Explore the sea caves near Bonifacio
Corsica is one of the Mediterranean’s best kept secrets that the French have rather kept to themselves. For those savvy few who have been fortunate enough to experience her charms, the rewards in terms of dramatic natural beauty and character are considerable. A Dream Yachts catamaran cruise is arguably the ultimate way to explore and discover this stunningly beautiful island, its unique culture somewhere between that of France and Italy.
Starting from Ajaccio every Saturday, our alternating weekly itineraries – Corsica Dream North and Corsica Dream South – have been carefully planned to discover Corsica’s wonderful west coast with the most idyllic ports of call.
Corsica Dream North explores Cargèse, Porto, Girolata, Scandola Nature Reserve and the island’s fascinating capital, Ajaccio. Corsica
Dream South reveals all the secrets of Propriano, Bonifacio, the Lavezzi Archipelago and also returns to lively Ajaccio. If you want the best of both worlds why not combine both cruises for a relaxing two week sailing holiday?
Our spacious sailing catamaran, a spacious Lagoon 620, caters for up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, each with private shower and WC.
The experienced and knowledgeable crew of three consists of your skipper, hostess/chef and deckhand. Attentive yet discreet, they will welcome you on board, pamper you with fine cuisine throughout your stay (mostly with fresh local ingredients) and show you all the best places. Swim, snorkel in crystal clear waters, go sea kayaking, go exploring ashore or just sit back and enjoy wonderful sailing in the most idyllic of locations.
Corsica Dream - North Itinerary
Boarding in Ajaccio late afternoon. We will depart at 6 pm, and sail to Sainte Barbe in Ajaccio Bay, where we will have dinner onboard and spend the night.
After breakfast, we will sail to the bay of Sagone or Cargèse (depending on weather conditions). Sagone is a small fisherman’s village hidden in the far end of a large bay bordered with a long white sandy beach. A few miles away, Cargèse consists of a harbor and a typical village, located in the heights. The town was long ago settled by a Greek colony. Following lunch on board there will be time to swim, snorkel or go exploring in the village. Dinner and overnight onboard.
After breakfast, we will sail alongside the picturesque wild coast where you will discover Cala di Palù and its renowned stone totems, and the typical Sugarloaf. We will stop here for lunch at the “Swimming Pool” , a creek fringed with sheer rocks. Here we will have time to enjoy swimming, snorkelling or kayaking. After lunch, we will sail to Les Calanques de Piana, where we will see the famous colourful caves, granite cliffs and rock formations. Next, we will travel on to the Gulf of Porto, classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO, then we will pass Capo Cenino before reaching one of the natural marvels of Corsica, the Gulf of Girolata. Here you will find a Genoese bastion and a fisherman’s village. Tonight will be spent moored in Girolata Creek.
After breakfast, we will sail to the Scandola Nature Reserve, one of the most beautiful geological phenomenons in Corsica. Only day mooring is permitted within the reserve, which will allow us to visit the reef’s labyrinth by tender. Here we can snorkel and admire underwater cliffs and countless fish. We will moor for lunch in Scandola, and then take time for a swim before heading to Calvi. For centuries, Calvi was under Genoese domination, and some locals believe it to be the true birthplace of Christopher Columbus. The quays are now crowded with lively bars and restaurants. Uptown, the narrow streets snake to the magnificent citadel. We will moor for the night in the marina.
In the morning, we will have free time to visit Calvi, before departing to the Gulf of La Revellata, where we can swim, snorkel or kayak. After lunch we will sail to Girolata. On the way, we can admire the cliffs of bright red granite, and discover more of Corsica’s beautiful coastline. Further south, discover Girolata a small fisherman’s village, one of the last places on the coast that is inaccessible by roads and is inhabited. Girolata has a dreamlike quality that’s highlighted by the vivid red of the surrounding rocks. A short stretch of stony beach and a few houses are dominated by a stately watchtower, built by the Genoese late in the seventeenth century, and is in the form of a small castle on a bluff overlooking the cove. We will take time to swim, snorkel and kayak, before mooring for the night in Cala Muretta or Cala Vecchia.
Another sail around Capo Rosso and its spectacular coastline, in order to visit the sites not seen during our first stop. Then we will sail on to Cargese, a typical harbour that became a famous Mediterranean seaside resort. The village was established by a group of Greek immigrants at the end of the 18th century, and the economy of this village is now solely based on tourism. Here will take the time to enjoy some swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, or simply relax, before mooring for the night.
Morning sailing in the bay of Sagone, before mooring for lunch. After lunch we will sail towards Ajaccio. In the late afternoon we will visit the city of Ajaccio which was the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Here we will take time to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and wealth of cafes, restaurants and shops, and wander through the narrow streets to enjoy the lively quays of the harbor.
Disembarkation at 09.00 am
Corsica Dream - South Itinerary
Boarding in Ajaccio late afternoon. We will departure at around 6 pm, and sail towards Sainte Barbe in Ajaccio Bay where we will have dinner onboard and stay for the night.
Setting sails to the Golfe de Valinco, which has inspired many Corsican traditional songs. on the way we will sail around the reefs of Taravù, where we will enjoy swiming and kayaking. For our guests who like snorkelling, take a ride with the tender to the rocks of Taravu, a beautiful spot to snorkel. After lunch, we will continue on our route to the Golfe de Valinco and the bay of Campo Moro. The town of Campo Moro was originally a simple fishermen village made of a few grey granite houses. It has kept its genuine and authentic charm. Ashore, you will find a few bars, restaurants and shops, or you can visit of the bastion, located on the headland of Campo Moro. This historical site has been entirely restored and displays the unspoiled architecture of a fortified Genoese building. Mooring for the night.
This morning our route will take us to Sénétose and its magnificent wild moorings. We will stop for lunch in Arana cove, where we will enjoy swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling. After lunch we will sail towards Bonifacio. The whole coast after Acula, is indented with tiny fjords. On Rocapina headland, a heap of rocks looks like a lion lying down. Arrival late afternoon in the pearl of South Corsica, the beautiful Bonifacio. Entering the port of Bonifacio is very impressive because the harbour is dominated by a huge cliff, on which the fortified city is located. The inhabitants use to say that this vast fjord would be where Ulysses’ black vessel sheltered once during his Odyssey. Mooring for the night.
Departure to the Lavezzi islands. The extraordinary aspect of this heap of rocks gives the feeling that we’re back to the Stone Age. This marine and ground sanctuary mainly protects a rare species of seagull that nest within the vast rocks, as well as countless fish in turquoise waters. The boulders, which are piled up high, form the shape of small rooms with walls that are polished by erosion. We will have lunch in this heavenly mooring, followed by swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. We will be mooring in Piana island, a natural reserve where the waters are 3 -4 meters deep, and are so clear that you can see the white sandy bottom.
After a leisurely breakfast, we will spend the morning swimming and snorkelling in a natural aquarium. Following lunch, we will sail to the small cove of Rocapina, with its lion shaped rock formation. It is here that we will be mooring for the night.
This morning, after breakfast, we will have free time to swim, snorkel or kayak. Departure to Propriano after lunch. Sailing along the coasts for the Golfe de Valinco and arriving in Propriano. The shore is boarded by houses around this typical Corsican harbour, which is lively with many bars and restaurants. The town is absolutely charming and not too crowded even in high season. We will visit the village for shopping, before mooring for the night in Propriano.
This morning we will sail to Ajaccio, with a stop in front of the Isolella tower. This tower was constructed around 1597, as part of the coastal defences against Barbary pirates. We will be mooring in front of a nice beach where we will have lunch, plus there will be time for kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. After lunch we will sail to Ajaccio, arriving in the late afternoon. Once we have arrived, you can visit the city, and enjoy the lively quays. Mooring for the night in Ajaccio.
Disembarkation at 9 am.
The average weather in the summer period from June till September is 20 degrees Celsius and during the winter period between October and April is on average 10 degrees Celsius.
● 5% on all Dream Yacht Cabin Cruises for clients who have been on a DYC cruise within the past 24
months before the date of booking of the new cruise. “
Early booking discount:
● 10% for bookings made at least 180 days prior to departure date
● 5% for bookings made at least 90 days prior to departure date
Cruises combination discount:
● 10% on the second cruise for combination of north & south cruises
Only loyalty and early booking discounts are cumulative
|4 x 240 litres
|2 x 650 litres
|2 x 110 hp
|Number of heads
- Full batten mainsail
- Roller Genoa
- Electric windlass
- Air-conditioning in every cabin
- Water maker
- Jack for MP3 – i-pod/phone
- Chart plotter and depth sounder
- Radar and VHF radio
- Wind speed and direction indicators
- Cockpit speakers
Corsica Sailing Cruise 20218 days / 7 nights, Ajaccio - Ajaccio on board Lagoon 620 catamaran
Price in £ per person per cruise on full board
Embarkation: Ajaccio at 6.00 pm
Disembarkation: Ajaccio at 9.00 am
- Accommodation in air-conditioned double cabin with private bathroom (A/C in service from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm)”
- Full board (breakfast, lunch, diner)
- Drinks at meals (table wine), local aperitifs (punch, rum), fruit juice, sodas
- Service of the crew : 3 persons (captain, steward/cook, deckhand)
- 2 sets of linen,towels and beach towels per person/week
- Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
- Insurance for the yacht and the passengers
- Water sports on board : snorkelling equipment, sea kayak, fishing gear
- Transfers airport – base – airport (optional)
- Extra beverages, soft and alcoholic drinks that are not included in the full board.
- Cash box (mandatory): 150 Euros per person per cruise payable in cash on spot upon arrival
(Cash box includes, depending on the destinations)
● Custom Taxes
● National park fees
● Tourist taxes and landing fees on the islands
● Mooring fees
● Possible re-fills of water, fuel, gas, fresh products
● Miscellaneaous : repurchase of broken crockery, lost fishing lines or lures, …
The amount of Corsica Dream cash box is of 150 Euros per person, payable cash on spot
● + 90 days before embarkation : 25%
● 89 – 60 days before embarkation : 50%
● 59 – 30 days before embarkation : 75%
● 29 days and less before embarkation : 100%
All prices subject to change without prior notice.
“The shipowner reserves the right to allocate another type of catamaran offering the same conditions of
comfort and service”
Itinerary subject to modifications without any notice for technical and/or weather reasons