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On this invigorating walking tour, Nice, France sets the stage for a journey through hillside villages, coastal landscapes, and charming trattorias.

Discover the Riviera Ponente —the “sunset coast”—a walker’s paradise of enchanting hillside villages. On this endlessly rewarding walking tour, Nice, France kicks off discoveries that stretch to Genoa, Italy. This is a world of unvarnished beauty committed to simple living and exemplary “slow food.” You’ll follow coastal trails shaded by palms and pines to magnificent villas, castle ruins and manicured gardens, and hike ancient Roman routes amid the soaring Ligurian and Maritime Alps. Along the way, connect with those who thrive off this fertile land: olive oil and wine makers, agriturismo and trattoria owners, and a farmer who cultivates the medieval-era chinotto fruit. And indulge in the centerpiece of your journey: three nights at an elegant beachfront resort designed in the grandest tradition.

Highlights

  • Trace a seaside trail to a Renaissance villa where you savor lunch in the tea room and stroll its magnificent gardens.
  • Wander the narrow streets—or caruggi—of Italy’s “most beautiful villages,” including Dolceacqua, immortalized on canvas by Claude Monet.
  • Follow ancient Roman roads to Monte Guardiabella, where cows graze on high pastures in spring and summer.
  • Climb “the balconies of the Côte d´Azur” to the village of Roquebrune and tour its 10th-century castle, with sweeping Mediterranean views.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of historic Genoa, capping off your discoveries at a noble palace with pesto, focaccia and crisp vino bianco.
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Itinerary

Sat, May 14 to Mon, May 23 - 2022

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Nice right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Massena, Nice, France

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat; 4-6 miles, easy to moderate

After enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel your guides meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of your hotel. They’ll be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking. Hiking shoes are required.

Travel this morning to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat for a coastal walk. This scenic wooded peninsula reaching out into the Mediterranean Sea has hosted celebrities and diplomats since the 1950s. But you leave the jet-set behind for a spectacular stroll along a rocky landscape, enjoying splendid ocean vistas. Along the way, you pass an old quarry that was mined to build parts of Monaco, admire sun-bleached limestone dramatically set against bright blue water, and see stunning coves. Be on the lookout for serene sailboats skimming along the ocean and glimpse the graceful balconies of the grand Belle Epoque manses set amidst these fragrant pine forests. Later, you follow the footpath into the shade of lush foliage and pine, catching peeks of the bright bougainvillea of the town of Villefranche-Sur-Mer.

Your invigorating seaside walk culminates at the Villa Ephrussi, a palatial hilltop home once owned by the Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild. Savor a delicious light lunch here—quiche or soup and a salad—in the tea room or, if weather allows, under the orange trees on the terrace overlooking the Bay of Villefranche. Afterward, take time to stroll the beautifully manicured gardens and peruse the massive art collection, admiring the 18th-century paintings, antique furniture and Flemish tapestries.

Later, journey to scenic seaside Menton, straddling the Côte d’Azur on the Italian border. This charming old town enchants, with its cobbled lanes shaded by citrus trees and a rich canvas of remarkably preserved 13th-century mansions and lovely pastel-hued houses. Bathed in sunlight most days, this is the warmest part of France, enjoying its own near-subtropical climate and a rich array of cultural institutions—museums, galleries, gardens and an ancient monastery.

After settling in at your elegant hotel, gather this evening with your guides for an aperitif and orientation meeting. Then, savor a dinner of outstanding Mediterranean cuisine. Your menu varies by what’s fresh and available. You might enjoy a mouthwatering seafood ceviche or tuna tartare, fresh-caught sea bass en sel (in a salt crust), scallops with lemongrass, or rack of lamb in a pistachio crust. Your meal is sourced locally and from this Alpes-Maritimes region of France. A crisp local white wine or hearty red will complement every bite. For dessert, sample the region’s artisanal sorbet or gelato.

Accommodation: Villa Genesis, Menton, France
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5 miles, easy to moderate, 850-ft. elevation gain and loss

You awaken to the smell of café au lait (coffee with steamed milk). A hearty breakfast of eggs, cheeses, yogurt, cereals, juices, pastries, bread, and fresh fruit fuels you up for the day’s exploration.

You begin walking directly from the hotel, strolling west along the seafront promenade. Your morning destination is the nearby Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, nestled between Menton and the glitzy city-state of Monaco. You follow a relatively unspoiled path, skirting the peninsula and marveling at more Mediterranean views. As you climb the hundreds of steps to the village, you will understand why this trail is called the “Balcony of the Côte d´Azur.” On higher ground, you arrive in Roquebrune, a sleepy medieval village watched over by a 10th-century castle. Be sure to find your way to the Place du Capitaine Vincent for splendid panoramas of the sea and Monaco. Visit its castle—the central tower is said to be the oldest in France—and see the other pride of the village: a 1,000-year-old olive tree. Your morning is rewarded with a delicious lunch on a scenic terrace.

After, return to Menton the way you came. This afternoon, you have options for further walking and exploration. First, enjoy a self-guided walk along the Sentier Littoral, or Coastal Path. This scenic route is part of the old Sentier des Douaniers—or Customs Path. Established in 1791 during the Revolution, it was traveled by Empresses and smugglers alike. Pause at scenic beaches as you go, including the magnificent Plage Buse.

Or perhaps visit two jewels of local architecture that serve as a dramatic study in contrasts—Le Corbusier’s log-cabin Cabanon (part of a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Eileen Gray’s seaside modernist villa known as “E-1027” (listed as a French Historic Monument). To reach these historic properties, follow the Sentier Littoral to the section known as the Promenade Le Corbusier. (Reservations are required in order to tour.)

Or perhaps visit two jewels of local architecture that serve as a dramatic study in contrasts—Le Corbusier’s log-cabin Cabanon (part of a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Eileen Gray’s seaside modernist villa known as “E-1027” (listed as a French Historic Monument). To reach these historic properties, follow the Sentier Littoral to the section known as the Promenade Le Corbusier. (Reservations are required in order to tour.)

Accommodation: Villa Genesis, Menton, France
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

2.5 miles, moderate to challenging, 1,200-ft. elevation gain, and 4.5 miles, moderate to challenging, 1,000-ft. elevation loss

A sumptuous breakfast prepares you for today’s walk in the hills of the tranquil Val Nervia. Begin the day with a border crossing into Italy. Then you lace up your shoes for some of the most beautiful walks you’ll ever take.

You explore a stunning trio of Italian villages today. Stop first at Dolceacqua (“sugar water”). Rated one of “the most beautiful villages of Italy,” this magical hamlet straddling the River Nervia was immortalized by impressionist painter Claude Monet when he stayed in nearby Bordighera in 1884. What captivated Monet most was the village’s graceful, arched 15th-century bridge, the Ponte Vecchio. It’s sure to captivate you, too, as you walk across it into the cluster of the Old Town. Amidst its cobbled streets, you stop for coffee and to peruse its boutiques and traditional food shops. You might sample the traditional Dolceacqua cookie, the michette.

Continue your hike along an ancient mule track, tracing the route of medieval traders. Later, arrive at a special agriturismo, or farm estate, above the pretty village of Perinaldo. You receive a warm welcome at this working farm and savor a farm-fresh lunch of homemade ravioli with pesto, accompanied by tastings of the locally produced, ruby-red Rossese wine.

After lunch, follow your trail downhill all the way to Apricale, an impossibly scenic village rising from the forested hills of Liguria. It also enjoys status as one of the “most beautiful villages of Italy.” (Alternately, you can get a lift from our van to Apricale.) There’ll be time to explore its hillside cobbled streets and view its medieval castle before you journey next to Alassio, a sleepy seaside town with a long sandy beach where a stylish seafront hotel (and an aperitivo!) await. Tonight, dinner is on your own; your guides will have plenty of recommendations.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5-6 miles, easy to moderate, 985-ft. elevation gain and loss

After another generous breakfast, depart Alassio for Monte Guardiabella. Today you take an invigorating hike through history, tracing the paths of ancient Romans and even those who came here before them. Your trail passes fields of wildflowers, pastures grazed by the region’s distinct cows from spring to late summer, and Mediterranean macchia, a species of densely-growing evergreen shrub. Throughout this breathtaking walk, you enjoy fabulous vistas of the Maritime Alps, the Ligurian Alps, and the sparkling Mediterranean.

Note: Should fog or rain require us to take an alternate walk, you follow an ancient trail between the towns of Gazzelli and Chiusanico, renowned for their olive oils and wines. Pass through chestnut and oak woods, skirting groves of olive trees and vineyards.

Pause for lunch today at a rustic trattoria. The menu del giorno always features fresh and delicious seasonal and local fare: Perhaps dine on homemade ravioli with artichokes or gnocchi with speck (ham) and saffron; quiche with sausage and leeks; zucchini, basil and onion fritters (or frittelle); or pizzetta fritta alla Ligure (mini pizzas Ligurian style). For dessert, indulge in a delectable olive oil torta with white chocolate and basil.

After lunch, you visit an olive oil museum. During a fascinating tour, you learn how the fruit is harvested and pressed and have the chance to sample different grades. Return to Alassio late this afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy another evening on your own for dinner.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5 miles, easy to moderate, 800-ft. elevation gain and 900-ft. loss

Begin today with a short train ride to Laigueglia, scenically set between Capo Santa Croce and Capo Mele. Throughout its history this former fishing village has been overtaken by Romans, Catalans, pirates and Saracens. By the 19th century, it had flourished into a 10-wharf shipyard and trade center where 1,000 merchant ships docked each year and gondolas plied the bay.

You walk out of the village onto the ancient Roman Via, or Roman Way, built by Empress Julia Augusta—wife of Augustus Caesar—in 13 AD. Your loop walk leads you through more Mediterranean macchia brush and pines to Colla Micheri, a hidden medieval gem perched high on a promontory at the tip of the cape. The famous Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl lived here with his family when he wasn’t traveling and restored many of the structures that had been neglected over the centuries, including the medieval bakery and the church of San Sebastiano. You have time to take in the splendid gulf views before returning to Laigueglia.

Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many seafront eateries or at one of the popular focaccerias or pizzerias. After, perhaps take a swim at the sandy beach or stroll to the beautiful late Gothic Cathedral of San Matteo, with its twin majolica bell towers.

Return to Alassio by train late this afternoon. There’ll be time to relax at your hotel or explore the neighborhood. Perhaps sample the local confection, baci di Alassio, dark chocolate ganache between two hazelnut and cocoa biscuits as you stroll! Later, join your fellow travelers for another memorable meal of local specialties at a nearby ristorante.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

5 miles, easy to moderate, 800-ft. elevation gain and loss

Savor a final breakfast at your Alassio hotel. Then you journey to the Riviera delle Palme, stretching between Alassio and Savona. Named for the thousands of palm trees lining its sandy beaches, this former consular route was built to connect ancient Rome and France. As you stroll this scenic byway, more astonishing Mediterranean coast unfolds before you. Pass through Verezzi en route. This charming hillside village actually comprises four smaller villages, while Verezzi itself is also half of the larger village of Borgio Verezzi, with Borgio enjoying a location on the sea. Admire the enchanting cobbled lanes, white terraces and small houses leaning on each other.

Enjoy a final lunch today in one of the local villages—Finalborgo, Crosa, Verezzi, or Borgio, depending on your timing. After, you stroll just outside of Finalborgo, another of Italy’s “most beautiful villages.” Here, our friend, Alessandro is the third generation to operate a farming estate; his iteration emphasizes the “slow food” movement. During your visit, learn about the exotic chinotto, the oldest surviving medieval fruit. The fruit originated in China and provides many health benefits. You’ll learn about them as you sample Alessandro’s marmalades, candied fruit, and perhaps a little digestif!

After, you travel to your final destination, Genoa. Known as La Superba—the Superb One—to locals, this coastal gem ruled over the mightiest maritime empire in medieval Europe. Today, as the capital of Liguria, it is an underrated treasure—many layered and wholly authentic. Your hotel is said to be the oldest in Italy, a Belle Arte jewel in an ornate 19th-century building. Settle in and relax before gathering nearby for a festive and memorable farewell dinner at a very special restaurant—said to be the Pope’s pesto provider.

Your fresh and creatively prepared meal might start with a famous pasta fresca, made with their world-renowned pesto. Move on to Santa Margherita shrimps in saffron sauce, or perhaps the pansotto Genovese. The main course may be a fritto misto of the catch of the day or a bluefin tuna seared three ways, or perhaps pork belly with crispy garden spinach, chili pepper seeds and candied apricot. Whatever is on the menu, it will give you another reason to toast your discoveries along the French and Italian Rivieras.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Genoa, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Awake to a bountiful Genovese breakfast. Then leave the hotel on foot for a walking tour of some of the city highlights. A lucrative and powerful maritime past enriched Genoa during the Middle Ages. Much of its art and architecture from the era remains, including more than 100 palazzi (palaces) dating to the 16th and 17th centuries. Your tour culminates at one of them, where you sample freshly baked focaccia with pesto and a glass of crisp white wine.

Back at the hotel (by 11:30 a.m.), your France & Italy: Nice to Genoa tour concludes in time for you to seek out lunch on your own. We provide detailed city information to help you plan the remainder of your day.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Genoa
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation is provided to Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo Airport based on your departure time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Mon, May 16 to Sun, May 22 - 2022

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat; 4-6 miles, easy to moderate

Your guides meet you at 9:00 a.m.in the lobby of Hotel Massena in Nice, France. They’ll be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking. Hiking shoes are required.

Travel this morning to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat for a coastal walk. This scenic wooded peninsula reaching out into the Mediterranean Sea has hosted celebrities and diplomats since the 1950s. But you leave the jet-set behind for a spectacular stroll along a rocky landscape, enjoying splendid ocean vistas. Along the way, you pass an old quarry that was mined to build parts of Monaco, admire sun-bleached limestone dramatically set against bright blue water, and see stunning coves. Be on the lookout for serene sailboats skimming along the ocean and glimpse the graceful balconies of the grand Belle Epoque manses set amidst these fragrant pine forests. Later, you follow the footpath into the shade of lush foliage and pine, catching peeks of the bright bougainvillea of the town of Villefranche-Sur-Mer.

Your invigorating seaside walk culminates at the Villa Ephrussi, a palatial hilltop home once owned by the Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild. Savor a delicious light lunch here—quiche or soup and a salad—in the tea room or, if weather allows, under the orange trees on the terrace overlooking the Bay of Villefranche. Afterward, take time to stroll the beautifully manicured gardens and peruse the massive art collection, admiring the 18th-century paintings, antique furniture and Flemish tapestries.

Later, journey to scenic seaside Menton, straddling the Côte d’Azur on the Italian border. This charming old town enchants, with its cobbled lanes shaded by citrus trees and a rich canvas of remarkably preserved 13th-century mansions and lovely pastel-hued houses. Bathed in sunlight most days, this is the warmest part of France, enjoying its own near-subtropical climate and a rich array of cultural institutions—museums, galleries, gardens and an ancient monastery.

After settling in at your elegant hotel, gather this evening with your guides for an aperitif and orientation meeting. Then, savor a dinner of outstanding Mediterranean cuisine. Your menu varies by what’s fresh and available. You might enjoy a mouthwatering seafood ceviche or tuna tartare, fresh-caught sea bass en sel (in a salt crust), scallops with lemongrass, or rack of lamb in a pistachio crust. Your meal is sourced locally and from this Alpes-Maritimes region of France. A crisp local white wine or hearty red will complement every bite. For dessert, sample the region’s artisanal sorbet or gelato.

Accommodation: Villa Genesis, Menton, France
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

5 miles, easy to moderate, 850-ft. elevation gain and loss

You awaken to the smell of café au lait (coffee with steamed milk). A hearty breakfast of eggs, cheeses, yogurt, cereals, juices, pastries, bread, and fresh fruit fuels you up for the day’s exploration.

You begin walking directly from the hotel, strolling west along the seafront promenade. Your morning destination is the nearby Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, nestled between Menton and the glitzy city-state of Monaco. You follow a relatively unspoiled path, skirting the peninsula and marveling at more Mediterranean views. As you climb the hundreds of steps to the village, you will understand why this trail is called the “Balcony of the Côte d´Azur.” On higher ground, you arrive in Roquebrune, a sleepy medieval village watched over by a 10th-century castle. Be sure to find your way to the Place du Capitaine Vincent for splendid panoramas of the sea and Monaco. Visit its castle—the central tower is said to be the oldest in France—and see the other pride of the village: a 1,000-year-old olive tree. Your morning is rewarded with a delicious lunch on a scenic terrace.

After, return to Menton the way you came. This afternoon, you have options for further walking and exploration. First, enjoy a self-guided walk along the Sentier Littoral, or Coastal Path. This scenic route is part of the old Sentier des Douaniers—or Customs Path. Established in 1791 during the Revolution, it was traveled by Empresses and smugglers alike. Pause at scenic beaches as you go, including the magnificent Plage Buse.

Or perhaps visit two jewels of local architecture that serve as a dramatic study in contrasts—Le Corbusier’s log-cabin Cabanon (part of a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Eileen Gray’s seaside modernist villa known as “E-1027” (listed as a French Historic Monument). To reach these historic properties, follow the Sentier Littoral to the section known as the Promenade Le Corbusier. (Reservations are required in order to tour.)

Or perhaps visit two jewels of local architecture that serve as a dramatic study in contrasts—Le Corbusier’s log-cabin Cabanon (part of a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Eileen Gray’s seaside modernist villa known as “E-1027” (listed as a French Historic Monument). To reach these historic properties, follow the Sentier Littoral to the section known as the Promenade Le Corbusier. (Reservations are required in order to tour.)

Accommodation: Villa Genesis, Menton, France
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

2.5 miles, moderate to challenging, 1,200-ft. elevation gain, and 4.5 miles, moderate to challenging, 1,000-ft. elevation loss

A sumptuous breakfast prepares you for today’s walk in the hills of the tranquil Val Nervia. Begin the day with a border crossing into Italy. Then you lace up your shoes for some of the most beautiful walks you’ll ever take.

You explore a stunning trio of Italian villages today. Stop first at Dolceacqua (“sugar water”). Rated one of “the most beautiful villages of Italy,” this magical hamlet straddling the River Nervia was immortalized by impressionist painter Claude Monet when he stayed in nearby Bordighera in 1884. What captivated Monet most was the village’s graceful, arched 15th-century bridge, the Ponte Vecchio. It’s sure to captivate you, too, as you walk across it into the cluster of the Old Town. Amidst its cobbled streets, you stop for coffee and to peruse its boutiques and traditional food shops. You might sample the traditional Dolceacqua cookie, the michette.

Continue your hike along an ancient mule track, tracing the route of medieval traders. Later, arrive at a special agriturismo, or farm estate, above the pretty village of Perinaldo. You receive a warm welcome at this working farm and savor a farm-fresh lunch of homemade ravioli with pesto, accompanied by tastings of the locally produced, ruby-red Rossese wine.

After lunch, follow your trail downhill all the way to Apricale, an impossibly scenic village rising from the forested hills of Liguria. It also enjoys status as one of the “most beautiful villages of Italy.” (Alternately, you can get a lift from our van to Apricale.) There’ll be time to explore its hillside cobbled streets and view its medieval castle before you journey next to Alassio, a sleepy seaside town with a long sandy beach where a stylish seafront hotel (and an aperitivo!) await. Tonight, dinner is on your own; your guides will have plenty of recommendations.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5-6 miles, easy to moderate, 985-ft. elevation gain and loss

After another generous breakfast, depart Alassio for Monte Guardiabella. Today you take an invigorating hike through history, tracing the paths of ancient Romans and even those who came here before them. Your trail passes fields of wildflowers, pastures grazed by the region’s distinct cows from spring to late summer, and Mediterranean macchia, a species of densely-growing evergreen shrub. Throughout this breathtaking walk, you enjoy fabulous vistas of the Maritime Alps, the Ligurian Alps, and the sparkling Mediterranean.

Note: Should fog or rain require us to take an alternate walk, you follow an ancient trail between the towns of Gazzelli and Chiusanico, renowned for their olive oils and wines. Pass through chestnut and oak woods, skirting groves of olive trees and vineyards.

Pause for lunch today at a rustic trattoria. The menu del giorno always features fresh and delicious seasonal and local fare: Perhaps dine on homemade ravioli with artichokes or gnocchi with speck (ham) and saffron; quiche with sausage and leeks; zucchini, basil and onion fritters (or frittelle); or pizzetta fritta alla Ligure (mini pizzas Ligurian style). For dessert, indulge in a delectable olive oil torta with white chocolate and basil.

After lunch, you visit an olive oil museum. During a fascinating tour, you learn how the fruit is harvested and pressed and have the chance to sample different grades. Return to Alassio late this afternoon, where you can relax and enjoy another evening on your own for dinner.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

5 miles, easy to moderate, 800-ft. elevation gain and 900-ft. loss

Begin today with a short train ride to Laigueglia, scenically set between Capo Santa Croce and Capo Mele. Throughout its history this former fishing village has been overtaken by Romans, Catalans, pirates and Saracens. By the 19th century, it had flourished into a 10-wharf shipyard and trade center where 1,000 merchant ships docked each year and gondolas plied the bay.

You walk out of the village onto the ancient Roman Via, or Roman Way, built by Empress Julia Augusta—wife of Augustus Caesar—in 13 AD. Your loop walk leads you through more Mediterranean macchia brush and pines to Colla Micheri, a hidden medieval gem perched high on a promontory at the tip of the cape. The famous Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl lived here with his family when he wasn’t traveling and restored many of the structures that had been neglected over the centuries, including the medieval bakery and the church of San Sebastiano. You have time to take in the splendid gulf views before returning to Laigueglia.

Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many seafront eateries or at one of the popular focaccerias or pizzerias. After, perhaps take a swim at the sandy beach or stroll to the beautiful late Gothic Cathedral of San Matteo, with its twin majolica bell towers.

Return to Alassio by train late this afternoon. There’ll be time to relax at your hotel or explore the neighborhood. Perhaps sample the local confection, baci di Alassio, dark chocolate ganache between two hazelnut and cocoa biscuits as you stroll! Later, join your fellow travelers for another memorable meal of local specialties at a nearby ristorante.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Alassio, Alassio, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

5 miles, easy to moderate, 800-ft. elevation gain and loss

Savor a final breakfast at your Alassio hotel. Then you journey to the Riviera delle Palme, stretching between Alassio and Savona. Named for the thousands of palm trees lining its sandy beaches, this former consular route was built to connect ancient Rome and France. As you stroll this scenic byway, more astonishing Mediterranean coast unfolds before you. Pass through Verezzi en route. This charming hillside village actually comprises four smaller villages, while Verezzi itself is also half of the larger village of Borgio Verezzi, with Borgio enjoying a location on the sea. Admire the enchanting cobbled lanes, white terraces and small houses leaning on each other.

Enjoy a final lunch today in one of the local villages—Finalborgo, Crosa, Verezzi, or Borgio, depending on your timing. After, you stroll just outside of Finalborgo, another of Italy’s “most beautiful villages.” Here, our friend, Alessandro is the third generation to operate a farming estate; his iteration emphasizes the “slow food” movement. During your visit, learn about the exotic chinotto, the oldest surviving medieval fruit. The fruit originated in China and provides many health benefits. You’ll learn about them as you sample Alessandro’s marmalades, candied fruit, and perhaps a little digestif!

After, you travel to your final destination, Genoa. Known as La Superba—the Superb One—to locals, this coastal gem ruled over the mightiest maritime empire in medieval Europe. Today, as the capital of Liguria, it is an underrated treasure—many layered and wholly authentic. Your hotel is said to be the oldest in Italy, a Belle Arte jewel in an ornate 19th-century building. Settle in and relax before gathering nearby for a festive and memorable farewell dinner at a very special restaurant—said to be the Pope’s pesto provider.

Your fresh and creatively prepared meal might start with a famous pasta fresca, made with their world-renowned pesto. Move on to Santa Margherita shrimps in saffron sauce, or perhaps the pansotto Genovese. The main course may be a fritto misto of the catch of the day or a bluefin tuna seared three ways, or perhaps pork belly with crispy garden spinach, chili pepper seeds and candied apricot. Whatever is on the menu, it will give you another reason to toast your discoveries along the French and Italian Rivieras.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Genoa, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Awake to a bountiful Genovese breakfast. Then leave the hotel on foot for a walking tour of some of the city highlights. A lucrative and powerful maritime past enriched Genoa during the Middle Ages. Much of its art and architecture from the era remains, including more than 100 palazzi (palaces) dating to the 16th and 17th centuries. Your tour culminates at one of them, where you sample freshly baked focaccia with pesto and a glass of crisp white wine.

Back at the hotel (by 11:30 a.m.), your France & Italy: Nice to Genoa tour concludes in time for you to seek out lunch on your own. Make connections for onward travel, or continue your independent exploration of Genoa.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

France & Italy: Nice to Genoa 4
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2022

2022 Pre-Tour Extension - Nice

  • Two nights at the Hotel Masséna
  • Airport car service on arrival
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

2 Nights From $348
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $348

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Nice right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Massena, Nice, France

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Hotel Massena, Nice, France
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Hotel Massena, Nice, France
Included Meals: Breakfast

France & Italy: Nice to Genoa 3
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2022

2022 Post-Tour Extension - Genoa

  • Two nights at the Hotel Metropole (Local city taxes may have to be paid directly to the hotel.)
  • Roundtrip transportation to Genoa
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

2 Nights From $448
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $248

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel in Genoa, meet in the lobby at 10:30 a.m. for your complimentary transportation to the seaside town of Santa Margherita Ligure. Once in town, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation is provided to Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo Airport based on your departure time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Flight + Tour Combo
Tour Only
Exceptional boutique accommodations Check Check
13 on-tour meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour Check Check
Local wine and/or beer with dinner Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance Check Check
Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour Check Check
Roundtrip airfare Check
One extra night in Nice, France and one extra night in Genoa, Italy Check
Airport car service for arrival & departure Check
Pre- and post-tour breakfasts Check
Business-class upgrades available Check
Morocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira

Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

10 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $1,448

Departing From New York, NY (JFK)

Tour Only

7 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $1,198

Sat, May 14 - Mon, May 23, 2022

$6,148

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Mon, May 16 - Sun, May 22, 2022

$5,148

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Sat, May 21 - Mon, May 30, 2022

$6,148

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Mon, May 23 - Sun, May 29, 2022

$5,148

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Sat, Sep 10 - Mon, Sep 19, 2022

$5,948

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Mon, Sep 12 - Sun, Sep 18, 2022

$4,948

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Sat, Sep 17 - Mon, Sep 26, 2022

$5,948

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Mon, Sep 19 - Sun, Sep 25, 2022

$4,948

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Sat, Sep 24 - Mon, Oct 3, 2022

$5,948

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Mon, Sep 26 - Sun, Oct 2, 2022

$4,948

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Sat, Oct 1 - Mon, Oct 10, 2022

$5,948

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Mon, Oct 3 - Sun, Oct 9, 2022

$4,948

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