Stretching along the Mediterranean and dotted with jewel-like villages, the rugged Ligurian Coast is known as the Italian Riviera. From your base in Sestri Levante, spend a delightful week soaking up the culture and ambiance of northwestern Italy. Explore warm-hued coastal villages from Santa Margherita to Cinque Terre, and go on excursions to historic sites in nearby Tuscany and Piedmont. Between wine-tasting, a cooking class, and walking tours, enjoy free time to discover the spectacular Italian Riviera on your own.

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 Portofino village on the Ligurian coast  Piedmont vineyards  Basilica di San Frediano in Lucca  Colorful houses along the main street in Manarola  Sestri Levante, Liguria  Manarola village, Cinque Terre  Old castle on the sea in Rapallo

The Italian Riviera

A One-Week Stay on the Ligurian Coast

9 days from $4,790

Stretching along the Mediterranean and dotted with jewel-like villages, the rugged Ligurian Coast is known as the Italian Riviera. From your base in Sestri Levante, spend a delightful week soaking up the culture and ambiance of northwestern Italy. Explore warm-hued coastal villages from Santa Margherita to Cinque Terre, and go on excursions to historic sites in nearby Tuscany and Piedmont. Between wine-tasting, a cooking class, and walking tours, enjoy free time to discover the spectacular Italian Riviera on your own.

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Accommodations

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Hotel Vis a Vis

Sestri Levante, Italy

Located on a hilltop just a short walk from the shops, restaurants and galleries of Sestri Levante, the Vis à Vis hotel features a cozy restaurant and lounge with exceptional sunset vistas over the Baia del Silenzio  (the Bay of Silence) and Baia delle Favole (Bay of Fairy Tales) named in honour of Hans Christian Andersen, a resident of the town for a short time.  All guest rooms feature a small terrace or balcony with seaside or dramatic mountain views and feature private baths and all the modern ammentities. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, concierge service, and laundry and dry-cleaning services (at an additonal fee). Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the hotel and there is a small heated pool and spa on site.  

Number of nights: 7

Activity Levels

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: Week-long Cultural Stay featuring one city and region—and one hotel. Full-day excursions outside the city with some longer, extensive walking tours of villages, museums, and outdoor historic sites. Some excursions can be over uneven terrain (e.g. gardens and outdoor sites, cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Hotel centrally located for easy access to cafes, restaurants, and boutiques during time at leisure.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
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The Land Where Lemons Grow: The Story of Italy and Its Citrus Fruit
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Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.