Charming discovery tour around Corsica

Destination: Bastia, Bonifacio, Ajaccio

From US$ 1,171 8 days excluding flights

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  • Duration: 8 days

You want to combine sightseeing, nature hikes and bathing pleasure? This is the perfect round trip for you! Corsica is abundant in pretty port cities, medieval citadels, Genoese towers, spectacular natural reserves, white sandy beaches with turquoise waters, crystal clear creeks…

Region(s) to discover

The small island has a real sense of its tradition and is proud of its cultural identity. Like a mountain in the waters, the island is plummeting into the Mediterranean Sea, and enchants its visitors with its continuously changing varied landscapes: evergreen shrubs merge into a rocky desert, dense undergrowth into terraced olive groves, lush hilly woodlands into the eternal snow of the high mountain peaks; in between, wonderful golden sand beaches and hidden creeks; harmonious river valleys, natural pools, wild gorges and meandering streams; steep abrupt rock formations lead to quaint sleepy villages and picturesque old port cities – and always the ocean, as far as the eye can see! The mild Mediterranean climate attracts visitors all year round for every type of holiday. The Corsican gastronomy is a true delight! 

The authentic products and ingredients owe their quality to the untouched nature and the usually traditional agricultural practices. In most of the restaurants you will be served fresh earth ground home-cooked dishes. 
Bastia is situated on the Tuscan coast. With its authentic Mediterranean charm it is one of the most remarkable Corsican cities. Worth seeing are the old port, the old town and the citadel. Take a stroll through the picturesque streets along the high elegant townhouses characterizing the cityscape. 

Itinerary map

  •  Day 1 - Saturday Apr 8, 2017 : Bastia - Erbalunga
  •  Day 2 - Sunday Apr 9, 2017 : Bastia - Erbalunga
  •  Day 3 - Monday Apr 10, 2017 : Bonifacio - Olmeto
  •  Day 4 - Tuesday Apr 11, 2017 : Pianottoli-Caldarello - Sartène - Ajaccio
  •  Day 5 - Wednesday Apr 12, 2017 : Ajaccio - Porto - Piana
  •  Day 6 - Thursday Apr 13, 2017 : Évisa - Porto - Piana
  •  Day 7 - Friday Apr 14, 2017 : Galéria - Calvi - L'Île-Rousse
  •  Day 8 - Saturday Apr 15, 2017 : Saint-Florent - Bastia

Day 1: Saturday Apr 8 2017,  Bastia - Erbalunga

Pick Up of your Rental Car at the Airport

At your arrival at the airport a rental car of category A will be at your disposal. Thus, you can move freely and comfortably around the island. On the day of departure you will drop off the vehicle at the airport.

Inclusive: airport charge, insurances (CDW, THF), LAF, without mileage limitation. The charges for optional accessory are to be paid on-site : Additional driver, young driver extra charge - 25 years, GPS, One way.

Overnight stay at the hotel Castel Brando in the Charming room

Included: car rental, insurance, bedroom and breakfast

Day 2: Sunday Apr 9 2017,  Bastia - Erbalunga

Suggestion: Free Visit of Bastia

Take a stroll through the historic city of Bastia and immerse yourself in the easygoing Mediterranean ambiance. Browse the abundant colorful markets, and soak up the cheerful atmosphere of a typical lively Corsican market. The stalls are abound with appetizing, mostly traditionally produced goods. 

Cheese, fish, sea food, cold cuts, salami, honey, olives, wine and many other regional delicatessen are praised with the typical Mediterranean loquaciousness. The Musée de Bastia offers an entertaining and instructional time journey through the history of the city.
The city also proposes sightseeing tours by bus or tourist train. 

Overnight stay at the hotel Castel Brando in the Charming room

Included: bedroom and breakfast

Day 3: Monday Apr 10 2017,  Bonifacio - Olmeto

Suggestion: Visit of Bonifacio

On your way to Bonifacio you will drive through the Plaine Orientale alongside the rocky landscape of the Alta Rocca and the massif of Les Aiguilles de Bavella. You will pass through the lively port city of Porto Vecchio, a popular tourist destination. It name means “old port” which may refer to the Roman port that left traces in the vicinity. The old upper town is definitely worth a visit!

You will reach the southern tip of Corsica in less than three hours. The picturesque port city of Bonifacio is enclosed in the Calanque de Fazia, an impressing fjord-like bay. The narrow medieval town is built on a rocky chalk-white limestone promontory shaped by wind, waves and spray.

Throughout history it was the theatre of many armed conflicts and therefore built into a fortress. The first walls of the citadel were raised in the 9th century. From the cliffs you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view over the Strait of Bonifacio (the sea gate between Corsica and Sardinia) and the International Maritime Park, one of the most remarkable natural sites in the Western Mediterranean. 

Overnight stay at the Hotel Marinca in the Evasion Sea View room

Included: bedroom and breakfast


Day 4: Tuesday Apr 11 2017,  Pianottoli-Caldarello - Sartène - Ajaccio

Suggestion: Beach Day at the Southern Tip of Corsica 

Spend a day of sweet doing nothing on the dream beach of Roccapina which is popular for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear shallow waters – the ideal bathing spot for children! In the background above you, you can admire the Genoese Tower and “the Lion of Roccapina”, a fascinating rocky formation shaped like a lion.

Suggestion: Visit of Sartène 

Sartène, “the most Corsican of all Corsican cities“ offers a stunning panoramic view from the Gulf of Valinco to the massif of the Aiguilles de Bavella. Take a stroll through the picturesque narrow alleys and make a stop in one of the manifold shops offering local delicatessen. Most shops propose tastings, why not treat yourself?

One of the city’s most interesting museums is the “A Casa di Roccapina” offering exhibitions, shows and interactive activities. Audio-guides in English and many other languages will be at your disposal. 

Overnight stay at the hotel Dolce Vita in the Sea View double room

Included: bedroom and breakfast


Day 5: Wednesday Apr 12 2017,  Ajaccio - Porto - Piana

Suggestion: Discover Ajaccio, the “Imperial City” 

Ajaccio is the county town of South Corsica. The rue Fesch is a pleasant pedestrian street and the city’s main road. You may want to visit the Musée Fesch, a museum of contemporary art which is located in this street. Browse the colorful abundant market, take a stroll through the marina or the picturesque narrow alleys, and immerse yourself in the authentic Corsican art de vivre! The city’s most notorious citizen is Napoleon Bonaparte who was born there in 1769. 

One of the city’s highlights is the Domaine des Milelli. Nestling on the heights of Ajaccio, the property is surrounded by a twelve-hectare century-old olive grove. It is not surprising that Napoleon Bonaparte had chosen this idyllic scenery for the setting up of his country house. Today the property is a public Park offering beautiful strolls. Bonaparte’s country house is heritage-protected and therefore not open for visitors.
The Scudo is one of the city’s most beautiful beaches, it is nestling in a wild and romantic scenery. Take a swim in the turquoise water!

Trip from Ajaccio to Porto 

Your trip from Ajaccio to Porto will take two hours. From Ajaccio you will head north via the Coastal Road (route de la côte). You will pass through the towns of Sagone and Cargèse before taking the road uphill in direction of the high plateau of Piana where you will drive through an amazing rocky landscape before reaching Porto. 

Dinner and Overnight stay at the Hotel Capo Rosso in a double room Comfort

Included: bedroom and breakfast, dinner


Day 6: Thursday Apr 13 2017,  Évisa - Porto - Piana

Suggestion: Hike into the Heart of the Forest Aïtone

The forest Aïtone is situated at the foot of the pass Col de Vergio near the village of Evisa, and reaches an altitude of 2000 m. It offers one of the most amazing sceneries the Isle of Beauty has to offer. You may choose a relaxing walk or rather opt for a challenging hike.

On the island of contrasts, the green lush forest is a natural wonder in the middle of an arid rocky hinterland. You will find rare bird species and may even come across a cow or a wild pig… Crystal clear torrents and gushing cascades cross the scenery and invite to a dip into the pure water!

Suggestion: Boat Trip through the Natural Maritime Reserve of Scandola 

Take an unforgettable boat trip through the natural maritime reserve of Scandola (on the UNESCO World Heritage list), and the wild landscape of the Calanches de Piana. You will discover one of Corsica’s most fascinating natural sites abundant in a diversified plant and bird life, of which some are endangered endemic species. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of a fish eagle or a peregrine falcon. 

Dinner and Overnight stay at the Hotel Capo Rosso in a double room Comfort

Included: bedroom and breakfast, dinner


Day 7: Friday Apr 14 2017,  Galéria - Calvi - L'Île-Rousse

Suggestion: Visit of Galéria 

The small fishing village of Galéria has been largely spared by tourism, and is surrounded by green woodland. It is situated on the 83-kilometer-long serpentine road linking Calvi to Porto and offers a stunning panoramic view over one of Corsica’s most beautiful landscapes.

Wild and romantic coasts, bright red shimmering rocks and lonely hidden bays characterize the magic scenery. In the bay of Galéria and at the estuary of the river Fango you will find preserved bathing spots, directly at the estuary behind the dune, the river is shaped like a small lake and offers an ideal swimming area. Enjoy the crystal clear water of the river and the paradisiac setting, declared biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. 

Suggestion: Spend a Day in the Beautiful Region of the Balagne

La Balagna is renowned for its olive groves and uncountable churches, owing it the surname “la sainte Balagna”, the holy Balagna. Today it is mainly a popular sea resort. Fragrant Macchia (the typical Mediterranean shrubs), picturesque villages, idyllic beaches with Caribbean flair and crystal clear water, lookouts with stunning views will take your breath away and capture your attention!

Take a trip to the picturesque port city of Calvi, over many centuries part of the Genoese Empire, and according to legend, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. One of the town’s highlights is the chapel Notre Dame de la Serra, built on a promontory overlooking the town. 

The pretty colorful Marina, one of the islands most beautiful gulfs, extends to a five-kilometer-long beach and is surrounded by a 32-hectare-large pine wood.

The Balagne is proud of its arts and crafts, and the savoir-faire of its artisans who still cherish old technics and traditions. Make a detour to the many workshops manufacturing bronze, cutlery, glass, ceramic, or wood. The artisans will be happy to show you around!

Overnight stay at the hotel Santa Maria in the classic room


Included: bedroom and breakfast

Day 8: Saturday Apr 15 2017,  Saint-Florent - Bastia

Suggestion: Free Day in Saint-Florent 
An ideal trip for wine lovers! Wine has been grown there for some 2000 years. Enjoy the trip on the picturesque wine route along the vineyards of Patrimonio and Saint-Florent. Its charming marina is also called “the Corsican Saint-Tropez”. Take a stroll along the quay or have a nice meal in one of the many sea food restaurants. Very impressing is the citadel built into the water. 

Trip back to Bastia Airport. You will drop off your car at the airport and leave it with your car rental company.



Hôtel Castel Brando

dates: 08/04 - 09/04 

  • Category: Hotel 4*

The Castel Brando is a charming boutique hotel located in the splendid Cap Corse area of Corsica. Before being transformed into a hotel, the property was a patrician mansion built in the 19th century. It is surrounded by a splendid Mediterranean garden with numerous century-old palm trees. You will stay in the Charming room.

The Charming rooms are situated in the ' Demeure', in the Villa Rose or the Villa Jaune. These rooms are equipped with a queen size bed, with good quality bedding, flat-screen TV, WIFI, air-conditionning, telephone, mini-refrigerator and a safe. Tha bathrooms have a bath and shower as well as a hair-dryer. Our charming rooms have an authentic Mediterranean feel to them, with warm, bright pastel colours. Airy and refreshing, the rooms reflect the simple elegance of the Castel Brando. 

With the Mediterranean Sea only 100 meters away, the Hotel nestles at the heart of the charming village of Erbalunga, an elegant retreat for many French and international celebrities. A preserved medieval harbour, Erbalunga is listed as an official historical landmark and is frequently described as one of Corsica's most beautiful spots by leading newspapers, magazines and reference travel guides.

The local tax is to be paid payable locally.

Hôtel Marinca

dates: 10/04 

  • Category: Hotel 5*

Hôtel Marinca & Spa is located in southern Corsica 5 minutes away from Propriano. It is near local beaches, offers a 5-star accommodation and services and overlooks the Valinco Gulf of the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel has its own private beach. This 5-star hotel offers 58 individually decorated rooms and suites. Each has free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning and a bathroom with bathtub and shower.

La Verrière restaurant serves a gourmet cuisine, prepared by the awarded chef, and offers set menus. You can also enjoy, from June until September, the Paillote beach restaurant and its grilled specialties (only open at lunch time). Hotel Marinca has a spa and wellness centre with an indoor pool and steam room. Massage and wellness treatments are also available. 

The tourist’s tax is to be paid on-site : 1,5 € per day et per personn.

Hôtel Dolce Vita

dates: 11/04 

  • Category: Hotel 4*

The Hotel offers views of the Sanguinary Islands and Gulf of Ajaccio. It has its own private beach, swimming pool and offers free WiFi internet access. The hotel has 32 rooms. Each Dolce Vita room is equipped with a TV, air conditioning and has a terrace or balcony with views of the sea. The restaurant offers an à la carte menu or daily suggestions for lunch and dinner.

The Hotel is conveniently located 20 km away from Campo Dell’Oro International Airport and 10 km away from the Ajaccio Ferry Port and Railway Station. This property is also rated for the best value in Ajaccio! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

The tourist’s tax is to be paid on-site. Breakfast non included to be paid on tne spot : 21 €

Hôtel Capo Rosso

dates: 12/04 - 13/04 

  • Category: Hotel 4*

Hôtel Capo Rosso is located in Piana, just 8 km from the beach and 11 km from Porto. It offers a heated outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant with panoramic views of Scandola Gulf.

The rooms at Hôtel Capo Rosso feature a private balcony or terrace with sea views. Each one is air conditioned and has an en suite bathroom, which is complete with bathrobes and slippers.

There are over 60 products available for breakfast including Corsican specialities and homemade cakes. You can also choose to have a drink on the terrace before sampling regional cuisine in the restaurant.

Free Wi-Fi access and free private parking are just some of the other facilities available at this hotel. The 24-hour reception can tell you about the Calanche de Piana.​

Hôtel Santa Maria

dates: 14/04 

  • Category: Hotel 4*

The property is ideally located opposite the Iles Rousses, with direct access to the beach. You will enjoy all the comfort during your stay in Ile-Rousse and even more ...

Restaurant, bar, fully air-conditioned hotel, wireless internet access, swimming pool, whirlpool, solarium are also part of the services included during your stay in our establishment. The hotel pays special attention to ensuring that your day begins in the best conditions by offering you a quality breakfast buffet with many hot and cold, sweet and savory products.

The local tax is to be paid payable locally.


The price includes:

-    All services set out under “included in the program”.
-    Standard room unless set out otherwise 
-    A travel folder with the reservation vouchers.
-    A phone contact in case of an emergency during your trip

Not-included in the price:

-    The suggestions 
-    Transport (unless indicated otherwise).
-    Cancellation and repatriation insurances, all-risks coverage.
-    Meals (unless indicated otherwise).
-    Personal expenses (drinks, tips etc.)

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