Antibes...Monte Carlo...Cap Ferrat...Cinque Terre...Lucca...the Isle of Elba... These are names that conjure up images of medieval history, sun-drenched beaches, glamorous seaports, and rich masterpieces of art and architecture—in short, the quintessential Mediterranean journey. And how better to experience the voyage than under sail aboard the incomparable Sea Cloud II, which combines the seafaring elegance of a bygone era with the highest modern standards of luxury? We combine a two-night luxury hotel stay on the French Riviera with a relaxed four-night cruise aboard the Sea Cloud II from Nice to Rome, with port calls in Portovenere (for the Cinque Terre), Livorno (for choice of a day trip to Lucca or Florence), and the Isle of Elba. The short distances along this route allow for two half-days under sail, one at the start of the voyage and one at the end,to maximize the special experience of cruising aboard this majestic windjammer. Early May is the perfect time of year, with verdant gardens and landscapes awash with blossoms, and moderate temperatures; we avoid the May 1 and May 8 holidays in France, as well as the crowds of the Cannes Film Festival that starts May 12, 2021, and the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May.A journey aboard the 47-stateroom Sea Cloud II is an intimate and memorable experience on one of the most elegant and luxurious vessels afloat. In the grand tradition of the world’s finest sailing vessels, guests experience this marvelous ship under sail, as the skilled crew hand-sets over 30,000 square feet of canvas.The ship’s small size also allows us to moor centrally in the most scenic harbors, and anchor offshore of Portovenere for a visit to the Cinque Terre. A post-tour extension will be offered to Tuscany, staying at either the Belmond Castello di Casole, a 10th century estate spread across 4,200 acres in the Tuscan countryside near Siena, or at the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in the heart of the Brunello di Montalcino wine-making region(in development; further details forthcoming).