Best of Italian and French Riviera Semi Escorted Tour
7 Days/6 Nights
From Milan (Or Genoa) to Milan
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Genoa, Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, Camogli, Portovenere, Cinque Terre, San Remo, Montecarlo, Nice, St. Raphael, St Tropez, Esterel Coast, St. Paul De Vence, Grasse, Cannes
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 ito the historical center that developed around the dock full of medieval buildings and winding 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 possible start directly the tour from Genoa, morning meeting point to be advised.
DAY 2: GENOA, CAMOGLI, PORTOFINO, SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE, GENOA
You'll depart the hotel after breakfast for a short visit to Camogli, a beautiful town, with evocative architecture of the region. You will continue then towards 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. Last will be Santa Margherita Ligure, a picturesque town on the eastern part of the Italian Rivera, before returning to Genoa to spend another overnight at your hotel accommodation.
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, SAN REMO, MONTECARLO, NICE
After a nice breakfast, you'll head to San Remo, known as the city of flowers and sun, on the Italian Riviera of Liguria. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy a casual stroll through its elegant streets and beaches. Perhaps you'll take a chance in the casino, or shop in the charming boutiques. After lunch (not included), the sightseeing tour continues on to Monaco, a very small, but very glamorous, Country. We'll pass by the Grimaldi Prince Palace and pause for pictures in front of the cathedral where American actress Grace Kelly became Princess Grace and later buried. The tour will continue with a drive around Montecarlo, home of the Grand Prix and the Montecarlo Casino, where many movies have filmed. We’ll move on to Nice for the night.
DAY 5: NICE, ST RAPHAEL, ST TROPEZ, ESTEREL COAST, NICE
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll go on a star gazing tour of the French Rivera. St. Raphael and St. Tropez are famous for their beaches and the celebrities that flock to them. Don’t forget your autograph book! In the afternoon, we’ll travel back to Nice through the Esterel Coast. You’ll love the beautiful panorama of craggy cliffs and shining sea. You’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep in the hotel.
DAY 6: NICE, ST PAUL DE VENCE, GRASSE, CANNES, NICE
You’ll enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to St Paul de Vance, a small medieval town with an artistic heritage. You’ll see the remains of medieval walls and landscapes that influenced Chagall and Prevert. We’ll stop in the town of Grasse for lunch (not included) and to visit its beautiful town center and cathedral. It’s also home to largest perfumeries in France, so be sure to do some shopping! After lunch, you’ll stop in Cannes, home of the famous film festival and beautiful beaches. You’ll return to the hotel in Nice for the night.
DAY 7: NICE, MILAN
You’ll have the whole morning to yourself after breakfast, to enjoy Nice’s shops and atmosphere. After lunch, we’ll take you back to Milan, where the tour, and our services, will end.