The town and port of Portoferraio on Elba Island, Italy

Splendors of the Italian Coastline: Elba Island & Cinque Terre Tour

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Pisa, Levanto, Monterosso, Portoferraio

Suggested Duration

8 Days

Enjoy the splendor of the Italian coastline, from the majestic Riviera to the wonder of the island of Elba during your custom tailored tour that offers you the luxury of the Mediterranean. Crystalline waters lap at the pebbled beaches shaded by bright umbrellas. The scent of fresh grilled prawns blends with the sea breeze as fortresses cling to the cliffs, resolute in their protection the shorelines. From Roman roots to the Grandeur of the Genoese Republic, you will discover the pleasures of the...

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the secluded shores of the hidden Abbey San Fruttuoso to both bask in the sun and view the stunning historical architecture
  • Wander along the trails that connect the five towns of Cinque Terre to indulge in the sensational views and the charming provincial churches
  • Explore the pure culture of the small fishing villages and narrow cobbled streets of towns along the Gulf of Poets
  • Indulge in the flavors of Cinque Terre with a private cooking class based on the distinctive culinary traditions of the Italian coastline
  • Witness the exceptional architecture of the Republic of Pisa with an introductory tour, including climbing to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Enjoy the unique properties of the wines produced on the historical and gorgeous island of Elba during a private wine and food tour
  • Visit the opulent villa in which Napoleon lived during his exile on Elba
  • Discover the breathtaking castles, fortresses, mountains, and villages during your time on Elba
  • Relish the sunlight and warm sandy beaches set against the refreshing waters of the Mediterranean Sea

Detailed Description

The Italian coastline captivates visitors and locals alike with the combination of pristine shoreline, dramatic mountains, and beautiful waters. Your 8-day tour along the Mediterranean shores will take you to the Italian Riviera and Elba Island to weave history, countryside, and cuisine into an impressive embodiment of Italian culture. Your luxurious adventure will begin with your arrival at Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim and lead you on an excursion through Pisa’s history to introduce you to the charm of a city often overshadowed by the fame of the iconic Leaning Tower. You will continue to the seaside town of Levanto where you find the gorgeous villa-style hotel awaiting your arrival.

The next day, you will take the quick train ride from Levanto to Monterosso al Mare, one of the five towns of Cinque Terre. Various trails connect the five towns, including a pathway leading to the churches and sanctuaries constructed along the hillside. Visit the historical structures and the charming towns as you make your way across the trail. Relax the next day as you enjoy the beachside culture of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera, and then venture north of Levanto to the small towns known for their focaccia or bask in the sun on the narrow stretch of shoreline at Riomaggiore. In the afternoon, you will meet your private cooking instructor for a lesson in the cuisine of Monterosso.

Move on the next day with a private boat ride to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, located on a secluded beach reachable only by sea or walking trail. After you visit the Abbey, you will make your way to the town of Tellaro, and see the villages on the Gulf of Poets that lead to Portofino. The next day,  your private transfer will escort you to the airport in Pisa for your flight to the island of Elba in the town of Portoferraio. Take your time to acquaint yourself with the rich history, the vibrant culture, and the seaside charms of the islands largest city before you visit a villa that once belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte.

The grandeur of the island is yours to explore the next day with a wine and food tour. Appreciate the past as you taste the evolution of the island’s cuisine and sample the unique properties of the wines produced by the local vineyards. The next day, you will discover the enchanting villages found along the shores and inland at your preferred pace. Wander around the shops of Porto Azzurro and linger as you travel through Rio Marina to reach the camouflaged Pisan stronghold of Volterraio Castle. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel lobby and take you to Elba’s island airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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