- 13 Days
- From £1,399
- Spend a night on the Côte d’Azur before catching a ferry to Corsica
- Enjoy a stay in Bastia, Corsica’s bustling port city
- Spend time on the north-west coast in Calvi
- Explore Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
- Upgrade hotels and rail journeys
- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 11 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Day ferry from Nice to Bastia and a twin cabin on the overnight ferry from Ajaccio to Marseille
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets and hotel vouchers
- All credit card surcharges and delivery of your travel documents
This morning, take a Eurostar service to Paris, then make an easy change onto a French TGV train from the Gare de Lyon. There is a buffet car on the TGV service, but you’ll also have time to collect supplies in Paris for lunch, or perhaps enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants in and around the station.
On arrival in Nice this evening, check in for an overnight stay at the Excelsior Hotel (or similar), located right outside the station. Please note, ferries to Corsica also travel from Toulon and Marseille and none of the services run every day, so your first night stop may be subject to change.
Spend a free morning on the French Riviera. Perhaps take a stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais or enjoy a visit to the Cours Saleya where there is a weekly flower and food market.
After an early lunch, make your way to the port and board a ferry bound for Corsica. This journey takes 5.5 hours, arriving in the evening. However, other services are overnight night or leave early in the morning. We will let you know the options for the dates you would like to travel. On arrival in Bastia, make your way to the Hotel Port Toga (or similar) for a 3-night stay.
Bastia is France’s second busiest port after Calais and offers a lovely introduction to Corsica. There are two distinct areas in the historic heart of the city, Terra Nova, the walled citadel and Terra Vecchia, the pretty harbour area below. Contrary to what their names suggest, Terra Nova is the oldest part of town, founded in the 15th century. Here you will find the 15th century Palais des Gouveneurs, now housing the city museum.
Back down in the Vieux Port, there are plenty of options for coffee or a meal with a view over the yachts in the harbour.
It’s a 3-hour journey from Bastia to Calvi by local train (payable locally). On arrival, check in for 3 nights at the Hotel Mariana (or similar).
On the north-western coast of Corsica, Calvi boasts some stunning beaches and a medieval citadel with narrow cobbled streets which overlooks the marina. On a clear day, you can get spectacular panoramic views from the hilltop chapel of Notre-Dame de la Serra, or the city ramparts. Also worth a visit is the 13th century St-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral. Restaurants line the Quai Landry, where you can pick your favourite yacht whilst enjoying local cuisine and wines.
Corsica’s train lines are arranged in a ‘Y’ shape, with Calvi at the end of the western spur. So you’ll need to change trains today in Ponte Leccia at the meeting of the lines to continue your journey south to Ajaccio. On arrival, check in at the Hotel Fesch (or similar).
Enjoy two full days at leisure in Ajaccio on Corsica’s rugged west coast, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte’s ancestral home is now a museum where you can learn more about the family’s history. Elsewhere, the 16th-century Notre-Dame Cathedral, where Napoléon was baptized, is well worth a visit and contains paintings by Delacroix and Tintoretto.
Spend another day exploring Ajaccio before collecting your bags from your hotel and making your way to the port for an overnight ferry service to Marseille. You’ll have a private en suite cabin and can enjoy dinner onboard.
Please note that ferry timings and destinations may vary, due to the irregular nature of the ferries to and from Corsica. Your route of travel will depend on the dates you would like to travel.
Leave Marseille after breakfast this morning and catch a direct high-speed TGV pack to Paris. Cross over to the Gare du Nord and board the Eurostar service for London, Ebbsfleet or Ashford.
If you would like to extend your stay in Marseille or break the journey home with a night in Lyon or Paris, please let us know and we can create a tailor made itinerary for you.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Within easy reach of Nice station, the Excelsior Hotel is perfect for an overnight stay in the city. Bedrooms are decorated in a style evocative of the French Riviera, with complimentary Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. The hotel also boasts a 24-hour reception, an internal garden with summer bar and a reception area with a large selection of travel books to inspire future holidays.
The Port Toga Hotel is situated between the centre of Bastia and Port de Toga marina. Both are a short walk away. Bedrooms and suites are all non-smoking and feature flat-screen TVs, tea & coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms. Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the hotel, which also offers a bar and 24-hour reception.
Just a short walk from the centre of Calvi and the town’s inviting beaches, Hotel Le Mariana offers comfortable accommodation in a lovely setting. All bedrooms have their own balcony and en suite facilities. A daily buffet breakfast is served in the breakfast room or can be served to your room. There is also an outdoor pool with a terrace and views over the sea and mountains.
The historic Hotel Fesch is located in the heart of Ajaccio, close to the central Place Marechal Foch, the ferry port and the beach. Bedrooms are air-conditioned with flat-screen satellite TV, mini-bars and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Guests can enjoy a generous buffet breakfast every morning, either in the dining room, on the outdoor terrace, or in the guest rooms.
The Escale Oceania Marseilleis a boutique hotel conveniently situated on the famous Canebière, with easy access to the main train station and old port area. The hotel offers air-conditioned bedrooms, all with with free Wi-Fi access, air-conditioning and soundproofing. Upgraded rooms also have a kettle. Other facilities include a breakfast room, vending machines for drinks and a dry-cleaning service.