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West Mediterranean

Croatia
Cote d' Azur (French Riviera), Balearic and Italy
The Balearic Islands
Italina Riviera


Croatia

Day 1

Bordering the Adriatic Sea to the east, Croatia has one of the most idented coastlines in Europe. Over a thousand islands offer safe, sheltered ports and idyllic anchorages. Meet your yacht in Venice and cross the Adriatic after experiencing the sights and sounds of its famous canals and the Basillica of St. Mark.

Day 2

Berth in the north harbor of Rovinj along with a mix of fishing boats and luxury yachts. This predominately Italian town dates back to the 7th century. Visit St. Euphoria Cathedral and the many shaded cafes lining the quayside. That evening, depart for Pula.

Day 3

The city of Pala is packed with fascinating museums where traces of Byzantine, Venetian and Australian cultures can still be found. Tour the well-preserved amphitheater that seats over 26,000 spectators. After an exquisite dinner on your yacht's aft deck, prepare for an early departure to the Losinj Islands.

Day 4

Breakfast in August Bay, the biggest closed bay of the islands. With 6,500 inhabitants, Mali Losinj is the largest island town in the Adriatic. It dates to the 12th century, when early Croatian settlers migrated to the coast to take advantage of the sea's rich resources.

Day 5

Spanning 300 square kilometers of occean, the 140-island Kornati island group is unique. Explore the Illyrian settlement of Zadar, dating all the way back to 9th century B.C. The city's tumultuous past is evidenced in its layers of walls, as well as its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque monuments.

Day 6

The medieval town of Trogir stands on the foundations of an ancient Greek settlement on a small island connected to the mainland by bridges. Its restaurants, markets and sights such as the 15th century Trogir chapel make it a favorite stop enroute to Split.

Day 7

Dating to 300 A.D., the ancient city of Split took over from Salona as the metropolis of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Prior to your departure, visit the Emperor Diocletian's palace, known as a monument of universal importance.


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Cote d' Azur (French Riviera), Balearic and Italy

The French Riviera is one of the most glamorous places on earth. St Tropez, Nice, Cannes and Monaco are famous for high fashion, with designer boutiques, sophisticated restaurants and trendy cafes. The Riviera has been a popular holiday destination for the rich and famous, offering spectacular entertainment, elegant restaurants and the warm tranquil waters of the Mediterranean anchoring either off the Isles Lerins near Cannes or in the bay at Villefranche.


Italy provides a magnificent history and culture with the wealth of idyllic cruising grounds. You will fall in love with the charming fishing villages to picturesque islands including Elba, Capri, Ischia and the Eolian Islands off Sicily. Portofino and the Amalfi coast are most famous coastlines to cruise and enjoy cruising life Italian style. .


Day 1

After your flight into Nice, greet your yacht in the colorful fishing village of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Its old-world charm has made it a featured location in many James Bond films as well as The Jewel of the Nile.

Day 2

Anchor off St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to take in the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild perched between the port and the mainland. After mooring in Monaco, a glamorous night-life scene is guarenteed at Place du Casino the center of Monte Carlo. The chic, neo-Deco bistro Quai des Artistes provides fabulous cuisine and people-watching.

Day 3

Antibes, visit one of the medieval hilltop villages. Shop along the cobblestone streets and visit the sculpture garden and the modern art collection at Foundation Maeght. Spend the evening docked alongside other spectacular yachts at The International Yacht Club.

Day 4

Considered one of the most romantic old towns on the Mediterranean coast, Antibes inspired Picasso to paint on a panoramic scale. Stroll Promenade Amiral-de-Grasse along the crest of Vauban's seawalls. View the impressive collection in the Musee Picasso.

Day 5

Make a quick trip into Provence to visit charming St. Paul de Vence. Then cruise past Jan-Ies-Pins for beautiful views over cocktails and appetizers. Anchor off romantic Iles de Lerins for a quiet alfresco dinner onboard before your next stop -- "over-the-top" St. Tropez!

Day 6

Moor at Jean-Jaures and head ashore early to tour the medieval backstreets before the crowds. Be sure to visit the Musee de I'Annociade, which traces the evolution of painting from impressionism to expressionism. Or, if you danced until the wee hours in one of St. Tropez's many chic clubs, it may be your day to sleep late.


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The Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands are composed of the four well-known and popular islands Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera and further some more small islands. This archipelago has much more to show to you than you might think about: calm bights, wide beaches, agile towns and marinas, cliffy coasts and rocks, abundantly covered with vegetation. In its extraordinary variety, they exceed expectations and besides, you can make sailing trips independent of the season, because there are about 300 days of sun.


Formentera, the smallest of the Balearic Islands, and also Ibiza should be visited because of their contrast: Ibiza offers excellent marinas and ports besides hundreds of idyllic bays and excellent sandy beaches. Fantastic nightlife, top restaurants, historic towns and beautiful un-spoilt coves making these four islands one of the most popular destinations in the Western Mediterranean. Ibiza is a 24 hours party island with beautiful beaches and a great nature. It is the opposite off the very close unknown island Formentera. Here you still find the flower power people and the only real white beaches of Spain.


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Italina Riviera


Day 1

Rustic and elegant, provincial and chic, cosmopolitan and small-town are blended together in the coastal villages dotting the rocky shores of the Ligurian Sea. Begin your cruise in elegant Portofino.

Day 2

One of the most picturesque villages along the coast, Portofino emanates an aura of romance. From the harbor, follow signs up to the Castello di San Giorgio where views of medieval relics and impeccable gardens are well worth the climb. That afternoon, visit the medieval Abbey of San Fruttuoso, which is only accessible by foot or boat.

Day 3

Palm trees, hotels, cafes and galleries line the waterfront of the beautiful resort town of Santa Margherita Ligure. La Stalla restaurant, two miles up from the port, serves superb catch-of-the-day Ligurian-style as well as breathtaking views of the picturesque coast from the terrace.

Day 4

Cruise on to Portovenere where the Grotto Arpaia was the starting point for poet Lord Bryon's courageous swim across the gulf to the village of San Terenzo to visit his friend Shelley. The 13th century Gothic church of San Pietro is easily recognized from your yacht.

Day 5

Dramatic scenery amid isolation characterizes the five coastal villages known as teh Cinque Terre. Your yacht allows access to their secluded beaches. Walk the most famous of the trails, Via del l'Amore (Lover's Lane), which links Riomaggiore with Manarola by a flat path cut into the cliff side.

Day 6

Enroute north, stop at Rapallo and anchor among the other yachts in the harbor. Head ashore to the town center, highlighted by the cathedral of Santi Gervasio, founded in the 6th century. That evening, dine aboard as you cruise to Genoa.


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