Antibes…Monte Carlo… PortoVenere & the Cinque Terre…Lucca… Florence. These are names that conjure up images of glamorous seaports and sun-drenched beaches, rich masterpieces of art and architecture, picturesque villages and medieval history—in short, the quintessential Mediterranean journey. Early May is the perfect time of year to visit, with verdant gardens and landscapes awash with blossoms, and moderate temperatures. Combine a three-night stay at a historic resort with a relaxed four-night cruise from Nice to Rome, with port calls in the Cinque Terre, Livorno (for a day trip to Florence or Lucca), and the isle of Elba.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- May 1, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Optional Post-Tour Extension in Tuscany
May 9-13, 2021
Extend your stay with five days at Belmond Castello di Casole, a 10th-century estate spread across 4,200 acres in the Tuscan countryside near Siena. Excursions include a visit to the exclusive Marchesi di Antinori Estate with a private visit of its cellars. Enjoy a truffle hunting experience followed by a cooking class, and explore Torre Campatelli in San Gimignano during a private, after-hours visit.
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.
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
Upon payment of the $1,000 per person deposit, all reservations are subject to the cancellation provisions set forth below and by which the passenger agrees to be bound. Cancellations shall not be in effect until they are received in writing and confirmed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Payments are 100% refundable if written notice of cancellation is received before January 26, 2021 (95 days prior to departure). Cancellations after January 26, 2021: All payments are 100% nonrefundable, regardless of booking date. Trip cancellation insurance is
strongly recommended. NOTE: Neither the National Trust for Historic Preservation nor Criterion Travel, the tour operator, accepts liability for any
airline cancellation penalties incurred with the purchase of non-refundable tickets.
ITINERARY CHANGES The itinerary presented for this tour is subject to
modification and change by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and
Criterion Travel. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the program as planned; however, should unforeseen world events and conditions require the itinerary to be altered, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the tour operator reserve the right to do so for the safety and best interest of the group. Any extra expenses incurred in this situation are the responsibility of the participant.
- day May 1
Overnight flight to Nice, France
- day May 2
Nice, Côte d’Azur, France
Arriving Sunday, transfer to Antibes and check in to the seafront hotel. Enjoy a restful afternoon at leisure, then meet your fellow travelers at a private welcome reception and dinner.
- day May 3
After a morning orientation and introductory lecture, choose between three excursions in and around the perfume mecca of Grasse: 1) A private perfume workshop; 2) A private garden tour hosted by the artist owner; or 3) A private visit to a flower producer for Dior perfumes. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the amenities of the resort hotel or to explore the Côte d’Azur on your own.
- day May 4
This morning, stretch your legs on a guided walking tour of the Old Town of Antibes, including its ramparts along the sea, as well as visits to the Picasso Museum and the former home and studios of 20th-century abstract painters Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman. This afternoon visit the fortified village and artists’ mecca of Saint-Paul-de-Vence and enjoy an optional tour to the serene Chapelle du Rosaire, designed by Matisse, who considered it his masterpiece or explore the Maeght Foundation with its impressive sculpture garden and collection of modern and contemporary art.
- day May 5
Antibes / Côte d’Azur /Nice
This morning join one of three excursion options along the Côte d’Azur: 1) Monaco, including the Old Town with the State Apartments of the Prince’s Palace, and a private tour of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon’s former workshop, followed by free time in Monte Carlo; 2) private visits to gems of modern architecture Villa E-1027 by Eileen Gray and Le Cabanon by Le Corbusier plus a visit to the Marc Chagall Museum in Nice; or 3) the quaint village of Èze, perched on a rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean plus a visit to the Matisse Museum in Nice. Late this afternoon, embark the Sea Cloud II in Nice and bid adieu to France as you sail toward Italy.
- day May 6
Porto Venere, Italy
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast aboard the majestic Sea Cloud II followed by the thrilling experience of cruising under sail (weather permitting). Anchor off of iconic Porto Venere in the afternoon and experience the scenic coast of the Cinque Terre by foot, by train, and by local boat. Perched between steeply terraced vineyards and the Ligurian Sea, this UNESCO World Heritage Site and protected marine area is characterized by tiny villages and hidden coves. Gather for a special dinner ashore this evening with a focus on local cuisine.
- day May 7
Livorno/ Florence or Lucca
Dock in Livorno for a choice of full-day tours, each featuring a gourmet local lunch: 1) Florence, with a guided city walk to see the iconic landmarks of the historic center as well as time away from the crowds to discover the artisan workshops and studios across the river in Oltrarno; or 2) Lucca, birthplace of composer Giacomo Puccini and treasure chest of Tuscany’s ancient trade in silk, with a stroll around the elliptical central piazza made up of medieval buildings outlining the ruins of a Roman amphitheater, as well as time to bike or stroll around sections of the ancient city walls, now a park-like promenade. Return to the Sea Cloud II in the evening for a chance to hear the experiences of your shipmates over dinner on board.
- day May 8
This morning, following in the footsteps of the Argonauts and Napoleon, call at the tropical-esque Isle of Elba. Take a panoramic drive with superb views over the coastline, visit Napoleon’s summer residence during the years of his exile on the island from 1814 to 1815, and stop for a wine tasting at a 17thcentury country wine estate, with vineyards nestled among ancient olive trees. Return to the ship for lunch, with a leisurely afternoon of cruising and final opportunity to experience the ship under sail. Gather this evening for the 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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