Italian Riviera of Flowers

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19 Mar 2018 - 9 Oct 2018
Duration: 6 nights departing 19th Mar, 21st Apr, 15th May or 3rd Oct
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With the warm sea breeze of the Mediterranean and the shelter of the Maritime Alps, this beautiful stretch of Italian coast is the perfect suntrap where a colourful paradise of exotic plants and flowers nestles among pastel-coloured towns filled with old-world elegance. Based in the charming resort of Diano Marina, we spend six nights in our seafront hotel – a favourite among our customers – and enjoy some quiet days by the sea, along with the chance to visit surrounding highlights. San Remo in particular is known as the ‘city of flowers’ and hosts the liveliest flower market in Europe, while further along the coast we find the pretty fishing village of Portofino, regarded as the jewel of the Italian Riviera.

DAY 1: LONDON – DIANO MARINA

We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris or Lille and continue by TGV to Nice, where we are taken by coach to Diano Marina, on the beautiful Italian Riviera.

DAY 2: DIANO MARINA

Today is free for you to spend at leisure in our pretty resort, surrounded by hills and coast. You can relax in our hotel and enjoy the facilities, head to the fine sandy beach, or venture into the old town to browse the shops and sample local delicacies. There’s also an 11th-century castle where traces of the town’s ancient past can be found. If you want to explore further afield, the nearby medieval village of Cervo, with its combination of cobbled alleys, terraces, arches and rooftops, is a delightful place to visit.

DAY 3: DOLCEACQUA & SAN REMO

The hilltop village of Dolceacqua enjoys a picture perfect setting and is filled with striking architecture. The Nervia river runs through its heart, separating the village into two parts – the oldest called Terra, which is dominated by the Doria Castle, and the newest called Borgo. Both are connected by a spectacular medieval bridge, described by Claude Monet as “a jewel of lightness”. We also visit San Remo, Italy’s answer to France’s Monte Carlo. The atmospheric old town, known as ‘La Pigna’, is tightly packed with buildings that cling to a steep hill. There are also two ports where you can see luxurious yachts, busy shopping streets and broad tree-lined boulevards.

DAY 4: PORTOFINO

We travel by coach to Santa Margherita and take the ferry to enjoy the dramatic coastal scenery on our way to Portofino. This pretty crescent-shaped village retains all of its traditional charms, despite its jet-set reputation. You can explore the harbour with its brightly coloured buildings, follow one of the scenic pathways to the beach or the light house, or visit the 16th-century hilltop castle and enjoy wonderful views across the Mediterranean to the French island of Corsica.

DAY 5: DIANO MARINA

We enjoy another free day in resort.

DAY 6: MONACO

Enjoy a free day in resort or join our optional excursion to visit the French resort of Monaco, a playground for the rich and famous and home to the renowned grand prix circuit and exquisite harbour. Admire the casino, walk around the gardens, or for a small cost you can take a circular bus tour.

DAY 7: DIANO MARINA – LONDON

We check out of our hotel this morning and retrace our route to meet Eurostar for the return to London.

PRICES:

19th March 2018: £659 per person
21st April 2018: £695 per person
15th May 2018: £729 per person
3rd October 2018: £699 per person

Single supplement: £95
Sea or Lake view supplement: £36
Deposit: £150

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris or Lille
  • Return TGV from Paris or Lille to Nice
  • Return coach transfer to our hotel
  • Six nights’ half board accommodation in Diano Marina
  • Services of our Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • San Remo and the hilltop village of Dolceacqua
  • Picturesque Portofino

Optional Excursion available:
Excursion to Monaco: £39

HOTEL PALACE, DIANO MARINA (OR SIMILAR)

This 3 star hotel is perfectly located in front of a sandy beach, with the old town and the shopping centre easily reached along the seaside promenade. All of the bedrooms are well furnished and equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, balcony, safe, hairdryer, magnifying mirror, telephone and Wi-Fi. Enjoy sea views from the restaurant, which serves a range of dishes using delicious local products along with a wide variety of selected wines. There is also a wellness room with a sauna and Jacuzzi, and a rooftop terrace where you can admire the views across the bay.