Where: France and Corsica
How Long: 14 Days
A ten or 14 day Tour. Our tour of Corsica takes us clockwise around the island on stunning coastal roads with picturesque sea scapes and over mountain passes and through stunning gorges through villages where time appears to have stood still
Tour Operator: Classic Car Tours International
Available: 13th April - 27th April 2017
OPTION A: 14 DAY TOUR WITH A 5 DAY ROUTE FROM ST.MALO TO NICE
A 5 day tour to Nice on the Cote d’Azur to catch the afternoon ferry to Corsica.Our route goes through some of France’s most stunning areas including the Loire Valley, the Dordogne, the Gorges des Tarn and Provence through scenic gorges and visiting, along the route, a dozen of France’s most beautiful villages,( les plus beaux villages).
Following an overnight ferry crossing from Porsmouth to St. Malo, our scenic route takes us south east to our first hotel, a 4* sumptuous chateau hotel in the Loire Valley where we spend a night in this beautiful region which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
We then leave the Loire Valley and drive south to the Dordogne our next overnight stop, this time staying in a 17th century converted moulin.We then continue south east to Millau where we drive over the stunningly beautiful Millau bridge, the world’s highest and most beautiful suspension bridge spanning the Millau gorge.
We then drive into the scenic Gorges des Tarn where our hotel is a 16th century fortified chateau on the banks of the river Tarn.The next day we drive east into Provence through the Luberon area made famous by Peter Mayle in his best selling book “A year in Provence” then through some more of France’s most beautiful villages to our hotel near Aups which is a few miles south of the Gorges du Verdon, France’s Grand Canyon.
On our 5th day we drive down to Nice on the Cote d’Azur to catch the afternoon ferry to Bastia,Corsica
OPTION B: 10 DAY TOUR WITH PARICIPANTS MAKING THEIR OWN WAY TO NICE WHERE THEY JOIN THE MAIN TOUR
In the afternoon we take the ferry to Bastia on Corsica’s north east coast arriving early evening.
10 DAY TOUR OF CORSICA
Our tour of Corsica takes us clockwise around the island on stunning coastal roads with picturesque sea scapes and over mountain passes and through stunning gorges through villages where time appears to have stood still.
Starting in the north east we spend the first two nights in a charming fishing village near Bastia and on our first full day on Corsica we explore Cap Corse and northern Corsica with lunch in the charming Centuri a small fishing port before arriving in the fashionable yacht resort of San Florent for afternoon coffee.We then head back to Erbalunga across the mountains.
On our third day on Corsica we head into the mountains and drive through some stunning gorges before arriving at our hotel in the Restonica gorge near Corte. On our fourth day on Corsica we stay in the mountains for most of the day driving through more stunning gorges and over mountain passes including the dramatic Col de Bavella before emerging on the south east coast where our hotel in Porto Vecchio has its own beach.
The next day we visit Bonifacio the southern most point on Corsica and enjoy a boat ride to view the dramatic cliffs and rock formations. We then drive up the south west coastline through Propriano to our hotel in the charming small fishing port of Porto Pollo.
The following day, our 6th day on Corsica, we visit Filitosa the pre-historic monument site before continuing up the western shore through Ajaccio to Piana, one of only two villages on Corsica listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages.
After 6 days travelling around Corsica we stay here for two nights. The following day we enjoy a relaxed local excursion visiting a local bay for coffee then drive along the beautiful Calanques de Piana, arguably one of Europe’s most stunning coastal roads to Porto only 10 miles north.
The Calanques de Piana is a UNESCO world heritage site in recognition of its beauty.The following day we spend the morning in the mountains near Porto then drive north over the summit of the Col de la Croix to Calvi our last hotel stop on Corsica.On our 9th and final day on Corsica we drive up to L’IIle Rousse for morning coffee before heading back into the mountains on a route through villages where artists and artisans manufacture traditional goods.
Our lunch stop is San Antonino the other “beaux village” on Corsica.In the afternoon we continue up the coast to San Florent for afternoon coffee which is where we arrived on our first full day in Corsica ! After coffee we drive back over the Col de Teghime back to Bastia to catch the overnight ferry to Toulon. The next morning our ferry arrives in Toulon, France and our tour ends.