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8 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners
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Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - London to Turin
You begin your holiday at London St Pancras International, where
you meet your group at Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office
before travelling by Eurostar to Paris. Here, change trains and
continue by high-speed TGV to Turin.
Days 2-3 - To the Italian Riviera
Enjoy a morning to explore beautiful Turin. An excellent example
of a modern Italian city, Turin's wide boulevards, grand old
buildings and extensive market places lend an impressive feel to
the streets. Be sure to see the Mole Antonelliana, originally a
synagogue and nowadays, a remarkable landmark rising high above the
Later, continue to delightful Chiavari for 6 nights at the
Stella del Mare. Found in the province of Genoa, and not far from
the city itself, Chiavari is an idyllic coastal town with a truly
beautiful harbour lined by classic Italian town houses and
populated by bobbing, white sailing boats from across the
Chiavari's seafront promenade, stretching across the length of
the town, faces a pure sea of azure, and the colourful parasols and
buildings lend a timeless cheer to the town.
You are at leisure on Day 3 to settle into your
new surroundings. Why not take your first steps on the beach and
soak in the spectacular views? Alternatively, discover the old
historic centre with its winding cobbled streets.
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Breakfast
Day 4 - Cinque Terre
Today, discover the coastal villages known as the Cinque Terre.
These popular villages are part of a beautiful national park which
boast UNESCO World Heritage status. The villages attract visitors
from across the world for their enduring Italian charm.
The 5 villages - Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, and
Riomaggiore - are set on a particularly rugged section of the
coastline, and the rainbow-hued houses cling to the cliffs as they
seemingly cascade toward the blue waters below. Each village has
its own unique character. Monterosso, the northernmost village,
resembles a modern resort with a pristine sandy beach, while
Vernazza has a smaller beach, but is notable for its ancient clock
towers and labyrinthine streets. Enjoy time to explore the winding,
cobbled streets, or perhaps stop and enjoy an ice cream besides the
In order to travel between these villages, journey by rail
through some marvellous Italian scenery on the way. Glide along
cliffs, between rolling hills, and alongside golden beaches as you
discover the natural beauty of this part of the world.
Day 5 - Portofino
Take a cruise today from Rapallo to Portofino, a colourful
fishing village surrounded by olive groves. As we drift down the
coast, enjoy the sight of the Genoan province from an entirely new
perspective, a sight which truly succeeds in highlighting the
contrast between the dense green forests, sheer white cliffs and
enchanting colourful towns and harbours.
Portofino is a postcard town clinging above the water on the
side of a rocky outcrop. Hidden from the rest of the world,
Portofino's charm lies in its isolated tranquillity, its sheltered
harbour a home for yachts and other vessels, and the warm colours
of its houses a welcome sight for seagoing vessels.
Continue from here to San Fruttuoso, hidden in a small cove.
This refuge is characterised by a small, ancient Benedictine
monastery, which has been changed over the years and sits
immediately up from the beach.
Please note: landing at San Fruttuoso is dependent on
weather conditions. If it is not possible, the boat will land at
the lovely Santa Margherita.
Days 6-7 - At Leisure and Genoa by rail
Today you are free in the local area. One option is to visit
nearby Sestri Levante, which boasts a beautiful position on the
coast, flanked by 2 pretty bays - the Bay of Fairytales and the Bay
Travel by train to Genoa on Day 7 for a guided
tour of the city's Old Town. Genoa is one of Italy's truly great
cities, its port a hive of activities and its streets lit up by the
grandeur of its mercantile past. It is the sixth largest city in
Italy, and its port is one of the most important in Europe, with
tens of thousands of ships passing through each year.
The Doge's Palace is particularly impressive, echoing the
resplendence of the Renaissance period. It was built in 1298, with
Genoa establishing itself economically in the Mediterranean
Day 6 - Breakfast
Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Nice
Bid farewell to Chiavari today, and travel by rail along the
stunning coastline to Nice, where you stay overnight.
Please Note: For departure 20DMS06,
20DMS06c & 20DMS10aa you will
now overnight in Cannes
Please Note: For
& 20DMS10b you will now overnight in
Day 9 - Return to London
Continue by high-speed TGV to Paris today, where you connect
with the Eurostar to London St Pancras International, where your
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.
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.
Amazing. Enjoyed the train journeys - a change from flying and good for the carbon footprint!
Mr J Scotson
Because once again we enjoyed a very good holiday with Rail Discoveries.
Mrs J Finn
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.
The holiday was great and everything I expected from RailDiscoveries.The local guides were perfect.
Excellent advice and instructions. Excellent guide.
Mr R Jerram
(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.