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Corsica by car – nights in hotels, ferry crossing and three evening meals included

10 days / 9 nights
Corsica - Car Tours

price from
~728 £ [800 €]

This fantastic tour will take you to Corsica’s most beautiful sites, including winding roads set against a backdrop of spectacular landscapes. You will undoubtedly enjoy the diversity of the landscape, traditional cucina corsa and meeting the island’s welcoming locals.

Ferry crossings can be arranged from Marseille or Toulon. Depending on ferry timetables and availabilities, you will land in Ajaccio, Bastia, Porto Vecchio, Propriano, Île Rousse or Calvi.

Based in Corsica, our team often rides across the island’s back roads in order to ensure that you get the best possible experience during your stay in Corsica.

The price (per person) above has been calculated on the basis that two people will be sharing a bedroom and a car.

Your day by day program

1
From mainland France to Corsica

In the evening, you will take the ferry either from Marseille or Toulon.

Night crossing in a private cabin.

2
The Cape of Corsica

Once in Bastia, you will start your journey by discovering the Cape of Corsica. First, you will drive up the beautiful rolling hills of the North, and then stop at the port of Erbalunga and Macinaggio before exploring the Cape. Next, you will drive along the road to Centuri – where you can find the best crayfish in France - and get to discover magnificent coves. You will also have the choice to stop in Canari or Albo for a while, before setting off to Nonza, a town famous both for its Torra Paolina (Paolin Tower) and its graffitied black beach. After that, the road will take you to Patrimonio, the capital of Corsican wine, and then to St Florent where you will spend the night and admire the town’s white sandy beaches.

Night in St Florent.

Distance: approximately 130km.

3
From Saint-Florent to Galéria

Today’s stage will lead you to drive through the Désert des Agriates, one of Corsica’s magnificent protected nature reserves. On the way there, you will get to see stunning landscapes and drive on many fantastic winding roads. Charming mountain roads will quickly unravel before your very eyes, as you catch sight of olive groves, cactus trees, and Barbary figs. You will then get to explore authentic and enchanting little villages where cows wander freely across the roads; and, on the way to Balagne at sunset, the landscape will become a true feast for the eyes, as it will slowly change into a lunar spectacle. You will then stop in Belgodere for a while, in front of a picturesque little church, before setting off to the Route des Artisans (Road of the Craftsmen). Next, you will drive to Calvi and get to admire both its port and citadel. After that, you will drive along one of Corsica’s most popular roads. It is admittedly in poor condition but it will offer you some of the best and most wonderful landscapes in Corsica. Finally, you will reach the seaside town of Galeria and have dinner there in a local inn.

Distance: approximately 150km.

4
From Galéria to the Calanches de Piana

Today’s stage will lead you to the Col de Palmarella where you will be able to enjoy stunning panoramic views. You will then drive down a beautiful cliff road and see rolling carpets of arid grassland, as you reach charming villages. There, you will be able to relax and have a drink. However, you will soon set off to other seaside villages nearby, where there are many water sports.

After that, you will set off to the famous Calanches de Piana, and drive up to a village, where you will be able to visit many churches, and where a certain Greek influence makes itself felt through the village’s architectural features. You will then go around the coastline before driving into the heart of the island. Be careful of the wild pigs. They tend to wander about freely on the roads. The journey will then lead you to Evisa, a town essentially famous for its chestnut trees. Finally, you will end today’s journey by travelling around gorges, where it is quite common to come across herds of goats.

Distance: approximately 150km.

5
From Porto's bay to Corte

You will leave the village and its famous Genovese bridges, olive trees, and natural pools, hidden amongst the greenery, in order to start climbing the highest road in Corsica. Then, you will drive down an undulating road which will lead you to the beautiful shores of a local lake. The magnificent Scala di Santa Regina will then take you to the borders of the Castagniccia region where you will discover the famous and stunning Restonica Gorge.

Distance: approximately 130km.

6
From Corte to Valinco's bay

On the sixth day of the tour, you will drive along Corsica’s main road which goes through the Vizzavona forest and offers many stunning views. Once you will have reached Ajaccio, you will be able to enjoy strolling down the streets of Napoleon’s hometown and go to the pointe des Sanguinaires – the Point of blood-thirsty men – which is surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches. Next, you will climb a coastal route, which is skirted by eucalyptus trees and which leads to an ancient prison. After that, you will take the road to the small villages of the Taravo region.

You will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel.

Distance: approximately 130km.

7
Bonifacio and Bavella

Your first stop will be Sartène. You will then get to see more uninhabited landscapes on your way to Bonifacio and its impressive chalk cliffs. Next, you will drive along magnificent beaches and travel to the heart of the island via the famous Needles of Bavella. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to swim in small rivers nearby. Afterwards, you will drive down to Alta Rocca, have dinner and spend the night there in a hotel.

Distance: approximately 170km.

8
From Alta-Rocca to Vénacais

Once you will have explored the wonderful local villages, olive groves and old mills of the region, you will drive along spectacular mountain passes and may see pigs and horses, wandering about freely.
You will also get to see many forests and have the opportunity to stop at Ghisoni to see its ‘ski resort’.

Night in a 2 star hotel.

Distance: approximately 165km.

9
Back to Bastia

Today, you will then be on your way back to the Castagniccia region and its numerous villages, which cling to mountainsides. Once there, you will be able to enjoy great panoramic views. Later on, you will travel around Biguglia’s nature reserve and a pond where pink flamingos can often be seen.

Distance: approximately 153km. Distances can be shortened.

At the end of the day, you will take the ferry to Marseille or Toulon (night crossing in a private cabin).

10
Back to mainland France

You will take the ferry to Marseille or Toulon.

Your tour ends here.

Departure board

Every day from the beginning of April to the end of November.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Marseille or Toulon.
End
  • Marseille or Toulon. Your return destination has to be the same as your departure point.
Accommodation
  • In hotels (double bedrooms).
Number of people
  • From two. The price (per person) above has been calculated on the basis that two people will be sharing a bedroom and a car (2 meters high max. and less than 4.50 meters long)
Level of difficulty
  • Approximately from 150km to 190km a day.
Options
  • Supplement for July and August departures : 200€
  • GPS tracks on USB stick : 25€
Included
  • Ferry crossing (including car - 2m high and 4.5m long), night in a private cabin for two, accommodation, breakfasts (except during the ferry crossing), information package with maps and road-books.
Not included
  • Transfers which are not included in the tour, personal travel insurance, beverages and meals , car rental, repair costs, fines and speed tickets, visits of tourist sites, optional activities which are not included in the tour, personal expenses.
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