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Vivid landscapes & wild interiors

Savour the blue waters, white-sand beaches and dramatic mountainous interior of a spectacular Mediterranean island in the sun.

From your idyllic hotel base overlooking the sea and Calvi's citadel, you’ll be free to punctuate lazy days by the pool or on the beach with exploration of one of the Mediterranean's most lovely and unspoilt destinations. Discover pretty ports where cafe-life and a relaxed pace are the order of the day. Taste wines produced in sun-kissed mountain vineyards, sample food infused with fragrant maquis herbs, and travel through a spectacular millenia-old landscape that still resonates with echoes off its busy history.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Saint-Christophe Hotel, Calvi
  • Return flights to Corsica
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Fly to Corsica, meet your tour manager and transfer to Calvi, where your welcoming hotel awaits. Depending on your arrival time you may have time to 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.

  • 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 stretch out on the stunning beach. Enjoy a swim in the hotel pool, or take the steps down into the clear waters of the Bay for a snorkel or swim.

  • Journey by coach to the historic Genoese port of Bastia, with its ancient, crumbling old town, the Terra Vecchia. Equally enchanting is the Terra Nova district and its two (Vieux and Nouveau) harbours, which assure its place as the island’s main commercial gateway. A guided tour by mini-train will bring to life this compact, tree-shaded town, which sits beneath its historic fortress. Afterwards, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy lunch, perhaps in the charming surroundings of the old port.

    This afternoon, you'll re-board the coach, and journey to the wine village of Patrimonio, which waits beneath an idyllic, hilltop church. Enjoy a tasting of the local Muscat wine, and complete a wonderful day with a journey across the unspoilt countryside to the exquisite port town of St-Florent. This bustling harbour town is set in the shadow of its medieval citadel against the dark, vine-covered Nebbio hills, and close to the inaccessible Desert des Agriates.

    You’ll return to Calvi and your hotel for dinner.

  • Rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings, or join today’s optional excursion and head to exquisite Porto, a pretty resort town with a 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 surrounding scenic nature reserve that overlooks 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'll also take a 90-minute cruise to view the Calanches from the water before returning to the hotel for dinner.

  • Journey through yet more spectacular mountain scenery into the Corsican heartland. Here, in the centre of a beautiful national park, lies the ancient town of Corte, former stronghold of Pascal Paoli, the Fater of Corsica, who founded a nationalist government and Corsica’s only university here in the 18th Century. Take tour by mini-train, wander the narrow streets beneath the imposing Citadelle, and perhaps indulge in a leisurely lunch. Later, a scenic journey through the Niolu region of the island's rugged interior, full of dramatic peaks and plunging gorges, completes another memorable day.

  • Today you're free to enjoy the delights of Calvi and the surrounding blue waters.

  • Your last included tour takes you back to the island’s north, and begins with a call at chic L’Île Rousse, built by Pascal Paoli as a showpiece port-town, and boasting an impressive port, a fine promenade and a grid of palm-tree-lined streets. Perhaps take time for a last lunch, under the plane trees of Place Paoli above 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.

  • Bid "a dopu" to your Corsican hosts and transfer to Bastia Airport to board your flight home.

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Hotels

Saint Christophe Hotel, Calvi

This hotel is set above the rocky shoreline, with steps leading from the hotel down to the beach below. With panoramic views of Calvi’s whitewashed citadel, it's just a stone’s throw from the town and one of Corsica’s most beautiful beaches.

Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.
  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
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