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100% Liguria

6 nights

Spring 2020

Northern Italy

From Ponente to Levante: the beauty of Liguria

 

Nature, mountains, culture, and entertainment : all one has to do is choose. The waters of this section of the Mediterranean are an enormously important feature of the region, with its characteristic rocky coasts interrupted by small coves, and beaches of fine golden sand.

1

ARRIVAL DAY. CAMOGLI


(Genoa airport is suggested)
Our home base for 3 days on the coast is Camogli, with a unique panoramic view of the Paradiso Gulf.

Our journey begins with a rendezvous in the charming village of Camogli.
We will begin with a half-day tasting adventure. In this visit to an historic bakery you will experience where, and how, great local artisans make focaccia, farinata, ravioli and pesto. You are invited to a workshop to learn the secrets behind the art of handmade, fresh pasta making. 4pm Leisure time with inspired ideas for things to see & do.

An Aperitivo by the sea with local wine, focaccia and local snacks.

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SAN FRUTTUOSO BAY

OPTION ONE: Fishing, cooking, eating and drinking with local fishermen. Depart Hotel

Breakfast will be prepared on board the vessel.
You will witness the traditional fishing technique “tonnarella” practiced in the area for generations.
We travel by boat towards the coast of the Mount Portofino Natural Park, where the fishermen will be pulling in the nets or the “palamiti” – which were cast to the sea during the night, and will be filled with fish. The Portofino promontory is famous all over the world for the beauty of its cliffs, which host a great variety of animal and plant life. Our journey arrives in San Fruttuoso, where you can have lunch, explore. relax or swim.

You can then choose to return back to Camogli by boat or by foot.
Also you have the option to trek further, to Portofino (a stunning 50 minute walk). Explore the story book village. Meet people. Dream.

Travel Back to Camogli by boat along the coast.
Enjoy free time. Rest or explore. Take a walk on the beach or a bike ride at sunset.

Enjoy a wonderful dinner featuring local cuisine at a favorite local trattoria

OPTION TWO:2.5-hour trek with a guide Depart Hotel at 9 am, return at 4pm

Experience a stunning coast line and beautiful surroundings Arrive in San Fruttuoso to explore this unique village positioned on a magical bay. Enjoy Lunch or a picnic. Explore!

Travel Back to Camogli by boat along the coast.
You will have the option to continue trekking to Portofino (a stunning 50 minute walk). Explore the story book village. Meet people.
Travel Back to Camogli by boat along the coast.

Dinner at a place you select, or, with new friends, many inspired suggestions for traditional restaurants or trattorias nearby. Take a walk on the beach after dinner.

Overnight at your hotel.

3

TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME

 

Depart from Camogli
The first stop of our amazing trip back in time is Finalborgo, a town of medieval origins – and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Taking a stroll through the streets of the old town you will experience ancient atmosphere. The town is rich in art and history. Experience the St. Biagio’s Basilica, the ancient St Caterina’s convent and several palaces dating back to the Renaissance. After Finalborgo we explore another gem of a medieval origins in the Ligurian Riviera. Enjoy a Lunch at Trattoria, Finalborgo.

After Lunch travel to Noli. A small nearby village – known as a birthplace of many great merchants and daring seafarers – historically, a great independent maritime republic. Here you will admire the fishing boats on the sandy beach and take a stroll on the promenade. The fishermen from Noli are a Slow Food Presidium!

In the afternoon we are arriving in the Imperia Province.

Dinner in a local trattoria featuring traditional flavors of the town.

Overnight. You will sleep in a local, family run, boutique hotel.

4

VILLAGES AND OLIVE

Scenic and easy bicycle cruise on the coastal route.

After breakfast, transfer to Ospedaletti. Ride a bike, or an e-bike, on the beautiful cycle route “Area 24”, which connects San Lorenzo al Mare to Ospedaletti through an easy trail – flat and scenic. The route was made by converting the coastal route of the old railway single track from Genoa to Ventimiglia. Then we Transfer to Bussana.

The village of Bussana was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1887, and was totally abandoned for decades. Then in the 50’s, Italian and international artists started to move here, and created a unique community.. It has a special spirit you will enjoy.

Free time for lunch and exploring of the village. In the afternoon we will visit an olive oil producer.

Dinner in a special place.

Overnight at your hotel.

 

5

BOTANICAL GARDEN

After breakfast depart from Badalucco to Ventimiglia.

Morning Free to Explore with relaxed or active suggestions. In Ventimiglia we will have a tour of the Villa Hambury Botanical Gardens – a unique place, rich with colorful visuals, fresh fragrances and stories.
In the afternoon you travel to the Nervia Valley. In this valley there are the most beautiful villages of western Liguria such as Dolceacqua – strikingly picturesque with the Doria Castle, a dense network of narrow streets and stone houses… and the famous bridge. Onward to Apricale, a medieval village perched on a hill that has one of the most beautiful squares in Italy – with its parish church, oratory and diverse palaces, filled with murals, sculptures and paintings of several artists who have created their works of art in this special place.

Lunch in Apricale Visit to Dolcecqua. Meet a local wine producer, discover and taste the Rossese di Dolceacqua, a delicious local wine, paired with local products.

5pm Transfer to the amazing City of Genoa. Check into a classic hotel of character, in this wonderful city.

Dinner at a family run trattoria in the Old Village, walk and explore before sleeping, or experience the night life.

Overnight at your hotel in Genoa

6

GENOA. EXPLORE THE OLD CITY

This mystical city, which boasts one of the busiest ports in Europe and the largest old town in Italy,  is not an easy place to cover in a single day.

This experiences promises an abundance of stories and unforgettable locations. We recommend joining the tour on your first day in the city, or to add it to your itinerary if you’re staying anywhere on the Italian Riviera.

 

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DEPARTURE DAY 

RECAP

100% Liguria

6 nights

Spring 2020

INCLUDED:

ACCOMMODATIONS 

FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCES 

• Private transfers for the entire stay, as per program

• Train ticket Camogli – Genova and return
• Select guides for the entire stay, as per program (including meals and travel allowances)
• Contact person available in case of emergency 24/7

NOT INCLUDED:

• Transfers from/to airports; optional activities; extras in general and anything not expressly specified under “included”.
• Private transfer with car or mini van (8 pax) available by request

MEDIA

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

A great feature of the Liguria weather is the mild climate. The surrounding hills just beyond the coast together with the maritime influence creates a pleasant and mild climate – all year round.

 

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