Lose yourself in the Baroque opulence and maritime glory of Genoa before journeying to the terraced hillside vineyards of the Italian Riviera and quaint fishing villages of Cinque Terre. Let the perfume of olive and lemon groves envelop you as coastal visions conjure poetic verses of the Romantic age.
- 7 Nights at CountryBred approved, four and five-star boutique accommodations
- Deluxe and/or Superior room stays
- Private luxury chauffeur for all intercity travel, day trips and excursions
- Airport / Train station transfers with baggage assistance
- Scenic train rides and coastline hikes
- Boat fares as indicated
- Private touring with professionally licensed local guides and cultural experts
- Flexible guided time with local experts based upon your preference
- 2 Gourmand dinners
- 6 Regionally authentic lunches
- Daily breakfasts
- Museum tickets & entrance fees
- All gratuities & taxes
- Traveler welcome package including customized Culture Guide
- Please note that transfers to airports and/or train stations outside of Milan or Genoa for arrival/departure, are available upon request for an additional, supplemental fee. Airfare is not included.
- A personalized and private travel experience, whether you’re a solo voyager, a couple, group of friends, family or an organization
- A well crafted itinerary that is a reflection of your cultural interests, which we bring to life through our unparalleled insider knowledge, local access and dedicated team
- A thoughtful travel pace that leads you down roads less traveled while leaving time to enjoy the quiet moments that make for remarkable memories
- Enriching activities that immerse you in local culture and traditions
- Premium accommodations that are distinct reflections of the regions they reside in, with real histories and real people behind them
- Regional ambassadors and local cultural experts that go beyond educating, to invite you into their community and introduce you to their unique corner of the world.
- Authentic dining that ensures you enjoy the finest in regional culinary traditions from quaint family owned eateries to innovative Michelin-starred restaurants. Each meal is in itself a work of art, passionately prepared and uniquely local.
Genoa, Cinque Terre & Italy’s Riviera
Sample 8-Day Private Trip Itinerary
Genoa, Camogli, Sestri Levante, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Cinque Terre, Lerici
Available April thru October
Arrive in Milan Malpensa airport where you will be greeted by your private luxury chauffeur who will transport you to the onetime mighty maritime republic of Genoa that remains still today one of the most important and largest seaports in all of Europe. Arrive at your grand five-star hotel located in the historic core of the city for check-in. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure then in the evening indulge in an elegant Michelin-starred dinner of Genovese traditional fare reinterpreted at a locally revered restaurant.
Be met by your local expert and begin your day of private touring by discovering the beginnings of modern day banking with a stroll through Genoa’s antique banking district. Afterward tour the UNESCO honored Palazzi dei Rolli, the network of opulent 17th century palaces that line Via Garibaldi, where you’ll learn about Genoa’s heritage as a wealthy maritime power with strong ties to the New World. Stop for a lunch of local specialties like minestrone al pesto, spaghetti allo scoglio and Ciuppin in the astoundingly well-preserved medieval center. End your day by visiting what is said to be Cristopher Columbus’s birthplace and childhood home, before traversing the antique grid of Genoa’s most historic streets and hidden piazzette arriving at the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo.
Depart on a scenic driving tour with your local guide to the ancient fishing village of “Boccadasse” to take in its boutique art galleries, gelato shops and quaint beach. Next head to a nearby town known for its elegant 16th and 17th century villas, public green spaces and seaside promenades. Stop for a lunch of fresh fish in a noted waterfront trattoria before returning to Genova for a free evening.
Depart Genoa and wind your way along the scenic Ligurian Riviera coastline before reaching the medieval fishing village of Camogli. Visit the town at your leisure before enjoying a lunch of local prawns and fresh caught seafood. After lunch depart for Sestri Levante to relax along the shore of its glorious Bay of Silence. Arrive at your hilltop castle turned luxury four-star accommodation perched above Sestri Levante’s breathtaking peninsula. Settle-in and spend the rest of your day enjoying the hotel’s private natural beach and lush gardens.
Be intoxicated by exquisite Mediterranean views as your chauffeur and local expert accompany you along the Riviera coastline to the jewel toned dreamscapes of Santa Margherita and Portofino. Begin your day in Santa Margherita Ligure and enjoy a leisurley hike along a route of hidden abbeys that overlook the shores of Santa Margherita arriving to the charming harbor of Portofino where you’ll stop for a lunch of Riviera delicacies. After lunch, depart on a stunning boat ride to the Bay of San Fruttuoso to admire its waterfront abbey and charming beach. Return to Portofino by boat where your chauffeur will be awaiting to take you back to your hotel in Sestri Levante. In the evening delight in a dinner at a historic cantina in the heart of Sestri Levante.
Leave Sestri Levante via private chauffeur for Vernazza located in the famous Cinque Terre for check-in to your luxury bed & breakfast. After check-in to your premium sea view room ,your local guide will take you on scenic train to the quaint fishing hamlet of Riomaggiore at the southernmost point of Cinque Terre. Take a leisurely walk from Riomaggiore to the town of Manarola, where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the Mediterranean along the way. In Manarola stop for a well deserved lunch of regional specialties then depart for Monterosso where you will visit the shop of an artisanal limoncino liqueur producer and sample their finest distillations. Spend some free time enjoying Monterosso’s vibrant seaside culture before returning to Vernazza via train in the early evening.
Whisk away via private chauffeur for a day of sightseeing in Lerici, coined the “pearl of the gulf” by Virginia Woolf. Your local guide will lead you on a historical and literary walking tour of the town to admire its historic castle, that is said to have inspired Mary Shelley to write her iconic Frankenstein, as you stroll along the same waterfront promenade that conjured romantic musings from none other than Lord Byron. Savor lunch in the center of town before returning to Vernazza to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Depart Vernazza for your return flight home or the next leg of your trip.-As part of our Enriched Booking process your customized itinerary will be designed with the assistance of a CountryBred specialist. -This trip can be specifically tailored for organizations, associations and corporate incentives.
The recommended trip length for this sample itinerary is 8 days/7 nights with pricing options beginning at $5,300/person. Please note that the “Share Bred With Friends” preferred pricing program will be applied to travel parties of four or more.
The final price of your custom trip will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.
Included in this sample CountryBred Encounter are:
Featured Deluxe Hotels
To walk into the Grand Hotel Savoia is to be surrounded by images of a sepia tinged Genoa characterized by grand voyages, steamer trunks and classic grandeur. Every detail of this five star hotel perfectly captures the essence of the city’s heritage as a mighty maritime republic, from the sumptuous lobby and regal room furnishings to the hotel’s sophisticated reading parlor and fine restaurant. Renovated in 2008, the hotel defines itself with a refined balance between modern and antique, featuring original furnishings and heirlooms that nostalgically pay homage to its Ligurian pedigree, while incorporating modern conveniences such as a fitness center and breathtaking wellness spa to pamper its guests.
Perched above the fabled peninsula of Sestri Levante, the Grand Hotel dei Castelli is a beacon of splendor that can be seen gleaming from miles away. Encompassing the edge of Sestri Levante’s promontory and situated amidst a sprawling natural park of lush vegetation, the hotel is a secluded paradise where nature and sea come together exquisitely and impeccable panoramic views of the Mediterranean can be seen from every angle. Opulently furnished rooms with sea and garden views, a gourmet restaurant featuring coastal Ligurian fare, and a private elevator that takes guests from the hotel down to the center of town, are but a few of the hotel’s celebrated features. Perhaps best encompassing the hotel’s central themes of nature and sea, guests can enjoy sunbathing and swimming in a natural pool of sea water carved out of an existing cove.
Imagine cool coastal breezes encircling you as the turquoise Mediterranean lay directly below and sunlight dances upon the whitewashed stucco of your ethereal escape. While you might feel the need to pinch yourself, rest assured you’re not dreaming, you’re a guest at La Mala’.
Nestled in the beautifully preserved heart of Vernazza, one of the most revered fishing villages within the Cinque Terre, La Mala’ is owned and lovingly operated by the Malagamba family. Native to Vernazza for generations, the Malagambas transformed their family home into the boutique luxury bed and breakfast that it is today. Years of careful planning and attention to the smallest of details resulted in La Mala’ proudly welcoming its first guests in 2006.
Encounter Something Unexpected
Experiential travel takes time, passion and local ingredients to make something truly special. When you travel with CountryBred, you can look forward to the following:
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