50Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010Previous page:Vernazza's port areaAbove right, clockwise from top left: fishing boats dot the Mediterranean coastline; St Tropez; the famous Santiero Azzurro path winds its way along the Cinque Terre; the Cannes Carlton Hotel Port GrimaudMonacoNiceGenoaAntibesCannesMentonPortofinoPortovenereMonterosso Al MareVernazzaCornigliaManarolaRomaggioreSt. Jean Cap FerratVillefrancheCagnesILES DE LERINSSt. RaphaelSte. MaximeSt. TropezFRANCEITALYPampelonne BeachCap CamaratILE DE LEVANTILE DE PORT CROSSToulonHyèresILES D' HYÈRESILE DE PORQUEROLLESVentimigliaSanremoAndoraSavonaFinale LigureAlbengaImperiaLa SpeziaITINERARYDAY 1St Tropez to Pampelonne to St Tropez DAY 2St Tropez to Iles d'Hyères (20nm)DAY 3Iles d'Hyères to Cannes (52nm) DAY 4Cannes to Cap d'Antibes (7nm)DAY 5Cap d'Antibes to Villefranche to St Jean Cap Ferrat (17nm) DAY 6St Jean Cap Ferrat to Monaco (28nm) DAY 7Monaco to Portofino (90nm)DAY 8, 9 & 10Portofino - Cinque Terre - Portofinod'Azur. Further along the coastline, follow the locals to Paloma Beach in the beautiful, exclusiveBaie des Fourmis, St Jean Cap Ferrat, or La Garoupe on Cap d'Antibes.Palm-shaded streetsCool sophistication oozes from the ancient towns that line the coast. Charming boutiques anddesigner shops nestle in narrow streets that come alive with the glamorous bars and restaurantsthat have long defined the area. Stroll around the boutiques of the stylish Croisette in Cannesbefore dinner at the Michelin two-star restaurant Le Palme d'Or at the Hotel Martinez, followedby a late night at Le Palais -the summer hot spot of the Riviera. For those looking for a quieternightcap, try the lounge bar at Le Loft. Further along the coast, Monaco is one of the mostglamorous capitals in the world. Roll the die and try your luck at the ornate casinos, and dineat Yoshi at the Hotel Metropole (Joël Robuchon's first Japanese restaurant), before checking outlive session musicians at Monaco's Sass Café, or dancing into the early morning at the new BlackLegend club. Pit-stop gemsThe medieval Provençal villages of Eze and Grasse are a must on any cruise, purely for their dramaticlocations perched on the hills behind the fashionable seaside resorts. And then there's the cobbledstreets of Antibes' old town that house an impressive Picasso collection in the Musée Picasso -the artist is said to have been inspired by the sunlight here. Further along the coast, anchor inthe spectacular natural harbour of Villefranche-sur-Mer to see the exquisite villa Ephrussi deRothschild. Cruise around a few of the headlands to Monaco, then venture to the Grimaldi royalpalace in the old town of Monaco, which enjoys a spectacular vantage point with views over theprincipality and beyond.Turning ItalianAn overnight cruise along the Italian coastline brings you to the pocket-sized harbour of Portofino.Italians love the good life, and nowhere is this more evident than in the harbourside of this enchantingvillage. This Ligurian hideaway was first discovered by the jet set when the Duke and Duchess ofWindsor signed the visitors' book at the Hotel Splendido in the early 1950s while visiting Rex?
YOUR PERSONAL GUIDESFrom planning the best itinerary and finding themost suitable yacht to restaurant recommendations,CNI's charter experts have first-hand knowledge ofall the yachts and cruising destinations. Here, CNI'scharter experts and yacht captains offer a fewpersonal recommendations on the French andItalian rivieras.Tamsin Priestley, CNI London "This rugged stretchof Ligurian coast isbest approached infine weather. Not all the villages areaccessible by boat soabandon your yachtat Portovenere andjoin the stunning Cinque Terre trail on foot. Five miles of coastline, beautiful olive-clad terraces, enchanting villages and the local grilled anchovies will all make the trek an experience to remember."Tina Montzka, CNI Antibes "Having visitedthis coastline,many of mycharter clientsparticulary loveCinque Terre, andreturn there yearafter year. Thesevillages give ataste of the realItaly. I suggest charterers walk to a few of thevillages and enjoy a drink in one of the little bistros.The best way to visit the 'five lands' is to anchor inthe nearby bay of Portovenere and visit the islandsby tender. The beautifully protected bay is just a fewminutes from Cinque Terre and is a great place tospend the night. Don't forget to try the localhomemade pesto for which the region is famous."SPRING-SUMMER 2010I sea&iI51aboardashore