Ideal for Summer Season
Soak up the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera, and be seduced by the captivating islands of Corsica and Sardinia, before arriving in the eternal city of Rome on this comprehensive 15-day itinerary. In just over two weeks, yacht-goers will be able to experience the spectacular and brilliantly varied landscapes, cultures and historical riches of the West Mediterranean.
- Day 1
Nice & Monaco
You will arrive at Nice Airport where you will begin your French Riviera yacht charter in style and luxury.
Before you embark you can explore the city centre, you will pay a visit to the Matisse Museum, before lunching at Le Plongeoir. Following this, you and your guests will cruise to Monaco to enjoy your evening in one of the French Riviera's most iconic bays. This autonomous fairy-tale destination features a royal palace, a ‘Belle Epoque’ casino, exotic gardens, an oceanographic museum, a yacht-filled harbour, plush hotels, and ritzy restaurants.
In the evening, a table will be reserved for you at either Avenue 31 or Buddha Bar for dinner. Alternatively, you can try the 18th century-style dining room of Le Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris, where the renowned Alain Ducasse conjures up Italo-Provençal cuisine.
- Day 2
Cannes is the “star” of the French Riviera, famous for the International Film Festival and the glitzy hotels, cars, beaches and visitors attracted here.
The city of Cannes is centred on the old port, with the central part quite compact. The famous “Croisette” is the boulevard and the beach that extends around the bay to the east of the port, in the protected bay of Cannes. The Rue d’Antibes is the main street for shopping, running east-west through the centre of the city and provides a variety of boutique galleries.
Following this you will have supper at L'Oasis for a decadent and modern dining experience. In the evening you and your guests will have this luxury port at your disposal, where you can party and explore all night long. We recommend that you visit Baoli Cannes for a sumptuous cocktail affair, but perhaps you and your guests may be interested in visiting the infamous Medusa.
- Day 3
The seaside resort town of Saint Tropez, made popular by Brigitte Bardot and the 1950’s Jet Set, remains a favourite of the world’s elite.
Set on the lovely blue water of the Bay, this modern version of a medieval town is characterised by the line of yachts along the Quai and the facing line of terrace cafés. Behind the cafés, the small streets and old buildings are very picturesque, and you will find a multitude of boutiques and restaurants. We also recommend that you pay a visit to Place Des Lices Market for a spot of souvenir shopping.
Dining at Le Girelier or Rivea is always a good choice and is certain to present you with a luxury meal to remember. Following this, we expect you will be eager to see what the local nightlife has to offer. The world-famous Caves du Roy is a perennial hot-spot, or choose Gaio for a truly dazzling night rubbing shoulders with some of the scenes high rollers.
- Day 4
The Porquerolles are a group of isolated and serene islands off the French coast known as the “Golden Isles” for the way sunlight shimmers on its mica rock.
Small coves separated by rugged cliffs boast excellent swimming opportunities. It is the perfect location to recover from your busy night in St Tropez.
Following your relaxing day by the sea, where you will have more than likely made use of your motor yacht's onboard water toys, you will venture mainland towards Restaurant L’Olivier. Expect to be served sophisticated and flavourful dishes while being surrounded by flourishing nature and overlooking the azure coast.
- Day 5
In the early morning, start your cruise to St Florent, one of Corsica’s smaller resorts.
St Florent is tucked away in the rugged north of the island surrounded by hills covered in maquis, thick sweet-smelling vegetation which blooms in spring. The village boasts a citadel on a headland, watching over its narrow streets and harbour. Remarkably, it also has a cathedral on the edge of the cliff, built 150 years ago. Join the lively scene here on the white sandy beaches, waterside bars, and fresh seafood restaurants.
The terrace of the gastronomic restaurant La Rascasse will offer you an amazing panoramic view of the port, we highly recommend reserving a table here. However, the landscape can be so picturesque that perhaps you and your guests will prefer to picnic on the hills or dine on your superyacht as you cruise.
- Day 6
Developed by Pascal Paoli in the 1760s as a “gallows to hang Calvi”, the port of L’Île Rousse (Isula Rossa) simply doesn’t convince as a Corsican town; its palm trees, smart shops, neat flower gardens and colossal pink seafront hotel create an atmosphere that has more in common with the French Riviera.
A visit to the picturesque village Monticello is a must for their pastoral surroundings and airy atmosphere. You can spend the day exploring Tartagine Forest and discover a fantastic area of wild countryside in Corsica's National Park, or perhaps you and your guests would prefer to spend your time wandering through the old town.
You will certainly find many local markets that produce fresh stock such as fish, vegetables, honey, charcuterie and cheeses as well as sell handcrafted and bespoke jewellery, clothes and even furniture. This quaint place is ideal for those looking to do a spot of souvenir shopping. In the evening you will discover the traditional Corsican cuisine at one of the family run taverns and cafes that line the streets.
- Day 7
Jewel of the Balagne, Calvi will impress with the variety of its beauty.
From its classic stone buildings climbing their way up the rocky hillsides to its imposing Genoese citadel overlooking the picturesque marina, this laid-back town oozes charm and history. Indeed, legend goes that Christopher Columbus was born here when the town was part of the Genoese Empire.
Wander up through the winding cobblestone streets; the views from the top of the hill over the magnificent blue ocean will be worth the hike.
For drinking and dining, opt for world-class haute cuisine at La Table de Bastien at the acclaimed La Villa hotel, perched above the city, or chic cocktails at the popular-since-1928 Chez Tao.
- Day 8
Scandola Nature Reserve
The Scandola Nature Reserve takes up the promontory dividing the Balagne from the Golfe de Porto, its name derived from the wooden tiles (scandules) that cover many of the island’s mountain houses.
But the area’s roof-like rock formations are only part of its amazing geological repertoire: its stacked slabs, towering pinnacles and gnarled claw-like outcrops were formed by Monte Cinto’s volcanic eruptions 250 million years ago, and subsequent erosion has fashioned shadowy caves, grottoes and gashes in the rock. Scandola’s colours are as remarkable as the shapes, the hues varying from the charcoal grey of granite to the incandescent rusty purple of porphyry. The headland and its surrounding water were declared a nature reserve in 1975 and now support significant colonies of seabirds, dolphins and seals, as well as 450 types of seaweed and some remarkable fish such as the grouper, a species more commonly found in the Caribbean.
We would suggest dinner onboard to enjoy the Chef specialities.
- Day 9
This protected area is considered one of the most spectacular and scenic places on the Corsican coast. Girolata is known as “The garden of Corsica” due to its fertile hills.
The town itself is perched just above the glassy waters of the bay, its renowned Genoese tower and traditional stone houses accessible only by water. Isolated as such, these pale buildings form a virtual island amidst the dramatic green hills and deep sapphire waters, making for one of Corsica’s most dramatic sights.
- Day 10
The gulf of Ajaccio is beautiful, and Ajaccio, the capital of the island and birthplace of Napoleon, perches on a large bay.
Ajaccio is a working town of bustling streets, markets, palm trees, traffic, people, fountains, monuments, and rickety buildings. It has a charm and a buzz all of its own. Step ashore for dinner or for a drink and sit back and watch the world go by. The sumptuous cathedral (1582) and Napoleon’s house are some of the town’s must-see attractions.
Spend the day lounging about in by the sleepy waves before you enjoy the terrace of the Grand Café Napoleon for afternoon drinks. We suggest the restaurant of the Palm Beach Hotel for the best dinner in town, or wander the promenade and find a quiet local restaurant to dine at.
- Day 11
Perched atop dramatic white limestone cliffs that plunge down into turquoise waters, this historic town at the southern tip of Corsica has become in recent years a favoured destination of the world’s cognoscenti looking to relax.
While its imposing cliffs are supposed to have once harboured Odysseus – and the race of malevolent giants he encountered – Bonifacio has long since become a laid-back beach town with excellent cuisine and maritime antique shops.
The restaurant of the modern Hotel Genovese is a must in town. You can also try Le voilier situated directly on the quay.
- Day 12
Your first stop in Sardinia will be La Maddalena, renowned for its beaches, rocky granitic terrain, and lush vegetation.
Only three miles long at its widest point, La Maddalena is one of the most exotic luxury charter yacht destinations in the world. The crystalline waters are perfect for scuba diving fanatics and are absolutely teeming with aquatic life. With a plethora of secluded spots located throughout the tiny islets, you and your guests are guaranteed privacy and hours of fun on your onboard water toys.
In the evening you can wander through the quiet town and mingle with the locals, for supper try La Scogliera or La Casitta where you'll get an authentic taste of french infused Italian cuisine.
- Day 13
Porto Cervo is often referred to as “Porto Nuovo” and is the main centre in Costa Smeralda, located in the gulf of the same name in northern Sardinia.
Porto Cervo holds piazzas, designer shops, the exclusive Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and also offers a renowned nightlife. The village itself was designed by the famous Architect Luigi Vietti and is a fashionable playground for the jet-set.
In the morning we recommend you pay a visit to Petra Segreta for an indulgent massage treatment overlooking the island, that is sure to prepare you for the party you will experience later in the evening. Following this, you will have a late lunch reservation at Blu, where you and your guests will dine in exclusive luxury.
If you and your guests prefer you can instead opt to spend the day at Phi Beach Club, where their exciting party ambience will certainly get you in the right frame of mind. As evening approaches, the nightlife beat will pull you in closer. Ther are many hotspots in Porto Cervo, but be sure not to miss out on experiencing Billionaire Club.
- Day 14
On this day you and your guests will cruise to Rome where you will arrive at around midday.
Sprawled across seven legendary hills, Rome was one of the great centres of the ancient world. Its beginning is shrouded in legend and its development is full of intrigue and struggle - Rome is the eternal city. After tying up in Porto Turistico di Roma Marina, it is a short jump for the guest to scour the city for the best in Italian shopping on the tree-lined boulevards dotted with outdoor cafes and fountains.
Trips to the Colosseum, the Trevi fountain, the Sistine Chapel and the Spanish steps will allow you to tick off “Things To Do” on your list. For a treat, book table at La Pergola for some of Rome’s best seafood or La Posta Vecchia in Palo for authentic charm. As your day draws to a close you will notice that the city lights up giving you and your guests the opportunity to further explore the city as you round off your final full day.
- Day 15
Enjoy a swim in the morning or cruise one final time down the glistening coastline before you disembark in Rome.
Before you return home you will be able to visit the landmarks and tourist hotspots you may have missed. Perhaps you and your guests will end up staying an additional few days in one of the luxury hotels of the city so that you can recount the adventures you've had on your yacht charter vacation.
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