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Liguria: Genoa, Cinque Terre & the Italian Riviera

May 12 - 18, 2024

7 days, 6 nights

Small Group

From €5,245 per person based on 2 people

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Liguria. Located in the northwestern part of Italy, this beautiful region boasts charming seaside villages, impressive cliffs, and pristine beaches. Explore the dramatic coast of the Italian Riviera, including the five colorful, coastal towns of the Cinque Terre, and taste the flavors of the area.

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Why You'll Love It
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Genoa’s historical city center and noble alleys
  • Experience the nationally renowned “foccacia al formaggio di Recco” and learn how to make pesto in a hands-on cooking class
  • Stroll along the stunning beach of Camogli and seaside village of Boccadasse and explore the colorful villages of Cinque Terre and seaside town of Portofino
Day 1

Explore Genoa

Buongiorno Italia! After meeting your tour leader and group in Genoa, head to your hotel and check in. Your Italian adventure begins with a light lunch, and then a guided tour of the city center, including a visit to Christopher Columbus’ childhood home. Later on, head back to your hotel for a welcome dinner with your group.

Day 2

The Noble Alleys

Following breakfast at your hotel, join a guide for a tour through the nineteenth-century district of Genoa and the “noble alleys” of the city. You’ll then visit the little seaside village of Boccadasse and enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants along the coast. Then spend the evening at your leisure and dine with your group.

Day 3

Journey to the Riviera

Enjoy breakfast before checking out and head to Sestri Levante, stopping along the way to savor the nationally renowned “focaccia al formaggio di Recco” (cheese focaccia of Recco). Following lunch, stop in Camogli for a stroll along the beach and a visit of the town, then head to Sestri Levante for another group dinner.

Day 4

Discover Cinque Terre

Get ready for a full Cinque Terre immersion! Following breakfast, head to the UNESCO World Heritage site and visit the different villages, stopping for a picturesque lunch in a characteristic restaurant on the water to enjoy the breathtaking views. After, venture back to Sestri for dinner on your own.

Day 5

A Day on the Water

After breakfast, meet your tour leader and head to Portofino. Visit the seaside town before a ferry or car ride to the magical bay where the San Fruttuoso Abbey is located. If the weather permits, savor your lunch right on the beach. After, head back to Sestri and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 6

Pesto Cooking Class

In the morning, join a cooking class featuring pesto, a quintessential Italian sauce born right here in Liguria, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own.

Day 7

Arrivederci

Check out of your hotel and journey to Lucca for a quick stroll around town and one last lunch with your group. Then head towards Florence where we will bid you arrivederci until our next adventure together!

Our Guides

We partner with local guides, drivers, chefs and artisans of the highest caliber across all 20 regions of Italy. Every Ciao Andiamo expert is hand-selected by our team and passionate about sharing the best of Italy with our travelers.

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I take personal pleasure seeing my guests fall in love with our country, immersing themselves in the local culture and discovering the foods, wines and traditions unique to each region of Italy.

Getting Around

In Italy, getting around isn’t always easy, which is why we design each trip to flow as seamlessly as possible. From private transfers to expert guidance and assistance with public transportation, we’ll make sure you get from point A to point B without the stress.

Dedicated Private Driver

Throughout your tour, travel seamlessly in the comfort of dedicated car service, as you journey on daily excursions spanning small towns and off-the-beaten path adventures.

Where You'll Stay

Where you call home when you are away from home can make all the difference. That’s why we’ve handpicked accommodations across all our small group tours that blend a mix of Italian hospitality, comfort and local character (you want to feel like you’re in Italy, not Idaho).

What's Included

Six nights stay at Hotel De Ville in Genoa (or similar) and Hotel Vis a Vis in Sestri Levante (or similar) with daily breakfast

Nine meals (lunch or dinner) featuring regional specialties and local wines

Hands-on pesto cooking class

Two private guided tours in Genoa with admissions

Dedicated English-speaking tour leader with daily excursions and ground transportation

Pick-up in center of Genoa and drop-off in center of Florence

What's Not Included

Single supplement, airfare, travel insurance, personal expenditures, meals and transfers not specified, guide gratuity (optional)

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