Ajaccio, Corsica

Introduction to Ajaccio, Corsica

Friendly capital of this captivating 'Isle of Beauty'.

Rugged coastline and flawless beaches enclose a fragrant maquis-carpeted interior dotted with mellow old hill-towns. Fought over by Greek, Roman, Vandal, Byzantine and Saracen, Corsica was sold by Genoa to France in 1768 - a fateful day for Europe, for a year later one Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio (his birthplace is now a museum).   

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Tour E

A TASTE OF CORSICA (TOUR H)

  •  Sit back and relax as you travel through the outskirts of Ajaccio and into the countryside
  •  Learn more about nougat a typical product from south of France
  •  Visit a local vineyard for a Corsican wine tasting and discover how Corsican wine is produced

 

Activity Tour
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited spaces
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a visit to a family-run nougat factory and sample this typical sweet, Corsican.Head through the outskirts of town, delving deep into the fragrant Corsican countryside, before arriving at the nougat factory, where you can Indulge your sweet tooth with a few chunks of this French fancy. You will also be given a step-by-step demonstration of how it is made. Plus, there’s time to buy one of your favourites before heading on to a factory specialising in essential oils. If you thought the countryside smelled sweet, wait until you get to this place. Here you will enjoy insight into how local herbs and flowers are transformed into perfumes and oils. Travelling on, you visit a winery where you will get the chance to try the fruity local tipples and even purchase a bottle or two of your favourites.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing during the visits, with a steep slope to and from the essential oil distillery. This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests. This tour may operate in a reverse itinerary to the one mentioned above.
 


TOUR C

AJACCIO CITY TOUR (TOUR C)

  • Enjoy the city sights of Ajaccio
  • Travel past statues and monuments dedicated to Napoleon
  • Discover the old part of Ajaccio with its narrow, picturesque streets
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Ajaccio before embarking on a guided walk around the Old Town.  

Begin with a short panoramic drive along the main street of the Imperial City - The Cours Napoleon. Pass by the St Roch Church, the Prefecture, English Quarter and the Regional Assembly en route to Cours Grandval. See statues and monuments dedicated to Napoleon and stop at the Casone (also known as Austerlitz Square), where Napoleon Bonaparte (who was born in Ajaccio) used to play as a child. A statue of Napoleon dominates the square.

Next continue on to the La Parata viewpoint, where you can admire the Sanguinaires Islands, which are situated at the entrance to Ajaccio Bay. Back in town, you end your tour with a walk through the city. During your walking tour, you will pass Napoleon’s birthplace, the cathedral where he was baptised, the Town Hall and the Market Square, before taking a leisurely stroll back to your ship. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES.
 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, over uneven and cobbled streets, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility (unless leaving the tour after the driving part). Please note that there are no public toilets in Corsica and no facilities will be available on the tour - guests wishing to use facilities at a bar or restaurant will be expected to purchase a drink, before using the amenities.


Tour D

COASTAL DRIVE (TOUR D)

 

  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Gulf of Ajaccio
  • Pass emerald countryside and the crumbling Genoese watchtowers
  • Rocky headlands and hidden coves set the scene 
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00- £40.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy a relaxing tour, with some magnificent views of the Gulf of Ajaccio and learn about Corsican history, geography, and traditions.

Travel from the quayside along the south coast, where you discover the necklace of Genoese watchtowers overlooking the three headlands which characterised the gulf and which separated one bay from the other. Passing beautiful beaches en-route to Porticcio, the largest and liveliest summer resort town, you continue along the coast to Agosta Plage, before reaching the Plage du Ruppione. From here onwards the coast becomes gradually less developed with folds of woodland backing onto rocky headlands and golden coves.

Leaving the coastline behind, you follow the road which swings inland, climbing through the eucalyptus trees and cork oaks of the Forêt de Chiavari. You will pass the remains of the old prison of Coti, located on a large plateau with panoramic views and surrounded by lower granite massifs. Your drive continues towards Coti Chivari. Enjoy approximately 45 minutes time at leisure to explore the beautiful community.  Enjoy panoramic views of the Gulf and on a clear day views of the Sanguinaires Islands before passing both Punta di A Castagna and Plage de Portigliolo. Enjoy time at leisure before returning to your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION CORRECT 2017 CRUISES!
 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests are advised that the scenic route of your itinerary involves some narrow and winding roads, therefore it is unsuitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or motion sickness. Please note that there are no public toilets in Corsica and no facilities will be available on the tour - guests wishing to use facilities at a bar or restaurant will be expected to purchase a drink, before using the amenities.
 


Tour J

CORSICA MOUNTAIN & TRAIN (TOUR J)

    • Enjoy an opportunity to experience the real Corsican countryside
    • Renowned for its natural beauty Corsica offers rugged and breath taking scenery at its best
    • Learn more about the history, geography, traditions and culture of the island
     
Activity Tour Train Tour
Price£55.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 ½ Hours
LimitationLimited Space
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Corsica located in the heart of the Mediterranean is a mountainous island; admire the sights as you travel aboard the Mountain Wheel train.

Your adventure will take you through the village of Cauro, the mountains which beckon with its deep maquis, the typical Corsican vegetation made of aromatic plants, colourful flowers, and miscellaneous trees, Napoleon used to claim he could identify the fragrance from many miles away. En route learn about Corsican history, geography, and traditions. Stop at Cricheto Pass (875m in altitude) where you will find the mountain-wheel-train that will bring you through the countryside.

The little ride takes you from the station, under the oaks and chestnut trees, to upper hill. From there, walk in the maquis and learn about plants, animals, breeding, farming, collecting and all the richness of the nature and how it is used on ancestral manners. Time and fitness permitting, there is a little walk at leisure to a view point from which Tolla lake can be photographed.

Board the train to return back to your coach.

Back on your coach, the road twists and turns to enter the amazing Prunelli gorges where deep granite cliffs plunge down into one of the most important rivers in the Ajaccio region. At the end of the gorges, stop at the viewpoint over Tolla Lake to enjoy the sight where mountains reach 1500m in height. Descending down the Mercujo, pass through the small village of Ocana before reaching the honey farm where you will stop for a visit and a taste, while learning about the benefits of all the beehive products.

After your visit, drive through the village of Bastelicaccia before reaching the port of Ajaccio.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a minimal amount of walking and standing during the visit, with a few steps to negotiate. However this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users and all participants must be able to get on and off the coach and train unaided. Guests are advised that the scenic portion of the itinerary involves some narrow winding roads, therefore it is unsuitable for guests who suffer from vertigo or motion sickness.

 

Kayaking (Tour K)

•             Take to the water for your kayaking experience

•             Marvel at impressive views of Ajaccio

 

 

Price£65.00-£75.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Admire your surroundings as you embark on a kayaking adventure.

Meeting your guide at the pier, you will then take a short walk to nearby fishing port of Tino Rossi. Following a safety briefing, the fun begins and you take to the water for your kayaking experience. Enjoy approximately two hours paddling through the waters off the town’s beach. Relish the opportunity to have some time at leisure to relax on the white sand beach, before walking back to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the walk from your ship to the kayak departure point is approximately 550 yards each way. Come wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothes and don’t forget sun protection and a towel – you are likely to get wet. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn. You will spend approximately two hours on the water – guests need to be able to swim and to be fairly active to participate. This tour is weather dependent.

 

 


Napoleon on Your Own (Tour I)

  • Explore the town where Napoleon was born
  • Discover the city independently
  • Enjoy a light refreshment 
 

 

 

Price£15.00 - £20.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Limitation

This independent tour will give you the opportunity to visit the Imperial City of Ajaccio and the birth house of the most famous Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte at your tempo, thanks to your pack.

 

Your pack will contain a city map and a little leaflet with indications of suggested itinerary. Your pack will also contain a voucher allowing you to sample a locally made beer or lemonade in a little venue situated nearby to the museum. You will always be in short walking distance from ship, so you can decide to spread your visit am/pm. Enjoy strolling in the narrow streets of the Old town built by Genoese during the 15th century, stop for shopping whenever you desire, sit on the bench and breath the local atmosphere.

 

 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note this tour does not include a guide. The cost of this tour includes a city map and a voucher for Napoleon Bonaparte birth house Museum and audio-guide and also a refreshment. You will be given a suggested itinerary and will be left to your own devices. Walking involved on this tour is at the discretion of the guest.

 

 


Tour A

THE GORGES OF PRUNELI (TOUR A)

 

  • Discover the famous Corsican countryside
  • Admire gardens and orchards, forests, the coastline and high mountains
  • Capture the beauty of the gorges and Prunelli River
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3½ hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Your drive to the gorges of Prunelli will provide a relaxed and varied tour, a great opportunity to admire the area surrounding Ajaccio.

Travelling in the direction of the village of Cauro, it is not long before you are in the famous Corsican countryside. As the road twists, enter the gorges of the Prunelli River. The granite cliffs plunge down into the second most important river in the area surrounding Ajaccio. At the end of the gorges, you will have a photo stop at a viewpoint over Tolla Lake. Here you can view the artificial lake and dam of Tolla, which provides a large proportion of the Corsican population with electricity and drinkable water.

Your return journey will twist back down the Mercujo, passing through the villages of Ocana and Bastelicaccia, where you can admire the high granite houses. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, however it will be over rough and uneven ground with steps to negotiate throughout. Participants will have to walk approximately 100 metres to reach the view point over Tolla Lake. Please note that there are no public toilets in Corsica and no facilities will be available on the tour - guests wishing to use facilities at a bar or restaurant will be expected to purchase a drink, before using the amenities.


Tour B

VIZZAVONA (TOUR B)

  • Discover the wild scenery and remote nature of Corsica
  • Admire the forest of Vizzavona
  • Enjoy a local snack in the Corsican Mountains 
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited to 90
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Admire the Corsican landscape and beautiful vegetation as you travel into the mountains.

Arriving in the village of Bocognano, you can admire the wild scenery around you, and see heavy grey granite houses rising up between chestnut trees. Enjoy a brief photo stop here. The road continues to twist up to the Vizzavona Pass, reaching approximately 1,162 metres (3,812 feet) in altitude, and it is here that you will see the vegetation change into forests of pines. Stop for a ‘Spuntinu’ - a local word for a snack, which generally consists of cold cuts, cheese, pastry and wine. Feeling refreshed, you then re-board your tour coach for the return to your awaiting ship.

 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES.
 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, some of which will be over rough and uneven ground to reach the viewpoints with approximately ten steps to negotiate. Your coach will negotiate steep, winding roads, therefore this tour is not recommended to guests who suffer from vertigo or motion sickness. Guests are advised to bring a jacket, as it can be cool up in the mountain. Please note that there are no public toilets in Corsica and no facilities will be available on the tour - guests wishing to use facilities at a bar or restaurant will be expected to purchase a drink, before using the amenities. What flora or fauna may be seen is subject to seasonal change. 
 


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