Seabourn Legend - 10 Nights - 7th April 2011
One of the worlds favourite international playgrounds, Monte Carlo, the homeland of True Glitznot some fool's gold rendition of it but the whole twenty-four-karat version of uninhibited, sybaritic luxury. The famous harbour, where vast ocean-going luxury yachts vie for space alongside each other and the tourists stroll, captivated by the overt examples of billionaire wealth. A stroll around the famous harbour is an absolute delight. You can stop and buy international newspapers from every European country. Reading them over a coffee in the sunshine is a popular past-time outside any of the cafes overlooking the harbour. Personalities and celebrities abound all year in Monaco. This is the Monte Carlo Glitz! All before boarding your 6* Seabourn Cruise.
I will start with a basic round up of your holiday - please feel free to read on for a little more detail on each of the ports and tours included:
Apr 7th - Arrive in monte Carlo and transfer to the 5* Marriott Hotel
Apr 8th - Cannes and Antibes for the first of your two tours "A Night Among The Stars"
Apr 9th - Full Day Tour of Cote d'Azur
Apr 10th - Transfer to the port for the start of your cruise in your choice of stateroom
Apr 11th - Portofino, Italy
Apr 12th - Golfo Stella
Apr 13th - Calvi (Corsica), France
Apr 14th - Porto Rotundo, Sardinia
Apr 15th - Livorno (Florence), Italy
Apr 16th - Portovenere, Italy
Apr 17th - Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - where you will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
All prices include your cruise in a choice of staterooms, flights, transfers, tours and your hotel stay, and the prices are truly great:
A Grade - Seabourn Suite for £2499 per person - this is a fantastic lead in price for a 10 night luxury holiday.
B2 Grade - Balcony Suite for £3249 per person
CS Grade - Classic Suite for £5349 per person
OW Grade - Ownsers Suite for £7049 per person
As I said here is a little more detail on each of the stops and tours on your itinerary:
The Principality of Monaco is the epitome of Riviera chic. This tiny enclave of 370 acres surrounds a sheltered harbor that draws yachts from around the world to enjoy the beautiful scenery, mild weather and elegant casino. Glamorous Monte Carlo is one of Monaco's four quarters, which also include La Condamine, the business district; Monaco-ville, the capital; and Fontvieille, an area built on reclaimed land. Ruled by Prince Albert II, Monaco has a population of over 32,000, of which about 16 per cent are citizens, or Monégasques.
Cannes and Antibes, "A Night Among The Stars" tour:
This tour departs from your hotel in Monaco and our first stop is in Cannes. We will drop you off at the Film Festival Palace area where you have free time for dinner, gambling or just walking along the beautiful 'Croisette' fringed by fine sandy beaches - it is there that the prestigious receptions and parties take place during the Cannes Festival. The tour continues on to the beautiful town of Antibes to admire the ramparts and feel its warm atmosphere before returning to Monaco along the coast.
Cote d'Azur full day tour:
Upon leaving Monaco, we drive up to Mont Alban, with its splendid views over Nice and Villefranche. Then on to Eze, a typical French medieval village, famous for perfume making. You will have the chance to visit one of the perfume factories to see how the local scents are made. From there, we travel the Principality of Monaco to see Old Monaco, the Cathedral, changing of the guards at noon and the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit. Then to St Paul de Vence, the jewel of Provence, where you will appreciate the artistic atmosphere. From scenic St Paul de Vence, we drive to Antibes, to see the old town, and marvel at the enormous yachts moored at 'Billionaires' Quay'.
Portofino is a charming, popular resort village on the Italian Riviera, a favorite with artists and seasoned travelers. Situated on a beautiful bay, the surrounding mountains covered with dense vegetation of olive and cypress trees, form a unique setting of incomparable beauty. The ship will anchor in the bay and tenders will transport you to this tiny resort village, which is closed to vehicle traffic. Everything is concentrated around a small square offering an opportunity to stroll around on foot, shop, or just relax at one of the many open-air cafes.
Weather permitting, your Captain will anchor in this idyllic location and deploy the Marina for a day of play in the sea and sun.
Calvi (Corsica), France:
Settled first by the Romans, then ruled by Genoans for nearly half a millennium, Calvi was freed by Corsica's native son Napoleon in 1791. In 1982 it was given special status and now enjoys a uniquely autonomous position within the realm of France.
Ringed with alternating precipitous cliffs and fine sand beaches, the island resembles a mountain thrust up out of the water, but its ruggedness is tempered by brilliant sunlight and groves of olive and orange trees. Napoleon once said that he could recognize Corsica with his eyes closed - by its perfume alone. While touring Corsica, be advised that the roads about this mountainous island are quite winding with many curves.
Porto Rotondo, Sardinia:
While many countries can boast of pristine turquoise waters on their coastline and beautiful beaches, it is seldom a place can match Porto Rotondo's picture-perfect views from any of the various elevated rocky cliffs on the island of Sardinia. Especially known for its rocky and rugged terrain, Sardinia is situated approximately 125 miles to the southwest off the coast of Italy. Located 30 minutes from Olbia, Porto Rotondo is a small vacation village characterized by small roads, friendly people, exquisite food, and Italian tufo rocks, which comprise the majority of the walls in the town.
Livorno (Florence), Italy:
Livorno is the gateway to the region of Tuscany, which as Goethe once observed, looks like Italy should. Fortunately for today's visitor not much has changed in the two centuries since the German poet was himself a tourist in Toscana. The remarkable wealth of beauty here mellowed to a golden patina by history and tempered by the hand of man, awaits. Everywhere there is history, from the Etruscan stronghold of Fiesole, to the Roman colony of Volterra to the Renaissance splendor of Florence, Pisa, Sienna and San Gimignano. If the landscape evokes a sense of the familiar it is because the great masters have used it as a backdrop for their great works. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were archtypal Tuscans and Renaissance men who headed an extensive list of geniuses who lived, worked and created within a single period of time.
The Gulf of La Spezia has been so frequent a subject for poets over the years - from Dante and Petrarch to Byron and Shelley - that it is often referred to as the Golfo dei Poeti. The elongated yellow and orange houses, which line the harbor stretch up the steep slope toward ancient battlements beyond. Mentioned as a landing place in Claudius Ptolemy's "General Geography" (150 AD), today Portovenere is a resort with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
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