Best of Italian Riviera

About this trip

This week-long exploration of Liguria’s key destinations will see you immerse yourself in local culture, art, nature and, of course, food and wine. Beginning in Genoa, that will charm you with its contrast of noble palaces and medieval alleyways, you will continue toward Portofino discovering some of the best fishing hamlets of the area. Then, finish your journey exploring the charming Cinque Terre and the hidden gem of Portovenere with our insider touch.

Highlights

  • Be fascinated by Genoa’s authenticity
  • Take a stroll in Portofino
  • Find out some of the best fishing villages of the Riviera
  • Visit San Fruttuoso with its unique abbey on the beach
  • Explore the Cinque Terre picturesque villages
  • Visit the panoramic vineyards of a local producer
  • Discover Portovenere and its islands with a private boat tour

Why choose it

This trip is taught for people who love to travel deeper exploring some of the best spots of the Italian Riviera. Through our insider point of view, you will discover the different souls and landscapes our region can offer.

Day 1 – Welcome to Liguria!

Today is your arrival day. Benvenuto! Check-in at your boutique accommodation right in the center of Genoa old town. Relax after a long trip and start feeling the Italian atmosphere!

Ready for a full immersion in the traditional local cuisine? Well, you will enjoy a tasting dinner chez Roberto, aka the king of Pesto!

Day 2 – Discover Genoa

Genoa combines noble palaces, a maze of narrow alleyways, a fascinating waterfront and incredible traditional shops still untouched. Accompanied by your insider, today you will discover all of this.

You’ll take a walk along the medieval alleyways “carrugi”, stopping in the squares and in the renaissance streets of the historical town. You’ll hear about stories which talks about how the richest Genoese medieval merchant families have been transformed into families of important bankers during the past centuries. Visiting the districts of the main noble families you’ll discover odd stories, virtues and vices of men and women who have made the great history of Genoa.

Wandering through the historical center (the biggest Medieval historical center in Europe after Venice!) you’ll be fascinated by old food and artisans’ shops dating back to centuries ago. Here tradition has been passed down from generations and things are done as in past times. Your expert guide will lead you to traditional food shops such as the old “friggitorie” serving friscieu (fried croquettes filled with herbs), farinata, fried fresh seafood eaten at the counter or to take away, the prestigious old pastry cafè where the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi loved to spend his time tasting the pastries and then, the unique “Pietro Romanengo fu Stefano”, a  shop that has been in the city for 200 years.

In the afternoon you’ll have time at disposal to explore more on your own. We’ll give you some suggestions, such as where to eat the best gelato or to enjoy the sunset on the Mediterranean sea.

Day 3 – Camogli, San Fruttuoso and Portofino

Your private guide will pick you up at the hotel to start an amazing tour of one of the best areas of the Italian Riviera, around the Portofino promontory. You will fall in love with the picture perfect village of Camogli with its row of tall and colorful houses lined up along the beach and the small port. Here you will stop to taste the famous Focaccia in one of our preferred places. You’ll never forget that crispy and soft special bread!

From Camogli you’ll start a panoramic trip by public boat around the Portofino promontory with its lush vegetation and strange rocks plunging into deep blue water.

You will reach San Fruttuoso, a magical place with just a Medieval abbey built right on the pebble beach. Here you can even take a dip in the crystal clear water or grab a cone of fried fish, delicious!

Then take again the ferry to Portofino. Arriving in Portofino by boat will let you admire the best view of the village. Take a stroll in the famous piazzetta (small square), among luxury yachts and glittering boutiques and then you can reach the castle and the beautiful church of St. George, perched on the rocks.

From Portofino you will reach by boat the elegant coastal resort of Santa Margherita with its painted palaces and lovely harbor and go back to Genoa.

Day 4– Be charmed by the Cinque Terre villages and vineyards

After breakfast, check out and transfer by private driver to the Cinque Terre.

Leave the luggage at your boutique hotel in one of the villages and meet your private guide to start an authentic tour of the picturesque villages. Exploring the villages with an insider will make a difference since you will get in touch with the authentic soul of these lovely villages, we’ll navigate you away from crowds and tourist traps. You will discover secret corners and the best places to take amazing pictures.

To understand the real essence of Cinque Terre, your experience continues visiting the amazing vineyards overlooking the sea.

A local wine producer will welcome you in his vertical vineyards: You will hear about his story and discover the huge job there’s behind the heroic wine of Cinque Terre. After admiring the breathtaking panorama you will visit his ancient cellar and taste the most typical Cinque Terre wines among which the rare Sciacchetrà, paired with traditional appetizers.

Day 5– Discover Portovenere and its islands by private boat

Today you will discover a hidden gem of the Italian Riviera, very close to Cinque Terre, the gorgeous village of Portovenere.

You will reach the village with a spectacular trip by ferry that will let you admire the Cinque Terre villages from the sea.

Take a stroll in the village overlooking the water, still completely surrounded by walls. Reach St. Peter church, perched on a cliff and the ancient castle from where you will enjoy a unique view.

Your day continue with a private boat tour of the islands in front of Portovenere. You’ll admire the impressive cliffs, grottos and fortresses of this beautiful stretch of coast loved by poets and writers such as Byron and Shelley.

Day 6 – Arrivederci day!

Check-out and departure or, if you have some more time at disposal, you can relax on the beach, hike the famous Cinque Terre trails or may be learn to prepare the famous Pesto sauce.

Important information

  • This is a private trip idea and can be fully customized.
  • Daily departures available all year round by request.
  • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights.

This trip is not suitable for people with mobility problems.

What’s included

  • 3 nights in one of our selected boutique accommodations in Genoa with breakfast
  • 2 nights in one of our selected boutique accommodations in Cinque Terre with breakfast
  • Tasting dinner in Genoa
  • Private guide in Genoa, Portofino and Cinque Terre
  • Train and ferry tickets
  • Private driver from Genoa to the Cinque Terre
  • Private wine experience in Cinque Terre with visit to the vineyards and wine tasting
  • Private boat tour of the islands in front of Portovenere
  • all our assistance and care before and during your trip

What’s not included

  • meals and beverages other than those mentioned above
  • transfers other than those mentioned above
  • city tax
  • travel insurance
  • airfare to/from Italy

Price

Price for this trip starts from Euro 1.590 per person.

The price shown is designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Since this is a tailor made trip, there are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the mean of transportation you prefer, the number of private tours and activities.

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