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Hiking cruise - Corsica reveals its hidden treasures tour
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Hiking cruise - Corsica reveals its hidden treasures

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
8 days
From: $ 3,083 $ 385 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

Hiking Highlights:

  • The Pointe de la Parata
  • The Calanques de Piana
  • Cap de Pertusatu
  • Col de Bavella
  • Rutali
  • Bonifatu Forest

Non-walkers' program:

  • The island’s major areas: Ajaccio, Calvi, Bonifacio, and Porto-Vecchio
  • The natural wonders : the Îles Sanguinaires, the Calanques de Piana and the Balagne Region
  • Cap Corse and the nature reserve on the Archipelago of Lavezzi

Short Description

Kalliste. The most beautiful. The ancient Greeks used this name to talk about the allure of Corsica, a veritable heaven on earth that seems to have every wonder of the world on its shores or in its hills. Join us on a cruise to discover the kaleidoscope of blue in the sea waters and the fresh mountain air in the peaks.

Style River cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal transport included (including local flights)
Start City Porto
End City Porto

Destinations

Portugal

Attractions & Cities Visited

Porto

Activities & Interests

River cruise

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Itinerary

Day 1 NICE

Passengers are welcome to board at 5:00 p.m. We'll set out on an optional tour of Nice(1) (not included in the packages). Throughout the centuries, Nice has attracted people from all over the world because of its lovely climate and unrivaled beauty. The city has a thousand surprises in store: monuments, churches, gardens and footpaths, museums, artists, local crafts, and internationally renowned cuisine with the unmistakable flavors of garlic, olive oil, and basil. The best way to get to know Nice is by strolling through it and experiencing sites such as the Cours Saleya or the elegant old quarter lined with boutiques and restaurants. 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 1 NICE

Passengers are welcome to board at 5:00 p.m. We'll set out on an optional tour of Nice(1) (not included in the packages). 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

Our ship will begin to cruise to Corsica. We’ll take in the beauty of the Gulf of Porto, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, admire the red cliffs and maquis underbrush in the Scandola Nature Reserve, and glide by the Gulf of Girolata and the dazzling Calanques de Piana. Feel free to attend the lecture about the natural beauty found on and around this Mediterranean island: The Beauty of the Island Summed up in Five Ports of Call. Corsica is best experienced through its beauty, its culture, and its people. As LA BELLE DES OCEANS enters its first Corsican port, join us on the deck for a tasting of traditional myrtle liqueur and a pastry.In the afternoon, we offer two excursions:HIKERS: Hike to the Pointe de la Parata. This hike takes place in Ajaccio between the Îles Sanguinaires and Capo di Feno. You'll follow the trail to splendid beaches on Capo di Feno with the islands in the distance. Leave all your worries behind as you enjoy the beautiful turquoise water and wild scenery. Take advantage of this time to discover how different Corsica can be from one end to the other. Breathe in the scents, indulge in the colors, and give yourself a true break.(Approximately 3 hours, 10 km/6.2 mi., 150 to 200 m elevation gain (492 to 656 ft.))NON-HIKERS: Ajaccio and the Îles Sanguinaires. Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, has a rich and historical past. We’ll visit the city’s main sites, including the high court building, the Cours Napoleon, the bronze Monument to Napoleon and His Brothers, and the Place d’Austerlitz—where legend has it Napoleon visited often as a child to see the statues of the glorious soldiers in battle. Our next stop will be the Pointe de la Parata and a stroll through this exceptional natural area. From here, you’ll get a glimpse of the Îles Sanguinaires, an archipelago of four lava-rock islands just off the coast. As a haven for many native species of plants and animals, the islands are an integral part of Corsica’s natural and cultural heritage. The ruins and sea-sculpted landscapes on the Pointe de la Parata bear testimony to Corsica’s hardy history.An evening of Corsican music and song on board. This evening is a great opportunity to get to know the island through its songs. Learn about some of the most famous Corsican musicians, past and present, including Tino Rossi, Jean Tavera, Charles Rocchi, Natale Rochiccioli, Antoine Ciosi, Michel Mallory, Regina and Bruno, Maryse Nicolai, the Vincenti brothers, and Canta u Populu Corsu, to name just a few.

Day 2 AJACCIO

Our ship will begin to cruise to Corsica.In the afternoon, we offer two excursions:- HIKERS: Hike to the Pointe de la Parata- NON-HIKERS: Ajaccio and the Îles SanguinairesAn evening of Corsican music and song on board.

Day 3 AJACCIO

HIKERS: Hike through the Calanques de Piana. No vacation in Corsica would be complete without a trip to the Calanques de Piana. During this hike, you'll discover this geological gem with shapes and forms to stimulate any imagination. The naturally dramatic landscape, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, includes red porphyry intensified by the blue water and green underbrush. We'll have lunch in a local restaurant before jumping on a boat to take us to Cap Rosso. We'll return to Ajaccio by coach.(Approximately 2.5 hours, 8 km/5 mi., 250 to 300m elevation gain (820 to 984 ft.))NON-HIKERS: 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. Enjoy some time exploring the village before we jump on a local boat that will take us to Cap Rosso, where the sheer cliffs and rock sculptures of the Calanques de Piana seem to jet up from the water and radiate a red hue along the coastline. We’ll return to Ajaccio by coach.At the end of the day, we'll begin to cruise to Bonifacio. We'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 3 AJACCIO

We offer two optional excursions:- HIKERS: the Calanques de Piana- NON-HIKERS: full-day excursion to the Calanques de Piana and the village of PortoAt the end of the day, we'll begin to cruise to Bonifacio. We'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

Day 4 BONIFACIO

This morning,HIKERS: Hike to Cap de Pertusatu. Leaving from the harbor in Bonifacio, this hike takes you up the Montée Rostello to Saint-Roch Chapel. From there, you'll follow the seaside cliffs and explore the old mule-driver trails beaten by the winds and spray. The dramatic limestone cliffs dominate this walk through the nature reserve. Where the semaphore regulating sea traffic stands, you'll catch a glimpse of Sardinia before continuing on to the lighthouse marking the southernmost tip of the island.(Approximately 2.5 hours, 6 km/3.7 mi., 100 m/328 ft. elevation gain)NON-HIKERS: we’ll set out on an optional 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. The descent (and subsequent ascent) of the King of Aragon’s Stairway will provide some of the best views on the trip (187 steps).In the afternoon,HIKERS / NON-HIKERS: 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 dinner at a traditional inn in the heart of the Corsican inland. Whether we sit by the fireplace or under the immense cork oak trees, we’ll be welcomed by the owners who will explain their history and their love for this island. Corsican music and songs will accompany dinner—a delicious, in-season composition made of local products..

Day 4 BONIFACIO

The morning,- HIKERS: Hike to Cap de Pertusatu- NON-HIKERS: we’ll set out on an optional guided tour of BonifacioThe afternoon,- HIKERS / NON-HIKERS: the nature reserve on the Archipelago of LavezziIn the evening, we’ll have a delicious, in-season dinner at a traditional inn accompanied by Corsican music and songs.

Day 5 PORTO VECCHIO

This morning,HIKERS: Hike to the Col de Bavella. The incomparable beauty of the Col de Bavella makes it one of the most magical places in Corsica. Located 1,218 meters high (3,996 feet) in the heart of the Alta Rocca mountain range, it provides an absolutely exceptional panorama of the Aiguilles de Bavella. During this hike through the Ospedale Forest, we'll experience several breathtaking moments, including an authentic Corsican snack.(Approximately 3 hours, 8 km/5 mi., 500 m/1,640 ft. elevation gain)NON-HIKERS: Set out on an optional guided tour of Porto-Vecchio. The old town includes the ruins of a 16th-century citadel and gorgeous views of the marina.In the late afternoon, we'll begin to cruise towards Bastia. Take advantage of a quiet moment to catch some rays poolside or to enjoy a treatment in our wellness salon. More active passengers can keep in shape in the fitness center, and History buffs can attend the lecture in the lounge: Pascal Paoli - Island Patriot.

Day 5 PORTO VECCHIO

This morning,- HIKERS: Hike to the Col de Bavella- NON-HIKERS: Set out on an optional guided tour of Porto-Vecchio.In the late afternoon, we'll begin to cruise towards Bastia.

Day 6 BASTIA

HIKERS: Full-day hike to Rutali. Discover a landscape carved by history—shepherds, farmers, and the famous Moroccan Goumiers who liberated Corsica from the Germans in 1943. This relatively flat trail begins at the top of the village of Rutali and travels through the heath dotted with strawberry, oak, and a few sweet chestnut trees. You'll quickly find yourself at close to 2,000 feet above sea level with views to the east and west at the bottom of Cap Corse. Enjoy a spuntinu snack (Corsican sausage and a glass of wine) as the shepherds once did.NON-HIKERS: Cap Corse. Located to the north of Bastia and Saint-Florent, Cap Corse is a 25-mile-long promontory with several attractive fishing villages, gorgeous coastline, and a couple of good beaches. We’ll cross through some of the most charming villages on the island, including the adorable fishing village of Erbalunga, lovely Santa Severa, the typical village of Luri, and beautiful grove-lined Pino. We’ll stop off in Patrimonio for a tasting of wine, cold cuts, and cheese at the Montemagni estate. Although Corsica has a mostly Mediterranean climate, it experiences great contrasts in weather because of its location and mountains. Its wine, though, truly benefits from the warm summers and exceptional sunshine.At the end of the day, we’ll continue to cruise towards l’Ile-Rousse. Join us for a lecture in the lounge: The Bonapartes: A Corsican Family.

Day 6 BASTIA

We offer two excursions:- HIKERS: Full-day hike to Rutali- NON-HIKERS: Cap CorseAt the end of the day, we’ll continue to cruise towards l’Ile-Rousse.

Day 7 L'ILE ROUSSE

This morning,HIKERS: Hike to Bonifatu Forest. This hike takes you to the heart of Bonifatu Forest, where you'll learn about Corsican geography, history, and the various animals and plants you could come across.(Approximately 2 hours, 4 km/2.5 mi., 200 m/656 ft. elevation gain)NON-HIKERS: An optional tour of Calvi and its citadel. You’ll discover its large marina and immense bay surrounded by unique landscapes and often snow-capped mountains. We’ll then head towards Notre Dame de la Serra to get a magnificent view of the gulf. Our tour will continue at the citadel. The symbol of the town of Calvi, it was built during the Genoese occupation.ORDiscover 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.We’ll then spend the afternoon crossing the Mediterranean to Nice. Join us for a lecture in the lounge: How Corsica Became Part of France. As we bid goodbye to Corsica, join us on the Sun Deck for a cocktail and take in one last glimpse of the beauty of the island. Don’t think of it as a goodbye, but as a reason to go back. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 7 L'ILE ROUSSE

This morning,- HIKERS: Hike to Bonifatu Forest- NON-HIKERS: An optional tour of Calvi and its citadel OR the old villages in the Balagne RegionWe’ll then spend the afternoon crossing the Mediterranean to Nice. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 8 NICE

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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Our ship provides Internet connection via satellite while we cruise, which is different and slower than what we are used to through our regular home or office services. We cannot guarantee connection at all times. Please keep this in mind while you are enjoying your vacation with us.

TELEPHONE SERVICE

DURING CRUISE

When we are at sea, you can connect your device(s) to the onboard GSM/3G network. Your service provider will automatically send you the terms and conditions of use for this service. You will be able to make calls, send messages, or use the Internet through this network’s roaming services. The GSM network will be turned off once the ship enters a port.

WHILE IN PORT

When the ship is in a port, you will be able to receive and make calls via your international calling/service plan according to the country you are visiting.

WATCH OUT FOR SERVICE FEES

We strongly recommend that you contact your service provider before your departure; international calls and data usage can be very costly and are almost never included in basic operator packages.

PLEASE CHECK THE SETTINGS FOR YOUR DEVICE

Once you are on board, but before you connect to the Internet, please check the settings for your device(s).  We request that you limit the downloading of videos and large-volume files. Automatic updates to your PC, tablet, and smartphones will affect the speed and cost of your connection. You probably have automatic updates for apps on your devices that you are not aware of. We recommend that you deactivate these updates while you are staying with us.

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  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
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  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

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