Paris to Corsica One-Week Itinerary
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Our Paris to Corsica one-week itinerary begins with your flight touching down at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris and takes care of every detail seamlessly as you proceed to discover the best of the Mediterranean Island of Corsica with your private guide.
What is included:
Day 1: Arrival in Paris
On arrival in Paris, your private chauffeur will be waiting for you ready to assist with your luggage and direct you to the VIP parking. Relax in the comfort of a luxury air-conditioned saloon whilst your chauffeur navigates through the bustling city streets of Paris to your hotel.
In the evening your chauffeur will be waiting to take you to your restaurant where he will be waiting for you following your meal to take you back to your hotel or maybe to find a nearby Jazz Bar or cigar lounge.
The evening ends when your chauffeur drops you outside your hotel.
Day 2: Louvre & Musee de L'Orangerie Private Tours
Your tour starts today with a visit to the Louvre, home to some of the World’s most precious artworks, famous for the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. This stunning building is also home to over 35,000 works of art.
Not only is the Louvre the most visited museum in the world it is also the biggest museum with galleries spreading over 15 acres! In fact, if you were to spend 30 seconds looking at each piece of art housed in the museum it would take over 100 days and so your guide will work with you to ensure you see all the artwork on your bucket list.
Next visit the Orangerie museum, home of Monet’s incredible Water Lilies, which is a permanent exhibition as well as art from Cezanne, Modigliani, and Picasso to name a few of the famous artists displayed at this museum. The museum is located in the Tuileries garden close to the Louvre where you can enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Seine after your private tour
Day 3: Transfer to Ajaccio, Corsica
Your private chauffeur will collect you and your luggage and take you to your departure airport for your flight to Ajaccio.
It’s only a short 90-minute flight to Ajaccio, the capital of South Corsica but what a contrast to the chaotic streets of Paris. The island of Corsica is also known as the Island of Beauty – and no surprise why. Corsica boasts dramatic craggy coastlines, sparkling turquoise waters, and charming stone villages nestled amongst the mountains.
The Ancient Greeks also had a name for Corsica – Kalliste which means ” the most beautiful” Corsica remains one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets.
There is over 1000Km of coastline making Corsica the 4th largest island in the Mediterranean (after Sicily, Sardinia, and Cyprus) This beautiful Mediterranean island however hides a violent history and the island has been part of both Italy and Spain, and now France.
The most famous inhabitant of Corsica was Napoleon Bonaparte who was born and raised in Ajaccio and throughout every part of this city, you will see the homage to this famous French hero.
Your chauffeur will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall and then assist you with your luggage before taking you to your hotel.
Afternoon: Napoleon’s Corsica
In the afternoon your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the golden yellow cathedral where Bonaparte was christened. This cathedral had a special place in Napoleon’s heart and on his deathbed said:
“If they forbid my corpse, as they have forbidden my body, deny me a small piece of land in which to be buried, I wish to be buried with my ancestors in Ajaccio cathedral in Corsica”
These words are now engraved onto a red marble plaque at the entrance to the cathedral.
The cathedral is an imposing building with 7 chapels and a large domed tower built in the Mannerist style, typical of Italian architecture at the time.
Our next stop is to visit the house that was the original Bonaparte family home. The house is now a museum containing family portraits, original antique furniture, tapestries, and fine art that were part of the family’s everyday life.
End the afternoon in one of the delightful shaded squares in the old town with an apero.
Day 4: Ajaccio - Bay of Ajaccio
This morning we head to the port for your private luxury boat tour. Discover hidden bays and creeks in around the Bay of Ajaccio, famed for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters.
For those seeking a more energetic approach, try paddle boarding or snorkeling, or simply relax in the beautiful Corsican sunshine.
In the afternoon we head out of Ajaccio to one of the award-winning wine estates in the area. When people think of French wine, it is probably Chablis or Bordeaux – but over the last 20 years, Corsica is developing a reputation as a great wine producer.
Our tour starts with a lesson in understanding the different varieties of grapes that flourish in the strong Mediterranean sun and how the vines are managed every year. We follow the wine-making process and visit temperature-controlled cellars filled with vast vats of fermenting grapes.
Your private tour ends with tastings and a lesson on pairing wine with delicious Corsican charcuterie and freshly baked bread. Many of the winemakers in Corsica also produce olive oil and time permitting your host will also include a tour of the olive oil production facility and presses, plus of course the obligatory tastings!
In the evening have a fine dining experience in one of the hilltop restaurants overlooking the bay.
Day 5: Ajaccio to Sartene & Filitosa
Arguably the prettiest city in Corsica, Sartene is slightly off the beaten track but definitely worth a visit. Sartene was described by the French novelist Prosper Mérimée as: “the most Corsican of Corsican towns.”
Sartene is situated on a granite outcrop 200-meters above the sea and has spectacular views out to the Mediterranean and southern hills. The city is built on several levels, the oldest part of the city is a complex series of narrow allies, arches, tall half-timbered houses, and arcades which is where we start our private tour.
We visit the ancient original watchtower built in the 12th Century which has incredible views out to the city below. The imposing granite Santa Maria church is our next stop with its exquisite marble polychrome altar and three-story belfry and domed tower it dominates the Place de Liberation.
Stop in one of the typical Corsican bistros and have local delicacies such as aziminu (the Corsican version of Bouillabaisse) or civet de sanglier (wild boar stew) followed by some local Brocciu which is a soft cheese usually made from cow’s milk.
In the afternoon we head to Filitosa, a nearby prehistoric site only discovered in 1946 and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Filitosa dates back over 7000 years and the carvings and art date back 3000 years and is considered to be the best example of Megalithic art in the Mediterranean. The most significant finds on the site are the 16 granite Menhirs, which were originally created in 4000 BC and then literally given a makeover in 1200 BC when human faces were carved into the stones and weapons carved into the facades, transforming them into warriors and hunters. Visit the onsite museum and see artifacts from the Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Bronze Ages that depict the development of civilization.
Day 6: Ajaccio - Paris
Today we visited the main market in Ajaccio – le Marche d’Ajaccio is in the heart of the city and the place where locals go to meet for coffee and shop for their evening meal. This outdoor market is home to the best of local produce with a vast range available – Corsican charcuterie and local cheeses, organic honey, and canistrelli, – just a few of the delicious items available here.
In the afternoon your chauffeur will take you to the airport for your short flight to Paris.
Once back in Paris depending on your timings, your chauffeur can take you for a drive to take in the sights of Paris without leaving the comfort of your luxurious vehicle.
Drive down the Champs d’Elysee, take in the Arc de Triomphe and Tour Eiffel as well as a drive over the Pont Alexandre III, often called the ‘most beautiful bridge in the world ‘ Maybe have a quick stop at Laduree, home of the macaron which makes perfect gifts for friends and family back home
In the evening enjoy an elegant private dinner cruise on the Seine.
Day 7: Airport Transfer
This morning your chauffeur will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby ready to collect you and your luggage. Sit back and relax on the way to your next travel adventure.
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Having developed into a Francophile on a trip to the French Alps many years ago while still in school, I moved to France after a career traveling the world led to me meeting my (now) French Husband in Johannesburg. I created Luxury France Tours as a way of sharing my love of France & igniting this passion in others.