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Corsican Discovery
Commences Bastia 05 June 2019 and ends Ajaccio 13 June 2019

  • Program Status Places Available
  • Program Code GCTCD19
  • Activity Rating Moderate

Tour Itinerary

  • 8 Nights
    • 3 - Bastia
    • 2 - Porto-Vecchio
    • 3 - Ajaccio

Program ends in Ajaccio.

Tour Highlights

  • Napoleon's elegant home town of Ajaccio
  • The scenic ports of Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio
  • The dramatic standing stones of Filitosa 
  • The rugged interior and mediaeval bastion of Corte

Tour Overview

The island of Corsica is the fourth largest island of the Mediterranean and combines a stunning juxtaposition of mountain and coastal scenery. The island has a history of conflict with France but has now come to some sort of accommodation with its dominant, continental neighbour to whom it belongs and yet there is still some talk of independence from France among the Corsicans.

In the Middle Ages, Corsica was a colony of Pisa and later of Genoa but enjoyed a brief period of independence in the 18th century under the revered leadership of Pasquale Paoli. Therefore, the “sale” of the island by the Genoese to Louis XV of France for 40 million francs in 1769 has been a source of resentment for the islanders ever since. Ironically, the island was the birthplace of perhaps the most famous Frenchman, Napoleon Bonaparte, and French and other visitors outnumber the locals approximately six to one in the busy periods of July and August. For all of this, Corsica remains one of the last unspoiled corners of the Mediterranean: it is impoverished and depopulated but remains awesomely beautiful, old-fashioned and doggedly aloof.

We complete a circuit of the island to explore the Corsican towns of Bastia with its Genoese citadel, the historic resort of Porto—Vecchio; Bonifacio, dramatically sited on a limestone cliff, and Ajaccio, with its Imperial Chapel and impressive Fesch Museum. We discover awesome ancient sites, such as mysterious Filtosa with its 4,000-year-old, life-size stone warriors. We also experience the Island’s superb rugged mountains and UNESCO protected, dramatic coastline. We learn about the Island’s ancient civilisation, its mediaeval colonial occupation and its present-day relationship with France.

 

Tour Inclusions

    • 8 nights en-suite hotel accommodation
    • A typical local breakfast and dinner daily
    • Touring by comfortable modern coach
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet
 

Moderate

This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass's UK, European and North African educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass UK. This gives you a cost saving by cutting out the middle-man and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

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  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
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  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompass.co.uk. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 151, Albion Park, NSW 2527, Australia.

Your booking form will then be forwarded electronically to the UK for processing.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe or North Africa. Your contract is direct with Golden Compass in the UK.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be taken by Golden Compass from you in Australian dollars.

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