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Genoa & The Best of Liguria
time 7 Days / 6 Nights

Genoa (6 nights)

Enjoy a week on Italy’s enchanting Northwestern coast, where quaint fishing villages, gracious old-world harbors, and the fascinating city of Genoa have enticed travelers for centuries.

With the alluring city of Genoa as your home base, discover its elegant palaces and the fascinating labyrinth of caruggi (alleyways) that make up Genoa’s historic center and are packed with historical shops, offering treasures from spices to chocolates, fine linens, tableware, clothing, and beauty products.

Plus, venture out to the surrounding gems including splendid Portofino, charming Santa Margherita village, the medieval San Fruttuoso Abbey and Cinque Terre, five small colorful fishing villages carved out of the rocky mountainside above the sea.

Birthplace of Christopher Columbus, pesto and focaccia bread, Genoa is a city full of surprises. Named ‘the City of Palaces’ for its splendid gold-leaf halls of the Unesco-listed Palazzi dei Rolli and ‘the Superba’ for its glorious past and impressive landmarks, Genoa is arguably Italy’s most unjustly unknown city. As Charles Dickens rightly said: ‘It is a place that grows upon you every day! I will part from Genova with anything but a glad heart.’

Genoa and its region, Liguria, are perfect for marvelous outdoor activities, ranging from hiking to sailing to visiting tiny villages. It’s a territory that offers authentic experiences that are far from the more crowded and popular destinations in Italy.

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  • Arrive in Genoa
  • Best of Genoa
  • Cinque Terre Excursion
  • Free Day
  • Best of Italian Riviera Excursion
  • Free Day
  • Depart Genoa to USA
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Arrive in Genoa at Cristoforo Colombo Airport.  Your private driver will bring you to your Genoa hotel.  Settle in and get ready - tomorrow begins your exploration of Liguria’s highlights!

Walking through the maze-like alleyways of Genoa, you will get lost in the ancient history of this amazing medieval town.

Your private guide will transport you back in time through the renaissance streets, squares, monuments, and food shops that are over 100 years old. You will have the chance to admire the beautiful painted facades of the grand Palazzi Dei Rolli (built in XV century by a local aristocracy) that are now protected by UNESCO and other famous monuments in the historical city center.

The afternoon and evening are at leisure.  Want to see more of Genoa?  Check out our other Day Tours in Genoa and feel free to add them to your itinerary.  We suggest sampling some of the street food on the Genoa Food Tour (not included in price).

Today you will discover “a paradise on Earth”, that has been cherished by famous writers and poets throughout history - Cinque Terre. These ancient villages are known as the best nature preserved areas in all of the Mediterranean, and they have been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997.

Pick up in Genoa by your private driver and transfer to Levanto (about 90 minutes) where you will meet your private guide. Then, together with guide, reach Riomaggiore and discover the castle built in 1260 to strengthen the villages’ defense and San Giovanni Battista Church. Following the coast up to one of the smallest towns, Manarola (known for their fishing and wine making) to admire the gorgeous vineyards above the town. Continue onto Vernazza, the gem of Cinque Terre. Dating back to 1080, Vernazza is known for the beauty that surrounds this historical village. It is one of the truest fishing villages that remains one of the few no car traffic towns in Italy. You will visit this charming town while on a romantic walk to discover the Capuchin Cloister. Lastly, you will arrive in Monterosso - the largest of the villages in Cinque Terre, known for its sandy beaches, ancient castle, and giant sculpture of Neptune. At the end of the tour, sit back and relax while your private driver takes you back to Genoa.

Enjoy the day at your leisure.  Explore Genoa on your own, or feel free to add one of our Day Tours in Genoa to this itinerary (not included in the price).

Have the day to live “La Dolce Vita” on this full day tour of the quaint villages of the Italian Riviera: Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, and San Fruttuoso.

Pick up in Genoa and transfer to the Italian Riviera by your private driver. Once at the village of Santa Margherita Ligure, you will have the chance to walk among elegant villas with their exquisite gardens and parks. While strolling through this charming town, take a closer look at the gorgeous “Trompe D’Oeil” painted palaces. These fascinating, vivid paintings trick the eye into believing what you’re seeing is real.

Next stop on your journey is the historical fishing village, Portofino, the center of elite tourism. While traveling by public boat or by public bus (depending on the weather condition), enjoy the incredible views of this tiny, colorful village. Once you arrive, you will have the pleasure of discovering the spectacular Brown Castle, San Giorgio Church, and luxury boutiques.

Moving down the coast, you will travel by public boat to San Fruttuoso, an amazing cove, to admire the medieval abbey built directly on the pebble beach. This stunning abbey was restored and protected by FAI, the Italian National Trust. Once discovering these stunning villages, you will never want to leave! If the public boat to San Fruttuoso gets canceled due to the weather and sea conditions, you will visit the picturesque fishing village of Camogli. At the end of the tour, your driver will take you back to Genoa.

Enjoy the day at your leisure.  Explore Genoa on your own, or feel free to add one of our Day Tours in Genoa to this itinerary (not included in the price).

Your Italy Vacation has come to an end as you transfer from your hotel to the Genoa Airport and head back home.