Genoa, Cinque Terre & the Riviera

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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.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive to Milan Malpensa Airport where you will be greeted by your private chauffeur and depart for Genoa, the onetime mighty maritime republic that remains today one of Europe's most import sea ports. Arrive at your grand five-star hotel located in the historic core of the city and enjoy the afternoon to begin exploring at your leisure. In the evening indulge in a dinner of typical Genovese flavors at a revered eatery beloved by the locals.

Day 2

Be greeted by your local expert and begin your day of private touring by discovering the city's UNESCO World Heritage Strade Nuove. Comprised of the Palazzi dei Rolli, a network of 16th century noble palaces, you will learn about the aristocratic families of the period, and Genoa's heritage as a wealthy maritime power with strong ties to the New World. Stop for a lunch of local specialties like spaghetti allo scoglio and Ciuppin in the astoundingly well-preserved medieval center. End the day traversing the antique grid of Genoa’s most historic streets and hidden piazzette, before visiting the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo.

Day 3

Depart on a scenic drive to the ancient fishing village of Boccadasse where your local guide will help you discover its intriguing history and quaint beachfront lined with art galleries and gelato shops. Next travel to a nearby town known for its elegant 16th and 17th century villas, public green spaces, and seaside promenades. Enjoy a lunch of fresh fish at a noted waterfront trattoria before returning to Genova for a free evening.

Day 4

Depart Genoa by chauffeur 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 departing for the scenic town of Sestri Levante, nestled along the Bay of Silence. Delight in a lunch of coastal inspired cuisine at a historic cantina in the heart of town, before taking a leisurely stroll along the promontory's scenic cobblestone streets. In the late afternoon your chauffeur will transport you to stunning Santa Margherita Ligure for check-in to your elegant four-star seaside retreat.

Day 5

Be intoxicated by exquisite Mediterranean views as your local expert accompanies you along the jewel toned dreamscapes of the Riviera coastline. Begin the day with a leisurely hike from Santa Margherita Ligure along a stunning coastal path that overlooks the sea. Visit the charming harbor of Portofino and stop for a lunch of Riviera delicacies, before departing on a stunning boat ride to the Bay of San Fruttuoso to admire its waterfront abbey and charming beach.

Day 6

Today your local guide will take you on scenic train ride to the quaint fishing hamlet of Riomaggiore at the southernmost point of Cinque Terre. Embark on 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 to visit the shop of an artisan limoncino producer for a sampling of their finest distillations. Spend a free afternoon enjoying Monterosso’s vibrant seaside culture at your own pace.

Day 7

Whisk away via chauffeur for a day of sightseeing in Lerici, coined the “pearl of the gulf” by Virginia Woolf. Your local guide will take you on a special walking tour of the town to admire its historic castle, said to have inspired Mary Shelley's iconic "Frankenstein", and a stroll along the same waterfront promenade that conjured romantic musings from Lord Byron. Savor lunch in the center of town before returning to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 8

Bid farewell to Santa Margherita and travel by chauffeur to Milan Malpensa Aiport, in preparation for your return flight or the next leg of your adventure.

Experiences We Recommend

  • Privately guided architecture tour of Genoa's UNESCO designated Palazzo dei Rolli
  • Cooking class of pesto Genovese, fresh pasta and Ligurian desserts in historic palazzo
  • Visit of artisan salami producer in the hills of Sant'Olcese
  • Walking tour of the scenic the fishing village of Boccadasse
  • Private boat trip along the Cinque Terre
  • Hiking along Cinque Terre coastal pathways with local guided
  • Scenic train and ferry boat rides along the Riviera
  • Visit to the castle which inspired Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
  • Boutique olive oil mill visit with tasting
  • Guided tour of the 16th century abbey of San Fruttuoso followed by free beach time


The minimum trip length for a CountryBred Encounter is 5 Days/4 Nights

Pricing for our Italy Encounters begins at:

  • $850-$1,000/per person, per day* based on double occupancy and a travel party of two
Small group pricing available for travel parties of four or more

*The final price of your custom tour 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.

Encounters Include

  • Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury hotels
  • Chauffeured transport for touring & transfers
  • Private touring with professional local guides
  • Engaging activities led by cultural experts
  • Signature experiences with insider access
  • Regionally authentic dining
  • Traveler Welcome Package
  • Taxes & base gratuities

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  • CountryBred Encounters begin at $750-$1,000/per person, per day
  • The minimum trip length for a CountryBred Encounter is 5 Days/4 Nights
  • All CountryBred Encounters are land touring experiences only and do not include airfare
  • Groups of four or more are eligible for small group pricing


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