Silversea Luxury Cruises A Santa Margherita Ligure

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Just five kilometres from the glitzy charms of Portofino lies the heavenly retro resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. Orange and ochre old-fashioned apartment block spring from the ground to create cool pedestrian streets selling everything from chic designer clothes to hot slices of pizza. Contrary however to its more glamorous sister Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure is where the locals go to enjoy a stroll along the palm fringed esplanade and enjoy an apperol spritz in the balmy evenings. View more

The pretty harbor caters mainly to small yachts but it is here where the fishermen come in every morning with their haul – watch them unload while enjoying a latte macchiato and spying on the buyers in order to determine which restaurants will have the freshest fish for lunch.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursiones en Santa Margherita Ligure

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Portofino (Tigullio area only) at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Portofino at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Portofino (Tigullio area only) at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Portofino (Tigullio area only) at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Cinqueterre by Private Van & Guide

Explore Portofino (Cinque Terre area only) at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Cinqueterre by Private Car & Guide

Explore Portofino (Cinque Terre area only) at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Villages of Rapallo and Santa Margherita

Experience the rich traditions of wonderfully old-fashioned seaside resorts that string along the eastern half of the Italian Riviera where palm fronds wave along esplanades. Get up close and personal with two of the best-known resorts of the region during this scenic, half-day visit to Rapallo and Santa Margherita.


Portofino and the Tigullio Gulf are world-renowned symbols of Italy. The coast is a sequence of fashionable resorts with marinas, pastel-coloured houses, first-rate sports facilities and the seductive atmosphere of la dolce vita. However, visitors to the area are perhaps most enamoured by the beautiful seascapes. Suspended between the intense blue of the sea and the green mountains, they offer some of the most celebrated views in Italy.


After tendering ashore, meet your guide and board your bus to Rapallo then visit Santa Margherita Ligure.


Rapallo

This charming town on the Italian Riviera features a gracious old seaside and port highlighted by the remains of its Medieval and Renaissance-style architecture. Most of the town follows the sweep of the pretty harbour guarded by a medieval castle, and the gracious seafront promenade bustles day and night. In the early-20th century, writers visiting this picturesque locale were inspired by the bay's extraordinary beauty. Max Beerbohm lived in Rapallo for the second half of his life, Ezra Pound wrote the first part of his Cantos here between 1925 and 1930, and D.H. Lawrence and Ernest Hemingway also took up residence here.


Following your guided walking tour, some free time is made available to explore this port town at your leisure, or relax at a café and watch the people and boats pass by.


Santa Margherita

Next, embark the local mini-ferry and continue your coastal cruise to Santa Margherita, a truly charming and relaxing place to visit. Along with Rapallo, it is among the best-known resorts of the Italian Riviera. Upon arrival in Santa Margherita, depart the motor launch and proceed to the downtown area for a visit to the Santa Margherita di Antiochia Basilica, also known as 'La Madonna della Rosa'. The church honours the legend of a sailor who, during the middle Ages, brought a sculpture of the Virgin Mary with a rose in her right hand and Jesus on her left arm here.


Following your guided walking tour, some free time is made available to stroll about the seafront promenade, browse the boutiques of the pedestrian centre, or sip a refreshing Campari or cappuccino at one of the many bars facing the sea, before embarking the local mini-ferry for the cruise back to Santa Margherita Ligure.


Upon arrival, tender back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with a narrow ramp that must be negotiated in order to embark and disembark the motor launch. Therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair; however it is suitable for those guests with limited mobility. Operation of this tour is dependent upon sea and weather conditions. A strict dress code is enforced when visiting the churches; short pants and tank-tops are not permitted. The time spent at certain venues may be extended or reduced, and other brief stops may be added. A minimum number of guests per guide are required to operate this programme.

San Fruttuoso & Camogli

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Experience the splendid coastal beauty and medieval landmarks along the Italian Riviera during this memorable tour of San Fruttuoso and Camogli.


After tendering ashore, meet your guide and walk to the motor launch, then embark your boat and proceed for a coastal cruise to San Fruttuoso Bay.


San Fruttuoso

A deep inlet along the coastline of the Portofino Promontory between Camogli and Portofino is home to the famous medieval abbey of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte, located in the fishing village of the same name. After its initial monastic use, the complex at San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte served as a humble home for fishermen, a den for pirates and later the property of the Doria Princes for centuries.


The monumental San Fruttuoso Abbey comprises the church, which is located at the end of a narrow valley. The small, two-level cloisters between the church and the Abbey feature an open area in the centre flanked by the monks' cemetery to the east, the tombs of the Doria family to the west and the Gothic Abbey facing towards the sea.


The first community of devotees of the martyr from Tarragona settled in this small bay at the beginning of the 8th century, and built a church that repelled Saracen raids until the 10th century. The abbey reached its greatest splendour in the 15th century. It has been the main political and economic centre of the promontory until the last century, and influenced the organisation of the territory, agricultural system and fishing economy.


Following your inside visit to the abbey, embark the boat for another brief cruise to Camogli.


Camogli

Camogli is a small Italian fishing village located on the Italian Riviera. The name of the village means 'house of wives', because the coloured faces of the beach houses were useful in helping guide fishermen back to shore, even in bad weather. Upon arrival, disembark your boat and commence your walking tour of this wonderful small town. Its houses are clustered together above the sea, and feature brilliantly-painted trompe l'oeuil, with fake windows, balustrades and more.


For some time, tourist activities have replaced old and deeply-rooted traditions that began to decline at the end of the 19th century. However, this process did not prompt rampant modern development in Camogli. The village has retained its unique structure, along with the extraordinary environmental elements that make it a splendid attraction to this day.


Following a walking tour of Camogli, embark your boat for the approximate 40-minute return cruise to Portofino. During the coastal cruise back to Portofino some focaccia bread with a glass of local wine will be served.


Upon arrival in Santa Margherita Ligure tender back to the ship at your leisure.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with a few steep steps that must be negotiated in order to embark and disembark the motor launch. The entrance to the San Fruttuoso Abbey requires walking over gravel surfaces, and the inside visit of the abbey includes many uneven steps to climb. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Operation of this tour is dependent upon sea and weather conditions. A strict dress code is enforced when visiting the abbey; short pants and tank-tops are not permitted. The time spent at certain venues may be extended or reduced, and other brief stops may be added.

Genoa & Pesto at Zeffirino's

Discover the scenic beauty and enticing flavours of Genoa during this sightseeing tour of the city, and a memorable pesto-making demonstration and lunch at the renowned Zeffirino restaurant.


After tendering ashore, meet your guide and board a bus for the approximate one-hour drive to Genoa.


Genoa

Although Genoa is renowned as Italy's main commercial port, it also offers plenty of tourist attractions. Hilly Genoa is actually comprised of two cities. The steep, narrow lanes, Baroque-style churches and vacant lots of the old working port stand in stark contrast to the handsome bustling city filled with avenues, arcades, palaces, theatres and cafés spread out into the nearby hills.


Genoa City Tour

Upon arrival in Genoa, depart the pier for a panoramic sightseeing drive through downtown Genoa. Along the way, see the old and new sections that combine to create one of Italy's larger cities. A photo stop is then made at Castelletto Hill for spectacular views over Genoa.


Zeffirino Restaurant

Next, proceed to the Zeffirino restaurant. Family-owned since 1939 with its nondescript decor, candelabras, quaint genre paintings and waiters in dark suits who expertly-arrange each serving at the table, Zeffirino's lives up to its advance hype for providing definitive Mediterranean seafood and its world-famous pesto.


During your visit, Zeffirino's chef shows you the secrets to making authentic pesto sauce; a beautifully-light olive oil infused with basil. Here, the pesto is made from the infant leaves of Genovese basil that impart a minty sparkle rather than the rather strident, licorice-like tendencies of 'mature' basil. The pesto demonstration is followed by a lunch consisting of pesto, fresh fish and a delicate dessert.


After lunch, re-board the bus to Santa Margherita.


Santa Margherita

Upon arrival, some free time is made available for you to explore the famous summer resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. Palm fronds wave along the esplanade of this wonderful, old-fashioned resort, a favourite destination for foreign visitors enticed by the balmy climate, picturesque views and comfortable, long-established hotels.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with a steep, narrow ramp that must be negotiated to enter and exit the motor launch. This tour is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, it is suitable for those guests with limited mobility. There is a flight of steps to access the first floor of the restaurant, but a lift is available. Operation of this tour is dependent upon sea and weather conditions. The time spent at certain venues may be extended or reduced, and other brief stops may be added.