Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre and Portofino

Description

Discover the wonderful contrasts of Italy's Mediterranean Riviera and inland Tuscany on this superb holiday to one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. With an included programme of fascinating excursions to exclusive resorts and breathtaking coastlines, historical cities and ancient towns, picturesque villages and rolling hills - this delightful holiday offers them all.

Duration
8 days
Price
from £939

Tuscany's Versilian Riviera has been long famed for its enticing mild climate and picturesque scenery. It has an abundance of olive groves, terraced vineyards, lemon trees, flourishing gardens and a coastline dotted with chic resorts and quaint fishing villages.

Close by is the dramatic Ligurian Coast and the fascinating Cinque Terre with its amazing villages of colourful houses precariously balanced between sea and sky. You can also explore, on our included sightseeing excursions, the history and culture of Pisa, Lucca and Florence - Tuscany's most famous cities - all three within easy reach from our resort.

This superb value holiday takes in some of Italy's most beautiful Mediterranean coastline, together with the delightful scenery of Tuscany and the magnificent cities of Florence, Pisa and Lucca.

Our specially arranged holiday offers a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration, with time at leisure in our holiday resort on the Versilian Riviera and included excursions to discover all that this fantastic region of Italy has to offer.

Marina di Pietrasanta & Lido di Camaiore
Marina di Pietrasanta and Lido di Camaiore are two of the charming resorts we use on the Versilian Riviera. They have wide, sandy beaches and are sheltered by the Apuane Alps, which form a dramatic backdrop to the resorts. The sparkling sea is inviting and the palm fringed promenades are ideal for a relaxing after dinner stroll. Our resorts are typically Italian and have a good choice of bars, pavement cafes, restaurants, shops and boutiques.

In early and late summer the Versilian Riviera is warm and sunny, without the more intense heat of high summer. This really is the ideal time to visit - perfect for enjoying the sights without the busy crowds of high season.

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Included in price
  • 7 Nights half board in a good 3 star hotel on Ital's Mediterranean Riviera
  • 14 Meals: 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Bedrooms with en-suite bathroom
  • Excursion to Florence and guided tour
  • Excursion to Pisa and Lucca
  • Excursion to Portofino and boat trip
  • Excursion to the Cinque Terre and train ticket
  • Return flights to Pisa
  • One piece of hold luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person
  • Transfers between airport and hotel
  • Air conditioned coach travel in Italy
  • Services of a Mistral Holidays Tour Manager
  • ATOL Protected

Accommodation

We have reserved accommodation for the holiday in comfortable, family owned 3 star hotels such as the Hotel Villa Ombrosa in Marina di Pietrasanta or similar. Hotel details will be sent to you with your travel tickets, approximately seven days before departure. You will be warmly welcomed and will enjoy comfortable well appointed accommodation, with all bedrooms having en-suite private facilities, TV and telephone. All of our hotels have a bar and restaurant. Continental breakfasts each morning and three course table d’hote dinners each evening are included in the price of the holiday, (if your flight arrives in the evening, a light snack will be served on the first day). For a small supplement of £175 per person you can upgrade to a 4 star hotel, which will have additional facilities for your comfort and enjoyment such as the Hotel Acapulco in Forte dei Marmi. Book this tour today from £939

Excursions

During our stay we have arranged a programme of included and optional excursions and visits, all taken at a leisurely pace.

Florence

The cradle of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is recognised as the art capital of the world. Built along the banks of the River Arno and surrounded by the Tuscan hills, it is here where you will find some of the finest sculptures, works of art and architecture including the magnificent Cathedral and Baptistry with its ‘Gates of Paradise’, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Ponte Vecchio. We have arranged a sightseeing tour of the city as soon as we arrive, conducted by a local guide, to enable you to get the most from your visit. The afternoon is then at leisure. Florence has an excellent shopping centre with a large range of Italian fashion, leather goods and shoes in the shops and boutiques.

Pisa & Lucca

Pisa is world famous for its instantly recognisable landmark, the Leaning Tower, which stands at a seemingly impossible angle in the Square of Miracles. No matter how many pictures you have seen of the tower, the reality will take you by suprise and will leave you wondering why it hasn’t toppled over! Next to the leaning tower is the Cathedral and the Baptistry, which is built out of the white Carrara marble. Lucca, birthplace of Puccini, is a perfectly preserved medieval town, hidden behind its splendid Renaissance ramparts. It is a small, graceful town which makes it ideal for exploring on foot and a walk along the ramparts will reward you with lovely views of the narrow streets, elegant Palaces and Romanesque churches. The town is also noted for its medieval squares, particularly the unusual oval shaped main Piazza, which was originally a Roman amphitheatre.

Cinque Terre

A highlight of any holiday to Italy’s Mediterranean Riviera is a visit to the Cinque Terre, one of the best-kept secrets of the Riviera and one of the most unspoiled areas of the Mediterranean. The Cinque Terre is about as beautiful a coastline as you’re likely to find anywhere in Europe. In medieval times the name “terra” (land) meant village and today Cinque Terre refers to the five colourful fishing villages which are perched precariously above the sea along this stunning stretch of coast, with their hidden coves nestling at the foot of dramatic cliffs. Inaccessible by road, the villages are linked together both by rail and via a hillside footpath which winds through Mediterranean lemon groves, olive trees, orchards and terraced vineyards, with spectacular vistas every step of the way. If you prefer a more relaxing visit, we have included a ticket for the local train, which stops at each village. Whichever way you choose to visit the Cinque Terre, you will see some of Italy’s most inspiring.

Portofino & Santa Margherita

Portofino, once a tiny fishing village, now the Italian Riviera’s most exclusive resort, needs little introduction. Portofino’s harbour is filled with the yachts of the rich and famous and its pedestrianised streets are lined with stylish restaurants and chic designer boutiques. Not to be missed is a alk up to St. George’s church and on to the lighthouse, from which there are some fabulous views. Neighbouring Santa Margherita dates back to Roman times and is another old fishing village turned seaside resort. In the latter half of the 19th century Santa Margherita drew visitors from all over Europe, who stayed in the elegant hotels and villas which line the promenade.

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