You’ll experience an abundance of history and culture. And each day will deliver a new bay, island or village to discover and explore. We make the most of your time and curiosity, without pressure of a fixed schedule. This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime. Join us on board!
Heard of Tuscany? Sure you have! Seen it by sail boat? Now is your chance. 8 days of sheer bliss and marvel following the Tuscany coastline of Italy, exploring the north side of the island of Elba and discovering beautiful Corsica. The combination of this and being far away from distraction and day to day life, encourages us to find total relaxation on board of the New Horizons.
We start our cruise on Saturday in charming Talamone, Our tender will bring you to your home for the next week, the New Horizons. It is waiting for you in the harbour that is overlooked by the imposing Aldobrandeschi fortress of the 13th century.
We set sails direction Castiglione della Pescaia. It is an old fishing village on the coast in the Grosseto area in southern Tuscany. It has splendid views of Elba and Giglio islands and is not far from the Argentario promontory. This town has it all: city walls, a castle, wild nature, unspoiled landscapes, good food and wine. Next on the horizon is Punta Ala. Here, Tuscany’s ambling hills with crumbling, centuries-old lookout houses, roll gradually into the bright blue sea. In the distance, Elba Island stands. Further, one can just discern the smoky contours of Corsica. On shore, long swaths of sand stand readied with pines scent the air. Of course we visit Punta Ala’s famous marina, which holds thousands of sailboats, their masts forming a pincushion against a big, slightly hazy sky, which shifts into fire-licked sunsets.
We leave the mainland of Italy in western direction. The island of Elba is famous around the world for harboring French Emperor Napoleon in 1814 during his exile. But its history goes back to prehistory, with the Ilvati tribe from Liguria who named the island Ilva. It was then inhabited first by the Etruscans and later by the Romans, who really appreciated the island and its rich deposits of iron and its mud baths. There are several memories of its glorious past as we visit the island, from the archaeological findings in its museums to the impressive fortresses and military constructions such as Castello del Volterraio and then on to the beautiful Napoleonic residences of the 1800s such as Palazzina dei Mulini.
What really makes Elba famous and renowned are its clear and blue sea and beautiful beaches. The extraordinary richness of its landscapes, both land and marine, turns the island of Elba into a unique destination in Tuscany. We can say that is a heaven on earth, with nothing to envy of more exotic Caribbean destinations. In addition, Elba is the perfect place for outdoor sports and activities. Among the most appreciated sports, there is diving and snorkeling in Elba, thanks to its rich seabeds housing lots of different species of fish. But outdoors lovers can also enjoy spending time on land hiking and mountain biking, enjoying a round of golf, a day of sailing or enjoying days of complete relaxation at the thermal baths of San Giovanni.
Our journey continues and on Thursday we arrive at Corsica. Jutting out of the Med like an impregnable fortress, Corsica resembles a miniature continent, with astounding geographical diversity. Within half an hour, the landscape morphs from glittering bays, glitzy coastal cities and fabulous beaches to sawtooth peaks, breathtaking valleys, dense forests and enigmatic hilltop villages. Corsica is therefore incredibly varied: from hiking and canyoning to working your tan or delving into the island’s rich history and sampling local specialities.
Though Corsica has officially been part of France for more than 200 years, it feels different from the mainland in everything from customs and cuisine to language and character, and that’s part of its appeal. Locals love talking about their Corsican identity so plenty of engaging evenings await, especially if the holy trilogy of food, wine and melodious Corsican music are involved.
This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime!
Filled with heart, soul and character, the bustling old port of Bastia is a good surprise. It is an authentic snapshot of modern-day Corsica, a lived-in city that’s resisted the urge to polish up its image just to please the tourists. The historical neighbourhoods of Terra Vecchia and Terra Nova are especially vibrant. You’ll have the whole Friday of the cruise to relax on board, or discover Corsica as we can bring you ashore with the tender.
Saturday, the final day. The guests that stay on board for another week, say goodbye to old friends that will leave today and ahoy to the new friends that arrive for another week of discovery. This next journey will take the New Horizons along the beautiful the northern coastline of Corsica, discovering seaside treasures and exploring their secrets.
Corsica has the best shoreline for hopping out and playing in small lagoons, bays and inlets. Ideal for families we make the very best of this opportunity.
Three in one. A must for those that truly love or want to love Italy in all its splendour! Fill up your senses while exploring Corsica, Elba and Tuscany.
One of the most stimulating stretches of the Mediterranean. You fill up your senses while following the north eastern coastline of Sardinia towards Corsica.
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