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Set sail through the Mediterranean on this breathtaking  8-day cruise beginning and ending in the lively historic city of Nice. Taste the rich history of this ancient region as you sail, and fall in love with its pristine islands and clear blue waters. Explore incredible exotic locations along the Italian and French Riviera such as Rapallo, Cirque terre, Calvi, and more. Enjoy all of this and more on this exclusive voyage aboard the SeaDream I.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nice, France | Embark
Day 2 : Rapallo, Italy
Day 3 : Portovenere (Cinque Terre), Italy
Day 4 : Marina di Carrara (Florence, Lucca), Italy
Day 5 : Portoferraio, Elba, Italy
Day 6 : Porto Vecchio, Corsica, France
Day 7 : Calvi, Corsica, France
Day 8 : Nice, France | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic route above the coastline through vineyards at Rapaello
  • Visit some of Corsica's most picturesque villages and landscapes
  • Discover the beauty of the island of Elba on a hiking tour of Mount Capanne
  • Stroll in Michelangelo’s footsteps in the charming city of Carrara

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SeaDream I

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The medieval fortress of Calvi Cinque Terre, Italy Portovenere, Italy Rapallo, Italy Portoferraio, Italy

Day 1 Nice, France | Embark

Nice is the fifth most populous city in France and the second largest on the Mediterranean coast. The city's famous seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais ('the Walkway of the English'), owes its name to the earliest settlers to this seaside resort. For over a quarter century, the picturesque Nicean surroundings have attracted not only those in search of relaxation, but also those seeking inspiration. The crisp clean air and soft light has been of particular interest to some of Western culture's most outstanding painters, such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and entertainers such as Sir Elton John and Tina Turner. Board the SeaDream I and attend dinner as the ship sets sail.

Day 2 Rapallo, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional Activities:
 
Rapallo – Hiking to Portofino: Follow a scenic trekking route above the coastline through olive groves and vineyards with spectacular views over the Tigullio Gulf. This picturesque tour departs from the tender pier for a short ride up to Nozarego, where you set out on a hike to beautiful Portofino. The path leads through the Mediterranean flora, vegetation hugs the medieval dwellings, and cliffs drop off to the crystal-clear sea, making this one of the most fascinating locations of the Riviera. Reach Molini, where the path leads the way through fancy villas, vineyards, and olive groves. Keep hiking and pass elegant villas nestled among luxuriant vegetation of tropical plants and olive trees. Upon reaching Portofino, enjoy a refreshment in a typical Italian café settled in the center of the village, in front of the lovely piazzetta. The return time is at guest’s choice; the guide handles return ferry tickets and everyone is free to stay in Portofino for lunch, shopping, or independent browsing.
Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours

Rapallo – The Splendido’s Italian Kitchen – A Taste of Tradition: Experience the cuisine of the world-famous and uber-exclusive Splendido Hotel. This magnificent landmark overlooks the picturesque harbor of Italy's most renowned resort enclave. Favored by the wealthy and famous, the hotel is known for its superb Italian cuisine and for her unequaled ambience. Have an opportunity to taste regional varieties of oil and learn how each is used in the preparation of delicious Italian dishes. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious luncheon of Italian specialties prepared with olive oil as well as wine, dessert, and coffee before returning to the harbor to enjoy the rest of your day.
Duration: 3 hours

Rapallo – Cinque Terre: This is an enjoyable experience to admire some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes of Italy by train as you make your way south to the “Cinque Terre” (Five Lands). If you've never been to the “Cinque Terre”, you're about to discover one of Italy's most amazing destinations and in a country rich with cultural and natural beauty, that means something! These unique villages tumble down steep hillsides, completely catching your eyes with their pastel-colored houses and terraced vineyards alive with the fragrance of olive trees blending with the fresh ocean breeze. Once peaceful fishing villages, whose clever residents even managed to devise a way to grow wine grapes and olive groves on almost vertical slopes, the Cinque Terre now relies almost entirely on tourism. This Land Adventure takes you to discover two of the most popular villages of the region. The first is Monterosso al Mare, the most westerly, which is the largest of the five and the most heavily visited, with lovely narrow alleys. It’s the only village with a nice long span of beach right in town, while the others either require a hike or are very small and/or rocky. After a brief overview tour, pause for a delicious wine tasting and some leisure time for shopping before resuming your train journey to your next stop, the picturesque village of Vernazza. This village has perhaps the most charming central square, as it’s right by the water, with a lovely church tower on one side and the ruins of a castle on one of the hills overlooking Vernazza. Following a brief introduction about the village, enjoy some time to browse on your own before heading back to the rail station for your return train ride.
Duration: 7 hours

Day 3 Portovenere (Cinque Terre), Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Portovenere and the three islands of Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. They have been selected for being distinguished examples of the ways in which man has been able to modify and transform the environment without altering the beauty of the original natural landscape.

Optional Activities:

Portovenere (Cinque Terre) – UNESCO Awarded Cinque Terre: You cannot visit Italy without having seen and visited one of the world's most beautiful and famous stretches of coastline. It's so beautiful, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997! Don't disappoint yourself and your friends by staying behind. Are you not convinced yet? Please read on! Clinging to the Ligurian cliffs on the west coast of Italy are five castles at nearly the same distance from one another: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Depart from the Portovenere pier directly to Cinque Terre ("Five Lands") and marvel at the breathtaking coast with the villages suspended above the sea, almost defying gravity. There they are - Five ("Cinque") picturesque villages of pastel-colored houses and terraced vineyards alive with the fragrance of olive trees blending with the fresh ocean breeze. Arrive at the village of Vernazza, where you disembark and begin a guided walk of this 1st-century village. Notice the richness of its architecture, which is evidence of a standard of living that was wealthier than the other villages. Following this guided walk, there is free time to browse the local shops or enjoy a cafè. Then re-board the vessel for a stop at the second village, Monterosso, known as the most westerly village, and the beach town of the Cinque Terre. This town is divided into two distinct parts: San Cristoforo Hill, and the old maritime village protected by a rock spur. Your guide points out the highlights of the village and then allows you free time to explore on your own before returning to the motor launch and the return journey to Portovenere.
Duration: 4 hours

Portovenere (Cinque Terre) – Guided Village Walk: Imagine walking through your own town without any knowledge of its history, culture, or customs. Now imagine how much richer you are for the experience with that information added. This walking exploration of Portovenere leaves you feeling like a local. Portovenere is an ancient 12th-century town where tall and colored houses still remain as an important feature of one of Italy's most picturesque ports. Start today's walking adventure with your knowledgeable guide by passing under the ancient arch to enter Caruggio before exploring the Church of St. Peter, the Castle, and the Cemetery. Continue walking portside for a panoramic view of the town and the island of Palmaria. Along the way a stop is made to enjoy a tasting of the delicious local wine.
Duration: 2 hours

Day 4 Marina di Carrara (Florence, Lucca), Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional Activities:
 
Marina di Carrara – Walking exploration of Carrara, the marble-built town: Stroll in Michelangelo’s footsteps searching for the perfect marble of his artwork. This is an interesting trip to explore the charming city of Carrara, a town built mostly out of white marble, including palaces, churches, squares, paving, terraces, windows, doorways, and portals. Enjoy a guided walk with your local guide starting from medieval Carrara, through the Renaissance section, and ending up in the nineteenth-century part of the town. Carrara has a unique character and charm, as the whole atmosphere of the city is permeated by creativity - drawings, paintings, and street art can be noticed on almost each street and alley. Along the way, a stop is made to enjoy a refreshment at some of the local cafès in town.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Marina di Carrara – Carrara, the world of white marble: Discover the incredible world of Carrara marble, the white gold of the sculpture masters. Enjoy a visit to the Carrara quarries, the place where marble, or “white gold”, has been extracted since the Roman times. Learn about the techniques and tools used throughout the Renaissance age until nowadays. The ancient Romans started 2000 years ago, later, artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini, Canova and many others loved to use the precious Carrara marble for their works of art. Today quarrymen challenge "Mother Nature" in order to excavate from these steep and abrupt slopes such a unique, white and shining stone, still renowned all over the world and which decorates some of the most beautiful palaces, villas and artworks around the globe.
Duration: 4 hours

Day 5 Portoferraio, Elba, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Portoferraio is a beautiful town in the province of Livorno, Tuscany, on the northern coast of Elba Island. The ship generally docks just steps away from the main street of Via Garibaldi.
 
Optional Activities:
 
Portoferraio, Elba – Hiking Mount Capanne: Discover the beauty of Elba on a hiking excursion. Leave Portoferraio by motorcoach and set out for an enjoyable drive to western Elba, reaching the attractive village of Marciana, the island’s oldest settlement (375m above sea level), still maintaining its medieval appearance. From here start a delightful hiking tour along the slopes of Mount Capanne, which has been slowly eroded by the wind, creating curious formations. Walk through magnificent vegetation surrounded by ilex, pine and chestnut tree woods which also allow breathtaking views over the northern side of the island. The cool and fresh climate gives this land a mountain atmosphere although the sea is just a few minutes away. After approximately 1.5 hours, reach the Church of San Cerbone (525m above sea level). Continue down for about 30 minutes to end the hike at the village of Poggio (325m above sea level) and stop at a charming rustic restaurant - a pleasant interlude to relax, enjoy great views over the ocean, and taste of course the local specialties before resuming your drive back to Portoferraio.
Duration: 6 hours

Portoferraio, Elba – Elba Vistas, Villages & Wine: From Elba’s capital Portoferraio, enjoy a delightful drive to the southern mountainside village of Capoliveri. Absolutely enchanting, Capoliveri preserves an almost medieval atmosphere in its architecture, somber at the same time as graceful and elegant. From Capoliveri's panoramic point you can enjoy a superb view over the gulfs of Lacona and di Campo, at the foot of a wild headland covered with bush, agaves, and prickly pears. The coasts of Capoliveri are some of the most beautiful on the island, with overhanging cliffs visited by thousands of seagulls, and small bays with crystal-clear water. Now it is time for a delightful walk through the twisty old streets followed then by some leisure time to browse around the tiny shops and boutiques of the village. Your next destination is the 17th-century wine-farm "La Chiusa," beautifully nestled in a vineyard estate surrounded by olive trees and overlooking the ocean: as any self-respecting mansion on Elba, it claims to have once housed Napoleon during his exile there. During your visit of the estate's cellar see how the wine is handled and produced. A delicious wine sampling of the vineyard's "passiti", made from Aleatico and Ansonica, classic mainstays of the island, follows in the outside garden facing the sea, complemented by assorted light snacks. After enjoying this pleasant interlude, a short walk brings you back to your waiting transport for your drive back to Portoferraio.
Duration: 4.5 hours

Portoferraio, Elba – Walking the Napoleon Trail: Enjoy a historically informative hike through the 'centro' section of Portoferraio, Elba's capital and largest city. From the pier, begin your walk through the ancient city gates toward the Forte Falcone. Once inside, there's a spectacular view over Portoferraio and the gulf. Continue along the narrow cobblestone path that leads to the town's upper reaches and your next stop, the Napoleon Residence dei Mulini, where the famous French hero lived in exile for nine months. A visit to the emperor's apartments lets you imagine him reading his favorite books in the library, or contemplating his conquests in the small garden. Resume your stroll to the Forte Stella, so named for its star-shaped design, then wind your way down toward the pier, with a brief visit along the way to the Church of Misericordia. Passing through the Medicean Sea Gate, or Porta a Mare, enjoy the ambience of the fashionable waterfront before returning to the yacht.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Day 6 Porto Vecchio, Corsica, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, is a small port of call in the Corse-du-Sud department of France. Its popularity increased dramatically since hosting the start of the first stage of the 2013 Tour de France. Just outside of town there are some remarkable beaches. Water sports may be offered in the morning and afternoon from the marina platform (weather permitting).

Day 7 Calvi, Corsica, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Calvi is located on the northwest coast of Corsica in the Haute-Corse department of France. Some have speculated that Christopher Columbus came from Calvi, which at the time was part of the Genoese Empire.
 
Optional Activities:  
 
Calvi, Corsica – Calvi by Foot: From the pier, follow your licensed guide to the entrance of the citadel, perched on a rocky hill overlooking the port. Walk through the drawbridge and stop to enjoy a breathtaking vista of the red rooftops and the crystal-clear sea. Continue to the Place d'Armes and then to the Cathedral St. Jean Baptiste set at the highest point of the promontory. Then the relaxing walk takes you to the home of Calvi's most famous resident, Christopher Columbus, who is believed to have been born in Calvi on October 12th. After viewing the exterior of this fabled building, make your way to the Oratoire St. Antoine where you can admire Italian frescoes, stroll along the city's ramparts, and wander through the Ville Basse. A bustling section of the town sitting at a foot of the ramparts, The Quay Landry features a lovely marina and a cafe-lined promenade.
Duration: 2 hours

Calvi, Corsica – The Villages of Corsica: This pleasant half-day Land Adventure winds through some of the island's most picturesque villages and landscapes, and also allows for some free time to walk through one of the island's most charming villages. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the island beyond the lovely port of Calvi! Start out with a drive through the Balagne region as you travel along a scenic road that takes you through Calenzana, a village overlooking some of the most fertile land on the island. From there continue on to the Romanesque "Chapelle de Santa Restituta," an important pilgrimage site in Corsica. The road then snakes leisurely through several more villages, such as Zilia and Cassano, as you enjoy lovely views along the way. Arriving in Lunghignano, stop for a visit of a donkey-pulled olive oil mill and enjoy a sampling of the product. Then, in Montemaggiore, admire the view from the foot of the baroque church of Saint Augustin before exploring its 17th-century artistic treasures and impressive organ. Onward enjoy the views from Col de Salvi and Cateri, with its flowered balconies, and San Antonino where you pause for a welcome local snack to taste the local bread, cheese, and sausage along with a glass of wine or soft drink. Finally pass the interesting church of Aregno with its multi-color walls and unique sculptures before stopping in Ile Rousse, where free time is afforded for browsing. After having explored this charming village return to Calvi.
Duration: 4 hours

Calvi, Corsica – Calvi by 4x4: This Land Adventure is a perfect alliance of adventure and discovery, sea and mountain, people and countryside, nature and patrimony. Your 4x4 adventure takes you from Calvi partly on roads and partly on tracks that meander through the mountains. Stops are allocated on the way for you to enjoy views of Calvi and its citadel. Learn about Corsican history, as well as the island's flora and fauna. Through the Mursalinu Valley and along the Fango River, learn about the local shepherd’s life. Still on tracks pass the ancient silver mine at Argentella with its impressive brick ventilation shaft surprisingly towering out of the maquis. Stop at the pebble beach before passing Torra Mozza, a Genoese tower where in 1852 Prince Bonaparte built his hunting pavilion. Then venture through the countryside for a wild 4x4 drive overlooking the deep-blue sea from one creek to another. In Notre Dame de La Serra, enjoy the wonderful panorama of the bay of Calvi before going back to the port.
Duration: 4 hours

Day 8 Nice, France | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive back in Nice and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your continued independent journeys.

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