Corsica Beach Getaway & Tortoise Protection Center

4.5 hours | Corsica (Ajaccio) | A J A - 3 1 0
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Points of Interest

  • Tortoises
Strenuous activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Though Corsica is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Napoleon, it is also a land of stunning natural beauty that is worth exploring. Your guided excursion begins at the pier. Here you will step aboard an air-conditioned motorcoach and set out through your port city for a 45-minute drive sure to satisfy the nature lover within. Your destination is one of only three tortoise protection centers that exist in the entire world! (The others are in Africa and America).

"A Cupulatta" (meaning turtle in Corsican) is a specialized reserve that was created in 1985 for the purpose of breeding, studying, and protecting tortoises and turtles from all over the globe. You'll want to be sure to wear comfortable shoes and a hat as your one-hour guided tour of this fascinating center involves some walking in the sun. But it will be worth every step as you'll have the chance to observe some of the 3,000 turtles and tortoises (180 species from every continent) that make their home here.

As you stroll through the grounds - which, by the way, are dotted with lovely shade trees - you'll discover how different enclosures were designed to accommodate climate conditions required by the various species. It's an unforgettable experience. And if you didn't already know it going in, you'll come away knowing the answer to the age old question: What exactly is the difference between a turtle and tortoise?

Exploring the natural beauty of Corsica isn't complete without a visit to one of the island's gorgeous beaches. So, have your swimsuits, sunscreen, and sunglasses with you as you'll also enjoy a fabulous beach break! And don't forget your towel because who can resist slipping into the warm, aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean?

Then again, perhaps you'd just like to lay back and soak up some sun. Beach chairs are available for rental (subject to availability). Visit the beachfront restaurant/bar for delicious snacks and beverages. In fact, sip a cool, refreshing drink as you stroll along the shore, leaving your footprints in the wet sand at the tumbling surf's edge. And though the tide may quickly wash away your footprints, your beautiful day exploring Corsica's natural wonders will surely be etched in your memory forever.

Special Notes:

Swimming and other beach activities are the responsibility of the individual passengers. There are no changing facilities at the beach and beaches are generally cleaned and under supervision from mid-June to mid-September. Availability subject to weather conditions.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a guided tour of the Tortoise Centre

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:45
Time at site:
01:15
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1000
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Drive to the beach for free time

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:00
Free time at site:
60
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
200
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:20
Photo/video restrictions:
No