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Yachtsmans Riviera

8-day cruise

Summary

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In Brief

  • 1 Night Barcelona
  • 1 Night Palamós
  • 1 Night Saint-Tropez
  • 1 Night Portofino
  • 1 Night Portovenere
  • 1 Night Le Lavandou
  • 1 Night Sète
  • 1 Night Barcelona

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Ocean cruise

A classic course roundtrip from Barcelona to the yacht harbors of the Riviera di Levante, the resorts of the Cote d'Azur, and canal-laced Sete on the Cote Vermeille.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is said to have been founded by the Phoenicians, and was once the rival of the powerful states of Venice and Genoa for control of the Mediterranean trade. Today, it is Spain's second largest city and has long rivaled, even surpassed Madrid in industry and commerce. The medieval atmosphere of the Gothic Quarter and the elegant boulevards combine to make the city one of Europe's most beautiful. Barcelona's active cultural life and heritage brought forth such greats as the architect Antonio Gaudi, the painter Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso, who spent his formative years here. Other famous native Catalan artists include cellist Pau Casals, surrealist Salvador Dali, and opera singers Montserrat Caballe and Josep Carreras. Barcelona accomplished a long-cherished goal with the opportunity to host the Olympics in 1992. This big event prompted a massive building program and created a focal point of the world's attention.

Day 2
Palamós

Located at the foot of the mountains on Spain's rugged Costa Brava, Palamos boasts seven superb beaches, Iberian archeological remains from the year 6 BC, and the Church of Sant Esteve on the beach. Highlighting the town center is its 16th-century cathedral.

Day 3
Saint-Tropez

On the southern shore of one of the most beautiful bays of the Riviera, the little port of St. Tropez has become one of the best known resorts in Europe, a crossroads where journalists, photographers, writers, artists and celebrities meet. Guy de Maupassant discovered the town, but it was the painters who made it more widely known - Signac, Matisse, Bonnard, Marquet, Camoin - who all stayed for varying amounts of time. The harbor teems with life. Fishing boats, excursion craft and hundreds of yachts share the harbor. On the waterfront are old pink and yellow houses, which have been converted into cafes, cabarets and restaurants, luxury boutiques, galleries and antique shops. A picturesque and cosmopolitan crowd strolls the streets in season.

Day 4
Portofino

From Santa Margherita Ligure, a clifftop trail leads to picture-perfect Portofino, with candy-colored villas stacked on the steep, flower-decked slopes of its tiny harbor.

Day 5
Portovenere

The port is lined with ancient houses from as early as the 12th century. And the dominant citadel dates from then, as well. Below that, explore the grotto where Lord Byron used to daydream. Or climb the castle beside St. Peter’s church for a view of the villages of Cinque Terre clinging to the cliffs across the gulf.

Day 6
Le Lavandou

This pretty little town in the Var department of the Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur region of France has spawned two interesting apocryphal stories. Everyone agrees that this is where the popular song A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square was written and first performed in 1939. It was sung in a bar by its composer, with saxophone accompaniment. But nobody can agree in which bar it happened. The other is the fact that the mayor of the town passed an unusual bylaw making it illegal for anyone to die in the town, after a court in Nice denied them a permit to create a new cemetery to augment the one that was already full. It’s that sort of place. The town’s name is even subject to some dispute. Some contend it refers to the lavender that blooms in the Provencal countryside. Others claim it springs from the old Provencal world for laundry. If you get the chance, a short journey to nearby Bormes-les-Mimosas is recommended. It has been adjudged one of France’s loveliest towns.

Day 7
Sète

The port town of Sete hugs the tiny Mont St. Clair, and is caught between the Mediterranean and the Bassin de Thau, a salt lake directly behind it. It is crisscrossed by numerous canals which link the lake to the sea, and connected by 12 bridges. Along the quay, renovated buildings provide a multitude of architectural details from the 18th and 19th centuries. The life of the town is found in its squares: Place Leon Blum, with its fountain and Wednesday morning flower market; Place Aristide, with its old fashioned bandstand; and Place de la Republique, with its huge retaining walls and vaulted loggias. Sete retains its historic purpose as a fishing boat haven for North African trade; the old harbor dates from the time of Louis XIV.

Day 8
Barcelona

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is said to have been founded by the Phoenicians, and was once the rival of the powerful states of Venice and Genoa for control of the Mediterranean trade. Today, it is Spain's second largest city and has long rivaled, even surpassed Madrid in industry and commerce. The medieval atmosphere of the Gothic Quarter and the elegant boulevards combine to make the city one of Europe's most beautiful. Barcelona's active cultural life and heritage brought forth such greats as the architect Antonio Gaudi, the painter Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso, who spent his formative years here. Other famous native Catalan artists include cellist Pau Casals, surrealist Salvador Dali, and opera singers Montserrat Caballe and Josep Carreras. Barcelona accomplished a long-cherished goal with the opportunity to host the Olympics in 1992. This big event prompted a massive building program and created a focal point of the world's attention.

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