This an Experience focusing on Gardens, Plants & Flowers (including visiting an Essential Oil Distillation Plant).

Fragrant maquis plants from Corsica, unique to the Mediterranean region, have remained unchanged in their native wilderness for centuries. The maquis, a special wild-scrub area of Corsica, covers approximately 20% of the island. Beginning at the sea and continuing up towards the mountains, it is divided into three distinct stages: Le maquis bas (low), moyen (middle) and haut (high).

Le maquis bas begins at the coast. Intensely exposed to the elements, it offers an incredible variety of low growing, aromatic plants. Each plant has a unique aroma, the blend of these wild scents creating a living potpourri that is Corsica… Once experienced–like the island itself-it is never forgotten. While used in recent years for perfumes, bio cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and medical research, the plants of the maquis are deeply ingrained in Corsica’s folklore as a source of food, medicine and cultural identity.

The alluring fragrance is released from the plant’s leaves, ensuring a long season of scent. While relatively dormant in winter, production of aromatic oils increases with spring’s warming weather. The plants are so fine tuned, their fragrance levels can vary throughout the day, based on surrounding soil and air temperatures. As one encounters these enticing scents floating over the Corsican countryside, breathe deeply to connect with the island’s essence… 

Additional information

travel-typeExperience with a Private Vehicle
travel-styleClassics (Adults), Couple/Romance, Family with Teenagers, Solo travel, Team Building, Women travel
tour-duration7 Days
Guests (max)6
level-of-difficultyLight ot Moderate
interestsArchitecture, Art History, Cuisine, Food Market, French Country, Gourmet, History, Shopping, UNESCO sites, Wine & cheese

Olivier - DocentOlivier

Greetings from Corsica ! I’m Olivier, a Nationally & Officially Licensed Docent and I love France and beyond!

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Tour Reviews

5 based on 2 reviews
5 out of 5
April 27, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this experience, the panoramas were stunning and Olivier is full of knowledge and Fun ! The flowers of Corsica abounds with unique scents. Thank you !

5 out of 5
November 20, 2017

Spring was a good pick ! Low season, less crowded, mild climate (temperatures hovered around 20 degrees), we enjoyed the sun, and scenic views as well as the superb experiences organized by Olivier for us. We were mesmerized by the explosion of colours as well as scents from poppies, brooms, roses…). Thank you so much. We’ll come back to see the fall Colors 🙂

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