(subject to all port permits):
|May 13||Embarkation: 13:00 to 17:00|
|May 14||at sea||–||–|
|May 15||Portoferraio (Elba)||08:00||22:00|
|May 16||Civitavecchia (Rome)||07:00||21:00|
|May 17||Livorno (Pisa, Florence)||08:00||21:00|
|May 18||Villfranche-sur-Mer (Nice)||08:00||22:00|
|May 19||Calvi (Corsica)||08:00||18:00|
|Disembarkation: until 10:00|
The second largest city in France is a melting pot of peoples and cultures and one of the largest ports on the Mediterranean. As only the first Greek settlement, it also has an ancient prehistory. In the oldest quarter, Le Panier, you can explore these traces on a walking tour and at the same time purchase Provençal specialties such as lavender soap, pottery or olive oil products. Alternatively, a visit to the landmark “Notre Dame de la Garde”, a basilica in Romanesque-Byzantine style with a magnificent view over the city, is tempting. But even outside the city, Aix-en-Provence has elegant buildings, noble mansions and cascading fountains to marvel at while enjoying a wine and cheese tasting. For a day trip, visit the ancient papal city of Avignon. The cathedral and palace date from the 14th and 15th centuries and majestically tower over the city. Those who prefer scenic beauty can explore the Fontaine de Vaucluse, Europe’s largest freshwater spring, and take a walk through the limestone walls and gorges of emerald green water.
With over 12,000 inhabitants, Portoferraio can be considered the capital of the island. The city was built in 1548 and has important fortifications as well as the Forte Inglese, made famous by Napoleon. Around it spreads a ring of pastel-colored houses that follow the perimeter line of the ancient walls. The picturesque old town of Portoferraio hosts characteristic coffee bars and restaurants, specialized stores and pretty boutiques. Nearby are paradisiacal beaches, the thermal park of San Giovanni and the breathtaking promontory.
Undoubtedly, Rome is the richest city in Europe in terms of cultural history, impossible to explore in just one day. For the first visit, a day tour is available to visit all the highlights. These include the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum as the site of gladiator fights and, of course, St. Peter’s Basilica. Included in this walk is also the Piazza Navona with its shopping alleys. Those who want to focus entirely on the Vatican can do so with a separate excursion to the Vatican Museums, the famous Sistine Chapel and an extensive tour of St. Peter’s Basilica as the largest church in the world. For Rome experts, a visit to 2,000-year-old Viterbo should be an interesting addition. The cathedral, built in 1192, with its Renaissance facade and Gothic bell tower, stands on pagan foundations.
From the port city in the north of Italy, three outstanding places can be visited at once. These include Pisa, world famous for its tower, but also the lesser known town of Luca, birthplace of the composer Puccini. The red brick walls, built between 1504 and 1645, are among the best preserved Renaissance defenses. Outstanding, however, is certainly a day trip to Florence, the medieval metropolis of Europe. Highlights include Brunelleschi’s unique cathedral with its neighboring bell tower by Giotto, as well as many imposing palaces that bear witness to the city’s former wealth and, like the famous Ponte Vecchino bridge, harbor numerous exciting stories.
Even the name Côte d’Azur is enchanting. French towns such as Cannes, Nice, St. Tropez and Monaco are strung together like a glittering chain. These can be explored on a panoramic tour of the French Riviera. Those who want to experience Monaco more intensively can do so with a half-day tour, during which one reaches the highest point of the principality and passes, among other things, the cathedral and the palace. Nice with its palm-lined boulevards can be visited on a four-hour excursion. In addition to a walk in the old town, the gardens of the famous Franciscan monastery await. This excursion can also be combined with the medieval village of Eze if desired. Since it is closed to car traffic, it is wonderful to stroll along the narrow stone streets. A rural alternative is the picturesque village of St. Paul de Vence with its artisan discoveries. Painters such as Chagall, Bonnard or Signac have immortalized this 16th century fortified town in their works.
Corsica is a mixture of elegant coastal towns, dense forest and rugged peaks. Almost half of the island belongs to a park, which invites to numerous hikes, for example in the Fango Valley with its swimming spots. The port city of Calvi is located in the northwest of Corsica and is a tranquil town with its citadel and beautiful old town. The citadel is best explored on a tour along the old fortification walls. Along the harbor promenade, cafés and restaurants invite you to observe, stroll and relax, while in the winding little streets of the lower town, souvenir stores and boutiques entice you. The bay of Calvi is very popular with its 5 km long, gently sloping sandy beach.