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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 <i>Sea Cloud II</i> at full sail  Sails on the <i>Sea Cloud II</i>  View of port of Nice from atop Castle Hill   Place Massena, Nice  Chagall's <i>Midsummer Night's Dream</i>. Credit: Artists Rights Society NY / ADAGP Paris  View of the Riviera from Eze  Street in the medieval village of St. Paul du Vence  The Rock of Monte Carlo with the Prince's Palace   Vernazza, the Cinque Terre  The cathedral at Lucca

Sailing the French & Italian Rivieras

From Nice to Rome aboard Sea Cloud II

9 days from $6,990

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.

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Overview

Antibes... Nice... Monte Carlo... Èze... Cinque Terre... Lucca...the Isle of Elba... These are places that evoke images of medieval history, sun-drenched beaches, glamorous seaports, and rich masterpieces of art and architecture—in short, the quintessential Mediterranean journey. Join us for a three-night luxury hotel stay on the French Riviera, then board Sea Cloud II for a relaxed four-night cruise along the Italian coast.

Highlights Include

  • French Riviera: From your base at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, explore the Old Town, the Picasso Museum, and the Fondation Hans Hartung, a special private entrée. Later, choose to explore the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence or a perfume factory in Grasse. From Nice, take delight in other choices: the Old Town of Monaco and the Prince’s Palace; a special tour of modern architecture, including Corbusier’s Cabanon and Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027; or the medieval village of Èze, perched high atop the Riviera. There will also be an optional visit to either the Chagall or Matisse Museum in Nice on arrival day.
  • Italian Riviera: Spend an afternoon exploring (by boat or by foot) some of the five Ligurian villages that comprise Italy’s Cinque Terre. From Livorno, choose a full-day excursion to Florence or Lucca. Spend a morning on the Isle of Elba, following in Napoleon’s footsteps and visiting a vineyard, then enjoy a final sailing opportunity that afternoon en route to Rome.
  • Small Ship Experience: White sails billowing aloft three tall masts, a vision to behold. Nothing can top the experience of sailing aboard the square-rigger Sea Cloud II with her 23 sails all set by hand. Watch in awe as crew members climb the rigging to set the sails. Savor fine dining in the luxurious salon or on the open teak deck, enjoy engaging presentations and casual conversation in the piano lounge, and depending on your interests, discover the library, fitness studio, spa services, or swim platform. Yet you’ll also feel comfortable retiring to your cabin or suite—a spacious, stylish, and delightful retreat. See more information in the Tour Details tab. Our voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 - Depart U.S., Arrive in Nice, Côte d’Azur, France

Depart the U.S. on your transatlantic flight to Nice, France. Transfer to Antibes and check in to the deluxe Hotel du Cap hotel. Enjoy a restful afternoon at leisure, with optional visits to the Marc Chagall and Matisse Museums, then meet your fellow travelers at a private welcome reception and dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 — Antibes

After a morning orientation and introductory lecture, stretch your legs on a guided walking tour of Old Town of Antibes, including its ramparts along the sea. The afternoon is at leisure to take advantage of the amenities of the resort hotel or to explore the Côte d’Azur on your own. (B,L)

Day 4 – Antibes / Saint-Paul-de-Vence

This morning is your choice between two excursions:

Choice #1: Saint-Paul-de-Vence and Maeght Foundation. Visit the fortified village and artists’ mecca of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, one of the oldest medieval villages on the French Riviera and then stop at the Maeght Foundation with its impressive sculpture garden and collection of modern and contemporary art.

Choice #2: Molinard Perfume Workshop and Gardens, and Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman studio. Discover what makes French perfumes so prized, and learn how master mixologists combine different bases, fragrances, and oils to make sweet-smelling concoctions. In the afternoon visit the former home and studios of 20th-century abstract painters Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman.

Both excursions include a luncheon at a local restaurant. Enjoy this evening independently at the hotel. (B,L)

Day 5 – Antibes / Côte d’Azur / Nice

This morning and afternoon is your choice between several excursions along the Côte d’Azur:

Morning excursions:

Choice #1: Monaco. Visit the Old Town and the State Apartments of the Prince’s Palace, then take a private tour of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon’s former workshop. Folon’s work concentrated on different techniques, including watercolor, etching, silkscreen, illustrations, mosaics, and stained glass.

Choice #2:  Villa E-1027 and Le Cabanon. Journey to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin for a private tour of the modernist Villa E-1027, designed by Irish architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray. Then tour Le Cabanon and see the surrounding garden and workshop all designed by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, better known by his pseudonym Le Corbusier. 

Choice #3: Èze. Tour the quaint village of Èze, with its charming cobblestone lanes perched on a rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean.

Choice #4: Picasso Museum. Tour the Picasso Museum within the Chateau Grimaldi in the old town of Antibes. Picasso donated many works to the museum, including 23 paintings and 44 drawings. 

All excursions will include a luncheon at a local restaurant.

Choice of afternoon excursions:

Choice #1: Nice Food and Walking tour. Discover samplings of French cheese and taste a range of olive oils from Provence plus learn about local delicacies like pissaladière (caramelized onion tart), socca (chick pea pancake), fougasse (Provençal flatbread) and tourte de blettes (a sweet pie) and learn how Nice’s ancient history and culture has shaped its cuisine.

Choice #2: Saint Sospir Villa. Nestled at the tip of Cap Ferrat the villa was owned by art patron Francine Weistweiller who invited her friend and artist Jacques Cocteau to stay, he along with other artists later covered nearly every wall and ceiling inside the home with paintings and mosaics, as Cocteau fondly called “tatoos”. 

Choice # 3: Villa Ephrussi. Béatrice de Rothschild built her rose-colored villa on a promontory on the isthmus of Cap Ferrat overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Baroness filled the mansion with antique furniture, Old Master paintings, sculptures, objets d'art, and assembled an extensive collection of rare porcelain. The villa is surrounded by nine gardens, each with a different theme.

Late this afternoon, all guests will meet the Sea Cloud II docked in Nice. Once on board gather on deck for a festive welcome cocktail and bid adieu to France. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Porto Venere, Italy

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast aboard the majestic Sea Cloud II, followed by the thrilling experience of cruising under sail (weather permitting). Anchor off of iconic Porto Venere in the afternoon and experience the scenic coast of the Cinque Terre by foot, by train, and by local boat. Perched between steeply terraced vineyards and the Ligurian Sea, this World Heritage Site and protected marine area is characterized by tiny villages and hidden coves. Gather for a special dinner ashore this evening, featuring local cuisine. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Livorno (for Florence or Lucca)

Sea Cloud II docks in Livorno, Italy this morning. Today is your choice between two full-day tours:

Choice #1: Florence. The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, the cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. Enjoy a guided city walk to see iconic landmarks of the historic center as well as time away from the crowds to discover the artisan workshops and studios across the river in Oltrarno.

Choice #2: Lucca. Visit the birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini and a treasure chest of Tuscany’s ancient trade in silk. Stroll around the elliptical central piazza made up of medieval buildings outlining the ruins of a Roman amphitheater. You’ll also have time to bike or stroll around sections of the ancient city walls, now a park-like promenade.

Both excursions include a luncheon at a local restaurant.

Excursions return to the Sea Cloud II in the early evening for dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Portoferraio, Elba

This morning, following in the footsteps of the Argonauts and Napoleon, call at the tropical-esque Isle of Elba. Take a panoramic drive with superb views over the coastline, visit Napoleon’s summer residence during the years of his exile on the island from 1814 to 1815, and stop for a wine tasting at a 17th-century country wine estate, with vineyards nestled among ancient olive trees. Return to the ship for lunch, with a leisurely afternoon of cruising and final opportunity to experience the ship under sail. Gather this evening for the Captain’s farewell reception and dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Rome / Home

Disembark in Civitavecchia and transfer to the Rome airport for flights home, or begin the Optional Extension to Tuscany. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)