Corsica and Sardinia

Ajaccio, France

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Spectacular coastal walks, mountain hikes, cultural exploration, and cuisine in the sublime Mediterranean realms of Corsica and Sardinia.


Duration: 11 Days
Starts in: Ajaccio, France
Ends in: Olbia, Sardinia
Group Size: 4-5
Difficulty: 3/5

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Corsica is a wildly beautiful French island, scented with myrtle, dotted with ancient, gnarled oak and olive trees, and home to one of the most diverse landscapes in Europe. Neighboring Sardinia, belonging to Italy, is an island-world with its own language, colorful traditions, and churches where Christianity and Paganism intermingle. Our perfectly crafted journey combines these two Old World cultures with a marvelous mix of dramatic coastal and mountain hikes, evocative prehistoric sites, elegant picnics, wine and cheese tastings, and many opportunities to savor the legendary cuisine of both islands. Our stay at the charming Hotel Su Gologone in the Barbagia Mountains is a glorious finale to this adventure.


Days 1-4
Ajaccio, Corsica / Col de Bavella / Bonifacio 
Winding on foot through mystical oak woodlands on the high plains of Cauria, we reach the ancient menhirs or standing stones at Filitosa. Created some 8,000 years ago, they are distinct from all other European menhirs due to their carved, stylized human features. Our hikes take us down to the beach for a picnic lunch and a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean, and through forests of Corsican pine to mountaintop Col de Bavella (4,000'). In cliff-perched Bonifacio, an ancient port isolated at the southernmost tip of Corsica, we hike along white bluffs above the turquoise sea, discover a maze of tiny streets, and sample cheeses at a goat herder's farm. 

Days 5-7
Alghero, Sardinia / Monte Ferru 
In Sardinia, we hike on Capo Testa, a spectacular granite promontory at the northern tip of the island, and visit our first nuraghi, beehive-like stone structures built by a little-known people who inhabited Sardinia between 1800 and 500 BC. Heading into the wild interior, we follow trails on the dormant volcano of Monte Ferru, with its forests of cork oak and views across Sardinia's prime Vernaccia wine-producing region. 

Days 8-11
Sinis Peninsula / Tiscali 
After a coastal hike on the Sinis Peninsula, we enjoy a catch-of-the-day lunch prepared for us by local fishermen and hike to the Phoenician ruins of Tharros, set on Capo San Marco. We'll also visit the prestigious Contini winery and sample Vernaccia di Oristano. Our final hikes bring us to the mysterious ruins of a prehistoric village of round stone dwellings near the top of Monte Tiscali, and through the Codula di Luna, a remote canyon leading to a tiny half-moon beach accessible only on foot or by boat. Depart on Day 11 via Olbia.


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