Day 1 Nice (France)
Fly UK to Nice and transfer to port for embarkation by 15:00 - Short sailing to St Tropez.
Day 1 St. Tropez (France)
St. Tropez is a glamorous playground for the wealthy, but anyone can spend an afternoon at a sidewalk café, watching the spectacle unfold. The south of France played a role in the history of modern painting, its clear light inspiring artists, so that even today many live and work here. For mesmerising views, head up to the 16th century Citadel. Or stroll the old town, overflowing with restaurants, trendy boutiques, and galleries. Late in the evening we leave St. Tropez and cross to Corsica. Overnight at sea to Corsica.
Day 2 Calvi (Corsica)
A colourful seaside port rich with traditional Corsican culture. Dominated by its magnificent citadel, this red tiled town is reputedly the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Explore the charming covered market and the old town.
Day 3 Saint Florent (Corsica)
A swim stop en route and deck BBQ lunch, then on to St Florent. Our afternoon walking excursion will take us to the old town with its maze of narrow streets and the old citadel. Sail overnight to Elba.
Day 4 Elba (Italy)
We reach the island of Elba in the morning. Elba was settled by the Greeks in the 10th century BC, and later became known as the home to the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte. Your optional excursion includes a visit to the Palazzina dei Mulini, the home he shared with his sister in 1814 and much more can be seen in the villa of San Martino and the Demidoff Museum. The excursion also includes a stop at a local winery. After lunch we cross over to mainland to Portovenere.
Day 4 Portovenere (Italy)
Late afternoon arrival in Portovenere. Overnight in port.
Day 5 Portovenere (Italy)
Today your optional full day excursion brings you to Cinqueterre, five villages clinging to the Ligurian cliffs on the west coast of Italy at nearly the same distance from one another - Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. See these sites as the ancient mariners had - from the sea. Depart from the pier northward and marvel at the views as you approach the beautiful coast with villages suspended above the sea, almost defying gravity. Five picturesque locations of pastel-coloured houses and terraced vineyards alive with the aroma of olive trees. Arrive at the village of Vernazza, where you disembark the vessel for a guided walking tour of this 1st-century village. Notice the richness of its architecture, which evinces a wealthier standard of living than that of other villages. Following your tour, free time is afforded to browse the local shops or enjoy a cafe. The next stop, the most westerly village and Cinque Terre's beach town, Monterosso. The town is divided into two distinct parts, San Cristoforo Hill, and the old maritime village protected by a rock spur. At sea to Portofino.
Day 6 Portofino (Italy)
Picture a tiny town of pastel houses lining the shore of a small harbour full of sleek yachts, crowned by a castle and backed by verdant hills dotted with villas. Throw in charming waterside restaurants specialising in seafood, and a national park with miles of hiking trails among chestnut and olive groves, where you can work off the pasta that in Italy is just the first course, between the antipasto and the main. Now you know why this quaint little fishing village became a playground of the rich and famous. Our optional walking excursion will show the insights of this beautiful little town. Late at night we leave Portofino for an overnight sailing to Cannes.
Day 7 Cannes (France)
Today we reach the chic resort Cannes, land of the rich and famous. An optional excursion to Monte Carlo, Famous for the Grimaldi reigning family, its F1 race and its Palaces. We also visit the colourful and no less famous villages of Grasse, St Paul de Vence and Eze, home of the greatest painters in history. Overnight in Cannes. Early morning sailing to Nice.
Day 8 Nice (France)
Disembarkation 09:00 to 10:00 and transfer to airport for return flight to UK.
Note: The itinerary may need to vary according to weather and operating conditions at the Captain’s discretion.