Follow in the footsteps of Roman legions, Byzantine pilgrims, and Ligurian winemakers who carved the trails into the dramatic mountainsides that connects the towns of the Italian Riviera. Villages shine with pastel-painted homes, and antique statues adorn the hilltops of rugged promontories. Lemon trees and olive orchards prosper in the rich minerals and grow as abundantly as the nearby hilltop forests. Castle ruins sprout on cliffs, over steep walls, and alongside celebrated sandy beaches. Your...
Levanto – Arrive on the Ligurian Coast in the Charming City of Levanto
Your first view of Italy comes in the form of Genoa and the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea as it laps at the city’s shores. The port of the city once harbored the naval might of Italy’s greatest maritime superpower as it defeated Pisa’s legendary fleet in the 9th-century. The preserved towers of Porta Soprana were erected in the 12th-century and lead to the childhood home of Christopher Columbus near the small cloister of Sant’Andrea. The dramatic stone towers and the lavish villas lining the Via Garibaldi contrast the charm and natural beauty of the Levanto.
Your private transfer will meet you at Cristoforo Colombo Airport and escort you to the peaceful town of Levanto as it’s edged by the Apennines and overlooks the turquoise waters that brush against the Ligurian coast. The salty breeze drifts across the pebbled coastline as the wide boulevards lead to narrow avenues paved with cobblestone. Peach and ochre hues drape the old building facades as cafes set out umbrella-covered tables along the walkways and around the sleepy piazzas. Lush trees rise from the hills and over the mountains.
Lounge chairs pepper the shoreline as waves curl and crash against the boulders at the base of the mountains. The aroma of fresh pesto drifts out of the local stores and restaurants. The remains of the 13th-century city walls lead to a medieval castle, which acted as the former defensive network of the city to protect Levanto from pirates and maritime raids. The square structure supports an imposing circular tower and offers a bird’s eye view to the horizon.
Levanto – Stroll to the Cliff of Punta Mesco and Visit Lovely Monterosso
Levanto –Scenic Train to Riomaggiore and Walk the Trails of Cinque Terre
Levanto – Trek the Peninsula Trail from Riomaggiore to Portovenere
Santa Margherita – Visit Villages and Hamlets en route to Santa Margherita
Santa Margherita – Tour the Abbey of San Fruttuoso and Enjoy a Sea Cruise to Camogli
Santa Margherita – Discover the Charms of Santa Margherita and Portofino
Santa Margherita – Depart for Home
- Enjoy an intimate discovery of Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera by exploring the walking trails
- Visit the secluded ancient confines of the San Fruttuoso Monastery hidden between the promontories along the Mediterranean coast
- Explore castle ruins and renovated stronghold walls that once protected the historical cities along the Ligurian Sea from pirates
- Indulge in fresh seafood and creamy gelato with a splendid view of the turquoise waters that stretch to the horizon
- Bask in a serene moment at the edge of Punta Mesco between the towns of Levanto and Monterosso
- Delight in a scenic cruise of the Ligurian coastline taking you from San Fruttuoso Monastery to the town of Camogli
- Find antique olive mills abandoned to time and the elements peppering the vineyards and orchards along the trails
The coastline of the Italian Riviera offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean along with striking architecture from the villages to strongholds. Your 8-day tour takes you along the scenic trails and classic routes that connect the villages, hamlets, and towns that roll along the Apennines. Dramatic cliffs look down on umbrella-clad beaches as medieval monasteries hide on a small inlet between mountains that converge. The pace of life slows down for you to bask in the beauty of Liguria, the Italian Riviera, and the wonderment of when historical architecture meets lavish nature.
The journey begins with your arrival at Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim to escort you to the northern rim of the Italian Riviera at Levanto. Enjoy the pleasures of the quiet seaside city at your leisure before you relish your first Italian meal. Next day, hike the trail between Levant and Monterosso to take in the panoramic view of the trail and shoreline at Punta Mesco. Visit the 11th-century ruins and take your time to explore the streets of Cinque Terre’s largest town. Continue and take the scenic train to Riomaggiore to begin the trail that takes you to Vernazza.
Delight in the cliff-side homes and cliff-top structures in Manarola and Corniglia. Once in Vernazza, take the train back to Levanto for the night before your return the next day to Riomaggiore, this time following a different trail. Reach the Madonna di Montenero en route to the resort town of Portovenere with a stop in Campiglia and the terraced vineyards along the cliffs en route. The next day, you can discover the charming villages along the Wild West Coast Walk as you wind around the foothills and beaches to Bonassola and Framura.
From Moneglia, you will transfer to the seaside town of Santa Margherita to follow the path to the hidden San Fruttuoso Monastery. Tour the ancient grounds before you cruise to the town of Camogli for a chance to relax with a drink and some gelato. Step onto your final trail as it leads to the gorgeous and luxurious town of Portofino on the edge of the Portofino Peninsula. Your private transfer will then meet you at your hotel in Santa Margherita to escort you to the Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa for your flight home.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
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