7 days
Luggage transfer
Tour type

Step into the picturesque island of Corsica and embark on an unforgettable journey along the mesmerizing Mare a Mare North trail. This remarkable walking holiday commences in the historic town of Corte, leading you through a captivating spectrum of Corsican landscapes. From high mountains to fragrant pine forests, you’ll discover the heart of authentic Corsica. Your adventure culminates with a scenic exploration of the UNESCO heritage site Calanches at Piana, where you’ll marvel at the red granite needles overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Porto.

Tour Highlights:

  • Authentic Corsican experience: The Mare a Mare North trail offers an authentic Corsican experience like no other. Starting in Corte, you’ll delve into the island’s history and culture, with the opportunity to explore the atmospheric old town and discover the Tavignano and Restonica gorges. These gorges provide stunning walks along old mule paths, once used by shepherds to access the isolated Niolu region.
  • Mountain majesty: As you journey from Corte to Calacuccia, you’ll experience Corsica’s high mountains, pristine pine forests, and the inviting rock pools of the Spelunca Gorge. The dramatic landscapes of Corsica’s interior will take your breath away, offering a true escape into the heart of the island.
  • UNESCO Heritage Site – Calanches at Piana: The grand finale of your Corsica walking holiday unfolds in the beautiful Gulf of Porto. You’ll be enchanted by the red granite needles of the Calanches at Piana, a UNESCO heritage site known for its dramatic rock formations, sculpted shapes, and rugged coastlines. This unique geological wonder will leave you in awe.

Your journey between comfortable rural 2 and 3-star hotels ensures that you experience Corsica’s beauty with all the necessary comforts. The delicious local cuisine prepared from seasonal produce adds an extra layer of authenticity to your adventure.

This exceptional walking holiday is a celebration of Corsica’s diversity, offering something for every nature enthusiast and culture seeker. As you traverse the these trails, you’ll witness the island’s most remarkable landscapes and immerse yourself in its history. Conclude your adventure with a sense of awe and gratitude for the splendid journey you’ve undertaken. Whether you’re drawn to the Corsican wilderness, the heritage of Piana, or the rich culture of Corte, this is your chance to explore the diverse beauty of this remarkable island.

Included Services

  • Accomodation in 2* hotels or similar including breakfast
  • Dinners in Calaccucia and Evisa
  • Transfer from Corte to Calaccucia and Calaccucia to Col de Vergio
  • Luggage transfers and travel dossier with A4 copies of IGN maps
  • Walking notes
  • GR20 pocket map and access to our guidance application
  • Flight
  • Travel insurance

What to bring

Equipment and clothing to bring for Alpine hikes and runs
We’ve compiled a list of essential items you’ll need to take on your adventure in the Great Outdoors. While each trip has its own minimum requirements, we have split the list into “need-to-have” and “nice-to-haves”.

Need to have:

Lightweight, waterproof shell
Sunscreen with a high factor
Smartphone with a relevant trip app and a WhatsApp and code number for your local representative
Survival blanket
Thin hat, cap, and thin gloves (merino or similar)
Daypack for hiking (tours with luggage transport)
Duffel bag or similar (trips with luggage transport) — DO NOT pack in suitcases.
30 L rucksack on trips up to six days (without luggage transport)
40 L rucksack on trips of more than six days (without luggage transport)
Quick-drying inner layer
Shorts (quick drying)
Technical t-shirt (quick drying)
Fleece sweater for cool evenings
A pair of comfortable jogging bottoms or similar for the cabins
Good mountain shoes — trail running shoes or hiking boots
Light towel
Water bottle (1.5 L)
A pair of thick socks or light slippers (you can often borrow a pair in the cabins)
A few energy bars, fruits or similar snacks for the trip
Sheet liner — can also be purchased on-site (only if you are staying in a dormitory)
Small first aid kit
Comped or similar
Sleeping bag (on selected tours)

Nice to have:

Walking poles
Power bank
Sandals for the cabins
Plastic bags to keep things dry


What is your refund and cancellation policy?

If you cancel your tour 60 days or more before the departure date, you will lose your deposit. If you cancel your tour between 60 and 45 days before the departure date, you will lose 50 per cent of the total tour price. If you cancel your tour within 45 days of the departure date, you will lose the full amount. If you fail to turn up on the first day of your tour, Outdoor Europe may not be able to make arrangements for you to join the rest of the tour, and you will lose the full payment. If, for any reason, Outdoor Europe has to cancel your tour, you will be offered an alternative tour or a full refund.

How do I book my tour?

You can book your tour directly on the Outdoor Europe website. Choose the tour from the dropdown menu, select the date you would like to start, and the number of participants in your group. You can either pay a deposit (60 days or more from the start of your tour) or pay the full amount. Click ‘book’ and follow the instructions. Once we have confirmed your payment, you’ll receive your confirmed tour itinerary within 10 days. There may be seasonal variations in the time it takes us to arrange everything. Please note that programmes on the tour pages are only examples — there may be several differences in the final programme you receive.

How do I pay for my tour?

When booking your tour, you can choose to pay by credit/debit card or direct bank transfer. Direct bank transfers will generally take longer to process, while credit and debit card payments are processed instantly. You are, by default, asked to pay a deposit of 25% of the total cost of the tour. If you choose this option, you will be asked to pay the remaining 75% one month before your tour. Please be sure to follow the payment links you receive in your invoice or reminder email, which we will send you when the second payment is due.

Do I get my own room?

This depends on the individual tour and when you book it. When hiking in the Alps, most people stay in dorms or shared rooms as the availability of single, double and family rooms are limited. We can only guarantee your own room on certain tours such as in the Lys and Ayas Valleys — but only if you book in time. If this is your preference, we will do our best to ensure you get your own room, but please expect to spend some nights in shared accommodation if there is limited availability.

Is baggage transfer included with all your Alpine tours?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this service with all our packages. Often, the huts or hotels we work with are in locations that can only be reached by foot or helicopter. Indeed, when choosing a tour that includes baggage transport, there may be one or two exceptions depending on the route. This will appear clearly on the tour page and in the program you receive when your booking has been confirmed.

How many days do your tours last?

All our tours include the day of arrival and the day of departure. This means that a six-day tour will include five nights of accommodation, a seven-day tour will include six nights, and so on. On the first day, guests are usually expected to arrive in the afternoon. And the program does not include any activities except for a briefing by our representative on the first evening. On the day of departure, guests are free to decide if they want to leave directly after breakfast or go on a shorter tour before their journey home.

What meals are included in your Alpine adventure tours?

Most of our tours will include Half Board (HB) services, which means breakfast, a three-course dinner, and a light-packed lunch. Please check the individual tour page for details, however, as variations occur with certain tours.

What is a self-guided tour?

We specialize in self-guided tours. These tours are designed for travelers who love the independence of hiking, skiing, or running on their own but want to know that everything else is taken care of. In some cases, we are able to offer luggage transport to lighten your load as you enjoy the Great Outdoors.

Do you offer group tours?

Whether you’re already a group of friends, business colleagues or a sports club looking for an active mountain adventure, we can design and organize your Alpine tour for you. We also offer guided group tours for individual participants on fixed dates.

Can you create a tour just for me and my friends?

Yes, absolutely! Outdoor Europe can design the perfect mountain adventure for you and your friends or colleagues. Whether you want to hike, ski, run, cycle or climb, we have the expertise and experience needed to create a bespoke package for any level of experience or physicality. Please contact us if you would like us to create a customized package for your group.

Are your outdoor adventure tours family-friendly?

There are few better ways to spend time with your children than with an active holiday in the mountains. Sharing a mountain adventure with your child is a memory that will last a lifetime. We try to design child-friendly variations (marked ‘family’) of all our Alpine tours. Children can hike, ski or bike a lot longer than you might expect, as long as you make it entertaining for them. However, they will respond instantly to the way you behave, so please consider whether you are able to create a safe environment for your children when faced with the many different challenges of an alpine environment.

Do you offer discounts for children?

Yes, we are able to offer a discount for children on most of our tours, provided they are not yet 13 years of age on the first day of the tour. Please see the individual tour page for our child discounts.

Can I travel on my own?

Many single travellers chose Outdoor Europe due to our high level of service and our expertise in self-guided mountain tours. And the safety of one of our representatives will only ever be just a phone call away. However, please expect additional costs, as our prices are based on two persons — the industry standard for outdoor tours of this nature. Private rooms and other services are often more expensive for individual travellers. You can find information about any additional costs for individual travellers on the tour page.

Will I manage?

We are all different. Some of our clients are 70+ and have lived an active lifestyle all their life. Others may be twenty years younger and have barely left their office chair. It is very difficult to judge the physical and mental ability of a person on the basis of a phone conversation. If you are in doubt, each tour is rated for level of physicality, which you can learn more about here. You are of course welcome to call us and we will do our best to advice you. Find your level of physicality here (link to Find your level page).

What if I get lost?

Our local partners know every square inch of this beautiful Alpine region. During the introductory briefing, you will receive an app, physical maps and a phone number to call if you need advice. In some cases, you’ll be able to forward your location to a local guide with the press of a button. This may prove helpful if you become lost.

Do I need travel insurance?

We recommend that you speak to your insurance provider to ensure your existing policy covers mountain-based activities such as hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. Please note that any costs relating to emergency situations and the potential need for evacuation are the sole responsibility of the client.

Will I be able to cope with the physical challenge?

We are all different. Some of our clients are more than 70 years old and have lived an active lifestyle all their life. Others are twenty years younger and have barely left their office chair. It is very difficult to judge the physical and mental capabilities of a person on the basis of a phone conversation. If you are in doubt, each tour is rated for the level of physicality involved, which you can learn more about on our Find Your Level page. You are, of course, welcome to call us, and we will do our best to advise you.

Can I bring my dog?

Enjoying the mountains with your best friend can be a joyful experience, which is why we try to make our tours dog friendly wherever possible. Unfortunately, it is not always possible due to local rules. Selected tours are marked ‘Dog Friendly’ on the tour page. This means that your dog can stay with you in your private room or, in a few cases, the hut will have a separate or external room for dogs. Please refer to the individual tour page for more information.


Day 1: Corte

This walking holiday starts in the island’s historic capital, Corte. The rocky citadel dominates the town, and after dropping your bags at the hotel, you can take a walk around the old town, to discover the sights of this atmospheric place. Corte is situated on two magical gorges – the Tavignano and Restonica. The Tavignano o˞ ers a walk along an old mule path, a route used by shepherds into the isolated Niolu region and it makes for stunning walking. Steep cli˞ s rise up above the pounding torrent and numerous rock pools allow you to cool o˞ .

Hotel: Hotel de la Paix ( or similar)

  •  12 km
  •  480m
  • 480m
  •  5 hours.

Day 2: Scala Sta Regina to Calacucci

A short transfer takes you to the start of your walk in the Scala di Santa Regina. This trail is an old transhumance path that was used by shepherds leading their herds in and out of the Niolu valley. You walk down towards the lake towards the village of Calacuccia. Hotel Acquaviva is situated on the edge of the village and you can expect some ˡ ne cooking at a local restaurant, using the very best seasonal, local produce.

Hotel name: Hotel Acquaviva

  • 13 km
  • 700m
  • 340m
  •  5.30

Day 3: Vergio to Evisa

Morning transfer to Col de Vergio .The Col de Vergio is a high mountain pass, the views are majestic; high peaks loom above. The trail goes down hill through the pines of the Aïtone forest to the outskirts of Evisa. You will pass rock pools and and then arrive at the chestnut woods with roaming pigs that mark your approach to the village. You will arrive in the centre of Evisa, a vibrant mountain village with a healthy climate before heading to your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Scopa Rossa ( or similar)

  •  11.5 km
  • 80m
  • 720m
  • 5 hours.

Day 4: Evisa to Tassu & Marignana village

Today you have the option of just relaxing, or taking a walk that follows part of the trail known as the MARE E MONTI It is a village to village walk leading through the surrounding chestnut woods and into a luxuriant maquis. You will arrive at the aban-doned hamlet of TASSU, a small treasure to investigate. You can continue on to the village of MARIGNANA which is situated directly across the valley from EVISA. Good walking and an insight into rural village life.

Hotel: Hotel Scopa Rossa ( or similar)

  • 9 km
  •  300m
  •  300m
  •  6 hours

Day 5: Evisa to Porto

The path zig-zags down through the Spelunca gorge. Crossing a high arched Genoese bridge, you walk above the torrent on a balcony path towards Ota, a mountain village with a Mediterranean feel. The delicious smells from “Chez Felix” restaurant beckon, take a moment to sit and unwind. Your path leaves Ota, heading down to the coast at the Gulf of Porto – for an easier day, take a transfer from Ota to Porto and a boat trip to see the Scandola reserve. Stay at a comfortable 3* hotel in Porto.

Hotel: Hotel Kalliste (or similar)

  •  14 km
  •  320m
  • 1170m
  •  4 hours

Day 6: Porto to Piana

This dramatic coastline is classed by UNESCO a site of world beauty. From Porto beach, you climb into the Calanques’ where you will discover an incredible site of granite needles, tortured shapes and rock sculpted formations dotted with maritime pine trees. The walk above the coast road follows the old mule path and o˞ ers some spectacular of the indented rugged coastline and its many creeks. Stay in a 3* hotel in the heart of the village.

Hotel: Hotel Les Calanches (or similar)

  •  12 km
  • 520m
  • 70m
  • 5 hours

Day 7: Piana

End of holiday in Piana, return to Ajaccio by Public bus; ( no public bus on sundays and bank holidays except in July and August)

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