France - Corsica - The Beautiful Isle - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
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24 to 31 May - Our place to place tour around the north of this Mediterranean gem takes in the very best of the many delights that this special island has to offer.
- One of the most dramatic coastal rides in Europe
- The descent through the Scala di Sta Regina between the Col de Vergio and Corte
- Chestnut beers all round in Corte, the ancient and rustic mountain capital
- Mouthwatering local cuisine, charcuterie and cheeses
- The Castagniccia – Corsica’s most unspoiled region of chestnut forest, wild boar and traditional rural villages
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|1||Arrival: Bastia Airport||Non Riding Day|
|2||Bastia to St Florent||66 Miles / 106 Kms Approx.||1,300 Metres Approx.||B L|
|3||St Florent to Calvi||65 Miles / 106 Kms Approx.||1,325 Metres Approx.||B L|
|4||Calvi to Porto||50 Miles / 94 Kms Approx.||1,330 Metres Approx.||B L|
|5||Porto Loop Ride (optional rest day)||60 Miles / 96 Kms Approx.||1,350 Metres Approx.||B|
|6||Porto to Corte||50 Miles / 94 Kms Approx.||1,875 Metres Approx.||B L|
|7||Corte to Lucciana||65 Miles /106 Kms Approx.||1,525 Metres Approx.||B L|
|8||Departure: Bastia Airport||Non Riding Day||B|
Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software
For more information download our trip notes
For more information download our trip notes
Thanks for a great holiday!
Very good service – booking/office support was excellent and guiding very good. Overall I really enjoyed the holiday. The guides were very welcoming and the other riders were an excellent crowd and everyone got on well. There was a range of skills/speed, I was somewhere in the middle of the 15 riders. It was very well organised and everything went well without any hiccups. I want to go on another Skedaddle holiday – I just need to think where I fancy next – thanks for a great holiday!
Keith, Derbyshire, UK
Thank you Skedaddle for a great week!
We could not have had better service! It must have been very tricky keeping everybody happy in such a large group with mixed abilities, but David managed to juggle it all; everything seemingly falling into place, masking the huge amount of organisation and thought that must have been going on behind the scenes. Very professional, charming and personable. Thank you for a great week!
Julia, Dorset, UK
Great riding , good weather for the most part of our trip and spectacular scenery. Excellent tour leader – organised the group very well (whatsapp groups very useful) and managed the challenges of the first day weather very well. Also very good on the lunches!
Andrew, Swindon, UK
As seen in the press...
Was it something Corsica said? France’s Mediterranean island was invited to be part of the Tour in 2013. It was spectacular. It hasn’t been asked back since. All the more room for amateurs on the eight-day “Beautiful Isle” tour sold by Saddle Skedaddle.
The Telegraph (July 2019), How to channel your inner Geraint Thomas: The best cycle-themed tours in the French mountains
I'll definitely be looking to book another trip with Skedaddle!
This was my first trip with Skedaddle. I have friends that have travelled with you before and said how good you were. They were right! I’ll definitely be looking to book another trip with you. Cycling from Calvi to Porto was a favourite, the coast road was simply stunning, after a nice little climb up the Col di Palmarella!
Iain, Stockport, UK
Every day was my favourite!
A mixture of excellent and very very good hotels. Every day was my favourite day! Don’t change this holiday at all, Skedaddle!
It was all great!
The holiday was all great! Day 4 of cycling was a highlight (after a relaxing day off!) when we went over the highest point of the week – I’d thought it would be a tough day but I felt great and really enjoyed it. The bike hire was possibly too good as my bike at home feels a bit slow and heavy in comparison!..
Each day had something different that made it stand out...
The pre-holiday service is one reason why I don’t bother looking at any other cycling holiday company. It always feels like everything is under control. The trip was recommended by a Skedaddle guide that I knew from a previous trip and I trusted his judgement enough to believe the trip was right for the experience that I wanted.
The holiday was absolutely brilliant – all the staff were excellent and became friends, the group was fantastic and friends for life have been made! Nothing could be faulted. I have used other cycling touring companies before, but would never go back – Skedaddle already have an excellent reputation and with the support, friendship, banter and amazing routes I would always now travel with Skedaddle. The accomodation was always of a good quality, some locations were simply stunning and others accessible to town centres / restaurants etc.
On balance, it was excellent value for money and I realised that the rates I paid with Skedadlle were really good value compared to other tour operators! I would only ever use Skedaddle after this amazing experience of the ride, accomodation, support, food and of course the guides!
This was my fifth holiday with you, and excellent as always.
Excellent from the start, everything went seamlessly with Matt explaining everything from the next day’s route to simple bike checks, the complexities of operational research, the differences between Marmite and Vegemite, and lots more.
Best holiday I've had in years...
I will remember it for a very long time!
Thanks again for an amazing holiday in Corsica. Planning, organisation, food and hotels, absolutely everything was spot on and you made it a very special break for me. It is very rare that I come back to the lakes after a holiday and want to turn around and go straight back but on this ocassion I could do just that!
The pre-holiday information was brilliant, and I was provided with more than enough info – no room to improve! Given the support and the overral high quality of everything the holiday represented great value for money.
I will be recommending Skedaddle to all my friends and will definately be booking again.
Gordon, Lake District
Everyday was beautiful and challenging! The long, long descent on the last day was tremendous fun. It seemed like it would go on forever. Sadly, I was wrong. David did a masterful job of taking care of the group and he made it seem easy—which is a mark of true excellence. Although his style ls low-key and lighthearted, it was very clear with that he was absolutely and capably dedicated to our safety, well-being—and fun.
Overall, it was a fabulous road biking holiday!
Corsica is a beautiful island that has scenic coastal roads, pretty little villages for coffee/ beer stops, mountains, some fabulous descents, great French food and some interesting local wines.
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Optional rest day on day 5
Breakfast and lunch
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Last Updated: 04/04/2019