Customised Holiday in Islands of France

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The island where Napoleon Bonaparte was born; the island that has Europe’s most stunning and difficult walking route, GR20; the island that has beautiful beaches and 1000km of glimmering Mediterranean coastline as well as 120 peaks that summit above 2000m, Corsica is truly a gem of the Mediterranean. The island offers great adventure activities and is packed in summers. From water-sports like canoeing, diving and snorkelling to rappelling down waterfalls and rafting down rapids, Corsica has it all. Camping and trekking is also a way of life here. The coastal towns are glamorous and have great sun bathed beaches as well as lovely fortified settlements. The mountain villages are charming and vineyards around 3000 years old. With its own language and unique culture, Corsica is a must visit island.

Iles de Lerins
Just 20 minutes ferry ride away from Cannes, the tranquil Iles de Lerins feel far from the madding crowd. There are two islands, the and bigger Ile Ste-Marguerite and the more historic Ile St-Honorat. Ste-Marguerite is far more commercial and touristy than its peaceful neighbour, St-Honorat. To find seclusion visitors follow the trails that lead away from the congested port, through the Aleppo pines and woods of evergreen oak that are so thick they cast a sepulchral gloom. The dominating structure of the island is the Fort Ste-Marguerite built by Spanish troops from 1635 to 1637. Below the hill is the 1st-century-B.C. Roman town where the unlucky man immortalized in The Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned and the Musee de la Mer, Fort Royal traces the history of the island.
Less than 2km (only a mile) long, but richer in history than any of its sibling islands, the Ile St-Honorat is the site of a working monastery whose origins go back to the 5th century. Today the Abbaye de St-Honorat maintains a combination of medieval ruins and early-20th-century ecclesiastical buildings, inhabited by a permanent community of about 30 Cistercian monks. A shop sells the benevolent white wine, spirits and honey produced by the 30 Cistercian brothers of the monastic community and there is only one restaurant on the island. Behind the cloisters on the sea's edge stands an eleventh-century fortress, used by the monks in times of danger. However, most visitors come to wander through the pine forests on the island's western side and sun themselves on its beaches.

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