Corsica Walking Week

Fully guided walking on the sunkissed west coast of Corsica




From $1,460 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Day walks from stunning village bases, including Evisa and Porto
  • Two night stay in the charming cliff top village of Piana
  • Explore mist-veiled mountains and secluded Mediterranean coves
  • Option to hike to the rocky peak of Capo d`Ortu (1294m)

This excellent, and fully guided, Corsican walking holiday showcases Corsica's rich natural treasures; from the mist-veiled mountainous terrain beneath the peak of Paglia Orba (2525m), down to the stunning natural stone towers and cool blue Mediterranean waters of the Gulf of Porto. We explore this rarely visited area from four unique and beautiful village bases, walking some of the best sections of Corsica's famous Mare a Mare (sea to sea) walking route. Our first two nights accommodation are at the beautiful seasonal ski station of Castel di Vergio and from here we walk in the rugged Golu Valley, following a straightforward section of the world famous GR20 route. Heading west, we then hike across the Col di Vergio to the famously picturesque village of Evisa and spend two nights there, with a day walk through the mediterranean maquis to the atmospheric abandoned hamlet of Tassu. We continue, hiking an age-old path that takes us down to the vibrant marina at Porto, with its rocky beach and photogenic pink granite coastal outcrops. We end our walking week exploring the coastal paths and herb-scented trails around the delightful village of Piana. Sea eagles, cormorants and gulls frequent the cliffs and the translucent water is home to rich marine life. With a coast line decorated with offshore islets, secluded coves and pink granite pillars emerging out of the cobalt blue waters, it is not hard to see why the area has been awarded 'World Beauty' status by UNESCO. We end our holiday on a high with an optional walk to the top of Capo d'Orto, the second highest summit of the Calenche de Piana. From the top we have a fantastic view out across the intriguing geological rock formations to the gulf beyond. This holiday is a real opportunity to explore a beautiful and seldom visited part of this Mediterranean gem.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a relaxing walking holiday, very different to our 2-week GR20 Corsica trekking holiday. Starting out in the  mountains and making our way gradually down to the sea, this trip offers walks of only moderate length and difficulty. On average, we walk for just 4 or 5 hours each day on good trails and there are no really big climbs. On top of this, several of the walks are optional and you can choose to do them - or not. Adding to the relaxation factor, is our choice of comfortable hotels and guesthouses throughout.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Castel di Vergio. A single timed transfer from Ajaccio Airport is provided.
  • A day walk in the Golu Valley on a section of the GR20.
  • Over the Col di Vergio (1400m) to the village of Evisa (830m).
  • Day walk to Tassu and Marignana.
  • Descend from Evisa via Oto to the Gulf of Porto.
  • Walk to the cliff-side village of Piana.
  • Hike to the summit of Capu d'Ortu (1295m) or relax and explore from Piana.
  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Ajaccio Airport in provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Ajaccio Airport. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details. Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK Easyjet will be the best low cost airline offering flights to Ajaccio. Easyjet who have flights from London Gatwick. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Castel di Vergio. A single timed transfer from Ajaccio Airport is provided.

    Arriving in Ajaccio, KE Land Only package services begin with the transfer to our overnight accommodation in Castel di Vergio. We meet our guide and set off on the drive along the coast road to Sagone, where we head inland and up into the mountains. A rugged and winding road leads into the very core of the island. After a 2-hour journey, we arrive at our welcoming mountain hotel, close to the Col di Vergio, the highest road pass on the island. Having checked in at our hotel, which provides a base for skiing during the winter, we can take it easy, enjoying a drink on the terrace or take a stroll in the woods.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • A day walk in the Golu Valley on a section of the GR20.

    To give us a flavour of Corsica’s wild places, we have a day-hike into the Golu Valley, walking direct from our hotel on a section of the GR20. The first couple of kilometres takes us through silver birch woodland and then downhill to cross a mountain torrent in a valley of bewitching beauty. Heading upstream, now on the left bank of the ‘Golu’, we should look out for the sitelle, Corsica’s emblematic little nuthatch that runs up and down the trunks of the pine trees with a frenzied enthusiasm. We arrive at a series of rockpools, 6 beautiful pools that form a tumbling and cascading waterfall. We can take our pick, settle on the poolside slabs for a spot of sun bathing or even take a dip. The valley leads up to the volcanic massif of the Paglia-Orba. The higher we go, the valley has a more alpine feel and on our way back, we will call in at the basic cabin of Radule, whose goat herding proprietor sells drinks and cheese. We spend a second night at Castel di Vergio.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 530m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 530m

    • Time 4 - 5 hours walking

  • Over the Col di Vergio (1400m) to the village of Evisa (830m).

    Today’s walk takes us through the vast Corsican pine forest of the Val-du-Niellu. We start out with the short ascent to the famous pass of the Col di Vergio (1400m) which marks the division between the two departments – Haute Corse and Corse du Sud - and has a forbidding statue of Jesus. Crossing into Southern Corsica, we head downhill through stands of tall and straight laricio pine trees, which were exploited by the Romans for boat building. The trail winds through the forest and past the ‘piscine naturelle’, a giant rock-pool and swimming spot. Descending, the pine trees give way to chestnut woodland and we follow a trail which takes us directly into the village of Evisa. At an elevation of 830 metres, Evisa is one of Corsica’s most attractive villages and is known locally as the ‘pearl of the mountains’. Famous for its chestnut products, this is the place to taste specialities such as ice cream ‘a la chataigne’ or a local chestnut beer called Pietra.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 440m

    • Distance 13km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 970m

    • Time 4 - 5 hours walking

  • Day walk to Tassu and Marignana.

    Today we walk village-to-village through the luxuriant and distinctly Corsican type of vegetation, that cloaks many hillsides and is known as ‘maquis’. It is a mix of oak, cistus, the strawberry tree, the curry plant and tree heather. Our hike takes us to the forgotten hamlet of Tassu, which is a treasure to explore, with its old terracing, small church and stone houses slowly being buried by encroaching ivy. Arriving at the village of Marignana, directly across the valley from Evisa, we can enjoy a coffee in the village gite, before looping back around the valley to our hotel in Evisa. A lovely walk which offers an insight into rural village life.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 17km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 800m

    • Time 4 - 5 hours walking

  • Descend from Evisa via Oto to the Gulf of Porto.

    From Evisa, an age-old path descends through the Spelunca Gorge. Once the main route between Evisa and Ota, it is well-graded and zig-zags back and forth as we drop into the depths of the gorge. Reaching the bed of the gorge, we find an old Genoise bridge ‘le Pont de Zaglia’, at a confluence of rivers The river pools here are very alluring and we can stop for a swim and a bit of sun bathing. Then, we continue along a riverside path, more or less on the flat, stopping for our picnic lunch before making the final climb to the village of Ota. Ota is a stunning little village that couples mountain architecture with a more Mediterranean flora. Shockingly red bougainvillea, as well as lemon and fig trees all add to the colour. From Ota, we have views of a succession of high mountains that give way to the sea. Leaving the village, we head for the coast and the rose-coloured granite sea cliffs. The vegetation is now more profuse, with fragrant flowers and herbs such as lavender, pale pink cistus and rock sedum - plants that thrive in the Mediterranean heat. Arriving at the Gulf of Porto, there is a kaleidoscope of colour - red cliffs, blue sea and the bold Genoise tower. Checking in at hotel alongside the marina, there is plenty of time to head down to the beach for a plunge in the Med.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 750m

    • Distance 17km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1640m

    • Time 5 hours walking

  • Walk to the cliff-side village of Piana.

    The walk today is fairly short, but uphill. Leaving Porto, we cross a bridge that connects the marina to the harbour and plod across the beach with its large pebbles. We then take a path that is just above sea level and provides us with great views of the clear, blue sea, the indented coastline and its little creeks. The trail meets the coast road on several occasions and we cut up through the ‘maquis’ to arrive in an area known as ‘les Calanques’. Here, we are surrounded by incredible granite needles, the rock formations eroded into tortured shapes and sculpted by wind and sand into wild formations. The sea cliffs in this area are dotted with maritime pine trees and the views are just spectacular. Our overnight stop is in the village of Piana, which has been given ‘World Beauty’ status by UNESCO. It also one of the group of villages, known as, ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’. With its small white houses, church, colourful mountains and the sea as a backdrop, it’s dazzling. If you haven’t had enough walking today, a secret path heads off from the village outskirts and drops down steeply to a small secluded cove ‘Ficajola’. This is a lovely place for a rewarding early evening swim. It’s a short, steep walk back up to the village for a well earned dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 950m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals b

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 4 hours walking

  • Hike to the summit of Capu d'Ortu (1295m) or relax and explore from Piana.

    There is another opportunity to take it easy today. Or, you can take an optional hike, such as the one that leads to the top of the rocky peak of Capu d’Ortu, the second highest summit of the Calenche de Piana. Rising above the ‘Calanques’ and overlooking the sea, this 1294 metre summit provides a great objective for a day-walk and the views from the top, down over the gulf are exceptional. The route leads on sandy trails amongst red granite rocks, with glimpses of the Gulf of Porto and lots of opportunities for photo stops. We return to spend a second night at the hotel in Piana.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 750m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 750m

    • Time 4 - 5 hours walking

  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Ajaccio Airport in provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. There is a group transfer to the airport in Ajaccio.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional leader
  • Single timed group transfers from and to Ajaccio Airport
  • All road transfers detailed in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the meal plan
  • Vehicle support and baggage transfer

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers (other than group transfers)
  • Some meals as described in the meal plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The Land Only trip price includes a single group transfer from the airport at Ajaccio to the group's accommodation at Castel di Vergio on Day 1 and a single group transfer from the group's accommodation at Piana to the airport at Ajaccio. These transfers are timed to the arrival and departure of the easyjet flight from London Gatwick. The local guide or a representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers. All clients MUST inform the KE office of their travel details. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

After breakfast at our overnight accommodation, we try to get a reasonably early start. We will stop for lunch at a suitably scenic spot along the day’s route for our picnic. We will generally walk for around 3 hours in the morning and for an hour or two in the afternoon. We aim to reach our next overnight hotel by mid afternoon, giving us time to rest for a couple of hours before dinner is served. The pace of the walking is not too fast and there is always plenty of time to stop to admire the views and to take photographs.

During this trip we spend 7 nights in comfortable and characterful hotels and guesthouses in four different Coriscan villages. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with ensuite bathroom. Clients booking by themselves will be paired with other single travellers of the same sex for room share. We regret that it is not possible to offer single accommodation on this trip.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts will be continental, with fruit juice, tea and coffee, bread and a variety of local jam usually on offer. Dinners will be taken either in the group hotel or in a nearby restaurant. Corsican's love their food and this is reflected in the great standard of food provided by the hotels and restaurants. There will usually be a starter such as a soup of vegetables including big butter beans, or a selection of cold meats - 'charcuterie'. Typical Corsican main courses include roast piglet or trout, with pasta or polenta. Simple packed lunches will be purchased by the leader each day from village shops. This will usually consist of breads, meats and cheeses etc... for the group to share. You may also want to purchase some snack items to supplement your packed lunch.

All but one everning meal is included in the holiday price. On one of the nights in Piana, we have not included the evening meal.
This has been done to give you the option to make your own arrangements and to introduce some variety. Your leader will purchase food items in village shops to make up a picnic lunch each day. You might wish to take some trail food or snacks with you from home. Some snack items and chocolate can be purchased locally.

Approximately €200 should be sufficient to cover your personal expenses including snacks, 1 evening meal and drinks. Soft drinks, beer and wine are available each night. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly. You can use your credit/debit card to get euros cash at Ajaccio Airport, or bring euros with you from home. There are also ATM facilities in Porto.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced and qualified, English-speaking local 'accompagnateur'.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to you leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group.

We ask you to restrict your luggage to a single main bag and a small daypack of around 30 litres. Your main bag will be carried between overnight stops in the support vehicle. There is no weight restriction as such other than that imposed by your international carrier. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. We have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. In general you should pack for warm or hot and sunny weather, but for the mountain hikes you must come prepared with the normal mountain safety clothing (waterproofs, hat and gloves) which you may or may not use.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rain-pants
  • Wicking baselayer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts (at least one with long sleeves and collar for sun protection)
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Daypack (approx 25-30ltr)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles x 2 (1 Litre / Quart))
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Tupperware lunch box or sandwich bags for packed lunches.
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear
  • Beach towel
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Travel clothes
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera, media, batteries

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

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The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Hiking is the best exercise especially for building stamina, while jogging, squash and swimming are all good for developing better cardiovascular fitness.

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. No special vaccinations are required for this trip. UK residents should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before travelling. The EHIC is normally valid for three to five years and covers any medical treatment (except in Switzerland) that becomes necessary during your trip, because of either illness or an accident. The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only, and you'll be treated on the same basis as an 'insured' person living in the country you're visiting. Remember, this might not cover all the things you'd expect to get free of charge from the NHS in the UK. You may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care. You can obtain an EHIC from the Department of Health by phone, online, or at the post office.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day can be warm in June and September and hot in August, ranging from 15°C to 30°C. It can be cool in the evenings at the Castel di Vergio (first 2 nights). The weather is usually fairly stable during the summer season from June to September, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.

Most people in this part of France speak reasonable English and you should have no trouble making yourself understood. However we do recommend you try to learn some simple French phrases and greetings as attempts to speak in the local language will always be appreciated and is all part of the fun.

Corsica. Lonely Planet Corsica. Insight Guide Corsica Walking Guide. Bergverlag Rother GMBH

The French IGN (Institut Geographique National) 1:25,000

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