Cruise around ‘L’Ile de Beauté’, the Mediterranean’s most mountainous isle and explore stunning coastlines, characteristic villages, tumultuous history, nature reserves and rich traditions, a truly unique destination
For all 2023 bookings made by 28 February 2023, deduct £60 per person
Day 1 – Nice
Day 2 – Ajaccio
Day 3 - Bonifacio
Day 4 – Porto Vecchio
Day 5 – Bastia
Day 6 – Ile Rousse
Day 7 – Balagne
Day 8 – Return Flight
Corsican is recognised as a regional language by the French government and Corsica enjoys greater autonomy than other French regions. Best known around the world for its warm climate, dramatic mountain peaks and stunning coastlines, Corsica is indeed a fascinating destination.
After rule by the Republic of Genoa, Corsica became an Italian-speaking independent republic from 1755, until ceded by Genoa to Louis XV in 1769, the year Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio – his ancestral home (Maison Bonaparte) is today a museum. The island has since been part of France, except during 1794–96 when under English domination (Anglo-Corsican Kingdom), and during the German and Italian occupation of 1940–43. Due to historical ties with the Italian peninsula, Corsica retains Italian cultural elements.
To prevent seaborne raids, mainly from North Africa, a massive defence system was constructed that included citadels and coastal watchtowers, many of which are still visible along the coastline.
Cultural & Scenic Cruise
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Most Meals Included
Most Drinks Included
Local Expert Guides
Day 1 Fly to Nice. Embark on the MV La Belle des Océans for a seven night cruise. Optional tour of Nice (£55, pre-bookable). Overnight cruise to Corsica. (D)
Day 2 Morning cruising to enjoy the natural beauty of the island. Lecture and tasting on board. Tour of Ajaccio’s old town on the trail of Napoleon to his birthplace. Visit the Îles Sanguinaires group of islands, an exceptional natural site. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Visit the majestic Calanques de Piana and the unusual rock formations plunging dramatically into the sea, take a small boat to Cap Rosso. Cruise to Bonifacio. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Visit Bonifacio, a city rich in history with a thousand-year-old fortress and sturdy stone homes perched high above the sea. Perhaps descend the 187 steps of King of Aragon’s Stairway. Afternoon tour to the nature reserve on Lavezzi Islands. Cruise to Porto Vecchio. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Explore Porto Vecchio’s old town and the 16th century citadel. Cruise to Bastia. Enjoy on board lecture or perhaps relax by the pool on the sundeck. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Explore Cap Corse passing quaint villages and magnificent coastline. Wine and cheese tasting. Cruise to L’Ile Rousse. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Visit the picturesque villages de Balagne perched on cliffs or hidden in narrow valleys. Cruise towards Nice. Evening Gala dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Return flight. (B)
This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot with steps and uneven surfaces.
Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels or congestion at certain sites.
MV La Belle des Oceans was refurbished in 2016 to a high standard and registered in France. Reception, bar, lounge, sun deck, outdoor pool, spa, gym, lift and WiFi (free/ limited). All drinks, except premium brands, are included. 62 air-conditioned outside cabins (182 sq. ft.) over 4 decks with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Lower Deck 3 cabin
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement (double for sole use) £1095
Deck 4 upgrade (twin/double) £275
Deck 4 upgrade Single (twin/ double for sole) £1425
Deck 5 upgrade (twin/double) £595
Deck 5 upgrade Single (twin/ double for sole) £1925
Panorama Suite (twin/double) £1045
Tour of Nice £55
Arrival or departure transfer add £55
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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