Some of the most glorious destinations in the Mediterranean
Experience some of the most glorious destinations in the whole of the Mediterranean such as the idyllic, golden island of Corsica, with its picturesque beaches, and the quintessential holiday spots of the Italian and French Rivieras. Taste one of Italy's most famous dishes and discover the glamour of Monaco and Cannes, all from the comfort of your unique five-masted tall ship, the Royal Clipper.
Our holiday begins at St Pancras international where we meet our group and Tour Manager at Great Rail Journey's dedicated Departure Office. We then board the Eurostar service to Paris, travelling in Standard Premier Class. On arrival in the French capital we continue by rail over the Italian border to Turin for a night at the Hotel Concord. On Day 2 we head to the train station for our direct journey to Rome. After checking into our hotel for the next two nights, we enjoy dinner at a traditional pizza trattoria.
Today we begin our explorations of the Eternal City - a never-ending trove of historic, cultural and artistic treasures - on a guided tour. With wonderfully preserved monuments from the Roman period and buildings with distinctive medieval, Renaissance and Baroque features, no other city is home to as many world-class attractions as Rome. As well as its long-reaching heritage, it also boasts impressive city squares, an array of museums and galleries and of course the country within a country - Vatican City, the site of St Peter's Basilica. Following the tour, you are free to spend your afternoon savouring the sights and sounds of Rome's seductive beauty.
After a free morning in which you can do some final sightseeing, we transfer by coach to the port of Civitavecchia where our ship, the Royal Clipper is waiting for us. After time to settle into our sumptuous new surroundings, this evening we enjoy our first dinner on board. We set sail this evening, heading west across the Tyrrhenian Sea.
After a wonderful day spent at sea, we arrive into the southern Corsican town of Bonifacio late this afternoon. Located dramatically on a series of limestone cliffs, Bonifacio boasts a ruined Franciscan monastery at the tip of the headland, as well as a fortified Old Town built by the Genoese in the 12th century. You are free to explore or to join one of the optional excursions. These include a cruise along the coastline to Lavezzi island, a haven for local wildlife, or a guided visit to Sartène - considered to be the oldest village in Corsica.
Today we arrive in the medieval town of Alghero on the northwestern coast of Sardinia. Here you are free to explore. There are many interesting sights to explore in Alghero. The Alghero Cathedral, seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alghero-Bosa, is an impressive 16th century building built in a Spanish- Gothic style. The 14th century church of St Francis is also equally impressive. Continuing your exploration of the town, you may like to visit the elegant Palazzo D'Albis, this 16th century Aragonese building was once home to the former Emperor Charles V. No visit to Alghero is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring stalactite cave system, known locally as Neptune's Grotto. Discovered in the 18th century, the impressive cave network is a wonder of nature and remains one of the region's most popular tourist attractions. The following day our cruise arrives on the French island of Corsica. Our first port of call on this Mediterranean island is the beautiful beach at Porticcio, one of the island's most popular. Upon arrival, it is easy to see why; serene vistas of clear, emerald water and white-sand beaches make this a perfect spot to go for a paddle and relax on the warm coastline. Later, we continue on to the island's regional capital, Ajaccio. Here, you are free to explore at your leisure.
This morning we visit the charming commune of Calvi, sitting atop a rocky promontory. Allegedly the home town of the great explorer, Christopher Columbus, the narrow alleyways and cobbled streets of Calvi are a wonderful experience. The following day we return to the Italian coast to the quiet fishing village of Portofino, southeast of the cultural hub of Genoa. Time in pretty Portofino is at your leisure and you may wish to meander around the charming harbour area and amongst the pastelcoloured houses. Portofino is famously the home of the statue of Christ of the Abyss. The iconic statue was placed 56ft under the harbour in 1954 as a means of protecting the local fishermen and divers. Back on land, the 16th century Castello Brown and the 12th century Divo Martino, or the Church of St Martin are both worth a visit.
The principality of Monaco sits on the stunning Côte d'Azur and is our port of call for today. Tucked between the French and Italian borders it covers just 1.1 miles and is synonymous with the high-life. During your time here perhaps join an optional guided tour and absorb the sights of this fantastic city, such as the cathedral where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly were married, the Monte Carlo quarter and the large open air market - Place d'Armes.
We dock into Cannes today where we disembark and take a private coach transfer to Nice where we take the high speed TGV train to Paris, travelling in First Class. On arrival we take the Eurostar back to London.
Optional shore excursions are not included in the price of your tour and are payable locally.
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Some of the most glorious destinations in the Mediterranean