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Corsican Discovery
Commences Bastia 28 June and ends Ajaccio 06 July 2020

  • Corte
  • Bastia, Corsica
    Bastia, Corsica
  • Program Status Postponed until 2021
  • Price AUD 4,650
  • Program Code GCTCD20
  • Single Supplement AUD 495
  • Program Leader TBA
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 8 Nights
    • 3 - Bastia
    • 2 - Porto-Vecchio
    • 3 - Ajaccio

Commences Bastia 28 June and ends Ajaccio 06 July 2020

Tour Highlights

  • The island's attractive main city, Bastia with scenic Cap Corse
  • Napoleon's elegant home city of Ajaccio
  • The scenic ports of Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio
  • The dramatic standing stones of Filitosa
  • The rugged interior and mediaeval bastion of Corte

Tour Overview

The island of Corsica is the fourth largest island of the Mediterranean and combines a stunning juxtaposition of mountain and coastal scenery. The island has a history of conflict with France but has now come to some sort of accommodation with its dominant, continental neighbour to whom it belongs and yet there is still some talk of independence from France among the Corsicans.

In the Middle Ages, Corsica was a colony of Pisa and later of Genoa but enjoyed a brief period of independence in the 18th century under the revered leadership of Pasquale Paoli. Therefore, the “sale” of the island by the Genoese to Louis XV of France for 40 million francs in 1769 has been a source of resentment for the islanders ever since. Ironically, the island was the birthplace of perhaps the most famous Frenchman, Napoleon Bonaparte, and French and other visitors outnumber the locals approximately six to one in the busy periods of July and August. For all of this, Corsica remains one of the last unspoilt corners of the Mediterranean: it is relatively impoverished and depopulated but remains awesomely beautiful, old-fashioned and doggedly aloof.

We complete a circuit of the island to explore the Corsican towns of Bastia with its Genoese citadel, the historic resort of Porto—Vecchio; Bonifacio, dramatically sited on a limestone cliff, and Ajaccio, with its Imperial Chapel and impressive Fesch Museum. We discover awesome ancient sites, such as mysterious Filtosa with its 4,000-year-old, life-size stone warriors. We also experience Corsica's superb rugged mountains and UNESCO protected, dramatic coastline. We learn about the island’s ancient civilisation, its mediaeval colonial occupation and its present-day relationship with France.


Tour Inclusions

    • 8 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
    • A typical local breakfast and dinner daily
    • Touring by comfortable modern coach
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet


This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

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Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

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