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The Italian Riviera

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(Tour code: 19DMS)

Delightful towns and the stunning Cinque Terre

A fantastic holiday on the enchanting Italian Riviera, where fabulous towns and villages overlook the Mediterranean in a region of breathtaking natural beauty. Discover Portofino and Genoa on this tour. 

  • Excursion by rail to the Cinque Terre
  • Cruise to Portofino
  • Cruise to San Fruttuoso
  • Excursion to Genoa including a guided tour
  • Rapallo, Vernazza & Riomaggiore
  • Italian Riviera
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

The Italian Riviera 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar

London to Turin

You begin your holiday at London St Pancras International, where you meet your group at Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office before travelling by Eurostar to Paris. Here, change trains and continue by high-speed TGV to Turin.

  • Dinner
Days 2-3 Chiavari

To the Italian Riviera

Enjoy a morning to explore beautiful Turin. An excellent example of a modern Italian city, Turin's wide boulevards, grand old buildings and extensive market places lend an impressive feel to the streets. Be sure to see the Mole Antonelliana, originally a synagogue and nowadays, a remarkable landmark rising high above the skyline.

Later, continue to delightful Chiavari for 6 nights at the Stella del Mare. Found in the province of Genoa, and not far from the city itself, Chiavari is an idyllic coastal town with a truly beautiful harbour lined by classic Italian town houses and populated by bobbing, white sailing boats from across the world.

Chiavari's seafront promenade, stretching across the length of the town, faces a pure sea of azure, and the colourful parasols and buildings lend a timeless cheer to the town.

You are at leisure on Day 3 to settle into your new surroundings. Why not take your first steps on the beach and soak in the spectacular views? Alternatively, discover the old historic centre with its winding cobbled streets.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Day 4 Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Today, discover the stunningly beautiful coastal villages known as the Cinque Terre. This wonderful set of small coastal villages boasts of UNESCO World Heritage status, and attracts visitors across the world for their enduring and genuine Italian charm. Part of an Italian national park, these villages are a memory from an Italy of old, each with their own unique highlights.

In order to travel between these villages, we journey by rail and pass through some marvellous Italian scenery on the way. We glide along cliffs, between rolling hills and alongside golden beaches as we discover the true natural beauty of this part of the world.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Portofino


Take a cruise today from Rapallo to Portofino, a colourful fishing village surrounded by olive groves. As we drift down the coast, enjoy the sight of the Genoan province from an entirely new perspective, a sight which truly succeeds in highlighting the contrast between the dense green forests, sheer white cliffs and enchanting colourful towns and harbours.

Portofino is a postcard town clinging above the water on the side of a rocky outcrop. Hidden from the rest of the world, Portofino's charm lies in its isolated tranquillity, its sheltered harbour a home for yachts and other vessels, and the warm colours of its houses a welcome sight for seagoing vessels.

Continue from here to San Fruttuoso, hidden in a small cove. This refuge is characterised by a small, ancient Benedictine monastery, which has been changed over the years and sits immediately up from the beach.

Please note: landing at San Fruttuoso is dependent on weather conditions. If it is not possible, the boat will land at the lovely Santa Margherita.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-7 Genoa

At Leisure and Genoa by rail

Today you are free to explore, possibly visiting one of the nearby towns.

Travel by train to Genoa on Day 7 for a guided tour of the city's Old Town. Genoa is one of Italy's truly great cities, its port a hive of activities and its streets lit up by the grandeur of its mercantile past. It is the sixth largest city in Italy, and its port is one of the most important in Europe, with tens of thousands of ships passing through each year.

The Doge's Palace is particularly impressive, echoing the resplendence of the Renaissance period.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Mulhouse


You depart the beautiful Italian Riviera today, travelling by rail to Basel via Milan, then on to Mulhouse for the night.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Milan

Return to London

Continue by high-speed TGV to Paris today, where you connect with the Eurostar to London St Pancras International, where your holiday concludes.

  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our St Pancras Departure Office
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and 6 dinners
  • Excursion to the Cinque Terre
  • A cruise to Portofino and San Fruttuoso
  • Sightseeing tour of Genoa's Old Town with a local guide
  • Time at leisure in Chiavari

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Please note: This tour may not be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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