Days 1 & 2 – Nice
Day 3 – Ajaccio
Day 4 - Bonifacio
Day 5 – Porto Vecchio
Day 6 – Bastia
Day 7 – Ile Rousse
Day 8 – Balagne
Day 9 – Return Flight

Spendology - Widgets


From rugged mountains to ravishing coasts, picturesque villages to Porto Vecchio citadel, and offshore islet nature reserves to Napoleon’s Ajaccio home, this leisurely cruise sails from Nice to ‘the beautiful isle’, for an anti-clockwise circling of charismatic Corsica

A territorial region of France, geographically and historically close to Italy, with Genoese towers on its coastal cliffs to fend off Barbary pirates, colourful medieval churches redolent of Pisa, and Napoleon Bonaparte its most famous son; Corsica has a chequered past of raiders and rulers, from Greek and Roman to Vandal and Byzantine. It has come through them all as neither French nor Italian, but with its own distinct character, and its own recognised regional language. Fringed with 200 beaches, and with forestry cloaking a fifth of its landmass, much of the island’s 114mile length is a single chain of soaring mountain peaks, a combination which earned it the epithet “L’ile de Beauté”. Circumnavigating Corsica, this tour cruises to its landmarks and lesser-known gems aboard the sleek and stylish MV La Belle des Océans, visiting the colourful capital, Ajaccio, and the fascinating rock formations of the Calanque de Piana; the bustling harbour and crowning citadel of beguiling Bonifacio; the uninhabited nature reserve of the Lavezzi Islands; and Porto Vecchio’s sturdy citadel, now known as the Fortress of France; completing the circle with a cruise around Cap Corse, to visit the time-warp villages of La Balagne.


Key Features

Cultural & Scenic Cruise
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Excursions Included
Most Meals Included
Most Drinks Included
Local Expert Guides

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Nice and transfer to 4-star Splendid Hotel & Spa for overnight.

Day 2 Day at leisure to explore Nice. Afternoon transfer to the port to embark on the MV La Belle des Océans, for a seven-night cruise. Overnight cruise to Corsica. (B, D)

Day 3 This morning’s cruising gives you your first glimpse of the island’s natural beauty, with a lecture and tasting of local specialities on board. Drop anchor at Ajaccio, to tour the old town’s narrow streets, passing pastel-painted houses and the Baroque Notre Dame Cathedral, to Maison Bonaparte, the place of Napoleon’s birth, now a museum. We continue along the coastal road to Pointe de la Parata for a view towards the wild and ruggedly arresting Îles Sanguinaires (Blood Islands) archipelago. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Cruise to the Calanque de Piana, a spectacular, UNESCO listed coastal site, where red-rock cliffs and pinnacles plunge dramatically into the turquoise sea; take a small boat to Capo Rosso, topped by Turghiu’s Tower, the tallest of Corsica’s Genoese watchtowers; and sail to the southern tip of the island for the ‘city of cliffs’, Bonifacio. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Discover a thousand years of history in the towering ramparts and tight streets of houses, crammed onto Bonifacio’s sheer coastal cliffs. For those who are fit, with no fear of heights, the descent of King Aragon’s Stairway is a fantastic experience; the stone staircase, carved into the cliff, is a steep and stunning 187 steps down to the sea. This afternoon, cruise to the nature reserve of the Lavezzi Islands. Basking in waters teeming with marine life, with long abandoned relics of sheep pens and a 10th century chapel, the eight islets are now inhabited only by seabirds. Cruise to Porto Vecchio. (B, L, D)

Day 6  Explore the town and enjoy the tempo of Porto Vecchio, its natural harbour sheltering a lively yacht marina; its hilltop ‘old town’ a quaint and characterful setting for boutiques, bars, and galleries; and its 16th century citadel, the once impregnable Bastione della Marina, now an atmospheric exhibition hall. Later, join us for an on-board lecture or perhaps relax on the poolside sundeck, as we cruise to the old capital, Bastia. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Sit back and soak-up the scenery as we navigate Corsica’s northern tip, Cap Corse, the 40km-long peninsula described as an island within an island. With beautiful stretches of barely visited shores, its eastern coast is indented with sandy coves and tiny, timeless fishing ports; its western side serrated by rocky inlets, with rustic villages topping rugged cliffs. Enjoy a wine and cheese tasting aboard, while sailing to the Balagne region and the captivating town of L’Ile Rousse. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Hemmed by silver sand beaches, backed by olive grove slopes, criss-crossed with mule tracks, and boasting ‘the garden of Corsica’ epithet, La Balagne is a step back to simpler times. We visit its picturesque villages, clinging to cliffs high above the sea or hidden in narrow valleys, some unchanged through many centuries, all enveloped in old-world charm. With a Gala Dinner aboard this evening, cruise overnight back to Nice. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to London Heathrow. (B)

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


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 (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a twin/double room
Deck 3 Horizon cabin
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
August 10 £3695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement (double for sole use) £1195

Cabin Upgrades

Deck 4 Horizon upgrade (twin/double) £275
Deck 4 Horizon upgrade Single (twin/ double for sole) £1585
Deck 5 Horizon upgrade (twin/double) £595
Deck 5 Horizon upgrade Single (twin/ double for sole) £2065
Panorama Suite Deck 6 (twin/double) £1045

Flight Upgrades

British Airways Club Europe – On request

Tour Only

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Arrival or departure transfer add £45

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 1-night hotel, 7-night cruise, breakfast daily, 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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €2.20 per person per night.

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