Tour of Corsica
Corsica, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,640 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at Bastia Airport and meet our guide and support vehicle. We assemble our bikes, cycle for 20km along the sea front to Bastia town and then a further 30km along the east coast of the Cap Course to the Corsica's most northerly town, Macinaggio.
Day 2: We bike to the most northerly point of the Island before turning south along Corsica's spectacular west coast, through the town of St.Florent to our overnight in Lile-Rouse. En-route we cross several cols including the Punta di Stintinu, Punta di Cannelle, Punta Vecchiaia and the Bocca di Petajoule.
Day 3: We head inland through several rustic villages for a taste of the Corsican mountain way of life. Descending to Calvi, we continue south across the Capo Cavallo and the Col de Palmarelia into the stunning Gulf of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The pinnacles of the famous red granite Calanques soar out of a beautiful blue sea, framed by the jagged peaks of Paglia Orba. Overnight in Piana.
Day 4: Descending to Porto, we climb for 30km through pine forests and rocky gorges to the Col de Vergio, which, at 1478m, is the highest road pass in Corsica. A gentle 35km descent through the pine forests of the Valdit Niellu and the rocky gorges of the Scala di Santa Regina to the busy market town of Corte, once the capital of Corscia. We continue south for 20km to our overnight in Vivari.
Day 5: Today we bike through the pine forests of the Corsica National park, crossing the Col de Sorba and the Col de Vizzavona, both 2013 Tour de France climbs. We continue to wind our way south through the mountains, across the Col de la Vaccia and through the sleepy villages of Serra-di-Scopamene, Sorbollano and Quenza to reach our overnight stop at Zonza.
Day 6: Our route turns east now, climbing to the Col de Bavella, below the stunning craggy dominance of Monte Incudine. We descend for 30km to the east coast and the grape growing region of Solenza. Turning north., we follow the D16 to Aleria where we head inland into chestnut forests of Castagniccia, one of the least spoilt regions of Corsica. We overnight in the 17th village of Piedicroce.
Day 7: From Peidicroce we descend 200m and start the last climb of the tour for 9km to the Col de Sant Agostino (685m). Looking out over the ocean, all that is left to do is to enjoy the last descent to the coast, the ride into Bastia and the final climb to the Citadel above the town. Time to pack up our bikes, enjoy a late afternoon stroll around the town before a celebratory dinner.
Day 8: After breakfast we have a group transfer to the airport at Bastia where KE Land Only package service end.