The Italian Riviera and Genoa Package
7 Days/6 Nights
2 nights stay in Genoa, birthplace of Christopher Columbus and hometown of the famous Aquarium;
2 nights stay in the nice seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure, Tigullio Gulf minutes away from the Portofino’s “scene”;
3 nights stay in one of the five villages of Cinque Terre, Unesco world heritage;
3 full days and 1 Half Days private guided Excursions to Genoa, Portofino, San Fruttuoso Abbey, Cinque Terre National Park and Portovenere;
DAY 1: GENOA
Arrival on your own in the colorful and lively sea port tow of Genoa. Genoa, birthplace of Christopher Columbus, has been always one of the most powerful sea town in Italy and the entire Mediterranean. For centuries it attracted a lot of people and you can see its rich and dense past in the many architectural and cultural treasures of the historical center. Recently with its selection as European City of Culture for 2004, and other events like the celebration of Cristoforo Colombo’s discovery of America, the G8, the renovation of the Porto Antico (old harbor), the city has enhanced again its cultural and artistic role in the Italian and international panorama. Check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps you wish to take a visit the Aquarium of Genoa, one of the biggest’ ones in Europe.
DAY 2: GENOA
After meeting your tour guide in the lobby, you’ll embark on half day sightseeing walking tour of Genoa’s historical center. Walk along the narrow alleyways called carruggi, admire beautiful buildings, Romanesque and baroque churches and lively squares. We’ll tour the St. Laurence Cathedral, The Ducal Palace, Piazza San Matteo, Chiesa di Gesu, Via Garibaldi and the Piazza de Ferrari. You’ll marvel at the millennia of history located within this remarkable sea port town.
DAY 3: SANTA MARIA LIGURE, TIGULLIO GULF
After breakfast you will check out from your Hotel in Genoa and you will be transferred by private car to your next destinations: Santa Margherita Ligure, a nice and elegant sea town on the Tigullio Gulf. Thanks to its beautiful position on the Gulf, the mild winter climate, and its rocky and sand beaches Santa Margherita Ligure is a very famous sea resort on the Italian Riviera along with the nearby Rapallo and the upscale Portofino. Check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
DAY 4: PORTOFINO, SAN FRUTTUOSO ABBEY AND TIGULLIO GULF
After a good Italian breakfast, your full day starts in the hotel lobby, where you’ll meet your tour guide and begin your sightseeing tour of the picturesque Tigullio region. We’ll take a boat trip to Portofino, luxury resort town of the rich and famous, known for its sunny charms. The tour will then visit the Benedictine Abbey in San Fruttuoso, a Gothic styled complex perched on the coastline. Camogli, a quaint fishing town, is next on the agenda, before taking the train, and enjoying the scenery, back to Santa Margherita Ligure for the night.
DAY 5: MONTEROSSO AL MARE, CINQUE TERRE
You’ll enjoy a free morning, before meeting up with your driver to transfer to the hotel in Monterosso al Mare, one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre National Park, UNESCO designated world heritage site. Check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
DAY 6: CINQUE TERRE NATIONAL PARK
After meeting your tour guide in the hotel lobby, you’ll depart for a full day guided sightseeing tour of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO designated world heritage site. We’ll take the train to Vernazza, a pedestrian only fishing village, and then on to Manarola, considered to be the oldest of the Cinque Terre towns. We’ll walk along the Via dell’Amore, the “Love Path” (1.2 km) with it’s amazing panorama to reach Riomaggiore, another very picturesque village where we will enjoy a local wine tasting. Later we will reach our next destination by boat: Portovenere. With its many churches, including the Church of St. Lawrence, built on top of the remains of a temple dedicated to Jupiter, the picturesque harbor and the rocky fortress, the lovely town of Portovenere have been in the past a favorite’s one of the Romantic great poets Byron and Shelley. At the end of this unforgettable day we’ll take the boat back to Monterosso.
DAY 7: MONTEROSSO AL MARE, CINQUE TERRE
In the morning, you’ll meet your tour guide at the train station, and depart for a sightseeing tour of Corniglia, the only town of the Cinque Terre not directly connected to the sea. You’ll enjoy the view from the promontory, and walk the winding streets. In the afternoon return to Monterosso and rest of the day at your leisure.
DAY 8: MONTEROSSO AL MARE, CINQUE TERRE
After breakfast, our services will end.