Highlights Of Corsica
- Duration: 10 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TDIARECOR1018
- Travel Type: Eurostar
Relax and unwind on the little French island that basks in the Mediterranean sun. Known as ‘l’ile de beaute’, Corsica is home to some of the most picturesque railways in Europe. These little trains run on single tracks and pass amazing scenery as they travel across mountains and along coastline, stopping at quaint villages along the way. From the mountainous heart of Corsica to the capital city of Ajaccio on the coast, we travel aboard the little trains and stay in four popular towns so you can enjoy the highlights of the different corners of this beautiful island.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
• Return Eurostar from London to Lille • TVG from Lille to Nice and Marseille to Lille • Return daytime ferry crossings to Corsica • Seven nights’ half board accommodation on Corsica • One night’s bed and breakfast in Nice • One night’s bed and breakfast in Marseille • Train journey from Bastia to Calvi • Train journey from Calvi to Corte • Train journey from Corte to Ajaccio • Free time in Bastia, Calvi, Corte and Ajaccio • Services of our Tour Manager
We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Lille and continue by rail to Nice, where we check in to our overnight hotel.
After breakfast we take a leisurely crossing to the Mediterranean island of Corsica. We arrive in the town of Bastia, on the northern tip of the island, and travel onward to our hotel.
Enjoy a full day exploring Bastia, which is filled with understated elegance. The old port is a good place to start, where you can wander through the quaint streets and admire the Italianate architecture clustered around the harbour. Above the port lies the citadel, built in a Genoese style, and a climb up here through the shaded gardens is well worth the awarding views of the sea and the countryside. The new town offers wider boulevards and impressive buildings from the 19th century. Place St Nicolas is the social hub of the town and a great place to soak up the atmosphere with views across the sea and a statue of Napoléon.
After breakfast we join the Trinicellu (Little Train in Corsican). This narrow gauge railway is an experience not to be missed, following the coast with spectacular views of gold red mountains plunging into the deep blue sea and passing through pretty Ile de Rousse and the village of Ponte Leccia. On arrival in Calvi we transfer to our hotel, our base for the next two nights.
The small town of Calvi is in an idyllic location with a large sheltered bay to the front and mountains behind. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the many attractions as we spend the day at leisure. A walk around the castle ramparts offers wonderful views across the bay, after which you can venture into the cobbled streets to see the Cathedral of St Jean Baptiste and the house which is said to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Down towards the seafront, the popular area of Quai Landry links the marina and the port and is filled with bustling bars and cafés.
After breakfast we join the little train for the rail journey to Corte, the ancient capital in the mountainous heart of Corsica, where we stay for one night.
Corte is surrounded by amazing mountain scenery, with the cragged beauty of the citadel rising high up from a rocky outcrop. The town is a delight to explore, thriving with a cosmopolitan air along with the bustle of pavement cafés and bars, and if you follow the narrow streets up to the citadel you can enjoy wonderful elevated views. You will also find the Museum of Corsica in the citadel, which takes you on a fascinating journey of the history of the island (entrance not included). Later in the day we board the train for Ajaccio for our two-night stay. This route is ranked as one of the most scenic railways in the world, crossing the Vecchio viaduct engineered by Gustav Eiffel, of tower fame, before passing through the Vizzavona Forest, a swathe of lofty laricio pines and chestnut trees.
Enjoy a full day in Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica. There are many statues and streets named after Napoléon Bonaparte, who was born here in 1769, along with the National Bonaparte Museum. You can stroll around the squares and promenades, admire the fabled cathedral, or relax in one of the many pavement cafés and watch the world go by.
We leave Corsica behind and take the ferry to Toulon, where we continue by coach to our overnight hotel in Marseille.
We travel by TGV to Lille and join Eurostar for our return to London.
3* Hotel - Nice
Accommodation will be provided in a comfortable hotel of a three star standard, which has been inspected by our operations team. Due to the enormous popularity of this tour we expect to operate many coaches therefore we are unable to confirm the exact hotel at this stage, but it will be located in the Nice area to ensure easy access to the tours attractions. The hotel will have the facilities you would expect such as en suite bathroom, colour television, tea and coffee facilities and a bar and restaurant.
Hotel Kyriad Nice Gare
London Overnight Hotel
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