Silversea Luxury Cruises To ILE ROUSSE CORSICA

ILE ROUSSE CORSICA

“Where the mountains meet the sea,” the beautiful island of Corsica, set in the blue waters of the Mediterranean between Italy and France, is steeped in history. Ile Rousse is built on the site of an old roman settlement. She rivals Calvi as a seaside resort, with nice sandy beaches and good accommodation facilities. View more

The port of Ile Rousse was built by Pasquale Paoli –most famous Corsican Patriot-in 1758 to replace Calvi, still in Genoese hands, has taken the place of first port in this region for exporting fresh fruit and olive oil. The harbour is located on an peninsula, red coloured rock, that just comes out of the sea hence the name of Ile Rousse which means “ reddish island”. There is a lighthouse at the outer end of the island with an old ruined tower. Returning to the mainland a street leads from port to town centre along a nice sandy beach, towards the main square Place Paoli. In the middle of the square there is a statue of Pascal Paoli. During Summer season, the square surrounded by palm trees welcomes numerous tourists looking for some shade and refreshing ice cream. The old market situated in the middle of the town, faced to the Paoli square, offers a large choice of fresh fruits and veggies as well as fish from the catch of the day, or a sample of the famous Corsican delicatessen, cheeses, honeys and wines.

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.

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ROME (Civitavecchia) To BARCELONA
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ROME (Civitavecchia) To ROME (Civitavecchia)
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Excursions in ILE ROUSSE CORSICA

Calvi Walking Tour

Enjoy a 90-minute walking tour of the picturesque, historic town of Calvi, a beautiful place on Corsica's northwestern coast. Perched over a crescent-shaped bay with stunning views, this town that began as a medieval citadel is offers inspiring views from its restaurants that line the harbor.


Citadel

Begin your exploration on foot with a walk from the pier to the citadel and learn about how Calvi got its name. The name Clavi is rooted in the Latin word calvus, meaning "bald," named so for the tree-less, bare terrain on which the citadel was established. Built in the 13th century, this impressive structure is a major historic landmark that also offers panoramic views from its hilltop setting.


Cathedral St Jean Baptiste

Proceed next to the main square of Place d'Armes, where the Cathedral St Jean Baptiste looms prominently and impressively. While the cathedral was built and founded in the 13th century, it was destroyed in part by the Turks in 1553. When it was rebuilt, it was made in the form of the Greek cross.


Christopher Columbus Birthplace

Next visit the home believed to be that of the town's most famous resident, Christopher Columbus. While the house was destroyed by Nelson's troops in the 1794 siege; a statue remains to declare the relative significance of this site.


Other Key Sites and Free Time

Walk to the the former Governor's Palace, Caserne Sampiero, and then onto the Oratoire St Antoine, resplendent with ornate Italian frescoes. Your tour ends with some time left to enjoy Calvi on your own by visiting the vibrant, busy Quay Landry area of Calvi. There are restaurants and cafes to choose from, or you can relax at the charming harbor and watch the activity.



Please note: This itinerary is subject to change and the order of sites visited may vary. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, approximately 2km and a total of 30 steps. As there are no elevators or wheelchair lifts this tour is not accessible for wheelchairs and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility unless they bring a travel companion to assist in the more strenuous portions of the tour. Guests must be able to get on and off the coach on their own. Minimum age to participate is 10; children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring cash if you would like the option to purchase any beverages. Only guests purchasing a beverage may use the toilet facility at the café venue. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress comfortably according to the weather, bringing a light jacket if necessary. Space on this tour is somewhat limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Ile Rousse Taste and Market

Enjoy the charming coastal Ile Rousse, which translates to "Red Island" and is a favorite of tourists due to its charming history and stunning natural setting. Also called L'Ille-Rouse, it is was founded in 1758 by Pasquale Paoli, though the site has evidence as being inhabited as an active town as early as 1000 BC. In fact, archeological digs suggest that the main peninsula was even populated in the Neolithic period (5000 BC)!


Walking Tour of Old Town

For today's half-day tour, meet your guide for a walking tour of Ille Rousse's lovely sights, winding your way through the photogenic Old Town. Stroll the historic streets named after Pascal Paoli, Napoleon and Louis Philippe around the sumptuous main square, Place Paoli, shaded by old plane trees.


Market Tasting

After your 1.5-km walking tour, make your way to the Ile Rouse Market, led by your local guide who can point you to the best Corsican products and point out their unique qualities different from other French cuisine. Taste the delightfully flavored gourmet products in the covered market, which was built by the Mayor Piccioni in 1844. The market is made of 21 pillars, appearing as a classical temple, which gave the market its status of a historic monument in 1993.


Refreshment and Free Time in Pascal Paoli Square

Next visit the Pascal Paoli square and enjoy some refreshments. The life of this small city organizes itself around this square named after one of the Founding Fathers of Corsica, lesser known than Napoleon but nonetheless as important in Corsican History. Enjoy some free time on your own before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking (1.5 km), with some steps and cobblestones to travel. The tour is not suitable for guests with mobility concerns that are unable to board and disembark the coach on their own, or for those confined to wheelchairs. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable clothing appropriate to the day's weather and sturdy walking shoes. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Old Villages of Corsica

Enjoy half a day touring some of the most exquisitely picturesque cliffside villages of Corsica, taking in the charm, history and ambiance of these places where time seems to stop. See medieval buildings in various stages of use and ruin, from vibrant cliffside towns to ancient churches. Departing the pier, drive half an hour through the untamed scenery of the rural Balagne region on a scenic coastal road.


Lumio

Arrive in the village of Lumio. Built into the steep hillside overlooking Golfe Calvi, a visit to Lumio is almost worth it for the view alone. The town offers much more charm, with its ancient buildings still intact dating as far back as the 11th century and full of history. Please note that depending on conditions and traffic, the route may change.


Cateri

From Lumio, take a narrow, winding road through the interior of Corsica to the classic villages that have been here for hundreds of years (over a thousand in some cases). Arrive in Cateri, which means "portals," perhaps referring to the many doorways to history this interesting village offers. Drive past ancient granite houses and the Santa Maria Assunta Church, a convent built on ruins from the 10th century. The church interestingly has Baroque and 20th century elements that create a unique blend of history and culture possible only in a place like Corsica.


Sant'Antonino

Next, pass by Col de Salvi with its flowered balconies, en route to Sant'Antonino. Referred to as one of the most beautiful places in northern Corsica, Sant'Antonio is particularly lovely, with its grand medieval hilltop setting, stone archways and gorgeous, wild gardens. Visit the village and take a comfort stop and/or a refreshment, and then continue your drive continues past the interesting Church of Aregno with its multi-coloured walls and unique sculptures.


Pigna

Your last stop is in the tiny and even more ancient village of Pigna, founded in 862. Pigna is named for a region of Rome from which came Lieutenant Consalvo came, sent by the pope in the 9th century. Take time to appreciate the unique houses in gold with their azure shutters. Stop to enjoy a refreshment before making the 30-minute return drive to the pier.



Please note: This itinerary is subject to change and the order of sites visited may vary. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, approximately 2km and some steps at Saint Antoninu, a town filled with cobblestones. Due to many uneven surfaces, hills and inclines (as well as three big steps into the coach), this tour is not accessible for wheelchairs and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility unless they bring a travel companion who can assist. Due to the winding, narrow roads, this tour may not be suitable for guests who are prone to motion sickness. Guests must be able to get on and off the coach on their own. Unfortunately, the tour operator is unable to accommodate motorized wheelchairs or scooters. Bring cash if you would like the option to purchase any beverages. Please note there are very few comfort stops because Corsica does not offer public restrooms. Only guests purchasing a beverage may use the toilet facility at any Corisca café venue. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes dress comfortably according to the weather, bringing a light jacket if necessary. Space on this tour is somewhat limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Saleccia Botanical Park

Equal parts manicured and rugged, the awe-inspiring Saleccia Botanical Park is a jewel of Corsica. Stretching over 17 acres on an estate that covers 200 acres, the park offers a quintessentially Mediterranean experience that combines the simple beauty of nature with the ingenious design that only highlights the natural setting. Learn of the mythical significance and traditional culinary and medicinal uses of hundreds of plants and herbs as you walk on your own time in this spectacular place.


Drive just 20 minutes from port to arrive at Saleccia Botanical Park, where you have over two hours to visit the park and enjoy time at leisure. This park is set amidst the mountainous hills of Corsica and highlights the island's natural endemic plants to the island, as well as other Mediterranean botanical specimens: oleanders, cypress, and old-fashioned roses. All of these are planted on the grounds of an ancient agricultural estate, for a unique experience for you to enjoy today.


There are several walks you can choose to take:


Maquis Walk

Features a winding path through scented trees including myrtle, cypress and other varieties, as well as arbutus trees.


Olive Grove

See over a hundred varieties of olive trees originating from over 15 countries. The olive trees in this grove were grafted with over a hundred species from all over Corsica, but also continental France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Morocco. Alongside the olive trees are many other trees, including fig, bay, almonds, grenadines and juniper.


Mediterranean Garden

An array of decorative and scented Mediterranean plants.


Romantic Path

Three hundred bushes of old-fashioned roses in many different colours and includes hybrid roses created by landscape designer Bruno Demoustier.


Wild Plant Walk

Many native plants here that explain why Corsica is referred to as "the scented isle." See an array of herbs in their natural habitate, including rosemary, thyme, curry plant, euphorbia and spurge.


In 1974 the gardens were nearly completely destroyed by fire, with all but a dozen of the ancient olive trees taken. The landscape designer Bruno Demoustier rehabilitated the park and designed a magnificent arboretum and botanical garden.


After your visit make the return drive to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, approximately 2km over uneven, natural terrain. Once in the gardens, it is impossible to get picked up by the coach as the vehicle cannot get close to the walking trails. As there are no elevators or wheelchair lifts and uneven terrain at the park, this tour is not accessible for wheelchairs and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility unless they bring a travel companion to assist in the more strenuous portions of the tour. Guests must be able to get on and off the coach on their own. Minimum age to participate is 5; children must be accompanied by an adult. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress comfortably according to the weather, bringing a light jacket if necessary. Space on this tour is somewhat limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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

Explore Calvi at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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

Explore Calvi at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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

Explore Calvi 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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

Explore Calvi 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.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

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.