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The Italian Riviera

4.0 stars(35 reviews)

Get to the heart of the sparkling Italian Riviera

9 days From £1,199 per person
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Free Standard Class return rail tickets: from your local station to London (excluding any Transport for London travel in London and Gatwick/Heathrow Express) available on all Rail Discoveries 2022 European Holidays by rail

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Flexible Booking

Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2022 Tour code: 22DMS

About the tour

Immerse yourself in the enchanting towns and villages of the sparkling Italian Riviera, a unique beauty spot. Explore the world-famous villages of the Cinque Terre, spend time in perfect Portofino and unwind in Genoa's grand plazas.


What’s included


Day 1 - London & Turin

Meet at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar service to Paris. Here, change trains and continue to the elegant city of Turin where you spend the night tonight in a local hotel.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Turin & Chiavari

You have a little free time in Turin this morning. Stroll through the handsome streets, discovering a city filled with beautiful green parks, spacious boulevards and squares lined with grand buildings. Later, you continue to your hotel in Chiavari, an idyllic coastal town perfectly placed for exploring the Italian Riviera, sheltered by hills dotted with olive groves.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Chiavari

You have a free day today. 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 you could visit. One option is to relax on the beach and soak in the spectacular views, or, you could head out and explore the historic centre with its winding medieval streets.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - The Cinque Terre

Discover the coastal villages of the Cinque Terre, situated in a UNESCO-listed national park. Journey between the villages by rail and boat, gliding beside towering cliffs and past 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 rugged section of the coastline, where rainbow-hued houses cling to the cliffs and seem to cascade towards the waters below. Your first visit is to Riomaggiore, a quaint fishing village which boasts an ancient castle. Next, you sail to Vernazza, notable for its ancient clock tower and winding, labyrinthine streets. Finally, explore Monterosso, the northernmost village, a more modern resort with a pristine sandy beach. Enjoy free time in each village to explore.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Portofino

Cruise to Portofino, a colourful fishing village surrounded by olive groves and set on a rocky outcrop. 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 to stroll along the sheltered harbour, home to yachts and sailing boats and backed by a jumble of pastel pink and yellow houses. Perhaps grab lunch in a pavement café, sampling some of the fresh local seafood. Continue to San Fruttuoso, one of Italy's most beautiful beaches, nestled in a cove and boasting a small Benedictine monastery. This magical spot is only accessible by boat or hiking trail, and you have time here to soak up its secluded charms.

If weather conditions mean the boat can't land at San Fruttuoso, you'll land at Santa Margherita instead, a tranquil, picture-perfect village bursting with old-fashioned Italian charms.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Chiavari

You have free time to relax or explore Chiavari further. You could visit the Cathedral of Our Lady dell'Orto. Built between 1613 and 1633, Chiavari's magnificent cathedral houses many exquisite paintings, frescos and other valuable artworks dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Alternatively, 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.

  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Genoa

Take the train to Genoa. This ancient port is one of Italy's great cities, and a treasure trove of history, art and grand 16th and 17th-century palaces. You're introduced to Genoa on an insightful guided walking tour of the Old Town where you see the Doge's Palace, an impressive Renaissance building built in 1298. After your tour, enjoy some free time in this lovely Italian city. With its fine museums and galleries, magnificent cathedral, ancient churches and beautiful harbour, there's plenty here to occupy you. Perhaps settle down in a waterfront bar and sip a glass of chilled Italian wine, or find a quaint café and order a bowl of mouthwatering pesto pasta - a Genoese speciality.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Nice

Bidding farewell to Italy, board the train to Nice, crossing over the border into France for a night on the French Riviera. Nice, France's fifth most populous city also happens to be one of the country's most popular and cosmopolitan holiday destinations. Perhaps take an evening stroll along the seafront, taking in the beauty of the famous palm tree-lined Promenade des Anglais.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - London

Your holiday comes to an end today, as you you travel by rail to Paris where you join the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

  • Breakfast

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 · 35 reviews

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S Williams

4 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2021

A very enjoyable holiday, spent with a lovely supportive group of fellow travellers and led by an extremely enthusiastic and helpful tour guide in James. Beautiful scenery, with plenty of interesting places to visit on our excursions. However, it involved a lot of walking and some places had lots of steps to negotiate with steep climbs. Day 1 from London to Turin was a very long one and the journey from Paris to Turin was particularly grewelling. We didn’t finish dinner until 11:15pm that evening. The transfer of luggage on this particular holiday is a very important consideration, and those with small suitcases had fewer problems. In hindsight those that had taken a larger suitcase between them as a couple would have been far better in taking a smaller one each. The staff at the Stella del mare hotel in Chiavari where we were based for the majority of the time were lovely, and the breakfast waitress couldn’t do enough for us. It was in a good location for our excursions. Dinner is not served at the hotel as inclusive on free days, which was somewhat disappointing as we found it difficult to find somewhere else to eat at that time of the season. There were issues at the hotel in Nice concerning dietary intolerances/preferences which could potentially have been fatal. The hotel in Turin was of a higher standard than the others. Although we were only based there for one night, it would have been preferable to have maintained this standard for the duration of the holiday. This was our first European trip with Rail Discoveries, and it was a very pleasant experience overall. We are now looking forward to deciding where to go with them next. Sue & Andrew - Selsey, West Sussex.

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Peter and Alison-London

4 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2021

It was a good holiday but there was a lot of transferring from trains with luggage and it was quite intense. Our guide James was excellent, very friendly and helpful and we were with a very pleasant group of fellow travellers. The base at Chiavari was excellent with a very pleasant hotel the Stella Mare with extremely helpful and friendly staff especially our amazingly enthusiastic and cheerful waitress at breakfast and the team who served our dinner. There could have been more advance information about the steepness and inclines and steps in some of the places visited. The various towns in the Cinque Terre and Portofino were very attractive and not too busy. The organised meals were good, although some people had problems with dietary requirements despite pre-notification. The other problem was the U.K. requirement (Rail Discoveries had no control over this) for the passenger locator form to be completed prior to return and quite a few people in our group did not have access to smart phones or internet devices which the British government should consider if this system is to continue post pandemic. It caused a lot of anxiety to some of our group.

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G Griffiths

4 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2021

Needs a rethink about the amount of luggage handling

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Ken Gadsby

5 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2021

The tour manager Steve was brilliant , he made the trip

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2 stars

Submitted 14 Oct 2021

Read well on paper and the days including boat trips around the bays were good, however, although a caveat is posted that certain aspects may not be ideal for less mobile, the actual up & down of steps, and certain aspects of general guided tours would be a struggle for the mobile, let alone those less able. Also lots of on and off trains with cases is less than ideal, and no mention of some coach travel needed, which is quite a surprise if you don’t travel well on coaches

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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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