The latest addition to our highly successful exploration of the islands of the Mediterranean takes us to Corsica‚ a fascinating and gloriously beautiful island‚ full of historical resonances and culturally a bridge between France and Italy.
We divide our time between two wonderful places – the capital Ajaccio (birthplace‚, of course, ‚ of Napoleon) and the exquisite southern town of Bonifacio. Our tour embraces the coastal and inland scenery for which the island is justly famous. We visit villages and fine museums‚ we take a stunning journey by train and savour the famous Corsican cuisine and wines.
DAYS 1, 2, 3 & 4
We fly into Ajaccio where we are to spend four nights. This is a city of two distinct personalities. It stands around a luxurious harbour setting whilst its labyrinthine old quarter is atmospheric and picturesque. There are many points of interest – Napoleon’s birthplace‚ the excellent Museum of Fine Arts‚ the cathedral among others. We shall take two spectacular excursions from Ajaccio. We take to the water to experience two of Corsica’s natural coastal wonders (neither accessible by road) the Natural Park of Scandola and the Calanques de Piana. And we take the train to Corte. This is the scenic railway journey par excellence and it takes us to the extraordinary former capital‚ Corte‚ which sits on a peak in the very heart of the island.
DAYS 5, 6 & 7
Leaving Ajaccio‚ our route takes us down to the outrageously picturesque town of Bonifacio. On the way we pass mountain landscapes of a unique savage beauty‚ the Aiguilles de Bazelle. Bonifacio is the most beautiful small town in Corsica‚ its impregnable 9th-century citadel built to repel all and sundry one of the most impressive defensive forts in France. Our excursion takes us up to Porto Vecchio‚ a coastal city much loved by bons viveurs of all nationalities. We take our return flight on Day 8.