Raise your glass and make a toast to the unbridled beauty of the Italian Riviera at Cinque Terre. The five secluded towns are near legendary in their natural splendor and the perseveration of culture situated between the Maritime Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. Precipitous cliffs frame gorgeous pebbled beaches as strawberry patches and olive trees grow alongside beautiful historical trails. Medieval churches border cobblestone piazzas and castle ruins continue to overlook the water that protects...
Monterosso – Arrive at Pisa Airport and Enjoy Dinner in Monterosso
The five towns of Cinque Terre create a charming enclave where the Maritime Alps meet the Mediterranean Sea. The villages each encircle a ravine outlet with pastel-painted homes and narrow cobblestone streets free of cars and enchantingly preserved in their isolation. Your flight will land at Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa, and your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim to escort you alongside the coastline that encompasses the Italian Riviera. Villages with medieval castles rise out of the plateaus that overlook the water as fishing towns border golden sand beaches.
Quiet trails crisscross the hilltops that lead you to private gardens and lush vineyards that rush over the terraces. Once in Monterosso, you will settle in at your luxurious hotel set on a promontory that overlooks the water. Verdant olive trees and grape vines grow along the hillside as the pebbled beach arches near the opposite promontory. The cliff is adorned with an early 20th-century sculpture that depicts a giant holding the base of what was once a villa on its back. Umbrellas shade the beach, and circuitous cobblestone lanes lead to small boutique shops with elegant window displays.
The aroma of the seaside blends with the herbaceous scent of fresh pesto sauce that drifts out of the cellar-like restaurants set amidst the narrowing streets. The tunnel at the back of the city leads to the contemporary district of town that overtakes the valley and foothills of the encompassing mountains. The medieval stones of Torre Aurora once protected the town from pirate attacks in the 16th century and remains a fixture on a small plateau that overlooks the layered shades of blue that span the Mediterranean to the horizon.
Monterosso – Visit Riomaggiore and Discover the Charms of the Coastline
Monterosso – Relish a Mediterranean Cruise to Portovenere for the Day
Monterosso – Traverse the Trails that Connect the Towns of Cinque Terre
Monterosso – Explore the Portofino National Park and Elegant Portofino
Monterosso – Relax with the Day at Leisure and Afternoon Cooking Class
Monterosso – Depart for Home
- Relish a private dinner on a secluded cove nestled between the towns of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera with the lapping water of the Mediterranean Sea
- Follow the famous historical trails that crisscross the Italian Riviera and connect the five towns of Cinque Terre
- Wander alongside the olive groves, citrus orchards, and wild strawberry trees inside Portofino National Park
- Visit the quiet seaside village of Portovenere and the tranquil, over-looked trio of islands off the coast of the Riviera
- Delight in a cooking class to learn the subtle and balanced flavors of the provincial cuisine, which includes pesto sauce and focaccia bread
- Enjoy a private cruise along the Italian coastline to view the stunning landscape from a different perspective
- Witness the Giant of Monterosso, a detailed statue of Neptune etched into the cliff that overlooks the water
- Experience Cinque Terre as a local as you indulge in the cuisine and culture with local guides eager to introduce you to the mixture of luxury and daily life
Cinque Terre holds endless luxuries and countless adventures on Italy’s Ligurian coast. Whether in search of trails through beautiful scenery or in need of a beach holiday with access to glassy waters, the five towns of Cinque Terre provide the perfect blend of activity and luxury, tradition and contemporary lifestyle. Your vacation will begin with your arrival at Genoa’s international airport. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim to escort you down the Italian Riviera. Arrive in Monterosso, the largest of the five towns that make up Cinque Terre.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure to wander the cobblestone streets and charming shops beside the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. Take the scenic local train to Riomaggiore the next day to explore the historical village positioned on the seaside rocks. Wander along the Lovers Trail for great views of the coastline before you embark on a private evening cruise to a secluded bay for a sunset dinner accompanied by prosecco. The next day, you will travel the waters to Portovenere for a day of exploring the elegant seaside town.
You can also venture to the islands of Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto before you turn to Monterosso. The following day, you will have a naturalist guide during your time on the trail between Monterosso and Vernazza, the neighboring town. Witness the grandeur of nature and the lush countryside. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to bask in the charm of Vernazza and the surrounding towns. Venture next to Portofino National Park to explore the trails that crisscross the wilderness as you find pistachio and strawberry trees alongside wild asparagus growing alongside the path.
Delight in the magnificent views before you settle in the luxurious town of Portofino, one of the most celebrated towns on the Italian Riviera. Relax the following day to explore the towns of Cinque Terre at your leisure before you enjoy a private cooking class with a chef eager to share the flavors and ingredients of proper Ligurian cuisine prepared with a Cinque Terre flair. To conclude, your private transfer will escort you to Genoa. If you have time, you can discover the remnants of the city’s decadent past as a maritime powerhouse before you reach the airport. You could always extend your time in Italy, venturing inland to Milan or visiting the gorgeous city of Venice.
$1,920 per person (excluding international flights)
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