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Corsica, France | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Porto Vecchio, Calvi | Corsica, France (7 days)

Blue Parallel

Porto-Vecchio, France To Calvi, France

Valid for Departures Now Through: 15 May 2018

Corsica, France | Ultra-Luxe Tour | Porto Vecchio, Calvi | Corsica, France (7 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.

Upon arrival at Figari airport in Corsica via Nice or Marseille, you will be greeted by your personal Blue Parallel host and taken by private transfer to your hotel, Casa del Mar. Check-in and get settled in your Junior Suite boasting beautiful sea views. Enjoy your first afternoon at leisure, relaxing with spa treatments. Have dinner at the Casa del Mar restaurant, known to be Corsica’s best restaurant run by executive chef David Bisetto who was awarded 2 Michelin stars.

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

Today enjoy a private boating excursion along the southern coast of Corsica. On your private 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 and is home to several rare species of wild flower such as yellow-horned poppies and white sea daffodils. Later, return to your hotel to enjoy spa treatments and time at leisure.

In the evening, private transfer to A Cantina di l’Orriu Restaurant for a recommended dinner. A wonderful bar à vin and local produce shop, A Cantina di l’Orriu is located in an atmospheric old-stone cottage and serves a fantastic array of quality cheeses, hams, jams, wines and other local specialties. Enjoy dining on the picturesque terrace while you sample bite-size portions of traditional delicacies paired with local Corsican wine.

Day 3
Porto-Vecchio, France
Hotel Casa del Mar Breakfast, Lunch

Private transfer with your personal guide to A Pignata, a beautiful property facing the Alta Rocca mountain range. 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, a property situated in the heart of the Corsican countryside and 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 A Pignata property surrounded by beautiful views of the Alta Rocca mountain range. A Pignata specializes in authentic Corsican cuisine and offers delicious traditional Corsican goat cheese called Brocciu. Later, experience a private horseback riding excursion with your expert guide surrounded by spectacular views and dramatic shifts in landscapes. Return to your hotel later in the afternoon followed by dinner transfers to a restaurant in Porto Vecchio depending on your interest.

Day 4
Porto-Vecchio, France
Hotel Casa del Mar Breakfast

Private transfer to Bonifacio where you will embark on a 2-hour private boating excursion around the coast of Bonifacio with a stop at 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. Pass the deep rocky inlets with the clear aquamarine waters below and enjoy the magical caves such as the famous Cave of Sdragonatu, which is entered through a narrow and low passage. The cave with its gloriously colored seabed is a single huge chamber with a hole in the roof shaped like a map of Corsica.Return to Bonifacio marina to disembark your ship. Following lunch at a Le Voiler in town, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this impressive citadel.

Later, return to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. Have dinner at Sous Le Tonelle in old town Porto Vecchio. Its kitchen cooks up Corsican specialties a mix between hearty French cuisine and feel-good Italian comfort food

Day 5
Calvi, France
Hotel La Villa Breakfast

Greeting by your host in the morning and private transfer to the heliport where you will board your 5-passenger helicopter for your private flight to Calvi. This approximately 1 hour flight will introduce you to the immensity of Corsica, the beauty of its coastline, and the majesty of its spectacular mountain range. You will land in Calvi where you will be greeted by your local host and transferred to your hotel to enjoy a recommended lunch on the lookout terrace, offering views of the Calvi citadel and fortress.

With your private guide, visit the region of La Balagne. Your guide is an expert historian of the region and is a local whose family dates back many generations. La Balagne is a coastal area located between Calvi and L'Ile Rousse, and boasts a backdrop of the hills overlooking the sea. Formerly known as “the garden of Corsica”, La Balagne still carries its name very well. This beautiful region is lush with fig and olive trees, as well as different orchards and palms. It is dotted with charming medieval villages perched on narrow streets and typical houses. Visit the villages of Ile Rousse, Lumio and Corbara. The roads of artisans in the region of La Balagne is an invitation to the discovery of traditions and Corsica’s artistic expertise.

In the evening, have dinner at the Calvi harbor. Your host will provide you with recommendations on the best restaurants, depending on your interest.

Day 6
Calvi, France
Hotel La Villa Breakfast

On your last day in Corsica, experience a private boating excursion to Scandola Nature Reserve, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Scandola Nature Reserve was established in December, 1975 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. You will have a recommended lunch at the bay of Giroleta (a charming port village), followed by a short hike for expansive views of the reserve.

In the evening, enjoy a recommended dinner at your hotel. Hotel La Villa’s restaurant is a 1 star Michelin restaurant that prepares delicious local cuisine, using fresh local produce, demonstrating the richness and wealth of Corsican gastronomy. If you prefer dining at the harbor this evening, your host will be happy to provide you with recommendations.

Day 7
Calvi, France
None Breakfast

Greeting by your host and private transfer to the Calvi airport where you will be assisted with boarding your flight to Nice or Marseille, depending on your international flight departure airport.

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Discover the southern and northern highlights of Corsica on this trip. You will visit the port city of Porto Vecchio, its surrounding bays and beaches, and the nearby coast and town of Bonifacio on a private boating excursion. Explore the majestic Alta Rocca mountain range on a horseback ride with your expert guide, and explore the surrounding medieval villages with artisans. Take a private helicopter to the north of Corsica, at Calvi. Discover the bay of Calvi, its medieval mountain villages and the UNESCO Scandola Nature Reserve on a boating excursion. Throughout your journey, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious culinary experience while dining at some of the island's best restaurants.

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