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2017 The Rivieras: Italy, France & the Isles

Italy: Florence, Lucca, Portoferraio • France: Bastia • Italy: Marina di Carrara, Porto Venere, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino • France: Nice, St. Paul de Vence, Cannes, Saint-Honorat Island

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36 Hours in Florence, Italy
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Inside Italy’s Top Restaurant with Chef Massimo Bottura

Discover the art of Italian cooking in Massimo Bottura’s coveted Italian restaurant.

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Libero

Discover why the Italian village of Roscigno was abandoned and meet the man who still lives here.

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Italy Cinque Terre

Dramatic cliffs, sparkling waters, and brightly colored houses bedeck Italy's Cinque Terre.

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Take a virtual tour of the Rivieras and beyond—a lavish feast for all the senses.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Accommodations

Main Trip

M/V Arethusa

The M/V Arethusa ranked #2 in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships in the World” 2014 Readers’ Poll.

Owned, operated, and staffed by Grand Circle Cruise Line, this ship was designed exclusively for two small groups of just 25 travelers, each with its own Program Director. For relaxation, the lounge/bar features inviting leather couches and soft chairs. Topside, a Sun Deck has classic wooden deck chairs for admiring the scenery.

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Main Trip

Hotel Roma

Florence, Italy

Located within walking distance of Florence Cathedral in an 18th-century palazzo, the Hotel Roma overlooks the Piazza Santa Maria Novella and offers complimentary wireless Internet access. Each air-conditioned room includes satellite TV, phone, safe, mini-bar, and private bath with hair dryer.

Please note: Select departures feature similar accommodations.

Le Patio des Artistes

Cannes, France

A short walk from Le Patio des Artistes brings you to the Promenade de la Croisette and Palais des Festivals, where the Cannes Film Festival is heldEnjoy a drink at the onsite bar, or unwind on the patio. Each air-conditioned room features free wireless Internet, a private bath, mini-bar, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and TV.

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Grand Hotel Sitea

Torino, Italy

Built in the early 20th century, this 120-room hotel is a short distance from Torino highlights like the Royal Palace and Egyptian Museum. All air-conditioned rooms are equipped with satellite TV, private bath, and mini-bar. The hotel also features a restaurant (Carignano) and American bar.

Please Note: Select departures feature similar accommodations.

Grand Hotel Bristol

Stresa, Italy

Near the scenic city center of Stresa, the Grand Hotel Bristol occupies a quiet spot with easy access to Lake Maggiore, so you can make the most of your time relaxing in this comfortable refuge. In addition to a business center and Internet access in common spaces, your room comes with air conditioning, a mini-bar, a telephone, satellite TV, and an in-room safe.

Please Note: Select departures feature similar accommodations.

Dei Commercianti Hotel

Bologna, Italy

Conveniently located in Bologna's City Center, this intimate 34-room hotel features a bar and business center in the lobby. Your air-conditioned room includes minibar, satellite TV, safe, and private bath.

Please Note: Select departures feature similar accommodations.

Grand Hotel San Marino

San Marino, Italy

Nestled in the center of San Marino’s historical district, the Grand Hotel San Marino is just a short walk from the capital city’s highlights. All 62 air-conditioned rooms are equipped with flatscreen TV, private bath with hair dryer, a safe, and complimentary wireless Internet. The hotel also features a restaurant and bar on site.

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