This morning we arrive at Genoa airport where we will be met by our Tour Manager, board our motor coach and drive to our hotel. Before arriving to our hotel we will do a bus tour of our host city. Arrive at our hotel, check-in, and rest of day at our leisure. Welcome drink, dinner and overnight at our hotel.
TURIN – ASTI WINERY
Breakfast at the hotel. We begin our excursion to Turin, where we will meet our day guide. Bus tour of the city, walking tour in its historic centre including a visit to the Basilica where the Shroud of Turin is kept. We then continue to Piazza San Carlo. Free time for individual touring and lunch. In the afternoon we depart for Genoa with a stop at a famous winery were we will enjoy a wine tasting. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
LE CINQUE TERRE
After breakfast we depart for our excursion to the Cinque Terre. First visit will be Manarola where we take a short walk along the “Via dell’Amore” to reach Riomaggiore. Here we transfer by boat to Vernazza for a walking tour and free time for lunch. This afternoon we transfer by boat to Portovenere. We will take a stroll through this medieval city, free time for shopping. We will then board our boat to La Spezia where we will meet our motor coach and return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
RAPALLO – SANTA MARGHERITA – PORTOFINO
This morning we depart for Rapallo. We will visit its historic city centre and then transfer by boat to Santa Margherita Ligure for a visit of this old and unique village. Some free time for lunch or individual exploring of this magnificent area. Then continue by boat to Portofino, the most famous of these coastal villages and a favourite vacation destination of Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. Free time for shopping. Back on the boat to reach Rapallo where we will meet our motor coach. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
COTE D’AZUR – MONTE CARLO,MONACO
This morning we drive south along the “Cote d’Azur” and cross the French border to Monte Carlo. We will view the Royal Palace with its changing of the guards and the Principality of Monaco. We will have a special group lunch in a local restaurant. Overnight at our hotel.
BANCA DEL VINO HISTORIC WINERY / GRINZANE CASTLE
Breakfast at the hotel. We depart for a museum and storage site for Italian wines located in the historical cellars of the Agenzia di Pollenzo. We will have a chance to discover more about the art of wine making and sample some of Italy’s best wines. We continue to Castello di Grinzane for a typical and special luncheon. After lunch we will visit the Ethnographic Museum in the Castle. Several of the Castle’s rooms house a permanent museum which includes displays of rare articles relating to the local food and wine tradition. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we meet our local guide and start our bus tour of Genoa, the city the poet Petrarch called La Superba. Our first stop will be a panoramic view from the Belvedere di Castelletto. We then continue to “PortaSoprana” where we begin a walking tour that includes “Cristoforo Colombo House”, Palazzo Ducale and San Lorenzo Cathedral, with its wonderful Renaissance Chapel dedicated to St. Giovanni Battista. Rest of day at our leisure…Return to our hotel on our own. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
GENOA APT- END OF THE TOUR
Arrivederci Italia- Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Genoa airport. While we say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, we realize we’re taking a little piece of it back home with us. End of the tour