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The Italian Riviera

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Delightful towns and the stunning Cinque Terre

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9 days From £1,199 per person

2021 Tour code: 21DMS

About the tour

Immerse yourself in the enchanting towns and villages of the enchanting Italian Riviera, a well-known beauty spot. Explore the Cinque Terre, perfect Portofino and relax in Genoa's grand plazas.


What’s included


Day 1 - London to Turin

Your Italian adventure begins at London St Pancras, where you meet at our Departure Office before taking the Eurostar to Paris. Continue to Turin for the night.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
Day 2 - Chiavari

You have a free morning in Turin on Day 2 before taking the train to Chiavari, an idyllic coastal town that is perfectly placed for exploring the stunning Italian Riviera. Chiavari is soaked in quintessential Italian charm; here, you'll find a beautiful harbour lined by Italian townhouses and filled with local fishing boats, and a host of authentic cafés offering delectable Italian cuisine.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Free time to explore

You're free on Day 3. Why not relax on the beach and soak in the spectacular views? Or, explore the historic centre with its winding medieval streets.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Day 4 - The Cinque Terre

Enjoy a highlight of your holiday today as you discover the coastal villages of the Cinque Terre, situated in a UNESCO-listed national park. You journey between the villages in the most scenic way possible, by rail and ferry boat, gliding beside towering cliffs and alongside golden beaches. Visit three of the villages, which attract visitors from across the world for their enduring Italian charm; Riomaggiore, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Each is set on a particularly rugged section of the coastline, where rainbow-hued houses cling to the cliffs and seem to cascade towards the blue waters below. They all also have unique character. Your first visit is to Riomaggiore, a quaint fishing village which boasts an ancient defensive castle and a great selection of shops selling Italian delicacies. Next, you sail to Vernazza, notable for its ancient clock towers and labyrinthine streets. Finally, explore Monterosso, the northernmost village, which resembles a more modern resort with a pristine sandy beach. Enjoy free time in each village to explore the narrow streets, or perhaps stop and enjoy an ice cream while enjoying idyllic views.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Portofino

Cruise to delightful Portofino today, a colourful fishing village surrounded by olive groves and set on a rocky outcrop, and considered one of Italy's most spectacular ports. Portofino's charm lies in its isolated tranquillity; somewhat hidden from the rest of the world, the first glimpse of the village is a truly memorable sight, especially when approached by boat. Enjoy free time here to stroll along the sheltered harbour, which is home to yachts and sailing boats and backed by a jumble of pastel pink and yellow houses. Perhaps take the opportunity to grab lunch in a pavement café, sampling some of the fantastic local seafood. Continue to San Fruttuoso, one of Italy's most beautiful beaches, nestled in a cove and featuring a small yet ancient Benedictine monastery. This magical spot is only accessible by boat or hiking trail, and you have a little free time here to soak up its secluded charms.

Landing at San Fruttuoso is dependent on weather conditions. If it is not possible, the boat will land at the lovely Santa Margherita.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Free time to explore

You have free time to relax today. Perhaps make your way to nearby Sestri Levante, a beautiful coastal town flanked by two pretty bays - the Bay of Fairytales and the Bay of Silence.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast
Day 7 - Genoa

Take the train to Genoa on Day 7. This ancient port city is a treasure trove of rich history, art, and grand 16th and 17th-century palaces. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city's Old Town, visiting Doge's Palace, an impressive building built in 1298 that now houses a fascinating museum.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Nice

Bidding farewell to Italy, board the train to Nice this morning, crossing the border into France for a night on the sparkling French Riviera.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfasts
Day 9 - London

On Day 9, travel by rail to Paris and catch the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Hotel Monte Rosa

Hotel Monte Rosa, Chiavari

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Stella del Mare, Chiavari

Stella del Mare, Chiavari

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4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 30 reviews

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Mrs Stephanie Bird

4 stars

Submitted 24 Oct 2020

Because of Covid we were unable to travel by train which was the experience we were looking forward to. However we did get to visit the part of Italy we wanted to and thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

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Mr T Hanks

3 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2019

Very disappointed overall too much on and off trains carrying luggage. Also main hotel although very helpful rooms and bathroom was very small

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Mrs J Coomer

5 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2019

Amazing. Enjoyed the train journeys - a change from flying and good for the carbon footprint!

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Mr J Scotson

5 stars

Submitted 09 Jul 2019

Because once again we enjoyed a very good holiday with Rail Discoveries.

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Mrs J Finn

4 stars

Submitted 04 Jun 2019

Excellent tour and guide.We did find changing trains with luggage was difficult at times.I would certainly recommend taking a small,light case.We loved Turin (Concord Hotel very good ) and Chiavari was a great centre for exploring Italian Riviera.

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Mr R Jerram

4 stars

Submitted 28 May 2019

(negative)food was good but very small portions. had to continually ask for tea bags and milk. (positive) had a great time, plenty to do, beautiful scenery. not everything went to plan, but tour manager was excellent sorting out problems. overall very happy.

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The Italian Riviera

Delightful towns and the stunning Cinque Terre


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