Before gracing UK televisions, James Martin travelled throughout France working in the kitchens of French châteaux. At 21, he opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as Head Chef, where he changed the menu daily. James' TV shows have included James Martin: Home Comforts, British favourite Saturday Kitchen and James Martin's French Adventure. He can be found at James Martin Manchester and The Kitchen at Chewton Glen.
A glamorous Mediterranean cruise with TV’s James Martin
Sail away with us on board Royal Clipper, a spectacular five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship, to explore the Italian and French Rivieras. You'll dock at some of the Mediterranean's most stylish ports, including Cannes, with its famous Boulevard de la Croisette, Sardinia's Alghero, with its ancient city walls and cobblestoned historic centre, and sunny St Tropez, where you can relax in chic seafront beaches, bistros, and bars.
Any voyage on board Royal Clipper is bound to be memorable, but this special seven-night cruise has inclusions which make it especially exciting. The carefully curated itinerary has been designed to coincide with Les Voiles de Saint Tropez regatta, so you can watch from the deck of Royal Clipper as hundreds of outstanding sailing ships race by.
Making the trip extra special is the company of renowned TV Chef James Martin, known for presenting Saturday Kitchen. James will join you on board to share some cooking skills up close during a live demonstration and answer questions about his fascinating career during an exclusive Q&A. James will also host a cocktail party, sign complimentary copies of his book, and join guests to watch the regatta.
Royal Clipper will sail to beautiful locations in France and Italy, departing from the glistening harbour of Cannes and travelling to Lerici in Italy, where you can stroll through enchanting fishing villages and stop in the waterfront piazza to enjoy its elegant restaurants, bars and gelaterias.
Also on the itinerary is a stop at pretty Portoferraio on the island of Elba, where you can take a vineyard tour and sample the local Ansonica wine. You'll also stop on Corsica, France's affectionately-nicknamed 'Ile de Beauté'. Here you can enjoy some R&R on golden beaches lapped by clear, calm, and delightfully warm waters. And the port of Alghero on Sardinia brings the opportunity to explore its medieval history and taste the local cuisine.
Reasons to book
Meet TV chef James Martin
Explore islands of France and Italy
Watch the St Tropez Regatta
Your expert guide
- A night staying in a four-star property on a bed and breakfast basis
- Seven nights aboard the Royal Clipper with breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, six-course à la carte dinner and midnight snack provided each day
- A cooking demonstration by James Martin exclusively for Royal Clipper passengers
- A Q&A and cocktail reception with James
- A complimentary copy of James' book, posted to guests ahead of departure to bring on the trip (one per booking)
- The chance to see the St Tropez regatta
Also included: return flights from London, group airport transfers and port fees
Day1Arrive in NiceNice, France
At Nice airport, you'll be met by a tour leader and transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll board splendid Royal Clipper in Cannes. You sail tonight, where you can get to know your fellow passengers over dinner in the dining rooms and drinks in the elegant piano bar.
You'll wake in Lerici this morning, and after a leisurely breakfast on board Royal Clipper, there's time to explore. For gorgeous views, visit Villa Rezzola, an ancient manor house with a beautiful garden that slopes down to the glittering sea.
You'll dock at Portoferraio on Elba today. Spend time on a local vineyard tour, and try the Ansonica or Vermentino, or visit the remains of an ancient Etruscan civilisation.
Day5Corsica and BonifacioBonifacio, France
Sailing south brings you to Corsica, where you can spend a morning on a tranquil beaches, where the water is crystal clear, calm and warm.
In the afternoon, you'll sail to Bonafacio, a bustling port with excellent seafood restaurants. The ancient citadel town sits on top of a cliff, with wide-open panoramas.
You'll spend the day on Sardinia today, arriving in Alghero, an elegant medieval city with a historic centre packed with excellent bars and restaurants.
Day7St TropezSaint-Tropez, France
Rub shoulders with the glitterati on arrival at the glamorous port of St Tropez with time to visit its beaches, bistros, and bars. You'll stop at the beach first, spending the morning soaking up the atmosphere before sailing to the port where the ship docks in the afternoon.
James Martin joins the Royal Clipper today to prepare for an exclusive cooking demonstration onboard this evening. Tonight, the ship moors overnight in St Tropez ready for the regatta tomorrow.
Day8St TropezSaint-Tropez, France
You'll watch the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez regatta from a prime position on the deck of Royal Clipper. The regatta is a rendezvous of mega yachts from the super-modern to the traditionally beautiful vessels. Sailing enthusiasts come from all over the globe to race in the bay, promising an exciting spectacle.
You'll depart St Tropez after the regatta, sailing for Cannes.
Day9Arrive in Cannes and disembarkCannes, France
After a final breakfast, you'll disembark Royal Clipper and join a transfer to the airport for the journey home.
Royal Clipper is a large five-masted full-rigged luxury sailing ship which balances grandeur, adventure and tradition with superb service, amenities, and accommodations.
Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style. There are swimming pools, an onboard spa, and a marina platform that lowers for watersports. A three-deck atrium funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed dining room, featuring deliciously prepared cuisine.
Cabin upgrades are available at a supplement.