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To this day, Corsica remains the most unspoilt of the Mediterranean islands. In fact, its hills are covered in cool, green virgin forests, and golden sands adorn its coastline, interspersed with dramatic cliffs. In the centre of the island, some peaks rise to 2,706 metres (8,878ft) and many reach to over 2,000 metres (6,600ft). This mountainous region covers two-thirds of the island and is dotted with remote villages perched on crags above river gorges. French is the official language but bi-lingual signs indicate the wide use of its own language, which has similarities to Italian. Cuisine is also a delicious mélange of French and Italian dishes. In the mountains, wild meats such as boar, rabbit and trout offer tempting variety.



The Walking

Begin the trek in the mountain town of Corte – a town exuding a sense of history with its stuccoed buildings that line the main street. Above the old town, a castle perches on a peak against a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains. From Corte, climb steadily through the Tavignano Gorge up to Calacuccia, where jagged peaks soar above valleys with rushing rivers. Alpine meadows, with an abundance of wild flowers in early summer, are complimented by deep blue lakes. Once over the high mountains, villages teeter precariously above valleys and deep ravines topped with spectacular rock formations lead to the Mediterranean Sea. Here, shimmering waves lap against imposing pink cliffs that surround the Bay of Porto. The trek includes some long ascents and descents but no vertiginous sections. Walking in Corsica generally requires a good level of fitness and the paths, although well-maintained and well-marked, are often rocky underfoot.



Baggage Transfer

Your luggage is transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can travel with your day rucksacks only. Some days you are taken to the start of a walk and/or collected at the end. These transfers are included in the price.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Moderate, with one long descent. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 3460m, Descent 4050m, 45 miles.


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Accommodation in the villages along this trek is limited in places and varies from small village pensions to 3-star hotels, but all are comfortable and well-positioned for the route. Each accommodation will provide rooms with a private bathoom. Breakfast and dinner is included each night except on your last two nights whilst in Porto and Ajaccio where it is breakfast only as there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. A picnic may be provided by all the hotels for a supplement. Please note that opportunities to purchase a picnic at many points along the trek are limited.

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Day 1: Fly to Ajaccio or Bastia and transfer to Corte. Train tickets are included. Transfer from airports to train stations by airport bus is at your own expense. Optional extra: to transfer by private car from airport to Corte. Why not decide to spend an extra night or two in Corte to savour this beautiful town, or enjoy local walking in the Tavignanu Gorge or Ristonica Valley. Overnight Corte.

Day 2: Transfer up to Scala di Santa Regina, then join the trail in boulder-strewn landscapes that lead to the entrance of the high Niolu Valley. Passing through lush alpine pastures and chestnut groves, the day ends in the village of Calacuccia. Overnight Calacuccia.

Ascent: 640m. Descent: 360m. Distance 5 miles. Time: 4 1/4 hrs.  

Day 3: Circuit the peaceful lake in Calacuccia, then the trail ascends to the stunning Col de Verghju at 1477m. You will see some of the highest peaks of the island on this glorious day.Overnight Castel di Vergio.

Ascent: 860m. Descent: 330m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 5 1/4 hrs.

Day 4: Immersed again in high mountains, enjoy the famous GR 20 route at the heart of the volcanic massif of Paglia Orba. There is an opportunity to bathe in the Radule Cascades before descending to your hotel. Overnight Castel di Vergio.   

Ascent: 780m. Descent: 780m. Distance: 11 miles. Time: 7 1/4 hrs.

Day 5: Descend the western slopes of the island, passing over the Col de Verghju, then meander through the Aïtone Valley, famous for its Larici pine forests. Through an avenue of chestnut trees, you arrive in Evisa for the night. Overnight Evisa. 

Ascent: 190m. Descent: 740m. Distance: 6 1/4 miles. Time: 3 1/2 hrs.

Day 6: An old cart trail is the magnificent route for today, passing through the Spelunca Gorge with high, misshapen rocks towering overhead. Continue on to the tiny village of Ota, perched above the ravine. An easy downhill walk brings you to the pleasant seaside village and beach of Porto with dinner taken in a local restaurant (not included). Overnight Porto.

Ascent: 460m. Descent: 1340m. Distance: 10 1/2miles. Time: 6 hrs.

Alternative Day 6: You can opt to split day 6 into two days (3 hours per walk) and spend the night in Ota instead of Porto if you wish. You would then continue on to Porto the following day instead of having a free day in Ajaccio (see day 7 below). 

If flying back to the UK, alternative day 6 isn't an option due to public transport and flight times restrictions unless you are happy to pay a private transfer supplement. This is because the flight to Gatwick departs too early for the bus connection from Porto. 

Day 7:  Free day in Ajaccio. Overnight Ajaccio.

Day 8: A bus (payable locally) takes you to Ajaccio in time for your flight home or for the train to Bastia. 

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The best time to walk the Monte Mare Nord is from May to September. In July and August accommodation is at a premium and early booking is essential. Temperatures at this time are also high, which you would need to feel comfortable with.

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There are flights to Bastia non-stop from Manchester and London Gatwick; the latter also serves Ajaccio non-stop. You can reach these two Corsican airports with connecting flights via Paris, or a combination of flights via Nice. We include trains tickets from Bastia or Ajaccio City to your first trek hotel. The buses between the airports and city are payable locally. We can arrange private car transfers at a supplement.

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Included:

  • 6 Nights accommodation in a standard room with half board* & 1 Night accommodation with bed & breakfast

  • Train from Bastia City to first trek hotel

  • Baggage transfers between the hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • Transfers between airport and first/last trek hotels

  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London Stansted to Bastia airport and return from Ajaccio to London Stansted. Flights are also available from many local airports (exact price for your dates available on request)

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Not Included:

  • Bus from Bastia airport to Bastia City (approximately €9)

  • Bus from last hotel to Ajaccio (approximately €15)

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on a shared twin/double standard room.

Hotel to Hotel Trek

Dates

6 nights half board* 1 night B&B

With flights

6 nights half board* 1 night B&B

Own International Flights

Extra night

per person

Single supplement

per night

Apr - Oct

995#

835 #

POA

44**

 *  Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast
** No single travellers, minimum two people
#   For a twin room, there is a £30 per person supplement

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