From the azure waters and fine sandy beaches of the Mediterranean to the steep, red granite cliffs of its interior, Corsica is one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean Sea. Experience this land of contrasts, where heavenly beaches rub shoulders with soaring mountain peaks. With the leadership and support of top MT Sobek guide Laurent Langoisseur, hike iconic natural monuments, including the Calanques de Piana and the Aiguilles de Bavella, and explore historic towns. With charming accommodations, farm-to-table cuisine, and a cast of local characters, it's not to be missed!
Hike four of the most beautiful stages of Corsica's mythical GR20 trail
Discover the fortified town of Bonifacio, and Corte, the island's historic capital
Bask in relaxing, charming hotels with sweeping vistas, and savor local farm-to-table fare
Land in Ajaccio, capital city of Corsica and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Meet your guides at the Ajaccio Airport (AJA) and transfer to your 4-star hotel in the city center. After a welcome meeting and trip briefing over a glass of wine, stroll through town and make our way to the local beach for your first dinner in Corsica. Raise a glass of wine made from the local Niellucciu or Sciacarellu grapes, and toast the beginning of our adventure.
After breakfast, board a van for an hour-long ride along the coast to the incredible Calanques de Piana. Hike to the highest point above the Gulf of Porto, where amazing views offer perspective into Corsica's many contrasts, with the blue Mediterranean waves crashing against the island's red rocks. Enjoy a trailside picnic, before descending down towards the gulf, watching as the setting sun makes the red cliffs of the Calanques de Piana glow! Then transfer to our hotel for an elegant dinner of local Corsican fare.
After breakfast, set off along a curvy mountain road to the start of today's two-hour hike to the remote village of Girolata - only accessible via foot or by boat. Enjoy a fresh lunch at a beach café before boarding a private boat for an afternoon tour of the Scandola Nature Reserve. Learn about this beautiful marine and geological sanctuary before taking the boat directly back to Porto. Dinner tonight will again be at our hotel.
Rise early this morning for our 1.5-hour transfer to our trailhead. Then breakfast at our trailhead in a small mountain hotel, situated along the GR20. Experience the hustle and bustle of GR20 trekkers getting ready for the morning send-off. After our breakfast, start your hike into this hikers' paradise, known for its endless meadows and wildlife. Follow the trail out to Lake Nino for a picnic lunch, then trace the route back to the starting point. Transfer to your hotel, the incomparable Dominique Colonna, home for the next three nights.
After breakfast, hike high up in the Restonica Valley for a great day on one of the island's best trails. The hike today is short but intense, with ladders to climb, and rock slabs and scree to navigate — but well worth it for its marvelous views of Lakes Melo and Capitello, two of the island's natural gems. After the hike, return to Corte in the early afternoon for a visit to this colorful hilltop town, followed by dinner tonight at a local restaurant in town.
After breakfast, transfer 1.5 hours to the ski resort of Ghisoni, the starting point of our hike. It's a heart-pumping climb to the summit at 7,715 feet, but you'll be rewarded with a full view of the island, from Cap Corse in the North, to the island of Sardinia to the South. Enjoy a great picnic on the shores of Lake Bastani, one of the highest lakes in Corsica. Return to the hotel in the afternoon with time to unwind. Enjoy dinner tonight at a restaurant in Corte.
Transfer to the foot of Bavella, whose rocky red granite spikes, or needles, "aiguilles," make it one of the most visited natural sights in all of Corsica. Laurent will show you its hidden secrets, including the "Trou de la Bombe," a naturally carved hole in the rocks. From here, leave the pine forest to follow an old shepherds' path up towards the serrated, rocky summit. Take some time to appreciate the views, then descend to the bottom of the trail to transfer to our charming hotel in Levie.
Transfer to your trailhead off the beaten path to hike between hills and the "pozzines" that dot this unique landscape. By lunch, reach a favorite café of the GR20 trek, Chez Jean-Louis and Ludo, a small family café that's welcomed trekkers for years and specializes in homemade charcuterie. Needless to say, you'll enjoy the result of their work! After lunch, take one last climb for an exceptional view of the Aiguilles de Bavella, before transferring back to the inn for dinner.
As you finish the mountain section of this adventure, get ready for a rugged, rocky and steep section of the GR20. Today's route takes you into the heart of the Aiguilles de Bavella, leading you to incredible heights for some of your most memorable views of the trip as you trek between tall, pink granite towers, all while enjoying incredible views of the sea below. Then, board the van for a 1.5-hour transfer to the town of Bonifacio. Enjoy dinner tonight with the group at a restaurant in town.
Today, hike towards to the famous limestone cliffs of Bonifacio, passing by the small beach of Cala Sciumara on our way. The extreme whiteness of the cliffs marks a stark contrast to the pink rock of the "needles" we hiked yesterday. Your hike today is short, with plenty of free time this afternoon to explore Bonifacio, the southernmost tip of Corsica. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant in town.
After breakfast, take a group transfer to the nearby Figari Airport for your flight home.
Go further in one of Europe's best hiking destinations with top MT Sobek France guide Laurent Langoisseur.
This carefully tailored adventure includes an achievable section of the GR20 trail - one of the toughest hikes in Europe - without camping or sleeping in huts.
Experience the perfect blend of Corsica's stunning hiking trails and its cultural heart.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Moderate to challenging hikes, scenic drives, culture tours, and tastings of local delicacies, all the while taking in the island's majestic landscapes.
Elegant waterfront hotels, historic inns, and a country auberge all feature excellent service, great views, and the full spectrum of amenities.
Corsica is dry, Mediterranean, and unshaded. In the mountains it is cool with possible storms.
You will be met by your guide(s) at the Ajaccio airport upon your arrival.
You can fly into the Ajaccio airport (AJA), where the trip starts, from the Paris Orly airport (ORY), Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG), Nice airport (NCE), or Marseille airport (MRS).
You can take a ferry from Nice to Ajaccio, where the trip starts. You can see schedule and book tickets at Corsica Ferries HERE.
A good trail shoe with a low ankle is acceptable on this trip. Please make sure your hiking shoes have a good lug sole.
The GR20 is an 112 mile trail that runs north-south across Corsica and has been called one of the top trails in the world. This trip will hike a portion of it.
There will be a group transfer to the Figari Airport for the flight home.
Laurent, a native of France, has been MT Sobek's senior trekking guide in the Alps for over 20 years, and is one of our most popular guides!
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"Corsica is Europe's best-kept secret. It has it all in one space: beaches like Greece, hills like Scotland, rocks like New Zealand. A true gem!"
MT Sobek Guest, Corsica: Hiking the Island of Beauty
"Breathtaking hikes expose the island's cultural traditions and hidden treasures. An incredible way to reconnect with nature and experience a different side of France."
MT Sobek Guest, Corsica: Hiking the Island of Beauty