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8 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners
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Days 1-3 - To the Italian Riviera
Your Italian adventure begins at London St Pancras, where you
meet at our Departure Office before taking the Eurostar to Paris.
Continue to Turin for the night, where you have a free morning on
Day 2 before taking the train to Chiavari, an
idyllic coastal town that is perfectly placed for exploring the
stunning Italian Riviera. Chiavari is soaked in quintessential
Italian charm; here, you'll find a beautiful harbour lined by
Italian townhouses and filled with local fishing boats, and a host
of authentic cafés offering delectable Italian cuisine.
You're free on Day 3. Why not relax on the
beach and soak in the spectacular views? Or, explore the historic
centre with its winding medieval streets.
Day 1 - Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Breakfast
Day 4 - The Cinque Terre
Enjoy a highlight of your holiday today as you discover the
coastal villages of the Cinque Terre, situated in a UNESCO-listed
national park. You journey between the villages in the most scenic
way possible, by rail and ferry boat, gliding beside towering
cliffs and alongside golden beaches. Visit three of the villages,
which attract visitors from across the world for their enduring
Italian charm; Riomaggiore, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Each is set
on a particularly rugged section of the coastline, where
rainbow-hued houses cling to the cliffs and seem to cascade towards
the blue waters below. They all also have unique character. Your
first visit is to Riomaggiore, a quaint fishing village which
boasts an ancient defensive castle and a great selection of shops
selling Italian delicacies. Next, you sail to Vernazza, notable for
its ancient clock towers and labyrinthine streets. Finally, explore
Monterosso, the northernmost village, which resembles a more modern
resort with a pristine sandy beach. Enjoy free time in each village
to explore the narrow streets, or perhaps stop and enjoy an ice
cream while enjoying idyllic views.
Day 5 - Portofino
Cruise to delightful Portofino today, a colourful fishing
village surrounded by olive groves and set on a rocky outcrop, and
considered one of Italy's most spectacular ports. Portofino's charm
lies in its isolated tranquillity; somewhat hidden from the rest of
the world, the first glimpse of the village is a truly memorable
sight, especially when approached by boat. Enjoy free time here to
stroll along the sheltered harbour, which is home to yachts and
sailing boats and backed by a jumble of pastel pink and yellow
houses. Perhaps take the opportunity to grab lunch in a pavement
café, sampling some of the fantastic local seafood. Continue to San
Fruttuoso, one of Italy's most beautiful beaches, nestled in a cove
and featuring a small yet ancient Benedictine monastery. This
magical spot is only accessible by boat or hiking trail, and you
have a little free time here to soak up its secluded charms.
Landing at San Fruttuoso is dependent on weather conditions.
If it is not possible, the boat will land at the lovely Santa
Days 6-7 - Chiavari & Genoa
You have free time to relax today. Perhaps make your way to
nearby Sestri Levante, a beautiful coastal town flanked by two
pretty bays - the Bay of Fairytales and the Bay of Silence.
Take the train to Genoa on Day 7. This ancient
port city is a treasure trove of rich history, art, and grand 16th
and 17th-century palaces. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city's
Old Town, visiting Doge's Palace, an impressive building built in
1298 that now houses a fascinating museum.
Day 6 - Breakfast
Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8-9 - Nice & London
Bidding farewell to Italy, board the train to Nice this morning,
crossing the border into France for a night on the sparkling French
Riviera. On Day 9, travel by rail to Paris and
catch the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.
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.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
Amazing. Enjoyed the train journeys - a change from flying and good for the carbon footprint!
Mr J Scotson
Because once again we enjoyed a very good holiday with Rail Discoveries.
Mrs J Finn
Excellent tour and guide.We did find changing trains with luggage was difficult at times.I would certainly recommend taking a small,light case.We loved Turin (Concord Hotel very good ) and Chiavari was a great centre for exploring Italian Riviera.
The holiday was great and everything I expected from RailDiscoveries.The local guides were perfect.
Excellent advice and instructions. Excellent guide.
Mr R Jerram
(negative)food was good but very small portions.
had to continually ask for tea bags and milk.
(positive) had a great time, plenty to do, beautiful scenery. not everything went to plan, but tour manager was excellent sorting out problems. overall very happy.