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Italian Riviera, Monaco, Portofino & Rapallo
8 days by Rail or Air, 20 September, & 10 October 2019, from £999 per person
Italy’s Ligurian coast, also known as the Italian Riviera, is where the Apennines and Alps cascade into the Mediterranean sea. From the French border and San Remo in the west to Rapallo and Portofino to the east, this beautiful region has so much to offer. The peaceful resort of Diano Marina is the perfect base for exploring our carefully chosen highlights.
Dolceacqua & San Remo
At the foot of the Rebuffao mountains, Dolceacqua is a medieval village where you can meander through the streets and climb to the 12th century castle, or cross the single-arch bridge to the 15th century ‘new’ town. The Mediterranean resort of San Remo, said to be the Monte Carlo of Italy due to its famous casino, is also known as the City of Flowers for its colourful summer blooms.
Enjoy the glitz, glamour and relaxed atmosphere of this tiny principality. Drink coffee in the famous Café de Paris in Casino Square; marvel at the mega-yachts in Port Hercule from the harbourside, or from the water-taxi – just 2 euros each way; discover rustic Monaco-Ville and the Royal Palace on the ‘Rock of Monaco’.
Rapallo & Portofino
Rapallo, known as the preferred residence of affluent Italians, has a vintage cable car up to the Santuario Basilica di Montallegro for stunning views over the area, a 16th Century castle and a lovely seafront promenade. From here we a take a ferry to famous Portofino, the small but perfectly kept village and yacht-filled harbour on its own Peninsula.
Day 1: UK to Nice
Morning departure from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet by Eurostar to Lille or Paris, continuing by TGV train to Nice. Flight options direct to Nice from UK regional airports below. On arrival transfer to our overnight hotel in or near Nice.
Day 2: Nice – Diano Marina
This morning we have free time in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera. Perhaps stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais and explore the old town. Early afternoon we continue by private coach to Diano Marina (journey around 90 minutes). On arrival check-in to the hotel. Free time to relax and explore before dinner and free drinks this evening.
Day 3: Dolceacqua & San Remo
After breakfast join our included excursion to Dolceacqua and San Remo. Return to Diano Marina late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 4: Monaco
After breakfast join our included excursion to Monaco. Return to Diano Marina late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 5: Diano Marina
Today is free to explore on your own or your Tour Manager will be able to assist with local transport to nearby towns such as Alassio or Finale Ligure. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 6: Portofino
After an early breakfast we will travel by coach to Rapallo (journey time around 2 hours) where we join the ferry to Portofino. The approach to Portofino by boat is spectacular with coastal views not available by other transport. We return to the hotel late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 7: Diano Marina
Free day to enjoy the resort. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 8: Diano Marina to UK
We check out of the hotel and transfer to Nice for your flight or train home – time subject to flight/train departures.
Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.
Piccolo Hotel, Diano Marina
Set in a quiet location within walking distance of the sea and centre of Diano Marina, the hotel has a panoramic terrace and restaurant and a comfortable bar. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, telephone, and satellite TV. The restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast and dinner served at your table. There’s free drinks between 6pm and 11pm each night including local brands of beer, wine and spirits.
What Our Customers Say
Fabulous destination with an excellent guide. Read more “French Riviera”
A good balance of trips and free time, getting back to hotel with time in hand before dinner. Tour Manager very helpful with good information. The driver pickup at Nice Airport gave us good information on spots to go etc - very valuable as it was our first visit to the city. Read more “Italian Riviera”
All travel arrangements were good and the hotel was excellent, the tour manager was excellent and very helpful, the resort was lovely. Read more “Riviera of Flowers A Clarke”