A tour of nature and the sea on the Ligurian Riviera …a journey of discovery of the sea, nature and large marine mammals not only in Liguria but on the Côte d’Azur .
Come with us to discover the fauna of the seven seas and the history of their exploration, with visits to amazing aquariums and fascinating museums, as well as a fantastic cruise to encounter the great whales of the Mediterranean in their natural habitat: the Whale Sanctuary.
A voyage from Genoa to Antibes in the deep blue of the ocean, following in the footsteps of the great explorers such as Jacques Cousteau. In the past century those explorers, by way of their dedication and discoveries, did a great deal to increase love and respect for the Oceans. Above all, they brought to an end the annihilation of the great whales.
From the great maritime collections of Genoa, through the aquariums of Genoa and Monaco and on to the dolphinarium of Antibes you can learn all there is to know about life above and below the waves. But above all, you will learn to appreciate the whales, the killer whales, the dolphins, the seals, the turtles and the thousands of species of multicolored fish that inhabit our seas.
PACKAGE TOUR of nature and the sea on the Ligurian Riviera (4 days – 3 nights)
Arrival in late afternoon in San Remo to check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
2nd day: The Discovery of the Whales of the Mediterranean
In the early morning you will transfer to the port of San Remo to board a motorboat, where with the assistance of a marine biologist, you will embark on an exciting voyage lasting about 6 hours, in search of whales and dolphins. The “Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals”, which covers over 87,500 sq.km. of sea surface, spanning the Ligurian Riviera, Elba and Corsica, was set up in 1993 by the governments of Italy, France and the Principality of Monaco. The arrangements put in place to protect the more than 2000 whales and other cetaceans of eight different species that live in the Ligurian Sea in the summer months have been accorded international importance.
Whale-watching tour is available from June to September.
Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
3rd day: Whales and great explorers
In the morning transfer to Antibes for a visit to Marineland, the largest dolphinarium in Europe and one of the biggest centers of research on whales in the world. Here you will not fail to be amazed by the spectacle of the incredible performances of killer whales, walruses, dolphins and sea-lions. This is a terrific party for adults but, especially for children!
It doesn’t matter if you can’t speak French as, when lunchtime arrives, you will soon discover the delights of the local cuisine: you will be invited to try for yourself lots of local specialties provided by local restaurants.
In the afternoon you will transfer to Monte Carlo where you will visit the famous Oceanarium. Opened in 1910 by it’s founder, Prince Alberto I, this exceptional museum is dedicated to the science of the sea. It is home to numerous species of marine life and to the ships and equipment used by the pioneers who explored the oceans. The underground aquarium will delight you with an impressive display of marine flora and fauna. The rarest species of multicolored fish, brought here from every corner of the globe, dart about in tanks filled with sea water.
Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
4th Day: The Extraordinary Aquarium
During the morning you will transfer to the Ligurian capital for a visit to the renowned Aquarium of Genoa. There are 59 tanks containing 4 million liters of water which present the habitats of the Mediterranean and of the Oceans, from the Poles to the Tropics, in a most spectacular manner. The living conditions of more than 500 species of fish, cetaceans and amphibians are represented. A suspended walkway lets you take a trip into the fascinating world of the seal, while in another area you can get close to the elegant mantas.
Next a visit to the charming Galata Museum of the Sea where you will be able to experience the development of seafaring and navigation from the Middle Ages to the present day. There are 17 large rooms all of which contain wonderful reconstructions of ships and of the seafaring life. These displays bring to life a past age, almost as if there was a time machine at work, with the sailors, the stories and the artifacts of everyday life on board.
At the end of the visit departure for your home destination.
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Our offer includes:
- Individual subscription fee covering administrative costs.
- Accommodation at our hotels in double rooms with half board.
- Admission to the museums and villas included in the program.
Our offer does not include:
- Round trip travel, local transportation and all that is not included under the entry “our offer includes”.
- Lunches and dinners are intended to be selected from the menu of the day or the tasting menu proposed by the chef. Beverages and à la carte items are to be paid for on site.
- The tours suggested in the program are to be considered as free, i.e. without the services of a guide.
- Tour guide to visit the sites.
- Local transfers by auto or minibus with driver.