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French Riviera, Corsica and Sardinia : 10-Day Cruise

Arriving in Nice Airport

Flight by helicopter to Monaco, and embarkation in Port  Hercule at noon.

Day 1 - Monaco

Monaco, an ancient principality steeped in a rich and colourful history, is considered by many to be Europe’s most fascinating country.
Today people visit Monaco and its glittering district Monte-Carlo not simply to vacation, not just to test their standing with lady luck, not merely to see and be seen, but to revel in the memorable life-enhancing experience that is Monaco.
Cathedrals, gardens, and churches are just some of the gems found in Monaco. These places, rich in culture and history are definitely worth seeing.


Day 2 - Cannes

Cannes is the “star” of the French Riviera, famous for the International Film Festival and the glitzy hotels, cars, beaches and its visitors attracted here.

The city of Cannes is centered around the old port, with the central part quite compact. The famous “Croisette” is the boulevard and the beach  that extends around the bay to the east of the port, in the protected “Rade de Cannes”. The Rue d’Antibes is the main street running east-west through the center of the city, where some of the best known designers have shops and is the last word in luxury and elegance, Cannes is also a festival of shopping.


Day 3 - Saint Tropez

The fashionable French Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez enchants visitors from the world over.
Perhaps visit the Musee de l’Annonciade located next to the Old Port, which contains an impressive collection of modern art, Matisse, Dufy, etc …
Continue through the old streets passing the old fishing quarter of la Ponche; the Tour Suffren, and the church built in the 1785 as a Italian Baroque style.
The citadel, built in the 16th century dominates the hillside overlooking Saint Tropez.
Spend time exploring the charming streets and boutiques of Saint-Tropez.
A visit to St Tropez wouldn’t be complete without sampling the cuisine and ambiance of one of the in vogue restaurants on Pampelone beach. Situated 1mile further east from the Gulf of St Tropez, the bay of Pampelone has the longest sandy beach on the Côte d’Azur and  boasts  a multitude of  fashionable restaurants to cater for every taste, including the club 55, Voile Rouge, and Niki beach just to name a few.


Day 4 - Ajaccio

The French call Corsica the “Isle de Beauté”, which literally translated means Island of  Beauty. The capital of Corsica, Ajaccio lies in a calm bay on the west coast of Corsica, set against a backdrop of wooded hills. It is a relaxed rather than lively town and visitors come here to enjoy its wealth of cafés, restaurants and shops. The sights here mainly revolve around Napoleon, who was born here. The town’s main sights are the magnificent cathedral where Napoleon was christened, the Bonaparte residence and numerous statues and street names related to his family.
The four small islands in the Gulf of Ajaccio, with their red rocks and jagged outline are a popular destination. They are a sanctuary for birds, rare fauna and flora, and offer secluded swimming spots and good walking. The islands lie just off Pointe de la Parata, where there are some walks and beautiful coastal scenery.


Day 5 - Bonifacio

Located at the bottom of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio has some nice sights to see while here for instance its port and its old city.
Bonifacio, on its limestone cliffs, is surrounded by sea and sandy beaches. With many of small splits, Bonifacio is like an old warlike citadel and as one can seeit, Bonifacio is protected from the sans of time by massive walls. The high-City of Bonifacio was primarily built on a calcareous peak and its cliffs courageously fight flows and thousand-year-old backward flows of the Mediterranean Sea.


Day 6 - Porto Cervo

Porto Cervo lies at the heart of Costa Smeralda, Sardinia. A modern purpose-built resort begun in 1962, the village is a contrived but nonetheless a stylish collection of traditional-style Mediterranean low-rise building in peach, cream and white stucco with terracotta-tiled roofs.
During the daytime beach and water activities including sailing, diving and windsurfing are popular pastimes. And for shopping, a number of up-market boutiques, fashion outlets and jewellers ( Gucci, Cartier, Burlgari and son on ° are concentrated in the pedestrian-ized Piazetta area. As for nightlife it is manly confined to hotels, although there are a number of restaurants, bars and cafes providing live music around the Piazetta.


Day 7 - Maddalena Islands group

They are located inside the Straits of Bonifacio along the north-eastern coast of Sardinia.
La Maddalena Island is surrounded by Budelli, Caprera, Razzoli, Santa Maria, Santo Stefano and spargi. This group of small granitic rock islands has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
Budelli is one of Italy’s most enchanting beaches and it is famous for its pink sand produced by the coral shattered by the raging sea. The best mooring places are the almost deserted little beach of Cala d’Arena (south-eastern point) and the Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach)
Caprera island has been declared a natural reserve for the particular species of seabirds living on it.


Day 8 - Elba

Portoferraio is a place that people fall in love with. The harbour is full of 18th century buildings in shades of creams and ochre and tucked under the 16th century citadel built by the Duke of Florence. Napoleon once said that Elba was the most complete island; I can’t imagine why he ever left.


Day 9 - Cinque Terre

Slip moorings at 0600 and sail north along the coast of Italy to Portovenere. The village and harbour are picturesque and well worth a visit; it has become a popular destination for yachts cruising along this coast.

Remain at anchor over night.


Day 10 - Portofino

Whey anchor at sunrise 0600 and sail north up the coast to Portofino. It has been said that while anyone can visit Portofino, few can stay here. It is an aristocratic resort for the rich and famous. It is beautiful, elegant and sophisticated and cannot be missed if cruising along this coastline.

Depart at midnight for a sail across the Gulf of Genoa west bound to Monaco.

Arriving to berth in Monaco at 08:00.

Guests disembark Noon time

 

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