La Dolce Vita
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.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Fly to Nice
Fly to Nice, meet your Tour Manager and cross the border to your hotel in Pietra Ligure, on the Italian Riviera.
Day Two: Enjoy a leisurely day in Pietra Ligure
Spend your first day unwinding at the hotel and soaking up the pretty coastal surroundings. Take a dip in the pool, retreat to one of the private beaches - where there will be a restaurant and a bar, and sun-loungers are available for hire - or take a stroll along the seafront promenade, which leads to the resort's characterful old town. The more energetic might also rent a pedalo or even a wind-surfing board.
Day Three: Visit Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino and Rapallo
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 Four: Take a day trip to Monaco
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 if time permits.
Day Five: Spend another leisurely day in Pietra Ligure
Enjoy another restful day relaxing at the hotel or on the beach, making the most of the coastal setting.
Day Six: Discover the beauty of the Cinque Terre
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 Seven: Enjoy a final lazy day in Pietra Ligure
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 Eight: Fly back to the UK
Bid Arrivederci to your hosts, and re-board the coach for the transfer back to the airport and your return flight to the UK.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to the hotel is approximately two hours.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Meals in Italy
Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Italian hotel room tax
Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 € and 3 € per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your Tour Manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Airport development fees
An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.