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Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm  •  Saturday: By Appointment   •   Sunday: Closed

THE CINQUE TERRE & FLORENCE

Liguria offers the exquisite seacoast of the Italian Riviera, plus the scenery of the rugged coast can't be beaten. Forget all your worries as you sip wine and watch the surf crash along the rocky coastline.

DAY 1: USA - GENOA          [DEPART USA]
Buon Viaggio! Dinner and a movie aloft as you make your way to Genoa (overnight flight).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DAY 7:  FLORENCE          [INTRODUCTORY SIGHTS]
Detailed private sightseeing through the Florence seeing the Duomo, Basilica of Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, the Academy Gallery, and the Uffizi Gallery. Free afternoon to visit Palazzo Pitti, the Bargello, or the Medici Chapels.
 
DAY 8:  FLORENCE          [FREE DAY]
Free day on your own to explore Florence, possibly visiting the Bargello Gallery or Piazza Michelangelo for the best views of the city.
DAY 9:  FLORENCE - USA          [RETURN HOME]
Transfer to the airport now for your home-bound flights.  Same-day arrival in the USA. Welcome home!
DAY 2:  GENOA - SESTRI LEVANTE          [ARRIVE GENOA]
Arrive in Genoa, where you will be met for the transfer to your centrally located hotel in Sestri Levante.  Enjoy the sight of the rocky coastline with terraced hills and vineyards that curve down to the sea.  We will provide a list of our favorite restaurants for you to enjoy!
 
DAYS 3 - 5:  SESTRI LEVANTE          [EXPLORE CINQUE TERRE]
Daily breakfasts in each of your hotels. These next few days are yours to enjoy. Plenty of opportunities for private guiding to visit the Cinque Terre, which is composed of the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, all easily accessible via train and hiking trails. ​Possible chance for a day trip to visit Portofino, Santa Margherita, Camogli, or the charming fishing village of Boccadasse.
DAY 6:  SESTRI LEVANTE - PISA - FLORENCE          [PISA EXCURSION]
Transfer down the coast with potential stops in Carrara, known for its marble, charming Pietrasanta, or the walled city of Lucca. ​Reach Pisa to see the Basilica and take your photo in front of the famous Leaning Tower. ​Proceed to Florence to check-in at your centrally located hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the many leathers, jewelry, and gelato shops.

Savor Scrumptious Seafood & Magnificent Views along the Italian Riviera

More time to travel?  You could stay longer in any of the cities to get a more in-depth feel for Italian living!   You could flip the itinerary around and add Florence or Tuscany to this trip, but you could easily combine your vacation with southern France instead. We will gladly adapt your itinerary to include your desires and make your trip a trip of a lifetime!