italian riviera
Departing by Air
Duration 8 Days
Available September 2020

Enjoy a taste of the La Dolce Vita on sun-kissed, flower-strewn shores along the stunning Italian Riviera coastline.

Discover famous Portofino’s exclusive charms and Monte Carlo’s glitz and glamour. Take in the forested coves and ancient vineyards of the Cinque Terre – the Five Lands surrounding the five exquisite villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore that dot the beautiful Ligurian coast.

Join us for a holiday that combines rest and relaxation, in an excellent hotel boasting its own private section of beach, with included excursions to some of the northern Mediterranean’s most sparkling jewels.

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The Italian Riviera, Monte Carlo & the Cinque Terre Tour Highlights:

  • Spend seven nights on the shores of the blue Mediterranean
  • Soak up the sun on the hotel’s beach or stroll the seafront promenade
  • Pay a visit to chic Portofino, one of the Mediterranean’s most exclusive spots
  • Explore the beautiful villages and coves of the Cinque Terre
  • Enjoy some relaxed days at leisure at your comfortable hotel
  • Discover elegant Santa Margherita Ligure’s stunning bay
  • Discover glittering Monte Carlo

Price Includes

  • Seven nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at a four-star hotel in Loano (2020) or Pietra Ligure (2019)
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Return flights to Nice
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.

The Italian Riviera, Monte Carlo & the Cinque Terre Itinerary

Day One – Fly to Nice

You’ll meet your tour manager in the airport when you arrive in France, cross the Italian border and continue to your hotel.

Check in and settle into your comfortable surroundings. Depending on your flight time, you may have time to enjoy a refreshing drink on the terrace or a stroll along the shore before dinner is served.

Day Two – Spend the day at your hotel

Today you’re free to rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings. Take a dip in the pool, or retreat to the private beach – where there will be a restaurant and bar, and sun-loungers are available for hire for lazy afternoons in the sun.

The more energetic can rent a pedalo or stroll along the seafront promenade and into the resort’s old town, to explore its shops, cafés and bars.

Day Three – Included visit to Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino and Rapallo

The first of our included excursions heads to the beautiful Ligurian coast, where some of Italy’s most famous resorts are dotted along a shoreline backed by wooded hills.

Here, elegant Santa Margherita Ligure, and its gardens and piazzas, overlooks a stunning bay and lies at the northern end of the Portofino headland. Spend some time exploring the resort, then board a boat for a trip along the coast to discover its ultra-chic neighbour, the world-renowned jet-set watering hole of Portofino.

Despite the crowds and the glitz and the glamour, Portofino remains one of the Mediterranean’s most idyllic settings.

Stroll the café-lined harbour front, window-shop in the resort’s chic stores, or perhaps people-watch from a seat on the shore, delicious ice-cream in hand. You’ll also visit bustling Rapallo, a one-time writers’ retreat that boasted D H Lawrence among its more celebrated guests.

Return to your hotel for dinner, at the end of a fascinating day.

Day Four – Included day trip to Monaco

Today’s excursion takes you to the Principality of Monaco – the Monte Carlo of fabulous wealth, the famous Casino and a harbour crammed with improbably expensive yachts – round which the super-charged cars of Formula 1™ hurtle in an annual explosion of colour and noise.

Step inside the Casino to try your luck or watch others trying theirs, see the Palais Princier, home to the principality’s ruling family – the Royal Grimaldis.

The journey to Monaco takes you above the beautiful Riviera dei Fiori – the celebrated Italian Riviera of Flowers – and will offer some sensational views of the blue Mediterranean below as well as a visit to the colourful border town of Ventimiglia.

Day Five – Spend the day relaxing

Enjoy another restful day in the hotel, around the town or on the beach, making the most of your idyllic surroundings.

Day Six – Discover the beauty of the Cinque Terre

Our last included excursion takes you back along the Ligurian coast to the stunning stretch, between the resort-town of Levanto and the port-city of La Spezia, known as Cinque Terre (Five Lands) after a quintet of ancient villages that are squeezed into a series of its tiny coves.

Breathtaking and charming, the five villages cling to the cliffs, surrounded by vineyards producing some of Liguria’s most celebrated wines, and overlook working fishing harbours. The tiny craft make for a colourful sight against the dark blue waters that’s best viewed from a shore-side café.

Day Seven – Enjoy a final lazy day relaxing

Spend a last day soaking up the atmosphere of your Mediterranean retreat, before enjoying a farewell dinner of typical Ligurian fare.

Day Eight – Fly back to the UK

Bid “Arrivederci” to your hosts, re-board the coach and transfer back to the airport to check in for your flight home to the UK at the end of a holiday in this wonderful corner of Italy.

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