Romance and beauty are inseparable from the land and seascape of the Italian Riviera as tradition, culture, charm, and luxury emanate from castle ruins and villas. Café tables decorate cobblestone streets beneath the starlight as sailboat masts sway in the wake of the calm harbors. The scents of strawberry and orange trees accentuate the luscious, secluded countryside as vineyards overtake terraces that are spread along the steep cliffs and ceramic tiles shimmer on historical promenade walls in...
Albissola – Arrive in Genoa and Venture to the Coastal Village of Albissola
The Alps and the Apennines slope down into the Mediterranean and shape the daily life and landscape of the Italian province of Liguria. Gardens and farms overtake the steep terraces and fishing villages that are set along the secluded promontories. The Italian Riviera stretches from the French Border to the edge of the Ligurian border and has towns with medieval charms, brightly painted homes, and romantic hints of the former wealth and prestige of the Genoese Republic. Your flight will land at Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa where your private transfer will collect you both. You will first venture west towards the French border and arrive in the town of Albisola.
Albisola rises out of the steep slopes of the mountains with red-tiled roofs and bleached-white facades. The 12th-century ruins of Il Castellaro add a storybook atmosphere to the stunning setting as the ruins of Roman villas speckle the banks of the Sansobbia Stream. The castle’s outer walls resemble a ship set atop an artificial cave where sentries once stored powder kegs. A narrow, underground passage connects the castle to the old Roman villa, and the town has an enchanting and artistic atmosphere that welcomes you immediately into the hinterlands. You will arrive at the comforts of your luxurious 18th-century villa set between the turquoise Mediterranean Sea and an elegant country garden that is blossoming with bright flowers.
Albissola – Discover the Charms of Medieval Villages on the Coast and Hills
Albissola – Continue your Exploration of the Romantic Towns of the Riviera
Monterosso – Wander Genoa and Historic Towns en route to Cinque Terre
Monterosso – Delight in a Tour Guided by a Local to Traverse Famous Trails
Monterosso – Enjoy a Wine and Food Tasting Followed by a Cooking Class
Monterosso – Travel by Boat to Visit the Villages and Towns of the Riviera
Monterosso – Depart for Home
- Discover the preserved medieval villages along the Italian Riviera to immerse yourself in romantic storybook ambiance
- Explore the treasured coastline of the Cinque Terre on a private boat that will connect you to hidden coves on route to Portofino, and Portofino National Park
- Indulge in the thriving landscape with a private tour, led by a local guide, to taste the tender wild and harvested produce, including locally made wines
- Learn about traditional provincial cuisine after an intimate couple’s cooking class taught by a private chef
- Wander the trails of Cinque Terre for unparalleled panoramas of the Mediterranean Sea and the secluded medieval villages
- Traverse the cobblestone lanes and ancient piazza of Finalborgo, a gorgeous town known for its fortified walls and castle ruins
- Bask in the beauty of the colorful houses and pebbled beach of Camogli as an introduction to the charms of Cinque Terre
- Relish uninterrupted time lounging on the beaches, lingering in cafes and delighting in enchanting ambiance with your partner on the Italian Riviera
Refined beaches with rich forests combined with captivating villas with charming fishing villages assure the perfect recipe for romance. Your 8-day custom-tailored vacation to the Italian Riviera will immerse you as a couple into luxury set inside the rich history of the Ligurian coastline. Whether strolling across unique medieval bridges or enjoying an incredible view from the top of a plateau, you will share unforgettable pleasures together that you will never forget. The journey will begin with your arrival in Genoa, the capital of Liguria and home of the former grand Genoese Republic. Your private transfer will meet you at the airport and escort you west to the town of Albissola, which stands between the hills and the sea. After you settle in, you will enjoy a marvelous introduction to your Italian vacation with a romantic dinner with a view of the water.
The next day, you will venture out with a private guide to discover the beautiful historical villages of the Italian Riviera. See the famous arching bridge at Dolceacqua and wander the narrow streets of Finalborgo. The next day will give you the same marvelous freedom of discovery along the Riviera delle Palme. Visit the artistic town of Albenga and wander along the narrow lanes of Apricale. Your private transfer will then meet you the next day to escort you to Genoa for a private tour of the city’s elaborate past.
Outside of Genoa, you will stop in the town of Camogli to enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the fishing village before you reach Monterosso. The next day, your local guide will meet you at your hotel eager to introduce you both to the magnificent trails of Cinque Terre, which connect the five villages both along the coastline and over the hilltops. Continue as your guide will lead you along the terraces that contain the gardens, farms, and vineyards of the province to learn about the history of production and taste the flavors enriched by the seaside soil.
Sample a list of wines made in a local vineyard before you meet a private chef ready to lead you and your partner through a couple’s cooking class to make dishes unique to the towns of Cinque Terre. The next day, you will step aboard a private boat to visit the secluded coves and remarkable towns south of Cinque Terre. Wander the trails of Portofino National Park before you stroll through the luxurious streets of Portofino Town. Visit hidden coves along the Riviera coastline before you return to Monterosso. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa for your flight home.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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