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Discover Italy’s allure in Tuscany and the Italian Riviera. Start in Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini, renowned for its Renaissance charm. Explore the colourful villages of Porto Venere and Portofino and delve into the history of Genoa’s medieval streets and grand Palazzi. This tour offers diverse cultures, rich history, and captivating scenery to savour.
– Return flights and transfers
– 7nts in 4* superior accommodation
– Selected meals: Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
– All tours and visits as mentioned
– Services of an expert tour manager
– Checked luggage
– Private boat cruise along the Cinque Terre
– Explore Genoa’s maritime history
– Sail to Portofino
Day 1 – Arrival in Lucca
Arrive at the airport for your flight to Lucca, where you’ll transfer to your hotel
Day 2 – Lucca & Free afternoon
After breakfast, take a tour of the city with a local guide. Explore the historical centre including the Roman amphitheatre. This afternoon, you’re free to explore more of Lucca’s wonders independently.
Day 3 – Pisa & Free Afternoon
This morning drive to Pisa, for a guided tour. Visit the iconic Leaning Tower, as well as the other magnificent buildings in the adjoining piazza. Finish the tour with a visit to the Camposanto, a huge cemetery filled with sarcophagi and frescos. In the afternoon, return to Lucca for time at leisure before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4 – Porto Venere
Drive north past the gleaming marble mines of Carrara, used in masterpieces made since Roman Times. Spend the day exploring the coast of Liguria, arriving in the Gulf of Poets. Visit the village of Porto Venere, exploring medieval lanes that lead up to the church and castle.
Have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to Genoa, where you stay for the remainder of the tour.
Day 5 – Genoa
Spend the morning on a guided tour of the city, exploring the heart of medieval Genoa, known for its late-Renaissance palaces. In the afternoon, there is free time to explore at your own pace.
Day 6 – Cinque Terre
The next two days are spent explore the surrounding coastline by boat. Today, a private charter brings you to the famous Cinque Terr. Visit a selection of these five village.
Day 7 – Portofino
Sail the short distance to Portofino this morning. Walk to the headland to enjoy brilliant views of the area. Return to Genoa in the afternoon for some more free time.
Day 8 – Return home
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
This Signature Tour includes everything from the Classic Tour as well as the following:
– Enjoy an upgrade dinner at a local restaurant, trying some local delicacies paired with a glass of Tuscan wine
– Discover the secrets of centuries-old pesto recipes that have lasted through the ages, using Genoese basil and traditional methods
– Unwind and enjoy an aperitif while gazing at the harbour view of Portofino’s Piazzetta
Plus, enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group of 25 or fewer guests.
For dates and prices, please enquire or call 0800 707 6229
Grand Hotel Guinigi, Lucca
The four-star Grand Hotel Guinigi is situated in a leafy area of Lucca and a twenty-five-minute stroll from the famed city walls. All rooms are furnished in soothing pastel shades with satellite TV and are fully air-conditioned.
Grand Hotel Savoia, Genoa
The hotel is situated in one of Genova’s most convenient locations, just a few steps from the opulent Royal Palace.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy however must have a valid passport.
Visiting the Cinque Terre and Portofino by boat is subject to weather conditions. If safety concerns mean we can’t sail to the Cinque Terre on Day 6, we’ll travel by rail instead, visiting a selection of villages. If we’re unable to sail to Portofino on Day 7, we’ll travel there by the only other method of transport allowed – local bus. When assessing the weather, the captain’s decision to sail or not is final, so please consider this when booking this tour.
*All transfer times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic
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