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'La Dolce Vita' in northern Italy
Escape to the glistening, flower-strewn shores of the northern Mediterranean, to stay at an ideally-located hotel boasting its own private beach. On a trio of included excursions, you'll discover Portofino's exclusive charms and Monte Carlo's glitz and glamour, and take in the leafy coves, ancient hill-top villages and sunny vineyards of the Cinque Terre - five exquisite villages that hug the cliffs along the pretty Ligurian coast.
Italian Riviera Tour Itinerary
Fly to Nice, meet your Tour Manager and cross the border to your beachside hotel in Spotorno, on the Italian Riviera.
Day One: Fly to Nice
Spend your first day unwinding at the hotel and soaking up the pretty coastal surroundings. Take a dip in the pool, retreat to the private beach - where there is a restaurant and a bar, and sun-loungers are available for hire - or take a stroll along the seafront promenade, which runs through a variety of pretty gardens and leads to the resort's characterful old town. The more energetic might also rent a pedalo and paddle out towards the Isolotto di Bergeggi, a small offshore islet.
Day Two: Enjoy a leisurely day in Spotorno
Today we'll travel along the beautiful Ligurian Coast, where some of Italy's most famous resorts are backed by wooded hills and fronted by a glittering shoreline. We'll visit elegant Santa Margherita Ligure, which lies at the eastern end of the Portofino headland and boasts pretty gardens, piazzas and views over a stunning bay. After some time to explore, board a boat for a trip along the coast to the glamorous, ultra-chic neighbouring town of Portofino, which remains one of the Mediterranean's most idyllic settings. The day will also take in plush, bustling Rapallo, a one-time writers' retreat that hosted D H Lawrence among its many celebrated guests.
Day Three: Visit Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino and Rapallo
Cross the border into glitzy Monaco, the wealthy city-state on France's Mediterranean coastline. See the famous Casino, the Palais Princier - home to the Rainier family - and the harbour crammed with sumptuous yachts, around which the annual Formula 1 takes place in an explosion of colour and noise. Our journey to Monaco takes us above the beautiful Riviera of Flowers and reveals some sensational views of the blue Mediterranean below. En route, we'll also make a short call in the colourful border town of Ventimiglia.
Day Four: Take a day trip to Monaco
Enjoy another restful day relaxing at the hotel or on the beach, making the most of the coastal setting.
Day Five: Spend another leisurely day in Spotorno
Uncover the dazzling beauty of the Cinque Terre, or 'Five Lands', on today's final excursion. On this gorgeous coastline, a quintet of colourful villages are squeezed into a series of tiny coves. Pastel-painted houses cling haphazardly to the craggy cliffs, which overlook working fishing harbours and are surrounded by vineyards that produce some of Liguria's most celebrated wines.
Day Six: Discover the beauty of the Cinque Terre
Spend a last day soaking up the atmosphere of your Mediterranean retreat, before enjoying a farewell dinner of typical Ligurian fare, which includes several varieties of fish and pasta.
Day Seven: Enjoy a final lazy day in Spotorno
Bid Arrivederci to your hosts, and re-board the coach for the transfer back to the airport and your return flight to the UK.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK