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About Calvi

Your first sight of Calvi will be dominated by the huge 15th century citadel overlooking the town and its cruise port (Quai Landry).

Unusually, it is the new town which is nearest, with the more historic quarter up towards the citadel. This makes for a very pleasant walk with lots to see along the way, including the St-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral and the Oratoire St Antoine, before you reach the citadel itself.

A lively Corsican holiday resort in its own right with a vibrant nightlife, Calvi is also close to the popular Llle Rouse resort further along the west coast. Other tours take you to Ajaccio, birthplace of Napoleon, and to the interior of the 'Scented Isle', so-called because of the sweet aromas from the mountainside maquis vegetation.

For shoppers, there is no shortage of Napoleonic souvenirs mixed in amongst some attractive local handicrafts and ceramics plus a variety of coral jewellery.


Shore excursions in Calvi

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.

Algajola Beach Transfer

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

If sightseeing is not for you, why not take advantage of one of Corsica’s lovely beaches, spend some quality time indulging in some relaxation in the sunshine.

Algajola is a charming, sleepy little town with a long stretch of glorious sandy beach, located along the coast between Calvi and Ile Rousse.

An ideal place to relax, unwind and avoid the crowds, Algajola town remains calm and tranquil even in the height of summer. The beach here boasts splendid crimped white sand and cool inviting blue waters. Take it easy and soak up the warm Corsican sun, or take a dip in the refreshing sea. However you choose to spend your time in Algajola, you are sure to have a relaxing and enjoyable time.

Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent, although availability cannot be guaranteed as this is a public beach. There are some small cafés and restaurants near to the beach for you to buy refreshments during your stay.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is unguided; however an English-speaking escort will accompany the coach. Passengers are reminded to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. The beach is a public beach, therefore it may become busy. Cost to hire sunbeds and umbrellas is approximately 20-25 Euros. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports; these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Captivating Corsica

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Idyllic hilltop villages, valleys with olives and citrus fruits. Enjoy stunning Corsican scenery on this panoramic coach tour.

Leaving the quaint harbour town of Calvi, you’ll drive through the Balagne Déserte, an uninhabited desert region of deep red rocks and fragrant green maquis. The Cirque de Bonifacto, a forest of pines and evergreen oaks borders Corsica’s highest mountains.

You’ll make a photo stop at Bocca Marsulino, which offers superb views of the region before continuing in the direction of Galeria, the start of the protected marine area. The corniche road is narrow and curvy, bordered by gigantic boulders overlooking a rock-strewn, deep blue sea. All along this route, you’ll have glorious views of the Gulf, Fango Valley and the magnificent Paglia Orba massif.

Continue past secluded bays and island scenery before arriving at Punta Revellata, the entrance to Calvi's bay. From the small Notre-Dame-de-la-Serra Chapel, you can take in the picture-perfect views of Calvi, Calenzana and Revellata before driving back to Calvi at sea level.

During this delightful scenic tour, you’ll make a stop for a refreshment at a local café.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Pre-booking is strongly recommended due to limited capacity. Please note, the majority of the sightseeing is from the coach. There is some uneven gravel ground and a few steps at the Notre Dame Chapel and although this tour has little walking, it is advisable to wear flat, comfortable shoes. This tour involves winding mountain roads and is not advisable for passengers who suffer with vertigo or motion sickness.

Île Rousse On Your Own

Activity lowShoppingFamily

Duration: 4 hours

Explore the pretty seaside town of Île Rousse independently.

Developed by Pascal Paoli in the 1760s, Île Rouse is an unconventional Corsican town. Its palm trees, elegant shops, flower-filled borders and striking pink seafront hotel, create an atmosphere that has more in common with the elite of the French Riviera, than the quaint shabby-chic of traditional Corsica. Upon arrival in this laid-back seaside town, you’ll find a wonderful white sandy beach, a bustling marketplace and an abundance of charming cafés, lining the central square. Your knowledgeable guide will provide you with a brief orientation tour, after which you’ll have around 2½ hours to explore independently. Perhaps follow the path up to the L' Île de la Pietra Genoese tower and lighthouse for stunning views across the town, or simply relax with a coffee and watch the world go by. You may also choose to mingle with the locals at the vibrant market, indulge in a spot of shopping, or if the weather is on your side enjoy a swim at the beach.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is 30 minutes of walking required during the orientation tour of Île Rousse; all further walking is at passengers’ discretion. Those passengers choosing to use the beach are advised to wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports; these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Scenic Corsica & Florent

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5¼ hours

Experience picturesque Corsica and visit Saint Florent, a popular resort in Northern Corsica.

Discover northern Corsica, whilst skirting the popular summer destinations of St Ambroggio or Algajola. Marvel at breathtaking views on your panoramic drive. Pass through the little town of Ile Rousse (Red Island), before turning inland towards the Désert des Agriates which is a protected wildlife reserve.

Finally reaching Saint-Florent - beloved by the rich and famous yet still managing to retain its small fishing-port personality with pretty, narrow streets and little boutiques. You can enjoy either an optional guided walk or free time on your own.

Relax in one of the cafés lining the marina, explore on your own, or if you’re in search of a good walk you can hike the circular Genoese citadel built in 1439, offering a wonderful 360° view. The St Maria Assunta Cathedral is also located a half-mile from the town centre and is worth a visit for its fine Pisan-Romanesque architecture.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There is an optional walk of approximately 45 minutes in Saint Florent over some paved and uneven ground. Local currency will be required to purchase refreshments. The journey time to Saint Florent will last approximately 1¾ hours each way. This tour involves winding roads and is not advisable for passengers who suffer with vertigo or motion sickness.

Villages and Views

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Corsica is famed for its stunning scenery and picturesque villages - be enchanted by its charms and delights.

A leisurely panoramic drive takes you along winding country roads and through picturesque villages, towards the Haute-Balagne coast, once the most fertile region of Corsica.

You’ll journey through the charming village of Lumio, where you’ll be treated to a wonderful view of the Romanesque church and the surrounding vineyards.

The hazy silhouette of the oldest inhabited village in Corsica, San Antonino, is visible from miles around, its cluster of orange buildings clinging to the granite hilltop like a bird’s nest. The Savelli, who ruled from the now-ruined castle, occupied San Antonino in the 9th century. The town’s circular layout of narrow, cobbled lanes, vaulted passageways and neat stone houses has changed little over the past 300 years. During a refreshment stop, you’ll have an opportunity to sample some delicious typical Corsican snacks.

Complete your tour with some free time in the pretty seaside town of Île Rousse, before travelling back to Calvi.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The coach will park below San Antonino (due to restricted access). Steps leading to the village are steep and uneven, therefore care should be taken. This tour involves winding roads and is not recommended for those with who suffer from vertigo or motion sickness. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Toilet facilities are limited and queues can be expected.


A selection of cruises to Calvi

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