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Riviera of Flowers, Monaco & Portofino by Rail
8 days by Rail, May to October, 2020, from £999 per person
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: 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 San Remo or Alassio. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 4: Portofino
After an early breakfast we will travel by coach to Santa Margherita 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 5: Diano Marina
Free day to enjoy the resort and nearby towns.
Day 6: Monaco
After breakfast join our included excursion to Monaco where you can enjoy the glitz, glamour and relaxed atmosphere of this tiny principality. Enjoy a 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’. Return to Diano Marina late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 7: Dolceacqua
Today we have a half day excursion to Dolceacqua, a medieval village at the foot of the Rebuffao mountains. Here you can meander through the village streets and climb to the 12th century castle, or cross the single-arch bridge to the 15th century ‘new’ town. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.
Day 8: Diano Marina to UK
After an early breakfast we depart the hotel by coach and return to Nice to board the TGV to Lille or Paris to connect with our Eurostar to London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet. Or continue to Nice Airport for the return flight.
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
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”
We liked everything about the holiday - Locations, Hotel, Excursions, Free days & tour manager. Read more “Riviera of Flowers 2017”