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Corsica, France | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Porto Vecchio, Sartene, Calvi | France (8 days)

Blue Parallel

Porto-Vecchio, France To Calvi, France

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2019

Corsica, France | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Porto Vecchio, Sartene, Calvi | France (8 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Porto-Vecchio, France
Hotel Casa del Mar None

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

Flight arrival at Figari Airport. Greeting by your host and private transfer to your hotel, Casa del Mar (approx. 40min). Enjoy recommended spa treatments at your hotel and relax at leisure from your journey. In the evening, recommended dinner at Casa del Mar restaurant. This restaurant is known to be Corsica’s best restaurant run by executive chef David Bisetto who was awarded 2 Michelin stars. Here you can dine on his specialty, which is cooking with raw ingredients and his strong touch on Mediterranean cuisine.

Day 2
Porto-Vecchio, France
Hotel Casa del Mar Breakfast

Embark on a private boating excursion along the southern coast of Corsica. On your private semi-rigid boat, visit several beaches and bays where you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Take your boat to Plage de Palombaggia, Bay of Santa Giuilia, Bay of Rondinara (3rd best beach in Europe!), and the bay of Porto Novo. Reach the Islands of Lavezzi that are formed by a group of small barren uninhabited granite islands located 7 miles southeast of Bonifacio. Enjoy its beautiful shell sand beaches and azure colored sea. The island is a classified nature reserve since 1982. It is home to several rare species of wild flower such as yellow-horned poppies and white sea daffodils. Visit the Bonifacio marina and the famous caves of southern Corsica. The extraordinary coastline of Bonifacio is known for the dramatic sight of the citadel and the upper town. From your boat, you will get a perspective of its buildings overhanging the magnificent chalky cliffs which look like they are about to topple into the sea. At sunset, enjoy cocktails on your vessel as you pass through the Toro rock formations that jut out of the water creating narrow and calm water inlets. Return to your hotel to relax and for a recommended dinner.

Day 3
Domaine de Murtoli, France
Domaine de Murtoli Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Private transfer with your personal guide to A Pignata, a property in the Alta Rocca mountains. You will drive through a pine forest going higher into the mountains through curvy roads from which you can enjoy the breathtaking views of Porto Vecchio. On the way, visit the town of Levie where you will meet artisans of artisanal cutlery and learn about the forgery of different art pieces. Later, reach A Pignata, which is situated in the heart of the Corsican countryside and is a nature-lover's dreamland. Overlooking the majestic Alta Rocca mountains, it is surrounded by natural forest, rich in most varieties of local trees (such as chestnut, green oak, the local "arbousier" and pine). Enjoy a delicious lunch on the property. In the afternoon, choose one of the following activities:

Option 1 – Pre-historical walk through the pre-historical Cucuruzzu ruins with your personal guide

Option 2 – Private horseback riding excursion with your expert guide surrounded by spectacular views and dramatic shifts in landscapes

Later, private transfer to Domaine de Murtoli (approx. 1hr), going through charming villages of Sainte Lucie de Tallano and Sartene, exploring their historical centers and appreciate the Genovese architecture. Visit an old oil mill which is known to produce one of the best Mediterranean olive oil until the first half of the 20th century. In Sartene, an authentic Corsican town, learn about the traditional crafts of the region by meeting local pottery artisans. Upon arrival to the grounds of the Domaine property, your 4x4 vehicle will be waiting for you at the entrance and you will be able to drive to your private house (approx. 10-20min depending on where your villa is located) through the Domaine grounds. The private villas at Domaine de Murtoli are refurbished authentic shepherd homes with vast spaces for grassing between each home. The close to 5,000 acre estate has soaring mountains guarding its back, and a river - the Ortolo - running through it and boasts vast pastoral lands, agricultural fields, an extensive vegetable garden, and 6-mile long private beach. Enjoy complete privacy in your own cottage, serviced with extra staff throughout the day and boasts a swimming pool and fantastic views of the ocean and maquis vegetation. A delicious dinner will be served at your private home, cooked with local ingredients.

Day 4
Domaine de Murtoli, France
Domaine de Murtoli Breakfast

For your morning activity, choose one of the following excursions:

Option 1 – Discover Domaine de Murtoli on a guided 2.5-hour horseback riding excursion, exploring the beautiful trails this immense property has to offer. You will ride through the different meadows and along the beaches.

Option 2 – Discover Domaine de Murtoli with your guide on a private walking tour and learn about the region’s flora and rock formations. Become an amateur botanist and learn about the property’s different flora with Stéphane Rogliano, an expert on Corsica's biotope.

Enjoy a recommended lunch at the property’s Resto Plage--an ancient fisherman's shack-inspired restaurant. Spend the afternoon, at leisure to enjoy the private 6-mile long beach of the property. In the evening, have dinner at La Grotte restaurant on the grounds of the property. This is a natural cave has been transformed into a spectacular restaurant. Under the arched rock roof, a bar, a great wine cellar and a large fireplace add to your dining experience. Enjoy their fire grilled lamb surrounded by candles and wild flowers.

Day 5
Domaine de Murtoli, France
Domaine de Murtoli Breakfast

Spend the morning at leisure to enjoy your villa’s private pool or the Domaine de Murtoli beach. After lunch at the Resto-Plage, enjoy one of the following recommended outdoor activities:

Option 1 – Fishing excursion with your expert guide on board your private 'pointu'—the traditional Mediterranean wooden fishing boat. You will go fishing for dentex, sea bream and tuna, and Henry's fish. For beginners, there are fun fishing activities in rock pools and along the coast. If you are already an experienced fisherman, we invite you to venture out into the deeper waters with your guide.

Option 2 – Visit the different farming grounds of the property and learn about its agricultural side, accompanied by your expert guide. You will learn about the different harvests and fields that the property owns. You will also watch the farmers in action. Later, move onto the pastoral farms where the different cattle are grassing and frolicking. Finally, visit the kitchen garden to learn about the self-sustainable managements of the property and where you can pick the vegetables that will served for dinner this evening.

Day 6
Calvi, France
Hotel La Villa Breakfast

Private helicopter transfer to Calvi from your property’s helipad (approx. 40min). After flying over 155 miles of spectacular coastal views, you will land at the Calvi helipad and taken by private transfer to Hotel La Villa where you will enjoy lunch on the property, surrounded by spectacular views of the fortress. In the afternoon, with your private guide, visit the region of Balagne, which is known for its medieval villages and rich historical significance. You will be able to hike or bike to explore its old streets and to learn about Corsica’s history. Your guide is an expert historian of the region and is a local whose family dates back many generations. Later, recommended dinner at the Calvi harbor.

Day 7
Calvi, France
Hotel La Villa Breakfast

Aboard your private boat and with your expert captain, enjoy a boating excursion to Scandola Nature Reserve, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have lunch at the bay of Giroleta, a charming port village, followed by a short hike for expansive views of the reserve. The Scandola Nature Reserve was established as a United Nations Natural World Heritage Site, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983. The reserve has two sectors, the Elpa Nera inlet and the peninsula of Scandola. The jagged and sheer cliffs contain many grottos and are flanked by numerous stacks and almost inaccessible islets and coves, such as Tuara. The coastline is also noted for its red cliffs, some 900 meters high, sand beaches, and headlands. At the end of the day, return to your hotel and enjoy a recommended dinner.

Day 8
Calvi, France
None Breakfast

Greeting by your host and private transfer to the Calvi airport for your international flight via Marseille / Nice.

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Discover the highlights of Corsica on this trip. You will visit the port city of Porto Vecchio, its surrounding bays and beaches, and the nearby Italian island of Sardinia on a private boating excursion. Explore the majestic Alta Rocca mountain range on a hike with your expert guide, and stay at your own private villa with exclusive access to the beach on a 5000-acre estate. Discover the bay of Calvi, its medieval mountain villages and the UNESCO Scandola Nature Reserve.

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Blue Parallel creates private, tailor-made journeys designed around the themes of World Heritage destinations, outdoor adventures, gourmet cuisine, exclusive lodging, white glove service and insider access. We operate in Latin America: the Amazon, Antarctica, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Panama, Patagonia, Uruguay and the Yucatan Peninsula. And in the Mediterranean: the Adriatic Coast, Andalucia, Corsica, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Morocco, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.

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