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Mountains & Villages of Corsica - Exodus Travels
Mountains & Villages of Corsica - Exodus Travels
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Ajaccio
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Corsica
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Start and end in Ajaccio! With the hiking & trekking tour Mountains & Villages of Corsica, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Ajaccio, France and 6 other destinations in France. Mountains & Villages of Corsica includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 1
    Written on October 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous scenery, great walks, beautiful scents of the maquis, excellent guide (Rudi) etc. etc. Everything I had hoped Corsica would be, and so much more. The trip has inspired me to dot THE big one next year, the GR20. Can't wait !!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing on top of a mountain taking in the scents of the maquis; dipping my feet in mountainstreams; seeing the rare and indigenous Corsican tortoise; tasting ANYTHING with chestnuts that I came across; enjoying the many butterflies evrywhere; every day brought new delights.What did you think of your group leader?Rudi was extremely helpful and considerate - taking care of everybody, that is, looking after the slower members in the group whilst recognizing that others were quite capable to go at a faster pace at times, and always making very clear where along the route we'd all gather together again. He made sure everybody was happy to do their own thing on the free day, offering a number of suggestions. I chose the ridge walk just outside Ajaccio, which was safe to do by yourself - great suggestion ! That's where I spotted my tortoise, by the way. He inspired me to do the GR20, so here goes !Do you have any advice for potential travellers?GO !!!!You'll be amazed at the scenery and the unspoiled nature of Corsica. The people are lovely, and you won't be disappointed in this choice of Exodus trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?Could Exodus organize even more trips to Corsica, apart from the Mountains and Villages and the GR20 ? I'll be on them all !

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 2
    Written on October 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fabulous scenery, great walks, beautiful scents of the maquis, excellent guide (Rudi) etc. etc. Everything I had hoped Corsica would be, and so much more. The trip has inspired me to dot THE big one next year, the GR20. Can't wait !!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing on top of a mountain taking in the scents of the maquis; dipping my feet in mountainstreams; seeing the rare and indigenous Corsican tortoise; tasting ANYTHING with chestnuts that I came across; enjoying the many butterflies evrywhere; every day brought new delights.What did you think of your group leader?Rudi was extremely helpful and considerate - taking care of everybody, that is, looking after the slower members in the group whilst recognizing that others were quite capable to go at a faster pace at times, and always making very clear where along the route we'd all gather together again. He made sure everybody was happy to do their own thing on the free day, offering a number of suggestions. I chose the ridge walk just outside Ajaccio, which was safe to do by yourself - great suggestion ! That's where I spotted my tortoise, by the way. He inspired me to do the GR20, so here goes !Do you have any advice for potential travellers?GO !!!!You'll be amazed at the scenery and the unspoiled nature of Corsica. The people are lovely, and you won't be disappointed in this choice of Exodus trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?Could Exodus organize even more trips to Corsica, apart from the Mountains and Villages and the GR20 ? I'll be on them all !

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 3
    Written on September 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Overall a very good trip, dramatic mountain scenery with a good friendly guide called Suzie. Enjoyed using the local trains to get to starts of some of the walks, and particularly enjoyed the welcome breaks she gave us for bathing/paddling in the streams and pools as the weather was hot. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Enjoyed using parts of the GR20.What did you think of your group leader?Great! Very friendly and looked after us very well. She joined in with all our activities including having a meal out at local restaurant on our day off from the hotel.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You definately need one or two sticks. Strong walking shoes are ok but boots are probably the best footwear.

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 4
    Written on September 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Overall a very good trip, dramatic mountain scenery with a good friendly guide called Suzie. Enjoyed using the local trains to get to starts of some of the walks, and particularly enjoyed the welcome breaks she gave us for bathing/paddling in the streams and pools as the weather was hot. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Enjoyed using parts of the GR20.What did you think of your group leader?Great! Very friendly and looked after us very well. She joined in with all our activities including having a meal out at local restaurant on our day off from the hotel.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You definately need one or two sticks. Strong walking shoes are ok but boots are probably the best footwear.

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 5
    Written on July 31, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A good week of walking in a mountain landscape using the scenic mountain railway to access most walks. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The view from my hotel window and from the train windows.Walking in the mountains and river gorges and cooling off at the end of the day with a local beer flavoured with chestnut flowers in the Bar des Amis .   What did you think of your group leader?Rudi was an excellent, considerate and thoughtful leader with an impish sense of humour. He allowed those of greater ability to walk on ahead  to a meeting point at their own pace  and most walks provided a shorter circuit for those who felt it necessary. We seemed to stumble across a bar most days and he even had the keys of an old shepherd's hut where we could brew up.  On one walk he had gone there earlier and hidden cans of drink for us in a cold mountain stream - - - a kind thought.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bocognano was ideally situated and by-passed by the main road traffic. There were a couple of restaurants, a small shop, the Bar des Amis and a good artisan bakery. Guessing when the shops/restaurants would open was a skill that would take more than a week to acquire.  The station was only a short walk from the hotel.    The hotel was as implied in the Trip Notes - - - a bit old and quirky but with friendly and helpful staff and a laid back cat. Much more fun than an impersonal modern one. Rudi's advice that Corte would not provide enough interest for a full day's visit was well founded. We all went to Ajaccio on the rest day. Our thanks to John, an ex French teacher who got our tickets !   Is there anything else you would like to add?There were old shepherd's huts in the mountains and most had a clear spring of drinking water close by to save  us carrying  too much.I would have liked some harder/higher mountain walking on a couple of days but all such holidays are a compromise unless you want to go for the full GR20.

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 6
    Written on July 31, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A good week of walking in a mountain landscape using the scenic mountain railway to access most walks. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The view from my hotel window and from the train windows.Walking in the mountains and river gorges and cooling off at the end of the day with a local beer flavoured with chestnut flowers in the Bar des Amis .   What did you think of your group leader?Rudi was an excellent, considerate and thoughtful leader with an impish sense of humour. He allowed those of greater ability to walk on ahead  to a meeting point at their own pace  and most walks provided a shorter circuit for those who felt it necessary. We seemed to stumble across a bar most days and he even had the keys of an old shepherd's hut where we could brew up.  On one walk he had gone there earlier and hidden cans of drink for us in a cold mountain stream - - - a kind thought.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bocognano was ideally situated and by-passed by the main road traffic. There were a couple of restaurants, a small shop, the Bar des Amis and a good artisan bakery. Guessing when the shops/restaurants would open was a skill that would take more than a week to acquire.  The station was only a short walk from the hotel.    The hotel was as implied in the Trip Notes - - - a bit old and quirky but with friendly and helpful staff and a laid back cat. Much more fun than an impersonal modern one. Rudi's advice that Corte would not provide enough interest for a full day's visit was well founded. We all went to Ajaccio on the rest day. Our thanks to John, an ex French teacher who got our tickets !   Is there anything else you would like to add?There were old shepherd's huts in the mountains and most had a clear spring of drinking water close by to save  us carrying  too much.I would have liked some harder/higher mountain walking on a couple of days but all such holidays are a compromise unless you want to go for the full GR20.

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 7
    Written on July 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A very good week of walking on a beautiful, and to us, surprisingly green, island.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views of the snow-capped peaks and rocky outcrops, sometimes glimpsed through trees, the beautiful natural rock gardens and flower meadows, and the walks up the river gorges.What did you think of your group leader?Ruedi was excellent, especially at dealing with a group of very mixed abilities, so that no-one felt they were being held back or pushed too hard.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As long as you are prepared for a hotel in the rustic style - which is made plain in the Trip Notes - you will enjoy it. If you expect a modern hotel with a TV in every room and a bar, you will be disappointed. We enjoyed our stay and the food was wholesome and delicious. (There is a bar nearby in the village.)Is there anything else you would like to add?Exodus support after booking was excellent. We were warned in good time of an air fare hike and offered alternative dates, which saved us several hundred pounds. 

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 8
    Written on July 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A very good week of walking on a beautiful, and to us, surprisingly green, island.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views of the snow-capped peaks and rocky outcrops, sometimes glimpsed through trees, the beautiful natural rock gardens and flower meadows, and the walks up the river gorges.What did you think of your group leader?Ruedi was excellent, especially at dealing with a group of very mixed abilities, so that no-one felt they were being held back or pushed too hard.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As long as you are prepared for a hotel in the rustic style - which is made plain in the Trip Notes - you will enjoy it. If you expect a modern hotel with a TV in every room and a bar, you will be disappointed. We enjoyed our stay and the food was wholesome and delicious. (There is a bar nearby in the village.)Is there anything else you would like to add?Exodus support after booking was excellent. We were warned in good time of an air fare hike and offered alternative dates, which saved us several hundred pounds. 

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 9
    Written on January 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A most enjoyable holiday: wonderful scenery, good variety of walks, excellent leader, great company and lovely sunny hot weather most of the time.  Comfortable hotel, within easy walking distance of the village bakery and a good bar, as well as being close to the railway station. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were many of them, throughout the holiday, including the great view of mountains from the balcony of the hotel,  superb views during our walks (particularly those in the mountains), and from the train on our various railway journeys  (i.e. on 3 of the 5 walking days, and on our day off, when most of us went to Ajaccio).      I loved the fact that we never had to travel by mini-bus at the start or end of the walks.  If we weren't using the train, we started the walk from the hotel.     The group was full of interesting people, and we got on very well  (and gave the bar in the village plenty of business),  so that was another big plus point about the holiday. What did you think of your group leader?Rudy was very well-organised, knowledgeable, reliable, considerate, patient, and helpful at all times, but with a good sense of humour too.  He always tried to ensure that we were all able to go at a pace that suited us:  for anyone who wished to go ahead he would explain the route in advance (including any points where there was a danger of going the wrong way).   He was very good at giving us the opportunity of visiting bars in any villages that we passed through (and even, on the final day, carrying provisions so that he could brew teas / coffees for us in a shepherd's hut for which he had the key).  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The trip notes are pretty accurate, so if you like the sound of it, go ahead and book it!  The quality of the food and drink at the hotel was excellent but don't expect many vegetables with the evening meal (I understand that this is typical, rather than a feature of this particular hotel).   Also don't expect a big variety of choice at breakfast.  It consisted of fruit juice, croissants, bread, jam and tea/coffee.  But the bread was always fresh and plentiful.   The hotel owners, and staff. were always friendly and helpful. Is there anything else you would like to add?I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the trains were very modern and comfortable, and (in our experience at least) mostly on time, or only slightly late. (I understand that the new trains were introduced only in the past year or two, and initial "teething" problems in the transition period are now resolved).     So I suggest that you shouldn't be put off by reports from earlier years about the trains being unreliable. 

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 10
    Written on January 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A most enjoyable holiday: wonderful scenery, good variety of walks, excellent leader, great company and lovely sunny hot weather most of the time.  Comfortable hotel, within easy walking distance of the village bakery and a good bar, as well as being close to the railway station. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were many of them, throughout the holiday, including the great view of mountains from the balcony of the hotel,  superb views during our walks (particularly those in the mountains), and from the train on our various railway journeys  (i.e. on 3 of the 5 walking days, and on our day off, when most of us went to Ajaccio).      I loved the fact that we never had to travel by mini-bus at the start or end of the walks.  If we weren't using the train, we started the walk from the hotel.     The group was full of interesting people, and we got on very well  (and gave the bar in the village plenty of business),  so that was another big plus point about the holiday. What did you think of your group leader?Rudy was very well-organised, knowledgeable, reliable, considerate, patient, and helpful at all times, but with a good sense of humour too.  He always tried to ensure that we were all able to go at a pace that suited us:  for anyone who wished to go ahead he would explain the route in advance (including any points where there was a danger of going the wrong way).   He was very good at giving us the opportunity of visiting bars in any villages that we passed through (and even, on the final day, carrying provisions so that he could brew teas / coffees for us in a shepherd's hut for which he had the key).  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The trip notes are pretty accurate, so if you like the sound of it, go ahead and book it!  The quality of the food and drink at the hotel was excellent but don't expect many vegetables with the evening meal (I understand that this is typical, rather than a feature of this particular hotel).   Also don't expect a big variety of choice at breakfast.  It consisted of fruit juice, croissants, bread, jam and tea/coffee.  But the bread was always fresh and plentiful.   The hotel owners, and staff. were always friendly and helpful. Is there anything else you would like to add?I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the trains were very modern and comfortable, and (in our experience at least) mostly on time, or only slightly late. (I understand that the new trains were introduced only in the past year or two, and initial "teething" problems in the transition period are now resolved).     So I suggest that you shouldn't be put off by reports from earlier years about the trains being unreliable. 

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  1. Day 1: Start Bocognano.
  2. Day 2: Train to the village of Ucciani; woodland walk to ancient menhir (standing stone) and walk back to Bocognano.
  3. Day 3:   Train journey to Vivario; walk to Tattone and onto the Vecchio River where it may be possible to swim. Ascend to Vizzavona and train to Bocognano.  
  4. Day 4: Train ride to Poggio; walk through woodland to the historic city of Corte.
  5. Day 5: Free day for an optional trip by train to Ajaccio and its beaches, or to relax in Bocognano.
  6. Day 6: Start in Vizzavona where we enjoy a walk along the famous GR20 tracks to Bocca Palmente.
  7. Day 7: Walk directly from the hotel to the Gravona River; walk along the Gorge of Richjusa and onto Bocognano.
  8. Day 8: End Bocognano.

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Covering a total distance of approx 129 km.
  • Ajaccio (France)
  • 32 km
  • Bocognano (France)
  • 4 km
  • Tavera (France)
  • 4 km
  • Bocognano (France)
  • 26 km
  • Corte (France)
  • 16 km
  • Canaglia (France)
  • 4 km
  • Vizzavona (France)
  • 3 km
  • Bocca Palmente (France)
  • 9 km
  • Bocognano (France)
  • 32 km
  • Ajaccio (France)

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