Day One: Fly to Bastia
Fly to Bastia, meet your tour manager and transfer to Calvi, where your welcoming hotel awaits. Dependent upon your arrival time, enjoy a first dip in the pool or catch a first glimpse of gorgeous Calvi’s rocky bastions topped by an ancient citadel. Dinner is served this evening, after which you may find time for a nightcap under the stars.
Day Two: Guided introduction to Calvi
Join your tour manager for a guided introduction to beautiful Calvi, after which you’re free to savour the town and its surroundings. Opt for a long lunch on the quai Landry, explore the ancient citadel and the labyrinth of narrow streets surrounding the quay, or simply enjoy stretching out on the stunning beach. Go for a dip in the hotel pool or take the steps down to the clear waters for a snorkel or swim – this is holiday heaven.
Day Three: Included tour of Bastia
Today’s first included tour is to the historic Genoese port of Bastia, with its ancient, crumbling old town, the Terra Vecchia. The equally enchanting Terra Nova district and its two harbours assure its place as the island’s main commercial gateway. A guided tour by mini-train will bring to life this surprisingly compact, tree-shaded town, which is overlooked by a historic fortress. Later, enjoy lunch, perhaps in the charming surroundings of the old port.
Re-board the coach to journey on to the wine village of Patrimonio, beneath an idyllic hilltop church. Enjoy a tasting of the renowned local Muscat wine, and complete a wonderful day with a trip across the unspoiled countryside to the exquisite port town of St-Florent. This bustling harbour town is set in the shadow of its medieval citadel against the vine-covered Nebbio hills, close to the inaccessible Desert des Agriates. You’ll return to Calvi and the hotel for dinner.
Day Four: Optional tour of Porto
Rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings, or join today’s optional excursion, which will see you head to exquisite Porto, a pretty resort town with its tiny harbour and pebbly beach overlooked by an ancient watchtower. Spend some time wandering the around the resort, then re-board the coach for the drive through the scenic nature reserve overlooking the blue waters and the fantastical, UNESCO-listed Calanches. This collection of towering, oddly shaped and eroded, pink granite rock formations, carved by nature over millennia are sure to astound. You will also be embarking on a 90-minute cruise to view the Calanches from the water. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day Five: Journey through Corsica
Journey through yet more spectacular mountain scenery into the Corsican heartland, to the centre of a beautiful national park and the ancient town of Corte, former stronghold of Father of Corsica Pascal Paoli, who founded a nationalist government and Corsica’s only university in the 18th Century. Enjoy a tour by mini-train, wander the narrow streets beneath the imposing citadel, and perhaps indulge in a leisurely lunch. Later, another memorable day is completed with a scenic ride through the Niolu region of the island’s rugged interior, expect dramatic peaks and vertiginous plunging gorges.
Day Six: Rest and relax
Today is free to enjoy all the delights of Calvi and the surrounding blue waters.
Day Seven: Included tour of Corsica
A last included tour sees you return to the island’s north, with a first call at chic L’Ile Rousse, built by Pascal Paoli as a showpiece port town, with an impressive port, fine promenade and grid of palm-tree-lined streets. Perhaps enjoy a last lunch under the plane trees of Place Paoli, overlooking the harbour, then enjoy a last scenic drive through the gorgeous Garden of Corsica, the Balagne region. Expect vineyards, olive groves and orchards – Balagne is at glorious odds with some of the island’s more rugged interior. A chance to buy some freshly pressed oil from a traditional mill is the last highlight of the holiday, before you return to Calvi for a final evening.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK
Bid “a dopu” to your Corsican hosts and transfer to Bastia Airport for the return flight to the UK.