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Highlights

  • 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 Pisa'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 historic bays of Portovenere 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 Portovenere (via Pisa)

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 Pisa. Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer to the opulent five star-star Grand Hotel Portovenere. hidden among the sparkling bays of the eponymous village. Clifftop trails, hidden beaches and deep caves, dominated by the fortress of Castelo Doria, are just moments away. 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)

Portovenere, Italy

Portovenere, Italy

Grand Hotel Portovenere Room

Grand Hotel Portovenere Room


Days 2 – 4

Storybook villages & cliff-side delights

The next three 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, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre


Days 5 – 6

Explore historic Pisa

After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer to to your Pisa and your hotel a majestic spa residence originally built in 1743 for the Grand Duke of Tuscany, today a renowned hotel and spa, take time to enjoy the frescoed ceilings, floral gardens and treatments set in the hills to the north of Pisa.

Next day you will be met and taken for a walk through the city of Pisa to discover why it's so much more than its famed tower; there’s everything from fading merchants’ houses and Gothic churches to Romanesque piazzas and baptisteries resplendent in bright-white marble before heading back to your hotel hotel, the Hotel Bagni di Pisa, for your final evening in this historic city.

Stay: Hotel Bagni di Pisa (Deluxe)

Breakfast included

Pisa Cathedral and the Leaning Tower

Pisa Cathedral and the Leaning Tower


Day 7

Depart for home

After breakfast, take your private transfer from Pisa 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 £1,790 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £1,790 pp
High Season from: £2,195 pp

Includes
  • UK airport chauffeur drive service
  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Pisa, Italy
  • Private return transfers between Pisa airport and Portovenere hotel
  • 4nts 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
  • Private transfer Portovenere to Pisa
  • 2nts accommodation Hotel Bagni di Pisa on a BB basis
  • Private departure transfer Pisa hotel to airport
  • Not included - Local ferry service between Portovenere and Cinque Terre Villages must be booked locally by cash or credit card
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