Classic Corsica

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $3,965
  • Length: 4 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Europe, France
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Tour Description

Corsica is famous for its independent spirit, rugged beauty, fruit, wine, olive oil, and as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. This picturesque island, now under the French, had been ruled by the Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Goths and Saracens. Learn the history and stories of this lush island, as you explore its incredible terrain - Corsica has the highest mountains and the most rivers of any Mediterranean island. Travel through the vivid green mountains, pine forests, and acres of citrus orchards and vineyards. Visit the soft-hued scorched desert interior, the dramatic limestone cliffs that plunge into the sea, and the welcoming fishing villages. All of Corsica’s natural beauty is surrounded by more than 600 miles of glorious coastline - wrapped up like a package waiting for you to open and discover.

  • The scenic harbor city of Ile-Rousse
  • Seeing the fruit orchards of the “Gardens of Corsica”
  • Exploring the wild desert of the Agriates
  • The UNESCO World Heritage village of Porto
  • The colorful Calanches de Piana rock formations

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Calvi, Corsica (France)

Welcome to Corsica. You are met on arrival at the Calvi Airport and transferred to your luxury hotel. This morning drive to Ile-Rousse (Isularossa), with its beautiful and busy harbor and beaches. Next, you tour the charming villages of Belgodène Calenzana, and Santo Antonino - with hills covered with olive, lemon, orange and fig trees, symbolizing the “Gardens of Corsica.” In the afternoon explore Calvi Citadel, a 13th century fortified walled city.

Hotel La Villa, Calvi

DAY 2

Calvi Sightseeing

This morning, discover the harbor of St. Florent, the coastal region that aligns with the gardens of the Balagne Valley. Travel through the blazing and wild Desert of the Agriates, with its “burnt to a cinder” landscape, seeing the diversity of this island. The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the region. Return to Calvi in the afternoon.(B)

Hotel La Villa, Calvi

DAY 3

Full Day Sightseeing - Piana Cargese

Today, drive south towards Piana, and its impressive rock formations. En route, stop in Porto, a small village bordered by red granite cliffs and famous for its little pebble beach and dazzling sunsets. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has an unusual 16th century Genoese Watchtower towering above its red cliffs. Continue your drive to Piana along one of the most awe-inspiring roads in the world - and see the Calanches de Piana, spiky red granite rocks jutting straight out of the sea, some rising to 1000 feet. The color of these rocks changes from deep orange to russet red and all the hues in between according to the time of day. Amongst the Calanches are ’Taffoni’ or natural caves. Arrive in the village of Piana in time for lunch (on own) - choose from one of the many gourmet eateries with incredible views over the Mediterranean sea.This afternoon continue on to Cargese, a village of pretty white houses set above a cliff dotted with olive trees. Since the beginning of recorded history, the island was continually the prey of invading civilizations. Your guide will explain the story of antagonism between the Roman Catholic Church and Greek Church built across from each other in the village. Return to Calvi in the later afternoon.(B)

Hotel La Villa, Calvi

DAY 4

Depart Calvi

Today you are taken to the airport for your departing flight home or on to your next destination. (B)

Departures

Pricing Information

December 31, 2011

From $3,965.00 per person double occupancy.

From $620.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by private deluxe A/C vehicles
  • Local English speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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