Italian Riviera Of Flowers
- Duration: 7 days
- Board Basis: Mixed Board
- Tour Ref: D2TDIAREROF0718
- Travel Type: Eurostar
With the warm sea breeze of the Mediterranean and the shelter of the Maritime Alps, this beautiful stretch of Italian coast is the perfect suntrap where a colourful paradise of exotic plants and flowers nestle among pastel coloured towns filled with old-world elegance. Based in the charming resort of Diano Marina, we spend six nights in our seafront hotel – a favourite among our customers – and enjoy some quiet days by the sea, along with the chance to visit surrounding highlights. San Remo in particular is known as the ‘city of flowers’ and hosts the liveliest flower market in Europe, while further along the coast we find the pretty fishing village of Portofino, regarded as the jewel of the Italian Riviera.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
• Return Eurostar from London to Lille
• Return TGV from Lille to Nice
• Return coach transfer to our hotel
• Six nights’ half board accommodation in Diano Marina
• Services of our Tour Manager
• Plus the following excursions:
• San Remo and the hilltop village of Dolceacqua
• Picturesque Portofino
Optional excursion available:
We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris or Lille and continue by TGV to Nice, where we are taken by coach to Diano Marina, on the beautiful Italian Riviera.
Today is free for you to spend at leisure in our pretty resort, surrounded by hills and coast. You can relax in our hotel and enjoy the facilities, head to the fine sandy beach, or venture into the old town to browse the shops and sample local delicacies. There’s also an 11th-century castle where traces of the town’s ancient past can be found. If you want to explore further afield, the nearby medieval village of Cervo, with its combination of cobbled alleys, terraces, arches and rooftops, is a delightful place to visit.
The hilltop village of Dolceacqua enjoys a picture perfect setting and is filled with striking architecture. The Nervia river runs through its heart, separating the village into two parts – the oldest called Terra, which is dominated by the Doria Castle, and the newest called Borgo. Both are connected by a spectacular medieval bridge, described by Claude Monet as “a jewel of lightness”. We also visit San Remo, Italy’s answer to France’s Monte Carlo. The atmospheric old town, known as ‘La Pigna’, is tightly packed with buildings that cling to a steep hill. There are also two ports where you can see luxurious yachts, busy shopping streets and broad tree-lined boulevards.
We travel by coach to Santa Margherita and take the ferry to enjoy the dramatic coastal scenery on our way to Portofino. This pretty crescent-shaped village retains all of its traditional charms, despite its jet-set reputation. You can explore the harbour with its brightly coloured buildings, follow one of the scenic pathways to the beach or the light house, or visit the 16th-century hilltop castle and enjoy wonderful views across the Mediterranean to the French island of Corsica.
We enjoy another free day in resort.
Enjoy a free day in resort or join our optional excursion to visit the French resort of Monaco, a playground for the rich and famous and home to the renowned grand prix circuit and exquisite harbour. Admire the casino, walk around the gardens, or for a small cost you can take a circular bus tour.
We check out of our hotel this morning and retrace our route to meet Eurostar for the return to London.
This 3 star hotel is perfectly located in front of a sandy beach with the old town and the shopping centre easily reached along the seaside promenade. All of the bedrooms are well furnished and equipped with air-conditioning, flat screen satellite television, balcony, safe, hair dryer, magnifying mirror, telephone and Wi-Fi. Enjoy sea views from the restaurant which serves a range of dishes using delicious local products along with a wide variety of selected wines. There is also a Wellness Room with a sauna and Jacuzzi and a rooftop terrace where you can admire the views across the bay.
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