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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.

  • Cruise the warm Mediterranean waters aboard the luxury sailing yacht Le Ponant
  • Stay at the prestigious medieval estate of Borgo Scopeto Relais immersed in Tuscan charm
  • Sip Chianti Classico on a tour and tasting at Candialle & Rocca di Montegrossi wineries, a rare chance to sample this Italian favourite in the Tuscan terroir from which it originates
  • Escape for a sumptuous lunch in the idyllic seaside setting of Portofino
  • Tour Italy’s rural allure in the undiscovered Tuscan Maremma, where longhorn cattle and ‘buttero’ (Italian cowboys) roam
  • Cruise around Stromboli to witness firsthand this Sicilian island’s continually active volcano
  • Explore the Sicilian islands of Salina and Lipari whose untouched natural beauty will enchant
  • Visit Mandranova’s award winning olive oil farm, where a tour, tasting and generous lunch showcase the art of olive oil production and the delicious versatility of this ‘liquid
Le Ponant Cruise

Your Ship, Le Ponant

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

Where we visit


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Full Itinerary


Depart Australia

Day 1: Saturday 5 May

Viva Italia! A land of epicurean enchantment, famed for fine wine, food and romance. What gastronomic delights will seduce us on our delicious journey of discovery?

This evening, we depart Australia for Rome, flying via Dubai with Emirates.

Arrive Rome (Italy)

Day 2: Sunday 6 May

Arriving in Italy’s illustrious capital, we transfer by coach to the rolling hills and dusky olive groves that ripple across the Tuscan landscape. There’s a chance to see more of Rome later but for now, we check into the antique chic and polished charm of one of Tuscany’s most esteemed estates – the Borgo Scopeto Relais. In the heart of Chianti country and mere minutes from Siena’s soaring medieval architecture, this heritage residence sweeps us up in a relaxed and effortless embrace, ahead of our Welcome Dinner, this evening.

Castelnuovo Berardenga [Tuscany]

Day 3: Monday 7 May

Our day begins with a tour of the Rocca di  Montegrossi estate. We taste the cherry notes of the winery’s Chianti vintages and sample silky olives from its olive groves, leaving room for lunch at a nearby restaurant. 

The medieval hilltop town of Siena beckons this afternoon, where a spectacular town square is the stage for the annual Palio bareback horserace, dating back to the 1600s. We slip back to the Borgo Scopeto Relais for dinner in the Tuscan twilight.

Santa Margherita Ligure [Liguria]

Day 4: Tuesday 8 May

Heading north, pastel hued houses and sheer cliffs await in the idyllic Italian Riviera resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.

En route, we fortify ourselves with a tour and tasting at Candialle winery, which flaunts high quality terroir wines from Sangiovese grapes. We stay on for a genuine Tuscan BBQ lunch before winding our way to the Grand Hotel Miramare, our home for the next two nights. After settling in, we dine within our ‘grand dame’ of a hotel, once a honeymoon spot for Laurence Oliver and Vivien Leigh.

Santa Margherita Ligure

Day 5: Wednesday 9 May

Today’s Select options present you the opportunity to choose from dream locations often glimpsed on the silver screen.

  • Be whisked away by ferry to San Fruttuoso for a lunchtime seafood extravaganza.
  • Alternatively, enjoy lunch at a trattoria in Portofino, a flawless diamond that attracts superstars and savants like bees to honey. Perhaps seek out your own favourite spot for lunch in beautiful Santa Margherita Ligure.

Nice (France)

Day 6: Thursday 10 May

Sail 6.00pm

On a tour of Monaco, our eyes can’t help but be drawn to the dazzling wealth on display – from mega yachts to the refined opulence of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco and the Monte-Carlo Casino.

Later, we drive to the mountainside town of Eze for lunch, before descending to Nice, where our luxury yacht Le Ponant is moored. Relaxing over our first dinner on board, we set sail towards Elba Island.

Le Ponant
Le Ponant Cruise

Elba Island [Tuscany] (Italy)

Day 7: Friday 11 May

Arrive 10.00am – Sail Midnight

On Elba Island, the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte is never far away. We visit two of his beautifully preserved residences then rifle through the treasures of the Napoleonic Antiques Museum.

After lunch on board, we explore a local vineyard with our host for this evening, winemaker Enrico Coser. Tonight’s dinner is superbly complemented by the crisp, fragrant flavours of Enrico’s Friulian wines, found in Italy’s northeasternmost regions.

Breataking Elba Island, Italy - All Inclusive Luxury tour

Elba Island - Perhaps the most striking of the Tuscan Archipelago

Porto Santo Stefano

Day 8: Saturday 12 May

Arrive 9.00am – Sail 10.00pm

From the enchanting harbour of Porto Santo Stefano, we delve further into Tuscany. Local winemaker Antonio Camillo takes us on a tour of his vineyards, famous for organically grown Morellino di Scansano and Ciliegiolo.

Returning to the sparkling marina for lunch on board, our voyage breezes on to the town of Porto Ercole, where it is believed Renaissance artist Caravaggio was laid to rest.

Porto Santo Stefano, Italy - Fully Hosted Touring

Porto Santo Stefano provides a stunning gateway to a Tuscany

Rome [Lazio]

Day 9: Sunday 13 May

Arrive 9.00am – Sail 11.30pm

Arriving in Civitavecchia’s harbour, two invigorating options are presented.

  • Wander the exquisite gardens at the Papal Palace of Castel Gandolfo near Rome, then lunch at the Damiano Ciolli winery and taste wine that embodies the region’s wild herbs and berries.
  • Or enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and drink in the beauty of the Eternal City, a living museum for classics such as the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain.

While we’re creating new memories of Rome, Le Ponant is relocating to Anzio, where we meet it to reboard before dinner.

Naples [Campania]

Day 10: Monday 14 May

Arrive 11.00am – Sail 6.00pm

Today, we find Naples is far more than the birthplace of pizza and Neapolitan ice cream and rich tomato sauce – it’s also home to a bounty of UNESCO listed theatres, palaces and castles including the Teatro di San Carlo, the Royal Palace and the Piazza del Plebiscito.

At dinner we’re joined by Georgio Imparato of Villa Matilde, a celebrated winery in the Campania region.

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Sample stunning Italian wine

Beautiful Syracuse, Sicily. Luxury Italian Itineraries

Embrace the languid pace of life in Syracuse

Sorrento

Day 11: Tuesday 15 May

Arrive 9.00am – Sail 6.00pm

Disembarking in the picture perfect clifftop resort of Sorrento, the urge to live La Dolce Vita today is irresistible! Which sweet adventure will tempt you?

  • Celebrate the great joys of pasta in the factories of Mozarella, Limoncello and Gragnano. Or perhaps head for the island of Capri, where Michael’s passion for Italian food and wine garnishes a wonderful discovery. Alternatively, Sorrento’s narrow streets might invite your independent exploration, with lunch back on board.

Savour dinner on Le Ponant tonight as we drift past the glittering Amalfi Coast.

Lipari [Aeolian Islands]

Day 12: Wednesday 16 May

Arrive 9.00am – Sail 6.00pm

Off the coast of Sicily lies Lipari, the largest volcanic island of the Aeolian archipelago. We dig deep into the region’s heritage today at the Museo Archeologico Luigi Bernabo Brea before lunch back on board. The afternoon is yours for the taking: read a novel on deck; take a dip in the cerulean waters or leaf further through Lipari’s ancient history.

Salina

Day 13: Thursday 17 May

Arrive 11.00am – Sail 5.00pm

Today we discover the verdant volcanic island of Salina. At Salina’s Hauner winery, the late artist Carlo Hauner dedicated much of his life to revitalising the island’s famous dessert wine, Malvasia dolce, and creating a range of refreshing whites. Along with the estate’s piquant green capers, these are the perfect ‘degustazione’ before a seafood lunch Salina style at Il Delfino restaurant.

Tonight, as Le Ponant plies the waters around Stromboli island, we’re joined by Hauner winery’s Gianfranco Sabbatini, who will illuminate the region’s gastronomic delights.

Syracuse [Sicily]

Day 14: Friday 18 May

Arrive 10.30am – Sail 6.00pm

This morning, we dock in Syracuse for a tour by coach. As the birthplace of Archimedes, thoughts of the Ancient Greek scientist streaking through the streets crying ‘Eureka’ may elicit a few wry smiles. There’s plenty to smile about here, as we wander past the city’s archaeological wonders, including the Ear of Dionysis and the Temple of Apollo.

After lunch on board, enjoy time to relax or perhaps go for a stroll through the streets of Ortigia (the city’s island heart).

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Syracuse

Valley of the Temples - Agrigento, Sicily

Agrigento

Agrigento

Day 15: Saturday 19 May

Arrive 9.00am – Sail 2.00pm

In Agrigento, we’ll choose from two equally satisfying slices of Sicilian life.

  • Giuseppe and Silvia Di Vincenzo are your esteemed hosts at Mandranova, an elegant and secluded 19th-century farmhouse set amongst lush gardens and olive groves. We soon discover that Silvia is a marvel in the kitchen, and happily succumb to her culinary spell over lunch.
  • Alternatively, let the charms of another world spring to life as we unearth Agrigento’s ancient treasures in the city’s UNESCO listed Valley of the Temples. Here, crumbling Doric temples and statues to Ancient Greek gods valiantly withstand the test of time.

Cagliari [Sardinia]

Day 16: Sunday 20 May

Arrive 4.00pm

A rare morning finds us enjoying life at sea in style. Le Ponant slices through the Mediterranean Sea with immaculate grace, charting our course for the island of Sardinia.

After lunch, Sardinia’s largest city, Cagliari, slides into view. Here we have seats reserved at Dal Corsaro restaurant for an evening of Italian haute cuisine paired with fine wines from Sardina’s acclaimed Santadi winery.

Porto Cervo - Sardinia, Italy Touring

Sardinia

Olives - Gourmet Italy

Cagliari

Day 17: Monday 21 May

Sail 4.00pm

Wondrous culinary and cultural insights are on the menu in Sardinia today.

  • You may choose to join Michael Trembath at the Santadi winery in Sulcis for lunch and a tasting of an impressive suite of Sardinian wines.
  • Perhaps explore Cagliari’s glittering domes and frescoed piazzas before lunch onboard.
  • Or soak up the local café culture ahead of an afternoon tour of the Castello district and the Citadella dei Musei.

Porto Cervo

Day 18: Tuesday 22 May

Arrive 9.30am – Sail 6.00pm

We peruse Porto Cervo before heading to the Gallura highlands, toasting the high  life with fine wines and Sardinian cheese during a BBQ lunch at Jankara Estate. Here, proprietors Renato and Angela Spanu artfully blend the Vermentino grape.

Porto Cervo - Luxury Italian Travel

The colours of Porto Cervo are sure to delight

Ajaccio [Corsica] (France)

Day 19: Wednesday 23 May

Arrive 8.00am – Sail 5.00pm

The likes of Impressionist artist Matisse famously fell for Corsica and its elegant capital Ajaccio. The city also has strong ties to Napoleon Bonaparte, and our first stop today is his birthplace and ancestral home.

After a visit to Ajaccio’s markets and lunch on board, we head for Clos Ornasca winery. Here, winemaker Laetitia Tola bottles refreshing blends of native grapes Sciaccerellu, Niellucciu and the white Vermentinu.

Ajaccio - Corsica, France Luxury Cruise

Sunny Ajaccio

Stunning Corsica, Italy all inclusive food tour

Corsica

Depart Nice

Day 20: Thursday 24 May

Arrive 8.00am

We farewell Le Ponant in Nice. After a tour of the French Riviera’s shimmering capital, we raise a toast to happy days over lunch at a local restaurant, before transferring to the airport for our flight home via Dubai.

Arrive Australia

Day 21: Friday 25 May

Landing in Australia, our heads filled with endless memories of our gourmet journey.

All Inclusive Tours

Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

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.

Ponant Dining

Exquisite Dining

Join us at the top table with even more award winning restaurants. Not to mention regional dining experiences to introduce the curious to how the locals lunch!

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Accommodation

We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.

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Those little details

Tipping, Taxes and Transfers are all included in the tour price when you take one of our packages. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

Flights Included

Flights

We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

Le Ponant

Sunset in the Mediterranean

Introducing Le Ponant

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 Le Ponant Luxury Cruise

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

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

Accommodation highlights


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, Tuscany - Captain's Choice all inclusive touring
Tuscany

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.

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Santa Margherita Ligure

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

Antigua Deck Le Ponant Luxury Cruise
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Both suite styles aboard Le Ponant are very similar. These upgrade suites are very limited and they will sell quickly.

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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.

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