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Weekend in San Remo, Italian Riviera and French Riviera.

Jan 24, 2012

A weekend in San Remo and the Riviera of the Flowers means being at the center of the largest and most celebrated  resort district in the Mediterranean, one which straddles the Italian and French Rivieras and includes places such as Alassio, San Remo, Monte Carlo, Nice and Cannes.

 

Our travel agency is therefore pleased to offer a range of weekend packages that allow you to appreciate the many aspects of the extraordinary range of entertainment and hospitality opportunities offered by the Riviera dei Fiori.

Our proposed weekend deals can be customized according to your needs, can include or not include transportation, and are suitable  both for the individual traveler, as well as for organized groups.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

San Remo MTB Tour

Jan 24, 2012

The scenery and routes of the Maritime Alps await you and your mountain bike in all seasons of the year to satisfy your craving for sports and nature.

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Tour Program 7 DAYS – 6 NIGHTS

1st Day

In San Remo, dinner and overnight stay.

2nd Day. Nature Park of San Romolo

For the first day on your beloved mountain bike saddle, we have planned a quite challenging route, with the most beautiful single- tracks of the Nature Park of San Romolo – Monte Bignone (1300 m), where the ride is accompanied by truly breathtaking views.

Departure from San Remo heading for San Romolo, where you’ll climb up Mount Carparo, and then after passing the hills on the Monte Nero side you’ll coast from Ospedaletti back to SanRemo.

This route is of medium-high difficulty, approximately 40 km. long, and reaches a maximum height of 1259 m above sea level.

Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

3rd Day.

A highly scenic route near the city of San Remo.

This itinerary has one of the most challenging climbs in the area, the mythical “Croce della Parà-Bignone” fire barrier, followed by a very technical single-track. It rises first through shortcuts and consortium cemented roads, to reach the fire barrier track that leads to Monte Bignone (1300 m).

A single-track descent follows immediately through steps of stone slabs and rocks: for lovers of technical trails, this will be a real thrill. After completing the two paths, mule tracks lead to an asphalt road in the Baragalla area, and then on with the return to the hotel.

Path of high technical difficulty, medium endurance, maximum height 650 meters above sea level.

Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

4th Day. Rest.

Day of rest off the bike, so we suggest visiting the famous Principality of Monaco. Before entering the city, we recommend a visit to the exotic gardens of Monte Carlo, rich in over 6,000 varieties of plants and cacti from around the world, which offers an unparalleled view of the coast.

Once near the port, you will have access to the fortress, the Old Town, where you can see the famous Oceanographic Museum and watch the traditional changing of the guard in front of the Palace of the Prince. This can be visited from May to October. Among artisan workshops and little stores, you can also dine in delightful bistros.

In the afternoon, you just have to stop at the elegant Place du Casino, with the possibility of chancing your luck at the green tables and slot machines.

Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

5th Day. The heights of Ospedaletti.

Back to the saddle, and ready to depart from the center of San Remo heading for the hamlet of San Romolo via paved roads and mule tracks. From here a beautiful single-track unfolds in the woods, all uphill until you reach the maximum height of 905 m of Mount Carparo, located near the city of San Remo and Ospedaletti.

Once at the top, be ready for the descent , which, all on a technical single-track, leads to the slopes surrounding the town of Ospedaletti. Through typical Ligurian stairways and mule tracks, you ride downhill until you take the Aurelia Way, then continue towards Sanremo.

Route of average technical difficulty, maximum height reached 900 meters above sea level, and a distance of about 35 km.

Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

6th Day.

Today an interesting route, very scenic and worthwhile, which covers in part the old Down Hill of Bignone – San Romolo and two very beautiful and technical trails: “Scogli Rossi-Borello” and “Corbezzoli”.

It is a demanding trek because of the climb leading to the antennas of Monte Bignone, approximately 1300 mt. From here the Down Hill begins, a very technical descent that will leave all of you lovers of challenging single-tracks fully satisfied.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

This is a route of high difficulty.

Maximum height 1221 meters above sea level, about 33 km.

After breakfast, departure to the starting point.

 

Our offer includes:

  • Accommodation in one of our hotels in double room with half board, including an afternoon snack and dinner.
  • As an alternative, residential accommodation or resort with overnight only.
  • The entrance to the Exotic Gardens of Monte Carlo and to the Oceanographic Museum.

Our offer does not include

  • The round trip, local transfers and all that is not included in “our offer includes”.
  • Lunches and dinners are to be selected according to the daily menu or the tasting menu proposed by the chef. Drinks and a-la-carte dishes are to be paid on the spot.
  • The visits suggested in the program should be considered free, that is, without a guide.

Optional services

  • Expert guide for the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th day.

Battle of the Flowers in Ventimiglia

Ventimiglia awaits you to celebrate the Battle of the Flowers, where the colors and scents of our Riviera are the protagonists of this ancient carnival event that takes place in June.

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TOUR PACKAGE 3 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS

1st day: Friday

Afternoon arrival with hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.

2nd day: Saturday – Bordighera and Ventimiglia

In the morning, we invite you to visit the historic center of Bordighera, and climb to Villa Pompeo Mariani, where you’ll discover a treasure trove of art, with the atelier of the prestigious Lombard painter, the magnificent villa that houses many paintings by Monet, and in addition, the park.

Lunch in a typical restaurant in the old town of Bordighera.

In the afternoon you can stroll through the streets of Ventimiglia, where you can go shopping in the elegant shops and cafes.

Dinner at a typical local restaurant.

Starting from 9:30 PM, you can watch the night parade of the floats of the Battle of Flowers, with the participation of folk music groups and the chance to sample some local products.

3rd day: Sunday – La Pigna of San Remo

In the morning, we suggest an interesting visit to the remarkable historic center of San Remo: La Pigna which still to this day retains the charm of the medieval village and allows the more attentive visitors to take a closer look at the original San Remo, made up of narrow, winding streets and flights of steps, arches and buttresses, quiet and secluded little squares. At the top, the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Costa, protector of sailors, built at the very summit of the old town, overlooks a spectacular view.

Lunch at a typical restaurant in the historic center.

 

Our offer includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in double room with half board.
  • Admission for the night for the parade of the floats of the Battle of Flowers (standing).
  • Entrance to the Villa Pompeo Mariani.
  • 2 dinners in typical eateries of the area.

Our offer does not include:

  • The round trip, and all local transfers not included in “our offer includes”.
  • Lunches and dinners are to be chosen according to the daily menu or the tasting menu offered by the chef. Drinks and the a-la-carte dishes are to be paid on the spot.
  • The visits suggested in the program should be considered free, or without a guide.

The proposed program may be modified by choosing to attend the Battle of Flowers that takes place on Sunday afternoon, in place of the one on Saturday afternoon.

Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1

Our program will guide you through the adrenaline-charged atmosphere of the Grand Prix of Monaco Formula 1.

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TOUR PACKAGE 3 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS

1st day: Friday

Arrival in the afternoon with hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.

2nd day: Qualification Day

In the morning we suggest a visit to Monaco Ville, its old town, where you can walk among artisan shops and little stores and visit the beautiful cathedral dedicated to St. Nicholas, built in 1875 in white stone from La Turbie, and where at 12:00 you can attend the traditional changing of the guard in front of the Prince’s Palace. Lunch to be arranged independently.

At 2 PM you are ready to attend the qualifications that will determine the starting grid of the Monaco Grand Prix: a fast-paced race begins, and the pole position will be assigned by the difference of a blink of an eye.

At the end of the program return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

3rd day: The day of the Race

Transfer to Monte Carlo, where you will be catapulted into the electrifying atmosphere of that most particular urban circuit, to witness the most exciting race of all stages of the World Championship!

At the end of the race return to the starting point.

 

Our offer includes:

  • Accommodation at the hotel in double room with half board.
  • Round trip transfer by 2nd class train to Monte Carlo from the city where the hotel is located. We do not in fact recommend going to Monaco with your own car.

The fee does not include:

  • Anything not included in “our offer includes”.
  • Lunches and dinners are to be selected according to the daily menu or the tasting menu offered by the chef. The drinks and the a-la-carte entries are to be paid on the spot.

Tickets for the Monaco Grand Prix

  • The tickets for the Qualifications and for the Race are not included in the basic fee, but we can get tickets in the seat category that you prefer.

Rally of San Remo

Jan 23, 2012

A weekend at full speed with the great rally champions  who have a go at the roads of the legendary San Remo Rally as a trial in view of  the super 2000 IRC Intercontinental Rally Challenge world circuit.

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TOUR PACKAGE 3 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS

1st day

Late afternoon arrival in San Remo, hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.
2nd day: On the circuit of the special trials
On this day, transfer to the area of the Rally of San Remo, which offers mixed routes both on dirt and off-road; Colle Langan, Passo Teglia and Colle d’Oggia will surely arouse  your enthusiasm in engines.
Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
3rd day: The final sprint
Transfer to the inland villages where the latest special trials are conducted, ready to see the car which prevails in the nick of time over the others, skilfully driven by its pilot. At the end of the race, return to the city center to attend the award ceremony, ready to ask for a few autographs from the protagonists of the race.
Finally, return to the home destination.

Our offer includes:

  • Accommodation at the hotel in double room with half board

The offer does not include:

  • The round trip, and local transfers.
  • Anything not included in “our offer includes”.
  • Lunches and dinners are to be selected according to the daily menu or the tasting menu offered by the chef. The drinks and the a-la-carte entries are to be paid on the spot.

Additional Services:

  • VIP package inclusive of  transfers by helicopter from the parc fermé  to the locations where the special trials are run. You will also have the option of dining beside  the circuit, and to live hand in hand with race champions. It will be an  opportunity to experience a unique thrill, on the occasion of a unique event!

The historical parade of Taggia

We offer you the opportunity to attend one of the most beautiful historical representations of  the Italian Riviera: the Festa di San Benedetto in Taggia.

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The commemoration of the battle won against the troops of Savoy, the historical parade and the typical medieval market surround you in a setting from the past!

 

TOUR PACKAGE (3 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS)

1st day

Afternoon arrival at the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

2nd day: Medieval market and re-enactment of the great battle

In the morning transfer to Taggia to stroll through the quaint medieval market stalls,where you can buy products typical of the valleys of the Riviera of Flowers.

You are free for lunch.

In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to attend the historical re-enactment of the great battle won against the ”savoiardi”  that was decisive for the liberation of Taggia.

Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

3rd day: The Historical Parade of San Benedetto

In the late morning the historical settings start, authentic living depictions of everyday life in the valley in the seventeenth century, which precede the performances of the guest groups, who will challenge each other with demonstrations and dances of the past.

Lunch at a typical restaurant to taste the specialties of the cuisine of Taggia.

In the afternoon there will be a classic historical parade in honor of St. Benedetto Revelli, patron saint of the town, where  over 500 local participants in costume will parade in front of the public.

At the end, back to the home destination.

 

Our offer includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in double room with half board.
  • Lunch in a typical eatery.

Our offer does not include:

  • The round trip, all local transfers and all that is not included under “our offer includes”.
  • Lunches and dinners are to be chosen according to the daily menu or the tasting menu offered by the chef.
  • Drinks and a la carte entries are to be paid on the spot.
  • The visits suggested in the program should be considered free, that is, without a guide.

 

Valentine’s Day Romance on the Riviera

Spend Valentine’s weekend in San Remo, choosing the romance of  an area where the Alps wed the Mediterranean.

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TOUR PACKAGE 3 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS

 1st day:  San Remo

Afternoon arrival and transfer to hotel.

For your dinner, we will reserve a table for you in a romantic bistro in the old town, where you can taste the specialties of the ancient Ligurian cuisine, while after dinner you can chance your luck at the tables of the Casino of San Remo.

Return to your hotel, overnight stay.

2nd day:  The magic of the Ligurian villages

For your lovebirds’ day, we suggest you visit Dolceacqua, where you can walk in the shade of the picturesque ruins of the castle of the Doria family, and on to the alleyways of the village.

At lunchtime you will be taken on a journey to sample the typical flavors of Liguria, with a tasting of wines and local specialties in a cozy wine bar in the historic center.

In the afternoon, your tour continues to Apricale, a typical village in a scenic location, in which a cascade of stone houses leads to  the castle of Lucertola  located at the summit.

On returning to the hotel, you’ll enjoy a candlelit dinner with live music and a menu with aphrodisiac dishes which will whet  your appetite in  the true spirit of Valentine’s Day!

Return to hotel and overnight stay.

3rd day:  Sweetness of Nice

After breakfast, we invite you to finish your weekend on a sweet note with a visit to the ancient Confiserie Florian in Nice, where you can actually taste the sweetness of your weekend !  You can visit the workshop and afterwards taste the famous products of this transalpine confectionary company .

Return to home destination.

 

Our offer includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in a luxury suite with room service, with breakfast served in your room.
  • A dinner in a typical restaurant in San Remo.
  • A candlelit dinner at the hotel.
  • A tasting of typical products in Dolceacqua.
  • An invitation to the Casino of San Remo.

The fee does not include:

  • The round trip, local transfers, and all that is not included under “our offer includes”.
  • Lunches and dinners are to be chosen according to the menu of the day or the tasting menu offered by the chef.  Drinks and a la carte dishes are to be paid on the spot.
  • The visits suggested in the program should be considered free, or without a guide.

The proposed package can be customized according to your wishes, for a unique and unforgettable Valentine’s Day.

 

The Botanical Gardens of the Italian Riviera

The gardens of the Liguria region span the entire length of the region itself, and extremely  beautiful ones  can be found in all four Ligurian provinces. We are at your disposal  to include them  when you are planning your trip to the Italian Riviera.

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A tour for Connoisseurs

Jan 10, 2012

Imagine a painter’s palette with its many colors and shades. On this trip you will be the artist of your visits and the palette is truly rich!

Under the sun, in the shade of a palm or an olive tree … contemplate what beauty we are going to offer you  in these unforgettable tours.

On the one hand, the Riviera di Ponente and Levante, so sunny, colorful, scented, where no one makes an appointment , but everyone is on time.
You will find yourself in an Italian Riviera that has always known how to preserve historic traces of a flourishing classical civilization, with its coastline and its hinterland dotted with small stone villages stretching along the road of salt and pilgrimages, witness to a life  marked by the seasons of the vine and of the olive for more than a thousand years.

Just look at the sun melting into the horizon, catapulting you to into a land of ancient roots. The Langhe and Roero will take you back in time; just recall that in these places the Roman colonization, which  began in the second century BC, was intense and prolonged , expanding into a territory already inhabited by Gallo-Celtic tribes. You are now in a land with a plentiful wine tradition, where  Barbera and Barbaresco dominate the dining table, the latter actually mentioned by Livy in his monumental history of Rome.

Leaving behind the sights and tastes of the Langhe and Roero, you can head for the French Riviera, whose history progresses rapidlywith a past that dates back to the beginning of knowledge.  You will drive through wild coastal scenery, and the varied landscape of the French Riviera will be revealed through your windows, before you arrive at the locations on our itinerary.

 Let the pleasure of your visit begin in our company.

 

 

The Historic Centers of San Remo with Italo Calvino

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2 half days discovering a valuable and unprecedented San Remo

Calvino and San Remo. La Pigna of San Remo, dear to Italo Calvino, retains to this day the charm of a medieval village, and allows the more attentive visitor to discover an unsurpassed San Remo,  made up of winding streets and staircases, arches and buttresses, quiet and secluded  little squares. Led by an experienced guide, you can retrace the alleyways leading to the summit dominated by the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Costa, following the pages of the many stories by the famous author.

Bussana Vecchia, a village destroyed by the earthquake of 1891, has become an international tourist attraction thanks to the  community of artists who have settled there since the sixties. The village is not accessible by coach, but a scenic mule track allows easy access.

The historic center of Coldirodi is equally delightful – this is a village in the hills of San Remo, with its little square from the baroque era and an interesting art gallery housed in an old villa.

The Large Cetaceans of the Mediterranean

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1 full day and 1 half day to discover the cetaceans of the Ligurian Sea

During the months from May to October it is possible to leave from San Remo for a trip of approximately six hours to explore the Cetacean Sanctuary, which covers the stretch of sea between the Italian Riviera, Elba and Corsica, and aims to protect more than 2000 cetaceans belonging to eight different species, including the large whales of the Mediterranean, which populate the Ligurian Sea during the warm season.

The famous Oceanographic Museum of Monte Carlo, inaugurated in 1910 by Prince Albert I, hosts numerous species of preserved marine animals and models of ships and equipment used by pioneers in the exploration of the oceans. In the basement, the Aquarium offers visitors the fascinating spectacle of  exuberant marine flora and fauna. The museum, housed in the historic Fortress, allows visitors to approach the Principality of Monaco with a perspective both new and light years away from the  worldly fame that characterizes it.

The Via Julia Augusta and Greek-Roman Gaul

2 half days discovering the Italian Riviera and Greek-Roman Gaul

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The route starts from Ventimiglia, where you can visit the remains of the Roman city of Abintimilium, crossed by the Via Julia Augusta, paved with white limestone, which intersected with the Decumanus Maximus.  There, you can visit the thermal baths,  the theater,  the splendid houses, the ancient living quarters furnished with rich mosaics and lavish furnishings and fittings,  including imported ones, recovered from archaeological excavations.

The trip continues to La Turbie, where it is possible to visit the Trophy of Augustus, an impressive Roman monument which is located 480 meters above sea level, now overlooking the Principality of Monaco. The monument was erected in the years 7-6 BC in honor of Emperor Augustus to commemorate the military expedition of 15 BC in which Drusus and Tiberius subdued 46 Alpine tribes, and it served to demarcate the border between Italy and Narbonese Gaul along the Via Julia Augusta.

Then, on to Nice: Nikaia, as it was christened by the Greeks who founded it, has a vast archaeological site dating from Roman times on the hill of Cimiez, with amphitheater, arena, thermal baths, and  an early Christian basilica surrounded by olive trees.  The site is home to the legendary jazz festival held each year.  In Cimiez you can also visit the Chagall Museum and Matisse Museum, of which we will speak later.

Medieval Italian Riviera

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2 half days discovering the Middle Ages in the Italian Riviera

In the Middle Ages, the Italian Riviera,  threatened by the Saracens, witnessed the rise of stone villages perched on the slopes of the Maritime Alps:  today these villages are real open-air museums.

Taggia, a land with a tradition of olive oil production, has a beautiful old town, featuring the convent of San Domenico. The convent was founded at the wish of the Dominican Father Christopher of Milan in 1459 and contains many valuable paintings.

Dolceacqua, the pearl of Valle Nervia, is a delightful medieval town, enhanced by an ancient humpbacked bridge and by the ruins of the castle of the Doria, which has recently been restored and is used as a venue for concerts and events.

The Prehistory of the Riviera

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3 half days among the marvels of the prehistoric Italian Riviera

The Riviera has been inhabited since the dawn of history. A must-see is the Museum of Balzi Rossi, along the coast on the border between Italy and France; it is designed around the Barma Grande,  in which are preserved two tombs dating back to the Paleolithic age, while in the adjacent museum are preserved stone sculptures, wall carvings and many stone tools that were the accompaniments of everyday life.

An important stop in the discovery of local prehistory is the Museo delle Meravigle of Tenda, opened recently, and dedicated to the rock engravings of the Mount Bego region.  The museum tells the story of this heritage out in the open with a permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions.  Of great educational interest are the six life-sized dioramas illustrating the life of pastoral peoples from the Bronze Age to the present day.

From Tenda a hike can be planned along the trails of the Valle delle Meraviglie which is rich in petroglyphs and provides spectacular and unspoiled scenery.