Silversea Luxury Cruises To Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Set on a hillock overlooking a beautiful deep blue bay, Porto Vecchio, 15 miles (25km) north of Bonifacio, was rated by Scottish author James Boswell as one of "the most distinguished harbours in Europe". It was founded in 1539 as a second Genoese stronghold on the east coast, Bastia being well established in the north. View more

The site was perfect; close to the unexploited and fertile plain, it benefited from secure high land and a sheltered harbour, although the mosquito population spread malaria and wiped out the first Ligurian settlers within months. Things began to take off mainly thanks to the cork industry, which still thrived well into the twentieth century. Today, a third of Corsica's wine is exported from Porto Vecchio, but most revenue comes from visitors. Around the centre of town explore the well-preserved fortress and the small grid of ancient streets backing onto the main place de la République. East of the square you can't miss the Porte Génoise, which frames a delightful expanse of sea and salt pans and through which you'll find the quickest route down to the modern marina, lined with cafés and hotels.

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Civitavecchia (Rome) To Barcelona
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    May 06, 2018
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Excursions in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Lavezzi Islands

The pristine natural beauty of the Bonifacio coast is yours to discover during this scenic, half-day cruise excursion to the Lavezzi Islands.

Bonifacio Coastal Cruise, Citadel, Upper Town

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45 minute drive to Bonifacio. Upon arrival, embark a boat for the approximately one-hour cruise along the picturesque coastline of Bonifacio. Along the way, see the dramatic sight of the Citadel and Upper Town, whose buildings are perched on the magnificent chalky cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.


Goulet, Sdragonatu Cave

Next, sail out through the Goulet, the narrow harbour entrance, then pass the deep rocky inlets and a low, narrow passage en route to the magical Sdragonatu Cave, or 'Grotte du Sdragonatu'. The cave and its colourful seabed are comprised of a single huge chamber, with a hole in the roof shaped like a map of Corsica. Following your visit inside the cave, proceed to the Lavezzi Islands, a small archipelago of granite islands and reefs in the Strait of Bonifacio.


Lavezzi Islands, Reefs, Beaches, Wildflowers, Mediterranean Sea, Cavallo Island, Pointe de Sperone

Upon arrival at the Lavezzi Islands, some free time is made available to explore the beautiful beaches and azure-coloured sea at your leisure. This nature reserve is also home to several rare species of wildflower, including the yellow-horned poppy and white sea daffodil. Following your visit, embark the boat for the approximately one-hour ride past Cavallo Island, the Pointe de Sperone, calanque and cliffs en route to the pier in Bonifacio. After disembarking the boat, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.25-hour drive back to the pier in Porto Vecchio.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometres), at times over uneven, natural and sandy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. Walking on the Lavezzi Islands is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or boat shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and bottled water from the ship. There are no hotels, roads, shaded areas, cafés, shops, or facilities on Lavezzi Island. Operation of this tour and entrance to the Sdragonatu Cave are subject to weather conditions.

Sartene & Delicacies

Explore the splendid Old Town of Sartène and its storied past during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Porto Vecchio, Sartène

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Sartène. En route, traverse the interior landscape between the coast and macchia. Sartène is perched on a promontory, with some of its houses built into the rocks. Known as the 'most Corsican of Corsica's towns', medieval Sartène is steeped in the traditions of superstition and vendetta. Even today, it retains a fascinatingly sombre atmosphere. Situated high on a hill, the perfectly preserved Old Town has high granite walls, tall townhouses with steep steps to guard against unexpected attacks, and a maze of narrow passageways. Although Sartène is not as commercially geared towards tourism as towns such as Bonifacio, it does offer an authentic Corsican experience.


Old Town, Castle Ruins, Musee de la Prehistoire Corse, Church Sainte Marie, Place de la Liberation

During your guided walking tour, learn about the storied history of the Old Town and view its main attractions. Highlights include early-13th-century castle ruins, the labyrinthic Old Town, small Musee de la Prehistoire Corse and Church Sainte Marie. Here, you can see the cross-and-chain carried by the penitent on Good Friday procession, and where warring families of the 19th century were forced to make peace. Your stroll continues on to a pleasant square, Place de la Liberation (previously called Place Porta). This square is lined with cafes and pizzerias, and offers lovely views over the surrounding valley. Following your walking tour, proceed for a refreshment stop. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore the Old Town at your leisure.


Lion de Roccapina Viewpoint

At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier. En route, a photo stop is made at the Lion de Roccapina Viewpoint, where a rock appears to have been carved into the shape of a lion.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in the Old Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests suffering from vertigo, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Highlights of Bonifacio

Experience the picturesque beauty of Corsica and its clifftop town of Bonifacio during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Porto Vecchio, Bonifacio, Citadel, St. Francois Convent, Mariners' Cemetery, St. Dominique Church

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Bonifacio, a town perched atop chalky cliffs plunging into the deep, blue Mediterranean Sea. Upon arrival in the lower-town, board a mini-train and ascend the winding road to the upper-town. En route, a spectacular panorama of the fjord and limestone cliffs unfolds. Pass the massive walls of the Citadel as you continue towards the lookout point. See the St. Francois Convent and Mariners' Cemetery, which features flamboyant mausoleums with stuccoed facades, Gothic arches and classical columns. In addition, view the exterior of the St. Dominique Church. This rare example of Corsican Gothic architecture was built in 1270, likely by the Templars.


Old Citadel, Two Emperors Street, Place des Armes, Jardin des Vestiges, Mediterranean Sea

Upon arrival at the entrance to the town, de-board the train and take a guided walking tour of the Old Citadel. Stroll through tiny, narrow streets bordered by high, granite houses. Continue on to Two Emperors Street, where Napoleon Bonaparte and Charles V spent a few days, then see the Place des Armes and Jardin des Vestiges, the only ruins from Old Bonifacio. From the marketplace, enjoy a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean Sea below the cliffs on which the town is built.

Porte des Genes, Little Train-Ride or Rastello Steps

Next, proceed for a brief visit to the Porte des Genes. This imposing gate, with its drawbridge, was once the only entrance to the town. Don't miss this unique opportunity to photograph the gate and fjord below, which is dotted with yachts and boats. Leaving the Porte des Genes, you may opt to re-board the little train for the ride back to the marina, or walk back via the Rastello Steps along the marina en route to the coach carpark. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board train. This tour is not suitable for guests suffering from vertigo, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Silver Shore Privato - Porto Vecchio by Private van and guide - full day

Explore Porto-Vecchio at your leisure during your half-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 Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Bonifacio by land and sea

Experience the medieval clifftop town of Bonifacio by land and sea during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Porto Vecchio, Bonifacio, Citadel, St. Francois Convent, Mariners' Cemetery, St. Dominique Church

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Bonifacio, a town perched atop chalky cliffs plunging into the deep, blue Mediterranean Sea. Upon arrival in the lower-town, board a mini-train and ascend the winding road to the upper-town. En route, a spectacular panorama of the fjord and limestone cliffs unfolds. Pass the massive walls of the Citadel as you continue towards the lookout point. See the St. Francois Convent and Mariners' Cemetery, which features flamboyant mausoleums with stuccoed facades, Gothic arches and classical columns. In addition, view the exterior of the St. Dominique Church. This rare example of Corsican Gothic architecture was built in 1270, likely by the Templars.


Old Citadel, Two Emperors Street, Place des Armes, Jardin des Vestiges, Mediterranean Sea

Upon arrival at the entrance to the town, de-board the train and take a guided walking tour of the Old Citadel. Stroll through tiny, narrow streets bordered by high, granite houses. Continue on to Two Emperors Street, where Napoleon Bonaparte and Charles V spent a few days, then see the Place des Armes and Jardin des Vestiges, the only ruins from Old Bonifacio. From the marketplace, enjoy a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean Sea below the cliffs on which the town is built.

Porte des Genes, Little Train-Ride or Rastello Steps, Boat-Ride, Limestone Cliffs and Caves

Next, proceed for a brief visit to the Porte des Genes. This imposing gate, with its drawbridge, was once the only entrance to the town. Don't miss this unique opportunity to photograph the gate and fjord below, which is dotted with yachts and boats. Leaving the Porte des Genes, you may opt to re-board the little train for the ride back to the marina, or walk back via the Rastello Steps along the marina. Upon arrival at the marina, embark a local tender boat for a ride under the astonishing limestone cliffs on which the houses of the citadel are perched precariously above the sea. Weather permitting, your captain manoeuvres the boat into the caves carved into the limestone. Following your boat-ride on these crystal-clear waters, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, board/de-board train and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests suffering from vertigo, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Silver Shore Privato - Porto Vecchio by Private van and guide - half day

Explore Porto-Vecchio 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 4 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 Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Porto Vecchio by Private car and guide - half day

Explore Porto-Vecchio 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 Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Porto Vecchio by Private car and guide - full day

Explore Porto-Vecchio at your leisure during your half-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 Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.