Walking and active holidays in Corsica

Cols of the North

Cycling holidays 5 days / 4 nights

Level 1 2 3 4

Point to Point - 3 days cycling
Comfortable 3* Hotels
Starting from 590 €
  • Challenging road cycling in Corsica
  • Variety of terrain and landscapes
  • Short break cycling
  • Bastia, Corte, Saint Florent

From the stunning “Island within the island” to the beating heart of the Corsican interior at Corte, Northern Corsica is great to explore in the saddle. This road tour for keen riders takes you around the stunning Cap Corse to Saint Florent, seeing perched villages on steep sea cliffs, unspoilt beaches and great views at every Col. From St Flo, the Corsican St Tropez, head through the unpopulated Desert des Agriates, to Corte, an atmospheric town surrounded by high mountains. From Corte cycle through the unspoilt Castagnicia, over cols and through forests, down to the coast at Bastia, and vibrant city life before heading home after a great ride !

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Day 1 - Arrive Bastia

Arrive in Bastia before transferring to your hotel in the heart of the city. Check into your hotel before exploring the town and the Citadelle. Road Bike hire possible in Bastia.

Day 2 - Bastia to St Florent

Today you head north along the flatter east side of the Cap Corse, to Maccinaggio, Corsica’s busiest pleasure boat harbour. From here the road heads up and across the top of the cap Corse and over a good couple of cols before dropping down along the West Coast of the Cap. Night in a comfortable 3* hotel.

110km, +1300m, -1300m.
Day 3 - St Florent to Corte

You are leaving Saint Florent, the Corsican St Tropez ! From your nightstop, you head up through the desert des Agriates, a wild land of hills and maquis, ride along this winding beautiful road before hitting the high mountains again and climbing to the city of Corte, and your hotel nestled amongst high mountains.

95km, +1510m, -1315m.
Day 4 - Corte to Bastia

Setting out from Corte you head towards the Castagniccia, an area of chestnut woods, narrow and quiet roads, interspersed with tiny hamlets, perched on hilltops. Cycling through this area typical of Corsica there are plenty of cols to challenge. Night in Bastia in a comfortable 3* hotel.

115km, +1650m, -2000m.
Day 5 - Bastia

End of holiday in Bastia, transfers to and extra nights available, please ask for details.

This itinerary is correct at time of publication. Should situations arise that are beyond our control, such as severe weather conditions, or other such factors that could put your safety at risk, the itinerary may be modified.

Departures everyday from May until the end October.

Please select your departure date in the calender below to see the price and click on the button to the right to make a reservation.

Prices : €580pp (May, June, September & October) €620pp (July & August)

Supplements/Discounts

Bike hire available in Bastia. Please ask for details.

Price includes

B&B accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels, the dossier containing your maps, route notes, GPX details, and all necessary details needed for your holiday.

Price does not include

Transfer to Bastia (available at a supplement), unscheduled transfers, drinks, picnics, extra activities, holiday insurance. Road bike hire available.

Starts

At your first hotel in Bastia

Ends

At your last hotel in Bastia after breakfast. Extra nights available.

Access

Bastia airport or port.

Accommodation
  • Hotels***, Chambres d'Hôtes, in a twin/double room, please request at time of reservation.
  • Continental breakfast (tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, jam).

Should you have any food allergies, special requests or dietry requirements, please advise at time of booking.

Number of participants

Reservations for minimum of 2 participants. NB. For safety reasons we do not accept solo cycle reservations on Self-Guided trips.

Level

CHALLENGING The cycling is on roads, the landscape is varied. You need to be used to cycling all day and take regular exercise to enjoy this holiday. Endurance road cycling with strenuous sections.

Guiding

Self-Guided Biking. We provide you with a Travel Dossier complete with IGN Top 100 map and Topoguide created by our team. During your bike tour our 24-hour assistance service will also be able to answer all your questions and, if necessary, bring you useful tips for the smooth running of your stay.

Luggage transfers

You need to carry day gear only including water bottle, camera, picnic and wind jacket. The main luggage will be transported by vehicle between the different accommodations.