The British love affair with the French and Italian Rivieras dates back to the 18th century and the days of the Grand Tour and it is not surprising when you consider the charms on offer coupled with the wonderful climate. Our itinerary is very much a classic that has been enjoyed over the decades but with some interesting variations such as our calls into Roses, La Seyne Sur Mer and Viareggio. It combines some ‘must see’ sites together with some smaller places and, with so many experiences on offer, we have planned our time carefully to ensure there is adequate opportunity to relax on board, join the guided excursions and explore under your own steam.
We begin our voyage with visits to Roses, from where we explore the Medieval town of Figueres, and Côte Vermeille, famous for its beautiful coastline. Next, from the great port city of Marseille there will be the option to visit Aix-in-Provence, where we will learn about the artist Paul Cezanne, or to spend the day in Avignon and visit the expansive Palais des Papes. Before leaving Provence we also visit the pretty port of La Seyne Sur Mer where we take a boat trip around the hidden bays of Les Calanques. Capture the essence of the Côte d’Azur in the beautiful city of Nice and, once in the Italian Riviera with its breathtaking coastal scenery, explore the Ligurian capital of Genoa, rich in maritime history and an archaeological heritage that speaks of its former glory. We have also included the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Porto Venere and the lovely Tuscan town of Lucca.
It is difficult to imagine a better time than the month of September for such a cruise and, with relatively crowd free sites and cooler temperatures, our voyage promises to be a relaxing and informative journey. Immerse yourself in the artistic, historical and cultural gems and explore the stunning harbours and charming villages that we will pass along the way.