May 22 - June 1, 2015
May 25 - June 4, 2016
Arrive at the Nice airport on the French Riviera and take a shuttle to our hotel. Relax from your flight and then enjoy a guided walking tour of Vieux Nice before our welcome dinner.
Overnight: Nice | Meals: D
After breakfast, we take a short flight to the Corsican town of Calvi. Our local guide and friend, Dominique, meets us and we check into our beautiful hotel overlooking the sea. Domique shows us around the charming medieval port of Calvi, and then we relax at our hotel before a gourmet dinner of Corsican specialties.
Overnight: Calvi | Meals: B, D
Today we explore the coast around Calvi. We meet some local Corsicans and visit a Corsican winery and olive oil producer. We then enjoy a cooking class, and with our new Corsican friends indulge in dinner mid-day as we taste many Corsican dishes we have helped to prepare. We have time to relax at our hotel at the end of the day.
Overnight: Calvi | Meals: B, D (served mid-day)
Departing Calvi, we head south into the mountains of the interior of the island. We stop in the beautiful town of Corte, high in the mountains and dominated by a citadel built under Louis XV. Founded by Pascal Paoli, Corsica’s beloved hero, this city was the capital of the Republic of Corsica for the few years in the 1700s when Paoli won Corsica’s independence. It is also home to a large university and The Museum of Corsica, which we can visit. We continue on to a tiny mountain village, where we get a lesson from Pascal’s cousin on local charcuterie (cold cuts) with a hearty sampling. Then we continue further south to our next destination, Corsica’s capital city, Ajaccio. After checking into our hotel, we take a stroll along the elegant palm tree-lined boulevards before a wonderful dinner.
Overnight: Ajaccio | Meals: B, L, D
We have all day to discover this wonderful waterfront city, known foremost as Napoleon’s birthplace. We’ll visit the house he grew up in, the lively port, the 16th century cathedral, and the renowned Fesch Museum. Ajaccio is a delight to wander around, and we have free time to relax or explore.
Overnight: Ajaccio | Meals: B
Corsica’s prehistoric megalithic monuments dating from as far back as the Neolithic era (roughly 6,000 B.C.) are reason alone to visit this enchanting island. We will head to the Valley of Taravo, where we discover a number of extraordinary statues and dolmens. We see several fascinating menhir-statues in Filitosa and the beautiful dolmen of Funtanacacia in Sartène. We’ll see “cardial ware”, a type of pottery dating from the 7th millennium B.C. On the Cauria plateau we see many of the best-preserved menhirs and dolmens. The nearby seaside resort of Propriano, an ancient town pre-dating the Romans, is a perfect place for lunch. We then continue on to Bonifacio, Corsica’s southernmost town. This amazing town is perched on a narrow limestone peninsula about one mile long which parallels the coast and forms a harbor on the southernmost point of Corsica. We check into our beautiful seaside hotel before enjoying a lovely gourmet dinner.
Overnight: Bonifacio | Meals: B, D
This morning we explore the beautiful town of Bonifacio. From the tip of the peninsula we look out over the Straits of Bonifacio to the beautiful wild islands of Cavallo and Lavezzi. Just beyond, lie the shores of Sardinia. We have plenty of time to relax and enjoy Bonifacio this afternoon.
Overnight: Bonifacio | Meals: B
A one hour ferry ride across the Straits of Bonifacio takes us to the lovely town of Santa Teresa di Gallura on the northern most tip of the island of Sardinia. Outside the town lies a fascinating prehistoric village, La Brandall, and Tomba del Giganti, a vast communal village grave used between the 14th and 10th centuries BC. After visiting these archeological ruins, we have lunch on the waterfront in Santa Teresa and then time to take a stroll on the beautiful beach before returning by boat to Bonifacio.
Overnight: Bonifacio | Meals: B, L, D
Departing Bonifacio, we drive north along the lovely eastern shore of the island to Bastia. We have lunch in this lively port, and then drive to the Bastia airport. Here we sadly say au revoir to Dominique, and take the 40 minute flight back to Nice. We enjoy a farewell dinner together in Nice.
Overnight: Pisa | Meals: B, D
In the morning we drive to the Nice Airport for the flight home.
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