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Porto Vecchio (Corsica), France-port

Delve into the relaxed chic style of Porto Vecchio with its ancient walled town perched high above pristine beaches, surrounded by lush mountains. Visit the citadel ruins throughout the town, as well as two restored fortresses, the Bastion San Antonia and the Bastion de France. Don’t miss the impressive Church of Saint Jean-Baptiste with its stained glass windows and frescoes. Select a café or restaurant offering a stunning view – there are many lining the narrow cobblestone streets – and enjoy the famous Corsican cuisine, a fascinating fusion of Italian and French. Shop for designer clothing, famous wild boar sausages and Corsican wine.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Bavella - the Hidden Corsica
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Bonifacio By Land & Sea
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Bonifacio Postcards
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated Tour
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Bonifacio
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Lavezzi Islands & Beach Break
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Nature's Wonders By Argo
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Otago Peninsula - Wildlife Cruise, Natures Wonders & Penguin
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Panoramic Dunedin
    Seated Tour
  • Sartene - Most Corsican of Corsican Towns
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Scottish Dunedin

Bavella - the Hidden Corsica

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 1/4 hours

Tour Code: PCH-005

Explore the hauntingly beautiful interior of southern Corsica, a landscape of rugged granite mountains, pristine pine forests and charming French communes.

After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing and immensely scenic drive into Corsica’s largely undeveloped interior. The landscape tends to be wild and dramatic, punctuated by classic mountain communes that include Sotta and Carbini. Most of the buildings are stone, topped with red-tiled roofs. You might also see hikers heading to and from the mountains as this area is crisscrossed with nature trails.

Continuing even deeper into the interior, you will approach Bavella, a group of jagged granite peaks that rise more than 6,000 feet above sea level. This area is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Corsica, and the main inhabitants are wild mountain sheep and the occasional rock climber.

The panoramic views are stunning, which you will discover while pausing at Bavella for photos and to stretch your legs. The trees in this rocky landscape are primarily laricio pines, a native species that often lives for more than 500 years.

Later, you’ll stop in the commune of Zonza where you will have some free time to stroll about and explore the shops. Don’t be surprised if you see more hikers, as there are numerous trailheads near town. Finally, you will descend along the winding roads in the forested Ospedale region, which offer gorgeous glimpses of the sea on the return to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes just over 1-hour of easy to moderate walking. There will be some steps to negotiate as well as uneven and rough surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.