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PORTOFINO
PORTOFINO
PORTOFINO

One of the most photographed villages along the coast, with a decidedly romantic and affluent aura, Portofino has long been a popular destination for the rich and famous. Once an ancient Roman colony and taken by the Republic of Genoa in 1229, it's also been ruled by the French, English, Spanish, and Austrians, as well as by marauding bands of 16th-century pirates. Elite British tourists first flocked to the lush harbor in the mid-1800s. View more

Some of Europe's wealthiest drop anchor in Portofino in summer, but they stay out of sight by day, appearing in the evening after buses and boats have carried off the day-trippers. There's not actually much to do in Portofino other than stroll around the wee harbor, see the castle, walk to Punta del Capo, browse at the pricey boutiques, and sip a coffee while people-watching. However, weaving through picture-perfect cliffside gardens and gazing at yachts framed by the turquoise Ligurian Sea and the cliffs of Santa Margherita can make for quite a relaxing afternoon. There are also several tame, photo-friendly hikes into the hills to nearby villages. Unless you're traveling on a deluxe budget, you may want to stay in Camogli or Santa Margherita Ligure rather than at one of Portofino's few very expensive hotels. Restaurants and cafés are good.

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Excursions in 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.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking of approximately 1.25 miles (2.0 km) sometimes over cobblestone surfaces, steep alleys and a few steps to negotiate to get off/on the coach. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. The time spent at certain venues may be extended or reduced, and other brief stops may be added. We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes as well as bring sun protection.

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.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking of approximately 3.75 miles (6.0 km) sometimes over cobblestone surfaces, about 50 steps to negotiate at the Abbey in San Fruttuoso and a few steps to get off/on the boat. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. The time spent at certain venues may be extended or reduced, and other brief stops may be added. We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes as well as bring sun protection.

Kayak Experience in Portofino

You will meet your German speaking 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.


Please note: This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition, and can swim in water too deep too stand. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and change of clothing from the ship. It's recommended to bring a snack and bottled water since no bars are available on the beach.

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 boat pier and board the 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


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over cobblestone surfaces, steep alleys and a few steps to negotiate to get off/on the boat. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes as well as bring sun protection.

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.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over cobblestone surfaces and steep. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes as well as bring sun protection.

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.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking of approximately 0.65 miles (1.0 Km) over cobblestone surfaces and steep. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes as well as bring sun protection.

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: 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.

Stand Up Paddling in Portofino

Portofino is a stunning seaside resort, a glistening jewel on the Italian Rivera. Tucked away in a corner cove of the scenic Ligurian coast, its charm and beauty are a winning combination that took it from a quaint fishing village to a playground for the rich and famous. And the hearty soil, sea air and sunshine allow grapes, herbs, citrus and olives to grow abundantly producing fine wines and dishes flavored with olive oil and indigenous mouth-watering tastes.

Your English-speaking tour escort will walk you to Niasca Bay where you will enjoy a 1 hr 30 minutes' SUP experience. Stand up paddle boards (SUP) offer a fun, relaxing way to play on the water. And since you stand at your full height, you can enjoy unique views of everything from sea creatures to what's on the horizon. Starting on the beach, the instructor shows the marine itinerary and points out the most interesting geo-naturalistic spots. The instructor will show you the paddling technique and the basic movements to keep on standing on the board without losing your balance. Leaving Niasca bay to our shoulders, you follow the coast until your reach Portofino's small harbor where you may zigzag through the traditional fishing boats of Liguria fishermen's. Once back in Niasca you will go back with your English speaking tour escort to the port.


Please note: This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition, and can swim in water too deep too stand. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and change of clothing from the ship.

Land programmes in PORTOFINO

Mid Voyage Land Adventure: The Elegance of Milan

Whilst Milan is recognised as the global capital of fashion and design, it's also home to the national stock exchange, superb cuisine, and a wide array of exquisite architectural treasures, churches, landmarks and works of art. Upon disembarking the ship in Portofino, transfer to Milan for a guided visit to the CityLife Quarter, then proceed for a three-course lunch with wine at the renowned 'Don Lisander' restaurant. Joining you for lunch today is an Italian food and wine aficionado, certified AIS sommelier and personal shopper. After lunch, she escorts you on a guided walking tour of the world-renowned Fashion District, fashion house and showroom of a talented Milanese designer, and a fashion show. Next, transfer to the Château Monfort, a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Milan. This evening, take a picturesque boat cruise along the Navigli Canals. En route, see the Lavandai, Palazzo Galloni, a church, twin Church of St. Christopher, Scodellino Bridge, and the Docks. During your canal cruise, a stop is made for a four-course Milanese dinner at a local restaurant along the Navigli Canals. After dinner, an overnight stay at the Château Monfort and breakfast at the hotel, check-out and transfer to Duomo Square, which is dominated by the Cathedral, Italy's largest and most intricate example of Gothic architecture. Visit the Cathedral, then take in panoramic views of the Duomo and city from the Cathedral's terrace. Leaving the Cathedral, take a stroll through the Gallery of Vittorio Emanuele II en route to La Scala, the most famous opera house in the world. During your guided visit, stop by the Theatre Museum and Livia Simoni Library before the highlight of your tour, a behind-the-scenes La Scala experience. Walk onto the celebrated La Scala stage and into the famous royal box, gold boxes and recently restored Auditorium to uncover the hidden gems of La Scala; the prompter's box, impressive chandelier, new fly tower and other areas of interest. Following your visit, proceed for a three-course Milanese lunch at the 'Ottagano' restaurant, which is located in the historical centre of Milan, near the Fashion District and inside the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. After lunch, some free time is made available for independent shopping and exploration. Your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Two with a transfer to the port of La Spezia. Upon arrival, embark the ship.


01MIDPTF-A The Elegance of Milan

Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Departs from: Portofino

Re-join ship: La Spezia

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 90 days prior to the sail date. 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, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.


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 90 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, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (a shopping stop is planned during the program).


Discover the Old World and contemporary architecture, fashions, culture, and cuisine of the global capital of fashion and design during this unforgettable overnight excursion to Milan.


DAY ONE - August 31, 2019 - Portofino/Milan


Transfer from Portofino to Milan

Upon disembarking the ship in Portofino, meet your guide and depart for the scenic drive to Milan. Milan is a city full of contradictions, ancient and modern, trends and counter-trends, fashion and underground, middle class and working class, but always maintains its unique sense of style. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the new quarter, CityLife.


Visit to the CityLife Quarter

CityLife is an innovative residential housing complex erected in this district, which formerly hosted the city trade fair north-east of Milan. This new residential area is characterised by a contemporary, aesthetic and functional style, commercial, entertainment and service facilities that make the complex a vibrant area, and round-the-clock amenities.


Public park with bicycle and pedestrian paths

This new district encircles a large public park that spans approximately 203,318 square yards (about 170,000 square metres). It was designed to be used by all citizens thanks to the incorporation of bicycle and pedestrian paths, and to its wide confines which join up directly with surrounding urban areas. The park is a 'green lung' that integrates with the existent parks in the northwest area of the city, contributing to the oxygenation of the air and restoring the balance of the urban environment.


Three Towers and residential areas

At the centre of the district stands the imposing Tre Torri (Three Towers) office blocks, landmarks of the project that significantly contributes to reshaping the city skyline. The approximately 722-foot-high (about 220-metre-high) Isozaki Tower, approximately 558-foot-high (about 170-metre-high) Hadid Tower and approximately 492-foot-high (about 150-metre-high) Libeskind Tower stand out for their cutting-edge technology, and the innovative materials employed in their construction. The first two towers have already gained the Leed Gold pre-certification rating. The five residential areas being developed were designed following criteria that enable the optimization of energy use and respect for the environment, and they are all Class-A certified.


Three-course lunch with wine at the renowned Don Lisander restaurant

Following your tour of CityLife, proceed for a three-course lunch paired with wine and dessert at the renowned Don Lisander restaurant in Milan. Opened in 1947 in the heart of Milan, about a hundred paces from the Scala Theatre, the restaurant takes its name from Alessandro Manzoni, affectionately called Don Lisander by the Milanese.


Italian food and wine aficionado, certified AIS sommelier and personal shopper

Joining you for lunch today is Italian food and wine aficionado Mrs Cristina Francescon. A member of Le Donne del Vino (Women of Wine Italian Association), and certified AIS sommelier (Italian Sommelier Association), Cristina is actively involved in wine events. She is also a personal shopper. After lunch, join Cristina for a guided tour around the famous 'Quadrilatero della Moda'.


Guided tour of the world-renowned Fashion District with Cristina

The world-renowned 'Quadrilatero della Moda' (Fashion District) is Milan's hub for luxury and designer names. It is so named because it is surrounded by four prestigious streets; Via Montenapoleone, Via Manzoni, Via della Spiga and Corso Venezia. The interior of the quadrilateral is composed of equally elegant streets, including Via Borgospesso, Via Santo Spirito, Via Gesù, Via Sant'Andrea, and Via Bagutta. Visitors come from all over the globe to shop in the boutiques and showrooms, or just to stroll around and admire the shop windows, which are often showcases of superb taste and exclusive design.

Tour of the fashion house of a talented Milanese designer, and a stop at his showroom

Following your tour of the Fashion District, head for a private fashion show held at an iconic fashion house of a talented young Milanese designer, researcher, art director and professor of fashion at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) here in Milan. Learn about the use of innovative new fabrics and materials that complement his unique creations and collections, which are handmade in the workshop next to the fashion showroom where the fashion show takes place.


Fashion show featuring exquisite morning, afternoon and evening styles

Presented in a French defilè ambiance, the approximately one-hour fashion show features three models adorned in exquisite morning, afternoon and evening styles. After the fashion show, you are welcome to visit the fashion showroom and browse the designer's latest works available for sale at very special prices. Following the fashion show, raise a glass of Prosecco to toast the beauty of Italian fashion. At the conclusion of your visit, transfer to the Hotel Chateau Monfort for check-in.


About the 5-star Château Monfort, a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Milan

The 5-star Château Monfort is a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Milan. The hotel enchants guests with its beautifully-restored and elegantly-appointed interiors, and an atmosphere and charm that is reminiscent of a romantic castle, and enables each guest to act out the leading role in their own favourite fairy tale.


Neo-Romantic style and childhood fairy-tale atmospheres

Totally inspired by the concept of fairy-tale atmospheres, the Château Monfort inaugurates a new kind of hotel; that of the urban château distinguished by a strong identity, creativity and imagination. Here, emotions, dreams and reality combine to create an original reinterpretation of the interiors in an exquisite neo-Romantic style, and enchanted gardens, sweet melodies, dungeons and interiors evoke a vast repertoire of childhood fairy tales. Each of the hotel's 77 rooms is equipped with the most advanced sound-proofing, air-conditioning, and audio and video technologies, as well as the customary comforts of a 5-star hotel.

Picturesque boat cruise along the Navigli Canals, and dinner at a local restaurant

This evening, transfer to your awaiting pontoon boat at the starting dock, located at Alzaia Naviglio Grande 4, then embark a pontoon boat for a scenic cruise along the Navigli Canals. Perfected by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 16th century to transport goods and water for the fields, the canals are now one of the major attractions to see during your visit to Milan. One of the best ways to enjoy these historical gems, as well as the landscapes and architectural jewels that line them, is via a canal cruise, which enhances your sightseeing experience.


Lavandai, Palazzo Galloni, church, bridge and twin Church of St. Christopher

Along the way, immerse yourself in historical places furrowed by the barges that supplied goods to Old Milan, including the precious 'candoglia' marble for the construction of the Duomo. A short distance from the mooring, you can see the end of Lavandai, the many centuries-old wash houses. From here, continue past the Palazzo Galloni, which houses the engraving centre, and a monumental complex that includes the church, bridge and twin church of St. Christopher, a fourteenth-century masterpiece.

Return ride, Scodellino Bridge

Next, your vessel makes a u-turn and continues along an interesting, post-industrial area on the ride back to the alley of Lavandai. En route, pass under the Scodellino Bridge, so named for the old taverns, then enters the Docks. This centuries-old port of interchange for trade with Lake Maggiore features expansive docks equipped for mooring barges, and is one of the largest inland ports in the Mediterranean.


The Docks

After years of neglect, the entire area comprising the Docks was renovated in advance of Expo 2015. This renovation, which included a wide array of bars, restaurants, shops and an historical art gallery, revived the entire area, making it one of the most frequented destinations in Milan for visitors and guests alike. On the Porta Ticinese side, part of Ticinello, with its three-arched bridge, was reopened. This cable, which remained hidden for more than a century under the old municipal market, takes water from the dock and port to southern Lambro. To the south of the Pavese Canal, a 12-navigation locks system links Milan to Pavia.


Four-Course Milanese dinner at a local restaurant along the Navigli Canals

Cap off your picturesque boat-ride with a Milanese dinner at a local restaurant along the Navigli Canals. After dinner, embark your boat for the ride back to the pontoon (or board the minibus, depending on the restaurant location), then transfer back to the hotel.


Overnight in a Deluxe Room or in a Junior Suite at the 5-star Hotel Château Monfort - Milan


DAY TWO - September 1, 2019 - Milan/La Spezia


Breakfast, check-out, a visit to Duomo Square and tour of the Cathedral

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, meet your guide and depart for your walking tour of Milan city centre. You will first reach Duomo Square, which is dominated by the Cathedral. It is Italy's largest and most intricate example of Gothic architecture, and a tribute to five centuries of artists, artisans, architects, builders, engineers, and wealthy and ordinary citizens who contributed to its construction.


Panoramic views of the Duomo and city from the Cathedral's terrace

During your guided visit to the Cathedral, climb up to the terrace for an unforgettable experience. The tableau created by the spires embracing the Cathedral's terraces is irresistibly alluring. From this extraordinary vantage point, embrace the stunning beauty of the Duomo, and contemplate the city from its most emblematic location. This extraordinarily beautiful space is enveloped in nature from sunrise-to-sunset, with its own spectacle of silence and colours.


Stroll through the Gallery of Vittorio Emanuele II en route to the world-renowned La Scala

Next, take a stroll through the Gallery of Vittorio Emanuele II en route to the most famous opera house in the world, La Scala. Built by Giuseppe Piermarini between 1776 and 1778, and subsequently restored and reopened in 2004, La Scala is hallowed ground to music and opera lovers. Known as the 'Temple of Opera', La Scala has hosted the most revered names in the world of music and theatre. World-famous singers and musicians include everyone from Rossini to Verdi (the house composer for decades), to Puccini; from Toscanini to Abbado, to Bareinboim; from starred singers (Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Mirella Freni, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Nicolai Ghiaurov), to prominent directors (Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli and Luca Ronconi); right up to celebrated choreographers and ballet dancers (George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, Carla Fracci, Luciana Savignano, and Roberto Bolle).


La Scala Tour, and a visit to the Theatre Museum and Livia Simoni Library

Although renovated and refurbished several times since its inauguration in 1778, La Scala retains all of its allure and magic intact. Its elegant, neo-Classical façade, stuccoes and mirrors in the foyer, magnificent auditorium swathed in gold and red, the glitter of its huge crystal chandelier, and the impressive dimensions and complexity of its stage settings combine to create an unforgettable experience at La Scala. Home to the Choir, Corps de Ballet, Orchestra and the eponymous Academy and Museum, the musical event of the year at Teatro alla Scala is held on 7 December (a holiday dedicated to the city's patron saint). This marks the opening of the opera season, and is attended by the Milanese elite and international society. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Theatre Museum to explore its vast collections and Livia Simoni Library, and take a look out over the auditorium.


'Behind-the Scenes' La Scala Theatre experience

The highlight of your visit to La Scala is a 'behind-the-scenes' experience. Depending on the type of tour, your guide leads you on to the celebrated La Scala stage, and into the famous royal box, gold boxes and recently restored Auditorium to uncover the hidden gems of La Scala; the prompter's box, impressive chandelier, new fly tower and other areas of interest.

Please note: The 'behind-the-scenes' visits to the La Scala Theatre must be booked in advance, and may be cancelled without prior notice due to technical reasons related to the shows on stage. As a result, your visit cannot be guaranteed until the very last minute. In the event this tour is not available, a visit is made to the Pinacoteca di Brera instead.


Three-course Milanese lunch at the Ottagano restaurant in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Leaving La Scala, proceed for a Milanese lunch at the Ottagano restaurant, which is located in the historical centre of Milan, near the Fashion District and inside the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double-arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. Designed in 1861 by Giuseppe Mengoni and built between 1865 and 1877, the structure consists of two glass-vaulted arcades intersecting in an octagon covering the street connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala.


Inside the Ottagono restaurant

A vision of contemporary luxury, the Ottagono restaurant features décor incorporating luxurious fabrics and enchanting lounges, with leather sofas and comfortable armchairs. The Ottagono has a large bar counter, and, in the corner of the living room, an elegant piece made of the original larch wood recovered from the old beams of the Gallery. Executive Chef Simone Ceppaglia offers a selection of intriguing dishes, snacks, salads and sandwiches for your enjoyment. Ottagono restaurant is the ideal place for a light lunch, afternoon tea, cocktail or an aperitif, surrounded by the glittering lights of the Galleria.

Free time for shopping and sightseeing, and a transfer to the ship at La Spezia

After lunch, some free time is made available for individual shopping and sightseeing. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and transfer to the port of La Spezia. Upon arrival, embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, raingear, and a camera from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the churches; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Programme Includes:

  • One-night stay in a Deluxe Room or in a Junior Suite at the 5-star at the Hotel Château Monfort - Milan
  • One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)
  • Three-course lunch at the Don Lisander restaurant
  • Three-course lunch at the Ottagano restaurant
  • Sommelier and personal shopper at lunch and during the fashion show
  • Private fashion show in a local atelier in Milan
  • Boat tour on the Navigli Canals with aperitif served on board
  • Four-course dinner at a local restaurant on the Navigli Canals
  • Entrance to Milan Cathedral and terraces
  • Entrance to La Scala Museum
  • Backstage, 'behind-the-scenes' tour at La Scala Theatre
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary




Not Included:

Hot air ballooning, any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

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.