The Cinque Terre
Liguria... the Italian Riviera
Arching from Tuscany to the French border, the Ligurian coastline has much to offer, from traditional villages to chic coastal resorts. Known as the Riviera of Flowers, it has a Mediterranean climate and there are many wonderful gardens to explore. Our base is the coastal town of Loano which boasts a historic centre with many churches and narrow lanes to explore.
Alassio • Garden Visits • San Remo • Genoa • Cervo
Day 1 Short Channel crossing. Overnight in the Metz area.
Day 2 Travel southwards through Switzerland and on to Loano for a 5 night stay.
Day 3 A day at leisure. See the old town, cathedral, old town gate and relax with a stroll through the narrow streets and along the beachfront promenade.
Day 4 Journey west. First stop is Alassio to visit the Villa della Pergola’s wonderful English garden. Continue on to the grand resort of San Remo, known as the City of Flowers for its colourful floral decorations.
Day 5 Travel east along the coast. Make a stop in Arenzano which nestles between the sea and mountains. Continue on to the lovely gardens at Villa Durazzo Pallavicini which blends Italian and English landscaping. A visit to Genoa, the Ligurian capital, is also possible.
Day 6 Visit the lovely clifftop town of Cervo, considered one of the most beautiful in the area. This is a region known for its olive oil production. Continue to Diano Marina for time at leisure before continuing to Imperia. Here visit the Olive Oil Museum which charts the history of this important product.
Day 7 Leave Loano, through Switzerland and on to an overnight stay near Metz.
Day 8 Short Channel crossing to Dover and home.
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
Garden Lido Hotel, Loano
A 4 star hotel overlooking the sea front and promenade of Loana. Rooms are comfortable and well appointed. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool (open from June), restaurant, bar and lovely gardens.
• 4 star • 67 rooms • Lift
• Gardens • Outdoor swimming pool
• Nearby coach parking
Your tour includes:
• Return short Channel crossings
• 1 night half board on outbound journey
• 5 nights half board in Loano with:
Welcome drink, Cold buffet breakfast
3 course dinner with choice from night 2
After dinner tea/coffee each night
• Visit to the gardens of Villa della Pergola
• Visit to the gardens of Villa Durazzo Pallavicini
• Admission to the Olive Oil Museum in Imperia
• 1 night half board on inbound journey
While we offer a very wide range of destinations it is impossible to feature everything here. If you cannot see what you are looking for please contact us to discuss your requirements.