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Liguria & The Cinque Terre

Ligurian Riviera 7 nights Price from £2,996 per person
Departs: 07 May 2021, 17 Sep 2021
Departs: 07 May 2021

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One of the most beautiful coastal regions in Italy, stretching between Monaco and Tuscany and with a dramatic range of mountains as its backdrop, Liguria is also one of the least visited. Our new tour has been planned to introduce the region and its main city Genoa to new visitors. Genoa was a great maritime centre which was ruled by powerful Doges for five hundred years. It became one of the wealthiest cities in Europe and this legacy is apparent today in its historic centre with its magnificent palaces built for fabulously rich and powerful families. We will take time to explore the rugged coastline and go to the area known as le Cinque Terre – the five villages. There will also be time to relax and enjoy the pretty harbour town of Rapallo overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio. We stay in the centre of this picturesque town at the elegant 5 star Hotel Excelsior Palace. The palm trees, pastel-coloured villas and beautiful gardens of this stretch of coastline make it one of the most exotic and opulent in the entire Mediterranean.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights to Genoa
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Four dinners at the hotel
  • Two lunches including one at the Hotel Splendido, Portofino
  • All entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Genoa

    We fly from London to Genoa and transfer to Rapallo where we stay for seven nights at the 5 star Grand Hotel Excelsior Palace.
  • Day 2 - Palazzo Durazzo

    Our first visit will be to the Palazzo Durazzo, a stunning Renaissance palace and garden filled with delicate plants and fine statuary. In the afternoon we will sail to the Benedictine monastery at San Fruttuoso, accessible only by boat.
  • Day 3 - Palazzo Rosso & Palazzo Bianco

    We make the first of two visits to Genoa today. We will go to via Garibaldi and see some of the town mansions including the Palazzo Rosso and the Palazzo Bianco. Later we will go to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo with its typical Ligurian striped façade, and also to the Museo del Tesoro with a matchless collection of religious art and artefacts brought back from the Crusades.
  • Day 4 - Vernazza

    We travel eastwards to Vernazza, the prettiest of the Cinque Terre. There will be some free time to explore the town square and its attractive harbour where we take our private boat to Lerici, another pretty resort. We will pass by the Casa Magni in San Terenzo where Mary Shelley lived.
  • Day 5 - Palazzo Ravaschieri

    We drive to Chiavari and visit a private villa, the Palazzo Ravaschieri located in the heart of the mediaeval centre of the town. Lunch will be included before returning to Santa Margherita, where the remainder of the day is free.
  • Day 6 - Principe Doria Pamphili

      We return to Genoa and this time visit the Palazzo del Principe Doria Pamphili, built for Andrea Doria. This huge palace has beautiful 16th century frescoes and tapestries and a portrait of Doria as Neptune by Bronzino. Other visits include the National Gallery at the Palazzo Spinola and a private visit to the Palazzo Lomellino with frescoes by Strozzi.
  • Day 7 - Cervara

    We stop at Cervara, originally a small Benedictine abbey with a superb split-level garden overlooking the bay. Afterwards we drive to Portofino, one of the smartest and most picturesque resorts in Europe, where we will have lunch at the fabled Hotel Splendido.
  • Day 8 - Flight to London

    We drive to Genoa airport for the flight back to Gatwick.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Gatwick 09.20 arrives Genoa 12.15
Depart Genoa 13.00 arrives London Gatwick 13.55

Departure Dates and Prices

07 May 2021

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Price from£2996

Single Supp.£378

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17 Sep 2021

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Price from£2996

Single Supp.£378

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Ligurian Riviera, Italy, Europe

Overlooking the colourful marina and just 500 metres from the centre of picturesque Rapallo and its beach, the Excelsior Palace is the grandest hotel in town.

Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

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