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France

Corsica Retreat

19th - 24th August 2018

Retreat into the wilderness of an island jewel.

The rugged and mountainous island of Corsica has thousands of kilometres of palm-fringed coastline and an almost unlimited choice of winding roads leading from the sparkling sea to 1,500m and back down again. It’s the perfect cycling getaway: based at two luxurious hotels in Corte and Porto Vecchio, we invite you to discover the rebellious, independent spirit of this island, its delicious cuisine and the challenging riding that is as good as anywhere in the world.

Single occupancy — CAD$6,650 per person
Double occupancy — CAD$5,500 per person

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Who is it for?

Rapha Travel pioneered the idea of the cycling Retreat, a luxurious break where the emphasis is as much on unwinding and enjoying stunning surroundings as it is on challenging yourself on the bike. With exclusive accommodation in which to stretch out, and the best regional specialities, local wines and culture, the Retreats set a standard that other trip providers cannot match. Rapha Retreats are always based in one stunning location, for the ultimate in stress relief, and you can tailor-make the riding itinerary to suit you. Choose 150km over the high mountains, or a gentle coffee spin before an afternoon of relaxation; guided or solo, it’s up to you. Non-riding partners are welcomed along to share the experience with you.

How Hard is it?

Retreats suit all types of riders, except for those who want packed days and relentless riding. Although you will have the chance to do big days in the saddle and test yourself on amazing roads, your time can be as demanding or as gentle as you like: wine tastings, market trips, swimming and massages are examples of indulgences that are positively encouraged. You’ll return home fitter and happier, and recharged in mind and body.

*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.

All Retreats include

  • Airport transfers
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Double occupancy as standard

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire* and travel insurance are not included
*Bike hire only available for EU trips

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day, Day 0 Corte 35 KM 1000 M
Day 1 Corte 70 KM 2000 M
Day 2 Corte 60 KM 2000 M
Day 3 Porto Vecchio 160 KM 3000 M
Day 4 Bonifacio 36 KM 300 M
Day 5 Porto Vecchio 31 KM 500 M

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Arrival Day, Day 0

Corte

After a morning arrival into Bastia, you’ll be met by a member of your Rapha Travel team. This will allow for a short but punchy ride, taking in the unspoilt wilderness of this central region including a stretch through the beautiful hilltop commune of Santa-Lucia-di-Mercurio. A perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and meet your fellow riders.

Distance

35 KM

Climbing

1000 M

Day 1

Corte

Start the day by surveying the interior of the island on Corsica’s charming narrow-gauge railway before collecting your bikes in the small town of Palasca in the north. Enjoy a local coffee stop and then retrace your journey south via the Col de Battaglia and Col d’Ominanda to return to your hotel.

Distance

70 KM

Climbing

2000 M

Day 2

Corte

A scenic loop exploring the east side of the island from Corte, taking in river valley descents and climbing through many of the picturesque hillside villages along the way.

Distance

60 KM

Climbing

2000 M

Day 3

Porto Vecchio

The Queen stage of our retreat will direct you along the spine of the island and over the majestic trio of Col de Sorba, Col de Verde and Col de Vaccia. You will then take in the sweeping descent past Lac de l’Ospedale and down into Porto-Vecchio to be greeted by stunning sea views.

Distance

160 KM

Climbing

3000 M

Day 4

Bonifacio

Time for a change of pace. To truly experience the Mediterranean ambience around the town of Bonifacio you must journey to it by boat. Explore its labyrinth of narrow streets and historical buildings enclosed in the citadel before deciding whether to opt for a gentle spin back to the hotel.

Distance

36 KM

Climbing

300 M

Day 5

Porto Vecchio

A leisurely, undulating ride will finish off the week before an airport transfer will take you to your afternoon flight out of Figari South.

Distance

31 KM

Climbing

500 M

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Customer Testimonials

It can’t have been easy to make a week away abroad so seamless with a diverse group of riders, but you made it so. The rides each day, the bike set-ups, the coffee stops, the lunches, the trips out to the Monastery and Siena were all delivered with accuracy and style. But I never felt I was on a conveyer belt, having to hit a tight schedule.

— Rider - Retreat Tuscany, 2016

Lots and lots of fun riding and inspirational discussions and dinners.

— Retreat Provence, 2015

FAQ

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

Can I bring a non-riding companion?

We welcome non-riding partners on our Retreats, but not on other trips.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)