WEST LIGURIAN RIVIERA AND COTE D'AZUR - TRIP CODE: LIGCOSTAZZ
6 days 5 nights
Day 1: Finalborgo
Arrival in Finalborgo in the morning and free time for lunch. In the afternoon meeting with the tour guide and visit the famous village enclosed by medieval walls, still well preserved, where you can find craft shops, art galleries and lovely medieval courts. The main attractions are: Santa Caterina Convent, now home to the Museum of Finale, the Superga Church, the medieval doors of the village: Porta Testa, Porta Romana and Porta Reale and the St. Blaise Church, sumptuous example of baroque architecture. Transfer to the hotel in Imperia, accommodation in the room, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Dolceacqua, Apricale and Exotic Gardens
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to the Nervia Valley. In this valley there are the most beautiful villages of western Liguria as Dolceacqua, certainly the most picturesque, with the Doria Castle, a dense network of narrow streets and stone houses and the famous bridge and Apricale, medieval village perched on a hill that has one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, with the parish church, oratory and a lot of palaces that are all different from each other, filled with murals, sculptures and paintings of many artists who have left their works in this place, even in recent times. The work certainly more curious is the bike on the roof of the church, visible from afar. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Ventimiglia, then guided tour of the Villa Hanbury Botanical Gardens unique in the world, where lives many different species of exotic plants. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Nice and Monte Carlo
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Nice. Meeting with the tour guide and visit of the historical center of the town, considered the only metropolis in the French Riviera, with its picturesque district characterized by shops of flowers and vegetables and its outdoor cafés. Don’t miss the "Promenade des Anglais", the famous seaside promenade, Place Massena, and the many museums like that of “Chagall” and “Matisse”. It’s included the visit at Confiserie Florian, where you can follow the various stages of manufacture of citrus preserves, candied flowers with candy tasting included. Free time for lunch.
In the afternoon transfer to the Principality of Monaco, and visit of Monaco, the capital, situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea, with the "Old Town" and the Prince's Palace, where you can admire the famous "change of guard". Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: The villages of the Cote D' Azur
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer to Cannes. Free visit of this famous town with the "Croisette", the catwalk crossed by the famous celebrities participating in the Film Festival and its historical center and later visit of the villages of Juan Les Pins, Antibes and Cagnes sur Mer, little gems of this beautiful coastline. Free time for lunch.
In the afternoon transfer to Eze Village and free visit of this small medieval village overlooking the sea, with a charming old town. It’s included guided tours to the Galimard Perfumery, founded in 1747, with perfumed gift! Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: San Remo and Old Bussana
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning transfer to San Remo, meeting with the tour guide and visit of the capital of the Italian Riviera with the old town, called the "Pigna", with the houses perched, small squares and steep streets and the modern Sanremo with its elegant palaces and its beautiful parks. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon we suggest:
- Transfer to Bussana and free time for the visit of this village. Partially destroyed during an earthquake in 1887 was totally abandoned for decades. Then in the 50’s, has begun to be inhabited by Italian and foreign artists who currently is home to many artisan shops.
- Rent a bike and carrying out the beautiful bike path “Area 24”, which connects San Lorenzo al Mare and Ospedaletti on an easy trail, flat and very scenic. It was made by converting the coastal route of the old railway track single Genova - Ventimiglia and moved upstream.
Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Alassio and Laigueglia
Breakfast in the hotel and baggage preparation. Transfer to Alassio, meeting with the tour guide and visit of the famous seaside town, known for the famous "muretto" . Here you can visit St. Ambrose Church and Santa Croce Church, the Bastion, the chapel “to the fallen of the sea” and the marina.
Later transfer to Laigueglia and visit to the beautiful seaside village with the bastion of defense and San Matteo Church. Free time for lunch and departure.