As the breeze blows off the Tyrrhenian Sea and the golden sun warms your skin, it’s hard to imagine a more desirable destination of banishment than Tuscany’s Elba Island. The location of exile for Napoleon I, feeling sorry for him is almost impossible when you consider the stunning nature of this Mediterranean paradise, with turquoise waters and lush mountain views.
This was the best holiday we have ever had and we hope to do it again in a couple of years time.
R & J Whittle, Gourmet Italy
Home to artichokes drenched in olive oil, creamy carbonara, and thin-base pizza with a sprig of basil on top, we set our sights on the lands of epicurean delights.
Arriving in Italy’s capital, transfer to the dusky Tuscan hillside. We check in to the Borgo Scopeto Relais and make a home for ourselves among the refined amenities.
Rolling hills and dusky olive groves blanket Chianti country. A ripple of vines, here we tour the Rocca di Montegrossi estate and educate our palates on cherry notes of the winery’s vintage reds.
Dating back to the 1600s, we explore the site of the biannual Palio bareback horse race. Though the horses are at rest during this time of the year, we ponder the stage of the medieval event before returning to our hotel, the Borgo Scopeto Relais, this evening.
Travel to San Fruttuoso and sample local seafood for lunch. Alternately, dine at a trattoria in Portofino or spend a moment discovering your own personal favourite local eatery.We stay at the former honeymoon spot of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, the Grand Hotel Miramare.
To wander around Èze with its cobbled paths and crooked stone houses is to walk into a dream of medieval times. Enjoy lunch here and an afternoon at leisure before continuing to Cannes where our private yacht, Le Ponant is moored. Sail towards Elba Island with dinner on board.
The legacy of Napoleon hangs in the air of Elba Island. Visit his former residences before exploring a local Tuscan vineyard. Crisp, fragrant flavours of Enrico Coser’s Friulian wines are complemented during an onboard dinner.
Local winemaker Antonio Camillo will personally escort us through his vineyards renowned for their organically grown Morellino di Scansano and Ciliegiolo.
We venture to Salina, an island where the late artist Carlo Hauner dedicated much of his life to revitalising the island’s famed dessert wine. Paired with the Salina Estate’s piquant green capers, sampling the region’s local produce becomes an exquisite affair.
Today we are joined by esteemed hosts Giuseppe and Silvia Di Vincenzo, and are able to witness their authentic culinary technique over lunch at Mandranova. You might like to otherwise spend your time unearthing the tales of ancient Greek gods during an insightful visit to the World Heritage-listed Valley of the Temples.
Today you may join wine connoisseur Michael Trembath for lunch and a tasting at the Santadi Winery, or perhaps explore Cagliari’s impressive domes and frescoed piazzas. Of course, dining back on board is an equally appealing option.
It’s apparent as to why Impressionist artists fall in love with Ajaccio. Discover breathtaking natural scenery alongside the fascinating history of Napoleon at his birthplace and ancestral home. Lively markets set the scene for an afternoon at leisure, and local winemaker, Laetitia Tola, bottles native grape blends for a deeper understanding of the fascinating practice.
Arriving in Nice, we farewell Le Ponant and tour the French Riviera’s shimmering capital. During lunch at a local restaurant, raise a glass to our culinary journey and transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.
Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.
Bearing all the hallmarks of a luxury yacht, Le Ponant seamlessly blends nautical tradition and supreme elegance. Thanks to its boutique size, it will dock in small ports and skirt along the coast in a way that larger ships simply can’t. What’s more, with just 32 staterooms and a guest to staff ratio of 2:1, an effortlessly personalised onboard experience is assured.
With multiple outdoor areas, including an inviting Sun Deck and a convenient Marina for water access, Le Ponant is the ideal ship for cruising warm waters – life on board is centred around the fresh air and sunshine. Other facilities include two lounge and bar areas and two restaurants.
Marie-Galante Deck Staterooms
Set on the Marie-Galante Deck, these entry-level staterooms can be configured with a double bed or twin beds. Each offers a stylish ensuite, a desk, a dressing table, a flat-screen satellite television, a minibar, a safe, personal climate control and included Wi Fi access. Size: from 10.8 to 13.5 square metres
You have come so far, so why settle for second best when you get there? Captain’s Choice carefully researches and selects the best hotels to ensure you’re staying at the most enviable locations in town. We partner with the finest hotels to deliver our gilt edged service, seeking out the region’s top rating five star – or best available – residences. All our accommodation has been assessed for quality – we believe that a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. Location and accessibility are also key factors – we endeavour to seek hotels that are in close proximity to the sites, that boast stunning views or offer a special something that makes them sparkle. It’s important to us that the hotels we select deliver the complete package and aren’t just trading on their reputation.
Borgo Scopeto Relais
Experience one of Tuscany’s most esteemed landmark estates – the Borgo Scopeto Relais, a grand and exclusive haven nestled amid vineyards and olive trees.
Grand Hotel Miramare
Wake to the dazzling waters of the Gulf of Tigullio right on your doorstep at the Grand Hotel Miramare, a beautiful Art Nouveau building in Santa Margherita Ligure
Both suite styles aboard Le Ponant are very similar. These upgrade suites are very limited and they will sell quickly.
Based on per person, twin share in Marie-Galante Deck Stateroom – from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, flying with Emirates. Prices from other cities are available on request.
Supplements (add to base tour cost, per person twin share)
Antigua Deck Stateroom $5,100