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+ Optional Pre-Tour
Cinque Terre

Take advantage of additional time in Italy to explore Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera, an area teeming with meaningful traditions surrounding wine, cuisine, and family. 

Charming pastel buildings and sparkling sea views combine brilliantly with sweet and savory specialties from Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Discover the plentiful local seafood—fresh calamari, shrimp, and anchovies are always at hand (even those not fans of anchovies should try them here). And the hills behind the villages are a mosaic of vineyards producing the local white wine. Delizioso!

More than food and drink, Cinque Terre is also a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, drawing visitors to its dramatic coastal scenery and sunset panoramas.
 

Pre-Tour Rate**

Classic: $1,995
Single: $2,495

Itinerary:

Day +1: En route from U.S.

Day +2: Arrive in Milan, Italy / Sestri Levante
After arriving in Milan Malpensa, enjoy the scenic drive to the Italian Riviera. The afternoon is at leisure to relax after the flight and stroll the fishermen hamlet of Sestri Levante.   
Overnight: Vis-à-Vis 

Day +3: Sestri Levante / Cinque Terre / Sestri Levante
Following breakfast, board a local train to travel the coastline, arriving at Cinque Terre—five fairy-tale hamlets dazzling with clusters of pastel-hued fishermen's homes exuding unparalleled charm.

Explore the lively towns, stopping to experience a culinary speciality at each during an enriching tasting tour. Start in Monterosso al Mare to sip the best lemon granita. Then, try farinata—an amazing local chickpea pie—in Vernazza. In Manarola, sample fresh pesto trofie—a twisted, spiral-shaped pasta from the Ligurian region, followed by the area's popular dessert white wine, Sciacchetrà. Cap off the delightful day at Riomaggiore with a scrumptious gelato.  
Overnight: Vis-à-Vis (B,L) 

Day +4: Sestri Levante / Portofino / San Fruttuoso / Sestri Levante
Transfer to stunning Portofino, considered one of the "eight wonders of the world.” It's an incredibly well-preserved ancient fishing village in the heart of a natural park. Sail by private gozzo (a traditional wooden boat with a large sundeck) to the abbey of San Fruttuoso and discover the sacred building dating back to the 16th century. Enjoy lunch at leisure near the abbey and then stroll lively Santa Margherita Ligure with its tiny alleys and colorful shops before returning to Sestri Levante.
Overnight: Vis-à-Vis (B)  

Day +5: Sestri Levante / Verona / Main Program Begins
Indulge in a final morning at leisure in Sestri Levante and then transfer to Verona. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch

This pre-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.

(Itinerary subject to change.)


Activity Level:

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, can walk up and down hillsides and stairs, and can board/disembark a water vessel without assistance. Historic city centers are usually more accessible by foot than vehicle. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.


Accommodations:

Vis-à-Vis

A unique hotel perched on a high promontory, the family run Vis-à-Vis provides spectacular views over two bays—Baia del Silenzio and Baia delle Favole. Tastefully furnished, welcoming rooms offer comfort and relaxation. Unwind in the outdoor heated swimming pool set amid olive trees, savor a delicious cocktail and meal at the Sky Bar Zeus or other on-site dining options, and for an additional fee, indulge in spa treatments in the Giunone Wellness area. 

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, partial sea view, balcony with seating, complimentary Wi-Fi, writing desk, LCD TV, phone, safe, mini bar, slippers, and en suite bathroom with premium sundries and hair dryer.

(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included:
    • 3 nights accommodations at Vis-à-Vis (or similar) with breakfast each morning
    • Cinque Terre card for all train transportation within the Cinque Terre
    • Guided touring (by English-speaking guides) and tastings through five Cinque Terre villages
    • Boat excursion to San Fruttuoso
    • Entrance fee to San Fruttuoso Abbey
    • Gratuities to hotel staff, local guides, local drivers for included activities and excursions, and wait staff for included meals
    • Airport transfers for guests arriving during the suggested times

Pre-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.