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Join this 8-day Mediterranean cruise on the small ship Le Ponant roundtrip out of Nice, France. Sail to Corsica, the secretive Island of Beauty, and around the Lavezzi Islands, a veritable sanctuary for the marine flora and fauna. Next cruise to Portoferraio on the Island of Elba, where you can follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as you wind your way through the pastel-colored houses protected by the two Medicean forts. Discover the little town of Lerici, the leaning tower of Pisa, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Portovenere before returning to Nice.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nice, France | Embark
Day 2 : Girolata, Corsica | Porto, Corsica
Day 3 : Bonifacio, Corsica
Day 4 : Sailing along the Lavezzi Islands
Day 5 : Portoferraio, Italy
Day 6 : Lerici, Italy
Day 7 : Portovenere, Italy
Day 8 : Disembark in Nice, France

Highlights

  • Sail along Corsica's most famous landscape, Scandola Nature Reserve
  • Wind your way through the pastel-colored houses of Portoferraio
  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and tour the pleasant town
  • Explore Cinque Terre featuring colorful houses, steep cliffs, & vineyards

Ship

Le Ponant

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Charming port cities line the coves of the French Riviera Explore the fortified cities of ancient Mediterranean rulers Visit prominent cathedrals of the Mediterranean Enjoy spectacular views Cruise the turquoise shores of the Mediterranean

Day 1 Nice, France | Embark

Embark this evening and settle into your accommodations.

Day 2 Girolata, Corsica | Porto, Corsica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the very tip of the Girolata Peninsula, at the heart of the maritime side of the Corsica Regional Nature Park (Parc Naturel Régional de Corse), discover the Scandola reserve with its abrupt ochre and red rock cliffs plunging into a crystal sea. Dominated by its Genoese fort and the houses clinging to the mountain slopes, Girolata is one of the emblematic sites of the island. A veritable haven of peace, this hamlet lies nonchalantly along the slopes of Mount Senino.

North of the Gulf of Porto (Corsica), sail along the magnificent unspoiled coastline of the Scandola Nature Reserve, one of Corsica’s most famous landscapes. Here you discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Piana Calanches, towering multi-hued granite cliffs which plunge into the sea, jagged and furrowed by erosion into a vast abstract sculpture.

Day 3 Bonifacio, Corsica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail along the coast, discover landscapes of a rare intensity: craggy coastlines or smooth rounded shores, parasol pines or steely cacti, inlets of crystal water or cliffs that overhang the sea – Welcome to Corsica! The secretive Island of Beauty is yours to see and to discover. Like a narrow rocky headland of white limestone, Bonifacio remains an unmissable destination within an exceptional site, a magnificent "end of the world" at the south of the Island.

Day 4 Sailing along the Lavezzi Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail around the Lavezzi Islands, lying in the nature reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio between Corsica and Sardinia. This magnificently preserved group of islands forms one of the most beautiful marine reserves of the Island of Beauty, a veritable sanctuary for the marine flora and fauna. The islands lie in a sea of turquoise and emerald, the color changing according to the sky. A paradise for divers, an Eden for walkers, this little haven of peace made up of a hundred or so islets is a delight for pleasure cruisers. An idyllic setting from where flamboyant beaches of white sand stretch into the distance, bordered by crystal blue water. This is undoubtedly the ideal setting for a lazy day enjoying the Mediterranean sunshine.

Day 5 Portoferraio, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The island of Elba is at the heart of the Tuscan Archipelago and presents a finely chiselled profile sheltering many unspoiled coves, Roman churches, Medicean fortresses and memories of Napoleon blend into the picture postcard that is Portoferraio (Italy). It is one of the oldest towns on the island, the Ligurians, Etruscans and Greeks having shaped its history before it became a Roman colony. Here you can follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as you wind your way through the pastel-colored houses protected by the two Medicean forts.

Day 6 Lerici, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Facing Portovenere, the little town of Lerici lies at the eastern tip of the “Gulf of Poets", dominated by the imposing castle built in the 13th century by Pisani. It is from here that you set out to discover Pisa, a peaceful, pleasant town in the heart of Tuscany which has the atmosphere of a small capital. Over the centuries, Pisa has preserved remarkable testimonies to its former grandeur. Its yellow, pink and ochre facades make it less austere than Florence, and combine with its aristocratic charm, gentle way of life, and quiet unrivalled light. The town is almost entirely surrounded by walls, and entrance is through narrow gateways, from where you can see the famous Leaning Tower.

Day 7 Portovenere, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Built on a rocky peninsula of the very beautiful "Gulf of the Poets ", Portovenere raises its colored houses around its small picturesque harbors. Its alleys lead to a fortress which offers a magnificent panorama. Registered on the World heritage by the UNESCO, Portovenere, Genoese heiress of the XIIth century, has preserved a very unique charm. It is from Portovenere that you go off to explore the magnificent Cinque Terre National Park.

Day 8 Disembark in Nice, France

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning for your continued journey home.

Le Ponant

Per person starting at
$4,830
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Marie-Galante Staterooms
Ocean-view staterooms on the Marie Galante Deck are between 122 and 145 square feet, and most feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, en suite bathroom, and one porthole.
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Antigua Staterooms
Ocean-view staterooms on the Antigua Deck are between 133 and 165 square feet, and feature one fixed queen bed, en suite bathroom, and one window.

Notes

- Prices based on double occupancy. Singles in all categories may be available at 1.6 times the share rate
-Fares may be subject to fuel adjustments
-Prices do not include optional shore excursions.

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Fares include:
• Port and safety charges
• Open bar
• Gratuities
• Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
• Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
• 24 hour room service (selected menu)
• Evening entertainments and events, and/or organized shows
• Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
• English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)

Fares do not include:
• Flights and airport taxes
• Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
• Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
• Insurances
• Personal expenses
• Other drinks not included in open bar

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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