Côte d'Azur, Cinque Terre & Italian Islands

8-Days | Rome • Sardinia • Elba • Livorno • La Spezia • Genoa • Villefranche • Marseille

Fares From £1,745

Single Supplement 20%

Côte d’Azur, Cinque Terre & Italian Islands Cruise Summary

Experience a dash of joie de vivre on the stunning Côte d’Azur and two of Italy’s most beautiful islands, as well as the picturesque Cinque Terre and some of greatest cities in the Mediterranean, on this shimmering cruise from Rome to Marseille.

On the island of Sardinia, lively Olbia combines Italian flair with fabulous beaches and chic boutiques. Take a panoramic trip along the Costa Smeralda, where the water is crystal clear and a colour to rival the Caribbean, including the pretty resort town of Porto Cervo – or Sardinia’s “secret islands” of the La Maddalena archipelago.

On the island of Elba, stroll in the footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte during a tour of the capital, Portoferraio, then enjoy a tasting of some locally made wine. Returning to the Italian mainland, visit the legendary ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa,’ listing at a seemingly impossible angle for over eight hundred years. Or tour the UNESCO World Heritage city of Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom have left behind an astonishing legacy of art.

Tour the Cinque Terre National Park, where the pretty multi-coloured houses of the five villages cling to steep rocky cliffs atop the rugged Mediterranean coastline. Or step ashore in enchanting Lucca, on the banks of the Serchio River, where the cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades are perfect for exploring by foot.

Visit the Renaissance and Baroque old town of UNESCO World Heritage Genoa, nicknamed the “Superb,” on the Ligurian Sea, or spend the day in the fashionable city of Milan, home of the La Scala opera house and Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Arriving in France, relax in the glamourous resort of Nice, where the clear air and soft light has attracted some of the most outstanding painters in history, including Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse, whose works are commemorated in many of the city’s museums.

Alternatively, head to the hills for the charming medieval village of St Paul-de-Vence, a haven for the famous known as the “Pearl of Provence,” where the narrow cobblestone lanes are lined with boutiques, museums and art galleries.

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The crystal-clear waters and unspoilt scenery of Sardinia and Elba

  • The natural beauty of the French and Italian Rivieras

  • The iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Art History of Florence

  • The historic Italian cities of Genoa or Milan

  • Glamorous Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Departure time: 21:00
 
From Civitavecchia you can reach beautiful Rome. And here you are spoiled for choice: Admire the imposing St. Peter’s Basilica in enchanting Rome or take a trip to Vatican City, the centre of the Roman Catholic Church, and marvel at true masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy the pulsating metropolis with its highlights: the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum…

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 
 

Day 2 – Olbia, Sardinia

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
 
Narrow streets wind between the colourful facades of the picturesque houses in Olbia! Look forward to azure waters, beautiful beaches and Italian flair in the magical port city in the north-east of Sardinia.
 
 

Day 3 – Portoferraio, Elba – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 23:00
 
In Portoferraio, admire the mighty city walls, the imposing fortress city “Cosmopoll” and the ancient heritage from the iron mining era. In the north of the enchanting town on the island of Elba, a picturesque natural bay behind a gigantic rocky outcrop invites you to swim!
 

Day 4 – Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 23:30
 
Immerse yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle in Livorno and admire the picturesque Italian houses on a short walk through the city. Architectural masterpieces also await you on a visit to historic Florence or the enchanting city of Pisa.

 

 

Day 5 – La Spezia, Italy

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
 
Experience the Italian way of life in La Spezia! Surrounded by the picturesque coastal landscape, the colourful house facades shine with their unique architecture and create an enchanting picture.
 
 
 

Day 6 – Genoa, Italy

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
 
Follow in the footsteps of the great explorer in the birthplace of Christopher Columbus! Genoa impresses with its typical Italian flair: beautiful narrow streets, extraordinary cultural offerings and charming museums are waiting to be discovered by you.
 
 

Day 7 – Villefranche-sur-Mer (Nice), France – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
 
Welcome to the magical Côte d’Azur! Beautiful gardens, old narrow streets in the historic old town and a picturesque coast await you in the colourful port cities of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Nice. Be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views from the peaks of the nearby mountains!
 
 

Day 8 – Marseille (Provence), France

Berthing time: 08:00
 
Experience France with all its facets. Marseille enchants visitors with the charming old fishing port, the imposing Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, breathtaking nature and historic forts.

Disembarkation by 09:00

 
 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £1,745

Single Supplement 20%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

For frequently asked questions please visit Nicko FAQs

WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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