Start:07026 Olbia, Province of Sassari, Italy
Corsica is the opposite of the Mediterranean resorts of the French Riviera. There are no noisy parties and festivals, you will not meet crowds of tourists in the evening, and the coast is not occupied by the hotel chain giants. Corsica is a quiet calm vacation when you can immerse yourself in the slow rhythm of the salty sea breeze and enjoy life from dusk to dawn.
During the cruise we will visit Bonifacio, Ajaccio - the capital and largest city of Corsica, Carges, Girolata, Antibes.
from €990 / 10(10) days / 1pers.
Arrival in Olbia
The name of the resort comes from the ancient Greek Ολβιος, that is - "happy".
Olbia's history dates back to very ancient times. It is believed that the settlement was founded by the Carthaginians in the VI-VII centuries BC, although at that time traces of an even more ancient civilization of the Nurugs who lived in these parts in the VIII century BC have survived. After the Carthaginians, Olbia was owned by the Phoenicians and the Romans. During the Roman rule, the city was not only a major seaport (and, therefore, an economic and commercial center) but also a naval base.
Check-in on the yacht, meeting the crew, dinner.
Sailing to Corsica, Bonifacio, 50 miles.
In a picturesque location on a limestone cliff surrounded by its ancient walls, we will see Bonifacio - a well-preserved fortified city that dates back to the ninth century, when it was founded by Bonifacio, the Marquis of Tuscany.
Bonifacio is a charming labyrinth of medieval alleys.
On the northern side, between the peninsula and the mainland, there is a deep crevice, forming an ideal natural harbor, which has served as a shelter for various ships for centuries. Today it houses a luxurious marina with yachts from all over the Mediterranean.
Separated from the rest of the island by a strip of dense maca, Bonifacio is different in temperament, more Italian in spirit than French. The city has preserved Renaissance features that can only be found here, and its inhabitants speak the Ligurian dialect - a legacy from the times when Bonifacio was a practically independent Genoese colony.
The Church of Ste-Marie-Majeure contains the remains of the True Cross, rescued during a shipwreck in the Strait of Bonifacio. For centuries, the inhabitants of Bonifacio carried them during storms to the edge of the cliff and prayed for the calm of the sea. The relic is kept in the sacristy of the church along with an ivory barrel containing the remains of St. Boniface.
Sailing to Propriano 35 miles
We will enjoy the turquoise sea, swim, sunbathe.
Propriano is one of the small picturesque port towns of Corsica, there are many restaurants and cafes on the promenade, where we will try traditional French cuisine, as well as visit the picturesque sandy shores of two bays - Valinko and Ajaccio.
Sailing to Ajaccio, 30 miles
We will practice fine-tuning the sails of the beautiful "High Five" yacht.
Ajaccio is the capital and largest city of Corsica. Sunny, picturesque, noisy, but cozy, Ajaccio is a witness and keeper of a story that tells about dramatic epoch-making events that have left their mark on the appearance of this Mediterranean island and are imprinted in the nature of its inhabitants.
The origin of the name is associated with the Latin word Adjaccium - "resting place", where local shepherds descended from the mountains in winter. Corsicans consider the ancient Greek hero Ajax as the founder of the city. But in written sources, the nearby Latin village Ajax was first mentioned only in the 6th century. At its present location, the city was founded by the Genoese at the end of the 15th century. They ruled the city for several centuries. The island of Corsica was annexed to France in 1768.
Ajaccio is the birthplace of Napoleon, whose military victories glorified Corsica and the whole of France, almost everything in the city is associated with this person.
The city's most famous tourist attraction is the Maison Bonaparte on rue Saint Charles, the home where Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769.
Sailing to Cargese, 30 miles
Cargese is a small town in southern Corsica, in the canton of Deux Sevi. The history of this town is rather unusual - to this day, most of the people living in the town are descendants of refugees from Greece who, fleeing from Turkish laws, found shelter on the island. Many residents of the city consider Greek as their native language and to this day use it.
Sailing to Girolata, 20 miles
One of the most idyllic spots on the island is the small fishing port of Girolata at the very edge of the Scandola nature reserve, connected to the rest of the island only by a pack trail. It has a fabulous view, especially thanks to the bright glow of the red rocks surrounding it. Above a short stretch of rocky coastline and several buildings is a magnificent watchtower, there is a small castle built by the Genoese at the end of the 17th century on a cliff above the bay.
Since 1983, the village of Girolata has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, together with the Calanques of Piana and the Scandola Natural Reserve.
We will explore this marvelous place, which has long been remote from civilization, in which virgin coastal caves have been preserved and we will swim in the crystal clear sea.
Sailing to Antibes
The crossing is offshore, if you want, you can have training in yacht management and participate in the night watch.
We will leave hospitable Corsica, and go to the continent to Antibes
Antibes is home to the region's largest yacht port, built on the site of an ancient Roman harbor. The city was founded by Greek colonists back in the 6th century BC, and since then its streets have seen so much that would be enough for an entire country. Here, witnesses of different eras are perfectly preserved - picturesque medieval fortifications and the old city with tiled roofs. Antibes also offers huge beaches and cozy restaurants on the promenade
Leaving the yacht
Olbia - Bonifacio - Propriano - Ajaccio - Cargese - Girolata - Antibes