bike speed with city bike comfort. Don't forget that electric bikes are available as well. You will enjoy a Trek UM3+ with smooth  but powerful electric pedal assist via the Bosch Active line 400 wh battery. Bicycle comes equipped with disc brakes. Prefer a road bike? There are a few to choose,  from basic with aluminum frame to  premium with full carbon frame.

     

    • Specialized Secteur Sport with aluminum frame
    • Trek Domane ALS with aluminum frame
    • Look 566 Shimano Ultegra with carbon frame
    • Trek Emonda SL6 disc with carbon frame

Where You’ll Stay

There are two options for accommodations for this tour. The standard option includes mainly 3 star hotels and one two star hotel. The luxury option includes mainly 4 star up to 5 star accommodations.

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommodations with breakfast
  • Transfer from the airport to the first hotel
  • Luggage transfer
  • GPS tracks and a detailed roadbook with map including differences in heights
  • 21-speed city touring bike (VTC Arcade Escape) with high handlebars and more upright riding position. Please note that your bike rental will require a large deposit to be secured by credit card on arrival. This ensures proper care of the bike and the accessories.
  • Bike accessories: rear pannier, handlebar bag, pump, lock, and repair kit including multi-tool, tire tool, spare tube and puncture kit

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7 days
From1210 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrivals every day from the beginning of April to the end of October, 2020 (minimum of two people required).

Skill Level

This is a 7-day self-guided tour that provides 2 or 3 options everyday to let you choose your daily route. Average daily distance is approximately 50 km.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Corsica, Isle of Beauty Map

Depending on the level of accommodations, distances may vary by a few miles/kilometers in either way.

Day 1: Cape of Corsica
Day 2:  Cape of Corsica - Centuri, 26 or 34 mi. (41 or 55 km) 560 or 860 m of elevation gain
Day 3: Centuri - Saint Florent, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 4: Saint Florent, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Saint Florent - Ile Rousse, 28, 48, or 53 mi. (45, 77 or 85 km) 600, 1260, or 1400 m of positive elevation
Day 6: Ile Rousse - Calvi, 16, 19, or 22 mi. (25, 31, or 35 km) 360, 490, 650 m of positive elevation
Day 7: Departure

All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, such as weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork. Follow any instructions on site or help is only a phone call away.

Day 1: Cape of Corsica
You will be welcomed at the airport in Bastia and transferred to Cape Corsica. Depending on your arrival time, you could take the rental bike on a test ride around the grounds and the surrounding area, consisting of beautiful stone villages and a small marina famous for its diving.  The restaurant next to the hotel is a perfect place for dinner as it is one of the best in Cape Corsica.

Standard accommodations: 3* hotel
Luxury accommodations: 4 * hotel

Day 2:  Cape of Corsica - Centuri, 26 or 34 mi. (41 or 55 km) 560 or 860 m of elevation gain
This morning, you will go North, following the coastline, passing beautiful Genoese towers and crossing vineyards to reach the Maccinaggio port. To reach the Mattei windmill, you will have a climb but will then enjoy a beautiful descent to Centuri, renowned for being the first lobsters' fishing port in France.  

Standard and luxury accommodations: Hotel in the marina 

Day 3: Centuri - Saint Florent, 36 mi. (58 km)
Leaving Centuri, you follow the road overlooking the sea. The views are amazing on this dramatic coast offering hidden and sheltered creeks ideal for swimming in the clear turquoise waters. Next,  Nonza with its Paoline tower and its black pebble beach is worth a stop. Later, you will cross Patrimonio, renowned for the best wine in Corsica, enriched by an incredible diversity in soil, climate, and windswept, granite, mountainsides. Its vineyards and beautiful church are a highlight. Wine tasting is offered in many of the cellars. The day's destination is Saint Florent, where you will stay for two nights.

Standard accommodations: 3 * hotel
Luxury accommodations: 4* hotel (or a 3* hotel with Michelin star restaurant)

Day 4: Saint Florent, 31 mi. (50 km)
Saint-Florent is a lovely little town with a small harbor and white sand beach. From here you can board a shuttle to one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, Saleccia. 
You might also want to bike the suggested route of 50 km around the Nebbiu's villages.

Standard accommodations: 3 * hotel
Luxury accommodations: 4* hotel (or a 3* hotel with Michelin star restaurant)

Day 5: Saint Florent - Ile Rousse, 28, 48, or 53 mi. (45, 77 or 85 km) 600, 1260, or 1400 m of positive elevation
Today is an amazing ride across a protected coastal route with stunning landscapes. The road undulates in a luxurious granite and green environment, in spite of the arid climate. Once at the Vezzu pass, you will get beautiful views of the mountains. 
A great descent will follow toward the Balagne area where different options are available to you. With a reasonable beach to the south at Plage de Rindara, and small rocky islands to the north, Ile-Rousse is in a perfect setting.

Standard accommodations: 3 * hotel
Luxury accommodations: 4* hotel in the center of Ile Rousse.

Day 6: Ile Rousse - Calvi, 16, 19, or 22 mi. (25, 31, or 35 km) 360, 490, or 650 m of positive elevation
You will cycle inland today to reach some of the most beautiful villages in Corsica, such as Pigna and Sant Antonino. In your roadbook, you will be given suggestions to taste some fantastic local food in amazing places and restaurants (listed in your Europe Active road-book). You can also taste the local lime juice in Sant Antonino to kick you up the next hill! The artisans' road will then welcome you before the descent to Calvi, a little Saint Tropez in Corsica.

Standard accommodations: 3*
Luxury accommodations: 5* hotel

Day 7: Departure
Airport transfers can be arranged to Calvi or Batia Airports. Just ask

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