* Europe – Corsica and Sardinia with your French receptive


13 days / 1 830 km
Period : March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Reference : 14B020

Prix : 1€
A journey full of paradox and contrast prepared by your French receptive through these two ‘sister’ islands – simultaneously alike, and yet so very different. The wilderness of nature in all its raw, unbridled beauty, exotic smells and tastes, fortified citadels, archaeological sites, awe-inspiring vistas, and the ever-present Mediterranean Sea, a constant reminder of the heritage and identity of these two European treasures.
Trip

D1 The Imperial City of Ajaccio (20 km)
Guided tour of Ajaccio, birthplace of Napoleon and Tino Rossi. Explore the citadel, the cathedral and Place Foch. Continue round the cliff road towards the ‘Bloody Islands’, taking in some stunning views – the Gulf of Ajaccio’s crimson sentinels are ‘Nature Reserve 2000′ listed. Dinner. Board in the Ajaccio area.
D2 Porto and the Piana Coves (180 km)
Set off along the coast to Porto via Sagone and Cargese. Stop off at the stunning Piana coves, cut into the craggy red granite rock. Lunch. Return to Ajaccio via the Spelunca Gorges and the Evisa forest. Dinner. Board.
D3 The Filitosa and Sartene Menhirs (110 km)
Tour of Filitosa, a major site in terms of fascinating prehistoric relics, such as a dense collection of menhir statues. Continue on via the Gulf of Valinco to Propriano. Lunch. Explore the old town of Sartene, built overlooking a valley in the shape of an amphitheatre, and home to some charming houses. Dinner. Board in the Propriano area.
D4 The Cliffs of Bonifacio in Castelsardo, Sardinia (190 km)
Perched atop a rocky spur overhanging the Mediterranean, Bonifacio occupies an extraordinary location facing Sardinia. Trip up to the citadel aboard a little train. Lunch. Ferry crossing to Sardinia. Disembark in Santa Teresa di Gallura, a key fishing village. Journey on to Castelsardo, an old village composed of picturesque little winding streets. Explore the medieval castle, the Santa Maria church and the Sant’Antonio Abate cathedral. Dinner. Board in the Alghero area.
D5 Neptune’s Grotto and Alghero (50 km)
Meet with your guide. Trip to Neptune’s Grotto and boat ride to the island’s most fascinating cave. Lunch. Tour of Alghero, including the Porta Terra tower, the San Francesco church, and the cathedral. Dinner. Board.
D6 The Roman Town of Oristano (300 km)
Explore the Roman town of Oristano. Lunch. Continue the tour with a trip to the Tharros necropolis. Dinner.
Board in Cagliari.

D7 Cagliari and Su Nuraxi (220 km)
Tour of Cagliari’s historic town centre, including the cathedral and Roman amphitheatre. Lunch. Set off for Barumini and enjoy a trip to the famous Roman site of Su Nuraxi. Stop off at a vineyard for a chance to sample the produce. Dinner. Board in the Nuoro area.

D8 Nuoro and the Orgosolo Frescos (150 km)
Tour of Nuoro : the cathedral, the Piazza Satta square and the museum of traditional island dress. Continue to Orgosolo and see its renowned wall paintings, followed by a stroll in the neighbouring mountains. Local shepherds welcome you in for a traditional show and lunch of regional delicacies and produce. Dinner. Board in the Olbia area.
D9 The Maddalena Archipelago to Corsica (100 km)
Leaving from Palau, set sail for the Maddalena Archipelago and its sixty islands and islets. Tour of the island and Caprera. Take in the wonderful views of neighbouring islands and Corsica, and enjoy spectacular glimpses of wild creeks and their glistening waters. Lunch in Palau. Continue on to Santa Teresa. Boat crossing to Corsica. Dinner. Board in the Porto Vecchio area.
D10 The Bavella ‘Needles’ and Palombaggia Beach (130 km)
Set off towards Zonza, across the forest of Ospedale and arriving at the Col de Bavella mountain pass. Strewn with windswept pine trees, this esplanade offers fantastic views of the Bavella Needles. Lunch. Continue through this breathtaking landscape to Palombaggia, taking in crimson rock, white sand beaches, the cool hushed shade of the pine trees, and the islets that float amidst the crystalline waters of the sea. Dinner. Board.
D11 The ‘Chestnut Trail’ and the Citadel of Bastia (210 km)
Covered in vast swathes of forest, the beautiful and severe region of Castagniccia is known for its chestnut trees. Follow the route via Solenzara. Tour of the village of Piedicroce. Lunch. Set off for Bastia via Morosaglia, Ponte Leccia. Guided tour of Bastia old town and its citadel, the old port, the theatre, the Palace of Justice, the Place St Nicolas square, and the imposing 19th century buildings. Dinner. Board in the Bastia area.
D12 Mountainous Corte (150 km)
Set off via Ponte Leccia and the Genoese bridge to the citadel of Corte, nestled in the heart of the mountains and lake district. Ride up to Corte aboard the little train. Lunch of regional specialities : cured meats, savoury doughnuts stuffed with ‘brocciu’ cheese, cannelloni, boar stew and Corsican cheese. Continue on to Ajaccio via Venaco and the Col de Vizzavona mountain pass. Dinner. Board in the Ajaccio area.
Day 13 Ajaccio Market (20 km)
Free time to enjoy wandering around the main central market. Treat yourself to a taste of some wonderful local produce and Corsican delicacies – from ham to goats’ cheese and the renowned figatelli!


Service details

Full board in 2* / 3* hotels or holiday villages in Corsica, 3/4* (NL) in Sardinia
Guided tours (2h) : Ajaccio, Bastia
Sardinian tour Guide for 5 days
Little train rides : Bonifacio, Corte
Return ferry ride ticket: Bonifacio-Santa Teresa
Return boat ride ticket: Maddalena Island
Admission fees : Filitosa, Neptune’s Grotto, Tharros and Barumini, wine cellar with tasting session

Possible supplements

Single room (12 nights) : 336 €
Guide 1 day : 370 € /group

Coach transport (see pricing table)



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