Cannes is the sister city to Beverly Hills and the chic epicenter of the French Riviera – a world of exclusive boutiques, palm-lined avenues, starlet-studded beaches, and elegant sidewalk cafes. While most famous for its Film Festival in May, at the colossal Palais des Festivals, when international celebrities gather to screen films and make deals, it glitters every month with swimming and sunning by day, and a club and casino scene by night. Cannes is the archetypal Mediterranean resort city, discovered by wealthy English nobles who came to the sunny south of France to escape their draughty old castles during the dreary British winters. Cannes' high-flying lifestyle has attracted notables and the notorious ever since.
Monaco, France: Grand Prix trials
Monaco Grand Prix has been held by the Monaco Automobile Club since 1929.
Watching the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix is an unforgettable event. Free trials and qualifiers take place on the first days. The last day is the race itself with 78 laps. With a top speed of over 185 miles per hour, the slightest error can be fatal given the twists and sharp turns.
Lerici is a town and commune in the province of La Spezia in Liguria (northern Italy), part of the Italian Riviera. Its nearest bay is the Bay of Lerici. The town is connected by ferry to the Cinque Terre and Portovenere.
One of the main sights of Lerici is its notorious castle controlling the entrance of the Gulf of La Spezia. Today the castle contains a museum of palaeontology.
Sailing into Portoferraio, you can see why Napoleon chose Elba for his exile; an island of pink granite, pine forests, and pristine beaches. The contrasts of the Elba countryside – from its typical fishing villages and high mountain passes to its stylish summer resorts on the coast – are enchanting. Elba’s restaurants feature excellent seafood, and small private vineyards produce local Moscato and Aleatico wines.
From his villa in Portoferraio, Napoleon, no longer Emperor of France, looked out over the waiting ships in the harbor and dreamed of returning to glory. Today you can enjoy a local vineyard tour, and near Portoferraio, discover the remains of an ancient Etruscan civilisation.
Palombaggia is a town nestled between mountain and the sea.
Palombaggia Beach is famous for it's fine sand beaches and turquois waters. It is widely regarded as one the best beaches in Europe. Backed by mountains and red rock, the long beach of white sand stretches for nearly 1.2miles at the foot of dunes shaded by umbrella-shaped pines. The dazzling powdery white sand contrasts with the glistening turquoise sea and the granite headlands that enclose the beach. The crystal-clear water deepens gradually, revealing some reef formations. Palombaggia Beach faces southeast to the Cerbicale archipelago, a cluster of tiny pristine and uninhabited islands.
Bonifacio, Corsica, France (overnight)
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
The peninsula carries the citadel and terminates in the Citadel jetty. To the south-west of this peninsula lies the Place Bonaparte, a quarter frequented chiefly by winter visitors attracted by the mild climate of the town.
The house in which Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769 is preserved, and his associations with the town are everywhere emphasized by street-names and statues.
The town is also home to Ajaccio Cathedral.
Cannes, France (return)
Return to Cannes for disembarkation.