Scenic Prunelli Gorges & Tolla Lake
Enjoy a brief introduction to Ajaccio and the surrounding countryside, with stops at the magnificent Prunelli Gorges and Tolla Lake.
DurationApproximately 3½ hours
Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.
Depart the pier and admire the splendid scenery of the Gulf of Ajaccio before venturing up into the mountains, a rugged, dramatic backdrop of the port blanketed with chaparral that delights the senses with its green oak, cork oak, myrtle and variety of other flowering plants. This shrubland, called the maquis, is so distinctly aromatic that Napoleon is said to have been able to recognize “his” island by nose.
At the village of Cauro, enjoy panoramic views of Ajaccio, the Gulf and Iles Sanguinaires, the archipelago of four islands that sits a short distance from the harbor.
As your motor coach climbs higher into the mountains, the vegetation changes from a dense thicket to the lush forest known as Zipitolli, with abundant laricio pine, chestnut and beech trees.
Follow a narrow, country lane through the Prunelli Gorges, a compelling sight of red granite cliffs rising above the river, and continue to an overlook above Lake Tolla, an artificial lake created as a source of electricity and drinking water for the region. Pause to appreciate the breathtaking vista of the glimmering lake, enormous yet graceful dam and the upper gorge, all of which add to the beautiful tapestry of the marquis.
Next, travel through the Mercujo Pass to reach a local café, where you will stop for refreshments. From here, a scenic, one-hour journey returns you to the pier and your Crystal ship.
This excursion involves travel on narrow, winding roads; guests who may experience motion sickness may want to take necessary precautions prior to participation. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.