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Italian Riviera by Rail Escorted Tour

7 nights starting from
£1295

  • Seaside resorts - on this coast they are particularly atmospheric

  • Glamour - enjoy the glitz of Monte Carlo and chic Portofino

  • Lively market or glamorous Hanbury Gardens with typical local lunch

  • Historic ports - Genova is fascinating

  • Typical Italian towns – Cervo & Alassio

This lovely tour, now into its third year, is based at the delightful Hotel Torino in the pretty resort of Diano Marina, and explores the wonderful coastline and towns of the Italian Riviera. Tour highlights include the chic seaside resort of Santa Margherita, achingly beautiful Portofino - playground of the rich and famous, the historic port of Genova, famed as the birthplace of Columbus, the pretty seafront village of Cervo, Alassio and the market at Ventimiglia. An added bonus is a trip over the border into the principality of Monaco.

Available Departures

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02 - June - 2019 £ 1295.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 02nd June 2019 at 08:58

Returning: 09th June 2019 at 18:13

ITINERARY

Day 1:  Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille and onwards to Nice by TGV.
On arrival, transfer by coach to Diano Marina (approx. 1.5 hours) and Hotel Torino.


Day 2:  Full day to relax and explore Diano Marino at your leisure.
Diano Marino looks the quintessential stylish Italian beach resort. On a long swathe of sand lined with waving palms, nestled in a wide sweep of bay the town is backed by low, lush hills that protect it from the wind and cold. Stroll the lovely seafront promenade with a gelato, or enjoy the buzzing café culture in delightful surroundings.


Day 3:  Full day tour to Genoa.
Italy’s largest port, Genoa has been a prosperous economic centre for centuries, which has created a city full of impressive landmarks and a glorious heritage and earning the nickname ‘La Superba’. The old town is a medieval warren, part of which is UNESCO-listed, spotted with palazzi that have been converted into world class museums and art galleries.


Day 4:  Full day tour to Monaco.
The principality of Monaco may be a tiny 1.9 square km, but you’d be hard pushed to find as much luxury anywhere else. Ruled over by its famous royal family and full of lavish hotels, luxury tower blocks, gleaming super cars and a harbour stuffed with multi-million pound yachts, Monaco is a fascinating place to visit. See the famous Grand Casino and Hotel de Paris and soak up the ambience.


Day 5: Morning tour to Ventimiglia with traditional local lunch at the seaside. 
Close to the border with France, Ventimiglia is best known for its excellent weekly market that runs along the seafront of the new town. We will have a morning here to pick up a few bargains, though there is a lovely medieval centre and the delightful Hanbury Gardens to explore if a market is not your thing. A lunch in a typical, traditional fish restaurant is a tour highlight.

Day 6:  Full day tour to Portofino and Santa Margherita.
Tiny Portofino is nestled around a protected inlet amongst cypress and olive trees. This is gorgeous, A-list Riviera, as demonstrated by the luxurious yachts anchored in the small harbour, with colourful houses, mansions shrouded by trees and plenty of bars and cafes. Just above the town you’ll find San Giorgio church, said to contain relics of the dragon slayer himself. Santa Margherita is a small, lovely and picturesque resort set in an inlet. The town is full of grand hotels and villas in lush gardens all looking out over the sparkling blue of the bay. As well as a gentle stroll or relaxing in a café watching the world go by, Santa Margherita’s church of San Michele contains a work by Van Dyck.


Day 7:  Full day tour to Cervo and Alassio.
Popping along the bay, our first visit today is the pretty town of Cervo. Founded as a Roman villa and expanding in the medieval times – the 16th century ramparts still protect the town today, Cervo’s colourful buildings sprawl over a hillside that leads down to a shingle beach. The hill is crowned by the impressive Baroque church of San Giovanni Battista. The seaside resort of Alassio is well-known for its spectacular natural setting and beautiful views. Along its seafront of sandy beaches you'll find a lovely promenade lined with excellent bars and cafes, and the cobbled streets of the pedestrianized town centre make for a relaxed afternoon stroll. Essential listening is Edward Elgar's concert-overture In the South (Alassio) which he composed while on holiday here in the winter of 1903.


Day 8: Transfer back to Nice station to catch the return TGV to Paris. At Paris, board the return Eurostar service to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.

NB: Order of excursions may vary according to local conditions, market day in Ventimiglia (Friday) and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 35 passengers.  

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar/TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice via Paris with coach transfer in Paris
  • Seven nights' accommodation on dinner (set meal), bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Torino Hotel in Diano Marina, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • One local farewell lunch
  • Return transfers from Nice to Diano Marina and full coach touring programme as detailed in the itinerary
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls.
  • Porterage and gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Lille, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

Hotel Torino, Diano Marina
The four-star Hotel Torino in Diano Marina is a wonderful place for a relaxing and comfortable tour. Facilities here include swimming pool (seasonal opening), fitness centre, bar, restaurant serving excellent local cuisine included each evening, spacious grounds and very comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, safe and minibar, most with a balcony.

Hotel Torino Website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
We have had a wonderful response from our guests this year, particularly for the food and friendly staff. Family owned and operated since 1947 to a very high level and a great base for this lovely tour. 

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Travel Inn, London Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website

We love to receive feedback from our customers. Their views help us to keep improving the ours we offer. If you have been on this tour and would like to submit a review, please log in to our client area here and fill in the short form.

Recent Reviews

 

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Another excellent tour enhanced by Angela's infectious energy and enthusiasm. However, we would suggest that future tours should include Albegna which the DK guide rightly states "should not be missed". Angela used her initiative to include a short visit but the city warrants a full half day at least. We would suggest that this is a much better destination than Monaco which was disappointing as was Ventimiglia market. Perhaps Dolceaqua would be a better choice.

Review by Reid who travelled 03-June-2018


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The hotel was first class and provided really excellent breakfasts and dinners. They dealt with my wife’s dietary problems with great care and thought. The sightseeing trips were interesting and varied and Angela was a witty and knowledgeable tour manager. The only slight issues were the brochure description of the included lunch”typical traditional trattoria up in the hills a tour highlight” was a fish restaurant near the hotel in Diano Marina. We also had a problem with a lack of coach at Gare de Lyons to take us to Gare du Nord but Angela managed to smuggle us on a rival groups coach! Despite travelling on a rail strike day the journey was surprisingly easy thanks to the behind the scenes reorganisation and Angela’s calm expertise. Overall another most enjoyable holiday.

Review by King who travelled 03-June-2018


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Hotel accommodation good but main meals were strange e. g. Steak with potatoe crisps! Thier menu was unusual.

Review by Northfield who travelled 03-June-2018


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Flexible seating arrangements for dinner was not on offer as described. This may have been convenient for the staff but unfortunate for us as we would like to have had social time with other guests and more stimulating conversation.

Review by Mrs Jill Gautrey who travelled 07-June-2017


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Review by Mr Philip Hammond who travelled 03-October-2016


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The tour manager Karen was a delight and made this our first tour, a real pleasure. The Genoa trip could have done with a brief copy stop on arrival after a long journey, before the guided tour commenced. Perhaps this was a bit limited too given the history of the town and the points of interest that could be visited. Otherwise, full marks for the varied programme and locations. We will certainly recommend to friends. Thank you

Review by Mr Barnaby Price who travelled 03-October-2016


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Another really good holiday, just what we expect! The small group was a bonus and it was good to meet up with Karen again. The train journey along the coast to Nice seemed long and slow. . Would a coach transfer from Marseille be any quicker? Looking to book something for next year now!

Review by Mrs Jean Harrison who travelled 03-October-2016


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Karen did a good job as Tour Manager. The Torino Hotel the Breakfasts were excellent however I found the Evening meals very Disappointing,,several of the group said how hard the beds were I myself hardly sleep atall.I didn',t do all the side trips it was just to much you would have spent to much time in the Bus.

Review by Mr Arnall Gleed who travelled 03-October-2016


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very good hotel and enjoyed Diano Marina. Holiday spoilt somewhat by poor weather and French rail strikes.

Review by Mr Kevin Radley who travelled 30-May-2016


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Due to the strike we returned via Lille, great improvement on Paris stations and the journey between them , suggest you use this route in both directions whenever possible.

Review by Mr B McCansh who travelled 30-May-2016


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The return by train was marred by the french strike but Serge our Tour Manager was simply wonderful in making it as stress free as poss. Hotel excellent but sightseeing tours too long in getting there by coach.

Review by Mrs Margaret Sharma who travelled 30-May-2016


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We had a great holiday even though the weather wasn't so good. Serge was excellent. With the number of trips included with this tour it really could do with being 1 or 2 days longer so that we could have had a couple more rest days. We chose not to go on 2 of the tours. The trip to Genoa was one we decided not to do and didn't seem popular with others who went. We got caught up in the French Rail strike on the way home and Serge once again was calm and professional.

Review by Mrs Marilyn Robson who travelled 30-May-2016


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Serge did well with help from"his Boss" to get us home. The two full day trips one after the other was not a good idea. Allasio was in my view a waste of time. Much better to have visited more hill villages like Cervo. The visit to Hanbury Gardens near Ventimiglia was a good idea, instead of another market . The 'Excellent' for train above was for the outbound journey, in the circumstances the inbound was no better than good. I stood becoming more and more squeezed all the way from Nice to Marseilles. Others got seats though. Sadly my French was not good enough to enjoy the lively banter going on around me. The overall "Good" is because of the rain and the inbound trip, neither of which was your fault.

Review by Mr Paul Sweeting who travelled 30-May-2016


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Our tour manager was exceptional. Professional,personable, well informed and dealt with our travel problems in a reassuring and very competent manner

Review by Dr F Shaw who travelled 30-May-2016


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Beautiful place, lovely hotel, staff very friendly and efficient . Did not go on all the excursions as some a bit far, and tiring. Pity about the stairs at Nice, carrying cases up and down was exhausting! Train loos in bad condition by end of journey, both ways!

Review by Mr David Pinkerton who travelled 24-September-2015


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Nice railway station is completely unsuitable for travellers with luggage, no lifts or escalators available, cases had to be hauled up and down stairs - but Serge did help. Most of the group were 60+ and found this difficult. I would never travel via Nice again

Review by Mrs S Brown-Browne who travelled 08-June-2015


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The trip to Genoa was too far for a rather uninteresting tour - the Italian guide was quite hard to understand and went into too much detail for most people. After a very long train and coach journey to Diano Marina, Genoa could be dropped from the itinerary, especially as Monaco and Portofino were equally long coach tours, but more interesting places to visit. Serge Bertini was an excellent guide in all respects - nothing was too much trouble and he was a great help with our cases on and off the trains.

Review by Mr Keith Terry who travelled 08-June-2015


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Review by Mr Stephen Garrett who travelled 08-June-2015



I did do a questionnaire for Barbara and it was all good. I will add that the whole holiday was an excellent experience, and so well organised. Half board for us is the only way to go. Congrats on a job well done

Review by Mr Richard Brewer who travelled 13-October-2014


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Did not like the fact we did not travel via Lille. In future will book nearer the time when the train schedule has been confirmed, and book tours that use Lille as the transfer of trains.

Review by Mrs Angela Thomas who travelled 13-October-2014


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Not amused by the early start, the change in timetable, the long waits in Paris .Not what we booked initially.So many older travellers were exhausted on arrival in Italy. Too many hours on the coach travelling the same roads Hotel was lovely but being made to sit at the same table each night and preordering the menu the night before was "convenient" for the hotel not the clients who generally objected. Barbara was brilliant and made the tour .Keep her ! Just consider your clients age and jiggle itinerary and timetables.

Review by Mrs Janet Blackburn who travelled 13-October-2014


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We have taken many holidays with Travel Editions over the last 10+ years and they have never failed to live up to the excellence we have come to expect.

Review by Mrs Jean Wood who travelled 09-June-2014


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Review by Mr Geoffrey Brook who travelled 09-June-2014


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Serge was an informative, friendly, interesting tour Manager who looked after us well and added to the good, first experience of the Italian Riviera. We were a small party of 18 and all got on very well. Diano Marina was a good place to stay.

Review by Mrs S Bell who travelled 02-May-2014


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Food in hotel was not up to the standard of the hotel. Serge was amazing!

Review by Mr John Allen who travelled 02-May-2014


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Review by Moquet who travelled 17-October-2013


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