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Italy Luxury Tours Cinque Terre and Riviera Private Walking Tour is the perfect introduction to Liguria's stunning coast. During your stay, you'll explore the Riviera's most precious jewels, from exclusive Portofino - a favorite haunt of the rich and famous - to the picturesque mediaeval harbor of Portovenere, and spend time hiking the stepped cliffs of the stunning Cinque Terre, a UNESCO world heritage site for centuries praised by artists and poets. Your walks follow the web of spectacular coastal paths and cultivated terraces that intricately connect the tiny fishing villages and historic ports. You'll pass through ancient wooded trails of oak and chestnut forest, and traverse ridges with spectacular views of the Apennine.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Genoa or Pisa Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Florence airport please proceed to 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. Settle in and enjoy a welcome drink, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Day 02: Ruta di Camogli to Portofino 12 km/8mi/6hr | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your private walking guide at the Hotel lobby. A short private transfer takes you to Ruta di Camogli, the start of today's walk. You walk along ancient forest trails through the lush Natural Park of Monte Portofino before descending to the secluded bay of San Fruttuoso, home to its Benedictine abbey. End your day in chic Portofino, the Riviera's most exclusive resort, before a ferry takes you back to Santa Margherita Ligure. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Day 03: Rapallo to Sestri Levante 13 km/8mi/4hr | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your private walking guide and driver at the Hotel lobby. Transfer to the Gondola Station for a breathtaking cable car ride takes you up to the impressive sanctuary of Montallegro, where you can enjoy magnificent vistas down to Rapallo. From here you follow a ridge path to Chiavari, accompanied by 360 degree views across the jagged Ligurian Apennines. Time for a wander around its mediaeval streets, marble floors and arched walkways, before a short transfer to Sestri Levante, home for the next two nights. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Sestri Levante.

Day 04: Sestri Levante 5km/3mi/2hr. | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your private walking guide at the Hotel lobby. Today enjoy lively Sestri Levante is an ancient merchant and maritime centre, packed with pastel-coloured fishermen's houses and endowed with a lovely curving peninsula, two sweeping bays and a fantastic beach. An optional walk takes you through cork oak and Mediterranean macchia to Punta Manara with its Saracen's Tower and stunning panorama over the Gulf of Tigullio. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Sestri Levante.

Day 05: Sestri Levante to Framura/Levanto 11km/7mi/5hr. | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your private walking guide and driver at the Hotel lobby. Transfer first to Moneglia, today's route takes you past brightly coloured villas and uphill through olive groves and vineyards, affording fantastic sea views along the way. The terrain is so fertile here that even an ancient landslide is now used for cultivating the vines. The seascape opens up before you as you descend towards Deiva Marina, with its charming beach lapped by impossibly blue waters. Late afternoon transfer to Levanto. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Levanto.

Day 06: Levanto to Riomaggiore 9km/6mi/3.5hr. | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your private walking guide and driver at the Hotel lobby. On route to your hotel in Cinque Terre enjoy a walk through a classic coastal route across sea-facing terraces and into the woodland and maquis on the steep bluffs of the rugged promontory of Punta Mesco, this is a good spot for a picnic lunch. From the headland you have wonderful views of the entire coastline before a fairly steep path takes you down to colorful Monterosso, the first of five villages making up the Cinque Terre. Time to savor a refreshing drink overlooking the pretty beachfront before transferring to your hotel in Cinque Terre.

Day 07: 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. The Tour includes transportation and expert private tour guide to share great stories about each charming village. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Cinque Terre.

Day 08: Cinque Terre | Breakfast a the Hotel. Meet your private walking guide and driver at the Hotel lobby. On route to your hotel in Portovenere, stop in Riomaggiore and enjoy a walk to Portovenere 14.5km/9mi/6hr. In our view, the most stunning walk of the week as you continue south today to the charming fishing port of Portovenere. Set in a beautiful sweeping bay (great swimming), and once the haunt of Byron and Shelley, it boasts an impressive castle and several mediaeval churches. Late afternoon arrive at the Hotel in Portovenere for an overnight.

Day 09: The Island of Palmaria 5km/3mi/2.5hr.| Breakfast a the Hotel. Meet your private walking guide at the Hotel lobby. A small water taxi takes you to the nearby island of Palmaria, now a nature reserve. Here you follow a circular path around the island where you're rewarded with spectacular views of the Gulf of Poets and nearby islands. After a picnic you head back to Portovenere for a relaxed afternoon. Overnight in Portovenere.

Day 10: Genoa or Pisa Departure | After breakfast at the Hotel enjoy a Private Transfer to Genoa or Pisa Airport.

Tour Inclusions
  • 2 nights Santa
    Margherita
  • 2 nights Sestri Levante
  • 1 night Levanto
  • 2 nights Cinque Terre
  • 2 nights Portovenere
  • Private excursions by
    car and English speaking driver as per program
  • Meals as per program
  • 24/7 Assistance
  • Details up on request
Price
Prices in Euro

5985

4* Boutique Hotels

€ 5985 per person

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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania