Excursion

Crystal Late Risers Adventures: Ajaccio Acquaintance & Old Town Walk

The birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte and a quintessentially French coastal city, Ajaccio is rich with a history and beauty revealed during this introductory excursion.  

  • Code
    AJA-AL
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Walking Type
    Medium
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    Approximately 3-31/2 hours

Soon after leaving the pier by motor coach, arrive at Austerlitz Square. Here, you will see the statue of Napoleon overlooking the square. Behind the sculpture is the grotto where the famous emperor played as a child.

Continuing along the coast, view the Iles Sanguinaires, an archipelago of four islands sitting at the entrance of the Gulf of Ajaccio. Standing guard over the harbor is the old Genoese tower dating from the 16th century.

From here, travel to the center of town for a guided walk of the old quarter, enjoying a stop at the cathedral and making your way to Charles de Gaulle Square, which is dominated by another of the ubiquitous monuments to Napoleon. This one depicts the emperor, astride a horse, with his four brothers. During your city exploration, you will also pass beautiful Palm Tree Square and Maison Napoleon, the emperor’s birthplace.

Finally, cross Market Square and witness a colorful display of fresh produce before returning to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves 90 minutes of walking over uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The order of sights visited may vary, especially on Mondays when the market is very limited. Please note there will be no inside visits. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.