Silversea Luxury Cruises À PORTOFINO

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Portofino, Italy
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Portofino, Italy
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Portofino, Italy

Effervescent and exclusive, Portofino rests on a privileged peninsular. Lavish yachts mingle together, seeking out sought-after berths in the harbour, while gelato drips onto the stone-paved streets in this, the most alluring and glamorous town of the Italian Riviera. This section of the Ligurian Coast is a protected area, and home to some of the country’s most picturesque, and jaw-dropping scenery - which is best viewed from the deck of a sailing boat. Crisp white villas roll out across the verdant green hillsides, surrounded by laden vineyards and olive groves. View more

Down in Portofino itself, the buzz of chatter and the clatter of cutlery, provide the soundtrack to busy terrace bars and restaurants, which serve up fine food and delicious sea views. Portofino’s achingly beautiful harbour arcs around the lapping waves, with a warmly-hued waterfront of peach and apricot colours - which also adorns postcards and promotional travel guides of Italy. For the authentic Portofino experience, sail out onto the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Tigullio, to mingle amongst the privileged at play, or settle back in the shade as you take aperitivo on the picturesque waterfront Piazzetta. Here you can sip the famous Ligurian wines, and stave off hunger with focaccia con il formaggio - or platters of fine cheese and hams. Deeper into Portofino, you’ll find artisans crafting their wares and weaving together lace, or you can ascend to viewpoints like the lemon shaded Church of San Giorgio, to look over the pretty jumble from up above. A wander out along the headland to the tapering tip of the peninsular, rewards with the views of Portofino’s iconic white lighthouse beaming out light and welcoming ships to this slice of Riviera heaven.

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.

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Excursions depuis PORTOFINO

Camogli Exploration

You will meet your English speaking guide at the tender pier and walk to the minibus. After a 45 minutes' drive you will reach Camogli where you will have a guided tour and some free time. Camogli is a small fishing village and a famous tourist resort located just at the basis of Monte di Portofino, in the province of Genoa, on the Italian Riviera. The name Camogli has a double meaning in Italian. The first translation, "houses close together" - "case a mucchi" is the italian translation of the Genoese dialect sentence "cà a mûggi" - is apparent when strolling through the town's narrow streets, which are lined by tall columns of pastel-colored homes. The second meaning, "houses of wives" - "casa delle mogli" is the italian translation of the Genoese dialect sentence "cà de möggê" - refers to the sea captains, sailors, and fishermen's wives, who traditionally spent their time at home while their husbands were out in the sea. Camogli has ancient origins, since prehistoric times, as shown by traces of human settlements found at Castellaro dating to the XII and XIII centuries BC. In the same area were also found some Roman artefacts dating back to the second century BC. The next historical certified evidence of Camogli existence is contained in a document of the Middle Ages, the date ranges between 1018 and 1045, in which Camogli is cited with as 'Villa Camuli'. The first core of the village dates back to medieval and develops in the area called 'Isola', where there is the Castel Dragone also known as 'Castello della Dragonara'. In the Middle Age the castle was built as a fortress to defend Camogli during the pirate raids from the sea. In the sixteenth century, the castle ceased to be a fortress and was used as a prison. Camogli features a small harbor, with colorful houses built right up to the fine beach and guarantees a very special gastronomy tradition (focaccia in particular). The basilica Santa Maria Assunta, the largest of the town's five churches, is beautifully decorated with art and gold left by many of the town's seamen when they died. Right next to it, you'll find an old castle which today houses a small aquarium. Return to Portofino by minibus afterwards.

Discover Genoa through Food

Liguria owes its diverse culinary scene to the unique territory of the region, a small area nestled between mountains and sea. Not to be missed is the Focaccia, a fundamental food for the Genoese, who love to eat it for breakfast along with their cappuccino! You also can't leave Genoa without trying the world-renowned Pesto Genovese, made with extra virgin olive oil, Ligurian basil (a unique variety that grows only in a small area in the hills of Genoa), pine nuts that grow in the wild pines on the Ligurian hills, parmesan cheese, pecorino cheese, garlic and sea salt.


Visit of the local shops in the carruggi of Genoa; "Farinata" show cooking and taste; Cooking lesson of Fresh Pasta and Pesto sauce at Palazzo Imperiale with lunch and wine pairing

Depart Portofino for the approximately 1-hour drive to the Genoa city centre. Meet local food experts Mario and Cristina at Spianata Castelletto, a "balcony" suspended over the historic centre with a 360° view over the city and the port.

You will then visit the "Caruggi" (Genoa narrow alleys), where the local and historical food shops are located - among them the old diary shop Buonafede, the confectioner's shop Romarengo and the old "sciamadda" Carega (in Ligurian dialect literally "burst of flame", it means fried food shop). The Genoese spirit resides in these alleys, where different smells, flavors, languages and cultures have always mingled. A stop will be made in one of these shops to learn how to make farinata, a local flatbread.


At last, reach Palazzo Imperiale, a beautiful historical setting for your cooking lesson focusing on fresh pasta and pesto sauce using traditional techniques.

After that, devour a traditional lunch while taking in the stories behind the dishes, told by your hosts. All of this is accompanied by Ligurian wines, of course. After lunch, reach Porto Antico (the ancient part of Genoa Port) to board your minibus for the return drive to Portofino.


Your Hosts - Mario and Cristina

Mario and Cristina, local culinary storytellers, owe their passion and knowledge to their ancestors. They have worked side by side with chefs and local producers, implementing their knowledge and understanding of the local culinary traditions. Their commitment to sharing stories about Genova and the surrounding Ligurian region is the driving passion for the work they do.

Hiking to San Fruttuoso

You will meet your hiking guide at the tender pier and you will hike to San Fruttuoso.


This route is a very scenic one and it does not present major difficulties even if it must be pointed out that the initial stretch is a steep and strenuous climb. So the guests must be aware of this difficult part. The departure is in Via Fondaco, the road to the parking lot at the bottom of Portofino, which goes through under the Carabinieri station. Beyond the hotel, the road turns into a flight of wide stone steps and concrete, very well kept, which winds through the vegetation. After 10 ', in the locality Palara, a gate bars access but only to prevent the entry of wild animals, then you can go with the recommendation to close it behind. At the exit of a short tunnel created by the shrubs, left to the right, the detour to the village of San Sebastian, the trail continues to climb straight. A second gate meets a little later to Cappeletta, turn right after 50 meters the trail forks: left reaches "Base 0" (and then San Fruttuoso), right up to Pietre strette.

The trail, mostly dirt roads and flat, winds through the countryside to places Vessinaro, where the deviation to "Cala degli Inglesi" (beautiful cove accessible only by feet or by boat), the path goes right under the chestnut trees and after 5' is entered, a short distance, on a steep paved road that ends in front of some houses. Having taken the path on the left that move to the western side of the promontory that overlooks the numerous coves below, alternating short stretches to flatter many ups and downs in the midst of protruding rocks, we arrive, after 1 hour and 10 'from the start, in the locality Base 0. Base 0, military post during World War II, is today a staging point from which panoramic, turning right you can get stones Narrow. From here the trail enters the woods and down in a steep and irregular path, with large panoramic views over the village. The arrival in San Fruttuoso is based at the landing of helicopters, from here you continue in the middle of some homes and, passing under a porch, you enter the first of two enchanting bays.


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.


After the visit and some free time, you will return to Portofino by public motor boat. It will be a short ride of approx. 30 minutes.

Kayak Experience in Portofino

You will meet your tour leader at the tender pier and you will walk to Niasca bay where the kayak experience will begin. This tour will make you explore the beauty of the Tigullian Bay by kayak. Guided by marine biologists and local experts in off-track excursion, the staff assures not only the best company and highest quality of sea sport instruction and guiding, but the chance to come in contact with the most peculiar and traditional aspects of this small and rich natural sanctuary and its costumes. Guides of the Marine Protected Area will bring you in an ecological tour to discover ecosystems, habitats, and wildlife.

You will start from Niasca where you will be briefed on how to paddle on a kayak and then you will be ready to explore the Tigullian Bay coast, starting from Niasca and leaving the spectacular view of Paraggi Gulf behind you. You will then reach the port of Portofino and reach the "Olivetta" small beach, soared above by century-old maritime pine trees. A stretch of coast rich with caves and inlets - which are accessible only by kayak - will soon start. Here you will be able to spot a great variety of species (grey herons, cormorants and dolphins). Passing by the "Punta del Faro", the lighthouse, the panorama will change: no trace of civilization can be seen as the wild nature is finally prevails! After you kayak experience, you will paddle back to Niasca and return to Portofino on foot afterwards.

Portofino & Santa Margherita

You will meet your English speaking guide at the tender pier and begin the walking tour of Portofino.

Through the centuries Portofino functioned primarily as a fishing village and, occasionally, as a small naval port, today it is a classy resort-village. Portofino's miniscule bay is neatly packed with pricey yachts, common pleasure boats and, as a vestige of its past, some fishing boats. The waterfront is lined with multicoloured pastel buildings, canopied outdoor cafes and a quay fit for strolling young lovers and its surrounding hills host bougainvillea-garnished villas owned by the rich and famous. If you don't bring your camera to Portofino you will regret it. The town is striking with its brightly colored antique buildings hovering over sparkling blue water. And the surrounding luxuriant green hillsides of the Portofino Promontory are equally stunning.

A very pleasant walk heads up to the right as you face the harbour: here you'll find a very attractive walking path through one of the largest concentrations of flora and fauna in the Mediterranean. For some fantastic views of the entire bay and the Tigullian Gulf, you will walk up the hill to the Church of San Giorgio. Perched high above the town, this church contains relics of St. George brought over by crusaders from the Holy Land. From here you can walk to another great lookout point at the Punto del Capo, the Portofino lighthouse.

You will then head to the public pier and board the public boat for a short ride to Santa Margherita Ligure.

A beautiful old resort town favored by well-to-do Italians, Santa Margherita Ligure has everything a Riviera playground should have-plenty of palm trees and attractive hotels, cafés, and a marina packed with yachts. Some of the older buildings here are still decorated on the outside with the trompe l'oeil frescoes typical of this part of the Riviera. This is a pleasant, convenient base, which for many represents a perfect balance on the Italian Riviera: more spacious than the Cinque Terre; less glitzy than San Remo; more relaxing than Genoa and environs.

After 45 minutes' tour with your guide you will have free time in this little town. You can have lunch in one of the many nice restaurants or do some shopping.


The guide will give you the public boat ticket that you can use to return to Portofino independently whenever you wish.

Here is the timetable of the public ferry from Santa Margherita to Portofino:

13.15

14.15

15.15

Portofino Walking Tour

A very pleasant walk heads up to the right as you face the harbour: here you'll find a very attractive walking path through one of the largest concentrations of flora and fauna in the Mediterranean. For some fantastic views of the entire bay and the Tigullian Gulf, you will walk up the hill to the Church of San Giorgio.

This small church, sitting on a ridge above Portofino, is said to contain the relics of its namesake, brought back from the Holy Land by the Crusaders. Portofino enthusiastically celebrates St. George's Day every April 23.

Pristine views can be had from the deteriorating faro (lighthouse) at Punta Portofino, a 15-minute walk along the point that begins at the southern end of the port. Along the seaside path you can see numerous impressive, sprawling private residences behind high iron gates.

Rapallo & Culinary Experience

You will meet your guide at the pier and you will walk to the coach parking. Here you will board your 13 / 14-seater minibus to Rapallo. Liguria is home to some of Italy's most iconic foods and no one is more passionate about pasta, pesto, focaccia and other local products than your local host Guido. Join him on today's tour behind the gastronomic scenes of lovely Rapallo. WB Yeats, Max Beerbohm and Ezra Pound all garnered inspiration in Rapallo and it's not difficult to see why. With its bright-blue changing cabins, palm-fringed beach and diminutive 16th century castle perched above the sea, the town has a poetic and nostalgic air. It's at its busiest on Thursdays, when market stalls fill central Piazza Cile. The city prides itself in showcasing the best of Ligurian cuisine, a tradition that capitalizes on the treasures of the mountains and the sea, and there's no one better to show you around than keen connoisseur, master chef and all-around charmer Guido!

Meet him at one of the city's most unique monuments, the Musical Kiosk with its fanciful fresco, before continuing on to Rapallo's vibrant food market to explore the produce and herbs that feature in Ligurian recipes.

The tour continues to a nearby artisanal pasta factory, where a local chef makes traditional stuffed pasta called pansoto with market-fresh herbs, a few ingredients and his trusty rolling pin. Next it's time for some street food - Guido introduces you to his favorite focaccia baker serving this cheesy, decadent treat hot from the iron with a glass of local Vermentino wine. For the final stop, follow Guido to his own bottega, a veritable emporium filled to the rafters with delicacies like cured meats, oils and vinegars, and handmade pasta. Here, you'll have the chance to make pesto alla Genovese - 'pounding' (pestare, like the name says) the aromatic basil leaves into a fine paste with garlic, cheese, pine nuts and Ligurian extra virgin olive oil using a marble mortar and a pear-wood pestle. Pandolce is also on the menu; enjoy this traditional Christmas cake containing raisins, nuts and sundried raisins with a sweet Moscato from nearby Portofino and toast to the stellar recipes and lifelong memories you'll be taking home.


S.A.L.T. Tonnarella in Camogli

The ancient fishing technique called "Tonnarella" has been used for centuries by the fishermen of Camogli, a village located in the Paradise Gulf (Liguria). The Tonnarella tradition and the Fishermen Cooperative of Camogli have a main role in preserving the biodiversity and the local economy.


The Fishermen Cooperative of Camogli has been managing the fishing nets system since 1982 and they sell their catch wholesale, in the local restaurants and fish shops, and also to Eataly Genova (the ensemble of shops and restaurants that promote the high-quality Italian Food.

Meeting with the expert biologist and the fishermen of the Cooperative of Camogli; Boat ride to visit the "Tonnarella"; Aperitif at "La Rocca" restaurant;

Transfer to Camogli, an approximately 45-minute drive from the port of Portofino. Camogli is a splendid seaside village with multi-colored buildings overlooking the Paradise Gulf. It is an enchanting area surrounded by the sea and mountains.

Upon arrival you will meet the expert biologist and you will have the chance to meet some of the fishermen. Visit the headquarters of their cooperative, including the fish shop where they display and sell their products daily.

Your tour to the Tonnarella will take place in the Maritime Protected Area of Portofino. The length of the experience depends on the weather, sea currents and amount of fish found in the nets. You will take a boat to where the Tonnarella is located and dock next to the system of nets. See how the Tonnarella works and have a look at the fishermen's activities, while Valentina will explain the details and secrets of this ancient tradition.

Transfer back to Camogli, where Lastly, transfer to "Rocca" in San Rocco di Camogli, an elegant private building with stunning views of the Paradise Gulf. It is a unique, well-preserved place often used for events dedicated to the promotion of the territory and/or the local culinary traditions.

Upon arrival, enjoy a meal consisting of local fish dishes, such as the "Caponadda", prepared by Valentina Mulas, the current owner and "keeper" of the venue.


At the conclusion of your S.A.L.T. Experience, re-board your coach for your return drive back to the pier.


Your Hosts - Valentina Cappanera & Valentina Mulas

Valentina Cappanera is a passionate Genoese biologist who has been working with the Maritime Protected Area of Portofino since 2006 on the management of the maritime environment, focusing on its preservation and the promotion of consumer awareness of local seafood. She is the CEO of the "Cooperative Ziguele", mainly made up of biologists. Established in 2016, the organization has two main goals: the promotion of the Ligurian territory by spreading the knowledge about the maritime area and the preservation of the area and its resources through the development of sustainable tourism. She has worked side by side with the fishermen of the "Tonnarella" for many years.

Valentina Mulas has been the owner of "La Rocca" since 2015. A Milan Native, Valentina started a new life in San Rocco di Camogli after falling in love with its nature, people and culture -- traditional food and recipes included. She took care of the building's refurbishment, which lasted 3 years, and in the meantime, she had the chance to gather in-depth knowledge of the culinary tradition of the area.

Santa Margherita & Sestri Levante

Ride the waters of the Italian Riviera and discover the beauty of two of its highlights. Enjoy a coastal cruise within the Tigullio Gulf, and time to step off the boat and explore Sestri Levante and Santa Margherita Ligure.


Sestri Levante

Walk a short distance from the pier and step aboard your transportation for the day's 4-hour tour. Ride along the sparkling coast of the Tgiullio Gulf for 45 scenic minutes. Dock in beautiful Sestri Levante, formerly an island which has since been joined to the mainland. Its promontory stretches out into the gulf, creating two bays: the Bay of Silence (Baia del Silenzio) and the Bay of Fairytales (Baia delle Favole) in recognition of Hans Christian Anderson, the famous writer of fables who lived here for a short time.


While Sestri Levante was once a simple fishing community, it is changing in the face of growing tourism and a new town is developing alongside its charming old town. Pastel buildings dot the beautiful curved harbour, filled with luxury yachts and fishing boats alongside one another. On land, see the architectural evidence of this town's ancient roots, extending as far back as the 10th century. Look for the medieval fortification remnants and Roman ruins of the Oratory of Santa Caterina that fell victim to the conquest of Napolean in the 18th century.


Santa Margherita Ligure

Return to the boat to travel another 30 minutes to visit lovely Santa Margherita Ligure. Alight on land and enjoy an hour to yourself in this city that is known for its elegance and atmosphere that mingles many different historic eras in artful fashion. Stroll the charming streets and soak up the unique charm of this town nestled around its port, with nautical, medieval, and Belle Epoque influences in its architecture. Enjoy the effect of the cobbled streets, medieval churches and elegant hotels that make this place fascinating, refined, and yet still understated as compared to other Italian Riviera destinations.


After some time to shop or sit down and relax over a coffee, it is time to return to the more ostentatious Portofino. Enjoy your last brief boat ride (15 min) and return to the ship.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Splendido Olive Oil Tasting & Lunch

Indulge your senses at perhaps the most luxurious and prestigious grand hotel in all of Italy during this half-day, olive oil tasting and lunch excursion at the legendary Splendido Hotel.


Portofino, Splendido Hotel

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Splendido Hotel. This19th-century villa, grafted onto the remains of a 16th-century monastery, has been a hotel since 1901. A fabled retreat of the internationally rich and famous, rock stars and Oscar winners since the early-1950s,.the Splendido Hotel is perhaps the most luxurious, prestigious and famous grand hotel in all of Italy. It is perched in a panoramic position atop the headland. A series of olive-lined, rosemary-scented paths wrap around the scenic pool terrace, and stretch along the hillside to various little lookouts.


Welcome Cocktail, Terraced Gardens, Swimming Pool, Restaurant, Breath-Taking Gulf Views

Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome cocktail served at the hotel's terraced gardens, which are situated above the swimming pool and overlook the sea. As regular guests at the Splendido know, Antonio is one of the world's great barmen. His regular refrain, "You're in my heart", reflects his dedication to everyone who visits. Following your glass of Bellini, you are seated at the hotel's restaurant, which also offers commanding views over the gulf.


Lunch with Olive Oil Tastings and Wine

The Splendido's Maître d'Hotel entertains you with an introduction to the tradition, history, secrets and properties of olive oil, the main ingredient of Italian recipes. Olive oil is an important component of Italian cuisine, and mainly used to prepare Ligurian pesto sauce, pasta and beans soup, minestrone, grilled or boiled fish, and cooked or raw meat. However, the best way to taste it is over a slice of baked bread or fresh green salad. During your delicious lunch with wine, sample olive oils from different parts of Italy, such as Puglia (southern Italy), Tuscany (central Italy) and Liguria (northern Italy). After this unforgettable lunch, re-board your minivan and commence the short drive back to the pier.

Programmes d’excursions à terre depuis PORTOFINO

Mid Voyage Land Adventure: Piedmont Food & Wine Experience

Nestled at the foot of the Alps and bordering France and Switzerland, the mountainous Piedmont region of north-west Italy is home to one of the world's most prized red wines, along with hilltop castles, charming old towns and villages, world-class restaurants and valleys full of vines. Your three-day gourmet food and wine experience in the 'land of mountains' travels to Langhe, a hilly area of Piedmont famous for its wines, cheeses and truffles, for a two-night stay at the magnificent Hotel Castello di Guarene, an 18th-century noble palace-turned-luxury hotel. During your visit, indulge your senses with the exquisite beauty, wines and flavours of the region. Stroll through the medieval city centre and Old Town of Alba, embark on tours and tastings at the Pio Cesare, La Spizetta and G.D. Vajra wineries, join a truffle-hunt in search of the exclusive black truffle in the woods of Donna Langa, and dine at La Madernassa, a Michelin-starred restaurant located in the heart of the Langhe Roero, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


02MIDPTF-02 Piedmont Food & Wine Experience

Duration: 2.5 Days/2 Nights

Departs from: Portofino at approximately 8:45 a.m.

Re-join ship: Monte Carlo at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 19th August 2020. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 30 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.

All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 120 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Italy. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.

LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Euro; local ATMs are available in some locations visited (a shopping stop is planned during this program).



Indulge your senses with the exquisite beauty, wines and flavours of the historic Piedmont region of north-western Italy during this bespoke, two-night overland excursion.


DAY ONE - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - Portofino/Piedmont


After disembarking the ship, depart for a scenic drive to the Piedmont region

After disembarking the ship, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately three-hour drive to the panoramic Piedmont region, with a comfort stop en route.



Hotel Castello di Guarene

Upon arrival in Piedmont, proceed to the Hotel Castello di Guarene. This 18th-century castle and gardens, preserved as it was in its heyday with sumptuous, mostly-original, period-style interiors and all of its works of art intact, is now also home to a world-class hotel. Elaborately-furnished, antique-style bedrooms, haute cuisine, fine wines, and an historical heritage are blended with the very latest in modern comfort, convenience and technology to offer guests a truly unique experience. Breath-taking views of the exterior gardens, and out to Roero, the Langhe Hills and the Alps, round out your stay at the Hotel Castello di Guarene in grand style.


Check-in, Lecture about the Piedmont region, and its excellent food and wines

After check-in at the hotel, meet with the expert guide/wine specialist, who delivers a brief, yet informative lecture about Piedmont, 'Land of Great Wines', and the excellent food and wines of the region.


Transfer to La Madernassa, a Michelin-starred restaurant located in the heart of the Langhe Roero

Following your lecture, transfer to the nearby La Madernassa, a Michelin-starred restaurant located in the heart of the Langhe Roero, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in 2003, La Madernassa was named after the Madernassa pear, a tree species surrounding the resort.


About La Madernassa, its dining rooms and terraces, and breath-taking, 360-degree views

This beautiful restaurant features breath-taking, 360-degree views of Alba, the hills and Monviso, which dominates the chain of the Alps. The view onto our beloved hills have given their names to the dining rooms of the restaurant. The Langhe Terrace and Roero Terrace are utilised for the summer season, Langhe Dining Room and Roero Dining Room for the colder months, and the Garden Room with huge windows overlooking the park and a welcoming drawing room on the ground floor.


Enjoy a three-course lunch with a canapè and wine

Upon arrival, enjoy a delectable, three-course lunch with a canapè and wine amidst a harmonious blend of settings, and lose yourself amongst the expanses of vineyards, medieval towers and spectacular panorama.


Take a scenic stroll through the medieval city centre and Old Town of Alba

After lunch, re-board your coach and continue on to the small, gourmet city of Alba. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through its medieval centre. Stroll along Via Vittorio Emanuele and the narrow streets of the Old Town, visit the 14th-century Duomo and peer into shop windows with lavish displays of Alba's wines, world-renowned truffles, and the city's less-noble but enticing, nocciola, a decadent concoction of nuts and chocolate.


Piazza Risorgimento, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Duomo, Palazzo Comunale, Bell Tower, Artwork

Alba's two major sights face the brick expanse of the Piazza Risorgimento, at the northern end of its major thoroughfare, Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The 14th-century brick Duomo is flanked by a 13th-century bell tower. The town's two art treasures hang in the council chamber of the Palazzo Comunale across the square; an early-16th-century portrait of the Virgin by Alba's greatest painter, Macrino d'Alba, and Concertino, by Mattia Preti, a follower of Caravaggio. From here, walk to the Corso Vittorio shopping promenade just a few blocks away, and enjoy the low-key pace in the traffic-free heart of the town.


Pio Cesare Winery

Next, head to Pio Cesare, a family-run estate in Alba. Pio Cesare has been producing wines for 138 years, and through five generations, in its ancient cellars in the centre of Alba Town. The Pio Cesare Winery was founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio to produce a small and select quantity of wines from the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco for himself, his family, friends and customers. Cesare Pio was dedicated to the terroir of the Piedmont region, and production of wines of the highest quality. Thanks to the efforts of the Pio Cesare family, the brand has gained fame and prominence both domestically and internationally, becoming one of the most respected names among Italian wine producers, with a special focus on its renowned Barolo.


Guided walking tour of Pio Cesare, and a tasting of the estate's Barolo and Barbaresco DOCG wines

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of Pio Cesare. The family owns approximately 173 acres (about 70 hectares) of vineyards, with great exposures in the most highly-rated regions of Piemonte, thus blending the different characteristics of each vineyard and region to produce wines that represent the styles of each appellation terroir as a whole, instead of individual sites. Built at the end of the 1700s, the ancient cellars are delimited and surrounded by the ancient Pompeii Roman walls, seen in every corner of the cellar. Following your tour, proceed for a tasting of the estate's Barolo and Barbaresco DOCG wines.


Stop for photos outside the impressive Castello di Grinzane Cavour

Leaving Pio Cesare, re-board your coach and drive back to Castello di Guarene. En route, an exterior photo stop is made at the Castello di Grinzane Cavour, one of the most impressive 14th-century manors in the area. This imposing building, erected around a central tower dating back to the first-half of the 11th century, can be admired in all its original beauty following the restoration that began in 1960, in celebration of the first centenary of the Unification of Italy. The castle now houses the 'Cavour' Regional Enoteca, the first to be set up in Piedmont in 1967.


Proceed for a four-course dinner with wine at the Hotel Castello di Guarene's restaurant

Upon arrival back at the Hotel Castello di Guarene, proceed for a four-course dinner with wine at the castle's restaurant. The age-old gastronomic tradition of Roero and the Langhe is a natural point of reference for the cuisine created here at Castello di Guarene, as well as the use of carefully-selected natural ingredients and sheer creativity. Every dish, even if it belongs to the most traditional canon of Piedmontese cuisine, is intriguingly different, and served with true panache.


About the restaurant, its dining hall and cellar

The restaurant's dining hall is a fitting compliment to its fine cuisine; the ceiling is divided into nine sail vaults in fine brickwork, supported by high pillars. On the walls are original paintings of landscapes, flowers and prominent figures from the Houses of Savoy and Roero. Last, but certainly not least, the cellar boasts the entire range of Piedmont's finest wines, including the very rarest vintages, and also stocks various examples of the best quality wines from renowned Italian winemakers.


Overnight accommodations at the Hotel Castello di Guarene - Piedmont


DAY TWO - Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Piedmont


Breakfast and a drive to the truffle woods of Donna Langa for a guided truffle-hunting excursion

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the truffle woods of Donna Langa. Upon arrival, meet your expert truffle-hunter guide, called a 'Trifulau', and set off with him and his well-trained dogs on a truffle-hunting excursion in search of the elusive and prized truffle.


About truffles and truffle-hunting

In the 18th-century the Nobles used to organize truffle hunting and from that time onwards, the Piedmontese truffles became more and more famous and appreciated. During summertime, you can find the tartufo scorzone, or summer black truffle. A black truffle of excellent culinary qualities, the black outside surface is covered in pyramidal warts. It can reach remarkable sizes of up to 1.5 pounds (about 0.7 kilograms) in weight. The black truffle has an intense and inviting, aromatic fragrance, and emotes the aroma of earthy woodlands. In October, you can find the precious white truffle; smooth, light yellow in colour, and, at times, with light-green or yellow-ochre tones.


Head to Castagnole delle Lanze for a guided tour and wine tasting at the La Spinetta Winery

Next, transfer to Castagnole delle Lanze for a guided tour and wine tasting at the La Spinetta Winery. Giorgio Rivetti's magic touch with Moscato, Barbera, Nebbiolo and, more recently, Sangiovese, Colorino, Vermentino and Sangiovese Rosé, has taken the wine world by storm. He produces approachable, yet age-worthy wines that command the attention of wine critics and consumers alike, year-in and year-out; their lushness, concentration, aromatics and length are unrivalled. Giorgio's speedy ascent from Moscato producer in the 1970s, to venerated Barbaresco and Barolo vigneron today, is studded with success. La Spinetta's wines are among Italy's most celebrated, as the winery has attained the coveted Tre Bicchieri award for more than 30 of their wines throughout their relatively short career.



Proceed to Castiglione Falletto for a three-course lunch with wine at the Le Torri restaurant

Leaving the winery, transfer to Castiglione Falletto. Upon arrival, proceed for a three-course lunch with wine and spectacular views of the vineyards at the elegant, yet cosy Le Torri, a local restaurant in the centre of the Old Town.


Guided walking tour through the narrow streets of Barolo Village to the medieval Castello Falletti

After lunch, transfer to nearby Barolo Village. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the narrow streets of the boroughs down to the medieval Castello Falletti, where the legend of the 'king of the red wines' was born in the mid-19th century.


Drive to Barolo for a guided tour and tasting at a family-run winery, the G.D. Vajra in Vergne

Leaving Castello Falletti, re-board your coach and transfer to Barolo en route to a family-run winery, the G.D. Vajra in Vergne. Upon arrival, take a guided tour and tasting, learn about the growing, harvesting, vinification and blending processes.


Transfer to the hotel and free time

At the conclusion of your visit, transfer back to the hotel for some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations at the Hotel Castello di Guarene - Piedmont


DAY THREE - Friday, August 21, 2020 - Piedmont/Monte Carlo


Breakfast at the hotel, check-out, and a transfer to the pier and ship

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, meet your guide and commence the approximately 3.75-hour transfer to the port of Monte Carlo, with a comfort stop en route. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.

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