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Corsican Cruise

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MV La Belle des Océans
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Join us on an 8-day cruise to discover the kaleidoscope of blue in the sea waters and the fresh mountain air in the peaks. Our stopovers and tours bring you to the major, exciting sites one after the other: Bonifacio, Porto-Vecchio, Bastia, l’Ile Rousse. Corsica’s deep soul can be felt within the expanse of its wild, on its ancient grounds, in its myrtle underbrush, along its winding paths, and above in the clear, star-filled skies. The island is a timeless work of art, a mosaic of emotions, and a tableau of splendor and mysteries.
Explore historic Bonifacio atop the cliffs of Corsica
Highlights
  • Discover Corsica from north to south
  • Cruise along the coast of the Gulf of Porto, a world heritage site
  • Visit the natural wonders of the Calanques de Piana
  • Explore the picturesque perched villages in the Balagne Region
Places Visited
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Nice | Embark

Passengers are welcome to board at 5:00 p.m. We'll set out on a tour of Nice. The best way to get to know Nice is by strolling through the city and adsorbing its sights and sounds. After our excursion, we’ll return on board the ship. We’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of activities on board. Our ship will cruise to Corsica overnight.

Day 2: Ajaccio

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise to Corsica.

In the afternoon, we offer two excursions:

CLASSIC package: Ajaccio and the Îles Sanguinaires. Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, has a rich and historical past. We’ll also stop at the Pointe de la Parata, get a good glimpse of the Îles Sanguinaires, and stroll through this exceptional natural area.

DISCOVERY package: Free time in the picturesque fishing port of Cargèse. One of the best ways to get a true feel for this village is to stroll down its streets, pop into a few boutiques, and sip a drink at an outside table.

Tonight’s meal and entertainment will have genuine Corsican flair!

Day 3: Ajaccio

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join us for an excursion for both packages: A visit to the Maison Bonaparte, a national museum. The museum retraces the history of the Bonaparte family in Corsica as well as the series of exiles they experienced.

This afternoon:

CLASSIC package: The sights and scents of Corsica
Cross the Corsican maquis to visit Corsica PAM and the honey farm Jardin des Abeilles in Ocana.

DISCOVERY package: An afternoon at Mare E Sol or Argent Beach.

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JOIN US FOR A full-day excursion to the Calanques de Piana and the village of Porto (pre-booking only). Our coach will travel along the picturesque coastline dotted with rocky inlets until we reach Porto. We’ll then jump on a local boat and head to the Calanques de Piana, where sheer cliffs and rock sculptures seem to jet up from the water and radiate a red hue along the coastline.

At the end of the day, we'll begin to cruise to Bonifacio. We'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 4: Bonifacio

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Excursion for both packages:

This morning, we’ll set out on a guided tour of Bonifacio. Bonifacio is rich with a history told along its small streets and paths, the thousand-year-old fortress, and the sturdy stone homes perched high above the sea waves.

In the afternoon, join us for an excursion to the nature reserve on the Archipelago of Lavezzi. The islands are scattered with sculpted granite boulders and impressive cliffs.

In the evening, we’ll have a delicious, in-season dinner at a traditional inn accompanied by Corsican music and songs.

Day 5: Porto Vecchio

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, we offer two excursions:

CLASSIC package: Set out on a guided tour of Porto-Vecchio. The old town includes the ruins of a 16th-century citadel and gorgeous views of the marina.

DISCOVERY package: A trip to Palombaggia Beach (with the possibility of a picnic lunch from the ship).

In the late afternoon, we'll begin to cruise towards Bastia.

Day 6: Bastia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, we offer two excursions:

CLASSIC package: Cap Corse 
Located to the north of Bastia and Saint-Florent, Cap Corse is a 25-mile-long promontory with several attractive fishing villages, a gorgeous coastline, and a couple of good beaches.

DISCOVERY package: Enjoy a full day of free time in Saint-Florent (lunch not included). 
Saint-Florent is a seaside city built on the cliffs overlooking the mouth of the Aliso River and the gulf that bears its name.

At the end of the day, we’ll continue to cruise towards l’Ile-Rousse.

Day 7: L'ile Rousse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, we offer two excursions:

CLASSIC package: A tour of Calvi and its citadel. 
You’ll discover its large marina and immense bay surrounded by unique landscapes and often snow-capped mountains.

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Discover the old villages in the Balagne region. These are the fertile hills of the island—commonly referred to as the Corsican gardens—where more than thirty villages are perched on cliffs or hidden in narrow valleys.

DISCOVERY package: Kick back at Bodri or Ghjunchitu beach.

We’ll then spend the afternoon crossing the Mediterranean to Nice. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 8: Nice | Disembark

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9AM.

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47 cabins (17 m²) featuring a marbled bathroom with walk-in shower, fitted wardrobe with personal safe, desk, flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. Located on Deck 3
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4 cabins (25 m²) featuring a marbled bathroom with walk-in shower, fitted wardrobe with personal safe, desk, flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. Located on Deck 6
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8 cabins (26 m²) featuring a marbled bathroom with walk-in shower, fitted wardrobe with personal safe, desk, flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. Located on Deck 6
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1 cabin (38 m²) featuring a marbled bathroom with walk-in shower, fitted wardrobe with personal safe, desk, flat-screen TV and a refrigerator. Located on Deck 6

Notes

INCLUDED:
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
  • excursions mentioned in the program
EXCLUDED:
  • drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • transfers to/from departure/arrival points
  • cancellation and baggage insurance
  • personal expenses.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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