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Highlights of Corsica
8 Days - by Scheduled Air

Price from £999.00 per person*
Departures from 18th Jun 2017 to 3rd Sep 2017

Single person supplement : £250.00 per person

Please see the Includes tab for flight times.

Corsica rears up out of the Mediterranean like a giant sitting in a garden pond, towering over its lowly southern neighbour Sardinia but forlornly cut off by the Ligurian Sea from its big Alpine sisters to the north.

It's an island of sheer cliffs and hairpin bends, kilometre-high gorges plunging into deep wooded valleys, and waterfalls gushing down through the sage-scented maquis. At 8,700ft Monte Cinto tops a chain of 20 huge peaks forming a north-south backbone from which the slopes fall away on every side to a coastline of turquoise sea and over 200 beaches fringed with tall palms, aloe vera and forests of eucalyptus, cork oak and Corsican pine.

Many of the towns and villages are perched, fortress-like, atop high rocky eyries, reflecting a long history of pirate raids and invasions by Carthaginians, Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Saracens and Lombards. Charlemagne's father stole the island and gave it to the Pope, but the Genoese stole it again and sold it to the French, which is why the island seems Italian but the official language is French. Corsicans today are delighted to welcome visitors, but they are also keen to preserve the charm of the island and therefore have not gone in for the runaway high-rise holiday building which has afflicted other Mediterranean islands, so that Corsica remains relatively pristine and undeveloped.

You'll be staying in Calvi, a beautiful harbour fringed with palms and a promenade lined with lively restaurants. The place was bombarded and besieged by the British during the Napoleonic Wars, and Lord Nelson got himself injured, losing the sight of one eye.

If you want beach they've got five miles of it, or you could take the bone-rattling miniature train and visit the port of L'Île Rousse, officially the hottest corner of the island. The Scandola Marine Nature Reserve, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is just along the coast, accessible by boat, and known for its mottled-pink volcanic rocks, as well as visits by dolphins and seals.

Maquis (It. macchia - thicket) refers to the shrubland typical of Corsica, tall and thick enough to hide in, a feature which outlaws and fugitives traditionally found very handy. The French Resistance during WWII took the name Maquis for this reason.

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to Bastia
  • Seven nights stay at the 3 star Hôtel Saint Christophe, Calvi
  • Buffet breakfast and 3 course dinner with 0.25cl of wine per person
  • Airport taxes and return transfer to the hotel
  • Full day excursion to Cap Corse including wine tasting in Patrimonio
  • Full day excursion to Porto including boat cruise to the Calanche of Piana
  • An evening with Corsican songs and guitars
  • One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 20kgs per person, depending on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
  • Services of an Omega tour manager / English-speaking representative
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £250pp for the break.


Flights ↔ Bastia
AirportOutboundReturnAirline
Birmingham06:15 / 09:3510:05 / 11:25FLYBE
Gatwick06:10 / 09:2510:05 / 11:15easyJet
Manchester06:10 / 09:2510:05 / 11:15easyJet
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change without notice

Sunday Meet up at your chosen airport for your flight to Bastia, where on arrival we will transfer you to the 3 star Hôtel Saint Christophe, Calvi for check in and free time before dinner and the first of seven nights stay.

Monday Breakfast and then a day at leisure to explore Calvi.

Tuesday Cap Corse
Today we embark on a full day excursion to Cap Corse, a narrow peninsula which sticks up like a rabbit's ear from the north coast and has lots of little bays, golden beaches and precipitous cliffs. We drive through Nonza, Pino and the St Lucia pass, which has superb views. We'll take a mini–train to Haute–Corse to see the Genovese Miomo Tower, along with the high houses and coloured facades. A spot of wine tasting in the Patrimonio vineyards will then serve as an appetizer for a visit to the popular coastal resort and fishing village of St Florent.

Wednesday Day at leisure

Thursday Porto
Full day excursion to Porto, a UNESCO heritage site, with red granite cliffs, deep blue sea and creeks. We'll take a boat cruise from Porto to the Calanche (ca–lank–ay) of Piana – narrow, steep–walled inlets with natural orange–red granite formations.

Friday Day at leisure

Saturday Day at leisure followed by an evening of traditional Corsican songs and guitars

Sunday Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Hotel Saint Christophe, Calvi
Boasting fabulous views of the Med - from your dining table...
 

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