The Grand Tour of the Italian and French Rivieras

The Grand Tour of the Italian and French Rivieras

The Grand Tour of the Italian and French Rivieras takes you on a journey to discover the beauty of the coast from Portofino to San Remo and on to Cannes.

escursioni nella Riviera Ligure e Costa Azzurra
Let us take you on a journey full of romance: we promise to provide a feast for the eyes, one filled with colours and the fascination of the Ligurian Rivieras of Levante and Ponente, and the nearby French Riviera. However, the attraction of these areas is not limited to the coast as, at a short distance inland, you will find an area  full of tradition, culture, nature and beautiful scenery just waiting to be discovered.

You will be able to visit an area bursting with colours and beauty, no matter the season: you will be surrounded by an arc of colour and perfume.

In this way your journey will be an unforgettable voyage filled with new colours, which will give you the pleasure of unforgettable discoveries!

Get ready for a journey that hugs the delightful seashore along the most beautiful Rivieras of the Mediterranean. Just waiting for you are spectacular sunsets, endless panoramas and areas filled with character and tradition.  And, to begin your unforgettable journey, the romantic Portofino bay.

 

TOUR PACKAGE  The Grand Tour of the Italian and French Rivieras (7 days – 6 nights)

1 st day:

Arrival in late afternoon in Rapallo / Santa Margherita Ligure for check-in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.

2nd Day: The Bay of Portofino

Today you will be conducted to the discovery of one of the most beautiful jewels in the world: Portofino opens its gates with a symphony of scents and colours. You will be astonished and captivated by your surroundings.. .

Awaiting you in the morning is a marvelous excursion in a small boat which will take you to one of the most exclusive spots in Liguria: Portofino.

From the churchyard of San Giorgio you have the most beautiful panorama of the city and, after a short walk, you arrive at the picturesque fortress of S. Giorgio (also known as Castle Brown), which looks out over the gulf of Tigullio.

At lunchtime you will be able to sample the regional cuisine in the friendly restaurants of the area.

In the afternoon you will embark in a small boat from Portofino for the bay of  S. Fruttuoso, a little fishing village where it is of great interest to visit the area of the abbey and the sixteenth-century  Torre dei Doria.

Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

3rd day:  San Remo and the Riviera of  Flowers

In the morning you will transfer to Genoa where we would suggest you visit the celebrated Aquarium. Here there are 59 tanks containing 4 million litres of water which reproduce, in a spectacular manner, the habitats of the Mediterranean and the oceans, of the poles and the tropics, all of which ensures the health and well-being of the more than 500 species of fish, cetaceans, and amphibians.

At lunch you will be able to discover the typical flavours of Genoese cuisine,  such as Trenette al pesto, in a traditional osteria.

In the afternoon you will transfer to the city of flowers and of the Italian song festival, San Remo.  Check-in to your hotel will follow.

Dinner and overnight stay.

4th day:   La Pigna: enchanted city

In the morning you will visit the lovely historic centre of San Remo: la Pigna. This area was very close to the heart of Italo Calvino who used it in his novel “Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno”. It is known as la Pigna, and even today retains much of the feel of a medieval village. In this way the more inquisitive visitor will be able to find a hidden San Remo, a city of winding steps and twisting alleyways, of arches and buttresses and of secluded and serene little squares. At the very top is the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Costa, protector of seafarers, which affords a spectacular panorama, having been built at the summit of the old town.

For lunch we’ ll be glad to suggest a typical bistro in the historic centre where you will be able to taste two of the great dishes of the San Remo cuisine.

You are free to spend the afternoon shopping along the renowned Via Matteotti and neighboring streets.

Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

5th day: The Glamour of the French Riviera

In the morning transfer to Cannes, the glamorous home of the famous Film Festival.

Your visit will begin in the beautiful Suquet, the historic heart of the city which overlooks the old port, and contains perfectly intact reminders of the past: the Sant’Anna chapel built in the 12th century, the museum of  la Castre and the church of  Notre-Dame d’Espérance, built in the 17th century.

You are free for lunch.

In the afternoon you may like to take advantage of the shopping opportunities offered by the elegant rue d’Antibes or along the legendary Croisette, the promenade that winds among the great hotels and beaches of the city

Afterwards check-in to your  hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

6th day: Lérins, the secret garden

After breakfast you will embark on a small boat for the Lérins islands, an oasis of freshness and tranquility between heaven and earth.

Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat will enthrall you with their beautiful natural landscapes. These islands are  a marine preservation area, protected by law. On the island of Saint Honorat it is well worth visiting the reconstructed 6th century abbey which is home to a congregation of Cistercian friars.

For lunch, allow yourself to be tempted by the typical  small restaurants that offer inviting fresh fish and seafood delicacies.

Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

7th day

Departure after breakfast.

 

Our offer includes:

  • Individual subscription fee covering  administrative dues
  • Accommodation at  our hotels in double rooms with half board
  • Admission to the Museums and Villas included in the program

Our offer does not include

  • The round trip, local transportation and all that is not included under the entry “our offer includes”
  • Lunches and dinners are to conform to the menu of the day or the tasting menu proposed by the chef.  Beverages and à la carte items are to be paid on site.
  • The tours suggested in the program are to be considered freely, i.e. without guide.

Optional services

  • Tour guide to visit the villages.
  • Local transfers by auto or minibus with driver.

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