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Bonifacio

The dazzling port of Bonifacio is nestled on the French island of Corsica. You'll marvel at its medieval houses and stout citadel precariously teetering on the edge of imposing limestone cliffs, high above the warm azure waters that surround the island.

The Old Town is filled with a labyrinth of narrow streets and historic buildings. And Bonifacio's glittering harbour is packed with impressive yachts and lined with chic brasseries and restaurants. But for a truly relaxing visit, hit one of the many idyllic, sun-bleached beaches.

Further afield, visit stylish Porto-Vecchio, Italian Sardinia, or the captivating mountain villages and prehistoric sites of the Alta Rocca region. Here you can enjoy an atmospheric walk through ancient gnarled forest, where you can clamber over the granite boulders of two Prehistoric sites.

 

Shore excursions in About Bonifacio

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bonifacio and Little Train

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 2½ hours

Discover the unique fortress town of Bonifacio, by trolley train.

Whether Bonifacio is approached from the east or from the west, this medieval city really does appear as ‘Land’s End’, completely isolated from the rest of the island on a vast and arid limestone plateau.

Sit back and enjoy a little train ride around the citadel and old Genoese town. Pass by the marine cemetery located on the top of the cliffs, with its impressive view over the straits of Bonifacio across to Sardinia, only 12km away.

Continue into the heart of the Old Town, where you will resume your tour on foot. During your guided walking tour through the typical narrow streets, you’ll discover churches, monuments and other oddities dating back to the 16th century. Enjoy a little free time in the Old Town to indulge in a spot of shopping.

Return to the port on the little train for the short walk along the marina and back to your ship. Alternatively, you may opt to continue exploring the town on your own, before making your own way back to the ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by trolley train and on foot and there is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour, over some uneven surfaces with some inclines and steps. There are no public toilets in Corsica. Passengers wishing to use the facilities in local bars and cafés will be expected to purchase a drink.

Complete Corsica

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 6 hours

Experience views of the dramatic Corsican scenery, and enjoy a classic Corsican lunch.

Departing from the port, head towards Porto Vecchio, one of the most beautiful bays in Corsica. Travel inland towards Bavella, climbing up to the Ospedale Forest. Take in spectacular views across the hills and down to the Tyrrhenian Sea, the stretch of sea between Corsica and Italy.

The hamlet of Ospedale owes its name to a hospital that existed here during the roman colonisation. Enjoy a photo stop at the vast lake of the Barrage de l’Ospedale. This man-made reservoir supplies water to the south of Corsica.

Continue on to the mountain village of Zonza, gateway to the Alta Rocca Region. Driving through pine and chestnut forests, you’ll climb up to the Col de Bavella, where you’ll appreciate the stunning scenery of the region. Marking the top of the Bavella Pass is the serene statue of ‘Notre dame des Neiges’ (Lady of the Snow). Marvel at the breathtaking view over the Aiguilles de Bavella (granite needles) soaring behind Monte Incudine, the highest mountain in Southern Corsica.

After a typical Corsican lunch, a scenic drive will take you through the villages of Levie, Carbini and Figari, as you head back towards Bonifacio and your ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour. It is not suitable for passengers with vertigo as there are some winding roads. There are no public toilets in Corsica. Passengers wishing to use the facilities in local bars and cafés will be expected to purchase a drink.

Leisurely Porto-Vecchio

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 3¾ hours

Embrace the coastal beauty and charm of Corsica, during this half-day excursion to Porto-Vecchio.

Sit back, relax and learn about Corsica and its history on a leisurely drive to Porto-Vecchio. Corsica's natural harbour attracted the Genoese, who founded the town in 1539 as one of their defensive ports around the island. Porto-Vecchio is now a major economic and tourist hub. Its eclectic blend of old and new is highlighted by a modern marina attracting many impressive yachts, pleasure crafts and fishing boats, and a small town filled with chic bars, restaurants and boutiques, set amidst charming old buildings.

The quaint Old Town consists of a small grid of cobbled streets and a main square, 'Place de la Republique', which is lined with restaurants that are ideal for relaxing and people-watching. The Old Town is dominated by the Roman-styled, 19th century St Jean Baptiste Church.

Upon arrival in Porto-Vecchio, enjoy a guided walking tour along the ancient city walls. Stroll by the Porte Génoise Gate, which frames wonderful panoramic views of the harbour, sea and surrounding mountains.

Your visit to Porto-Vecchio will conclude with some free time for independent exploration, and an opportunity to browse the fashionable shops and boutiques. Afterwards, re-board your coach for the return journey to Bonifacio.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour, over mainly paved ground with some steps. The drive to Porto-Vecchio is approximately 45 minutes each way.

Sartene and the South West Coast

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

This tour will take you from Bonifacio to Sartene, along the scenic west coast.

Discover splendid views as you depart Bonifacio on a scenic drive along the west coast of Corsica. Halfway between Bonifacio and Sartene, you’ll find one of the great landmarks of south west coast of the island, the majestic Lion de Roccapina. Watching over the bay, this beautiful, natural sculpture is a granite rock formation that has weathered into the shape of a recumbent lion. Enjoy a brief photo stop before continuing your journey to Sartene.

Sartene, ‘the most Corsican of Corsican towns’, is built on a peninsula with many impressive houses nestled into the rocks. Located near the coast, this town was once very vulnerable to foreign invaders. During a walking tour, learn about the colourful history of Sartene, that includes everything from swashbuckling pirate attacks to bloody battles against the Genoese occupiers in the Middle Ages.

After your walking tour of Sartene, enjoy some free time, before your return journey to Bonifacio.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 1 hour of walking over rough ground, steps and inclines. It is not suitable for passengers with vertigo as there are some winding roads. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There are no public toilets in Corsica. Passengers wishing to use the facilities in local bars and cafés will be expected to purchase a drink.

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