Extend your trip with a stay in Santa Margherita, Italy. This lovely seaside resort town is home to several medieval relics, like a 16th-century castle, and the Abbazia della Cervara (Abbey of Cervara), which was erected in the late 1300s, and features an expansive garden overlooking the sea. Santa Margherita is a charming place to relax and sample the town's vintages.
- It's Included:
- Accommodations: for 4 nights at the First-Class Best Western Hotel Regina Elena
- 4 meals: 4 breakfasts
- Included tours: Cinque Terre National Park, Santa Margherita, Portofino
- Exclusive services of a Grand Circle Program Director
- All transfers
- Now included for 2015
- Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on your extension and all optional tours
After your Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote d'Azur River Cruise Tour, you'll transfer to Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. Depending on your arrival time, enjoy free time for lunch, and in the afternoon your Grand Circle Program Director will provide an orientation walk of Santa Margherita Ligure. Dinner is on your own.
After breakfast, we will depart for an included tour of Cinque Terre National Park, where clusters of terraces are fastened to cliffs that drop dramatically into the sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is comprised of five captivating villages, most of which are solely connected by pathways and train stations, making them delightfully free of car traffic. We'll explore by train and on foot today.
Lunch will be on your own, and we will take the train back to Santa Margherita Ligure, arriving in the early evening. You will have the evening at leisure, and dinner is on your own tonight.
After breakfast, you will take a walking tour of Santa Margherita Ligure with your Program Director before embarking on a boat ride to Portofino, one of the gems of the Italian Riviera. You will have a discovery walk of Portofino, and free time to explore and eat lunch on your own. You will take the boat back to Santa Margherita Ligure in the afternoon, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner is on your own. Please note: Boat ride depends on weather conditions, and is not available from mid-October through November, as well as in March. In these instances, the boat will be replaced by a bus ride.
After an included breakfast, take advantage of a full day to savor the delights of the Italian Riviera according to your own interests. Perhaps you will visit the Abbazia della Cervara (Abbey of Cervara), or the cerulean bay of Paraggi, which is a little over a mile away and accessible by boat or bus.
Or, join us today for an optional tour of Genoa, the capital of the Italian Riviera. A short drive along the coast takes us to this grand maritime city that was once a rival to Venice, Pisa, and Amalfi for control of the Mediterranean. Genoa is also known as the hometown of explorer Christopher Columbus.
After a panoramic drive, we'll begin our walking tour, accompanied by an expert local guide, of the monumental Strada Nuova. This 400-year-old street is lined with elegant mansions that have been celebrated by Rubens in pictures, as well as by Lord Byron and Mark Twain in words. We'll continue our walking tour by exploring the Caruggi, an intricate maze of the picturesque streets that connect the town center with the port docks—where, until the 1960s, giant transatlantic liners departed for the U.S. with Italian emigrants seeking new opportunities. We'll enjoy lunch in a local trattoria before we return to our hotel this afternoon.
Enjoy a Farewell Drink tonight before dinner on your own.
This morning, after breakfast, you will have a one-hour transfer to the airport in Genoa, Italy, for your return flight home.