France & Italy
Walking Tour in France and Italy, Sardinia and Corsica Islands
Sardinia has glorious beaches, dramatic cliffs, fascinating prehistoric sites and a wild interior roamed by shepherds. The churches, where Christianity and paganism mix, are part of Sardinia’s fabulous mystique.
On our coastal rambles, mountain hikes and cultural exploration, we discover the best of this alluring island where we are never far from the glistening blue sea.
We catch the ferry for a short trip across the Straits of Bonifacio to Corsica. It is a mountainous island, 170km south of the French mainland, with an extraordinarily diverse landscape and is often referred to as the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean. Our carefully chosen route enables us to discover some of the most majestic mountain scenery, a spectacular coastline with vertiginous cliffs and wonderful sandy beaches. Our guided walk will take us past tumbling rivers, through forests of pine, silver birch and chestnuts, across hillsides of lavender, rosemary, thyme and an aromatic undergrowth that the locals call the Maquis, from which the French Resistance took its name.
We move towards the interior of the island and stay for 2 nights in Evisa. The village is known as the Corsican capital of chestnuts and could also be called the capital of hiking! From Evisa we will get a taste of Corsica’s “real” mountains, still snow capped in the spring season. Our day walks will take us up into high territory, sometimes on the famous “GR20”, possibly Europe’s most reputable hiking track.
We walk a section of the Sentier du Littoral and discover the wonderful rock garden of Les Calanches in the Golfe de Porto. In the heart of the Regional Nature Park of Corsica, it has been listed World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. From Piana we explore the beautiful Capo Rosso and Capo d’Orto.
Our Hotels and Cuisine
In Sardinia, our beautiful family-run hotel is in an impressive rural setting below the Sopramonte massif. The architecture is distinctively Sardinian and the hotel’s restaurant is famed for its Sardinian specialities.
The following 2 days we stay in the fascinating town of Bonifacio. It is perched on a spectacular cliff top at the southern tip of the island and is the most Genoese of Corsican towns. Set out along the walls of the Bonifacio ramparts, our hotel is situated in a quiet location on the harbour with lovely views across the water and to the old town. Each night we discover the delights of the Corsican cuisine by visiting the best local restaurants in this pretty old port.
At the centre of “Circuit des Merveilles” we stay 2 nights at the Hotel L’Aitone, which dominates the magnificent village of Evisa, 850 metres above sea level.
The next 4 nights we stay in a hotel in Piana. It is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, overlooking the Mediterranean and the famous Calanches. Our restaurant has wonderful sea views and offers fresh fish from the Gulf, often made into “aziminu” (bouillabaisse or fish soup), chevre and brebi cheese, charcuterie, various pastas and delicious salads.
The final 2 nights we stay St Florent in the northwest, just at the base of Cap Corse. St Florent is a charming seaside town in the Nebbio region and not far from the vineyards of Patrimonio. Our cozy hotel in St Florent has a wonderful atmosphere. Local traditions, modern comfort, excellent cuisine, and tastefully furnished premises make it an ideal base for us to explore the superb countryside.
Walking Tour Combination
Departure dates have been arranged to allow both the "From the Mountains to the Mediterranean" and "Epicurean walk through Italy" walks to be combined.
Tour departure dates
Feedback from previous guests
|Wonderful and unforgettable experience. Gilles is a master guide and took us to places we would have been unable to consider tackling on our own. The accommodation was generally of the highest standard and the meals were outstanding. We would love to try another Walkabout Gourmet Tour but perhaps not quite as challenging as our Corsican adventure."
Peter, Sydney NSW, Australia 
|Fabulous scenery - particularly in Corsica. Very well selected regions and hotels. But have to admit the walking was more challenging that we expected - hiking rather than walking! At times we felt more like mountain goats! The only way we managed was with the encouragement and negotiation skills of the wonderful guides, who maintained a wonderful sense of humour! Thank you for the opportunity to see the world safely and very comfortably, while experiencing fun a real sense of achievement."
Penny, Adelaide SA, Australia 
|Excellent tour with great group (barring one exception) and very well lead by Gilles. Sardinia was very good but Corsica was outstanding, in particular Bonificio, Piana and Evisa and the walks in those areas. Highly recommended but needs good level of fitness."
Peter, Perth WA, Australia 
|A well planned and well paced trip though the varied scenic highlights of these beautiful islands. Gilles was an excellent guide, a great sense of humour combined with the ability to get us to go just that little bit further. He had a detailed knowledge of the walking trails, and tailored the hikes to match our group's capability. He was always willing and ready to help with any individual needs. We were blessed with sunny weather, lovely accommodation and delicious food! At the end of our trip, we were delighted with the video of our tour, and the memory stick with photos, all taken by Gilles whilst guiding the group! A memorable and enjoyable 2 weeks !"
Kris, Melbourne VIC, Australia 
|We thoroughly enjoyed our Walk through Sardinia and Corsica. Two different islands and whilst not walking much in Sardinia we were able to experience the land and scenery as we drove to the top. Corsica was wonderful, and whilst we were a little disappointed that we did not complete a couple of the walks because of the group limitations, Gilles, our wonderful guide, provided us with acceptable alternatives. The accommodation was good and also the food - although I do hesitate at calling it Gourmet. We were totally looked after by Giles who ensured that our ever wish was met and was a constant source of information whilst ensuring we all enjoyed our experience. It was the highlight of our extended holiday."
Tony, Sydney NSW, Australia 
|As a long term independent traveller I decided to try out your company for two of my passions, great walks and great regional food. I selected Corsica and Sardinia as I had not been to either before. On this tour I experienced a most enjoyable and memorable adventure with like minded travellers and excellent guides. Highlights for me were Su Gologne in Sardinia for the quality of the accommodation, walks and incredible variety of food at both breakfast and dinner, Bonifacio cliff top walk and the old bastide town with the superb fish soup in a local port restaurant, the Calanches area for its coastal scenery plus the hotel in St Florent for its exquisite food. I thought the itinerary was very well planned and paced and executed seamlessly by Gilles and Helmut who as well as being great guides were great company. A very big thank you to both."
Evelyn, Milton NSW, Australia 
|Reading ahead of Sardinia and Corsica did not prepare me for the spectacular physical beauty of the islands which went beyond my expectations. The vigorous walks amid sweet-scented maquis, tall pines, granite boulders and across snow drifts with jagged snow-capped mountain peaks in sight, were magnificent. The coastline and calanques, the turquoise sea, the cliffs, Genoese towers and Nuraghi sites added to the attraction and to my understanding of history. The mountain village of Evisa and the small, alpine-like hotel were special memories reinforced by Alan Border's presence. Superbly guided by Gilles and Adrian, strong images of the trip remain."
Wendy, Patonga, NSW, Australia 
|Well thought out Itinerary, providing a wide variety of experiences. A pleasing variety of locations offering marvellous views. We were fortunate to enjoy really good weather. The food was delicious reflecting the locales, and beautifully served. A wide choice on each menu. Surprises on the way: The constant variety. Experience: totally memorable!"
Sarah, Lake Wendouree, VIC, Australia 
|Reading ahead of Sardinia and Corsica did not prepare me for the spectacular physical beauty of the islands which went beyond my expectations. The vigorous walks amid sweet-scented maquis, tall pines, granite boulders and across snow drifts with jagged snow-capped mountain peaks in sight, were magnificent..."
Wendy, Patonga Creek, NSW, Australia