Ajaccio, Corsica, France
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Approximately 5 hours
Meals not included
Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve
The nature reserve, which is part of the Regional Natural Park of Corsica, occupies the Scandola peninsula, an impressive, porphyritic rock mass. The vegetation is an outstanding example of scrubland. Seagulls, cormorants and sea eagles can be found there. The clear waters, with their islets and inaccessible caves, host a rich marine life.
No visit to Corsica would be complete without a visit to the famous Calanques de Piana. The coastal scenery of this area is so spectacular.
From Ajaccio you'll head north for a 60-minute scenic drive, gently climbing up to San Sebastiano Pass, which offers splendid views over the Sagone Gulf, and up to the mountain peaks and the summit of Monte Cinto.
You'll stop at the Greek village of Cargese for a short visit to the local church.
The next part of your journey takes your through one of Corsica's natural wonders. Les Calanques de Piana is a stretch of rose-colored granite cliffs that plunge sharply into the dark blue sea in a wonderfully vivid contrast of color. The steeples, spires and unusual shapes range in color from pink to deep red and have been sculpted by nature for centuries. The Calanques are unique to this part of the island and you'll have time to admire the spectacular views and take plenty of photos during your time here.
The drive back to the pier is 90 minutes.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. The natural scenery is spectacular, but please be advised there is considerable time on the motorcoach as this is mostly a driving tour.