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About Elba

As soon as you step ashore in Elbas cruise harbour Portoferraio, you will feel the centuries slip away as you imagine how Napoleon felt when he arrived to start his first period in exile. Steeped in history running way back to the Romans and Etruscans - Greek mythology even has it that Jasons Argonauts came this way too - Elba has prospered ever since the medieval
Medicis arrived. 

You will see an imposing Medici fort, as well as a Martello Tower and second fort (Stella), looking down on you as you cruise into the harbour and then walk through the Porta a Mare archway into an old town full of cafés, bars and shops.

Touring around Elba, you will enjoy beautiful scenery and discover hidden coves and beaches. You can even take a funicular to enjoy the panoramic views from the top of 3,200ft Mount Capanne. A visit to Napoleons ornate summerhouse and gardens at San Martino will also be on your wish list.

 

Shore excursions in Elba

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.

Discover Elba

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

This tour is designed to give an overall impression of the scenic beauty of the island, both coastal and inland.

Relatively unknown to most tourists, the island of Elba exudes charm and history. Quaint villages and magnificent coastal and mountain scenery are abundant as you venture towards the west of the island. Pass by the small resort of Procchio, noted for its fine beach. Continue inland to Poggio and Marciana, perched like twin sentinels on Monte Capanne.

The attractive little seaside resort of Marciana Marina is favoured by holidaymakers. You’ll make a short stop at Marciana Marina for souvenir shopping and sightseeing. Historical monuments include The Tower, built in the 16th century to defend the village from pirates.

With its large, curving beach backed by pinewoods, Marina di Campo is a picturesque old town with a fishing harbour and winding streets.

The small resort of Porto Azzurro is lined with colourful waterfront cafés and yachts. The town takes its name from the colour of the sea, and is dominated by a 17th century Spanish fort.

On your return a stop to admire the underground rooms of a huge Roman Villa, Punta delle Grotte which offers picturesque views of the coastal scenery.

Enjoy a local style lunch in a restaurant in Marina di Campo.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a total of around 2 hours’ walking over some cobbled and uneven surfaces. The tour involves some winding roads and is therefore unsuitable for passengers with vertigo or motion sickness. There are a few steps to negotiate at the lunch venue. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

East of Elba

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3¼ hours

The east of Elba has a rugged landscape, with high cliffs and stony beaches. This delightfully scenic tour will reveal the other side of this enchanting island.

Leaving Portoferraio, drive northwards to see the beaches of Biodola and Procchio. From Procchio, you’ll cross the island travelling south to visit Marina di Campo and Porto Azzurro. The road connecting them passes green hills offering superb views of the heart-shaped Gulf of Stella.

Wander the idyllic old town of Marina di Campo, which boasts a sweeping beach, fishing harbour and quaint winding streets. Relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Porto Azzurro features a maze of alleys with a bustling ‘piazza’. It’s no surprise the town takes its name from the wonderful crystal-clear waters. Porto Azzuro is a centre for artisans who work with the local minerals; you’ll be able to see a private collection during your visit.

Named after the underground rooms of a huge Roman Villa, Punta Delle Grotte offers splendid views of the delightful coastal scenery.

Your return across the island will be through the picturesque countryside, dotted with farms and vineyards.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There is very little walking on this tour. There will be a short time for souvenir shopping in Porto Azzuro.

Footsteps of Napoleon

Activity high

Duration: 2 hours

Retrace the fascinating footsteps of Napoleon. Discover his influences on this charming island and the interesting tales behind his time here.

Old Gate (Medici) is the entrance to the second fortified town in the Mediterranean after Malta. Making your way through the narrow, picturesque streets of Portoferraio you reach Napoleon’s theatre, named "I Vigilanti", a typical Italian-style theatre with 3 orders of boxes and built by Napoleon converting the volume of a deconsecrated church.

Continuing along Via Victor Hugo we reach the "Palazzina ei Mulini" where Napoleon spent most of his time. Wonderfully situated on the upper part of the fortifications of Portoferraio, Palazzina dei Mulini has a superb view over the bay. Although many things disappeared after Napoleon’s departure, the Palace still has beautiful furniture, paintings, statues, books and, of course, the first famous portrait of Napoleon by J. L. David.

From here, you’ll walk through one of the oldest parts of the town, "Salita Napoleone" - Napoleon's Stairway which takes to the Church of Misericordia.

Your tour ends at the Sea Gate in the town centre.

Essential information

This excursion will operate on foot. To reach the Palazzina dei Mulini there is a walk of approximately 15 minutes, which involves 115 steps. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Island Charm

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Explore the medieval town of Capoliveri, and sample some of the wonderful local wines and delicacies of La Chiusa.

Visit the enchanting ancient town of Capoliveri, which has retained much of its medieval atmosphere and architecture, typically graceful and elegant. Capoliveri offers superb panoramic views over the gulfs of Lacona and Campo. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the twisting streets or browse the town’s tiny shops during your free time.

In La Chiusa you’ll take a walk along an avenue bordered by olive trees, before arriving at a farmhouse. Discover superb views over the ocean and the Medicean fortresses of Portoferraio on the other side of the bay. You’ll be invited to a tasting of La Chiusa products including wines, savouries and olive oils and have the option to purchase some of these wonderful items.

Before returning to the port, you’ll stop at the Roman ruins at Punta delle Grotte for another wonderful photo opportunity.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There will be a 5 minute walk from the coach park to the centre of Capoliveri. There is also a 5 minute walk from the coach park to the farmhouse which is over gravel terrain. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Leisurely Elba

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3¼ hours

Enjoy a relaxing tour of the beautiful island of Elba and sample some refreshing local delights.

Leaving Portoferraio, you’ll head for Colle Reciso and then cross the island to Porto Azzurro. During the journey, you’ll have a chance to see the wide variety of plant life on the island: chestnut and oak woods; alpine flora in the mountains; eucalyptus and cork oaks. Among the beautiful flowers are some species of wild orchids and lilies.

You’ll find a maze of alleys with a bustling ‘piazza’ on the waterfront of Porto Azzurro. The island’s second port takes its name from the colour of the sea, and is dominated by a 17th century fortification.

Relax and enjoy refreshing local delights and a non-alcoholic cocktail at a nearby hotel as you admire the scenery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There will be a 5-10 minute walk from the coach park to reach the hotel where refreshments will be served.

 

A selection of cruises to Elba

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