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Explore one of the most scenic coastlines on the Italian peninsula! The Ligurian coast runs from the French border all the way to Tuscany, and this tour will take you to some of the best-known and least-visited gems of this exquisite region. A local guide will introduce you to the famous food shops of the historic port city of Genoa, some of which have been in operation for over a hundred years! From Genoa you’ll work your way down the coast and experience the iconic towns of Camogli and Sestri Levante, with their medieval origins, laid-back vibe, and trails with no end of wonderful views. You’ll hike across the beautiful Portofino peninsula, a striking contrast of forested mountains meeting sparkling blue sea, with the tiny chic harbor of Portofino nestled in its bay. Breathtaking vistas await you around every bend in the trail as it winds through the vineyards and olive groves on the trails above the Cinque Terre. You’ll have panoramic views of the five stunning towns perched on seaside cliffs overlooking the cobalt Mediterranean Sea. For hikers, this remarkable area typifies the best northern Italy has to offer in scenery, culture, food and wine.

You’ll relax in 4-Star boutique hotels with sea-view rooms, enjoy the company of your private guides, and dine on plenty of regional cuisine to help you recharge. Plan to fall in love with the landscape, the towns, the food, and most of all, the people!

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Ben Venuti in Italia!

Your Italian adventure starts today in the historic port of Genova. Known as La Superba (The Proud), Genova was a great maritime power in the 13th century. A network of fortresses protected the city, and were connected by a wall second in length only to the Great Wall of China. Genova's bankers, merchants and princes adorned the city with palaces, churches and impressive art collections. With more than 2,000 years of history producing countless magnificent buildings, museums, and the largest medieval city center in Europe, Genova's cobblestone streets will provide plenty of opportunity for wandering, shopping, and just getting lost!

You should plan to arrive in Genova by midday and make your way to your 4-Star hotel, perfectly located in the city center. Tonight we'll have our orientation meeting and afterwards we'll walk to one of our favorite spots for our welcome dinner. We'll begin with an introduction to the wonderful vintages of the region, then you'll be rolling up your sleeves and learning how to cook Genovese-style from a talented local chef. If you're more of a spectator, you can watch and sip wine instead! Afterwards you'll sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

An after-dinner passegiata in the piazza near the hotel will cap off your first day on the Italian Riviera.

Day 2 - Genova and Camogli

After breakfast this morning you'll meet your local guide to begin a fascinating walking tour through the streets and neighborhoods of this captivating city. As you wind through the ancient streets of the old city, you'll be enthralled by the combination of historic monuments and grand buildings surrounded by a sea of small shops and stores, still very much alive and bustling, much as they have been for over a thousand years.

Like all seafaring cultures, Genova benefited from the vast variety of foodstuffs its fleet supplied. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables from the surrounding hills, dairy from the rich mountain pastures, and seafood from the fishing boats still provide the basis for the wonderful cuisine of the area. One of the delightful aspects of Genova is the century old tradition of the friggitorie, or fast food restaurants, Genova-style! A small storefront with an even smaller kitchen will turn out delicacies to eat in or take away...you can buy a slice of torta pasqualina, farinata, or focaccia slathered with local olive oil. Genova has one of the largest collection of Ultra-Centenarian (continuously in operation for over a hundred years) food shops in all of Europe. Explore and enjoy! Your guide will take you to a typical Genovese trattoria for an excellent lunch.

This afternoon we'll relax on our private transfer as we leave the city behind and journey down the coast to the idyllic seaside town of Camogli, our home for the next two days. After checking in to your sea-view room at your beautiful 4-Star hotel overlooking the bay, you'll have time to meander along the seashore and take in the charming views. It might be the perfect time to relax at a sidewalk cafe and let the time slip by, people-watching and daydreaming.

Tonight you’ll go to a fabulous local ristorante where you can enjoy yet another aspect of the regional cuisine. Tonight's passegiatta might be along the lamplit walkway of Camogli's seafront, enjoying a gelato from the local shop!

Day 3 - Portofino

This morning your hiking guide will accompany you on a short transfer to nearby Portofino Vetta, where your day's adventure begins. After some time to visit stunning harbor of Portofino, you'll walk into one of Liguria's most beautiful natural areas, Portofino National Park. Suffice to say you'll enjoy excellent views along winding coastal paths, with the vista changing at every bend in the trail. After you've worked up an appetite, you'll be treated to one of the most unique, and picturesque, cooking class/lunches you'll find! At an agriturismo nestled in the hills overlooking Portofino Harbor, a local chef will take you through his herb garden to show you how his family has used local products in their cuisine for generations. Then, of course, another phenomenal meal will appear in front of you!

After lunch we'll have a relaxed walk through the forest to the stunningly picturesque abbey of San Fruttuoso, nestled in a small bay on the far southern shore of the promontory. After exploring the abbey you'll board a ferry for the scenic ride back to Camogli. Tonight you are free to explore the town and find the perfect little seaside ristorante.

Day 4 - Sestri Levante

After breakfast today you'll have a private transfer to seaside town of Sestri Levante, midway between Genoa and the Cinque Terre. Here you'll check in to your sea-view room at a gorgeous 4-Star hotel perched on the edge of the beach, overlooking one of Liguria's loveliest bays, the Bay of Silence.

Your walk today starts in Sestri Levante, then winds out of the town and along the coastal hills, climbing steadily onto the heights overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Postcard views abound, be sure to bring your camera today. Eventually you'll make your way to scenic Punta Manara, with stunning views in all directions. Now it's time to relax in the shade to enjoy a delightful gourmet picnic of local specialties. This is one lunch you'll remember!

Tonight you'll have a special dinner in Sestri Levante at one of your guide's favorite spots...bring an appetite.

Day 5 - Portovenere

Today you'll use the local train system for the transfer to La Spezia, where you'll have a private transfer to the tiny town of Campiglia, the trailhead for today. Your path today will take you along the spine of the Portovenere peninsula, far above the sparkling blue sea. As you approach the postcard-pretty town of Portovenere, the views of the town, the boats, nearby Palmaria Island and the ever-present ocean will keep your eyes occupied. Your guide will give you a tour of Portovenere and then turn you loose to wander on your own.

By the end of the day you'll be ready to relax for your train ride back to Sestri Levante. Get a good night's sleep tonight, you have an exciting day tomorrow!

Day 6 - The Cinque Terre

Today is all about options, depending on your energy level, ability, and the pace you want to maintain, you can do as much hiking...or as little hiking as you want. You can see the towns by foot or by train, and make your decision as the day wears on. Whether you hike the entire five towns, or just a few, one thing is for certain...you'll be treated to some of the most enchanting views of your trip. Your guide will ride with you to the farthest town of Riomaggiore, where your odyssey begins. You'll use the coastal paths and the higher Alta Via paths to work your way from town to town, with time to explore the towns as you go. At any of the towns you can opt to hop on the train to the next town, or all the way back to Sestri Levante if you prefer.

Tonight we have a very special farewell dinner planned. It's a time for exchanging pictures and emails, a time for remembering all the good times and amazing experiences of the journey and a time for heartfelt goodbyes to all your new lifelong friends.

Day 7 - Arrivederci Italia

This morning after breakfast you'll check out and have a transfer to the nearby train station in Sestri Levante, where our Go Get Lost tour will end. As part of your package your guide will give you a train ticket for either Genova, La Spezia, Milan or Pisa.

What´s Included

  • 1 night at 4 Star Bristol Hotel in Genoa
  • 2 nights at 4 Star Cenobio del Dogi Hotel in Camogli, sea-view room
  • 3 nights at 4 Star Hotel Miramare in Sestri Levante, sea-view room
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals as specified: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 trailside picnic, 4 dinners, 1 wine tasting
  • Picnic lunch at Punta Manara prepared by local chef
  • Lunch at a local trattoria in Genova
  • Lunch at a village in the Cinque Terre
  • Cooking class/lunch at an agriturismo on the Portofino peninsula
  • Welcome cooking class/dinner in Genova
  • Dinner in Camogli
  • Dinner in Sestri Levante
  • Farewell Dinner in Sestri Levante
  • Genova walking tour with local guide
  • Portofino walk with local guide
  • Punta Manara walk with local guide
  • Portovenere wall with local guide
  • Cinque Terre walk with local guide
  • Welcome night wine tasting
  • Opportunities to Visit Lots of Unique Villages – Santa Margarita, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, etc.
  • Transportation once the tour has begun.
  • All train, ferry, hydrofoil, coach, and taxi transfers as specified in itinerary.
  • Departure train transfer from Sestri Levante to either Genova, Milan, La Spezia or Pisa.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in itinerary
  • Completely escorted by an American Go Get Lost Tour Leader with local guides at specified sites throughout the itinerary
  • Go Get Lost trail-friendly wine glass
  • A lifetime of unforgettable memories!

What´s not Included

  • Airfare package
  • Arrival transfers, tour begins at the hotel in Genova on the afternoon of Day 1, and the tour ends at the train station in Sestri Levante on the morning of day 7. (Train tickets to your choice of four cities are part of your package)
  • Gratuities for meals, porterage, local guides, coach drivers, etc.
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Beverages at meals unless specified in itinerary
  • Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
  • Single supplement charge
  • Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.

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