Trans-Corsica

Trans-Corsica

One of the best kept secrets in cycling, Corsica has it all - big climbs, epic rides and breathtaking scenery at every turn

Known to the French as the “Île de Beauté”, you’ll be amazed by the quality of the riding on the island. Epic rides with an incredible combination of spectacular mountain scenery and dramatic coastlines. Unique!

Overview

Details

Next Departure

May 8th 2021

Price

USD $3,995

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

Total Distance

Total Elevation

Daily Av. Distance

Daily Av. Elevation

Overview

Deliberately kept well off the international tourist radar by the French, the island of Corsica is now a cycling paradise. With the highest peak standing at 2,706m (8,878ft), the most mountainous island in the Mediterannean is absolute perfect Thomson terrain, and there are few other destinations in the world where you can conquer such high peaks and enjoy dramatic coastlines on the same ride! You’ll quickly discover that you’re in a magical and unique road cycling destination.

Your journey starts in the southern port of Porto Vecchio with the 30km (18 miles) Col de la Bavella. The rugged mountain scenery at the summit, followed by the spectacular sea views as you descend towards the coast, sets the tone for what to expect over the coming week.

During the trip you’ll also ride many of the same routes covered by the Tour de France when “La Grande Boucle” celebrated its centenary edition on the island in 2013.


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I thought the Dolomites were the most spectacular thing I would ever see. Corsica blew that way every day. The scenery varied from location to ...

John McSwain, USA — 2017

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Thomson tours is in a class by itself providing tours for the person looking for a cycling vacation. The planning and execution, trip briefing, mechanical ...

peter gordon, USA — 2017

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This was my third Thomson trip, but won't be the last. The Corsica route was beautiful and challenging. As usual, the support of the Thomson ...

Toby Suhm, USA — 2017

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Bienvenue en Corse Hotel Costa Salina
02 Col de Bavella Hotel Costa Salina
03 From East to West Coast Hotel Le Claridge
04 Into the National Park Dominique Colonna
05 Col de Vergio Hotel Mariana
06 Speloncato Hotel La Roya
07 Cap Corse Hotel La Roya
08 Au Revoir!
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

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Bienvenue en Corse

Your trip starts at Bastia Airport where our staff will meet you before the transfer to your hotel in the beautiful beach-side resort of Porto Vecchio.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up you’ll head out for your first ride on this island paradise, a 44km (27 miles) loop through the hills in the southern-most tip of the island.

Day 2

Distance

Elevation


Col de Bavella

​Today’s ride is a classic loop around the south-east corner of the island. It features the “hors-categorie”, 30km (19 miles) Col de Bavella – one of the most challenging and impressive climbs on the island.

Tip: The Col de Bavella is quite a deceptive climb. Don’t be fooled by the first 12km (7.5 miles) which are relatively easy, the next 5km (3 miles) are steep! Then, a short descent after 17km (10.5 miles) may fool you into thinking you’ve passed the summit. Again, don’t be fooled, you still have a tough 9km (6 miles) before you reach the summit!

Day 3

Distance

Elevation


From East to West Coast

Leaving behind the east coast town of Porto Vecchio, your destination today is Propriano on the opposite coast of the island. Crossing the island from east to west typically means heading into the mountainous interior and today’s ride is no exception. Over the 93km (58 miles) you’ll have to contend with 3 categorised climbs, before you can enjoy the final 20km (12.5 miles) descent to the hotel.

Tip: Today’s ride is relatively short. Relax by the hotel pool or at the beach this afternoon – you have a couple of big days coming up!

Map & Profile

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4.1% 3
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toggle arrow Col de Bavella
from Solenzara
4.8% HC
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toggle arrow Col de Bacinu
from Sotta
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toggle arrow Baladin
from Bridge over Fiumicicoli
4.9% 2
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toggle arrow Col de Siu
from Acoravo
5.3% 1
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Climbs

Day 01
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Day 03
Day 04
Day 05
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Day 07

Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
3 Petra Longa Salvini (from Cardetto) 01 25 4.1%
HC Col de Bavella (from Solenzara) 02 87 4.8%
1 Col de Bacinu (from Sotta) 03 72 6.2%
2 Baladin (from Bridge over Fiumicicoli) 03 40 4.9%
1 Col de Siu (from Acoravo) 03 62 5.3%
2 Col de Celaccia (from Sant Armettu) 04 51 5.3%
1 Col de la Vaccia (from Olivese) 04 75 6.6%
1 Col de Verde (from Cozzano) 04 50 4.3%
2 Col de Sorba (from Ghisoni) 04 69 6.5%
3 Col de Belle Granaje (from A Guinguetta) 04 35 4.9%
3 Bocca d’Ominanda (from Corte) 05 34 5.5%
HC Col de Vergio (from Ponte Castirla) 05 68 3.7%
2 Bocca di Marsolinu (from Vedella) 05 34 3.9%
2 Col de Salvi (from Calvi) 06 43 4.5%
3 Bocca di Vezzu (from La Balalina) 06 31 4.5%
3 Canari (from Ogliastro) 07 42 5.4%
2 Col de Santa Lucia (from Conchigliu) 07 27 3.2%
2 Notre Dames des Graces (from Meria) 07 42 4.8%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
May 8 - May 15
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USD $3,995
USD $750
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Costa Salina

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    Hotel Le Claridge

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    Dominique Colonna

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    Hotel Mariana

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    Hotel La Roya

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the 1st day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and Drop-Off at Bastia Poretta Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the 1st day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and Drop-Off at Bastia Poretta Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Bastia Poretta Airport

    9:00am

    OR

    Hotel Best Western Bastia Centre

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    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Bastia Poretta Airport

    9:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes


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