Ajaccio Shore Excursions: Corsica’s French History & Flair

When cruising to the Mediterranean island of Corsica and tendering at Quai L’Herminier, Ajaccio, shore excursions available to cruise travelers are delightful, delicious, and decidedly French. If you’re up for an active adventure that starts as soon as you reach the pier, book Ajaccio cruise excursions for guided kayaking along Ajaccio Gulf. A short walk from the pier will take you to St. Franҫois Beach, where your kayak and guide await. Take in the sights along Corsica’s coast as you paddle atop the azure waters, stopping for a swim or an opportunity to bask in the warm Mediterranean sun at Trottel Beach.

If checking out the action under the waves is more your style, book Ajaccio shore excursions that start with a boat trip skimming along the Mediterranean on the way to a snorkeling session. Your guide will provide all the equipment you need to enjoy snorkeling in clear, pristine waters among some of the ocean’s richest marine life, like sponges, corals, shrimp, and several species of fish.

If you wish to simply bask in the Corsican sun and take a dip in the cool blue sea, a shore excursion to Ajaccio’s fine public beach is just a coach ride away. Take in magnificent sea views as you stroll the beach and stop in nearby restaurants for cocktails, snacks, or a meal with outdoor seating for minimum fuss and maximum sea views.

For a close-up look at the rugged mountains that form most of Corsica’s interior, book a tour that winds its way through a series of hairpin turns to Prunelli Gorges. Enjoy the natural beauty of red granite cliffs that descend sharply into the river below. The gorge is surrounded by pine forests and chestnut trees planted centuries ago by the Genoese. Fragrant flowering plants and trees abound, so much so that legend has it Corsica’s favorite son, Napoleon Bonaparte, could smell when he was nearing home.

See the town from a historical perspective, and as an homage to Napoleon Bonaparte, on combo walking and motor coach Ajaccio shore excursions. Walk the narrow, picturesque streets of Old Ajaccio, see the Emperor’s birthplace, the cathedral where he was baptized, and several monuments dedicated to him. Take in the dazzling array of foods at the local farmers market, like olives, cheeses, sausages, and produce galore.

On your cruise to Ajaccio, discover the sweet appeal of nougat, a traditional Corsican treat, and savor a chance to sample local wines on an excursion to villages a short ride out of town. Meet the family who makes nougat using local honey, nuts, and fruit. See a local vineyard and wine cellar and taste wines and local cheeses.

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