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Amazing scuba-diving in the Golfe of Porto and hiking in Monte d'Oro

8 days and 7 nights

  • Keywords : Sport and adventure, France, Corsica
  • Category : TEMPLATE
  • Duration : 8 Days
  • Valid days : 7 Days

You are a passionate diver and a fan of outdoor activities? This travel program offers diverting diving adventures (all levels, beginners are welcome) in the diverse aquatic realm of Corsica. Use your free afternoons for nature hikes through the wild and overwhelming scenery with stunning lookouts.

Itinerary map

Itinerary map

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Ajaccio - Porto - Ajaccio - Porto

Pick Up of your Rental Car at the Airport

At your arrival at the airport a rental car of category A will be at your disposal. Thus, you can move freely and comfortably around the island. On the day of departure you will drop off the vehicle at the airport.

Inclusive: airport charge, insurances (CDW, THF), LAF, without mileage limitation. The charges for optional accessory are to be paid on-site : Additional driver, young driver extra charge - 25 years, GPS, One way.

Trip from Ajaccio to Porto

Your trip from Ajaccio to Porto will take two hours. From Ajaccio you will head north via the Coastal Road (route de la côte). You will pass through the towns of Sagone and Cargèse before taking the road uphill in direction of the high plateau of Piana where you will drive through an amazing rocky landscape before reaching Porto.


Overnight stay in a hotel room with sea view


Included : car rental, airport charge, insurances (CDW, THF), LAF, without mileage limitation , bedroom and breakfast

Day 2: Porto - Évisa - Porto

Diving Experience on the site of Monte Rosso

Travel time: 5 minutes, surface: 38 m, steep face dive into a colorful coral riff with shoals of sea breams and dorados.

This activity depends on the weather condition and the discretion of your diving instructor – levels: beginner to advanced – in groups up to 20 people.

Suggestion: Hike into the Heart of the Forest Aïtone

The forest Aïtone is situated at the foot of the pass Col de Vergio near the village of Evisa, and reaches an altitude of 2000 m. It offers one of the most amazing sceneries the Isle of Beauty has to offer. You may choose a relaxing walk or rather opt for a challenging hike.

On the island of contrasts, the green lush forest is a natural wonder in the middle of an arid rocky hinterland. You will find rare bird species and may even come across a cow or a wild pig… Crystal clear torrents and gushing cascades cross the scenery and invite to a dip into the pure water!


Overnight stay in a hotel room with sea view


Included : guide, equipment rental, visit, Boat, bedroom and breakfast

Day 3: Porto

Diving Experience on the site of Scondola

Wreck Saint-Mathieu in 3 to 50 m depth, travel time: 45 minutes.

This activity depends on the weather condition and the discretion of your diving instructor – levels: beginner to advanced – in groups up to 20 people.

Diving Experience on the Site of the Sec des Calanques

Surface: 40 m, travel time: 15 minutes, canyon peak, beautiful maritime site, splendid view and sight.

This activity depends on the weather condition and the discretion of your diving instructor – levels: beginner to advanced – in groups up to 20 people.


Overnight stay in a hotel room with sea view


Included : guide, equipment rental, visit, Boat, bedroom and breakfast

Day 4: Porto - Galéria - Calvi

Diving Experience on the site of Vardiola

Depth: 4-32 m, travel time: 20 minutes, species-rich coral riff.

This activity depends on the weather condition and the discretion of your diving instructor – levels: beginner to advanced – in groups up to 20 people.

Suggestion: Visit of Galéria

The small fishing village of Galéria has been largely spared by tourism, and is surrounded by green woodland. It is situated on the 83-kilometer-long serpentine road linking Calvi to Porto and offers a stunning panoramic view over one of Corsica’s most beautiful landscapes.

Wild and romantic coasts, bright red shimmering rocks and lonely hidden bays characterize the magic scenery. In the bay of Galéria and at the estuary of the river Fango you will find preserved bathing spots, directly at the estuary behind the dune, the river is shaped like a small lake and offers an ideal swimming area. Enjoy the crystal clear water of the river and the paradisiac setting, declared biosphere reserve by the UNESCO.


Night at the hotel Saint Erasme in the Superior room with balcony and seaview

Included : guide, equipment rental, visit, Boat, bedroom and breakfast

Day 5: Calvi - L'Île-Rousse - Calvi

Suggestion: Spend a Day in the Beautiful Region of the Balagne

La Balagna is renowned for its olive groves and uncountable churches, owing it the surname “la sainte Balagna”, the holy Balagna. Today it is mainly a popular sea resort. Fragrant Macchia (the typical Mediterranean shrubs), picturesque villages, idyllic beaches with Caribbean flair and crystal clear water, lookouts with stunning views will take your breath away and capture your attention!

Take a trip to the picturesque port city of Calvi, over many centuries part of the Genoese Empire, and according to legend, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. One of the town’s highlights is the chapel Notre Dame de la Serra, built on a promontory overlooking the town.

The pretty colorful Marina, one of the islands most beautiful gulfs, extends to a five-kilometer-long beach and is surrounded by a 32-hectare-large pine wood.

The Balagne is proud of its arts and crafts, and the savoir-faire of its artisans who still cherish old technics and traditions. Make a detour to the many workshops manufacturing bronze, cutlery, glass, ceramic, or wood. The artisans will be happy to show you around!


Night at the hotel Saint Erasme in the Superior room with balcony and seaview

Included : bedroom and breakfast

Day 6: Corte - Vivario

Suggestion: Visit of Corte and its Rich Historic Treasures



In the middle of the 18th century, during the period of Pasquale Corti, a Corsican revolutionary and freedom fighter, Corte was the capital of the independent state. The endless fights of the Middle Ages and the wars of independence have left their marks. Take a walk up to the citadel overlooking the surrounding valleys and soak up the stunning scenery.



The citadel hosts the anthropology museum Musée de la Corse presenting the customs, rites and traditions of the Corsican farmers and shepherds, the FRAC exposing contemporary art, the Centre de culture scientifique et technique, and the tourism center „Centru du Corsica.“



The surroundings of Corte, the hilly land of the Col de Vizzanova, and the valleys Restonica, Le Vecchio and Agnone are abound with wild creeks and torrents. There you will find many idyllic bathing spots.


Overnight stay in a 3* hotel at Vizzavone in the Superior room

Included : bedroom and breakfast

Day 7: Vivario

Individual Mountain Tour to the Cascade des Anglais

Your mountain guide will take you to a unique glacial valley. After a two-hour walk along an ancient path, formerly used for the seasonal move of sheep and goats, you will reach a magic spot with vestiges of ancient sheep-farms, dozing on the shore of a mountain torrent shaded by a large beech grove – the ideal moment for a break and a refreshing dip in the Cascade!

Once rested, you will continue to the pass Col de Vizzavona via the mythic path GR20. During the whole tour, your guide will attract your attention to the untouched flora and fauna, as well as to the cultural heritage of the region.

Included: you will be accompanied by an English and French speaking official mountain and tourist guide. Venue and departure time: at 9 a.m. on the parking area of the Col de Vizzavona. End of our services: around 4 p.m. on the parking area of the Col de Vizzavona.

Duration: 3.5 hrs, level of difficulty: easy – commentaries in English – please provide: sneakers, small knapsack, 1 liter of water per person, a sweater.

Overnight stay in a 3* hotel at Vizzavone in the Superior room

Included : guide, picnic, bedroom and breakfast

Day 8: Ajaccio

Suggestion: Stroll through Ajaccio and Last Swim in the warm Water of the Mediterranean Sea



Ajaccio is South Corsica’s county town. The main road is the rue Fesch, a very pleasant pedestrian street hosting the Fine Art Museum of the same name. Take a stroll through the narrow streets, make a detour to the marina and the Place du Diamant. The stature of Napoleon (still omnipresent in Corsica), on horseback and ornamented like a Roman Emperor, is erected in the center of the square.



What about a last swim in the warm Mediterranean water? Nearby you will find the beach of Scudo, with its crystal clear water amid a beautiful preserved setting, it’s the ideal spot to say goodbye – and definitely to make you want to come back!




You will drop off you rental car at the airport



HOTELS

Overnight at the hotel Le Méditerranée with sea view - Porto

Level : Hotel 3*

This property overlooks the port of Porto called Ota, it is a few minutes walk from the pebble beach and one hour and 20 minutes drive from Ajaccio Airport. It enjoys a privileged location on the bay of Porto and offers panoramic views of the Gulf and the mountains. You will stay in one of the 30 sea view rooms which has large windows and a balcony. The room is very bright and are equipped with a television a minibar and a WIFI. The hotel has a pleasant outdoor swimming pool, a large terrace and a ping pong table. A continental breakfast is served every morning on the hotel's terrace. In the evening you can reach the marina in the center of Porto. You will find many shops, bars and restaurants. A private parking is available free of charge nearby, pets are allowed inside the property. The diving club is located directly below the hotel on the harbor. It has facilities including a reception, a cloakroom, shower, a classroom and a technical room. It can welcome up to 65 divers, it is equiped with complete diving equipment, and a BAUER Compressor. The teachings can be given in English and German. The tourist tax is to be paid on site.

Night at the Hotel Saint-Erasme in standard room - Calvi

Level : Hotel 3*

This hotel is located in the Calvi Seaside, just a few minutes away from Calvi's beach and marina. The hotel is composed of 32 rooms. It offers a heated outdoor pool with a unique panoramic view of the Revellata Lighthouse and the Sea. Le Saint Erasme is air-conditioned and has soundproofed rooms that are equipped with flat-screen TV, WIFI and a private bathroom. Most rooms have a spacious furnished balcony with views of the sea. Guests can enjoy a drink at the Le Saint Erasme's bar or while enjoying the sun in the outdoor lounge or garden. Free private parking is provided. The hotel is located near the centre of Calvi, where guests can enjoy restaurants and the nightlife. Sainte-Catherine Airport is at 10-minute drive away from Calvi. The tourist tax is to be paid on site.

Night and breakfast at the hotel Vizzavone in superior room - Vivario

Level : Hotel 3*

During your holidays in Corsica you will stay at the hotel Le Vizzavona. It is Ideally located in Vizzavona, in the center of Corsica, in the heart of the Natural Regional Park, in the immediate vicinity of the GR 20 and a few kilometers away from Corte. The Vizzavona is an old mansion composed of a hotel and a restaurant chalet, it is located in a vast park of 3000 m2. The hotel has 10 rooms that are spread over two floors. The rooms can welcome up to 2 people per room, some are arranged in twin rooms. Each room features period decorations, marble fireplaces, parquet floors and luxurious beddings. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, a hairdryer, a terrace overlooking the Monte d'Oro, and the WIFI. The accommodation also includes a living room where you can read a book or simply enjoy the moment, and a restaurant that offers simple and authentic Corsican cuisine. Smoking is not allowed in the property. Pets are not accepted. The tourist tax of 1.80 euros is to be paid on-site.

Base 2 persons : price from 1200.00 EUROS
Base 4 persons : price from 1007.00 EUROS