Trip grading and level of difficulty
The walks are on good footpaths and trails, the terrain is varied but often rocky. You need to be used to walking all day and take regular exercise to enjoy this holiday.
Why self-guided walking?
You can walk at your own pace, choosing when and where to stop. There are often other walkers on the same itinerary that you will bump into along the way. We transport your bags between the hotels, provide maps and good walking notes. This is a way of enjoying complete flexibility, you dictate the walking pace and rhythm of your holiday.
Number of participants
From 2 people. For safety reasons we do not accept single person reservations.
Return flights from London Stansted or Manchester, 4 nights accommodation on half board, 3 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast, return airport transfers, transfers on the walk, luggage transfers between hotels on the walk, maps and route notes.
Services not included
Meals not stated in the trip notes, drinks, travel insurance, single & upgrade supplements, transfer Serriera to Calvi by bus approx €15 per person.
Luggage moving and day sack
You will need to carry a day sack only, with your water bottle, camera, picnic and gortex jacket. Our bag-moving service means you can travel light during your walks, just taking with you what you need for the day. Your main luggage will be transported by vehicle between the different night stops by a variety of different people. This ranges from local taxis, hotel owners and our own staff. We ask you to please limit your main luggage to around 15kg per bag to facilitate the driver loading it in and out of the vehicle.
It is important to consider that it may be necessary to carry your bags short distances at the start and towards the end of your holiday. You will need the appropriate luggage.
See Tour Accommodation section below.
Breakfasts are continental style. Evening meals are 3 course affairs using local produce. We recommend that you bring your preferred trail food, or high energy bars for the walks. Picnics can be purchased daily from bakers or small supermarkets. Please ensure you make us aware of any dietery requirments at the time of booking.
Day 2: A private taxi will pick you up at your hotel in Calvi to bring you to the start of the hike at Bonifatu, your luggage will go along and be delivered to the gite of Tuarelli as you walk.
Day 7: Please note it is no longer possible to book tickets in advance on public bus lines. You will have to purchase your ticket on site and bring your luggage along with you. Buses do not run on bank holidays or on Sundays during "off-peak season". You can consult this website for schedules: http://www.corsicabus.org/
Bring sufficient to cover your personal expenses including snacks and drinks. Bottled water, soft drinks, beer and wine, coffee are all expensive. It is impossible to change money here and trying to find a working cash machine can be problematic. We recommend bringing all the Euros you need with you in cash.
Preparing for your trip
It is a good idea to get fit for this trip. The more time you put in before you leave, the more you will get out of the walking. You should do regular aerobic exercise in preparation for the hills. Walking regularly with a rucksack is the best way to make sure you are fit enough for the Corsican hills and enjoy the trip to the fullest.
You can expect to encounter some very wide ranging temperatures. During the walks you should be ready for everything, take powerful sun protection, as well as warm fleeces and a gortex wind jacket. Corsica is known for its micro climates and each valley can be very different. The weather can change quickly and the mountains generate some stormy, often unpredictable weather.
What to bring and pack
- A small day pack for your water bottle, camera, picnic and waterproof.
- A rucksack or suitcase for your main luggage 15kg maximum per person
- Good walking shoes or boots with a good grip sole
- Walking socks
- Warm fleece
- Shorts and t-shirts.
- Swimming costume or trunks
- 2 walking poles (optional)
- Water bottle (one litre minimum)
- Personal first aid kit with good blister protection
- For your picnics:
- A good cutting knife, fork, spoon, plastic cup and plate some plastic bags
- Sun and rain protection
- Sunglasses and sun cream
- Sun hat
- Wind and waterproof jacket (Gore-tex style)
- Trainers or open sandals
- Warm fleece and casual wear
- First aid - we recommend that you bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, re-hydration (Dioralite). Glucose tablets or Kendal Mint cake and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.
UK residents should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before travelling. The EHIC is normally valid for three to five years and covers any medical treatment that becomes necessary during your trip, because of either illness or an accident. The card gives access to state-provided medical treatment only and you'll be treated on the same basis as an 'insured' person living in the country you're visiting. This might not cover all the things you'd expect to get free of charge from the NHS in the UK. You may have to make a contribution to the cost of your care. You can obtain an EHIC from the Department of Health by phone, online, or at the post office.