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Corsica and Sardinia

mappa_corsica_sardegna.jpg (120278 byte)This is a 12 day tour that covers these two beautiful Mediterranean islands. We start and end the ride in Rome, reach Livorno in Tuscany for the ferry to Bastia and run the western side of Corsica. We then cross the straight of Bonifacio and reach the Emerald Coast in Sardinia. After spending a full day in the amazing part of Sadinia, we zigzag our way all the way down to Cagliari, where an overnight ferry will take us back to the mainland. 

In May these two islands are at their best and will offer mild/warm temperatures, stunning natural scenery with all plants in fower, great food and wine, but most of all absolutely perfect traffic free roads. A real must in any biker's bucket list!

Dates:

25 May - 6 June 2019 any time self guided

Only for a small group of riders: 8 people minimum - 12 people maximum. 

Day by day: 

Day 1: We set off from Rome and cut across Tuscany to reach Livorno in the evening. We'll stay just a few minutes from the habour so we can catch the early morning ferry to Bastia. On this day you'll catch a glimpse Southern Tuscany and Maremma. We'll be covering parts that we don't cover in our other Tuscan tour. 

Day 2: We catch the ferry and sail to Bastia for 4 hours. We get off the ferry and start the ride north along the Corsican finger. We stop for our first lunch just half an hour out of the harbour in a small bay sitting by the waterfront. We then reach the lighthouse Moulin Mattei and the follow the amazing coastal road all the way to St Florent. The view are amazing and the road has just been widened and repaved.

Day 3: From St Florent we ride west along the coastal road and have lunch in Calvi. Then we follow the incredibly scenic western coastal road. A feast for your eyes all the way to Porto where we stop for our first two nights stopover. 

Day 4: we run a loop ride into the heart of Corsica. The scenery changes dramatically from Mediterranean to Alpine. We visit Corte, the Valley of la Restonica and that of de l'Asco, close to the highest mountain in Corsica, Monte Cinto with 2706mt, and return to Porto.

Day 5: We head south to Bonifacio. Immediately we ride across the road of the Calanches (pic in the header) then by pass Ajaccio, the busy capital of Corsica and visit Filitosa, the most signifcant pre-historic archeological site in Corsica before reaching Bonifacio for the night.

Day 6: After a loop ride inland to the Col de la Bavela and the Lac de l'Ospedale we return to Bonifacio and take the afternoon ferry (50 minutes) to Santa Teresa di Gallura in Sardinia. After a short ride we reach Palau where will have our second double night stop over. We are in heart of the Costa Smeralda, the Emerald Coast.

Day 7: The first week is nearly finished and Palau is a chance to get off the bikes and enjoy this incredible coastline. Out of Palau there are many boats that offer day trips around the small islands with possibilities to swim in the clearest waters Italy can offer. In June the water temperature is around 20/22C. For the hardcore riders a loop ride will also be available.

Day 8: we cross Sardinia from East to West along the twisty roads of the Gallura and reach Alghero for the night. The roads are amazing. We have dinner by the city walls overlooking Capo Caccia and hopefully witness a sunset like the one here above.

Day 9: After the stunning coastal ride from Alghero to Bosa we cut inland again and visit the Nuraghe site of Losa and then cut across the mountains to Arbatax back on the eastern coast of Sardinia for the 3rd and last double night stop over. We have reserved a stunning hotel by the beach with an amazing restaurant.

Day 10: The best ride of the tour, the SS125 from Arbatax to Cala Gonone and back. Superb scenery, perfect tarmac, curves of all kinds makes for an incredible ride. Of course, should you be tired you can always relax on the beach of the hotel.

Day 11: The last day in Sardinia. We ride some more incredible twisty roads in the Sardinian interior heading south and catch the 8pm overnight ferry back to the mainland.

Day 12: Once we have landed we take the scenic way into Rome delaying our entry until after lunch. This way we avoid rush hour traffic and your rooms at the hotel will be ready. We return the bikes and get ready for the farewell dinner.

 

Only for a small group of riders: 8 people minimum - 12 people maximum. 

included:

not included

12 days motorcycle rental with unlimited km equipped with side and top cases

fuel for bike

12 nights accommodation with breakfast

dinners, lunches and snacks

- overnight ferry Cagliari - Civitavecchia with cabin and private bathroom
- ferry Livorno - Bastia
- ferry Bonifacio - Santa Teresa di Gallura

beverages apart from water with your dinners

welcome and farewell dinners in Rome (2)

entrance fees to any museums or historical sites

tour guide on bike at all times

toll roads (if necessary)

tour handbook

anything not expressly included
map of Corsica
map of Sardinia
city taxes
support vehicle for luggage

 

Bike Sharing a Double room riding solo
F700GS, G650GS     5210 euro
F800GS, F800GT, V7, Scrambler     5310 euro
R1200GS, R1200RS, R1200R, Ducati MTS 950     5430 euro
R1200RT, S1000XR, R1200GSA, Ducati MTS1200     5530 euro
K1600GTL     5650 euro
   
single room supplement     +430 euro
passanger sharing double     +2840 euro