Corsica

Our 5 day point to point adventure will take you from our Base Camp through mountains to the coast of Corsica, taking in all the local culture en route, with the odd col to climb thrown in for a challenge. The ideal expedition to get away from it all.

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ABOUT THE DESTINATION

5 days / 4 nights - starting from 1990 €

The adventure starts now!

This five-day point to point itinerary journey will take you on a discovery of the wild lands of Corsica. You'll experience spectacular coastal panoramas, picturesque villages nestled in the mountains, winding paths through fragrant forests, and roads that offer a total immersion in Corsican culture.

GravelUp's strengths:

  • An expert guide who will take you to discover their territory like no one else.

  • Carefully selected routes that combine sport, pleasure, and discovery on the most beautiful Spanish trails.

  • Comfortable accommodation and gourmet cuisine.

  • A support van: luggage transportation, technical assistance, refreshments.

  • The possibility to rent high-quality gravel bikes: muscular or electric.
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By booking with us, you also do good for our planet!

A program 100% created by Gravel Up

Meet us in Sartène, in the south of Corsica, for 5 days discovering the hidden treasures of this region!

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: We'll start the first day by getting acquainted with the Gravel bikes while exploring the Corsican maquis. A 27km ride with 380m of elevation gain will take us to a unique archaeological site in the heart of a preserved plateau. After this little tour of Menhirs, we'll descend via an exceptional gravel track, heading to Tradiccetu beach and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Back at base camp for a dinner by the fire, prepared by our host Cyril.

Day 2: Prepare your calves; it's going to sting! On the agenda for this second day, 74km and 1930m of elevation gain heading north, to reach the central region of Alta Rocca and the town of Zonza, our stop for the night. We'll cross the Ortolo valley, home to all the largest vineyards of the Sartenais. Stop at Domaine de Saparale for a visit and tasting of wine and olive oil. After a gourmet lunch break, you'll discover the real, authentic, and rural Corsica. A dream landscape and the impression of delving into the mountains of central Corsica, where few venture.

Day 3: The queen stage! 70km and 1610m of elevation gain. A first gravel track at the bottom of the valley will offer an incredible view of the Bavella needles. After crossing typical villages, we'll climb towards the Coccionu Plateau. At the top of the plateau, a unique trail awaits in this Natura 2000 reserve, thanks to our special permissions to access it: wild black pigs, horses, cows, and the famous pozzi (these underground rivers) will continue to amaze you! Return to Zonza after a very playful and very little frequented descent that you will love!

Day 4: Time to head back to our base camp. 66km and 1100m of elevation gain for the day. Return through the Ospedale forest, a splendid forest with absolutely unique gravel sections! You will also be amazed by breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, a great feeling of freedom and being alone in the world. Return to Tribu by the tracks and well-deserved rest after these three days of roaming.

Day 5: To end in style, 45km and 700m of elevation gain. Departure from the base camp for the last morning. Direction to Cala di Conca beach – 12km of track through the meadows. This secluded beach is accessible only by this track or by sea. A small swim for the most motivated! We head back into the maquis on the way up, until Tizziano village. Incredible views of the sea and arrival at the village by the beaches and tracks of the south. Return to Tribu for the end-of-stay lunch.

Date range:
April - October
Duration:
5 days / 4 nights
Daily distance:
50 - 80 km
Daily elevation:
1000 - 1500M+
Difficulty:
3 / 5

GravelUp benefits

This is included

At the camp

  • Return transfer from Figari airport
  • Accommodation 4 nights in a double room (single option at extra cost)
  • All food for the stay
  • A great welcome pack
  • A mechanic who will share his secrets with you

On gravel

  • A professional and local guide
  • Unique tracks designed by the GravelUp Team
  • Assistance and transportation van

Beyond gravel

  • Wellness activities - Yoga, meditation, relaxation
  • Visits to various historical and cultural sites
  • An evening of celebration
  • A community of enthusiasts

This is not included

  • Transportation from your home
  • Travel insurance for repatriation and civil liability
  • Personal drinks and other souvenir purchases
  • Anything not specified in "What's Included"
  • Gravel bike rental (supplement available)

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Preparation & equipment

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Your Guide

All our guides are super passionate about all things Gravel. Just as comfortable on the bike as off it in the workshop, they are best placed to show you all the sights of their local area and more. Stories and shared experiences, in a fabulous location, with great company. They are on hand to ensure your trip is everything you want it to be, and more.

Languages spoken - French and English.

Safety is our priority, and our guides will help with technique and tips to ensure you can ride the (sometimes rough!) trails with confidence.

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BASE CAMP & DESTINATION MANAGER

During your stay, you'll spend the first night at Cyril's home, where you'll discover his authentic eco-shelters made up of ethnic guest rooms integrated into the Corsican maquis. On subsequent nights, you'll stay in the warm and comfortable surroundings of our Corsican hosts, who will make you feel right at home!

On site, in addition to your guide, you'll be accompanied by our GravelUp destination manager. He'll make sure you have everything you need, and provide all the logistics and support you need to make the most of your stay.

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Our bikes

We have both traditional and electric high end gravel bikes available to rent in Ventoux from our bike partner Origine.

Repeatedly voted Gravel Bikes of the Year, you can choose between the carbon framed Graxx (weighing only 8.1kg) or the Help eBike (not much more at 12kg). Both combine performance and versatility in a lightweight frame so that you can have faith your steed throughout the trip.

Price: €60/day for a non eBike, €80/day for an eBike.

Find out more about our bikes

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Physical preparation

This trip is made for regular cyclists.

This stay is for you if:

  • You engage in physical activity several times a week.

  • You are capable of undertaking bike rides of at least 4 hours.

  • Having experience in multi-day bike touring is a plus.

Comment s'y rendre

How to get there?

  • By plane: Ajaccio airport (shuttle at noon / return at 5pm)

  • By car: meet us directly at our base camp "Tribu" (from 3pm).

  • By boat: Ajaccio port (shuttle at noon / return at 5pm)

As soon as you arrive, our team will pick you up and take you directly to our base camp where the disconnection can begin.

Your stay starts at 3pm and ends at around 3pm on Sunday.

Any questions?

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Booking

Great setting with a team that takes care of everything. An exceptional guide with a lot of attention and care. Real Gravel on beautiful trails and stunning roads! Hotel, lodging and incredible restaurants were all perfect!

A superb breath of fresh air.

Jacques R.

Customer review Jacque R. - Corsica

Great Adventurer program in Corsica, top-notch team, fabulous accommodation, and a wide variety of sporting and fun routes in a dream environment.

Sophie D. ★★★★★

Sophie D.

Une expérience incroyable dans un cadre magnifique et organisée de main de maître par toute l’équipe de Gravel Up !! Tout fut parfait ! Les vélos, le camp de base, les parcours, les pauses déjeuners et bien sûr James notre guide qui veilla sur nous tout au long de ces jours d’aventure en Corse. Si vous aimez le vélo et voulez vivre une expérience hors des sentiers battus dont vous vous rappellerez toute votre vie : foncez ! Gravel Up est fait pour vous !!

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Arnaud chiaramonti - corse 2023

On a whim, I put my trust in Gravel Up because I had a pressing need for fresh air and a change of scenery. I ended up on the Adventurer Corse by chance. The organization is meticulous, and the communication is spot-on. When the Gravel Up team takes charge of you, you just sit back and enjoy. The Gravel tracks, the accommodation, the attentiveness, the advice, the supervision, the surprises at the end of the day, the whole experience is planned so that you just enjoy your stay without any inconvenience. I'm looking forward to the next destination. Thank you so much!

Julian S. ★★★★★

Julian S.

An exciting stay with the discovery of varied and intense sporting routes through magnificent landscapes. Quality and friendly staff who were able to help us discover the local cuisine at the same time.

Jacques P.

Jacques P.

Very well organized trip to Corsica. A great island for gravel cycling. Gravel Up guiding was very professional and the route planning adapted to our group. Gravel bikes were very good (both muscle and e-bikes). Breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners were tasty and plenty. Accomodation (the base camp) is very special! All in all a 5* trip.

Timo M.

Timo M.

Excellent trip to Corsica! I highly recommend eGravel Origine for men too: equalizes fitness differences - without compromising cycling.

Jaakko P.

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It was a unique gravel cycle experience in Corsica. Without GravelUp, I would never have traveled to such a beautiful island. The accommodation and itineraries were robist in the right sense. Strong recommendation😎

Terho K.

Capture d’écran 2023-08-17 à 09.52.52

Gravel in Corsica. The Isle of Beauty is known for its rugged coastline, heavenly sandy beaches, gourmet culinary heritage and traditions, not to mention its generous nature and mountains. An inspiring cocktail for the GravelUp and 3T teams, who invite you to explore the most beautiful corners of Corsica on the 3T Exploro gravel bike: 5 days of pedaling and a change of scenery guaranteed...

Article written by Kevin Laporte

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Gravel Up, our expeditions to discover Corsica in gravel.

Our team have come up with three expeditions to keep everybody happy, from regular social cyclists to bikepacking fanatics.

Between 3 and 5 days riding crisscrossing Corsica on a gravel bike with a group of like minded riders will allow you find landscapes and views that will take your breath away. GravelUp takes care of everything during the trip, from carefully chosen accommodation to local meals and snacks ideal for a days riding.

It’s not just this care that makes our expeditions unique, its the local knowledge of our guides and the chance to visit local people and places that make for genuine and beautiful picnic spots and overnight stays. All that’s left for you to do is choose which of our trips to start with and get your gravel bike ready for an unforgettable adventure.

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