Italian Riviera, Monte Carlo & Cinque Terre
7 nights. May 2019 - October 2019. From £899.00.
Join us for a holiday that combines all the rest and relaxation of a stay in an ideally located hotel - boasting its own private section of beach - with included excursions that take in some of the northern Mediterranean's most sparkling jewels. Discover fabled Portofino's exclusive charms and Monte Carlo's glitz and glamour, and take in the forested coves and ancient villages and vineyards of the Cinque Terre, five exquisite 'lands' that dot the beautiful Ligurian coast.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend seven nights above the shores of the blue Mediterranean
Enjoy some relaxed days at leisure at the comfortable hotel
Soak up the sun on the hotel's beach or stroll the sea-front promenade
Discover elegant Santa Margherita Ligure's stunning bay
Pay a visit to chic Portofino, one of the Mediterranean's most exclusive locales
Discover glittering Monte Carlo
Explore the beautiful villages and coves of the exquisite Cinque Terre, or 'five lands'
Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Grand Hotel Pietra Ligure
Return flights to Nice
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Nice and cross the border to the hotel in Pietra Ligure, settling in to your comfortable surroundings and perhaps enjoying a refreshing drink on the terrace or stroll along the shore before dinner is served.
Day TwoToday is free to rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings. Make the most of the hotel's location, perhaps taking a dip in the pool, or heading to one of the private beaches, where there will be a restaurant and bar (June to September), and sun-loungers are available for hire for lazy afternoons in the sun. The more energetic might rent a pedalo or even a wind-surfing board. Alternatively, enjoy a stroll along the seafront promenade which leads to the resort's old town, with its cafes and bars.
Day ThreeThe first of the included excursions heads to the beautiful Ligurian coast, where some of Italy's most famous resorts are dotted along the shoreline, backed by wooded hills, and are a Mecca for visitors from across the globe. Elegant Santa Margherita Ligure, with its gardens and piazzas, overlooks a stunning bay, and lies at the northern end of the Portofino headland. Spend some time exploring the resort, then board a boat for a trip along the coast to discover its ultra-chic neighbour, the world-renowned 'jet-set' watering hole of Portofino itself, which, despite the crowds, remains one of the Mediterranean's most idyllic settings. You'll also take in plush, bustling Rapallo, a one-time writers' retreat that once boasted D H Lawrence amongst its more celebrated guests.
Return to Pietra Ligure for dinner, at the end of a fascinating day.
Day FourToday's included excursion is to Monaco, the Monte Carlo of fabulous wealth, the famous Casino and the harbour crammed with improbably sumptuous yachts, around which once a year the super-charged cars of Forumla 1 hurtle in an explosion of colour and noise. Step inside the casino to try your luck, or watch others trying theirs, and catch sight of the Palais Princier, home to the Rainier family, the Royal Grimaldis. The journey to the principality takes you above the beautiful Riviera dei Fiori, the celebrated Italian Riviera, and will offer some sensational views of the blue Mediterranean below, as well as a visit to the colourful border town of Ventimiglia if time permits.
At the end of a wonderful day, return to Pietra Ligure.
Day FiveToday is another day in which to rest and relax in the hotel or on the beach, enjoying the delights of the surroundings.
Day SixThe last included excursion heads back along the Ligurian coast, to the stunning stretch between the resort-town of Levanto and the port city of La Spezia. This is known as Cinque Terre, or 'Five Lands', where a quintet of ancient villages are squeezed into a series of tiny coves. Breathtaking and charming, the five villages cling to cliffs, surrounded by vineyards producing some of Liguria's most celebrated wines, and overlook working fishing harbours, with the tiny craft a colourful sight on the dark blue waters.
Day SevenSpend a last day soaking up the atmosphere of your Mediterranean home-from-home, before enjoying a farewell dinner of typical Ligurian fare, which includes several varieties of fish and pasta.
Day EightBid Arrivederci to your hosts, and re-board the coach for the transfer back to the airport and the return flight to the UK, at the end of a holiday in this wonderful corner of Italy. Back to top
AccommodationGrand Hotel Pietra Ligure
This splendid hotel is a perfect base for your holiday, some 700 metres from the centre of Pietra Ligure, overlooking the blue sea.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to the hotel is approximately two hours.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Entrance feesSince some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Meals in ItalyGuests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Italian hotel room taxSome regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your Tour Manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top