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Experience the very best of Corsica, including Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Porto Vecchio and the Îles Sanguinaires, on this exclusive boutique small-ship cruise

Starting out from Nice you will set sail for Corsica's azure waters and glistening bays. You will visit the sites of Ajaccio, Calvi, Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio, take in the wonders of Îles Sanguinaires, the Calanques de Piana and the Balagne region.

See the yachts at St-Florent, Corsica's answer to St-Tropez, and discover the Cap Corse, the nature reserve on the archipelago of Lavezzi. Enjoy Corsican music, taste traditional cuisine and sample the local myrtle bush liqueur.

You will take in Greek history at Cargèse and learn more about Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born in Ajaccio and whose formative years were influenced by Pascal Paoli, leader of the Corsican resistance.

Who better to share this rich story than the award-winning historian, writer and biographer of Napoleon, Dr Andrew Roberts? He will join you for an exclusive dinner and talk, and accompany you on a visit to Napoleon's former home, shedding light on this titan of world history.

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Andrew Roberts
Historian

One of the world's leading historians and biographers, he has a PhD from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department of King's College, London. He has written 13 books, including the awardwinning The Storm Of War: A New History Of The Second World War and Masters And Commanders. His biography, Churchill: Walking With Destiny, was published in the Autumn to widespread acclaim.

Price includes

  • 100% financially protected through Travel Trust Association
  • Return flight and transfers
  • Seven nights' cruise accommodation on La Belle des Océans
  • All meals on board
  • On-board lectures
  • Exclusive talk with Andrew Roberts
  • Signed copy of Napoleon: A Life**
  • Visit to Maison Bonaparte with Andrew Roberts
  • Dinner and music in a traditional inn
  • Drinks with meals and at the bar
  • Gala dinner
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Headsets for excursions
  • On-board activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance

Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jul 8, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Jul 15, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,529*

* Please note, this price is per person and for Telegraph subscribers only. Price is based on Horizon Cabin Deck 3. Single supplement £605. Deposit 20% at time of booking. Subject to availability. **Subscribers only (one copy per booking). To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer visit www.telegraph.co.uk/rewards. Calls are made at local rates. Tours is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Tours, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

From
Fri, Fri, Jul 8, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Jul 15, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,595*

* Please note, this price is per person and for all other Telegraph readers. Price is based on Horizon Cabin Deck 3. Single supplement £605. Deposit 20% at time of booking. Subject to availability. **Subscribers only (one copy per booking). Calls are made at local rates. Tours is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Tours, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Nice
    Nice, France

    Passengers are welcome to board at 5pm and join an optional tour of the city. Throughout the centuries, Nice has attracted people from all over the world because of its lovely climate and unrivaled beauty. The city has a thousand surprises in store: monuments, churches, gardens and footpaths, museums, artists, local crafts, and internationally renowned cuisine with the unmistakable flavours of garlic, olive oil, and basil. The best way to get to know Nice is by strolling through it and experiencing sites such as the great flower market in the Cours Saleya or the elegant old quarter lined with boutiques and restaurants. Return to the ship to comfortably settling into your cabins, before a welcome cocktail with the crew, dinner and an evening of activities on board. The ship will cruise to Corsica overnight.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Ajaccio
    Ajaccio, Corsica, France

    Spend the morning cruising, taking time to relax and admire the red cliffs and maquis underbrush in the Scandola Nature Reserve and the Gulf of Girolata. You can also participate in a lecture about the natural beauty found on and around this Mediterranean island. As La Belle des Océans enters its first Corsican port, head to the deck for a tasting of traditional myrtle liqueur and a pastry.

    This afternoon, set out on an optional excursion to Ajaccio and the Îles Sanguinaires. Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, has a rich and historical past. Visit the city's main sites, including the high court building, the bronze monument to Napoleon and his brothers, and the Place d'Austerlitz, where legend tells of Napoleon often visiting as a child to see the statues of the glorious soldiers in battle. The next stop will be to experience the captivating beauty found on the outlying Îles Sanguinaires.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Ajaccio – the Callanques de Piana
    Ajaccio, Corsica, France

    Join an optional excursion today to the Calanques de Piana (including lunch). These sheer cliffs and rock sculptures seem to jet up from the water and radiate a red hue along the coastline. Then you'll discover the village of Corgèse, picturesque fishing port and Porto, a jewel of Corsica. Tonight's meal and entertainment will have genuine Corsican flair! The ship will cruise to Bonifacio as you enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Bonifacio
    Bonifacio, France

    This morning, set out on an optional guided tour of Bonifacio. Bonifacio is rich with a history that unfolds in front of you along its small streets and paths, thousand-year-old fortress, and sturdy stone homes perched high above the sea waves. The descent (and subsequent ascent) of King of Aragon's Stairway will provide some of the best views on the trip (187 steps).

    Enjoy a free afternoon on your own or enjoy an optional excursion to the nature reserve on the Archipelago of Lavezzi. The islands are scattered with sculpted granite boulders and impressive cliffs. OR spend some free time on your own and head to one of the beautiful island beaches before returning on board for a lecture in the lounge.

    In the evening, enjoy dinner at a traditional inn in the heart of the Corsican inland, welcomed by the fireplace or under the immense cork oat trees by the owners, who will explain the history of the island. Dinner-a delicious, in-season composition made of local products-will be accompanied by Corsican music and songs as you cruise towards Porto Vecchio.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Porto Vecchio
    Porto-Vecchio, France

    In the morning, 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. OR spend some free time on your own and head to one of the beautiful island beaches. The afternoon will be spent cruising to Bastia and there will be a lecture in the lounge.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Bastia
    Bastia, France

    Join an optional excursion to Cap Corse (including lunch). Located to the north of Bastia and Saint-Florent, Cap Corse is a 25-mile long promontory with several attractive fishing villages, a gorgeous coastline, and a couple of good beaches. Here you'll enjoy a tasting of local wine, cold-cuts, and cheese before returning on board to cruise towards L'Ile Rousse.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    L’Ile Rousse
    L'Ile-Rousse, France

    This morning, join an optional tour of Calvi and its citadel. Or, discover the old villages in the Balagne Region during an optional excursion. Or, spend some free time on your own and head to one of the beautiful island beaches. Then spend the afternoon crossing the Mediterranean to Nice. As we bid goodbye to Corsica, head to the Sun Deck for a cocktail and take in one last glimpse of the beauty of the island. Tonight is the festive gala evening.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Disembark in Nice
    Nice, France

    Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9am and heading home with wonderful memories.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

La Belle des Océans

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Small, boutique luxury ship

La Belle des Océans is a luxury boutique ship that carries only 130 passengers, yet has superb facilities, with a pool, spa, fitness centre, restaurants, two bars/lounges and a sundeck. The lovely cabins feature marble bathrooms, walk-in showers, flat screen TVs, fridges, wi-fi, writing desks, fitted wardrobes, hairdryers, radio alarms, iPod docking stations, and air-con.

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Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jul 8, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Jul 15, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,529*

* Please note, this price is per person and for Telegraph subscribers only. Price is based on Horizon Cabin Deck 3. Single supplement £605. Deposit 20% at time of booking. Subject to availability. **Subscribers only (one copy per booking). To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer visit www.telegraph.co.uk/rewards. Calls are made at local rates. Tours is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Tours, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

From
Fri, Fri, Jul 8, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Jul 15, 2022
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£2,595*

* Please note, this price is per person and for all other Telegraph readers. Price is based on Horizon Cabin Deck 3. Single supplement £605. Deposit 20% at time of booking. Subject to availability. **Subscribers only (one copy per booking). Calls are made at local rates. Tours is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Tours, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

Call now to book 02039938321
Quote ref: TELE CORSICA