France - Corsica - Southern Secrets - Guided Road Cycling Holiday
- Approaching Corte’s towering citadel at the end of our first day’s ride
- Exploring Corsican mountain villages, distinct from anywhere else in France
- Descending sweeping roads which carve through cool pine forests
- Bonifacio’s dramatic cliff top old town
- Earning the rewarding views over the Med after a challenging climb
- Fuelling up with the delicious local produce
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|1||Arrival: Bastia Airport||Non Riding Day|
|2||Lucciana to Corte||52 Miles / 84 Kms Approx.||2,000 Metres Approx.||B L|
|3||Corte to Porticcio||84 Miles / 135 Kms Approx.||2,400 Metres Approx.||B L|
|4||Porticcio to Bonifacio||86 Miles / 138 Kms Approx.||2,400 Metres Approx.||B L|
|5||Bonifacio to Zonza||52 Miles / 83 Kms Approx.||2,100 Metres Approx.||B L|
|6||Zonza to Venaco||77 Miles / 124 Kms Approx.||2,200 Metres Approx.||B L|
|7||Venaco to Lucciana||65 Miles / 105 Kms Approx.||1,700 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
A week that will long live in the memory...
There’s 4 things you always hope to find on a Skedaddle trip: 1) Great cycling 2) Fantastic guides 3) A group of strangers that quickly become firm friends and 4) Fascinating destinations. Our trip gave over-doses on all four! I have found you normally get all 4 on all Skedaddle trips, but rarely to the extent I found on this trip. I’m a huge advocate of Skedaddle – I love you guys!
The tour leader, David, is an absolute hero. The man, the myth, the legend. Both Issy and Nico were also great. Issy was a positive bundle of energy throughout – a real joy to have helping guide you round the trip. She was also fantastic at helping David get the group gelling/bonding so quickly. I class the success of the group in becoming friends so early on is in a large part to the work of David and Issy. Nico was always positive, and helped give a local insight to the island which was really useful when trying to get ‘under the skin’ of the local people/culture/habits.
I pinch myself that the week really did happen. It was all that I hope to find on a Skedaddle trip. If only you could bottle it for future use…! Having the pleasure of riding roads and sharing tables with the group was priceless in terms of the memories created. That’s a week that will long live in the memory.
Jamie, London, UK
Thank you for a fantastic trip!
I definitely won’t be going back to doing beach holidays anytime soon! I thought David was incredibly impressive as a leader, he was able to deal with a wide variety of characters and difficult situations with ease. He made us feel very welcome whilst also coming across as very knowledgeable about the area and genuinely caring.
Charlotte, Derbyshire, UK
A jewel of a place...
At first I was slightly apprehensive by this trip, but I was able to complete the big day from just south of Ajaccio to Bonifacio. On a personal level this was my favourite day – but each day had periods of beauty and wonder. A particular highlight was the long descent through the lines of tall pine trees into the chestnut trees then down alongside the canyon on day 5. The hotel that night was also fantasticly quirky!
I cannot say anything negative about this trip. Everything was put together beautifully, and the fact the group gelled immediately and we all came together each evening over a beer – laughing and chatting, can be attributed not only to the good fortune of the group getting along, but to David and his guides working tirelessly away in the background to ensure all boxes were ticked. Corsica is a jewel of a place, and David has evidently taken lots of time over the choices of routes, hotels and picnic sites. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the place was palpable, which transmitted to all the guests. I think we all left having had the most amazing cycling experience and with new cycling buddies, aiming to explore another Skedaddle destination together again one day. Thank you.
A great trip that lets you see Corsica at its best...
All of the days were quite varied and all had their highlights. Corsica is beautiful and the scenery and nature of the island varies as you move from one end to the other. I felt that this trip let us see it at it’s best.
The tour leader David did a brilliant job ensuring that the group remained safe and enjoyed the week. His guiding expertise added to our enjoyment of the riding. Great trip! The guide team worked well together to ensure a smooth trip. Isobel was superb both on the road and off, she worked hard to ensure that the groups needs were met when we were out trying to satisfy our riding appetites for food and beer!
Ben, Newcastle, UK
A very well designed route with beautiful scenery
David was an excellent guide and organised the whole tour with precision. Thanks to the number of times that he has led this trip he was able to fine tune the route to take account of the weather. Lunch stops were well sited and he arranged some nice places to eat in the evening. Our other guide Tom was very helpful and diligent and my wife was especially grateful for his support at the rear of the group!
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Last Updated: 04/04/2019