Corsica & South of Sardinia - 7 Day Yacht Charter itinerary
A 7-day private yacht charter itinerary visiting Porto Vecchio, Ajaccio, La Maddalena, Porto Cervo, Costa Esmeralda and Porto Rotondo, Italy.
Embark from midday in Porto Vecchio. Your crew will be looking forward to meeting you. Set on a hillock overlooking a beautiful deep blue bay, Porto Vecchio, is said to be one of the most distinguished harbours in the Mediterranean. Once you’re settled cast off i to cruise to one of the spectacular nearby bays like Pinarellu where you can drop anchor. Enjoy a sumptuous lunch onboard and allow that to settle before hitting the water for some fun on the toys. Enjoy sunset cocktails on the flybridge as you enjoy the last or your first day melt into night. If you would like a Michelin star experience ashore, try dining at either Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa or simply stay onboard for a culinary extravaganza prepared by your onboard chef.
Spend the day sailing and enjoying some of the fantastic bays around Porto Vecchio. After lunch, continue south to the beautiful Bonifaccio on the southernmost tip of the island. This stunning town is the writer’s favourite harbour in the Mediterranean and is a unique place of interest. No one can resist the fascination of this old town which dazzlingly sits perched atop a cliff, nor the appeal of its old alleys which climb up toward the sky. Bonifaccio is a town of immense charm and a wonderful place to sample some or the local bars and restaurants.
Cruise up the west coast today to Ajaccio. Leaning at the side of the most beautiful gulf in the world, under the eye of the Iles Sanguinaires, the elegant Ajaccio sits with a nonchalance of charm. The Gulf of Porto is a UNESCO world heritage site and a place of inspiring beauty where the pink granite rocks plummet into the sea from a height of a thousand metres, one of the natural wonders of Corsica.
Cruise south today to Gulf of Valinco. This is a beautiful bay on the west coast, just south of Ajaccio. It is scattered with charming towns such as Cappiciolo which is set on a golden beach. Propriano is the main town in the region and has a lively port, some good restaurants and a spectacular backdrop....which can be just as easily enjoyed from the deck of your yacht.
Today cruise to La Maddalena Archipelago: This is a national Park between Corsica and Sardinia. The archipelago is composed of Seven Isles of extraordinary beauty and all are part of the protected international Park of the Bocche di Bonifaccio. The islands of the Archipelago have been preserved almost intact. The pink granite of many hues emerges magnificent from the Mediterranean vegetation, fragrant with the perfume of myrtle and rosemary. The beaches are made up of fine white or rose colored sand bathed by crystal clear waters. Spend the day relaxing and enjoying the beautiful waters this stunning archipelago offers. If you’re at Isle La Maddalena, you may wish to head ashore to taste some delicious fresh seafood. Spend the night at anchor in a protected bay to be decided according to weather conditions.
After an evening of tranquility you may be ready for some action so head to Costa Esmerelda in Sardinia. Perhaps stop at beautiful Palau beach for lunch then continue onto Porto Cervo. Porto Cervo was originally built by the Agha Khan, as a playground for Europe’s glitterati; it’s a shopping paradise, with all the big names a stones throw away from each other. Every evening the people throng the pretty streets and restaurants to see and be seen!
Today you may wish to spend a bit of time ashore around Porto Rotondo. Anchor off and head ashore in the tender. Porto Rotondo is another world-famous harbor known for its designer shops and upscale restaurants. Some of Italy’s best artists designed the squares, the amphitheater, and the magnificent church, all of which are wonderful to explore on foot. This afternoon, continue onto Cala di Volpe and pick up a mooring. It’s not unknown to see some of the world’s most exclusive yachts moored here. Ashore is the luxurious Hotel Cala di Volpe where you may like to enjoy dinner or a round of golf.
Enjoy your last morning on board with a late breakfast before packing up and saying goodbye to your wonderful crew at 12 noon. Depart from Olbia airport in Sardinia.
This itinerary represents some suggestions as to how you may like to spend your week in Corsica and Sardinia. They are merely suggestions and it’s unlikely you will follow this itinerary step by step. The beauty of a private charter is flexibility and change so the Captain will speak to you daily about the weather conditions and his recommendations.
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