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Cinque Terre and Genoa

Love To Travel Cinque Terre

2017 Departures: 16 June & 01 September

Tour Price  €1990 per person DBL

 

You will discover one of the most well preserved
historical centers  of Europe.
Visit to a workshop in an ancient laboratory
of Gold-leaf Gilding will take you back in time.  
Become enchanted with the secluded
Medieval Abbey of San Fruttuoso.
Enjoying the sea and a fresh fish lunch with local flavours.
Experience the sea on a private yacht while vewing the
Cinque Terra from the sea.
Visit the five towns of the Cinque Terra
Hike the Cinque Terra and visit to the vineyards and
cantina of a local winemaker


Day 1: Genoa, Welcome Aperitif and Dinner
Arrival in Genoa and transfer from the Airport or Central Train Station to the Four Star centrally located hotel. Genoa is often over looked as a destination but after walking through narrow alleys, revealing ancient food shops and small intimate squares you will wonder why. 
This evening a welcome from your local professional guide and aperitif in the old harbor. Welcome dinner in typical trattoria.

Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 2: Genoa: Old shops & Artisans visiting Gold Leaf Gilding Laboratory
After breakfast, meet your guide for an interesting walking tour along the narrow alleys of the historical centre. Here you will discover the real “heart” of the city, old shops, Noble Palaces and Churches from the XVIII C that preserve incredible works of art: art instillations of incomparable size and beauty.
For lunch you will taste some of the specialities of the Ligurian cuisine in one of the oldest “Osteria” of the city Sa’ Pesta.  You will sample Farinata, anchovies, vegetables pie and the famous “pansotti” together with a glass of local white wine “il bianchetto”.
After lunch, visit to a Gold Leaf Laboratory. Here the Master Craftsmen will show you the ancient techniques of gilding and lacquering. After that a 2 hours workshop will follow, during which you will create your own gold frame to take home as a very special souvenir!

Master Craftsman Pozzo Marco continues a long family tradition – his father Luigi started his apprenticeship as a Church Restorer and Gilder in Genoa in 1960. Trough the years the laboratory has gained the reputation of commitment to excellence in all projects through the versatility, experience and skills of the gilders led by Mr. Pozzo and his staff. Projects, whether commercial or private, have included major churches and heritage buildings. The workshop facilities deliver gilding and restoration of antiques and art objects as well as painting and decoration of furniture for both antique and modern. Now the Laboratory is open to friends and art lovers. 
This evening there is free time and dinner at you leisure. Overnight.

Day 3:  Cooking Class & Aperitif on the beach with a Wine Sommelier
Following breakfast, you check out of your hotel and depart for a hands-on cooking experience in a small village on the seaside. You will learn from the grandma of the house how to recognize different herbs and how to use them to prepare the “pansotti” after which you will prepare the nuts sauce and finally a real “Cheese focaccia” DOP. Arrive to the charming B&B your accommodation for. There is free time at disposal for lunch and for some relaxing on the beach or in the beautiful garden of the house. This evening join a local sommelier on the beach for an aperitif on the beach including a taste of wines accompanied by local tapas.
This evening we celebrate the fruits of the sea with a dinner on the beach. 
We return to the hotel for the overnight.

Day 4: Easy trekking in Portofino Natural Park: lunch with tasting of wine and focaccia, visit of San Fruttuoso Abbey
This morning you depart for a trekking excursion on the Promontory of Portofino. Meet your guide at the hotel and together you will reach San Rocco from here you will proceed with an easy walk through maritime pines, chestnuts trees and oaks. You stop for lunch in a rural house overlooking the amazing Ligurian Sea. Here among olive trees, you will taste the real focaccia and some of the typical dishes while sampling a glass of local wine. There is time for relaxing and getting to know the young owners who will be pleased to show something about their hard work to preserve this enchanted place.  After lunch, continue walking to San Fruttuoso Bay. Here time seems to have stopped… crystalline waters, an ancient abbey and the boats of the fishermen. This is the perfect place for a refreshing swim before returning to Camogli by boat.
This evening dinner is at leisure and there is time on your own. Overnight.

Day 5: Portofino, Santa Margherita & Cinque Terre
After breakfast, check out and departure to Portofino. We visit of the famous “Piazzetta”, Castle Brown and the small Church overlooking the Gulf. Enjoy an aperitif at the old lighthouse with an incredible panorama! This afternoon we visit the beautiful seaside town of Santa Margherita to enjoy a fish lunch.
We depart for the Cinque Terre and check-in upon arrival at your accommodation.
There is free time to relax with dinner at hotel’s restaurant, overnight.

Day 6: Cinque Terre, Trekking with the wine grower
After breakfast, discover the Cinque Terre by train. Transfer to La Spezia train station and departure to explore the beautiful sea villages of Vernazza, Monterosso and Rio Maggiore. There is time in each of the three villages to explore and your guide will assist you with suggestions for the best places to view and experience the spectacular scenery.  There will be free time for lunch.
Following lunch, we meet and then proceed to Manarola by train. There is the opportunity to walk along the beautiful promenade located on the sea and for a refreshing swim in the sea if you choose.
In the afternoon, you begin you hiking experience among the vineyards above Manarola with enchanting views on the gulf.  You will leave from the centre of Manarola walking through the main road leading to the small harbour where you will have the opportunity to admire the typical colorful houses and the fishing boats parked along the street. We continue to the cemetery, which is located in a fantastic panoramic position, from which you can appreciate Manarola and a partial view of Corniglia. Waking along an ancient path in the midst of gardens, you will reach the vineyards of Alessandro, a young winemaker native of this beautiful village on Cinque Terre. Here Alessandro will teach you to distinguish the grape varieties and the different methods of pruning and grape growing. The path continues and you will find yourself in front of the Church of San Lorenzo and with an extra effort, you will be in Alessandro’s wine cellar where you will taste his white wine Cinque Terre DOC accompanied by the typical Ligurian focaccia. Alessandro is also a member of the Foundation of Manarola Cinque Terre, created in 2014 in order to protect the cultural heritage of the village.

Time at disposal in Cinque Terre and dinner at leisure (your guide will suggest the best place for a romantic aperitif or a special dinner).
Return to the hotel via local train to La Spezia + taxi or private transfer.

Day 7:  Cinque Terre & Gulf of Poets from the sea: a Sailing Experience
In the morning transfer to La Spezia harbor and departure for a full day sailing experience – this is wonderful opportunity to explore the coast of the Cinque Terre and the Gulf of the Poets from another perspective!
In La Spezia harbour, you will go on board and cross first the Gulf of Poets seeing the beautiful villages of Portovenere and Lerici and the islands Palmaria and Tino. Later you will sail along the Cinque Terre coast enjoying great views of the villages. At a nice place, maybe in front of Vernazza you will stop and have a light lunch with local specialities like focaccia and anchovies. There is the opportunity to stop for swimming in the beautiful marine protection area. Those who do not only like to relax with a swim will have the opportunity to learn from our experienced English-speaking skipper the basics how to sail.
This evening there is a farewell dinner at hotel's restaurant with an incredible panorama of the sea and harbour.

Day 8: This morning we say goodbye.
After breakfast, check out and departure: Transfers to Genoa or Pisa airport are included.  

 

 

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