Silversea Luxury Cruises To AJACCIO (Corsica)

AJACCIO (Corsica)

Famed as the island birthplace of French Emperor, Napoléon Bonaparte, Ajaccio has made a towering contribution to European history. Bonaparte may be omnipresent in Ajaccio – with statues watching out over palm-tree lined boulevards bearing his name - but there is a lot more to this charming city, where an unhurried Mediterranean attitude mixes with the trendy buzz of a French Riviera resort. The stunning setting pairs glowing blue water with a dramatic backdrop of towering, snow-capped peaks. View more

Bonaparte may have been famously short in stature, but he stands as a true giant of history. The National Bonaparte Museum is the ideal place to learn more of his life, in the very house where he was born in 1769. Just inside the modest Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption – surrounded by frescoed walls – you’ll also see the stone font where he was baptised. Elsewhere, the perched watchtower of Îles Sanguinaires is a short boat ride away, or Plage de Capo di Feno’s stunning, isolated band of white sand and transparent waters may tempt you outside of the historic city. Settle at a restaurant near the harbour to taste succulent wild boar, stewed in rich red wine casserole, or to crack into soft lobster meat. You also have to enjoy the famous fiadone cheesecake made from local brocciu cheese while you’re here, and to let the magic of unique Corsican Polyphony music carry you away. Three singers expertly blend harmonies to create a spine-tingling combination of melody – you’ll notice the distinctive style, as they each cover an ear to focus more clearly on their individual contribution.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in AJACCIO (Corsica)

Calanche de Piana

Embrace the stunning natural beauty of Corsica during this panoramic, full-day sightseeing excursion to the Calanche de Piana.


Gulf of Ajaccio and Sagone

Depart the pier for the scenic, 75-minute drive to the ancient Greek village of Cargese. En route, take in exquisite views of the Gulf of Ajaccio from the San Bastiano Pass, and follow the coast and Gulf of Sagone through charming little summer resorts. Upon arrival in Cargese, learn about this 17th-century village during a guided walking tour through its tree- and flower-filled lanes, and visit a pair of churches along the way.


Calanche de Piana

Next, re-board your coach and head to the Calanche de Piana, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the vivid, orange and pink rock masses and pinnacles of granite that plunge into the crystal-clear waters. The road runs through a maze of fantastic rock formations, some towering 984 feet (300 metres) above the waves along the corniche. A photo stop is made at the Calanches for spectacular panoramic vistas of this spectacularly eroded terrain.


Interior Porto, Spelunca Gorges and Capo d'Ota

From here, the road winds gently through the pine forest into Porto's incredibly scenic interior, mountains and Spelunca Gorges. This formidable sight has bare, granite walls that plunge 3,280 feet (1,000 metres) into the green torrent created by the confluence of five rivers. In the background, pass Ota, an isolated village located 3.1 miles (five kilometres) from Porto, and dominated by Capo d'Ota, a colossal domed rock whose overhanging summit appears as if it's poised to fall onto the village.

Evisa, Col de Sevi and Vico

Continue on to Evisa. Situated 2,723 feet (830 metres) above sea level, the village features bright-orange roofs amidst a lush background of chestnut forest, and a pair of long-distance hiking trails that converge here. Take in exquisite views across the mountains whilst passing the Col de Sevi 3,641-foot (1,110-metre) which links the Porto Valley and Liamone Basin. From here, your drive descends towards Vico, the old capital of the Sagone region, before returning to the pier.

Highlights of Ajaccio

Enjoy an introduction to Ajaccio and surroundings during this half-day excursion. Leaving the pier, begin your drive along the Cours Napoleon and past the main square, Place de Gaulle, dominated by a huge bronze statue of Napoleon and his four brothers. Then proceed through the former English Quarter and past Austerlitz Square, highlighted by another monument to Napoleon - a replica of the statue at Les Invalides in Paris.

Sanguinaires Islands

Leaving Ajaccio, your coach travels along the delightful Route des Sanguinaires toward the northern tip of the gulf. En route you will pass a succession of tourist developments and sandy beaches. A stop will be made at a view point offering views of the Gulf of Ajaccio with the Isle sanguinaires in the background. The unusual shapes and color of this miniature archipelago have inspired numerous artists; today they stand as the symbol of Ajaccio. Following a photo stop and some free time you will head back to town.

Your next stop is the 16th-century church that was the site where Napoleon was baptized in 1771. During a brief visit you can view the baptismal font, a marble altar dating from 1811 and a painting by Eugene Delacroix. (Interior visit is not guaranteed and may be cancelled in the event of a funeral or special celebration)

Casa Bonaparte

Pass by Casa Bonaparte (for an exterior view only). Nowadays a museum, it was once the residence of the Bonaparte family and Napoleon's place of birth on August 15, 1769. Then continue with your walk toward Place Foch.

Place Foch

This delightful, shady square is known locally as "Place des Palmiers" for the double row of huge palms bordering the square. Its focal point is a fountain of four marble lions with yet another statue of Napoleon. From here it is a short walk or drive back to the ship.

Prunelli Gorges

Experience the spectacular beauties of the Corsican Mountains during this half-day excursion to the Prunelli Gorges, with refreshments at a local cafe.

Enjoy a half-day outing into Corsica's beautiful and rugged interior. Driving out of Ajaccio you will pass the busy yacht harbor and then continue along a stretch of beach. Your route takes you by the airport situated in the crook of the splendid Gulf of Ajaccio. Then head inland towards the mountains, an immensely varied drive.

Corsican Countryside

The island's natural beauty includes fragrant forests, deep gorges and jagged mountains covered by maquis, the typical vegetation of Corsica including myrtle and Green and Cork oaks among others. As the road climbs to the village of Cauro, enjoy remarkable views over the Gulf of Ajaccio and the Sanguinaires Islands. Climbing still higher, the landscape changes dramatically from gardens and orchards to the bare jagged granite of the gorges themselves.

Prunelli Gorges and Tolla Lake

Next, head along a narrow road and through the impressive Prunelli Gorges. A stop at the man-made Tolla Lake view point allows for a closer look at the different plants comprising the maquis while enjoying the stunning landscape surrounded by mountains more than 6,000 feet high. On the way a comfort stop will be made.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Ajaccio at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Ajaccio at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Ajaccio at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Ajaccio at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Walking Tour & Bonaparte Museum

Explore the highlights of Ajaccio on-foot during this picturesque, half-day walking tour through the Old Town.


Ajaccio Old Town and Cathedral

Depart the pier and begin your approximately one-hour guided walking tour through the Old Town. Along the way, explore the cluster of ancient streets spreading north and south of Place Foch, which opens on the seafront. On the square, see a statue of Napoleon dressed as a Roman Consul and surrounded by four lions. Next, pass by the Cathedral, completed in 1593 and dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Cathedral is remarkable for its modest dimensions, imposing dome and fine ochre facade that lend a unique charm to the building. Napoleon was christened here in 1771.


Maison Bonaparte

Your tour continues with a stroll along Rue St. Charles en route to Maison Bonaparte, Napoleon's birthplace, located right in the town centre. This landmark is an example of how an insular leading figure's house looked like in the 18th century. Now a four-storey home, it has been enlarged and refurbished several times in its history. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the house, which is narrow but filled with Bonaparte's possessions.


Place du Diamant, Rue Fesch and Fesch Museum

On the Place du Diamant, also known as 'Place de Gaulle', see a statue of Napoleon on horseback surrounded by his four brothers and facing the town.

Your route then takes you through the delightful pedestrian Rue Fesch, which is lined with boutiques, cafés and restaurant. Afterward, some free time is made available for independent exploration. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the short walk back to the pier, or remain in town for further exploration and return to the ship on your own.

Walking Tour & Fesch Museum

Embrace the scenic splendour and legacy of Ajaccio on-foot during this picturesque, half-day walking tour through the Old Town.


Depart the pier for a guided stroll through the Old Town. Pass by a cluster of ancient streets, which opens up along the seafront, the square Foch with a statue of Napoleon dressed as a Roman Consul and the late-16th-century Cathedral.


Next, pass Maison Bonaparte, Napoleon's birthplace, which is located in the town centre. See a statue of Napoleon on horseback at the Place du Diamant, then proceed along Rue Fesch, which is lined with lovely boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Upon arrival at the Fesch Museum, explore the museum's collection, which includes a section dedicated to Napoleon and 14th-to-19th-century paintings by artists such as Titiano, Veronese and Boticelli.


Following your visit, commence the short walk back to the port. Upon arrival, you may opt to return directly to the pier or remain in town and return to ship on your own.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.