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Corsica reveals its hidden treasures (port-to-port package)

Kalliste. The most beautiful. The ancient Greeks used this name to talk about the allure of Corsica, a veritable heaven on earth that seems to have every wonder of the world on its shores or in its hills. Join us on a cruise to discover the kaleidoscope of blue in the sea waters and the fresh mountain air in the peaks.

Trip code : NAO_PP

Duration : 8 days

Destination : NICE - AJACCIO - BONIFACIO - PORTOVECCHIO - BASTIA - L'ILEROUSSE - NICE

Operator : CroisiEurope Cruises

Trip Highlights
  • Exceptional cruise to discover Corsica from north to south
  • Dinner with Corsican music and songs in a traditional inn
  • The island’s major areas: Ajaccio(1), Calvi(1), Bonifacio(1), and Porto-Vecchio(1)
  • Cap Corse(1) and the nature reserve on the Archipelago of Lavezzi(1)
  • The natural wonders : the Îles Sanguinaires(1), the Calanques de Piana(1-2) and the Balagne Region(1)
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

Booking Confirmation

After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please notes:

  • Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
  • Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges

Cruise Cabin

European river cruises*

  • All cabins are tastefully decorated and equipped with air conditioning, central heating, shower / toilets, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer— each providing a view of the river. Some cabins have French balconies or private terraces.
  • Our fleet of Premium ships offers additional comfort providing more space in the cabins.

Customers can choose between 3 categories of cabins:

  • Category A: premium location
  • Category B: intermediate location
  • Category C: standard location (close to public areas such as entrance, restaurants, public lavatory) - same size or sometimes slightly smaller than Cat A & Cat B cabin
  • PRM Cabin: Cabin for passengers with reduced mobility. This cabin is not recommended for passengers without mobility difficulties.

*The above cabin description is applicable to all ships except the canal barges, the ocean ships and the fleet of exotic river ships outside of Europe.

Dining Experience & Cuisine

On European river cruises, your meals are carefully designed and planned, and menus are developed in the pure tradition of fine French gastronomy. Each meal on your cruise will give you a delightful experience of French haute cuisine. For our gastronomic cruises, such Michelin-starred greats as Marc Haeberlin and the expert staff surrounding Paul Bocuse have been happy to join forces with CroisiEurope to take you on a memorable culinary voyage.

For cruises outside of Europe, our Chefs prepare local cuisine, colorful and tasty, while adapted to Western tastes.

Buffet Breakfast

  • Your day will start with an impressive self-served buffet breakfast in the onboard restaurant, which may include pastries, coffee, tea, juice, breads, jams and jellies, a variety of sausages and cold cuts, eggs, fresh fruit, and yogurt.

Lunch & Dinner

Lunch can be either buffet lunch or sit-down meals, while dinner will be 3-course sit-down meals. A menu of local specialties is prepared on a daily basis from fresh ingredients.

  • Please state your specific needs at the time you make your reservation (food allergies or special dietary needs)
  • Both lunch and dinner meals are paired with excellent complimentary wines. Complimentary wines may not be available for cruises outside of Europe. Check specific inclusions for your cruise.

Special Occasion

  •  Please let us know your special occasion requirements – such as cakes, champagne, or flowers – at the time of booking and ideally one month or more before departure, and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes

Languages

European river cruises

Onboard staff and crews speak French, English and many of them speak other major European languages such as German, Italian and Spanish. Notices and announcements are in French and English, as well as other languages based upon the needs of the passengers on board.

River cruises outside of Europe

Onboard staff and crews speak English and local languages.

Excursion Package

For European river cruises, two optional different excursion packages provide guests, who are looking for new experiences, adventures and sensations, with a range of dynamic, fun-filled and out-of-the-ordinary activities. Make your choice between these two options:

  • CLASSIC Package: Containing classic excursions based on culture, architecture and history. We’ve revamped several of our tours to give you a more authentic experience!
  • DISCOVERY Package: Discovery tours are for the adventurous, the offbeat, or those who are looking for something new.

It is recommended to book optional shore excursions prior to your cruise to ensure their availability and to benefit from cheaper prices than buying them on board.

Excursions on European canal barge cruises and exotic river cruises outside of Europe are included (except certain optional excursions).

Tipping & Gratuity

Tipping customs vary from country to country and culture to culture, and we understand that tipping is a way for passengers to show appreciation for services, quality and attention received during the cruise whether it be for the meals, rooms, reception or visits. To leave a tip, please use the envelope found in your cabin your last evening on board, and place this envelope in the specially designated box in the reception area as you disembark with the understanding that tipping is entirely at your discretion.

Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive. In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

If you are travelling on a river cruise and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard:

- Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.


Smoking

Smoking is not permitted inside all ships.  You may smoke in designated smoking areas on deck only.

Pets

Pets are not allowed on board.

Telephone and Internet

Free wi-fi is available on all ships in the reception area and lounge bar on most ships. On the newest ships such as the Ms Gerard Schmitter, the MS Cyrano de Bergerac, the MS Lafayette and the fleet of four hotel barges, Wi-Fi is available throughout. For exotic river cruises outside of Europe, wifi may not be available when cruising in remote areas.

Your ship’s emergency telephone number will be provided in your on-board documentation, so that your family may reach you in the event of urgent need or emergency. If you would like to make or receive phone calls on a non-emergency basis, we recommend that you make arrangements with your mobile phone provider for more information.

Dress Code

You’ll be most comfortable during the day in smart casual clothing.  You may wish to bring items that do not wrinkle easily, or that transport well after being ironed at home, as there is no iron provided on the ship.  Bring a variety of clothing for the environments expected during your cruise, including light clothing and bathing suits for hot weather, a sweater or jacket for cooler weather, and of course a raincoat and/or small umbrella.

Please check the weather for your specific cruise countries, as the weather can vary quite a bit between the northern and Mediterranean areas.  Don’t forget to bring comfortable and sturdy walking shoes for sightseeing excursions.

For evening meals, as well as for cocktails or gala events ‘casual dressy’ clothing is appropriate.

Currency

On European river cruises, the primary currency is the Euro. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. There are no currency exchange facilities on-board, so please ensure you have sufficient cash before boarding. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

On exotic river cruises outside of Europe, the primary currency is the US Dollar. Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted. There are no currency exchange facilities on-board, so please ensure you have sufficient cash before boarding. Traveller’s cheques are not accepted.

Electricity

Onboard electrical service is 220V; most standard American electrical appliances are 120V.

If you have any items that require electricity you must bring a two-pin plug European adaptor that will fit your item.  Many items such as cell phone chargers come already equipped with international adaptors – check the equipment that came with your cell phone.  In addition, you may find that you need to bring adaptors for other items such as your own razor, electric toothbrush, or curling iron (220V hair dryers are provided in each cabin).

For exotic cruises outside of Europe, an adaptor to the local plug standard is recommended.

Entertainment on board

While your  cruise is all about discovering wonderful destinations, on many days there will be entertainment activities to add an extra dimension to your voyage. A traditional evening of entertainment with a “Titi Parisien” theme or an evening with songs and guitares that capture the spirit of La Camargue. Dinner in Spain may be accompanied by a guitar player from the region. A classical string quartet could come aboard in Germany, or an entrancing fado singer in Portugal. On the Volga, you can choose to take part in a tea drinking ceremony or Russian classes. Or simply do nothing except relax to some light music in the lounge. In exotic river cruise, cooking class or destination lectures are available. 

Travel Insurance

Our cruise products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur. You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.

DAY 1

Passengers are welcome to board at 5:00 p.m. We'll set out on an optional tour of Nice(2) (not included in the packages). The best way to get to know Nice is by strolling through the city and adsorbing its sights and sounds. After our excursion, we’ll return on board the ship. We’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner and an evening of activities on board. Our ship will cruise to Corsica overnight.

DAY 2

Our ship will begin to cruise to Corsica.In the afternoon, we offer two optional excursions:CLASSIC package: Ajaccio and the Îles Sanguinaires. Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, has a rich and historical past. We’ll also stop at the Pointe de la Parata, get a good glimpse of the Îles Sanguinaires, and stroll through this exceptional natural area.DISCOVERY package: The sights and scents of Corsica.We’ll cross the maquis—the Corsican underbrush exploding with a potpourri of flowers and plants—for a visit to Corsica PAM in Ocana.An evening of Corsican music and song on board.

DAY 3

Today,JOIN US FOR AN OPTIONAL full-day excursion to the Calanques de Piana and the village of Porto (pre-booking only). Our coach will travel along the picturesque coastline dotted with rocky inlets until we reach Porto. We’ll then jump on a local boat and head to the Calanques de Piana, where sheer cliffs and rock sculptures seem to jet up from the water and radiate a red hue along the coastline.ORThis morning,DISCOVERY package: An optional visit to the Maison Bonaparte, a national museum. The museum retraces the history of the Bonaparte family in Corsica as well as the series of exiles they experienced.This afternoon, DISCOVERY package: An optional afternoon at Mare E Sol or Capo Di Feno. At the end of the day, we'll begin to cruise to Bonifacio. We'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

DAY 4

Optional excursion for both packages:This morning, we’ll set out on an optional guided tour of Bonifacio. Bonifacio is rich with a history told along its small streets and paths, the thousand-year-old fortress, and the sturdy stone homes perched high above the sea waves.In the afternoon, join us for an optional excursion to the nature reserve on the Archipelago of Lavezzi. The islands are scattered with sculpted granite boulders and impressive cliffs.In the evening, we’ll have a delicious, in-season dinner at a traditional inn accompanied by Corsican music and songs.
This morning, we offer two optional excursions:CLASSIC package: Set out on an optional guided tour of Porto-Vecchio. The old town includes the ruins of a 16th-century citadel and gorgeous views of the marina.DISCOVERY package: An optional trip to Palombaggia Beach (with the possibility of a picnic lunch from the ship). In the late afternoon, we'll begin to cruise towards Bastia.

DAY 6

Today, we offer two optional excursions: CLASSIC package: Cap Corse Located to the north of Bastia and Saint-Florent, Cap Corse is a 25-mile-long promontory with several attractive fishing villages, gorgeous coastline, and a couple of good beaches. DISCOVERY package: Enjoy a full day of free time in Saint-Florent (lunch not included). Saint-Florent is a seaside city built on the cliffs overlooking the mouth of the Aliso River and the gulf that bears its name. At the end of the day, we’ll continue to cruise towards l’Ile-Rousse.
This morning, we offer two optional excursions: CLASSIC package: An optional tour of Calvi and its citadel. You’ll discover its large marina and immense bay surrounded by unique landscapes and often snow-capped mountains. OR Discover the old villages in the Balagne Region. These are the fertile hills of the island—commonly referred to as the Corsican gardens—where more than thirty villages are perched on cliffs or hidden in narrow valleys. DISCOVERY package: Kick back at Bodri or Ghjunchitu beach. We’ll then spend the afternoon crossing the Mediterranean to Nice. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

DAY 8

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
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DISCOVERY
DISCOVERY EXCURSIONS PACKAGE - 2023

Included in tour packageThe sights and scents of CorsicaMaison Bonaparte national museumBeach time - AjaccioBonifacioBoat Trip to the Lavezzi IslandsBeach time - Porto-Vecchio Full day of free time in

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 573.00 AUD

On-board : 671.00 AUD

CLASSIC
CLASSIC EXCURSIONS PACKAGE - 2023

Included in tour packageAjaccio and the Îles SanguinairesDay trip to the Calanques de Piana and Porto (only on pre-booking, not available on board)BonifacioBoat Trip to the Lavezzi IslandsPorto

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 872.00 AUD

On-board : 1,020.00 AUD

CLASSIC
CLASSIC EXCURSIONS PACKAGE - 2023

Included in tour packageAjaccio and the Îles SanguinairesDay trip to the Calanques de Piana and Porto (only on pre-booking, not available on board)BonifacioBoat Trip to the Lavezzi IslandsPorto

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 872.00 AUD

On-board : 1,020.00 AUD

1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Beach time - Calvi - 2023

Kick back at Bodri or Ghjunchitu Beach. These sublime beaches are both heaven on earth nestled between the azure sea and the wild maquis. Enjoy a moment of real fun and relaxation, either by catching

DURATION 04:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 54.00 AUD

On-board : 61.00 AUD

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AM
Maison Bonaparte national museum - 2023

The Maison Bonaparte is the house where Napoleon and most of his siblings were born. The museum recounts the rise of both Napoleon and his brother, Joseph, to power in Ajaccio. The home changed hands

DURATION 02:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 44.00 AUD

On-board : 49.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Beach time - Porto-Vecchio - 2023

An excursion to Palombaggia Beach. Palombaggia Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Crystal-clear waters, islands dotting the horizon, white sand, and umbrella pines are waiting j

DURATION 06:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 51.00 AUD

On-board : 56.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
PM
Ajaccio and the Îles Sanguinaires - 2023

We'll leave by coach for a panoramic tour of Ajaccio, Corsica's main commercial and cultural hub. You'll take in the city's main sites including the bronze monument to Napoleon and his

DURATION 04:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 83.00 AUD

On-board : 91.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
The Villages in the Balagne Region - 2023

We'll set off for a tour of villages in the Balagne Region. Each village has a story to tell about its culture and traditions. Discover a world of Corsican traditions, including the stonewash hous

DURATION 04:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 84.00 AUD

On-board : 95.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
PM
The sights and scents of Corsica - 2023

We’ll cross the maquis—the Corsican underbrush exploding with a potpourri of flowers and plants. Our first stop will be Corsica PAM, in the center of the Prunelli Valley, where Paul and Je

DURATION 04:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 115.00 AUD

On-board : 128.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
PM
Beach time - Ajaccio - 2023

An excursion to Mare E Sol Beach or Capo Di Feno (depending on traffic). Chill at one of the white beaches and take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea! Small huts offer a variety o

DURATION 04:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 51.00 AUD

On-board : 56.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
PM
Boat Trip to the Lavezzi Islands - 2023

The best times in Bonifacio are spent on the sea. A scenic boat tour will take you along the cliffs and grottoes to the Lavezzi Islands. We'll head to the boat on foot, and then enjoy a guided tou

DURATION 03:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 123.00 AUD

On-board : 137.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
PM
Tour of "Vieux Nice" - 2023

After boarding our coach in Nice, we'll drive to our first stop overlooking the city: Mont Boron. The hill is an excellent lookout from where the city of Nice and the neighboring bay of Villefranc

DURATION 02:30 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 98.00 AUD

On-board : 108.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
DAY
Day trip to the Calanques de Piana and Porto - 2023

Join us for an amazing full-day excursion to the red rocks and gorgeous waters at the Calanques de Piana. The sheer heights of the cliffs and beautiful, time-sculpted stone are just many of the wonder

DURATION 09:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 269.00 AUD

On-board : 0.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Porto Vecchio - 2023

Porto Vecchio is cut in half. Its quaint streets and castle ruins occupy the upper city, while the lower city sports more modern architecture. We'll take a coach to the historical heart of the cit

DURATION 04:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 71.00 AUD

On-board : 79.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Bonifacio - 2023

Our first visit will begin with a tourist-train tour of the city, a veritable open-air museum. Bonifacio is rich with a history told along its small streets and paths, its thousand-year old fortress,

DURATION 03:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 58.00 AUD

On-board : 64.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
AM
Calvi - 2023

We'll leave for Notre Dame de la Serra to enjoy some of the best views on the island. We'll then head to the citadel. Crowning a lofty promontory, Calvi's massive fortified citadel offers

DURATION 04:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 84.00 AUD

On-board : 95.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
DAY
The Cap Corse - 2023

The Cap Corse is the northern-most peninsula on the island. Its long, windy road traverses the wild coastline offering view after view of amazing scenery: high cliffs, enchanted castle ruins, and pict

DURATION 09:30 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 232.00 AUD

On-board : 258.00 AUD

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1 TRIPS OF DAY
DAY
Full day of free time in Saint-Florent - 2023

Saint-Florent is tucked between Cap Corse and the Balagne Region, where the only desert in Europe is found. This ancient Genoese city sits on one of the most beautiful gulfs in the Mediterranean. Toda

DURATION 08:00 hours

PRICE PER PERSON

Pre-paid : 111.00 AUD

On-board : 123.00 AUD

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