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Bonjour Corsica! A Voyage on the MV La Belle des Océans

Program No. 24632RJ
Discover the beautiful island of Corsica on a journey that begins in Nice and sails along the iconic coast of the island during this Floating Campus on board the MV La Belle des Océans!

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At a Glance

The ancient Greeks referred to Corsica as “Kalliste,” or the “most beautiful” — but there’s so much more to Corsica than its breathtaking landscapes! Discover the art, culture, cuisine and history of this idyllic French island during a voyage on board the MV La Belle des Océans, part of Road Scholar’s Floating Campus. We’ll have the ship to ourselves on this learning adventure that begins and ends in Nice, France, and allows you to explore Corsica from north to south. Delight in the historic landmarks and cultural gems of cities like Ajaccio, Bonaficio and Porto-Vecchio as your onboard instructors offer their insight into the region through lectures, Q&A sessions and casual discussions. In true campus style, take part in onboard activities like a book club or photography instruction, and get to know other Road Scholars who share your love for learning and exploration.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has more walking and standing and one at a less active pace. Walking up to 2 miles per day over various types of terrain; walking up stairs unassisted, getting in and out of motor coaches.

What You'll Learn

  • Spend time in the beautiful city of Nice before your voyage begins to explore the old town, Russian church, flower market and much more.
  • Sail along the Gulf of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its dramatic red cliffs and natural beauty.
  • Explore the city of Ajaccio — once home to Napoleon Bonaparte — the historic streets and fortress of Bonaficio and the impressive waterfront of Porto-Vecchio.
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of other Road Scholars as you take part in private lectures, unique field trips and educational activities on board this exclusive Floating Campus voyage.

General Notes

This learning adventure is part of Road Scholar’s Floating Campus. You’ll enjoy a true campus feel as we have the entire ship to ourselves and welcome a maximum of 100 Road Scholars, and enjoy field trips onshore in smaller groups of 35. Onboard experts will be on hand throughout the voyage and will offer instruction during exclusive lectures, Q&A sessions and discussions. Enjoy a book club, onboard activities, a live performance and the camaraderie that can only be found with an entire ship full of fellow Road Scholars! Please note that we need a minimum number of participants to enroll in this program to have exclusive use of the ship. In the unlikely event we do not meet the minimum number, then the cruise line may have its own passengers on the ship, though they will not be part of any Road Scholar activities.
Featured Expert
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Zack White
Dr. Zack White is an award-winning historian, podcaster, and battlefield expert, specializing in military and Napoleonic history. His research focuses on the experiences of ordinary people in conflict zones, unearthing forgotten stories that reveal the human face of war. Host of The Napoleonic Wars Podcast, and chair of the Napoleonic & Revolutionary War Graves Charity, he has dedicated his life to preserving the heritage of the Napoleonic Wars, and sharing his passion for the period.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dr. Zack White is an award-winning historian, podcaster, and battlefield expert, specializing in military and Napoleonic history. His research focuses on the experiences of ordinary people in conflict zones, unearthing forgotten stories that reveal the human face of war. Host of The Napoleonic Wars Podcast, and chair of the Napoleonic & Revolutionary War Graves Charity, he has dedicated his life to preserving the heritage of the Napoleonic Wars, and sharing his passion for the period.
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Meals
24 Meals
9 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
9 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Low Fat, Low Salt
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Sep 24, 2025 - Oct 04, 2025
  • Sep 24, 2025 - Oct 04, 2025
  • Oct 01, 2024 - Oct 12, 2024
  • May 07, 2025 - May 17, 2025
  • Sep 17, 2025 - Sep 27, 2025
  • Sep 24, 2025 - Oct 04, 2025
3 nights
Nice
The Best Western Plus Hotel Brice Garden Nice is just a few meters from the famous "Promenade des Anglais", the beaches and the pedestrianised streets lined with shops and restaurants. It is also close to the Place Masséna, Vieux Nice (the Old Town) and Nice-Ville railway station.
3 nights
Nice
The Splendid Hotel & Spa is located in the city center of Nice within walking distance to many restaurants. It is 400 meters from the beaches and 200 meters from the "Alsace Lorraine" underground tramway stop with a direct link from both airport terminals. The "Nice Ville" train station is 400 meters from the hotel.
3 nights
Nice
The NH Nice hotel is located in the eastern part of the city, a short tram ride from the center. The old town is just a 15 minute walk away. The hotel is within walking distance of The Contemporary & Modern Art Museum, Natural History Museum, and the Chagall Museum.
7 nights
Strasbourg
The MV La Belle des Océans, an elegant and perfectly sized Premium ship measuring 103 meters long by 15 meters wide, has 7 decks. It can accommodate 130 passengers in 65 spacious cabins and suites, all with exterior views.
1 night
Nice
The Best Western Plus Hotel Brice Garden Nice is just a few meters from the famous "Promenade des Anglais", the beaches and the pedestrianised streets lined with shops and restaurants. It is also close to the Place Masséna, Vieux Nice (the Old Town) and Nice-Ville railway station.
1 night
Nice
The Splendid Hotel & Spa is located in the city center of Nice within walking distance to many restaurants. It is 400 meters from the beaches and 200 meters from the "Alsace Lorraine" underground tramway stop with a direct link from both airport terminals. The "Nice Ville" train station is 400 meters from the hotel.
1 night
Nice
The NH Nice hotel is located in the eastern part of the city, a short tram ride from the center. The old town is just a 15 minute walk away. The hotel is within walking distance of The Contemporary & Modern Art Museum, Natural History Museum, and the Chagall Museum.
7 nights
Strasbourg
The MV La Belle des Océans, an elegant and perfectly sized Premium ship measuring 103 meters long by 15 meters wide, has 7 decks. It can accommodate 130 passengers in 65 spacious cabins and suites, all with exterior views.
1 night
Nice
Located right across the street from the airport in the Arenas District in Nice. The ligne 2 tram line passes close to the hotel and gives direct access to the city center and airport.
1 night
Nice
The Best Western Plus Hotel Brice Garden Nice is just a few meters from the famous "Promenade des Anglais", the beaches and the pedestrianised streets lined with shops and restaurants. It is also close to the Place Masséna, Vieux Nice (the Old Town) and Nice-Ville railway station.
1 night
Nice
The Splendid Hotel & Spa is located in the city center of Nice within walking distance to many restaurants. It is 400 meters from the beaches and 200 meters from the "Alsace Lorraine" underground tramway stop with a direct link from both airport terminals. The "Nice Ville" train station is 400 meters from the hotel.
1 night
Nice
The NH Nice hotel is located in the eastern part of the city, a short tram ride from the center. The old town is just a 15 minute walk away. The hotel is within walking distance of The Contemporary & Modern Art Museum, Natural History Museum, and the Chagall Museum.
7 nights
Strasbourg
The MV La Belle des Océans, an elegant and perfectly sized Premium ship measuring 103 meters long by 15 meters wide, has 7 decks. It can accommodate 130 passengers in 65 spacious cabins and suites, all with exterior views.
1 night
Nice
Located right across the street from the airport in the Arenas District in Nice. The ligne 2 tram line passes close to the hotel and gives direct access to the city center and airport.
1 night
Nice
The Best Western Plus Hotel Brice Garden Nice is just a few meters from the famous "Promenade des Anglais", the beaches and the pedestrianised streets lined with shops and restaurants. It is also close to the Place Masséna, Vieux Nice (the Old Town) and Nice-Ville railway station.
1 night
Nice
The Splendid Hotel & Spa is located in the city center of Nice within walking distance to many restaurants. It is 400 meters from the beaches and 200 meters from the "Alsace Lorraine" underground tramway stop with a direct link from both airport terminals. The "Nice Ville" train station is 400 meters from the hotel.
1 night
Nice
The NH Nice hotel is located in the eastern part of the city, a short tram ride from the center. The old town is just a 15 minute walk away. The hotel is within walking distance of The Contemporary & Modern Art Museum, Natural History Museum, and the Chagall Museum.
7 nights
Strasbourg
The MV La Belle des Océans, an elegant and perfectly sized Premium ship measuring 103 meters long by 15 meters wide, has 7 decks. It can accommodate 130 passengers in 65 spacious cabins and suites, all with exterior views.
1 night
Nice
Located right across the street from the airport in the Arenas District in Nice. The ligne 2 tram line passes close to the hotel and gives direct access to the city center and airport.





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