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Tour Overview

Caught between France and Italy, yet with its own cuisine, culture and language, Corsica is a land of dramatic beauty. With the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean just 40km from the island’s pink granite peaks, Corsica offers a range of different terrain in a small and diverse island full of surprises. Based in the village of Bocognano, the quaint mountain railway gives easy access to some of the island’s best walking routes, covering mountain passes, rockpools and pine forests from the central highlands to the sea.     *Temporary changes due to COVID-security measures. * *Last updated: 16th July 2020*   At Exodus we acknowledge our responsibility to have the most up to date information on anything that will affect our customers on holiday, and to communicate this to our customers as effectively as possible. Our general global COVID security measures are described in our Travel">https://www.exodus.co.uk/travel-safety-charter">Travel Safety Charter, and changes will be made to these measures as required by the global pandemic situation. However, we also expect there to be *specific* requirements, measures and sometimes itinerary changes that apply to certain trips only, and may well be temporary measures. We have highlighted all known changes in the section below.   *Entry requirements. * There are */no known changes/* to entry requirements that may affect your joining this trip. However for all trips, having the correct documentation and visa, if required, remains the customer’s responsibility based on their own nationality. We therefore encourage all travellers to check entry requirements using the travel advice of their home nation for the relevant destination. For UK passport holders that is https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice   *Local">https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice">https://www.gov.uk/foreign-tra... COVID restrictions* There are likely to be some local requirements (some of which may be local law) in your host destination, related to face-masks and social distancing, details of which, will be explained by your leader on arrival.     *Itinerary changes* There are */no planned itinerary changes/*. However, customers should be prepared for occasional short notice changes as required by local authorities or recommended by the Exodus Leader to maintain COVID-security for the group.

Highlights

  • iconBeautifully located family-run hotel
  • iconDiverse landscapes and impressive mountain scenery
  • iconFree day to explore the old capital Corte, or to relax on the beach at Ajaccio

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Bocognano.

Meals: dinner

Start at Hotel Beauséjour in Bocognano. If there is time (after the arrival of the airport transfer), we take an orientation walk of Bocognano, exploring this picturesque village as well as some of the surrounding forest.

icon Day 2 : Train to Tavera; Woodland walk to ancient menhir (standing stone). Train back to Bocognano; Circular walk to Cascade du Voile de la Mariee. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

A gentle start to the week involves a 45 minute walk from Tavera station through woods and fields to the ancient menhir (megalithic standing stone). We will continue on to the ruins of the medieval fort just above, with stunning views of the Gravona valley. We then return to Tavera and take the train back to Bocognano where we will have our picnic lunch. In the afternoon we will walk along the quiet country lane that contours the wooded hillsides to a point just below the ‘Bride’s Veil’ waterfall - the highest in Corsica. It’s particularly dramatic in spring and early summer. From here it’s a steep ascent on a narrow path through woods back to Bocognano.

icon Day 3 :  Train journey to Vivario; walk to Tattone and onto the Vecchio River where it may be possible to swim. Ascend to Vizzavona and train to Bocognano. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

After taking the train to Vivario, we begin our walk across a ridge to the ruins of a French fort with fine views of Monte d'Oro to the west and the Tavignano valley to the east. We then descend through a forest to Camping Savaggio, and on to the village of Tattone. From there, a short steep descent takes us to the Vecchio River where it may be possible to swim in one of the many beautiful rock pools. Our walk then takes us along a rocky path up the river valley to Abri Southwell – site of one of the earliest known settlements in Corsica. We cross the river and make the short ascent through the forest to Vizzavona, returning by train to Bocognano.

icon Day 4 : Train to Corte; walk along the rugged Tavignano valley and back to the historic town of Corte. Return by train to Bocognano

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

A long train ride (approx. 65 minutes) takes us through stunning mountain scenery to Corte. From here, we will walk up the Tavignano Gorge along part of the ‘Mare a Mare’ (‘Sea to Sea’) long distance path that traverses the island from East to West. We stop for lunch beside some beautiful rock pools where, weather permitting, we can swim. We return back along the valley to Corte, allowing a little time to explore this small, but fascinating town. Return by train to Bocognano. 

icon Day 5 : Free day for an optional trip by train to Ajaccio and its beaches, or to relax in Bocognano.

Meals: breakfast

There are various options for your free day; you can relax around the hotel, travel further across the island or, if you wish, visit the coast. Ajaccio has beaches, shops and restaurants; you can visit the Musee Fesch (with its outstanding collection of Italian paintings), follow in the footsteps of Napoleon around the city or take a bus ride along the coast. The mountain town of Corte, the nationalist centre of the island, offers the spectacular sight of the citadel and an excellent collection in the museum highlighting Corsican culture. The town has a gorgeous ambience, filled with cobbled streets, fountains and chapels and many enticing cafés and patisseries. **

icon Day 6 : Train to Vizzavona from where we enjoy a walk along the famous GR20 to Bocca Palmente.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

From Bocognano a short train journey brings us to Vizzavona where we begin our walk along the famous GR20 to Bocca Palmente. This walk includes sections through pine and beech forest and spectacular views out to Monte D'Oro and the east coast. There may be the opportunity for an optional extension to the clear water of the Cascades des Anglais rockpools.

icon Day 7 : Walk directly from the hotel to the Gravona River; walk along the Gorge of Richjusa and back to Bocognano.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

A walk through Bocognano village takes us east & then north along quiet country lanes to the Gravona River. On the other side, a small but well-trodden path takes us alongside the Gorge of Richjusa, below an impressive face of granite and high pasture land which affords excellent views across to Bocognano and gives us the taste of the wilder climbs of the island. You may have the opportunity to stop for a swim in the river before returning to Bocognano. Distance approx. 11km; ascent/descent approx. 600m.

icon Day 8 : End Bocognano.

Meals: breakfast

End Hotel Beauséjour in Bocognano. **

What's Included

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    Tour leader throughout

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    All transport and listed activities

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    All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

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    All accommodation (see accommodation section)

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Visas or vaccinations

Food

The trip includes all breakfasts, five picnic lunches and six evening meals. Evening meals are taken in the hotel and are arranged as a 'menu' for the whole group. The evening meal on your free day is not included, allowing you to experience local restaurants. Typical meals are usually: Breakfast: Orange juice, croissant, fresh French bread, butter, jam, coffee/tea. Lunch: Picnic lunches will consist of a filled baguette and fruit. Evening meals: A first course of soup, or a starter (often salad or charcuterie); a main course usually with meat, sometimes fish, followed by a dessert. Corsica is famous for charcuteries and brocciu cheeses, fresh local herbs, gamey meats and fish, which usually feature in the evening meals. The evening meal does not include drinks. Vegetarians can be catered for, but please note that the options are more limited, with the evening meal normally pasta or omelette-based.

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Reviews

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Sebastian teb010319
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Wonderful walks from the railway
A varied set of walks in a beautiful green island. Woods, rivers, waterfalls among the mountains. The walks weren't crowded and we were mostly the only walkers on the trail. A varied set of walks in a beautiful green island.

Woods, rivers, waterfalls among the mountains.

The walks weren't crowded and we were mostly the only walkers on the trail.

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CORSICAN MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES
It was absolutely fantastic. The Island is gorgoeous, the hotel was nice, the hikings was great. The only dissapointment was the average age and maybe exodus can be on their ....more It was absolutely fantastic.

The Island is gorgoeous, the hotel was nice, the hikings was great.

The only dissapointment was the average age and maybe exodus can be on their website the average age of the group?; ....less
CORSICAN MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES
Corsica is a beautiful island. Well worth a visit. Corsica is a beautiful island.

Well worth a visit.

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MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES OF CORSICA
Fabulous scenery, great walks, beautiful scents of the maquis, excellent guide (Rudi) etc. etc. Everything I had hoped Corsica would be, and so much more. The trip has inspired me ....more Fabulous scenery, great walks, beautiful scents of the maquis, excellent guide (Rudi) etc.

etc.

Everything I had hoped Corsica would be, and so much more.

The trip has inspired me to dot THE big one next year, the GR20.

Can't wait !!!; ....less
CORSICAN MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES
A friendly small hotel in a pictureque village, laid back walking through unspoilt forests, wildflowers and clean air. A friendly small hotel in a pictureque village, laid back walking through unspoilt forests, wildflowers and clean air.

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MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES OF CORSICA
Satisfies the desire to climb mountains on an island with a colourful history of bandits especially before the rule of its most famous son, Napoleon, without sacrificing the comforts of ....more Satisfies the desire to climb mountains on an island with a colourful history of bandits especially before the rule of its most famous son, Napoleon, without sacrificing the comforts of a family run hotel or the pleasures of the local village bar and bakery.

 Energy expenditure well balanced with time for relaxation and enjoying the pace of village life plus time to explore Ajaccio on day off.

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Hidden Gem
Everything went smoothly! Though the hotel was basic, it was clean and comfortable! The chef was fantastic, with a different 3 course meal every night. The walks were challenging... though ....more Everything went smoothly! Though the hotel was basic, it was clean and comfortable! The chef was fantastic, with a different 3 course meal every night.

The walks were challenging.

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though very beautiful, I think I would have preferred them to be a bit shorter in length to give us more time at the end of the day to wind down and enjoy the hotel surroundings.

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Great walking in spectacular Corsica
Corsica was beautiful in the late summer sunshine. The hiking was as described in the trip notes and I felt appropriately prepared for the level of walking. Good central base ....more Corsica was beautiful in the late summer sunshine.

The hiking was as described in the trip notes and I felt appropriately prepared for the level of walking.

Good central base and excellent use of the trains to allow a varied set of walks.

The last two walks were outstanding, though there wasn’t a day I didn’t enjoy.

Hotel was basic but adequate with welcoming hosts.

I would definitely do a similar trip again.

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MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES OF CORSICA
A good week of walking in a mountain landscape using the scenic mountain railway to access most walks.  A good week of walking in a mountain landscape using the scenic mountain railway to access most walks.

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