Italian Riviera, Monaco, Portofino & Rapallo by rail or Air

8 Days

Sep - Oct 2019 - From £999 pp


Free Drinks in Italy

All Excursions Included

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This super holiday, staying on Italy’s Ligurian coast in charming Diano Marina, includes excursions taking in Monaco, Portofino, Rapallo, Dolceacqua and San Remo, PLUS free drinks every night and delicious food at the popular Piccolo Hotel. And, you can choose rail or air travel.





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 subject to change depending on local conditions.


Paris/Nice: 2/3-star hotel

Hotel Piccolo
Hotel Piccolo and (inset) sun terrace

Piccolo Hotel - 3-star - 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.


  • Escorted rail travel and throughout abroad

  • Return flights - details below OR Return Eurostar & TGV rail travel London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice

  • 1 night hotel B&B sharing a twin/double room in Nice

  • 6 nights sharing a twin/double room at the 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

  • Transfers abroad

  • ACCOMMODATION options:
  • Single room supplement £150

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices
  • Rail Travel

    Eurostar – London to Marseille
    From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little around 6 hours to Marseille. On board you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffet car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.
    Morning Departure
    Departures from London is early morning, the exact train departure time is confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.
    Travel & Luggage
    There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.
    Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
    However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.
    Please Help us to Help You
    In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
    We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).

    Air Travel

    Return flights are possible from Edinburgh, Liverpool, Bristol, Gatwick and Heathrow airports direct to Nice Airport. On arrival private transfer to the hotel. Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. Transfer time from Nice Airport to the hotel is approximately 25 minutes. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.