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.

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 Sails on the <i>Sea Cloud II</i>  View of port of Nice from atop Castle Hill   Lucca  Vernazza, the Cinque Terre  Marc Chagall's <i>Midsummer Night's Dream</i> Credit: 2003 artists Rights Scoiety (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris  The hilltop village of Eze features both a magnificent view of the French Riviera and an amazing botanical garden of succulents.

Sailing the French & Italian Rivieras

From Nice to Rome aboard Sea Cloud II

9 days from $4,990

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.

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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 CapEden-Roc in Antibes, explore the Old Town, the Picasso Museum, and the Fondation Hans Hartung, a special private entrée. Later, choose to explore the serene Chapelle du Rosaire by Matisse and 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. Then choose to visit either the Chagall or Matisse Museum in Nice before boarding your tall ship.
  • 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 bespoke 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 additional details in the Ship Tab.

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, then meet your fellow travelers at a private welcome reception and dinner. (R,D)

Day 3 — Antibes / Grasse

After a morning orientation and introductory lecture, choose between three excursions in and around the perfume mecca of Grasse: 1) private perfume workshop; 2) private garden tour hosted by the artist owner; or 3) private visit to a flower producer for Dior perfumes. 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, stretch your legs on a guided walking tour of Old Town of Antibes, including its ramparts along the sea as well as visits to the Picasso Museum and the former home and studios of 20th-century abstract painters Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman. Continue with an afternoon excursion to the fortified village and artists’ mecca of Saint-Paul-de-Vence for free time to explore this charming town, along with your choice of additional visit: 1) the serene Chapelle du Rosaire, designed by Matisse, who considered it his masterpiece; or 2) the Maeght Foundation with its impressive sculpture garden and collection of modern and contemporary art. (B,L)

Day 5 – Antibes / Côte d’Azur / Nice

Today is your choice among three excursion options along the Côte d’Azur: 1) Monaco, including the Old Town with the State Apartments of the Prince’s Palace, and a private tour of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon’s former workshop, followed by free time in Monte Carlo; 2) private visits to gems of modern architecture Villa E-1027 by Eileen Gray and Le Cabanon by Le Corbusier plus a visit to the Marc Chagall Museum in Nice; or 3) the quaint village of Èze, perched on a rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean plus a visit to the Matisse Museum in Nice. Late this afternoon, embark aboard the Sea Cloud II in Nice and bid adieu to France as you sip a sail-away cocktail. (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)

Dock in Livorno for a choice of full-day tours, each featuring a gourmet local lunch: 1) Florence with a guided city walk to see the 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; or 2) Lucca, the birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini and a treasure chest of Tuscany’s ancient trade in silk, with a stroll around the elliptical central piazza made up of medieval buildings outlining the ruins of a Roman amphitheater, as well as time to bike or stroll around sections of the ancient city walls, now a park-like promenade. Return to the Sea Cloud II in the evening for a chance to hear the experiences of your shipmates over 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)