- duration 8 days
- tour type Self-guided
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Walking in the Scented Isle
- The Mediterranean’s Most Mountainous Island
- Historic Corte and Ajaccio
- Descend the Spelunca Gorge
Explore Corsica on foot from the mountains to the sea. In 1971 the French Regional Nature Park of Corsica was formed to protect a large area of the mountains, which make up the backbone of this rugged island. Since then a network of footpaths has been designed to keep the (otherwise delightfully scented!) "Maquis" at bay and to introduce walkers to the very best of the inland scenery in such a way that it remains unspoilt. Today the most well known of these walks is the "GR20" a high level ridge walk (described as the toughest GR in France) which follows the north-south watershed of the mountains. However much less well known and yet in many respects more interesting and varied are the long distance footpaths which cross the mountains from east to west, or from "Sea to Sea" – Mare a Mare; as they are called. Based on old mule tracks and ancient routes of transhumance, these routes traditionally connected mountain villages with each other and with high level pastures. Crossing intermediate ridges and following forested valleys, they take the walker into the heart of the mountains, past tumbling rivers, mixed woodland and through attractive villages entirely missed by those doing the high ridge walk. Of course these lower walks do as well tend to be much warmer. For our 8-day walk we have chosen the best section of the "Mare a Mare" North. Starting in Sermano (transferred from Corte) at 800m/2624ft and walking west via Corte and past the lake at Calacuccia, you reach the watershed at Col de Vergio 1,477m/4845ft. and from there, start your descent to the coast at Porto via the charming old chestnut town of Evisa. Each evening you are free to relax and reminisce on the day in a comfortable inn with time to enjoy the island’s distinctive cuisine and wine. A local vehicle will carry your baggage around from hotel to hotel so that you need carry only a light day sack throughout.
Day 1 : Arrive Ajaccio, transfer to Corte
Day 2 : Sermano to Corte 18km/11 miles, 6 hours
Day 3 : Corte to Calacuccia 26.5km/16.5 miles, 9 - 10 hours (can be shortened)
Day 4 : Ciatarinu to Calacuccia 13km /8 miles 4-5 hours
Day 5 : Col di Vergio to Evisa 9.5km/6 miles, 3 - 4 hours
Day 6 : Evisa to Porto 13km/8 miles, 4 - 5 hours
Day 7 : Porto to Ajaccio
Day 8 : Arrangements end after breakfast
- 7 nights accommodation on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
- 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- Transfer from Corte to Sermano, Col de Vergio to Calacuccia, and Calacuccia to Col de Vergio
- Luggage transfer from days 1 to 6 (not provided to Ajaccio)
- Emergency hotline
- 4 dinners, all lunch & beverages
- Travel between Ajaccio and Corte and Porto and Ajaccio
- Entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
- Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Corsica: Mountains & Sea tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 324 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 28 April 2020 full payment is required.Travel Insurance
Corsica: Mountains & Sea tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Corsica: Mountains & Sea tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.