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Secret Corsica (donkey trekking & family holiday)

6 days / 5 nights
Corsica - Independent walking - Horse-riding
Without guide - Families

price from
~610 £ [689 €]

A fantastic itinerary awaits you! Discover Corsica’s heritage, culture, local cuisine and forgotten mule trails. A wonderful experience set in a beautiful setting.

Suitable for children above 2.

Your day by day program

Welcome to the historical capital of Corsica

Depending on your arrival time in Corte, you will enjoy the atmosphere of the lively university town with its many bars and restaurants. A museum explaining the history of Corsica is accessible within the citadel's walls.
Night in hotel.

The Niolu and your donkeys

After a short morning transfer , you will be taught how to handle your donkey for the holiday. This first stage on the Mare to Mare hiking itinerary will let you time to get used to your new friend . You will reach old genoese bridges where you can have a swim in cristal blue waters. Then, in the evening, you will meet the donkey's owner once again in case you have more question or need more tips about your donkey.
Night in a hotel in Calacuccia.

The heart of Corsica

This is the begining of your adventure! You leave Calacuccia and its lake behind you to reach a sheepfold overlooking the valley. You can get there some local cheese and carry on down in the Tavignano gorge. Your goal of the day is probably the most beautiful refugio in Corsica, nestled next to the Tavignano river where trouts can be seen in the many natural pools. The waterfall a few metres above the refugios is of stunning beauty and you can swim in the large pool where it falls.
Dinner in the refugio and night under a tent.

Alzu plateau and shepherds

Today, you will cross the river to reach a beautiful pine forest climbing up to the Plateau d'Alzu. A stop on the way is the occasion to meet shepherds and get some extra cheese for your picnic before enjoying the views of the plateau and its many wandering horses and goats. On the other side of the plateau, you will overlook the beautiful Restonica Gorge.
Dinner in the refugio and night under tent.

Swimming in the Tavignanu

Today, you will take another portion of the Mare to Mare walking path. You will walk to a beautiful area of the river that is a real heaven for jumping and swimming within rocks shaped by the running waters of the Tavignano. A perfect spot for a picnic! Once you will have had enough of swimming and sunbathing on the warm rocks, you will head back to your base for the last night there.
Dinner in the refugio and night under tent.

Back to civilization

You will today head back to Calacuccia leaving that little heaven of yours where cars do not have any access. Soon in view of the Calacuccia lake, you will have to leave your donkey to his owner. An often sad time for the children...
Private transfer back to Corte. End of the trip in Corte in the afternoon.

Departure board

Every day from the beginning of May to the end of October.

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Corte
  • Corte
  • 3 nights under tents (with proper mattresses) in a beautiful setting by the river and its waterfall. 2 nights in comfortable hotels.
Number of people
  • From 2
Level of difficulty
  • Walk: from 3 to 4h30 a day. Minimum age requirement: 2 years old at the time of the trip.
  • The donkeys carry your bags. Maximum weight per donkey: 40kg.
  • Discount for children between 2 and 4 years old : -50€
  • Supplement for an extra donkey (compulsory from 5 participants) : 350€
  • Upgrade to 3 nights in small chalets instead of under tents (per person) : 90€
  • Accommodation.
  • 3 dinners, 5 breakfasts, 3 picnics, one donkey for four persons, 2 nights in hotels, 3 nights under tents (with proper mattresses), road-book and maps, bags to carry your things on the donkey.
Not included
  • Transfers to the meeting point and from the ending point, personal travel insurance, personal expenses.


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