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Italian Riviera of Flowers

April - October 2021

7 days from £849pp

Embark on a magnificent journey through Italy, exploring its breathtaking colourful coast as you go. Relax in the seaside resort of Diano Marina, visit San Remo’s hilltop villages, admire the pastel houses of Portofino and cross the border into Monaco.
  • Explore San Remo and the hilltop village of Dolceacqua
  • Visit the picturesque village of Portofino
  • Free time in the charming resort of Diano Marina
  • Day 1: London – Diano Marina

    We journey aboard Eurostar from London to 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
    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 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
    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
    Portofino
    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
    Diano Marina

    We enjoy another free day in resort.

  • Day 6: Monaco
    Diano Marina
    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.

    Please note: Portofino boat trip may be replaced by a coach depending on sea conditions.

     

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Your Accommodation

Hotel Palace, Diano Marina

★★★★
Overview
This lovely 4 star family run hotel is perfectly located overlooking the sandy beach in Diano Marina, and close to the old town and seaside promenade. This small and friendly hotel has just 48 bedrooms and is lovingly looked after by its owners and friendly and welcoming staff. Enjoy stunning sea views form its restaurant and terraces accompanied by good food and wine.
Hotel Facilities & Amenities

Buffet breakfast and evening meal is served in the elegant restaurant with views over the coast. Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cold dishes including delicious rolls and pastries, cereal, meats, cheeses, juices and meats of good quality.

Dinner is 4 courses and served to the table. On arrival night the meal is fixed and after the first evening there is a choice of menu. The hotel prides itself on its quality of food and service, and the meals offered to groups is the same as the food served to individual guests.

The hotel has a very pleasant, cosy bar with outside terraces overlooking the sea. It also offers a sauna, Jacuzzi and rooftop terrace, and there is free use of the hotel bicycles.

Room Facilities & Amenities

All rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Balcony
  • 32 in satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Mini bar (payable)
  • Safe deposit box
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full bathroom with toiletries & hairdryer (mix of walk in showers and bath tubs with shower attachments)
  • Air conditioning / central heating
Please note
Whilst all the bedrooms are accessed by lift there are some steps at the hotel entrance and a few steps from the reception to the lift itself. The roof top sun terrace is also accessed by outside stairs from the top floor. Therefore this holiday may not be suitable for wheelchair users who cannot manage some steps.