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  • Stroll among the colourful houses of historic Cinque Terre's villages
  • Taste local wines and bruschetta at traditional trattorias
  • Stay in five-star, boutique luxury throughout with gourmet restaurants and superb spas
  • Enjoy included ferry and train journeys to take you to each charming village
  • Explore Genoa's historic cobbles and palatial architecture

The coast of Italy has long been known as the epitome of romance and charm, but this is perhaps nowhere more apparent than among the pastel-hued villages, rugged cliffs and charming yacht-lined harbours of world-famous Cinque Terre. Explore it all on this tailor-made, luxury trip, enjoying everything from wine tasting in world-class vineyards to sampling local bruschetta in cosy trattorias. You'll start among the palatial history of Genoa before ultra-scenic included train and ferry journeys bring you to the romantic cobbles and fishing harbours of Cinque Terre’s most famous villages, culminating your evenings in five-star hotels that boast superb spas and gourmet restaurants.

Day 1

UK to Genoa

Begin your trip in true style with an included chauffeured drive to the airport and VIP airport lounge access before your flight from the UK to Genoa. Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer to the opulent, 19th-century Grand Hotel Savoia, just moments from Genoa's historic downtown. Indulge in the fabulous spa before a pre-dinner drink on the panoramic rooftop terrace.

It's all the perfect prelude to an al fresco dinner in the restaurant which offers the likes of ultra-fresh seafood and traditional Italian fare.

Stay: Grand Hotel Savoia (Deluxe)

Genoa, Italy

Genoa, Italy

Day 2

La Spezia: The first of Cinque Terre's colourful gems

After breakfast, depart Genoa, enjoy a private transfer from the colourful clifftop houses of La Spezia to the five-star Grand Hotel Portovenere, nestled among the sparkling bays of the eponymous village and surrounded by clifftop trails, hidden beaches and deep caves. The hotel itself is just as spectacular as its surrounds, particularly the veranda restaurant that looks over the charming hotchpotch of the town.

The likes of mussel spaghetti, burrata with aubergine and grilled scallops are best enjoyed before an aperitivo at the onsite Venus bar and its seaside terrace.

Stay: Grand Hotel Portovenere (Deluxe)

Breakfast included

Cinque Terre

Village in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Street of village in Cinque Terre

Days 3 – 4

Storybook villages & cliff-side delights

The next two days will see you explore the myriad charms of this region – perhaps head on an included ferry ride to reach the charming harbour of Monorola clinking with yachts, hike the hugging cliffside trails, or while away the hours on pebbly azure-framed beaches. We've also included a Cinque Terre pass for unlimited access to the walking trail that winds between villages – don't miss a visit to Vernazzo's ancient seaside houses and winding cobbles, and Corniglia, the region's highest village.

A hike to the top (it's unreachable via boat) is rewarded with, unsurprisingly, spectacular ocean vistas. On day four head to Monterosso, where quaint beaches and trattorias offering fresh seafood make for a wonderfully languid few hours. In addition, we've included wine & food tasting at rustic wine bar Enoteca Internazionale, for a range of local bruschetta washed down with local Cinque Terre white wines. 

Stay: Grand Hotel Portovenere (Deluxe)

Breakfast included

Cinque Terre

Beach, Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Harbour, Cinque Terre

Day 5

Explore historic Genoa

After breakfast, private transfer back to Genoa. Discover the palatial history of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi or the grand square, and don't miss an amble among the cobbled streets before reaching the UNESCO-listed Palazza dei Rolli.

Head back to your hotel, the Grand Hotel Savoia, for your final evening in this historic city at the hotel's incredible restaurant, or head out to the port for myriad eateries and wine bars.

Stay: Grand Hotel Savoia (Deluxe)

Breakfast included


Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Genoa

Day 6

Depart for home

After breakfast, take your private transfer from Genoa to the airport to catch your flight back to the UK.

Breakfast included

About the itinerary

"The five villages are no longer the isolated hamlets they once were, but there’s still a feeling of remote authenticity, with few roads, perfectly preserved architecture and a network of stunning coastal and mountain trails. I have designed this itinerary to provide the best opportunity to maximise the experience of visiting the Cinque Terre, firstly by being based in Portovenere and arriving by sea to the villages is a unique experience, and to combine this with the coastal trains and walking trails available through the included Cinque Terre Card, and having the ability to return to the peace of your hotel each night provides the perfect balance"

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £1,330 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £1,330 pp
High Season from: £1,670 pp

  • UK airport chauffeur drive service
  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Genoa, Italy
  • Private return transfers between Genoa airport and Genoa hotel
  • 2nts accommodation Grand Hotel Savoia, Genoa (1 pre and 1 post Cinque Terre) on a B&B basis
  • Return private transfers betweeen Genoa and Portovenere
  • 3nts accommodation Grand Hotel Portovenere on a B&B basis
  • Cinque Terre Train pass which allows unlimited access to walking trails between villages, and unlimited train travel between villages
  • Visit Riomaggoire, Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza
  • Visit Monterosso and enjoy a food and wine tasting experience
  • Half board and upgrades available at Grand Hotel Savoia and Grand Hotel Portovenere - please ask your specialist for details
  • Not included - Local ferry service between Portovenere and Cinque Terre Villages must be booked locally by cash or credit card