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Yachting from Monte Carlo this May – starting at $2,499 per person

March 25, 2014 by adannunzio

SeaDream has just made available, a special 5-night voyage from Monte Carlo to Rome, sailing May 26-31, 2014. This voyage begins in famed Monte Carlo, Monaco, home of the Formula 1 Grand Prix. This years’ Grand Prix runs May 22-25; consider flying in to Nice, France early to catch the racing in Monte Carlo. Click here for Formula 1 Grand Prix information

This 5-night voyage offers stunning ports along the French and Italian Riviera (itinerary below).

May 26 Monte Carlo, Monaco Embark (2PM – 4PM) Evening
May 27 St. Tropez, France Morning Evening
May 28 Portofino, Italy Morning Midnight
May 29 Portovenere (Cinque Terre), Italy Morning Late Evening
May 30 Portoferraio, Elba, Italy Morning Evening
May 31 Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Morning Disembark (8AM – 10AM)

The itinerary is ideal for golfers, starting with The Monte Carlo Golf Club. At an altitude of almost 3,000 feet above sea level, the course offers some of the most stunning sea and mountain views of any golf course. The Willie Park Jr’s original design has stood the test of time, creating an enjoyable and playable course that includes plenty of elevation change, rolling fairways and excellent quality greens. The views along the French and Italian Riviera and inland to the Alps will make for an unforgettable round of golf, no matter how your golf swing is performing.

Other great golf options during the voyage include The Acquabona course on the island of Elba, a rather hilly course with panoramic views over Portoferraio. The 9-hole course with double tees measures 5,144 yards with a par of 68.  The course winds through a forest of oaks, pines and eucalyptus. The scents in the air, the silence, the birds of the Natural Park of the Elba, the views of the gulf and inland are the setting for an interesting and challenging day of golf.

From Portofino, play at The Rapallo Golf Club which was opened in 1931 and is situated in one of the most beautiful venues of the Tigullio region. It’s 18 holes offer a varied, stimulating game. This golf course is full of natural hazards and requires precision and strength. Surrounded by cedars, cypresses and pines this is a worldwide famous paradise for golf enthusiasts who are captured by the charm of the Riviera dei Fiori. The impressive cloister of “Valle Christi” overlooks the green of hole 7 and it is an example of the 13th century Italian art, right in the heart of Liguria’s nature.

From St. Tropez, play at Sainte Maxime. From its lofty perch, high above the town of Sainte Maxime, this immensely scenic and always testing golf course offers stunning views out across the bay and across to St Tropez. Transforming this hilly and at times difficult terrain into a playable layout was impressively accomplished by the Harradines (Don and Peter), although the accurate shot-maker will certainly fare better here than the wayward big-hitter; from the outset there are several tightish drives to make. The front-nine loop is played down into a valley, where villas flank the course perimeter, but rarely are they in range. Water threatens on only two occasions. At the downhill par-3 7th, an attractive pond dangerously fronts the putting surface. The same pond must be crossed again as you tee-off at the superb short par-4 8th, a hole which then requires an accurate uphill approach shot to a green encircled by small rocky cliffs. The more elevated and fabulously scenic back-nine retains many natural stretches, with wonderful views onto the Mediterranean, and inland to the forested hills and peaks of the Massif des Maures. First timers to the course may think the uniformly circular greens are generally quite flat, but beware, these perfect circles are often wickedly inclined. Between the 10th and 11th holes you’ll pass an old cable car that once ferried golfers up to the 11th tee; mandatory buggies now perform that task. Sainte Maxime’s spectacular views and challenging layout make this a must play course for visitors to France’s incomparable Cote D’Azur.

From Portovenere, play Versilia. In close proximity to the famous towns of Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta and with the great panorama of the Alpi Apuane there is on sea level a golf course that is exceptional in many aspects. As soon as you arrive to the resort you can sense that this will be something special. The course itself is relatively flat but very nicely arranged. Fairways and greens are best kept in all seasons. This, course also sports a number of water hazards some of which can be truly tricky, where a good golfer needs all of his concentration, the hobby-golfer might need a bit of luck. All in all, a course that has its challenges for any kind of handicap and that in any event will ensure the player a few hours in a best looked after environment.

If golf is not your bag, this voyage features lovely, guided excursions to the region’s most historically significant sites. Don’t miss this opportunity to sail at a great price. Contact your travel professional or SeaDream Yacht Club at 800-707-4911, info@seadream.com, info-Europe@seadream.com, www.seadream.com Portofino, Italy

 

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