Corsica cruises come in many different forms to satisfy just about any budget or interest. Sightseeing excursions in two particular places are quite popular. Perhaps the most photographed location on the island is the view of the spectacular Calvi citadel and townscape from the harbor, and sailing in the Bouches de Bonifacio between the southern tip of Corsica and nearby Sardinia is thrilling. These Corsica cruises are quite popular and last only a couple hours.
Additionally, many people cruise to Corsica in their own or chartered yachts. Some of the finest Corsica hotels have private marinas to accommodate these guests, and there are harbor marinas in all of the larger ports as well as in some smaller towns and villages around the coastline. There is also excellent diving here, and numerous operators who will take you out for diving trips of several days. A Corsica shore excursion for these intrepid travelers might be little more than putting in at completely deserted beaches for a romantic picnic lunch.
A cruise to Corsica might also be only a stop for the big ocean liners that ply the Mediterranean Sea stopping for a day or two on the coasts of places Spain, North Africa, Sicily, Greece, and Turkey. The primary Corsica cruise port for these trips is at Ajaccio, although Calvi may also appear on itineraries. Since the island is quite small (only about the size of Wales in the United Kingdom), it is possible explore a great deal of what the island has to offer during a Corsica shore excursion from just a single port.
A typical Corsica shore excursion will include a panoramic tour of the port town, with possibly some free time to get in some shopping. Then you might visit a typical country farm or one of the wineries for a home-hosted lunch and tasting. The excursion might end with a scenic drive along the spectacular rugged coastline or into the dramatic mountains that cover such a large portion of the island. From either Calvi or Ajaccio, cruise lines offer excursions into the magnificent wilderness and dramatic red granite crags of the Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and to the foot of Monte Cinto, the highest peak on the island at nearly 9,000 feet.
Oftentimes, a cruise to Corsica doubles as a method of transportation—a simple way to get from one place to the other. While there are four airports, and airlines to Corsica arrive here from England, Germany, the Netherlands, and other countries in Europe, the largest percentage of visitors arrive here on one of the many regularly scheduled ferries from cities on mainland France and Italy and from the nearby Italian island of Sardinia. Many of these Corsica cruises allow you to bring your vehicle, so you have a way to explore independently and on your own schedule once you arrive. Travel times vary depending on your point of origin, and there are overnight ferries allowing you to book a private cabin and get a good night’s sleep before arrival.