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The Italian Riviera

(Tour code: RPS17)Spellbinding beauty by rail

Colourful villages cling to the dramatic coastline of the Italian Riviera, with the glittering Mediterranean forming picture-postcard vistas in every direction, and glamorous yachts clamouring for attention alongside quaint fishing boats in idyllic harbours.


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Tour Highlights
  • Scenic Sestri Levante
  • Cinque Terre
  • The walled city of Lucca
  • Pisa with a guided tour, including the famous leaning tower and the Field of Miracles
  • Portofino including a boat tour
  • Camogli
  • San Fruttuoso
  • Stunning 4-Star accommodation
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    1 Lunch
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Day 1

London to Turin

After meeting at our St Pancras Departure Office, we take the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Turin, by high speed TGV where we overnight.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Sestri Levante
Day 2

To Sestri Levante

This morning you are free to explore Turin. Take a stroll under the intricate arcades to Piazza Castello, surrounded by majestic buildings, or maybe discover the magnificent cathedral and Egyptian Museum, before we begin our journey to Sestri Levante, a picturesque town set on the coast overlooking the Mediterranean. The town boasts a large beach, with houses built right up to the edge of the sand. We travel by rail to Chiavari, where we transfer by coach to Sestri Levante and the beautiful Grand Hotel Villa Balbi, our base for the next seven nights. Set in a stunning 19th century mansion, the hotel is surrounded by 2.5 acres of lush private gardens and has a truly elegant feel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Sestri Levante
Day 3

At leisure in Sestri Levante

Today, you are free to explore Sestri Levante. Occupying a beautiful position on a peninsula, surrounded by two gorgeous bays, Sestri Levante is a picture-perfect resort and a delight to explore. On one side is the Bay of Fairytales, which was named in honour of Hans Christian Andersen, the most famous former resident of Sestri Levante. With its port, promenade, and shops, it is the liveliest part of town. On the other side of the town is the Bay of Silence, which is also known as Portobello. Considered one of the best beaches in Italy, the Bay of Silence is a wonderful destination for a gentle stroll - or to appreciate the incredible colours of an Italian sunset.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 5

Portofino and San Fruttuoso

Today we cruise to the famous resort of Portofino, a gloriously Italian fishing village surrounded by olive groves and pine trees. Considered to be one of the most beautiful Mediterranean ports, the town has a stunning, picture-postcard harbour surrounded by pastel-painted houses. The resort of Portofino is really no more than a small fishing village, but thanks to its unique beauty, it has become a popular tourist destination. Portofino's tiny main square overlooks the harbour and is a delightful spot to sit and watch the world go by. Lunch is served in a local restaurant before we continue along the stunning coastline to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. Over the course of its history the abbey has had many uses; as well as its monastic use, it has been a home for fishermen, a pirate den, and for many years was the property of the Princes of Doria. The oldest parts of the Abbey date back to the 10th century, though it was added to and renovated over the centuries to serve its many varied purposes. Standing underwater in the sea in front of the Abbey is a bronze statue of 'Christ in the Abyss.' The statue is said to protect local divers from watery peril.

Please note: landing at San Fruttuoso is dependent on weather conditions. If it is not possible, the boat will land at Santa Margherita.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Excursions
At Leisure
Day 6

A day at leisure

Today you are at leisure to continue exploring Sestri Levante. Perhaps spend the day enjoying the hotel's gardens, or else enjoy the winding medieval streets, charming buildings and harbour views with a walk through the town centre.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 7

Pisa and Lucca

This morning we travel by coach to Pisa, where we enjoy a guided tour that includes the city's beautiful Field of Miracles. Here we see the world-famous Leaning Tower, which began to lean as soon as it was built and was used by Galileo to study gravity. We also see the marvellous white marble Duomo, often overlooked by tourists who flock to see the bell-tower, but a true gem in its own right and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture, with its beautiful marble façade and sublime Moorish mosaics.

This afternoon we visit the city of Lucca - Tuscany's best-kept secret; a place of true beauty that has managed to escape the tourist crowds. Majestic city walls encircle a Roman and Medieval heart packed with piazzas, art galleries and tiny churches, all connected by an intricate network of narrow cobbled streets. Splendid Renaissance architecture mingles with historic buildings from the Middle Ages, making the city a pleasure to explore on foot. We enjoy free time for you to explore or perhaps to enjoy lunch. A stroll along the top of the ancient ramparts is an excellent way to discover the true charm of the city.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
Day 8

Excursion to Camogli

This morning we travel by regional train (Standard Class) to the picturesque fishing village of Camogli. The name Camogli is a contraction of Casa Mogli (Wives' House) from the days when the women ran the town while the men spent months at sea with the town's huge fishing fleet. Set on a steep hill, Camogli climbs from the harbour and dark pebble beaches to groves of pine and olive trees. After a guided tour of the centre and the harbour, which is full of colourful fishing boats, we return to Sestri Levante and enjoy dinner in the hotel this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Days 9-10

To London via Mulhouse

Today we travel northwards through Italy by highspeed rail, before changing trains in Milan. Our journey continues in either First or Standard Class into Switzerland, continuing to Mulhouse, where we overnight.

On Day 10 we take the First Class TGV to Paris. Here we connect with the Eurostar to London.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

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