Mountains & Villages of Corsica

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Trip code: 
TEB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Centre-based
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Walk through Corsica's diverse landscapes

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.

Highlights

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

Key information

  • 7 nights in a family-run hotel with en suite facilities
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader
  • Well-marked trails, often rocky and uneven
  • Altitude maximum 1650m, average 800m

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
052-4811569
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Pace:

Moderate: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 212.0km/7.0miles
Day 312.0km/7.0miles
Day 412.0km/7.0miles
Day 616.0km/9.0miles
Day 711.0km/6.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Bocognano.

    Start at Hotel Beauséjour in Bocognano. In the afternoon we take an orientation walk of Bocognano, exploring this picturesque village as well as some of the surrounding forest.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Train to the village of Ucciani; woodland walk to ancient menhir (standing stone) and walk back to Bocognano.

    We start the week taking the local train to Ucciani, a village to the west of Bocognano, where we will commence our walk through fields to the ancient menhir (megalithic monument also known as a standing stone). We will continue on to the ruins of the medieval fort overlooking the Gravona valley. From here, return via Tavera and walk back to Bocognano past woodland streams and cascades. Distance approx. 12.5 km; ascent approx. 620m, descent approx. 320m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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.

    After taking the train to Vivario, we begin our walk across a ridge 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. Distance approx. 12km; ascent approx. 650m, descent approx. 310m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Train ride to Poggio; walk through woodland to the historic city of Corte.

    Today we begin with a train journey to Poggio (approx.. 55minutes). Our walk will take approx 6 hours, past streams and chestnut woods with beautiful views of the Restonica Valley and the Tavignano Gorge en route to the charming city of Corte, which we will have time to explore before returning to Bocognano. Distance approx. 12Km; ascent approx. 650m, descent 770m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

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

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Start in Vizzavona where we enjoy a walk along the famous GR20 tracks to Bocca Palmente.

    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. Distance approx. 16km; ascent/descent approx. 780m.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk directly from the hotel to the Gravona River; walk along the Gorge of Richjusa and onto Bocognano.

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Bocognano.

    End Hotel Beauséjour in Bocognano.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

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, fruit and mineral water. 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.

Weather

The best weather for walking in Corsica comes in the late spring/early summer, late summer and early autumn. Average daily temperatures in May and June range from 21ºC to 28ºC and in September from 20ºC to 26ºC. The days are usually clear and fresh, avoiding the sultry humidity of mid-Summer. As with all mountainous regions there is always the possibility of rain, and when it does, it can be very heavy. Therefore it is necessary to have a fleece and good quality waterproofs at the ready. Please note that mountains can always make their own weather and as a result, we may occasionally be forced to amend the itinerary for parts of the holiday. For this reason, you will need everything from bathing gear and sunscreen to a warm layer and good quality waterproofs.

Is this trip for you?

This is a mountainous area, and all of the walks involve plenty of ascent and descent; there are very few level paths. We usually walk between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long-established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and way marked. Even so, paths will be rocky and walking boots with good ankle support and tread are essential for this trip. One of the walks involves a short steep walk/scramble up a rocky section, but this is optional and generally within the capabilities of most walkers. The maximum height gain and loss is 800m. Maximum altitude 1650m, average 800m.

Call for general departures:
052-4811569
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel Beauséjour - 2 Star

Our centre is the family-run 2-star Hotel Beauséjour in the heart of Bocognano; the Ferri-Pisani family have owned and run the hotel for three generations. It overlooks the valley of the Gravona River and across to the spectacular granite face of the Monte d'Oro range. The shady grounds give you time and space to relax, and are only a few minutes walk from the small town bakeries, post office, restaurants, bar, general store, tourist office and local train station. Meals are taken in the spacious dining room in authentic 1920's décor. There is a communal room for general use. The single and twin rooms are in traditional provincial style and are all en suite.

Call for general departures:
052-4811569
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2017
    Laurene Tubb

    Mountains and Villages of Corsica TEB

    I was very much looking forward to this holiday and it did not disappoint. You see mountains in every direction and get to ride on a train to get to and from some of the walks. The hotel is charming.....as is Paul the owner. Everyone smiles and you feel very welcome. It is basic.....but this is part of the charm. The showers may be small but there is plenty of hot water all the time. Beds are comfy and everywhere is wonderfully clean. Mostly the food tastes delicious and is well presented and served by Paul himself.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The magic of the mountains and the satisfaction of walking up them. Fresh water from the mountain springs and cold plunges into them on hot days !!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martin is a little cutie.....ha ha!!!! Kind, gentle and caring. Hope to meet him again on future trips.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Right.........I guess I need to mention breakfast. It lacked one thing. An egg !!!! Juice, croissant, bread and jam (lovely as it was) was not really enough to set you up for the day. An egg (even cooked the night before by the chef and eaten cold in the morning) would have been enough to have made a difference. The local shop rarely opens so possibly people need to bring snacks of some kind to supplement the baguette and fruit supplied for picnic lunch. If not......it turns out to be an excellent way to lose a bit of weight !!!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Corsica is a delightful island and well worth a visit.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Adele Myles

    Corsica Mountains

    This trip exceeded my expectations. We were fortunate to have a wonderful guide who had an eye on everyone and their capabilities so that we all had a fabulous time. Our group was excellent and the village we stayed in was great. The hotel was rustic but in a lovely position - you don't go on a walking holiday to sit in your room!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the one day on the GR20. We were lucky to have a clear day with amazing views when we made the summit of Bocca Palmentu and the use of the wonderful train to access the start and finish of the walks.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis was an excellent guide, very quickly evaluated all our capabilities and adapted the walks to suit. He made the tour great fun with his wonderful sense of humour. Would very much like to have him guide on another trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It can be wet but we were lucky to only have a torrential downpour leaving a bar to walk back to the hotel. So wet gear could be needed. Some of the walks are rough and steep.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The staff in the hotel were excellent and nothing was too much trouble. There was a reasonable variety of dinner meals and our lunches were more than sufficient. My comment would be breakfast - to head out walking some protein would have been good, perhaps cheese or a boiled egg.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Amelia Henriot

    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 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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hanging out by the beautiful cascades! Not a bad place to have spent my birthday!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    It was Alexis first time leading a group in Corsica, he was very well organised and didn't make any mistakes! Considering he is not a local (which worries me sometimes!), his knowledge about the place was great and you could see he genuinely was interested learning about this island. Fun and friendly, you'd be lucky to have him as your leader!
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Jane Ogden

    Corsica mountains and villages

    Guide was excellent. Good company and provided fantastic walks. Hotel was ok but staff were excellent. They did their best for vegetarian food and it was different each night not just pasta and pizza. Would not recommend sharing room with someone you didn't know as the rooms were small. The group was lovely.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the mountains. Beautiful scenery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a hat and walking sticks.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Bridget Evans

    Mountains & Villages of Corsica - 6 September

    The travel arrangements were excellent but the hotel was poor. Although very clean, the rooms were shabby, particularly the bathrooms. The food was uninspiring - it would have been good to have had some local dishes with fresh vegetables and fruit. However, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip and meeting our fellow travellers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from the mountain tops were stunning and just kept coming.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Emily was amazing! She looked after us all really well from start to finish, including setting alarm clocks, train travel and suggestions for our day off to emergency repairs to damaged hiking boots high up in the mountains. A true ambassador for Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We were lucky with the weather with most days about 25'c but it can change quickly so wet weather gear is a must.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was our first Exodus experience - we shall certainly travel with them again.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Barry Farbon

    Corsican delight

    A wonderful trip in stunning mountain scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Absorbing the sheer beauty of the magnificent Corsican countryside with its wonderfully jagged ridge lines, its beautiful valleys and plunging waterfalls.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suzie did a great job - friendly, well organised, knowledgeable and passionate about Corsica, with options planned for most walks to suit the differing aspirations of group members.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and and smile, smile, smile your way through a splendid week in a Mediterranean gem.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The brochure description of the hotel is very accurate - it is simple, rustic, very clean, beautifully situated and an excellent base for the week. I liked the idea of using the local trains, which ran to time.
  • Reviewed February 2014
    Anonymous

    MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES OF CORSICA

    Great introduction to Walking in Corsica.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting a taste of GR20. It was not unlike the west highland way in parts, but with much better weather.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suzie, was friendly and informative.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take your poles it states optional, but with rocky terrain most days they would be very useful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Getting a day at the beach was fab, the water was warm.
  • Reviewed October 2013
    Anonymous

    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 to dot THE big one next year, the GR20. Can't wait !!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on top of a mountain taking in the scents of the maquis; dipping my feet in mountainstreams; seeing the rare and indigenous Corsican tortoise; tasting ANYTHING with chestnuts that I came across; enjoying the many butterflies evrywhere; every day brought new delights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rudi was extremely helpful and considerate - taking care of everybody, that is, looking after the slower members in the group whilst recognizing that others were quite capable to go at a faster pace at times, and always making very clear where along the route we'd all gather together again. He made sure everybody was happy to do their own thing on the free day, offering a number of suggestions. I chose the ridge walk just outside Ajaccio, which was safe to do by yourself - great suggestion ! That's where I spotted my tortoise, by the way. He inspired me to do the GR20, so here goes !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    GO !!!!You'll be amazed at the scenery and the unspoiled nature of Corsica. The people are lovely, and you won't be disappointed in this choice of Exodus trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Could Exodus organize even more trips to Corsica, apart from the Mountains and Villages and the GR20 ? I'll be on them all !
  • Reviewed September 2013
    Anonymous

    MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES OF CORSICA

    Overall a very good trip, dramatic mountain scenery with a good friendly guide called Suzie. Enjoyed using the local trains to get to starts of some of the walks, and particularly enjoyed the welcome breaks she gave us for bathing/paddling in the streams and pools as the weather was hot. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Enjoyed using parts of the GR20.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great! Very friendly and looked after us very well. She joined in with all our activities including having a meal out at local restaurant on our day off from the hotel.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You definately need one or two sticks. Strong walking shoes are ok but boots are probably the best footwear.
  • Reviewed July 2013
    Anonymous

    MOUNTAINS & VILLAGES OF CORSICA

    A good week of walking in a mountain landscape using the scenic mountain railway to access most walks. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The view from my hotel window and from the train windows.Walking in the mountains and river gorges and cooling off at the end of the day with a local beer flavoured with chestnut flowers in the Bar des Amis .   

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rudi was an excellent, considerate and thoughtful leader with an impish sense of humour. He allowed those of greater ability to walk on ahead  to a meeting point at their own pace  and most walks provided a shorter circuit for those who felt it necessary. We seemed to stumble across a bar most days and he even had the keys of an old shepherd's hut where we could brew up.  On one walk he had gone there earlier and hidden cans of drink for us in a cold mountain stream - - - a kind thought.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bocognano was ideally situated and by-passed by the main road traffic. There were a couple of restaurants, a small shop, the Bar des Amis and a good artisan bakery. Guessing when the shops/restaurants would open was a skill that would take more than a week to acquire.  The station was only a short walk from the hotel.    The hotel was as implied in the Trip Notes - - - a bit old and quirky but with friendly and helpful staff and a laid back cat. Much more fun than an impersonal modern one. Rudi's advice that Corte would not provide enough interest for a full day's visit was well founded. We all went to Ajaccio on the rest day. Our thanks to John, an ex French teacher who got our tickets !   

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were old shepherd's huts in the mountains and most had a clear spring of drinking water close by to save  us carrying  too much.I would have liked some harder/higher mountain walking on a couple of days but all such holidays are a compromise unless you want to go for the full GR20.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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