All the Mediterranean secrets and wonders invite you for a magical cruise on board Le Ponant! Their splendor and romanticism will make your cruise unforgettable. Artists and travelers alike have fallen under the spell of the Italian coast, which lies as if suspended in a bouquet of flowers and greenery, dominating the luminous blue of the Mediterranean.
Day 1 : Nice, France / Embark Day 2 : Porto Venere, Itlay Day 3 : Portoferraio-Elba, Italy Day 4 : Gaeta, Italy Day 5 : Capri, Italy Day 6 : Amalfi, Italy Day 8 : Naples, Italy Day 9 : Naples, Italy / Disembark
Arrive in Nice. Board Le Ponant between 4:30 and 5:30 PM. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.
Day 2 Porto Venere, Itlay
Portovenere (or Porto Venere) is a town located on the Ligurian coast of Italy in the province of La Spezia. It comprises the three villages of Fezzano, Le Grazie and Portovenere, and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. In 1997, Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Sites.
Join an optional excursion to discover the Cinque Terre castles - Monterosso, Cernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. See them just as ancient mariners once did, from the sea. On a guided tour, visit the village of Vernazza and then Monterosso where you can explore the town's medieval center.
Day 3 Portoferraio-Elba, Italy
You have reached an island without borders; one where blue sea, lush green countryside, perched villages, archaeological treasures and chestnut trees seem to succeed one another into eternity. Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as you wind your way through the pastel-colored houses of this pretty town which is protected by two forts built by the Medicis.
Day 4 Gaeta, Italy
Port details pending.
Day 5 Capri, Italy
Capri is an Italian island off the Sorrentine Peninsula on the south side of the Gulf of Naples. It has been a resort destination since the time of the Roman Republic. The etymology of the name Capri can be traced back to the Greeks, the first recorded colonists to populate the island. Augustus's successor Tiberius built a series of villas at Capri, the most famous of which is the Villa Jovis, one of the best preserved Roman villas in Italy. Nowadays, Capri is a tourist destination for both Italians and foreigners. In the 1950s, the island became a popular destination for the international jet set. The central piazzetta of Capri, though preserving its modest village architecture, is lined with luxury boutiques and nice restaurants. Impressive features of the island include the Marina Piccola, the Belvedere of Tragara, the limestone masses called Sea Stacks that stand out of the sea, Anacapri, the Blue Grotto, and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.
Day 6 Amalfi, Italy
Amalfi, a former maritime and medieval power, was already the Riviera at the time of the Roman Empire. So much beauty in one place, Amalfi and its coastline have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Artists and travelers alike have fallen under the spell of Amalfi and Ravello that lie under the watchful gaze of Vesuvius.
Day 8 Naples, Italy
Naples is the jewel of the Campania region and is home to magnificent ancient palaces, sumptuous baroque churches and countless romantic palaces. The unrivaled historical, artistic and cultural riches of its old quarter earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1995. Not far from here, the ruins of Pompeii offer a grandiose and moving vision of what a Roman city would have looked like during the Empire. The city slumbering under its blanket of ash has revealed its objects, homes and in particular its painted pastel frescoes that are almost totally intact. The beauty of the site has seen it added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Day 9 Naples, Italy / Disembark
Following an early breakfast on board, disembark in Napels. Transfer to airport to continue your travels.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.