The Italian Riviera, Genoa, Portofino and the 5 Terre Semi-Escorted Mini Tour
4 Days/3 Nights
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Genoa, San Remo, Portovenere, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, Camogli
DAY 1: MILAN, GENOA
Early morning meet and greet with your tour group in a designated meeting point in the historical center of Milan. Transfer to the lively and ancient seaport of Genoa. Genoa in the past was one of the Maritime Republics and you will experience its rich and important past with a visit in the historical center that grew around the dock, full of medieval buildings and twisting streets. You will visit also the area of the Ancient Port, restored for the anniversary of Columbus' sail to the Americas. You'll be have the chance to visit the Aquarium (optional visit on your own not included), the second largest in Europe, before heading to the hotel for the night.
Please note that it will be also possible start directly the tour from Genoa, morning meeting point to be advised.
DAY 2: GENOA, SAN REMO, GENOA
After a nice breakfast, you'll head to San Remo, home of flowers and the sun. The local economy is based on flower farming and tourism, and it hosts also the famous Italian Song Festival. You will enjoy a nice stroll along the charming beaches and promenades, shopping in the boutiques along the main street or visit the town Casino. Lunch will be on your own (not included), and you will drive back to Genoa through the scenic route of Riviera di Ponente, with many little villages on the shore and photo opportunities. You'll spend the night in Genoa.
DAY 3: GENOA, PORTOVENERE, CINQUE TERRE, GENOA
You'll have breakfast at the hotel, before leaving for Portovenere. This small fishing town contains many beautiful churches and scenic views of the sea. After a visit of Portovenere you'll take the ferry to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO world heritage site (If the atmospheric and sea conditions don’t permit the boarding, the visit will be done with a panoramic itinerary in minibus). The five fishermen’s villages of Cinque Terre are remarkable for their colorful buildings built in this breathtaking landscape suspended between sky and sea. You'll have some free time to explore and have lunch (not included) before heading back to the hotel in Genoa.
DAY 4: GENOA, SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE, PORTOFINO, CAMOGLI, MILAN
You'll depart the hotel after breakfast for Camogli, a beautiful town, with evocative architecture and deliciuos focaccia bread in the many bakery shops of the town. We will proceed then to Portofino, a charming small village tucked into a narrow cove overlooking the rocky coastline. Be sure to bring your camera and autograph book, as Portofino is a popular spot for celebrities and artists that ever year are attracted here. The tour will continue with a visit to Santa Margherita Ligure, a picturesque town on the eastern part of the Italian Rivera. Here you will have free time for lunch before returning to Milan, where the tour, and our services, will end.