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Sardinia & Corsica Mediterranean Splendour - Walking Holiday

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Region: Europe // Dates: 16 - 31 May 2019
Sardinia & Corsica Mediterranean Splendour Walking Holiday

Sardinia and Corsica are the brother and sister of the Mediterranean. Lively and vibrant, yet defiant and isolated, surrounded by crystal clear waters, these two islands offer contrasting adventures. The Sardinian port of Olbia is our meeting point from where we travel south to the beachside village of Cala Gonone. Based here for five nights, we walk to stunning coastal coves and use local boats to appreciate remote sections of the Orosei Gulf. Inland walks explore the Supramonte, a wild limestone-dolomitic mountain chain rising up to 1463m. Part of Gennargentu National Park, this area includes forests of juniper, yew and holm oak; the karst spring of Su Gologone and the 400m limestone cliffs of Gorroppu Gorge, the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’. While on Sardinia, we also learn about the ancient Nuragic civilization and visit La Maddalena Archipelago National Park on the north east coast. This geo-marine protected area is known for its blue and green waters, pink beaches and tiny islets. Crossing by boat to Corsica, we stay overnight in the old town of Bonifacio, built on a dramatic limestone peninsula and surrounded by chalky cliffs that plunge dramatically to the sea. After day walks in the mountains surrounding Zonza, we travel via the rocky inlets and formations of Les Calanques de Piana with views of the azure Mediterranean. From the village of Corte, we walk in the glacier moulded valleys of Restonica and Tavignano, visit the surrounding villages and sample some of Corsica’s finest cheeses and whisky. Our tour ends with a night in Bastia as we reflect on the geographical diversity and proud history of both islands.

Overview

Sardinia and Corsica are the brother and sister of the Mediterranean. Lively and vibrant, yet defiant and isolated, surrounded by crystal clear waters, these two islands offer contrasting adventures. The Sardinian port of Olbia is our meeting point from where we travel south to the beachside village of Cala Gonone. Based here for five nights, we walk to stunning coastal coves and use local boats to appreciate remote sections of the Orosei Gulf. Inland walks explore the Supramonte, a wild limestone-dolomitic mountain chain rising up to 1463m. Part of Gennargentu National Park, this area includes forests of juniper, yew and holm oak; the karst spring of Su Gologone and the 400m limestone cliffs of Gorroppu Gorge, the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’. While on Sardinia, we also learn about the ancient Nuragic civilization and visit La Maddalena Archipelago National Park on the north east coast. This geo-marine protected area is known for its blue and green waters, pink beaches and tiny islets. Crossing by boat to Corsica, we stay overnight in the old town of Bonifacio, built on a dramatic limestone peninsula and surrounded by chalky cliffs that plunge dramatically to the sea. After day walks in the mountains surrounding Zonza, we travel via the rocky inlets and formations of Les Calanques de Piana with views of the azure Mediterranean. From the village of Corte, we walk in the glacier moulded valleys of Restonica and Tavignano, visit the surrounding villages and sample some of Corsica’s finest cheeses and whisky. Our tour ends with a night in Bastia as we reflect on the geographical diversity and proud history of both islands.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Compare the vibrant nature, culture & gastronomy of Sardinia & Corsica
  • Access Sardinia’s east coast via boat & half day walks
  • Hike sections of the dramatic Gorroppu Gorge in Gennargentu NP
  • Delight in the changing water & beach colours of La Maddalena Archipelago NP
  • Admire the view from Corsica’s Bonafacio & the 15th century citadel of Corte
  • Enjoy hikes in the central Corsican mountains & the  verdant valleys of Restonica & Tavignano
  • Photograph the red granite cliffs & spiky outcrops of World Heritage listed Les Calanques de Piana
  • Stay in comfortable seaside & mountain village accommodation while enjoying the regional specialties

Details

Details:

16 - 31 May 2019 (15 nights)

Twin share/person (starts Olbia / ends Bastia)
Advanced Early Bird: A$8,250 until 30/11/2018
Early Bird: A$8,450 until 16/01/2019
Regular: A$8,750
Single Supplement: price on application
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Special Interest:
Food, Culture, History

Walk Rating:
Moderate: 5-12km per walking day with some shorter or longer options. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Vittoria Fresi

    Vittoria was born and raised in one of the most beautiful villages of northern Sardinia. After studying foreign languages, she continued her studies to become a certified guide of the Sardinia region. Vittoria loves to show visitors the beauties of her homeland. She has a keen interest in art and nature, also works as a personal trainer and regularly practices trekking, trail running and adventure fitness.

  • Telemaco Murgia

    Born in the centre of Sardinia in the area known as Blu zone (land of the ultra-centenarians), Telemaco has had a love of the outdoors and sports since adolescence. As a certified tourist and hiking guide, he has been leading groups for almost twenty years in Sardinia and Corsica and has participated in pioneering explorations in the wildest areas of the islands. Telemaco is a parachute instructor and personal trainer, and is passionate about nature and archaeology. Telemaco competes in international adventure races and obstacle course racing and represents Italy all over the world.

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