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The Italian Riviera, Portofino & the Cinque Terre


8 Days from £949

Oct 2016 - Oct 2016 Departures

Explore the charming Italian Riviera including the exclusive resort of Portofino and the enchanting Cinque Terre

Santa Margherita Ligure - Portofino - Cinque Terre - Sestri Levante

Picture-perfect cliff-top villages, neat rows of vineyards and palm-fringed beaches abound in this region. Travel through it all by rail and road, stopping off at fishing ports and medieval towns with fabulous seafood, chic boutiques and famous landmarks.

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  • Included visits and excursions
  • Half board accommodation
  • Experienced Travelsphere Tour Manager

  • Audio Guide so you won't miss a word
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  • Escorted tour operator for over 50 years


What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Gatwick with British Airways or similar scheduled airline
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis including 1 dinner 
in a local restaurant
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Hotel porterage

Included holiday highlights

Scenic boat trip to the exclusive resort of Portofino
  • Take the train to visit the stunning Cinque Terre
  • The enchanting town of Sestri Levante


Depart on your scheduled flight to Genoa today. On arrival you’ll transfer to your hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure, located between Portofino and Rapallo, for your seven-night stay. Relax before enjoying dinner here this evening.
After breakfast join us on our included three-quarter-day tour to Portofino, which we reach by local boat service along a pretty coastal stretch. What used to be a tiny fishing port is today the Italian Riviera’s most exclusive resort offering designer boutiques and a fine selection of cafés and bars. Take a stroll among its snaking streets to the Church of St Giorgio, which is a short distance from the harbour. From here the views across the bay are quite spectacular.
Spend today at leisure in the beautiful seaside town of Santa Margherita Ligure. Although relatively unknown, the town is teeming with character. Its harbour, which hosts a morning fish market, is a magnet for small yachts - you won’t tire of strolling around this picture-postcard setting. Why not treat yourself to a fabulous seafood lunch in one of the restaurants here.
Today’s included full-day excursion by train, takes you to the enchanting area known as the Cinque Terre. This translates as Five Lands and refers to the five villages which perch precariously on the cliffs high above the Mediterranean Sea and are almost all inaccessible by road. As you explore you’ll discover that each village has its own unique character. You’ll also enjoy stunning views of the sea and the coastline.
Spend today at leisure or why not join our full-day excursion by coach, which takes you firstly to Pisa where you will see the famous Leaning Tower. One of four buildings which make up the cathedral complex and what is known as the Field of Miracles, the tower took 176 years to complete and began to lean shortly after construction. After admiring this world-famous landmark you’ll continue to Lucca, which boasts some of Italy’s finest examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture and is said to be one of Tuscany’s best kept secrets. The town is also famous as the birthplace of the composer Puccini and as the home of the Volto Santo relic which is kept in its beautiful cathedral.
Enjoy breakfast this morning before our included three-quarter-day excursion by train to the enchanting town of Sestri Levante. Famous children’s author Hans Christian Andersen was so charmed by the area he made it his home and during his time here he gave the town’s two bays their names – the Bay of Fables (Baia delle Favole) and the Bay of Silence (Baia de Silenzio). As you explore at your own pace you’re sure to be charmed by this picturesque town too. Admire the historic villas of the old town and venture into one of the charismatic cafés of the new town where you can relax and enjoy a bite to eat before you return to your hotel.
Enjoy some free time in Santa Margherita Ligure. You could explore the surrounding area, spend a lazy day on the beach or mix with the locals in one of the many welcoming cafés and restaurants. Alternatively, why not join our optional excursion to the beautiful village of Portovenere and the picturesque harbour town of Lerici. This evening you’ll dine in a local restaurant.
After breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Lerici and Portovenere

Lerici and Portovenere

from £66

Enjoy a full day excursion in the company of a local guide. We start the day by following the coast to Portovenere which is a delightful little port on the Ligurian coast with its colourful medieval houses and sea-front fortress. You will have free time to explore this most romantic village with its pastel painted houses that cluster around the harbour or you can wander along the pretty waterfront promenade, with nearby Byron’s Grotto an inspirational spot for the famous poet.
Our next stop is the town Lerici which is located in the glorious Bay of La Spezia, famous for its natural beauty. This picturesque village dates back to medieval times when, under the rule of Pisa, it fought cross-bay battles with Genovese Portovenere as well as with local pirates. The town is set on a magnificent coastline of grey cliffs jutting down into a crystal-clear sea and surrounded by a national park that is nearly an unframed painting of pine forests, olive trees, and tiny colourful hamlets. The waterfront piazza is filled with trompe-l'oeil frescoed buildings and seaside cafés where you can sit and admire the charming harbour.

Full Day – Moderate Walking – Picturesque

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £121

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this prebookable excursion package...

Pisa and Lucca / Lerici and Portovenere

Pisa and Lucca

Pisa and Lucca

from £62

Head to Pisa to see its famous Leaning Tower. This bell tower resides in the Field of Miracles beside an amazing collection of religious buildings. Head inside the cathedral to see the marble pulpit created by the great sculptor Giovanni Pisano and nearby you’ll see a bronze lamp that according to a popular story Galileo was watching sway gently when the law of the pendulum occurred to him. Whether this tale is true or not, Galileo grew up here, so surely he was inspired by his surroundings. Continue to the perfectly preserved walled town of Lucca where you’ll find fine examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture, charming piazzas and even a tree-topped tower on a stroll through its historic centre.

Please note: Entrance fees are payable locally at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the cathedral.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Must See


The Hotel is located in Santa Margherita Ligure, it’s located in the city center and 10 mins away from Santa Margherita Ligure castle and marina di Santa Margherita. Castello di punt Pagana and villa Durazza are also within a few mins away.

The hotel amenities include bar/lounge, business centre, wifi connectivity, dry cleaning. Laundry facilities, 24 hour front desk, coffee shop or cafe, multilingual staff, porter/bellhop, concierge services, spa treatment, television in common areas, tennis on site, and one meeting room.

The rooms are equipped with phone, minibar, desk, daily housekeeping, Flat-panel TV, in room safe, soundproof rooms, premium bedding, bidet, private bathroom and blackout drapes.

Lido Palace Hotel - Santa Margherita Ligure

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


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London (Gatwick)

Thursday 06 October 2016

8 Days



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Customer Quotes

Every Travelsphere customer is asked to fill out a questionnaire when they return from their holiday so we can see how we have done and to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Below are a selection of customer quotes taken directly from the customer questionnaires:

This was a holiday we really wanted to do, it exceeded our expectations. the hotel was lovely and set just across the road from the sea with beautiful views of the bay and santa margherita. It is a beautiful part of Italy with lots to see thank you for providing us with a very memorable holiday.
Mrs Valerie Owens- Hertfordshire
The Italian Riviera, Portofino & the Cinque Terre - 2016