From Villefranche all the way to Bastia spending 7 days cruising the Italian Riviera will leave you with a feeling of revitalisation and a clear understanding of the natural beauty that exists here.
Explore the beautiful Riviera. Spend a few days exploring the French side of the Riviera before setting sail to the Italian side and then Elba which is a true paradise where relaxation reigns supreme.
Villefranche / St Jean Cap Ferra
Embark in Villefranche-sur-mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
Make the most of these two beautiful cities. Villfranche has its stunning bay and quaint village. At the sophisticated Saint-JeanCap-Ferrat a visit to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and its Japanese and French gardens is highly recommended.
In the morning, cruise to Port Beaulieu.
Take a 15 minutes drive up to the medieval village of Èze to discover the original authentic French Riviera. Perched atop hill its dramatic rural landscape is the famous for featuring in Hitchcock and James Bond movies. In the afternoon, take the boat and anchor off the stunning Paloma beach.
In the late afternoon, head back to Port Beaulieu to spend the evening and night in this popular harbour, which is sheltered by towering limestone cliffs
In the morning, head to Monaco.
An independent state and the second-smallest country in the world after the Vatican, Monaco boasts wonderful attractions within its area of just 0.78 sq miles. Its Royal Palace and the Cathedral must be seen. The Oceanographic Institute is also well worth a visit. Later, you can go shopping or simply take a stroll in Fontvieille Park and enjoy the Princess Grace Rose Garden.
Cruise to Alassio, off the Italian western coast of Liguria.
Nestling between the sea and hills, this small town is famous for its popular sandy beach, which stretches over 3 km long. In the lively town, stop by the ‘wall’ of Alassio, signed by hundreds of visiting celebrities; among them Ernest Hemingway. Scuba diving is a must do, offering the wonderful opportunity to swim in the company of exotic rainbow wrasses, scorpion fish and octopuses
Morning arrival in Portofino.
From there, drive to Cinque Terre to visit the ancient fishing villages of Monterosso, Vernazza and Riomaggiorre. Surrounded by lush verdant nature, the villages are all linked by footpaths offering breath-taking hiking trails. In the late afternoon, head back to Portofino to walk through the town’s charming streets, admiring its colourful buildings. Dine alfresco on the vine-covered balcony of La Terraza.
Afterwards, from the yacht, with a glass of wine in hand, take in the magical sight of Portofino’s lights twinkling like candles in the dark.
Cruise to Portovenere, an enchanting historic medieval town, which boasts colourful architecture and a picturesque harbour.
Getting lost in its narrow alleyways is a real pleasure. Explore the pretty St. Peter Church. People-watch, as you enjoy a gelato at the Chuflay overlooking the Piazzetta. For a leisurely day, walk to the area’s famous beauty spot, Lord Byron’s grotto. Alternatively, spend the day at the lovely Arenella beach.
Head to La Spezia with its museums, hilltop castle and colourful old town to disembark around noon.
The final day in your luxurious cruise around the French and Italian Riviera, creating many fond memories along the way.
Appreciate the crystal waters and rocky coastline of this enchanting island. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled there and both villas he lived in are open to visit. Elba is also very well-known for its beaches where you may be tempted to spend a relaxing day. Heading to Capo Bianco or Ghiaie beaches with snorkel gear and a sumptuous picnic prepared by the chef, you can make the most of this amazing natural paradise.
Early departure to Bastia.