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Get to the heart of the sparkling Italian Riviera

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9 days From £1,199 per person

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.

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Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Hotels

Hotel Monte Rosa

Hotel Monte Rosa, Chiavari

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Stella del Mare, Chiavari

Stella del Mare, Chiavari

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Reviews

3.7 stars3.7 / 5 · 82 reviews

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Charles McEwen

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jul

No I won't

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bobM

2 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

trains not as advertised, difficulties in finding seats

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D Matthews

4 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

Excellent and very interesting tour.good hotels especially in Turin.only negative was the size of our group-44 was too many and made getting trains awkward.also difficult to get to know people in such a large group

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Keith Hayden

4 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

Overall good would have liked more time in Nice . Good hotels & Food think smaller group. Good Tour Manager Good first experience with Rail Discovery’s would use again

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S Woolard

3 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

Good trip , beautiful places, but group too big

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Ernest Bryant

1 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

Destinations very good, hotels good. Planning of the trip throughout very poor. Did not expect the final instructions to suggest paying the rep £5 - £7 per person per day so did not do so, don't these people pay their reps? I did fill in the feedback form with a request for a phone conversation to discuss, heard nothing. Sent another email, heard nothing, hence 1 star. Not impressed.

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