Italy: Cinque Terre and Portofino - Self-Guided Tour

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Hop between the UNESCO villages of the Cinque Terre and Portofino. We’ve planned a four-day self-guided itinerary to give you a taste of what this beautiful region has to offer – it’s the perfect introduction to the food, the wine, the culture and history. Staying in Sestri Levante, you’ll have a great base to explore the coast.

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From £899 per person, please call to book

Tour highlights

  • Spend 4 days exploring the Cinque Terre and Portofino at your own pace
  • Stay in a comfortable four-star hotel
  • You’ll be based in in Sestri Levante, a charming seaside resort with plenty of character and wonderful sandy beaches
  • Have a tasty dinner in a local restaurant
  • Use your Cinque Terre rail card to explore all five villages
  • Wine tasting in Monterosso
  • Spend the day in Portofino with return boat transfers included

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Day 1: UK to Liguria

Fly into Pisa or Genoa and transfer to the Grand Hotel Villa Balbi in Sestri Levante, the stunning seaside on the Gulf of Tigullio. Unpack and settle in before exploring Sestri Levante and Lavagna.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Cinque Terre

Spen today visiting Monterosso, one of the five beautiful villages that make up the Cinque Terre. As it’s renowned for its lemon trees, olives and grapes, it seems only fitting to head to the local wine shop. We’ve included a wine tasting here – we’d recommend trying the local DOC white wine. From there, use your Cinque Terre rail card to hop between the villages: Vernazza (famous for its fishing and olive oil), Corniglia (perched high on the rocks and surrounded by vineyards), Manarola (whose local wine ‘Sciacchetra’ dates back to the Roman times) and Riomaggiore (whose mountains hide the Via dell’Amore – a one kilometre long pedestrian street overlooking the sea, which historically allowed lovers from both regions to meet).

After exploring the five villages, you’re bound to have worked up an appetite, so we’ve organised dinner at a local restaurant where you can try the traditional Ligurian cuisine.  

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Portofino

Today you'll travel to Santa Margherita Ligure and take a boat to Portofino. The humble fishing village has become a hub for the rich and famous with its boutique shops, old cobbled streets and colourful houses. Stoll through the town square and spot the super yachts in the harbour.  You'll have time to visit Al Faro di Portofino, a scenic lighthouse on the cliff tops. After a morning of walking and sightseeing, reward yourself with a cocktail at the Al Faro Bar just next door and revel in the true Portofino lifestyle – sipping an aperitivo and overlooking the gorgeous bay. You can also take a further optional excursion to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso which can only be reached on foot or by boat. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Liguria to UK

Transfer back to Nice or Pisa airport for your return flight to the UK. Or extend your stay and spend a few more nights on Liguria's coast.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

    • 3 nights accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
    • Private return airport transfers
    • Dinner at a local restaurant on day 2 
    • Cinque Terre rail card, entrance to the Cinque Terre National Park and return boat trips
    • Wine tasting 
    • Detailed maps and information material for the area

Your holiday excludes:

  • Any extras, drinks and personal expenses
  • Hotel city tax

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★★★★ Grand Hotel Villa Balbi, Sestri Levante

This 17th century hotel boasts a superb location just a few meters from Sestri Levante’s beach. It has a grand interior of frescoed ceilings and beautiful public areas that include a swimming pool tucked away amongst the gardens (open seasonally). Rooms are spacious with traditional furnishings and modern amenities.

Departure dates

Daily from May to October

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This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information

Due to the constantly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we may need to change or withdraw at short notice some advertised accommodation facilities and resort services to help keep everyone safe.

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