Just along the coast from Monaco and the French Riviera, Genoa and Cinque Terre region of Italy is still largely undiscovered by visitors. Its colourful, picturesque ports deserve a visit as do its many picturesque towns and villages. The region is also famed for its food and wine.
Discover Genoa and Cinque Terre – AG11
During the tour, the participants will not only discover delightful food and wines but also the most interesting monuments, works of art, churches and natural landscapes of the region:
Private walking tour of Genoa, one of the largest medieval historic centres in Europe, a maze of alleys and small squares.
Monterosso with wine tasting and lunch in local restaurant and Erice, a magnificent medieval city in a spectacular setting where you visit a traditional pastry shop
Agrigento, with lunch in a local restaurant before a guided tour of the amazing Valley of the Temples, testament to the ancient Greek civilization in Sicily
Ragusa Ibla, a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of its Sicilian style baroque architecture
Syracuse, one of the most important and strategic political centres in ancient Greece, with the archaeological park and the ancient heart of the old city – Ortigia Island. A wine tasting is included.
Private guided tour of Taormina, the small town home of the oldest cinema festival in the world, with its elegant streets and wonderful views of the emerald sea.
Genoa 2 nights | Monterosso 5 nights
DAY 1 – Genoa
Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Time to settle in. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Genoa. (B)
DAY 2 – Genoa
After the breakfast at the hotel your tour voyage of discovery begins with a private city tour. The 113 hectares Historic Centre of Genoa is one of the most extended medieval Historic Centre of Europe and is the most densely populated. The Genoese Historic Centre is a maze of alleys (caruggi) that unexpectedly end up in small squares, that, as well as the churches that dominate them, belonged to important noble families. Balance of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Genoa.. (B, E)
DAY 3 – Monterosso
After breakfast, own transfer to the train station and board your train to Monterosso. Arrival in Monterosso and private transfer from the train station to your hotel and check-in. In the afternoon free time to spend in Monterosso. Overnight in Monterosso. (B)
DAY 4 – The Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, Vernazza , Manarola
Breakfast in hotel. Meeting point with your private guide for your full day excursion. Between Punta Cavo di Montenero and Punta Mesco there are the famous Cinque Terre, a unique geographical area, rich in tiny peninsulas and bays. In 1997 the area was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. Departure from Monterosso train station and arrival in Riomaggiore, visit of this village characterized by high and colourful houses, winding alley and tiny squares. Proceed by the Cinque Terre express train and arrival in Vernazza, visit “La Perla” of the Cinque Terre, the village is located in a splendid position, perched on one spur surrounded by the sea. The colourful houses, the medieval fortifications and the church of S. Margherita constitute an urban-architectural complex of considerable impact visual. The small square overlooking the sea is one of the most evocative of the Cinque Terre. Continue by train in the direction of Manarola, visit of the village stain of bright colours among the green of the vineyards and of the terracing, among the most famous images of the Cinque Terre, stands out that of the Marina di Manarola immortalized by Punta Palaedo. Train to back to Monterosso and here overnight at your hotel. Overnight in Monterosso. (B, E)
DAY 5 – Cinque Terre, Monterosso
After breakfast meeting with the guide at your Hotel in Monterosso and visit the “biggest” of the Terre. The station is located on the seafront of the “new” country called “Fegina” through a beautiful promenade along the seafront it arrives in the country “Vecchio”, from here after a short ascent of 5 minutes we arrive at the estate of one of the most active farms in the area, where after the visit will be carried out a tasting of Doc wines accompanied by a snack based on local, typical products. In the afternoon visit of the Convent of the Cappuccini Friars, the complex was awarded the 1st place in the FAI ranking “Places of the heart” 2015 edition. Back to your Hotel and overnight stay in Monterosso. (B, E, T, LL)
DAY 6 – Portovenere
After breakfast meeting with the guide at your Hotel in Monterosso, departure by boat to Portovenere, the long coastal navigation will give way to admire the entire coast of the Cinque Terre from the sea, arrival in Portovenere and disembarkation, visit of the village that inspired many poets including Lord Byron, in love with the rocky outcrop dominated by the famous Church of San Pietro, one of the most magical places in the whole Liguria. Continue by boat to back to Monterosso and here overnight at your hotel. (B, E)
DAY 7 – Monterosso
Breakfast in hotel. Enjoy one full leisurely day to relax or continue to explore by yourself this marvellous area. Overnight Monterosso. (B)
DAY 8 – Departure
After breakfast, checkout and private transfer from your Hotel in Monterosso to Genoa Airport. (B)
PLEASE NOTE: PROGRAMME CAN CHANGE AND IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY OF THE EXCURSIONS AND OPENING OF THE SITES, WHICH CAN VARY ACCORDING TO PERIOD OF STAY.
Included – B= BREAKFAST L=LUNCH LL= LIGHT LUNCH D=DINNER T=TASTING E– EXPERIENCE
Moxley & Co special inclusions
Half day walking visit with private guide in Genoa
3-day visit to Cinque Terre with own English speaking guide;
Wine tasting in Monterosso;
Moxley & Co/ AG Foodies Guide to hidden gems of restaurants and traditional local produce
All of our holidays are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale.
As a guide, this 8 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,353 per person including international flights from UK, accommodation, train and boat tickets, tours and experiences as shown based on two sharing.