Cinque Terre is one of the biggest symbols of Italy. It is seen on wallpapers, information guides, postcards and many other media outlets - mostly because of its charm and unusual location. Nested on a rock hill, this small village is known for the amazing architecture and the different colored houses and narrow steep streets that it features.
This tour will take you on a stroll in Cinque Terre, but also the similarly designed coastal villages of Portofino, Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure, where you can eat fresh fish and try the local wines - or spend your mini holiday away from the urban rush.
Picturesque, artsy and vintage - each of these villages is going to win over your heart the first second you notice them!
Day 01: Milan Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Pisa airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Just outside this area meet your driver who will transfer you to your Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure. The rest of the day is at leisure on the Tigullio Gulf. Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.
Day 02: Portofino, San Fruttuoso and Rapallo | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver and private Guide in the lobby for a Private Tour of Rapallo, Portofino and San Fruttuoso. First visit Rapallo which offers a short promenade flanked by a small medieval castle, used now mainly for exhibitions. Behind the front is a group of interesting old streets laid out on a sort of grid pattern. Rapallo was a Roman settlement. West of the town centre, the other side of the river, stands a small bridge: This is the Ponte di Annibale, plainly very ancient. At the back of the town, in the other direction, is the bottom station of a cable-car which goes up to the Sanctuary of Montallegro. Apart from a visit to the church itself, the top gives access to big views over the coast and some walks. One of the most popular resort towns on the Italian Riviera, little Portofino has just over 500 permanent residents. Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. But that all changes on summer days when the sun is shining and the yachting set drops anchor in the harbor to wander about. Boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants line the tiny streets. Visit the Church of San Giorgio and take a stroll down to the lighthouse. A ferry trip to San Fruttuoso is included in the tour. This small fishing village located in a bay at the foot of Mount Portofino can be reached only by boat or on foot, following the trails in Portofino Park. The site is dominated by the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, a splendid 8th century monument. Near the abbey you’ll find a church, a tower, a few cottages, and a small beach. Enjoy a swim or some sunbathing. An underwater statue of Christ, known as the Christ of the Depths, stands at the bottom of the bay. In the late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in SML.
Day 03: Santa Margherita Ligure - Tigullio Gulf - Cinque Terre | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver in the lobby for a Private Transfer to Cinque Terre. On route tour The Tigullio Gulf. Visit Chiavari, Sestri Levante and Levanto. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
Day 04: Cinque Terre | Breakfast a the Hotel. Meet your Private Guide at the Hotel Lobby for a Tour of The Cinque Terre (5 Lands, featuring some of the Mediterranean's most picturesque seaside villages. A combination of easy walks, village visits, train rides and a short boat trip between the atmospheric villages, makes this the ideal visit to the Cinque Terre. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
Day 05: Cinque Terre | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today Spend the day at leisure in Cinque Terre. The main attraction of the Cinque Terre is the landscape. Mediterranean herbs and trees grow spontaneously from the top of the hills down to the water level. Well embedded in this magnificent natural scenery, one can admire the intense human activity of the ancestors, when the wine terraces were built. Overnight in Cinque Terre.
Day 06: Cinque Terre - Lunigiana Castles & Borgos - La Spezia |After breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver in the lobby. Your Lunigiana tour starts at one of the most fascinating of all the castles in Lunigiana, Fosdinovo castle. It is strategically placed halfway between the peaks of the Apuan Alps and the coast. Today, the descendants of the ancient feudal Malaspina family still live in the castle. The Malaspinas built the castle in the Middle Ages and their fortunes are interwoven with its history. Inside, the frescoed walls and furnished halls reflect what life was like during those times. From Fosdinovo, we head towards northern Lunigiana. After lunch in a characteristic Lunigiana restaurant, you continue to Pontremoli, the door of Tuscany. It is a typical medieval town on the Via Francigena, full of history and traditions. Crossing the Cresa bridge, you enter the walled town and head for Piagnaro Castle, the magnificent fortress that dominates the town. In the castle, you visit a small but extraordinary museum, the Stele Statue Museum. The stele statues are prehistoric, anthropomorphic sculptures dating from between the first and fourth millennia BC. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel in lovely Portovenere. Overnight in Portovenere.
Day 07: Day at Leisure or *Optional Tour: La Spezia and Gulf of Poets| Breakfast at the Hotel. Today explore the Gulf of Poets on a Private Guided Tour. The Gulf of Poets is a dramatically beautiful area full of little villages, gorgeous colors and steep cliffs that disappear into the blue waters below. Also known as the Gulf of La Spezia this area of the Italian Riviera begins at the Magra River and finishes at the town of Portovenere. The Bay of Poets, so called because it was a favorite of writers like Shelley, Byron, Petrarca and Montale. It also includes the picturesque villages of Lerici, Sarzana, Tellaro, San Terenzo, Montemarcello, the city of La Spezia, and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Overnight in Portovenere.
Day 08: Portovenere - Milan Airport | After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a Private Transfer from Lerici to Milan Airport.
- 2 Nights Santa Margherita
- 3 Nights Cinque Terre
- 2 Nights in Portovenere
- Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
- Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
- Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
- Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
- Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
- 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
- Details up on request
Private Package Tours Rates: The Price for an Italy Private Luxury Tour will vary according to the type of Package sought, the number of travelers in your party, Travel Season, Hotels and Rooms preference, number of days at leisure and length of Tour.
The following starting Prices are based on 2 people traveling in Low Season in Double Occupancy. May 1 through October 17, Hotels Supplements Rates apply.
Silver: in 4* Standard Hotels: Starting at 450 Euro per person/per day.
Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 + Euro per person/per day.
For Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower.