Walking and active holidays in Corsica

Prestige Cap Corse & la Balagne

Drive 7 days / 6 nights
Drive & Stroll - Various walking options
Exclusive 4* Hotels
Starting from 1010 €
  • Luxury hotels, the best Corsica has to offer
  • Coastal walks, unspoilt villages and lush landscapes
  • Historic citadels and beautiful coastal drives
  • AVIS Car hire available

If you are looking for high quality accommodation on a touring holiday, allowing you independence to explore Corsica, discovering each corner of this beautiful mountain in the sea, our Prestige tours have a lot to offer. Relax in some of the best hotels on the island including the classical 4* Hotel Castel Brando at Erbalunga, the boutique 4* Demeure Loredana at Saint Florent and the jazzy and the very centrally located 4* Hotel Liberata in Ile Rousse. The hotels are all well known for the standard of accommodation and the quality of their service and all prove popular with our more discerning guests. Jutting out of the Mediterranean, this fortress island has, over the centuries, been occupied and invaded by many including the Greeks, the Romans, the Genoese, the Pisans and of course the French. Standing witness to this are the many citadels and watchtowers that crown the headlands, defending the island from invaders.

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Day 1 - Cap Corse      

Arrive in Corsica, pick up your hire car and drive to the village of Erbalunga, on the Cap Corse north of Bastia, this will take between 30 mins & 3hrs, depending on your arrival airport. If you are travelling from Ajaccio, you could stop at Corte en route, the old capital of Corsica. Time to explore the village and her Genoese Watchtower. On the drive up the coast you will pass a number of Genoese towers that protected Corsica from invaders. Stay at 4* Hotel, Castel Brando, on a B&B basis.

Day 2 - Cap Corse

Today you can take a short walk from the village, up to the hamlets of Brando or drive to nearby Sisco from where you follow a winding trail through the region's ancient hamlets, passing mills, chapels and family tombs along the way. As you walk higher, views open up across the Tyrrhenian Sea to the islands of Elba and Capraia. Stay at 3* Stay at 4* Hotel, Castel Brando, on a B&B Basis.

9.5km, 3h30, +150m, -150m.

Day 3 - St Florent

Take either the Customs officers path to the shattered Santa Maria della Chiapella tower. The walk is coastal and leads from the beach travelling around the headlands up to the Tamarone beach past the Iles Finocchiarola. It takes about 1h45 mins to reach the Genoese tower with views over to the Tuscan Archipeligo. Another option is climbing to the village of Rogliano and exploring the many chapels, tours and an old mine, all with fantastic views to the coast. Following your walk you can drive around the Cap Corse, visiting the Moulin Mattei and then Centuri port, the delightful perched village of Nonza with its square Paoline tower and black stone beach, a shorter walk available from there, before arriving into St Florent, your stop for tonight. After settling into your hotel, explore the old town and the Citadelle. Stay at 4* Demeure Loredana, St Florent, on a B&B Basis.

6km, 3h30, +75m, -75m.

Day 4 - St Florent

From St Florent you can either drive to the end of the town beach. From here a walk takes you into the mysterious Desert des Agriates, and along the coastal path to the Mortello tower. Nelson was so impressed by these solid Genoese towers, he ordered for some to be built on England’s south eastern coast to keep out the French! The walk takes in some superb coastal scenery finally reaching this shattered tower that posed  such a challenge for the British fleet. Following your walk into the Agriates, explore the vineyards of Patrimonio and the Cathedral at St Florent.

6.5km, 3h30, +75m, -75m.

Day 5 - Ile Rousse and La Balagne

Your drive today takes you across the desert des Agriates, to the garden of Corsica, the Balagne. The region is a real gem, with hill top villages, olive groves and superb beaches. As you reach the Balagne you find the wild windswept beach at Ostriconi, that borders the Agriates, take a walk into this remote area, before heading to your base for tonight, L'Ile Rousse, the town of Paoli. After settling into your hotel, explore the old town. Stay at 4* Hotel Liberata, St Florent, on a B&B basis.

8km, 3h00, +400m, -400m.

Day 6 - Calvi

Calvi is a stunning seaside town, backed by high mountains the town is crowned by a Genoese Citadel, which is great to explore and frozen in time. We offer a walk around the coast of the Revelata peninsular. The walk has great views, well worth a photo of two and the landscape through which you travel is typical of the area.  You could also visit the chapel of Notre Dame de la Serra, a shorter walk of around 1 hour or drive to the village of Lumio and visit the abandoned village of Occi, with stunning views out over the bay from this lofty position. If you just want to relax, try Calvi’s 5km of white sandy bay, backed with Parasol Pines, it is good for all the family.

5km, 2h30, +125m, -125m.

Day 7: End of Stay 

Today you have the option of adding an extra night (as a supplement) onto your holiday, depending on your arrival airport you will either travel to Ajaccio, Bastia or Calvi. Car hire package ends 7 days after arrival.

This itinerary is an example of the itinerary we aim to adhere to, correct at time of publication. Should situations arise that could put your safety at risk, it may be possible for the itinerary to be modified.

Departure on request every day from early April to the end of October. 2 persons minimum.

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 from : €1010pp (May, June, September & October) €1030pp (July & August)

Supplements/Discounts

This holiday requires a hire car. For 7 days AVIS car hire (B grade) including super collision damage waiver, 2 drivers (over 21), unlimited mileage and the possibility to pick up and drop off at different airports, prices from €275.

Price includes

Accommodation B&B, travel dossier with IGN maps and topo guide.

Price does not include

Evening meals, reservation fee of €5pp, travel insurance, drinks, site visits and transfers not included in the program including travel to Corsica. Car hire available at a supplement.

Starts

Arrival Bastia, Calvi or Ajaccio

Ends

End at Bastia, Calvi or Ajaccio

Access

Airports throughout Corsica Figari, Ajaccio or Bastia.

Accommodation

• Good 4* Hotels in a twin or double bedded room. Should something be important to you in your accommodation, please let us know prior to reservation.
• Continental buffet style breakfast with local produce. Should you have any food allergies, please advise at time of booking.

Picnics can be purchased daily from bakers or small supermarkets locally and we list restaurants where you can eat out. Where staying on a B&B basis, there are restaurants to choose from nearby.

Number of participants

Reservations for 2 or more people. NB. For safety reasons we do not accept solo hiker reservations on Self-Guided treks.

Level

Gentle 3-4 hours of effective walking with ascents. Accessible to occasional walkers and to anyone in good health, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy these walks.

Moderate Involve longer walks, generally from 4-6 hours a day. The nature of the terrain presents little technical difficulty but some previous hill walking experience is useful. The ascents will vary from 400m to 800m altitude gain per day.

See our level ratings.

Guiding

Self Guided Walking. We provide you with a Travel Dossier complete with IGN map and Topoguide created by our team. During your hike 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 a small day sack only with a water bottle, camera, picnic and windproof jacket.