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Seven nights shipboard accommodation, ocean transportation, ship’s water sports programme (except SCUBA diving), all meals and on-board entertainment.
2 & 16 June 2018
This sailing journey starts off from Cannes travelling through the gems of Italy and France. Visit the picturesque harbour of Portofino, marvel at the stunning landscape of Calvi in Corsica and explore St Tropez, the Mediterranean's most renowned corner of paradise on this Star Clippers Tall Ship sailing adventure.
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Explore the Mediterranean resort city of Cannes, famous for its high flying lifestyle.
Discover the picturesque harbour of Portifino, a small but perfectly coiffured coastal village.
Visit St Tropez & French Riviera, the Mediterranean's most renowned corner of paradise.
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Glittering Cannes is the archetypal Mediterranean resort city discovered by wealthy English nobles who came to the sunny south of France to escape their drafty old castles during the dreary British winters. Cannes’ high flying lifestyle has attracted notables and the notorious ever since. Every year, the stars flock to celebrate the Cannes Film Festival at the colossal Palais des Festivals.
Portofino is a fishing village on the Italian Riveria coastline. It's pastel-coloured houses, luxury boutiques and seafood restaurants surround its Piazzetta, a small cobbled square overlooking the harbor, which is lined with super-yachts. A short walk takes you up to the Church of St. George, a church with a cool, plain interior, dramatically situated on the narrow neck of the Portofino headland. As a lookout point, and probably as a site of religious significance, the spot goes back thousands of years.
Crowded with yachts flying burgees hailing from the world's most prestigious yacht clubs, the harbour of St. Florent is a regatta of colours. Take an excursion to the peninsula of Cap Corse, where medieval watchtowers dot the cliff tops every few miles.
Napoleon once said that he could recognize his native island blindfolded because of the wonderful perfume of the maquis. Approaching by sea, it is the first thing you experience about Corsica. The second is its wild and mountainous landscape. Nearby are secluded beaches and the eerie Grottes des Veaux Marins, offering fantastic diving opportunities.
Porto is in quite a remote location but as it is in the centre of some of the most scenic places in Corsica many visitors come here. Take a stroll through the bustling waterfront where tourists set off on one of the many boat trips available, it's always a hive of activity. You are just a few kilometres from The Calanche de Plana, red cliffs that plunge into the Mediterranean and The Gorges de Spelunca in west Corsica is a lovely river valley that passes through the mountains. Both sights worthy of a visit.
Scandola Nature Reserve is only really accessible by boat so sailing through some of the finest coastline to be found anywhere in Corsica on Star Clippers is perfect. Unusual rock formations emerge from the crystal clear sea in the Gulf of Girolata, and the coastline is littered with jagged inlets and caves. The Scandola reserve has a wide range of sea birds - including cormorants and giant gulls and there are also established seal and dolphin colonies in the region.
Porquerolles is a small crescent shaped island that is popular with cyclists. On the southern side the coast is made up of steep cliffs and secluded creeks only accessible to hikers and on the northern side you will find fine sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. A large area enjoys National Park status so the island is beautiful, calm and unspoilt.
Where the rugged hills of the Massif des Maures subside into the sea, the small island of Porquerolles lies baskingin the eternally blue Mediterranean. The island’s little town was created as a retirement community for Napoleon’s troops - making it the world’s first “Sun City.” Today Porquerolles is a destination for nature lovers, who hike the hills covered in sage, myrtle, and oddly exotic plants to a magnificent white sand beach where a picturesque lighthouse stands guard over the wild shore.
It is said that the most spectacular way to approach the exquisite harbour of St. Tropez is by sea. St. Tropez is a people-watcher's paradise, so you will also want to explore her famous beaches, bistros and bars. The appropriately named Tahiti Plage is where topless sun tanning started, and whether you prefer to take it off or take it all in, there's always plenty to see in St. Tropez.
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