Corsica and Sardinia

Hiking the Exquisite Island Worlds of France and Italy

Trip Level

This trip is Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous. We have nine hiking days, varying from 2-5 hours of hiking a day, on moderate to steep trails, all at moderate to low altitudes. Although you carry only a daypack on the hikes, there are a few steep ascents and descents. There are also some sections that traverse rough or rocky terrain and involve scrambling over and around large boulders and through granite rock formations (less challenging hikes are often available). You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.

The shape you’re in will be an important factor in your enjoyment of the trip. You must be fit and ready to walk. We strongly urge you to train for the trip with regular hiking, especially over hills or rough terrain, running, swimming, bicycling, or other sports exercise. Your feet should be fully prepared, accustomed to long days in sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots.

A Typical Day
After continental breakfast in our hotel, we’re generally off on the day’s walk by 9 am. On many days, we drive to a starting point for our walk, and get picked up at the end of the walk and driven to our night’s lodging. Some days we will combine a morning of sightseeing in a town with a hike in the afternoon. We will generally enjoy a packed lunch along the way during our hikes, and occasionally we'll have a longer picnic lunch with local specialties. Tap water throughout Corsica and Sardinia is safe to drink, but avoid drinking from streams in the hills. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

We spend most nights in small, picturesque inns full of charm and ambience. All hotels are chosen for their local history and central location. Since they are often in historic buildings the rooms may not conform to uniform standards. We hope you will be able to enjoy them for their charm and local color. Single rooms can be requested, but are not always available, due to the limited space in some of our hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible. European single rooms are often smaller than US singles.


The weather in Corsica and Sardinia is usually very pleasant, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s during the day, and in the 50s and 60s at night. Cooling breezes and showers can occur at any time, especially on fall departures.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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