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Wild and Authentic Corsica

Relax on this 7-night luxury cruise from Nice, cruising around the island of Corsica during the Mediterranean summer months

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7 nights

Luxury Holiday
Sanguinaires Islands

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Soak up the Mediterranean sunshine, cruising from Nice along the French coastline to Corsica, exploring the very heart of the island.

Below the Cap Corse mountains and the Agriates desert, the beauty of the landscapes gives Saint-Florent a picture-postcard appearance. Also visit Bonifacio, the jewel of the far south of Corsica. A veritable fortress sculpted by the wind and the spray, the “sentinel city” will reveal its historical centre and its long cobbled streets. The magnificent idyllic beaches that have forged the reputation of the Isle of Beauty, such as the Gulf of Santa-Manza, are complemented by the breathtaking and unspoiled natural landscapes.

The most southerly point of Corsica, Cap Pertusato, meaning “pierced”, announces the presence of a rock that has been perforated through the middle. At this majestic site you will discover a succession of natural caves forged by the sea. The sumptuous archipelago formed by the pointe de la Parata and the îles Sanguinaires announces the entrance to the Gulf of Ajaccio. The long line of crests seems to extend the coast like a backbone. Listed as a Grand Site de France and a Natura 2000 area, this coastal landscape at the foot of the mountains is home to exceptional biodiversity adapted to the harsh climate. Here, Nature is the star attraction.

The turquoise waters of the island are ideal for swimming and nautical activities. Far from the hordes, these unspoiled areas encourage the observation of nature and the practice of sporting activities. During this trip, you may be lucky enough to see certain species of cetaceans, such as bottlenose dolphins, rorquals and pilot whales, common off the Mediterranean coastline.

CP781 Operated by Ponant Luxury and Expedition


Wild and Authentic Corsica

Day 1 - Nice (France)

Embark your ship in Nice

Day 2 - Saint-Florent (Corsica)

In the hollow of one of the most beautiful gulfs of the Mediterranean to which it owes its name, Saint-Florent is an ancient Genoese city whose citadel dominates the bay with its circular architecture. A link between the mountains of Upper Corsica and the Agriates desert, the fishing village has become a renowned seaside resort. In front of this jewel nestled in the hollow of a wild and isolated region, sublime beaches of fine sand border a sea of infinite turquoise shades. At the western tip of the gulf, the Tower of Mortella, built in the 16th century under the Republic of Genoa to prevent from invaders, stands watch. Like most of the towers that dot the Corsican coast, it is an emblematic and familiar symbol of the island.

Day 3 - Bonifacio

The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

Day 4 - Gulf of Santa-Manza

In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the gulf of Santa Manza, famous for its magnificent sandy beaches, is revealed. You will benefit from exceptional viewpoints over the landscapes of rare beauty formed by the limestone cliffs, covered with scrub, plunging into the turquoise waters and the granite rocks on the water's edge.

Day 5 - Roccapina

Located in the south-west of Corsica the wild rocky Roccapina headlands covered in pine forest are a conservation area. The headlands embrace two bays of turquoise blue water and powder-soft sandy beaches. You may not see many people but traces of the region’s Genovese past are visible, including a 17th century tower. However, the main attraction is provided by Nature in the form of dramatic rocky peaks sculpted by the wind into the shape of animals and humans. On the top of a rocky outcrop one of the most famous formations strongly resembles a lion lying down, its head up surveying the coast.

Day 6 - Parata Peninsula - Sanguinaires Islands

The Pointe de la Parata offers a magnificent view over the Sanguinaires Islands, which form the Sanguinaires archipelago closing the bay of Ajaccio to the north. This black granite headland is topped by the Parata tower, built by the Genoese in the 16th century to protect the island against Barbarian invasions. Here the wind and the sea spray have forged the abrupt and wild landscape where only vegetation able to resist the onslaught of the wind and the sea has its place. You will be in an exceptional position to observe the fascinating spectacle of this perspective of islands following the same invisible crest line towards the horizon. Made up of the pointe de la Parata and the Sanguinaires Islands theSanguinaires archipelago was named Grand Site de France in 2017. At this exceptional site made up of four rocky volcanic islands, Mezu Mare is the largest. A semaphore built on the site of a former Genoese tower and the ruins of a 14th century lazaretto, a quarantine station at the time of the plague, is testimony to a rich heritage. The island is also home to many colonies of marine birds including the Yellow-legged gull or the European shag.

Day 7 - Calvi

Nestled on a rocky spur in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi offers its whiteness between two sapphire-coloured bays. Capital of the Balagne region, the Genoese city benefits from an exceptional natural setting between the abrupt relief of the central chain, fertile hills and long sandy beaches. From the promontory of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Serra chapel, built in the 19th century on the ruins of a 15th century sanctuary, you will not miss the sublime panorama of the seaside, the mountains and the Calvi citadel. A little further west, you will have the opportunity to discover with the peninsula of Revelatta, a wilder and more preserved part of Corsica.

Day 8 - Nice (France)

Disembark after breakfast

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board yacht cruise
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Porterage from quayside to ship and vice versa

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights and transfers - please contact us for a quote
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Additional Information

  • Ponant Mediterranean Cruises:
  • The sea is an experience of the moment. And for this, each PONANT cruise is unique. Just like with an expedition cruise, you will have the possibility of experiencing unique and spontaneous events, dictated by the elements as is often the case at sea. You will have the possibility of discovering the treasures of the Mediterranean coasts and shores differently, from the sea, during outings and landings in Zodiac® inflatables, accompanied by our experienced naturalist guides, who will share their knowledge and passion with you. On land or at sea, according to departures, possibilities and weather conditions, you will enjoy nautical and sporting activities. The crystal clear waters may be ideal for swimming and other nautical activities such as snorkelling, kayaking* (must be booked in advance) or paddle boarding. Due to possible temperature and weather changes, we recommend you to bring a light neoprene wetsuit so as to enjoy your activities in the most favourable conditions. Far from the hordes, in total peace and quiet, these unspoiled areas encourage the observation of nature and the practice of sporting activities such as hiking. Based on and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to change certain activities to ensure guests have the best possible experience.

Special Features

  • Given the particularly changing international guidelines with Covid-19, this itinerary as well as the land programmes and shore excursions may have to evolve according to port authorisations and governmental regulations in force at the time of your trip. Therefore, for even greater peace of mind, we strongly recommend that you book your land programmes and flights before and after your cruise with Ponant. Health formalities related to COVID-19 will be confirmed to you before your departure.

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