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Mountains & Villages of Corsica - Exodus Travels
Mountains & Villages of Corsica - Exodus Travels
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Ajaccio
+8 Destinations
Corsica
Ends
Ajaccio
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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.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
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Hotel
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16
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Hiking & Trekking
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32 Reviews

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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 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 3
    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 4
    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 5
    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 6
    Written on January 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Satisfies the desire to climb mountains on an island with a colourful history of bandits especially before the rule of its most famous son, Napoleon, without sacrificing the comforts of a family run hotel or the pleasures of the local village bar and bakery.  Energy expenditure well balanced with time for relaxation and enjoying the pace of village life plus time to explore Ajaccio on day off.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Opening the window of my room onto the view of the mountains in brilliant sunshine and blue skies on day 1 creating the feeling "it doesn't get any better than this" .....but it did! Finding so many "glass half full" like minded people in the groupWhat did you think of your group leader?Rudi was an excellent leader- friendly, helpful, patient and balanced his time across the group very well. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Pack your swimmers as it was still very warm in September 

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 7
    Written on January 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent walking holiday the tone of which was set on the first afternoon when we all went for 'trial' walk to assess our abilities - a sound idea.  We got to know the group from the very start which set the scene for the rest of the week.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There was no single moment.  The entire week was so varied with the use of the local railway to get to & from the walks, the villages and magnificent mountain scenery.  Hugely enjoyable.    What did you think of your group leader?Richie, our leader, encouraged us all so that even those of us who doubted our abilities did manage to achieve all the walks.  He gave good advice without 'pushing it' and enabled us to really enjoy the week.  The best leader I have come across on this type of adventure holiday.

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

    Excellent hotel with great food. Atmospheric village in a remote spot. Great scenery. Very friendly people in the group, we all got on well.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The beautiful woods and views from the mountains sides. Seeing the semi wild pigs was somehow very interesting.Swimming in a mountain river pool was perhaps the best thing.What did you think of your group leader?Good sense of safty and well organised.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The walking is easy. There are a lots of woods, so you will love it if woods are your thing. They really look undisturbed by mankind or industry. Do not go in big boots to the seaside, you will look like a being from another planet ( as I did! I also persuaded my mate that boots would be needed for the coast walking.There were many curses). Go with icecream and beach in mind.Is there anything else you would like to add?It rained over 2 or more days, so that was a bit of a bore: I had hoped for all out heat, but there you go. But we still did interesting things on the rainy days.

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 9
    Written on October 1, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was well up there with the best walking holidays I have been on. There really was nothing to criticise and even the weather was as close to perfect as you are ever likely to get in the mountains.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Just walking amongst the spectacular mountains of Corsica in good company, and still managing to get up and down some quite challenging hills and back to the Bar des Amis in the evening, without undue pain and distress, was all the inspiration I was seeking.What did you think of your group leader?Rude was an excellent leader and guide. He knew the routes well, judged our abilities accurately and was always efficient and helpful, whilst exhibiting a good sense of humour. Could not have wished for a better leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Follow the Exodus trip advice and equipment list and you won't go far wrong. Read the description of the grade of walking carefully before booking. "Moderate" in this case is about equivalent to Ramblers grade D+, at least in my experience.Is there anything else you would like to add?It was just a great trip.

  • Mountains & Villages of Corsica reviewer 10
    Written on September 19, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellent holiday - spectacular scenery, good company, friendly welcoming hotel with good food, skilled group leader.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The view from the top of the hill on the last day - and sense of achievement in getting there !  Being able to manage a couple of walks that were beyond our comfort zone.What did you think of your group leader?Very skilled and knowledgeable, taught us a lot about walking in difficult terrain and using walking poles.  Adjusted to poor weather in first few days and offered an alternative additional walk on rest day because one walk had to be discontinued.   He inspired confidence and was generally friendly, helpful and informative, using his language skills well with the group and local people.   If there was one minor issue, occasionally he could come across as a bit brusque.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring walking poles - we found them very useful on the steeper terrain. Is there anything else you would like to add?We enjoyed the holiday rather more than a self guided one we have done in the past - having a guide enabled use to explore terrain we probably would have avoided otherwise and it was great to meet new people.

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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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Destinations

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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