Sailing Closer to Home
23rd June 2016
There has been much talk in recent months of the new destinations that Star Clippers will sail to, with exciting new itineraries in exotic locations such as Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. These will commence later this year, following the Star Clipper’s ocean voyage along the Suez Canal. For those wanting to take full advantage of the Mediterranean summer, however, there are also many exciting cruise itineraries to choose from.
One particular itinerary of note is the Corsica, Italy & Regatta St. Tropez cruise, which will see you sail out of the glamorous French city of Cannes on board the Star Flyer. Following departure, you will sail to the islands of Corsica and Îles d'Hyères as well as French destinations such as Sanary-Sur-Mer and St. Tropez. We take a closer look at some of the highlights you will be able to experience during this 7-night cruise.
Beautiful beaches are linked together by cobbled streets in this fabulous French city, which is known for attracting the world’s rich and famous. During the day, this is the perfect place in which to soak up the Mediterranean sun, whilst the evenings are ablaze with casinos, high-end restaurants, and dazzling nightlife. A one-night stay prior to your cruise will provide a fascinating insight into the culture and lifestyle of southern France.
Following your departure from Cannes, you will spend the best part of three days on the island of Corsica. The first Corsican destination on the itinerary is Lile Rousse, which is renowned for its prestigious yacht clubs that are represented in the harbour. The next stop is in Figari, which is known for its long-stretching golden beaches, presenting the perfect spot in which to soak up the Mediterranean sun.
Later, in the afternoon, you will visit Bonifacio - known for its dramatic land-locked harbour and citadel town, which is perched atop of a seemingly impenetrable cliff. Your time in Corsica comes to an end with a visit to the island’s capital city, Ajaccio, where you will be able to delve into the history of Napoleon and even visit the house in which he was born.
The Îles d'Hyères is an island group made up of four Mediterranean islands, each of which is no larger than 1,300 hectares. Each of the islands was bought by the French government in the 1970s, which has proven beneficial as it has prevented against over-development. The result? Nothing but endless beaches, an extensive lush green national park and several charming villages. A visit to the largest island, Porquerolles, will provide you with many long-lasting memories of idyllic paradise.
After spending the best part of the day in Porquerolles, you will sail onto the Provençal town of Sanary-Sur-Mer in the evening. A visit to the Chapelle Notre Dame-de-Pitie, which was built in 1560, will provide you with a breath-taking view over the whole of Sanary-Sur-Mer. Other sites of significance in the town include the 19th-century Eglise Saint Nazaire gothic revival church and Tour romaine, a 14th-century medieval construction.
Made famous by Brigitte Bardot, the French Riviera town of Saint-Tropez has long been a renowned destination for the rich and famous. The waterfront is home to a variety of grandiose stores and elegant cafes, which are perfect for sitting outside and people watching. Wander further into the town and you’ll find quieter surroundings and a number of historical monuments. If you get a chance, it is worth visiting the Musee de l’Annonciade, an old converted church which has become home to an inspiring collection of post-Impressionist, Fauve and other 20th-century art.
Due to depart Cannes in September 2016, this fabulous cruise is accessible via just a short flight to the south of France. As well as the coasts of France and Italy, Star Clippers’ range of Western Mediterranean cruises can take you to a variety of destinations across Spain, Portugal, and Malta. However, a sailing with Star Clippers is about more than just the destinations. Unlike the behemoth cruise ships that dominate the seas in the 21st century, the Star Clippers vessels provide a nod to a bygone era of traditional tall ship sailing.