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Seaside & Mountain Hiking

Known as a "mountain in the sea", the island of Corsica is a spectacular land mass of towering mountains, lush forests, pristine beaches and white cliffs. Surrounded by the Ligurian, Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean Seas, Corsica is dominated by the Parc Naturel Regional de la Corse, which encapsulates its stunning natural beauty — it is a hiker’s paradise.

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Itinerary &
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Itinerary & Accommodations

Day 1

Arrival - Bonifacio Pertusatu Cape

  • Activity Overview: Hiking
  • Activity Level: moderate
  • Activity Length: 6 miles; ~2.5 hrs; elev. gain/loss 490’

Start your journey with a ferry arrival in the picturesque village of Bonifacio, classified as a Historical Monument. Your Boundless Journeys guide will meet you at the port to begin your adventure with an introdution to this coastal haven. Bonifacio is a stunning and spectacular town that is bustling during the day but holds a serenity in the early evening. Your afternoon hike is to the spectacular Pertusatu Lighthouse, with expansive views of the Strait of Bonifacio and Sardinia. At seventy feet high, the square tower lighthouse was built in 1844, the second installed on the island. The Pertusatu Cape is known for its striking white cliffs, over three hundred feet high in some places, and well preserved by the Bouches de Bonifacio nature reserve.

On the return, you'll view the fortified town of Bonifacio perched above the sea. This evening, you may enjoy some free time to explore the labyrinth of narrow streets before a wonderful welcome dinner at our seaside hotel.

Day 2

Campomoro Coast

  • Activity Overview: Hiking
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Activity Length: 4-10 miles; ~2-5 hrs; elev. gain/loss 300’

This morning, we drive north to the region of Sartene, with superb views over the west coast, one of Corsica's most beautiful coastlines. Today you enter a magnificent conservatory of natural Mediterranean landscapes and habitats. The site of Campomoro offers several options—a beautiful hike between the sea, the maquis and fantastically shaped rock formations.

After our hike, we'll settle into the next quintessential seaside Corsican town of Sartène. Sartène is built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Valinco Gulf, offering an exceptional panorama extending to the Bavella Needles. This town is rich with art and history, as you'll witness wandering through the narrow quaint alleys of the old town and medieval quarter. Sites such as Liberation Square, Sainte Marie Church, and the watchtower, the last remnant of the city's 15th-century fortifications, are prominent sites. This evening, we'll enjoy dinner on your own in one of Sartene's many inviting restaurants.

Day 3

Aiguilles de Bavella and Paliri Refuge

  • Activity Overview: Hiking
  • Activity Level: Moderate - Strenuous
  • Activity Length: 6 miles; ~4 hrs.; elev. gain/loss 1950’

Today, we transfer to the stunning region of Bavella and its famous Aiguilles. We hike on a section of the renowned long distance route, the GR20, to reach the refuge of Paliri for lunch. Here, we'll soak in the extensive mountain views, highlighting why Corsica is known as a "mountain in the sea". If time and energy allow, we may hike further into the Bavella Needles, where you may catch a glimpse of a team of rock climbers. We return on the same route for our drive to the idyllic mountain village of Levie, our home for the next two nights.

Levie (Livia in Corsican) is a village rich in historical and prehistoric sites classified as UNESCO World Heritage. It is defined as the capital of Alta Rocca and extends from the Rizzanese Valley to Pianu di Livia and up to the Cagna Mountains. Levie is a beautiful village with granite houses ideally situated for explorations into the heart of Corsica.

Day 4

Plateau du Cuscionu

  • Activity Overview: Hiking
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Activity Length: 3-6 miles; 2- 4hrs.; elev. gain/loss 200’

oday you discover the Coscionu plateau. Between pozzines, torrents, moors and pastures, this is a magnificent hike showing another face of Corsica. The Cuscionu Plateau is the only "true" plateau in Corsica. Vast and undulating, crisscrossed by numerous small rivers, it has been the most important summer grazing area for the island's shepherds. Herds of goats and sheep have become scarce and are now replaced by cows, and horses that spend many a a happy summer here.

The striking contrast between the vast green expanses and the granite chaos is characteristic of the plateau. We'll pause during our hike to enjoy a classic picnic with local cheese and charcuterie. After lunch, we return to Levie to visit a Corsican knifemaker, where we'll have the opportunity to learn from a local about this fine craft.
We'll celebrate our Corsica adventure this evening with our final dinner at Auberge A Pignata.

Day 5

Departure - Ajaccio

  • Activity Overview: Transfer
  • Activity Length: 1 hr. 45 min.

This morning, we'll bid adieu to the mountains of Corsica, and will transfer to the Ajaccio airport for departures. Those who opt to extend their trip may enjoy an extra night or two in this coastal city.

"The Dolce Vita" à l'Ajaccienne, is Corsica's largest city. Nestled in its majestic bay, the city has managed to preserve the sweet Mediterranean way of life without depriving itself of all the benefits of a modern city: café terraces, shaded squares, fine craft shops, white sandy beaches, historic monuments, and flavor-filled markets. With its unique microclimate and beaches right in the city center, it's a genuine seaside resort.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.

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Dates &
Prices

Dates And Prices

Trip Length

5 Days

Trip Dates
Land Cost

$3,995 Per Person


Single Supplement

$470

See single supplement policy below.

What's Included

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Accommodations are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability.

Single Supplement for Scheduled Group Departures. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement. This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and request a roommate but one is not available, you will receive a $500 reduction from the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary for your specific trip).

Single Supplement for Custom Tours. Custom Tour prices are generally based on two or more participants; therefore, single supplements for “solo” Custom Tours will vary and are available upon request.

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With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

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France: Southern Corsica Extension

Known as a "mountain in the sea", the island of Corsica is a spectacular land mass of towering mountains, lush forests, pristine beaches and white cliffs. Surrounded by the Ligurian, Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean Seas, Corsica is dominated by the Parc...

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Walking and hiking 3-6 hours per day

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