Source Events: Live the dream of the sailing the Italian and French Riviera aboard the world’s largest and most luxurious 5-masted sailing yacht. This collection of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful islands and ports is a yachtsman’s fantasy, a traveler’s dream. On this exceptional voyage you’ll visit the spectacular island of Corsica, an outdoor lover’s playground with glittering bays, glitzy coastal cities and fabulous beaches. Visit the Tuscan island of Elba, where Napoleon was imprisoned, before enjoying some of Tuscany’s most historic and beautiful cities: Lucca, Pisa & Florence.

Highlights:

  • Amazing ruins, chic avenues and incredible sights in Rome
  • Visit Palombaggia Beach, one of the best beaches in Europe
  • Historic, spectacular, multi-colored terraced villages in Portovenere
  • Visit the beautiful St. Tropez in France
  • Cannes – the epicenter of the French Riviera

 

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Rome, Italy – Saturday, September 16, 2017
Benvenuto a Roma! Rome beckons with its amazing ruins, chic avenues and incredible sights. This most engaging of international cities has it all: ancient monuments like the Coliseum and Forum, time-honored sites such as the Spanish Steps and Pantheon, artistic masterpieces like the Pietá and Sistine Chapel in Vatican City – plus fabulous restaurants and beautiful people everywhere you look. This is a city for walking, watching, and being endlessly delighted.

Day 2: Bonifacio, Corsica- France – Sunday, September 17, 2017
The ancient Greeks referred to Corsica as Kalliste, “the Most Beautiful.” Henri Matisse was equally captivated, calling it a “marvelous land” where “all is color, all is light.” Corsica was the birthplace of Napoleon, and was controlled for centuries by Genoa and did not become a region of France until 1768. The approach to the medieval city of Bonifacio is impressive and awe inspiring, perched high atop a seemingly impenetrable limestone cliff.

Day 2: Palombaggia Beach/Porto-Vecchio – France – Monday, September 18, 2017
Palombaggia is the most famous beach of Corsica, and has justifiably been voted one of the Top 10 best beaches in Europe. Flanked by mountains and umbrella-shaped pines, Palombaggia is a beautiful 2 km stretch of powdery golden sand and shall crystal clear blue water. A delightful mix of French (government) and Italian (neighbor), the nearby port of Porto-Vecchio attracts A-list celebrities and water sports lover from around the world. And the Old Town is full of discoveries, from Napoleon’s childhood home to the Porte Genoise gate, which frames an intoxicating view of the harbor, saltpans, and mountains. Compare the white sand to the ocean of white linen at the marina, and your glass of rose to the pink of the rocks supporting the five bastions of the Old Town.

Day 3: Portoferraio, Italy – Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Arriving by sea, you can seethe imposing Medici fortifications built in the 15th century to protect the town from the pirate attacks of Barbarossa and his ilk. Once in the horse shoe-shaped bay, the views out to sea are just as arresting, as the old Roman villas built facing the water can attest. Later on, Napoleon chose the island for his exile because of its sublime climate and the “gentle manners of the islanders.” Although he only stayed for nine months, his legacy is everywhere. Perhaps you’ll visit the nearby countryside with its small villages and dramatic mountain passes. Head to one of the 150-odd white pebble beaches.

Day 4: Viareggio, Italy – Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Viareggio is a fantastic hub to visit neighboring Pisa, Lucca and Florence. We’ll offer special excursions to these iconic UNESCO sites in Tuscany. If the landscape evokes a sense of the familiar it is because the great masters have used it as a backdrop for their friendly beach with fine sand surrounded by a National park with a forest of pine trees. The mayor of Viareggio has extended a personal invitation for gay travelers, and promised you’ll find plenty to do in this sun-soaked section of Italy.

Day 5: Portovenere, Italy – Thursday, September 21, 2017
Portovenere is the gateway to one of Italy’s greatest treasures, Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Historic, spectacular, multi-colored terraced villages overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five ingeniously constructed seaside villages are rich in color, charm and simplicity. Rooted in antiquity, Cinque Terre’s five villages date from the early medieval period.

Day 6: St. Tropez, France – Friday, September 22, 2017
Small but chic, St. Tropez is a lively town whose beaches are legendary, both for their beauty and for the beauties on them. yet there is a serene side to this village. Follow the narrow lanes from the waterfront, and you’ll arrive a the oldest part of St. Tropez, where twisting narrow streets open onto tiny squares and fountains. Grea views can be had from the 16th century Citadel, but the most interesting views are from a chair in a sidewalk café: sit on the terrace and watch the fascinating, flirtatious French Riviera pass by.

Day 7: Cannes, France – Saturday, September 23, 2017
Cannes is the epicenter of the French Riviera – a world of exclusive boutiques, palm-fringed boulevards, sun-drenched beaches, and elegant sidewalk cafés. 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’ highflying lifestyle has attracted notables and the notorious ever since. Every year, the stars flock to celebrate the Cannes film Festival at the colossal Palis des Festivals. for those not seduced by Cannes’ hedonistic air, there’s enough natural beauty to make a trip worthwhile: the harbor, the bay, the clutch of islands off the coast and the old quarter, Le Suquet, all spring into life on a sunny day

 

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ACCOMMODATIONS

We’ll be announcing our host hotel in both Rome and Cannes early 2017.

 

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DATES 

September 16th – 23rd, 2017

 

RATES

Owner’s Suite – Clipper Deck  Sold Out
$7699
Deluxe outside suite, two double beds, separate sitting area, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool, room service.

Deluxe Suite with Verandah – Main Deck Sold Out
$5899
Deluxe outside suite, private verandah, twin/double beds, sitting area, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool and room service.

Category 1 Staterooms – Main Deck Sold Out
$4899
Deluxe deck cabin, double beds, minibar, marble bathroom with whirlpool, cabin doors open onto deck.

Category 2 Staterooms – Clipper Deck
$3849
Superior outside stateroom, twin/double beds, private marble bathroom with shower.

Category 3 Staterooms – Clipper & Commodore Decks
Clipper Deck – $3599
Commodore Deck – $3399
Outside staterooms, twin/double beds, private marble bathroom with shower.

Category 4 Staterooms – Clipper & Commodore Decks
Clipper Deck – $3599
Commodore Deck – $3349
Outside staterooms, twin/double beds, private marble bathroom with shower.

Category 5 Staterooms – Commodore Deck
$3249
Outside staterooms, twin/double beds, private bathroom with shower.

Category 6 Interior Staterooms – Clipper Deck – Sold Out
$2499
Inside stateroom, fixed double bed and private bathroom with shower.

 

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Does not include international airfare, trip cancellation insurance, shipboard purchases, gratuities, pre and post cruise package, or optional excursions. The following additional fees apply based on double occupancy: Port fees of $315 and prepaid gratuities of $125 . Single Occupancy: individuals who prefer a cabin to themselves will be charged a 100% surcharge of the double occupancy rate. If imposed by cruise line, there may be a $80 per passenger fuel surcharge fee. Valid Passports Required: Non-US Passport holders may be required to secure a visa. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the return date. Arrival Airport Rome, Italy (FCO) and Departure Airport in Nice, France (NCE). We recommend departure flights to be after 12 noon.

 

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SHIP

Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold.

You might think she was an apparition from the grand age of sail, but Royal Clipper is as new as tomorrow, boasting state-of-the-art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury one could wish for. For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439 foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. Royal Clipper carries 227 guests in luxurious style with 106 staff to pamper you throughout the week. A full 19,000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment.

Like a fine resort, all the amenities are here: double bed or twin beds that can be converted to queen, marble bathroom, private safe, region TV/free multimedia DVD player (except in Category 6 cabins on Star Flyer and Star Clipper), direct-dial telephone, hairdryer and comfortable furnishings. The decor is tastefully traditional. You’ll find the accoutrements of a luxurious classic yacht, where everything is ingeniously designed for comfort, ease and efficiency. Burnished brass fittings and mahogany brightwork recall our nautical heritage. Soft natural fabrics reflect the colors of the sun, sea and sky. Prints of famous clipper ships and sailing yachts grace the walls. Everything is immaculately maintained and your steward knows exactly when to appear or disappear.

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