Cycling in Corsica

With the 2013 Tour de France starting in Corsica and showing off some of the most stunning cycling scenery anywhere in the world, the island is quickly becoming the place for a cycling holiday.

Tour de Corse with Assistance

The Tour de Corse with Assistance is a popular trip allowing you to enjoy many of Corsica’s highlights whilst having the assurance of a guide at your side.

Not for the faint hearted, the tour requires a high level of fitness with participants cycling an average of 100km each day. Starting in Bastia, the tour will lead you across the North of the island passing quaint rural villages and over mountainous plains. From here you will follow the winding coastal road down the West of the island before heading back inland to the capital Corte. You will enjoy fantastic views cycling further down to Propriano where you will then cross the Alta Rocca region, with thick pine forests and historical villages. The final stretch will take you back into the interior of the island where you will then cross back to the north east passing dense chestnut forests.

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Prices from £1399 pp

What's included

  • Return flights from London Gatwick, Bristol or Manchester 
  • 6 night accommodation in 2* inns, auberges and hotels on full board
  • 1 night accommodation in a 2* hotel on bed & breakfast 
  • Return airport transfers 
  • Rental of a road bike for full 7 days 
  • Luggage transfer and van assistance 
  • Maps and route notes

What's not included

  • Meals not stated in the trip notes
  • Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Single & upgrade supplements
 

Itinerary

Day 1: From Bastia into the Balagne
This first stage starts from Bastia and heads westwards up over the Col de Teghime. From here you have a great view over Bastia and the region to the south. The view also extends to the west and over to the magnificent bay of St Florent. The road sweeps downhill from here, through Patrimonio, a region known for its vineyards. You will then cross St Florent and ride through the Désert des Agriates, before reaching the small villages of the Balagne, on the northwest coast.
Night stop in Calvi.

About 115km for 2000m+, Max height: 549m

More challenging option:
About 140km for 2450m+, Max height: 685m 

Day 2: From the Balagne to the bay of Porto
The itinerary 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", 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).

About 80km for 1300m+ (105km with "Calanques de Piana") , Max height: 408m

More challenging option: (with "Calanques de Piana")
About 170km for 3000m+, Max height: 1084m 

Day 3: Through the Spelunca gorges to the heart of Corsica
Leaving Porto and the coast, today’s stage takes you through stunning gorges into the Aïtone-forest and up to the highest road pass of the island, the Col de Vergio. Don't be surprised to see some pigs, cows, goats or other wildlife on your way.
A long downhill awaits you (the twisty and narrow Scala Santa Regina is just pure pleasure!), before crossing Corte and finally reaching the region of Venaco.

About 115km for 2980m+, Max height: 1477m 

Day 4: From the centre of the island to the bay of Propriano
The day starts with the Col de Vizzavona followed by a short fast downhill stretch, before climbing again, up the beautiful Col de Scalella. Further on the route undulates through some tiny villages, some of them known for their prehistorical vestiges. Today’s accommodation offers you a great view over the bay of Propriano, and after a long day on your bike you can enjoy a cold drink watching the sunset!

About 110km for 2300m+, Max height: 1178m

More challenging option:
About 145km for 2500m+, Max height: 1178m 

Day 5: From the Propriano bay to the Coscione plateau
Today you will cross the Alta 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 BavellaThe views over the Bavella needles are just amazing! Then it continues to undulate until the Col de la Vaccia (1195m) and a gentle descent to our overnight stop.

About 95kms for 2400m+, Max height: 1190m

More challenging option: with "Aiguilles de Bavella":
About 115km for 2800m+, Max height: 1205m 

Day 6: From the Coscione to the historical capital of Corsica
You have a few kilometres to warm up before attacking the 1st climb of the 3 this stage has to offer; the Col de Verde, a beautiful road through the Verde-forest followed by the next uphill section, up the superb Col de Sorba. The views are just spectacular! But keep your eyes on the road during the long and twisty descent. The next pass is a bit easier and also offers unique views over the Corsican countryside. Down again on a superb and twisty road, before rolling the last few kilometres into Corte, historical capital of the island.

About 80kms for 1750m+, Max height: 1314m

More challenging option:
About 100km for 2250m+, Max height: 1314m 

Day 7: The Castagniccia
Deep through the villages of the Castagniccia, todays stage leads you into this area known for its old chapels, natural water sources and centuries old chestnut trees. Keep your eyes peeled for the "Milan Royal" (a local bird of prey) flying gracefully through the sky. Soon you will reach the east coast again, and Bastia is not much further.

Distance 105km for 2150m+ to the airport (123km to the port), Max height: 985m.

Day 8: End of your tour
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport, where your holiday comes to an end.