Join us for a luxurious journey of the French and Italian Rivieras, featuring a three-night hotel stay on the French Riviera and a relaxing four-night cruise along the Italian coast aboard Sea Cloud II, the ultimate sailing ship. You'll be immersed in the region's history, glamorous seaports, and rich masterpieces of art and architecture—in short, the quintessential Mediterranean journey.

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Sailing the French & Italian Rivieras

From Nice to Rome aboard Sea Cloud II

9 days from $4,990

Join us for a luxurious journey of the French and Italian Rivieras, featuring a three-night hotel stay on the French Riviera and a relaxing four-night cruise along the Italian coast aboard Sea Cloud II, the ultimate sailing ship. You'll be immersed in the region's history, glamorous seaports, and rich masterpieces of art and architecture—in short, the quintessential Mediterranean journey.

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Antibes, Côte d’Azur, France

Built in 1870, this historic luxury property situated on a private rocky promontory above the sea, amid 22 acres of parkland, offers a private bay on the Mediterranean and country club facilities, glamorous restaurants with sea views, an iconic outdoor seawater pool overlooking the sea, fitness center, and spa. The 118 rooms and suites provide an electronic safe, coffee maker, minibar, toiletries, hair dryer, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Business center, currency exchange, laundry and dry-cleaning services are available.

Number of nights: 3

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Land program followed by a sea-going sailing journey. The sailing vessel will pull into a pier for embarkation and shore excursions may use tenders at some ports. Excursions on land and from the ship will be at a moderately active pace during morning, afternoon, or full-day excursions and you can spend the good part of the day off ship. Some days will require early morning departures (8:00 or 8:30 a.m.). Daily activities of three to four hours each day. Some standing and walking (up to two hours) during outdoor activities and tours, city tours, and museum visits, often without places to sit. Walking two to three miles will be over sometimes difficult terrain, such as cobblestone streets in towns, some hills, and stairs without handrails.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion.

Tour Extension

Post-Tour Extension - Tuscany

Extend your stay with five days at Belmond Castello di Casole, a 10th-century estate spread across 4,200 acres in the Tuscan countryside near Siena. Excursions include a visit to the exclusive Marchesi di Antinori Estate with a private visit of its cellars. Enjoy a truffle hunting experience followed by a cooking class and explore Torre Campatelli in San Gimignano during a private, after-hours visit.

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Sailing aboard Sea Cloud II is seafaring at its finest. Modeled after the original Sea Cloud built for heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, Sea Cloud II is a genuine barque with 23 sails. Exquisitely appointed befitting her legacy, with some staterooms reflecting the original owner's suites, the ship offers 47 cabins with outside-facing portholes or windows, sitting area, TV with VCR, mini bar, safe, private bath, and hairdryer. The elegant dining room serves all 75 passengers in a single unassigned seating, and features savory continental cuisine with complimentary house wine and beer. The expansive decks provide space to lounge or enjoy lunch, while the piano bar serves as the ideal spot for evening conversation.

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Sea Cloud II

Sailing aboard Sea Cloud II is seafaring at its finest. Modeled after the original Sea Cloud built for heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, Sea Cloud II is a genuine barque with 23 sails. Exquisitely appointed befitting her legacy, with some staterooms reflecting the original owner's suites, the ship offers 47 cabins with outside-facing portholes or windows, sitting area, TV with VCR, mini bar, safe, private bath, and hairdryer. The elegant dining room serves all 75 passengers in a single unassigned seating, and features savory continental cuisine with complimentary house wine and beer. The expansive decks provide space to lounge or enjoy lunch, while the piano bar serves as the ideal spot for evening conversation.

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Reading List

Highly Recommended

The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
By: Theroux, Paul
The Mediterranean in History
The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
By: Abulafia, David
DK Eyewitness Provence and the Côte d'Azur (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
DK Eyewitness Italian Riviera (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness

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Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.