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Corsican Discovery
Commences Bastia 28 June and ends Ajaccio 06 July 2020

  • Corte
    Corte
  • Bastia, Corsica
    Bastia, Corsica
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $4,880
  • Program Code GCTCD20
  • Single Supplement $470
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader Louise Shave

Tour Itinerary

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

Commences Bastia 28 June and ends Ajaccio 06 July 2020

Tour Highlights

  • The island's attractive main city, Bastia with scenic Cap Corse
  • Napoleon's elegant home city 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
 

Louise Shave

Golden Compass France Ireland Scotland Tour Leader Louise Shave

Louise Shave graduated from the University of Auckland, in Languages, History and Music and with a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

She has a passion for her chosen subjects and really enjoys sharing with travellers the history and culture of countries in which she has lived or experienced. The extensive time she has recently spent living in both France and Ireland has given her an in-depth knowledge of those particular countries. She is a fluent speaker of French.

For the past 14 years, she has led many outbound programmes, especially in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, Ireland, India, Bhutan and Nepal. She is much in demand as a guest speaker.

For six years, Louise and her husband explored the waterways of Europe on their 20 metre converted Dutch Barge. Not content with river travel, they also sailed a 10 metre boat across the Irish Sea and then back to England. Three years were spent in Ireland on the canals and rivers, with numerous adventures, followed by more time around the coast and in the English waterways.

As well as those noted above, her interests include art, architecture, theatre, film, reading, trekking, and, not least, her family!

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.

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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).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  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@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 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, North Africa or Asia. 

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. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.