Corsica - Mountains to the Med
A week of hiking In Corsica on a breathtaking section of an inspirational coast-to-coast trail
- Explore the mountains, coast and culture of stunningly beautiful Corsica
- Your luggage is transferred daily – you trek in sensational landscapes carrying only a day sack
- Handpicked 2* and 3* hotels throughout
Self-guided Point-to-Point from historic Corte to coastal Porto & Calvi
This point-to-point gem is a 7-night self-guided exploration of the mountains, coast and culture of Corsica. Take a scenic train ride to secluded Corte at the island’s heart where you will have a day to explore. Travel back in time as you hike along old mule tracks and ancient shepherds’ paths, criss-crossing rivers via medieval Genoese arched bridges and ultimately traversing the mountainous divide through a natural theatre of ever-changing drama before descending to Porto on the Mediterranean coast. Rest on the beach on your final day in charming Calvi or use the time to explore the surrounding area on foot.
After your first night in the historic mountain centre of Corte, your route starts in the isolated Scale de Santa Regina valley. Over the next week the trail will expose you to numerous awe-inspiring landscapes, from wild alpine splendour to expansive coastal panoramas. You will pass through chestnut groves and pristine native pine forests, stopping to swim in crystal clear mountain rivers and eventually in the Mediterranean Sea.
Start any Sunday between May and October. Your luggage will be moved for you each day between comfortable 2 and 3* hotels where you can enjoy traditional cuisine and Corsican wine. With our comprehensive route notes and area map, you will cover a rich variety of terrain.
Corsica – From the Mountains to the Med
This 7 night point-to-point route is available from May to September. We especially recommend May, early June and September being periods when the walks are generally quieter and the glorious weather is a bit cooler making the walking more comfortable than in the height of summer. The earlier you book, the easier it is for us to guarantee your accommodation and confirm your arrangements. For a day by day itinerary, please download the factsheet using the link below
Terrain Notes: Much of the walking in Corsica can be rough underfoot, requiring surefootedness but is not in itself technical. Previous hillwalking experience is useful, but not essential. The route generally follows clear footpaths and forest tracks with some short sections on road. The route is usually waymarked, but attention to your surroundings and the map may at times be necessary. Any exposure is mild and only very short (max. 5m) sections, usually avoidable by not taking a route extension. Ascents and descents tend to be well-graded and of reasonable length. The exception is the zig-zagging descent into the Spelunca Gorge on Day 4, which, although long, follows an ancient mule track and is not too steep.
If you are in any doubt whether this holiday is suitable for you, please call the office on 01799 513331 or email email@example.com and we will be happy to discuss the route in more detail with you.
This holiday is designed so that guests can arrive into both Bastia and Calvi airports.
Arguably the best served airport to fly into is Bastia – but it does result in a longer transfer back on your deaprture day, and hence the reason for the £100pp supplement. Easyjet, BA and Air Corsica fly here from various airports in the UK. From Bastia Airport, the closest train station is at Casamozza, just a short taxi ride away (budget €25 for 2-4 people) from where you can board a train to Corte (approx €10pp and 1 ½ hours). Alternatively, we can organise you a private taxi (for 2-4 people) to transfer you directly from Bastia Airport to your first hotel in Corte (£85 pp supplement based on 2 sharing). At the end of your holiday, a private transfer from Calvi to Bastia Airport (approx 2 hrs) can be booked at a £100pp supplement. For guests whose flight times mean they can make use of public transport to get back to Bastia airport, the £100 pp supplement will not be applied.
- Factsheet – Self Guided Point to Point on the Corsican Coast to Coast – Moderate/Hard
Calvi airport is served by Air Corsica (from London Stansted) and charter flights organised by Corsican Places (from London Stansted and Manchester). From Calvi Airport, the main train station is just a short taxi ride away (budget €35 for 2-4 people) from where you can board a train to Corte (approx €15pp and 3 hours). Alternatively, we can organise you a private taxi (for 2-4 people) to transfer you directly from Calvi Airport to your first hotel in Corte (£85pp supplement based on 2 sharing). At the end of your holiday, a short taxi transfer (included) will take you from your hotel in Calvi back to Calvi Airport (approx. 15 mins).
“Open Jaw” Flights with Corsican Places
For those interested, Corsican Places can organise ‘open jaw’ flights on Sundays from London Stansted into Bastia but returning from Calvi by combining flights. This would save you the additional 2 hour transfer from Calvi back to Bastia at the end of your holiday (together with the £100 pp supplement). To check availability and indicative pricing visit the Corsican Places flight only search engine here and then contact Corsican Places directly for more details and to book, mentioning that you found their flights through Collett’s Mountain Holidays.
Further information & prices
Available from May to September
The best months to visit are May, early June & September
Low Season – May, June & September – £950 pp
High Season – July & August – £995 pp
Transfer Supplement for Bastia Arrivals (if required) – £100 pp
You may start this itinerary any day (although Sunday coincides with most flights).
Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Please note that all bookings are subject to availability in the hotels.
Please do not make any travel arrangements until we have confirmed your accommodation dates.
The minimum party size is two (for reasons of safety no single travelers are permitted)
- 7 nights B&B accommodation in handpicked 2 & 3* hotels
- 5 three course evening meals (on nights 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
- Luggage transfers each day from hotel to hotel
- Detailed route cards (including IGN maps and route descriptions)
- 24/7 Telephone support throughout your holiday
- Taxi transfer to Calvi airport at the end of your holiday (Bastia also available at a supplement)
What’s Not Included
- Flights & Travel Insurance
- Transport from Calvi Airport or Bastia Airport to Corte on your arrival day (See Travel Section below for your options)
- Dinners (on the two non-inclusive nights)
- Packed Lunches (available daily, pay locally)
- Drinks and all "extras"
At Your Own Risk
Your self-guided "From the Mountains to the Med" holiday will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst the route notes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and this itinerary relies on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.
Our self-guided "From the Mountains to the Med" has been organised so that you might enjoy a route and associated accommodation you may not otherwise have discovered having organized the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.
It is a fact that mountain and coastal walking can and is associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Limited trading as Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in the outdoors and your involvement in mountain and coastal walking, which can occasionally have tragic consequences. It is important that you understand that this itinerary is essentially based on the recognised Mare a Mare (Northern Route).
The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently. It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.
Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions included in any material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.
In pictures – Point to Point in Corsica - Mountains to the Med with Collett's
Guest Reviews - Point to Point with Collett's
Staff were super helpful and responsive to all our questions before the trip. The quality of that initial service was definitely why we chose to go with your company. Pete was fantastic!
Love that you recycle and compost; appreciated the non-dairy milk at breakfast!
The maps for the self-guided 7-day trek were excellent. Great route, sup(...)
This was an excellent trip and coming back to work has been really tough this week however we do have several hundred pictures to edit and look back on! Everything went really smoothly your maps were clear and the Rifugios excellent although as a non meat eater I may well have consumed my body weight in cheese in various forms! Thanks for all (...)
We appreciated your assistance and support at Venice airport when the non-arrival of baggage needed to be reported. This delayed our transfer departure for over an hour.
We had previously stayed with Collett's in the Yorkshire Dales and enjoyed our experience. The range of walks and activities offered for the Dolomites was excellent.
The package and itinerary for a hut to hut walk. Suited the short amount of time we were able to stay. Great to self guide but to have all the bookings and transfers taken care of.
My husband and I recently did the Northern Dolomites hut to hut self guided trip. We had no issues for any logistics during our vacation. The staff at Collett's was super responsive and well organized. We provided feedback on some “finer points” that we felt could be improved but they are minor and only icing on the cake...we would definitel(...)
We did the Grand Tour of the Alta Badia. All the organisation from Collett's was perfect - From the initial conversation a few months ago, to the info pack sent out a couple of weeks before the trip, to the actual bookings and rifugios themselves. It couldn't have gone more smoothly. The dolomites are such a special area. You sure do work for (...)
From the moment I reached out about planning a trip, to the last round of farewell beers at Valentin House in Badia, Collett's friendly, knowledgeable and efficient team delivered an amazing experience. Office staff was always quick to get back to us--whether my question was about potential dates, upcoming weather, appropriate footwear or cell(...)
We had a wonderful hut to hut hike in the Dolomites thanks to Collett's. They were always quick to respond to any questions/concerns as we made our plans... and I asked a lot of questions! At the first chalet in Badia we had time with staff to answer any questions about the daily hikes they had mapped out for us... then they served us a lovely(...)
We completed a 6 day tour of the Alta Badia and the route was spectacular every day. After speaking with other hikers in the huts I was so glad that Colletts had made our arrangements,others had difficulty booking for themselves.
Certainly worth paying the extra for private rooms as opposed to dorms.
Overall we had an excellent experience, (...)
We enjoyed our Hut to Hut self guided 7 nights Central Dolomites and Sella Grand Tour in August 2018. From the time we arrived at Corvara we had excellent service and all the young staff were friendly and very helpful. Beth was extremely helpful with guiding us through our walk. Even during our walk we called Beth and she was very helpful a(...)
Thank you for helping organising an epic hut to hut adventure in the Dolomites. The maps and information were detailed and the staff were amazing. Great food and drink at the chalet too!
Great few days on hut to hut in Erhwald. Hotel Alpin was a lovely stop at either end of the walk. Hostess very friendly and welcoming.
We really enjoyed the huts- two very different in character. Wolfrathausen friendly, quiet and great food. Coburger bustling, good hearty food, fantastic setting and we really appreciated having our own ro(...)
We had a lovely holiday and were very impressed by Collett's. Thank you very much and we thought the staff at Chalet Angelo were great, plus all the Rifugio bookings and taxi bookings you did for us were really efficient and lovely.
Had been to Pyrenees with you a few years ago. Chose Collett's then because we knew Spanish mapping wasn't great so wanted to walk with people with local knowledge. Dolomites highly recommended by other guests in Pyrenees and we had never been there. Hut to hut was attractive option.
We had a great holiday and may well return to do a differ(...)
We have been to Corvara in 2015 and 2016 with you.
We also did a bespoke hut to hut which your team organised and explained to us very well.
What stands out about Collett's is the quality of the host team in Corvara, who were great (again). They were unfailingly helpful, interested, friendly and great company. Our thanks to them, again.
Extremely welcoming and friendly staff. We did a self guided 4 day hiking in Alta Badia and your route choice was outstanding! Your website was easy to follow and the photos were excellent. When I inquired about a self guided trip the response was prompt, clear and helpful. Your pricing is also reasonable.
The routes were superb, the staff was very helpful and welcoming, the scenery magnificent, the hotels excellent, the food great, and the directions very precise. There were only a couple of times in our five days that we had any doubt about the route to follow. We were absolutely delighted with the trip.
I would say that this was the trip of a lifetime, except that we plan to return. We hiked "hut to hut", or more accurately chalet to chalet. The routes were well planned, the scenery was incredible, the accommodations were great, the food was wonderful, the directions were meticulous, and I am running out of superlatives. We did the five-da(...)
Friend recommended & you seem to provide a competitive comprehensive service which suited our needs. We did 6 day high route hut to hut so spent night in angelo arrival & verena at end. very impressed with all staff & facilities.
I have previously done hut to hut trekking in the Dolomites and my wife has always been keen to do this. I looked at trying organise this myself but after looking at Collett's and they did everything but the walking it was an obvious choice.
First time we have travelled with Collett's and it won't be our last. Organisation was excellent fro(...)
My holiday was a Hut-to-Hut Walk in the Dolomites, to which I added some Via Ferratas. Having booked all my accommodation for the eight days, the pack of information you sent me was very comprehensive. Consequently, everything went like clockwork.
I wanted to amend my Hut-to-Hut itinerary slightly, to spend 2 days on Via Ferratas, and you w(...)
Many thanks for an excellent hut to hut holiday. The trip notes provided were thorough and it all went without a hitch but best of all are your chalet staff who were all extremely helpful and a credit to Collett's.
The trip itself was demanding but well worth it with some of the best scenery that I have ever seen.
No doubt I will holiday(...)
We had an excellent week of walking, despite unexpected snow in August! The route was well thought out and at a good level for our children (the youngest being nine). The scenery was stunning, the accommodation and food along the way were great. A fantastic week and one that we'd love to do again.
Collett's were one of the few that organizes short (3-4 days) self guided hikes in the Italian Dolomites (as far as we could find on the internet).
Value for money?: Yes, the planning of the routes, booking the rifugios and the information we got on arrival were well worth it.
I thought the three staff members I met in the reorder and during my hut to hut tour were absolutely first class, friendly helpful and I enjoyed meeting them as they happened to be doing some visiting of the rifugi. They were Beth, max and Alison.
They are also really loyal to Collett's and spoke so warmly of the company.
The so-called huts are 3* chalets with great food and each day begin with a chair lift to get right up close and personal with alpine fields of wild flowers and amazing rocks formations. This part of northern Italy was part of Austria before WWl which explains the Italian Tyrol which still looks, feels and sounds more like Austria. La Marmola(...)
Chris was very knowledgeable & thorough with the self guided routes &maps plus additional info such as bus times. He put all my concerns to rest.
The hut to Hut routes & plans were excellent. The hut to Hut tour was right in the area I wanted to explore & it was the perfect level for my first solo trek. Good support, but plenty of independ(...)
The professional image of the website determined our decision to go with Collett's for our holiday.
It would have been nice to receive the hard copy of the itinerary, guest handbook, maps and route prior to our departure for us to vet. We live in Australia, and were told on the 15th June that these would be posted to us, however, we had al(...)
We were a grownup family of 6, each person thought the hut to hut holiday was one of the best they had enjoyed. The "huts" were very welcoming and standards were high for that type of accommodation . Thank you.
The reception hosts at the Haus Valentin where outstanding friendly and informative with attention to detail, I was impressed that even though I was a late arrival and missed any talks, the Hut to Hut people made a clear point of seeking me out to chat about my routes starting the next morning.
When I return I would with out doubt look at s(...)
We were a grownup family of 6, each person thought the holiday was one of the best they had enjoyed. The "huts" were very welcoming and standards were high for that type of accommodation . Thank you.
Chalet was great.
We walked largely from hut to hut where the food was very good. The first night was in the Hotel Panorama where the food was excellent.
We spent in total 3 off 11 nights in the Chalet Angelo. We were a self guided group using an outline of a route supplied by Colletes. This worked very well. The routes were excellent and ju(...)
We were recommended you by friends who stayed with you last year. We chose Collett's because it offered assistance in booking the hut to hut walk and we liked the idea of getting help with planning our own itineraries for day walks. We also very much enjoyed the organized walks. Kelly was extremely helpful and friendly in going over our hut to(...)
We did the hut-to-hut tour and all the hotels and one hut we stayed in were excellent apart from the hotel in Ortisei which felt a little tired. Really well organised holiday and all the staff were really helpful. The hotel Panorama in Corvara was excellent.
2 years ago I was searching for a Dolomites wildflower guide and stumbled across you online. We had a few days open before a hut-to-hut hike starting from Bolzano, and I'd always wanted to try Via Ferrata. After those days in the Dolomites, my husband promised me we could return. So we did this year - and will again, I hope. And what price cou(...)