Redefine your ideas of comfort and luxury on the trails of the Italian Riviera as you relax in the natural landscape of the meandering cliffs and the stunning Mediterranean Sea. Your custom tailored tour will lead you along the ancient paths that connect medieval villages, secluded monasteries, and lush seaside towns. The scents of lemon trees and basil plants blend into the sea breeze as antique towers that have protected the coastline from pirates and maritime powers for centuries stand tall....
Florence – Arrive in Florence
Florence stands at the heart of Tuscany and fills the famous region with the luster of its Renaissance influence lining the Arno River. As your flight descends into the Florence airport, you will see the cypress trees and vineyards that rise along the rolling hills of the countryside. Your private transfer will meet you at the baggage claim and lead you along the cobblestones of Florence’s city center. The massive dome of the Florence Cathedral soars above the palaces and historical buildings of the city. Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby to show you the wonders of Florence on an introductory walking tour to highlight the city’s open-air museum characteristics.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Campanile, and the Baptistery rise from the heart of the Piazza del Duomo. The inlaid marble shines pink, white, and green in the passing sunlight. The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo hides in an antique palace that borders the square behind the Cathedral’s main entrance. The Cathedral is often considered the symbol of Florence, from its incredible dome designed by Brunelleschi to the sheer magnitude of the church, which reaches a length of nearly 500 feet long. The interior contains hints of frankincense that linger from mass earlier in the day.
The 44 stained glass windows from the 14th and 15th-century continue to glow with sharp hues that bring a rainbow of light into the nave. Lorenzo Ghiberti, who designed the bronze panels of the baptistery doors, also created the stunning Biblical depictions in the three rose windows. Your elaborate introductory tour of the city ends at the Church of San Miniato that overlooks the Tuscan countryside and Florence. The aroma of lush cypress trees overtakes the air outside of the entrance. You walked up the hill that bordered the city, which provides access to Piazza Michelangelo. Inside the church, the local monks still chant nightly, as they have since the church’s inception in the 11th-century.
Santa Margherita – Introductory Hike
Santa Margherita – Trek to San Fruttuoso
Monterosso – Visit Levanto and Medieval Towns
Monterosso – The Cinque Terre Trails
Portovenere – From Riomaggiore to Portovenere
Florence – A Scenic Cruise
Florence – Depart for Home
- Experience the incredible Mediterranean coastline of Liguria as you trek along the ancient trails that connect secluded villages and towns
- Listen to monks perform traditional Gregorian chants while you absorb the panorama of the Florence skyline
- Discover the secluded San Fruttuoso Monastery only reachable by boat or walking trail
- Indulge in the luxuries of the medieval city of Portovenere and the beauty of the Gulf of Poets
- Sip wine on a private vineyard near Corniglia with a fantastic view of the Ligurian Coast
- Discover the vines and olive orchards that circle the ancient town of Volastra
- Indulge in the fresh flavors of Ligurian cuisine, from the seafood to the pesto
- Climb the watchtowers of the various towns of Cinque Terre erected to protect the coastline from pirates
- Visit elegant villas and graceful gardens that offer ample views of the mountains and sea
- Capture the fascinating aromas of the history of perfume at the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Combine the pleasures of the Italian villages with the wonders of the Italian scenery during your active exploration of the Italian Riviera. Your 8-day scenic tour provides you with unparalleled views of the dramatic Ligurian coastline, filled with medieval fortresses and moored yachts. Follow unique trails that connect tranquil churches and flourishing vineyards. Each village contains a distinctive charm with its own cuisine based on the regional style. When your flight lands at the Florence airport, your private transfer will escort you into the heart of the Renaissance city. After settling in, your guide will lead you on an introductory walking tour to take in the open-air museum for which the Florentine streets are known. End your tour at the church of San Miniato to hear the monks’ Gregorian chant.
Venture next into the region of Liguria at the town of Santa Margherita. Enjoy the aroma of orange blossoms on the promenade before your brief hike to the nearby Portofino. Next day, trek along the cliffs of the Italian Riviera to reach the sheltered San Fruttuoso Abbey before you return to the town of Portofino. Enter next into the famed hamlet of Cinque Terre and leave the quiet, but luxurious, Levanto and cross over the prominent hills into Monterosso. Relish the marvelous vistas along the way as you eventually reach the picturesque region of Vernazza.
Next, you will follow the trails from Vernazza to Manarola. Pass through the middle of the Five Towns, known as Corniglia. Enjoy a visit to a local winery where vines overtake the hillside near the ancient town of Volastra. Once in Manarola, board the return train to Monterosso for the evening. Venture next to Riomaggiore, the southernmost town of Cinque Terre, by morning train and begin your outing for the day. The trail winds along pine and chestnut forests to reach the Gulf of Poets at the town of Portovenere, where you will indulge in the luxurious charms of the medieval city.
Continue to take the ferry to La Spezia to meet your private transfer. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the splendor of Tuscany as you please, whether with a visit to the quintessential towns of Pisa and Lucca or by returning to Florence to relish more of the Renaissance influence on the culture. You could also visit the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, the first perfumery in the world. To conclude, your private transfer will escort you to the Florence airport for your flight home.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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