Dolceacqua
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Overview

This super holiday, taking in the French and Italian Rivieras, starts at St Pancras or Ashford where we board the Eurostar direct to the Mediterranean. On the Riviera enjoy free drinks every night and visits to Monaco, Portofino & Dolceacqua.

Direct train to The Med

Escorted travel is by direct Eurostar train from London St Pancras and Ashford to Marseilles (no train changes), continuing east along the French Riviera coast by coach to Diano Marina, just over the Italian border, arriving in time for dinner and free drinks at the hotel. The return will either be by direct train from Marseille or from Nice via Lille or Paris depending on the date and is subject to Eurostar schedule.

No need to rush

You will have reserved seats on all trains and all stations are at the start or end of the line (except Lille and Ashford), allowing plenty of time for boarding and alighting.

Highlights

  • Direct train to the Mediterrean
  • Free drinks every evening in Italy
  • All excursions included

Included

  • Escorted by rail and throughout abroad
  • Eurostar rail travel London St Pancras or Ashford to Marseille direct. Return train direct from Marseille or from Nice Via Lille or Paris (dependent on date).
  • 6 nights sharing a twin/double room at Piccolo Hotel, Diano Marina with buffet breakfasts & dinners and free drinks 6pm to 11pm every night – local brands of beer, wine & spirits
  • Excursions as stated
  • All transfers abroad

Accommodation Options

  • Single room supplement £140
  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras – 2 to 4-star options – call for availability and prices

Departures

By RAIL
Date – Price from – Tour Code
03/06/2019 – £999pp – RF6-2
13/09/2109 – £949pp – RF9-2

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Riviera of Flowers, Monaco & Portofino by Rail

7 days by Rail, June to September, 2019, from £949 per person

Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Diano Marina
Early morning departure from London St Pancras (from Ashford on request) direct to Marseille where we transfer by coach to Diano Marina and check-in at the Hotel. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 2: Diano Marina
Free day to enjoy the resort. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: Diano Marina to UK
After an early breakfast we depart the hotel by coach and return to Marseille or Nice for our train to the UK.

Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Accommodation

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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”

Denis O'Shea

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”

Angela Clarke

We  liked everything about the holiday -  Locations, Hotel, Excursions, Free days & tour manager. Read more “Riviera of Flowers 2017”

Susan Carter