21 Days, from Cannes to Bodrum
Discover the very best of what the Mediterranean has to offer on this 21-day itinerary, which takes yacht-goers from the glittering French Riviera to the Turquoise Coast of Turkey via Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, the Aeolian Islands, and a beautiful array of Greek islands. Be amazed at the spectacular wealth of landscapes, cultures and historical riches you can experience in just three weeks aboard a superyacht.
Ideal in the summer season
Get your Mediterranean luxury yacht charter off to an exciting start by boarding in Cannes. Enjoy welcome drinks and cruise down to anchor off Les Isles de Lérins for a relaxing lunch and water fun.
Spend the late afternoon in Cannes and explore the myriad of designer shops and boutiques. In the evening, go to the casino or try the new trendy Asian styled bar/club Bâoli in Port Canto. Otherwise dine at Le Tetou in Golfe Juan – one of the best fish restaurants on the coast and haunt for the world’s celebrities.
Day 2St Tropez
Spend the day anchored off St Tropez and the famous long stretch of beach at Ramatuelle, backed by pineclad hills. Late Lunch ashore at Club Cinquante Cinq, widely regarded as the best.
For a party during the day, head for the Voile Rouge, an opulent bar/restaurant where dancing in the sunshine is a regular occurrence. In the evening, anchor off the popular town of St Tropez, or take a berth in the Vieux Port. Dining at Josephs is always a good choice. The world famous Cave Roy is a perennial hot-spot or choose from the VIP room or the Papagayo. Le Spoon Byblos is another trendy address in St Tropez for dining, opened a few years ago by superchef- Alain Ducasse. Sumptuous high-tech design featuring red leather and teak, in several dining areas or on the terrace.
Jewel of the Balagne, Calvi will impress with its varied beauty. It is an imposing Genoese citadel with a pretty marina at its foot.
Around the marina there are some good bars and restaurants. Step into the back streets that are narrow, steep, cobbled and colourful. Across the water you will see the long stretch of sandy beaches backed by the pine clad hills. Make sure you take time to explore the enchanting medieval citadel, it is worth the climb.
Day 4Golfe D'Ajaccio
The gulf of Ajaccio is beautiful; it is home to the capital of the island which was the birthplace of Napoleon.
Ajaccio is a working town full of bustling streets, markets, palm trees, traffic, people, fountains, monuments and rickety buildings. Ajaccio has a charm and a buzz all of its own; step ashore for dinner or for a drink; sit back and watch the world go by. A sumptuous cathedral (1582), Napoleon’s house, and the Napoleonie and Fesch museums (primitive Italian paintings) are all places to visit.
Enter the harbour via a cleft in the rock face, and the beauty of this place will hit you.
The old town is perched on impressive limestone cliffs. Spend the day exploring the old citadel and strolling the pretty café and restaurant-lined harbour. Bonifacio is certainly one of the prettiest spots on the island.
Day 6La Maddalena
Maddalena itself is the largest of twenty three islands scattered amongst some of Sardinia’s most transparent seas.
With its sheltered anchorages and sandy beaches, this paradise is irresistible to sailors.
Day 7Porto Cervo
Capital of the exclusive Costa Smerelda, Porto Cervo is located on Sardinia’s north eastern coast.
Breathtaking views, crystal clear water, golf, tennis, great food and night-life are the main attractions and the area is blessed with many beautiful sandy beaches. Head to Porto Cervo’s lively marina in the evening, and if you wish to dine head to the famous nightclub Billionaire.
Just off the coast of Naples and Salerno, between Cape Miseno and Amalfi, a great rock soars like a dream lost in the cobalt blue sea that surrounds it.
This Mediterranean jewel, yearned for and exalted in some of the world’s most famous lyric poetry, is the island of Capri. The intoxicating fragrance of flowers, delicate splashes of colour, recollections of a millennial past and a peaceful charm, shattered only by the shrill cry of seagulls, are just some of the magical qualities of this mythical isle. During the day explore the small coves and inlets for swimming, snorkelling and stunning scenery. There is also the famous Blue Grotto that has been known since the Roman times, and Emperor Tiberius chose it as his own personal nymphaeum (Roman monumental fountain). Later on almost nothing was known of the grotto because the fishermen of the island believed it to be haunted by evil spirits until it was rediscovered and made popular in the late 1820s. At night explore Capri’s Piazzetta for a taste of the island’s glamorous social scene, watching from the square’s elegant cafes. Excellent restaurants and bars are in abundance and the food is exquisite.
Amalfi is a town in the region of Campania, at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto (1,315 m) and surrounded by dramatic cliffs.
Amalfi boasts exceptional cultural and natural scenic value resulting from its geography and historical evolution. There are also plenty of excellent bars and restaurants to watch the sunset with a cocktail. The best way to see Amalfi is through one of the excellent private guided tours.
Strombolicchio is a privately owned island but provides excellent snorkelling, diving and views- great for a day anchorage. There is also a small dock on the northern side of the island with steep steps up to a lighthouse that provides unrivalled views of Stromboli.
Stromboli’s ‘Black Giant’’ is a volcano that is constantly active and has erupted on many occasions; the last major eruption was on April 13, 2009. Stromboli is remarkable because of the length of the time for which it has been in almost continuous eruption. For around 20,000 years, the same pattern of eruption has been maintained. Other than geographically, Stromboli itself has little to offer except at night. This is when numerous guided walks can be arranged to the summit (2.5 hr hike) or contour (400 m) that are fascinating. Return to the yacht for dinner floating off the Northern side of the island to enjoy the volcano at its best view and hope to see large bombs blasting out of the crater.
This beautiful, medieval city set in a spectacular situation with Mount Etna as a backdrop.
Messina was a prominent city for centuries; of strategic importance to the Romans, to the Saracens it became the northern and Eastern limit of a Muslim dominion; and to the Normans, Messina was an essential foothold in their conquest of the island during the 11th century.
The historic Zakinthos is called “Fiorro di Levante” meaning the “Flower of Orient”.
This spectacular Island is replete with beautiful flowers and pine covered hills, surrounded by an emerald sea.
Two magnificent towers over the entrance of Nafpaktos port are overlooked by an Acropolis.
The bars and cafés in the lively port are perfect for enjoying a light lunch or a late afternoon drink.
Surrounded by lovely beaches and taverns, Galaxidi is a beautiful town which has a long history of ship building.
Meander through the streets or re-live the local history with a visit to the maritime museum.
Day 15Corinth Canal to Athens
Travel through the Corinth Canal crossing to Athens. Explore Athens, one of the world’s oldest and magical cities, its recorded history spanning 7,000 years.
Visit its iconic landmarks such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Parthenon and the Agora. Or if you want to do some last minute shopping, Athens boats a variety of luxurious department stores and small intimate shops.
Kea (Tzia) is a small rocky and picturesque Island. A beautiful beach with clear waters and fish taverns.
The first taste of the Aegean Islands. Enjoy the sea and then go directly to the tavern for fresh fish, Greek salad and fried kalamari (squid).
One of the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands, Mykonos has an international reputation and quite justifiably attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world, amongst them are many intellectuals and well-known artists.
The high mountains encountered in most of the Cyclades islands give way to small rocky hills which combine with beautiful beaches to make up the landscape of the island. The night life here is an experience. Drink, dance, have fun! But first of all live this magic moment, the sunset from the little Venice of Mykonos.
Day 18Delos & Paros
The uninhabited island of Delos is one vast archaeological site. Its remarkable monuments today attract throngs of visitors who come to pay homage to a place that was once the cultural and religious centre of the Aegean.
In Paros you can visit the monastery of “Panagia Ekatontapiliani” meaning “With the hundred gates”. Out of them only 99 have been found. Try and locate the 100th. Paros also offers great landscapes and superb swimming locations.
The ancient physician Hippocrates is thought to have been born on Kos, and in the center of the town is the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, a dream temple where the physician is traditionally supposed to have taught. The limbs of the now elderly tree are supported by scaffolding.
The small city is also home to the International Hippocratic Institute and the Hippocratic Museum dedicated to him. Near the Institute are the ruins of Asklepieion, where Herodicus taught Hippocrates medicine.
Tilos is considered one of the jewels of the Dodecanese archipelago. The mountainous terrain of the island has an abundance of plant and wildlife, and together with the magnificent views, makes this island a haven for walkers and indeed anyone who appreciates nature in general.
The island’s capital, Megalo Chorio, some 6km inland, nestles at the foot of a Byzantine castle, with breathtaking views along fertile valleys out to Eristos Bay. A warm welcome awaits you in the tavernas and cafes on this very special island.
Enjoy the charms of Turkey as you cruise into Bodrum to bring your exciting journey comes to an end.
If there is time, why not take a quick tour around Bodrum castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century. This castle overlooks the harbour and the International Marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archaeology and hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.