Girolata Bay - Corsica

CORSICA - FRANCE

Corsica Cycling Tour

Guided 7 days € 1,420

A phenomenal cycling tour on the beautiful island of Corsica. Whilst exploring this hidden cycling gem by bike, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas, traditional villages and the mouth watering local cuisine. It will be a cycling tour for your record books!

Style
Road cycling
Gain
17 650 m
Distance
895 km
Level
Difficult

Tour overview

DISCOVER THIS BEAUTIFUL MEDITERRANEAN ISLAND AND ALL IT HAS TO OFFER YOU

Simply one of France’s most beautiful road bike tours. Discover the breathtaking scenery on this Mediterranean island known as the “island of beauty”. The scenery along the roads that switch between the coast and the mountains is simply breathtaking. Learn about the fiercely proud locals, traditional villages, cuisine, and handicrafts. It will really be a trip to remember! You will head through Bastia, the Bay of Porto which is the gulf of the Mediterranean Sea and head through the Rocca region, with its old historical villages, olive trees and mills. From the village of Zonza, the fittest will take the climb up to the famous Col de Bavella where you will be spoiled with the stunning views over the Bavella needles. It truly is amazing! This will be a trip you will not forget.

Start point
Bastia
End point
Bastia
See program for full itinerary
Flying in
Bastia Airport
Flying out
Bastia Airport

Flights not included. Direct flights available at lastminute.com

Highlights of your cycling trip

Cyclists in Girona, Spain

Expert Support

Our experienced on-the-ground team will support you throughout the tour. They will be following you, from the vehicle, throughout the stage and ensuring you are comfortable and well fed. They know the area well and are always eager to share their insider knowledge about the hidden gems, including local legends and cycling tips!

Corsica hairpins with view

Diverse Island Terrain

Experience a wide range of breathtaking scenery, from the sweeping vistas of the mountains to the shimmering waters of the coast. Each day features two different routes that range in both distance and profile.

Bike friendly accommodation / hotel

Excellent Accommodation

Each hotel is carefully selected in dreamy locations. You'll feel well rested after each day in the saddle throughout your trip. Every hotel is to a high standard with fantastic facilities to make the trip even more memorable.

Tour destination

Corsica

Corsica is a Mediterranean island located 160 kilometres south of mainland France. With only a few miles separating it from the island of Sardinia, it is actually closer to Italy than France. The Treaty of Versailles attached Corsica to France in 1768, dubbed "l'île de la beauté" (the island of beauty). Corsica has its own language, which is still spoken and taught in schools. Inland, there are mountains, the highest of which is Monte Cinto. Tourism is the most important industry, followed by wine, fruit, and dairy production. The beautiful scenery and warm seas make this a popular tourist destination. The beaches and crystal clear sea water are ideal for relaxing and the views for sports like cycling.

  • Weather

    In Corsica Island, the summers are short, warm and mostly clear and the winters are quite a bit longer, colder, more windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 3 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius.

  • Terrain

    For the most part, the terrain of Corsica is mountainous. About two-thirds of it consists of an ancient crystalline massif that divides the island on a northwest-to-southeast axis. Corsica has a cluster of 20 peaks exceeding 6,500 feet (2,000 metres). Mount Cinto sits at an elevation of 8,890 feet (2,710 metres).

  • Culture

    Corsica is an island of culture with an abundance of music, art and cultural festivals which are organised by volunteers who are passionate about their chosen interest. Many of the island's villages also hold a festival to celebrate its local crafts and produce, as well as religious or historical events.

Accommodation during your tour

Comfortable Accommodation

2* & 3*

You will sleep in a range of  2 & 3 star hotels along our route, all of which offer a very pleasant stay after a full day of riding. We choose the accommodation based on its location and proximity to the start and end of each route and each location includes secure bike storage facilities so you can focus on some well-deserved R&R.

Tour itinerary

Your guide to a perfect cycling tour

Balagne - Bay of Porto
  • Distance - Short
    80 km
  • Elevation - Short
    1300 m
  • Distance - Long
    170 km
  • Elevation - Long
    3000 m

Today’s route follows the coastal road along crystal clear waters, and offers some stunning views. The major climb of the day is the Col de Palmarella. After the “Col de la Croix” and riding through a few typical villages, you will reach Porto and its famous Genoese tower. If you want to, you can ride up to the “Calanques de Piana” (an extraordinary rock formation, UNESCO world heritage).

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

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Flying in

Fly in airport options: Bastia

When best to arrive: Morning of day 1 before 11am.

Where the tour starts: Bastia

Transfers: Transfers are not included but can be arranged on request.

Flying out

Fly out airport options: Bastia

When best to depart: In the evening of day 7 of the tour.

Where the tour ends: Bastia

Transfers: Transfers are not included but can be arranged on request.

Tour essentials

What’s included in your cycling trip.

  • Comfortable Accommodation

    6 nights in charming 2* and 3* hotels in a shared room with en-suite facilities. Single rooms are available as an additional extra.

  • Meals

    Tasty breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included for each day on this tour so you can be assured that you will be adequately fuelled for everyday of riding. *Drinks are not included*

  • Luggage Transfers

    Your luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel throughout the trip so you only need to pack a day bag for your essentials.

  • Support vehicle
    Support Vehicle

    Throughout this tour you will be accompanied by a support vehicle who will be transferring your luggage from hotel to hotel and will be there throughout the day to be of any assistance to you.

  • Cyclists on beautiful hairpin road - Spain
    GPS Routes

    All routes are mapped out for you to follow. A GPS navigation app is provided for use on IOS or Android smartphones.

Cycling bottle

What’s not included in your cycling trip.

  • Flights or Ferry

    Flights are not included in the tour package. We have suggested which flights and airports are best suited for this tour but should you have any doubts or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Insurance

    We strongly recommend that you obtain a dedicated health insurance that covers your sports activities. Reach out to us if you have questions about the insurance.

Extra
Bike Rental
For only €280 for the entire trip!

It’s not always easy travelling with a bike but fear not, high quality carbon disc brake road bikes are available for rental for the duration of the tour. To make sure you get the maximum from your bike for your trip, we’ve partnered with one of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of equipment.

With a variety of sizes available, we can ensure your bike fits you perfectly.  All rental bikes are mechanically checked and adjusted before each and every hire so you can have peace of mind that your bike will be running smoothly from start to finish!

You can select this option when you proceed to checkout. 

**3 types of pedals can be installed at no extra charge: Look KEO, Shimano SPD SL or Shimano SPD – Please indicate your choice in the notes at checkout.

**Bike hire is subject to a  deposit of €1000 which is fully refundable at the end of the tour. Ensure to still select bike hire when you book your trip. The deposit is only required closer to the departure date. 

Trek Emonda SL6 - epico rental
Trek Emonda SL6 (or equivalent)

Fitted to you and ready to ride!

More things to maximise your cycling trip

  • Single Room Upgrade

    If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €220 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. You can select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

  • Transfers

    Transportation that best suits your needs for you and your bike with our local providers can be arranged, on request, to ensure you get to and from the tour start and finish with ease. If you would like to arrange a transfer, please inform us during the booking process.

  • Additional Nights

    The tour starts in the morning and ends in the evening, plus airport transfers take time. We recommend that you fly in the day before and fly out the day after to maximise your trip and avoid unnecessary rushing. You can book two additional nights in Bastia for €75 per person (shared room) and €120 (single room) each when you proceed to checkout.

Booking options

Choose when you want to travel

Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

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Sunday 2 October 2022
Saturday 8 October 2022
Saturday 27 May 2023
Friday 2 June 2023
Saturday 17 June 2023
Friday 23 June 2023
Saturday 2 September 2023
Friday 8 September 2023
Saturday 30 September 2023
Friday 6 October 2023
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