South of France & Italy

- 8 DAYS -

There is only one vacation that offers equal measures of natural splendor, complete relaxation, ultimate luxury, cosmopolitan destinations and total freedom: 8 days on board a luxury yacht sailing around the South of France and Italy, an experience not to be missed!

Cap Ferrat & Monaco

Sailing from Port Vauban you leave behind the forested, villa-studded, Cap d’Antibes peninsula to head for the cobalt waters of Cap Ferrat. This glamorous, yet unspoiled, old-time favourite destination of the rich and famous on the Côte d/Azur, offers peace and quiet and stunning views of the craggy Provençal coastline. After a leisurely swim and lunch it is only a short sail to Monaco where you will spend the night. You can choose between dining on board and then partying the night away at one of the Principality’s famous clubs, or trying one of the many wonderful restaurants; the Monte Carlo Casino is also something you may want to experience while here. You may even want to relax on deck, sipping cocktails, and watching the buzzing city-state from afar. Remember: a holiday onboard is all about absolute freedom.

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The first leg of this journey brings you to Finale Ligure on the Riviera di Ponente, the “alternative”part of the Italian Riviera that stretches between the French border and Genoa. This popular resort features a beautiful grey-sand beach that stretches for a few kilometers, with dramatic limestone cliffs at one end and a small castle perched above the sea at the other. You could go ashore to visit the walled medieval village of Finalborgo, one of the most beautiful village of Italy, that is just a 15-minutes walk inland or simply enjoy the tranquil blue waters until it is time to leave for Portofino.

Moored in Portofino harbor allows you the best views to this quaint fishing village with its pastel-coloured houses and cobbled streets. You are two steps away from the Piazzetta, the central square that is fringed with boutiques and seafood restaurants. And if in the mood for some exercise, you can take the path up to the Castello Brown, the 16th century fortress, for a panoramic view of the village and the Ligurian Sea.  Portofino harbor is home to some excellent, very popular restaurants (names?) so make sure you have made your reservations well ahead.

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Cinque Terre

You don’t want to miss Porto Venere, the picturesque fishing village on the Gulf of Poets that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site that stretches from Cinque Terre to here. The steep uneven coastal terrain makes for breathtaking views and the village is a testament to the history of human settlement in the Ligurian region over the past millennium. 
The small archipelago of three islands across from Porto Venere offers crystal blue waters for swimming and spectacular caves to explore; in the evening, walk the tiny streets of the village and breathe in the history of the place. 

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Corsica - St. Florent

On to Corsica! The beaches around the port of St. Florent are absolutely stunning. Anchored off the Plage de Saleccia, a dazzling expanse of white sand that drops into turquoise water, enjoy a glass of local wine from the vineyards of the Nebbio region. You could also visit one of the local wineries in Patrimonio, just 6km from St. Florent, for a more in-depth experience of Corsican wine

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Corsica - Calvi

Your second stop in Corsica is Calvi, an attractive port surrounded by a towering 13th century Genoese Citadel, rugged mountains and a beautiful pine forest. There are several great sandy beaches to choose from and, weather-permitting, you may want to make the trip to Scandola Nature Reserve that can only be reached by boat. From the comfort of your sun lounger enjoy the beauty of strange rock formations that emerge from the crystal clear sea and don’t forget to keep an eye out for dolphins that are known to frequent the area. 

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St. Tropez

Farewell to Corsica for the trip back to the Côte d’Azur and cosmopolitan St.Tropez, but not without stopping for a swim in Porquerolles; the tiny island has beautiful sandy beaches and sapphire-blue waters with pine and eucalyptus trees right on the water and is an idyllic quiet spot before reaching the buzz of St. Tropez, the jet-set capital of the French Riviera. Moored at the Vieux Port, you can explore the city’s nightlife or head out for a little shopping as the world’s leading fashion designers all have boutiques here. 

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Iles de Lerins & Cannes

Les Iles de Lerins are two beautiful little islands off Cannes that are by far your best option for a leisurely swim before emerging on the Croisette for an evening stroll. The aroma of pine and eucalyptus hits you as you approach land and the clear, turquoise waters are too inviting to ignore. 

You may not be there in time for the Film Festival but Cannes is Cannes, capital of yachting, and there is always something interesting going on; exceptional wining and dining, great shopping and lively clubbing: an unforgettable close to your vacation.

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All good things must come to an end to be repeated, soon, time after time! But for now the trip back to Antibes with a short break for a last swim along the coast draws the curtain on this one-week experience. Ά bientôt!

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