Verdant gardens, blooming landscapes and moderate temperatures form the backdrop on our tour of the French Riviera, featuring a cruise from Nice to Rome aboard the sailing yacht Sea Cloud II, with port calls in Portovenere, Livorno and the Isle of Elba. Enjoy private entrée visits to masterpieces of contemporary architecture including the Fondation Hans Hartung in Antibes, the modernist Villa E–1027 designed by Eileen Gray and Le Cabanon designed by Le Corbusier, as well as a private garden in Grasse hosted by the artist owner.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- May 1, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Optional Extension to Tuscany
John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.
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- day May 1
Overnight flight to Nice, France
- day May 2
Antibes, Côte d’Azur, France
Arrive Nice; transfers to deluxe seaside hotel; Private welcome reception and dinner at the hotel
- day May 3
Morning introductory lecture, followed by guided walking tour of Old Town of Antibes including its ramparts along the sea; afternoon at leisure
- day May 4
Morning choice of (1) fortified village and artists’ mecca of Saint-Paul-de-Vence plus modern art at Maeght Foundation and serene Chapelle du Rosaire, designed by Matisse, or (2) Molinard perfume factory in Grasse w/private perfume workshop & visit to private garden, hosted by its artist owner; each group enjoys local lunch with cheese- and wine-tasting; Afternoon visit to Picasso Museum; private visit to Fondation Hans Hartung in Antibes, former home & studios of 20th c.abstract painters Hans Hartung & Anna-EvaBergman, recognized as gem of contemporaryarchitecture as well as for its collection of theartists’ works & archives.
- day May 5
Morning choice of (1) Monaco Old Town & Monte Carlo w/State Apartments of the Prince’s Palace & private tour of Atelier Folon workshop; (2) private visits to gems of modern architecture—modernist Villa E-1027 designed by Eileen Gray and Le Cabanon designed by Le Corbusier; or (3) quaint village of Èze, perched on a rocky peak overlooking the Med; Afternoon choice of Nice art museum: (1) Marc Chagall or (2) Matisse; late afternoon embark Sea Cloud II in Nice
- day May 6
Morning cruising with sails up weather permitting; Afternoon anchor off of Portovenere for Cinque Terre, with choice of (1) private cruise aboard local boat along the scenic coast, or (2) city walking tour in one of the five Ligurian villages of the Cinque Terre, looking out through vineyards above sheer cliffs plunging steeply into the sea; dinner ashore featuring local cuisine
- day May 7
Call at Livorno for a choice of full-day tours, each with local gourmet lunch – (1) Florence with guided city walk and Uffizi Gallery or (2) Lucca, birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini & treasure chest of Tuscany’s ancient trade in silk; walk through central piazza with its medieval houses built on ruins of Roman amphitheater and visit 12-c Romanesque church.
- day May 8
Morning visit to Isle of Elba, following in Napoleon’s footsteps, with vineyard visit; Afternoon cruising with sails up weather permitting; Captain’s farewell reception and dinner.
- day May 9
Flights home from Rome
Disembarkation in Civitavecchia, fly home from Rome OR Begin Optional Extension to Tuscany
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