Riviera of Flowers, Monaco & Portofino 2018

7 Days

Apr - Sep 2018 - From £849pp

RF

Free Drinks every evening

Direct Train to the Med

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21/04/2018
 
£849pp
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19/05/2018
 
£899pp
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04/06/2018
 
£999pp
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24/09/2018
 
£939pp
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Overview




This super holiday, taking in the French and Italian Rivieras, starts at St Pancras or Ashford where we board the Eurostar direct to the Mediterranean. On the Riviera enjoy free drinks every night and visits to Monaco, Portofino & Dolceacqua.

Direct train to the Mediterranean
Escorted travel is by direct Eurostar train from London St Pancras and Ashford to Marseilles (no train changes), continuing east along the French Riviera coast by coach to Diano Marina, just over the Italian border, arriving in time for dinner and free drinks at the hotel. The return will either be by direct train from Marseille or from Nice via Lille or Paris depending on the date.

No need to rush
You will have reserved seats on all trains and all stations are at the start or end of the line (except Lille), allowing plenty of time for boarding and alighting.

Itinerary



The Rock of Monaco
The Rock of Monaco

Monaco harbour
Monaco‘s famous harbour

Dolceacqua
Dolceacqua



Day 1: UK to Diano Marina
Early morning departure from London St Pancras (from Ashford on request) direct to Marseille where we transfer by coach to Diano Marina and check-in at the Hotel. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 2: Diano Marina
Free day to enjoy the resort. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 3: Monaco
After breakfast join our included excursion to Monaco where you can enjoy the glitz, glamour and relaxed atmosphere of this tiny principality. Enjoy a coffee in the famous Café de Paris in Casino Square; marvel at the mega-yachts in Port Hercule from the harbourside, or from the water-taxi - just 2 euros each way; discover rustic Monaco-Ville and the Royal Palace on the ‘Rock of Monaco’. Return to Diano Marina late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 4: Diano Marina
Today is free to explore on your own or your Tour Manager will be able to assist with local transport to nearby towns such as San Remo or Alassio. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 5: Portofino
After an early breakfast we will travel by coach to Santa Margherita where we join the ferry to Portofino. The approach to Portofino by boat is spectacular with coastal views not available by other transport. We return to the hotel late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 6: Dolceacqua
Today we have a half day excursion to Dolceacqua, a medieval village at the foot of the Rebuffao mountains. Here you can meander through the village streets and climb to the 12th century castle, or cross the single-arch bridge to the 15th century ‘new’ town. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 7: Diano Marina to UK
After an early breakfast we depart the hotel by coach and return to Marseille or Nice for our return train to the UK.

Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.

Your Hotel


Hotel Piccolo
Hotel Piccolo and (inset) sun terrace



Piccolo Hotel - 3-star - Diano Marina
Set in a quiet location within walking distance of the sea and centre of Diano Marina, the hotel has a panoramic terrace and restaurant and a comfortable bar. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, telephone, and satellite TV. The restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast and dinner served at your table. There’s free drinks between 6pm and 11pm each night including local brands of beer, wine and spirits.

Rail Travel




Eurostar – London to Marseille
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little around 6 hours to Marseille. On board you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffet car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.
Morning Departure
Departures from London is early morning, the exact train departure time is confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.
Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.
Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.
Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).

Included

  • Escorted by rail and throughout abroad

  • Eurostar rail travel London St Pancras or Ashford to Marseille direct. Return train direct from Marseille or from Nice Via Lille or Paris (dependent on date).

  • 6 nights sharing a twin/double room at Piccolo Hotel, Diano Marina with buffet breakfasts & dinners and free drinks 6pm to 11pm every night - local brands of beer, wine & spirits.

  • Excursions as stated

  • All transfers abroad


Accommodation Options:
  • Single room supplement £140pp

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices