Genoa & Cinque Terre Discovery: Wine & Trek


Small group departure on fixed dates: 24th of June 2018

Thanks to this tour you will discover one of the most well-preserved historical centre of Europe, walking through narrow alleys the city will reveal ancient food shops and small intimate squares. You will assist to a unique event in town, the Celebration of San Giovanni (Saint John’s Day) . You will assist to the traditional and spectacular procession for the blessing of the sea and the city, from the cathedral to Porto Antico. In the evening music, bonfire and fireworks will animate the city centre in a lively and joyful atmosphere.

Then a workshop in an ancient laboratory of Gold-leaf Gilding will lead you back in times… Proceed with a day trip to the secluded Medieval Abbey of San Fruttuoso enjoying the sea and a fresh fish lunch with locals.

Type of tour: Small group tour on fixed departures
Min/max people: from 2 to 12 pax (the tour departure is guarantee with a min of 2 participants)
Length of stay: 8 days/ 7 nights
Arrival/Departure: Genoa/ Genoa airport (possibility to arrive to Milan or Pisa airport)
Dates 2018: 24th June – 1st July




  • An intimate tour of 12 people or fewer will give participants the chance to really immerse themselves in the Ligurian mood, between Mounts and Sea.
  • Meet the artisans, discover the ancient art of Gold Leaf Gilding in the most historical laboratory of the town
  • Pick up herbs and cook with Grandma the typical “pansotti” immersed in the nature of a rural house, sharing experiences and secrets
  • Taste unique and less known Ligurian wines in the completely relaxed atmosphere of a bar on the beach. A place that only locals know!
  • Be immersed in the extraordinary nature of Portofino Natural Park with breathtaking views on the Gulf. Thanks to an easy trekking you will reach an eco-rural house run by local guys and offering traditional home-made food. Only you, the nature and the sea!
  • Discover the San Fruttuoso bay – a unique place where time seems to stop. An ancient abbey, gorgeous nature and crystalline water…just relax and enjoy!
  • Meet and trek with Cinque Terre wine maker
  • Experience the lively atmosphere of a local market, learn how to recognize fresh fish and cook with a local chef


Day 1: Genoa

Arrival in Genoa (nearest airports: Genoa, Pisa, Milan). Pick up from the airport or the central station and transfer to the hotel 4* centrally located. In the evening welcome from our local buddy and aperitif in the old harbor. Welcome dinner in typical trattoria. Tonight you will take part to the celebration of the Patron Saint San Giovanni including procession and bonfire. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 2: Genoa: Old shops & Gold Leaf Gilding Laboratory

After breakfast, meet again our local “buddy” for an interesting walking tour along the narrow alleys of the historical centre. Here you will discover the real “heart” of the city, old shops, Noble palaces and Churches from the XVIII C  that preserves incredible works of art.

For lunch you will taste some of the specialities of the Ligurian cuisine in one of the oldest “osteria” of the city Sa’ Pesta. Farinata, anchovies, vegetables pie and the famous “pansotti” together with a glass of local white wine “il bianchetto”.

After lunch visit to a Gold Leaf Laboratory. Here the Master Craftmen will show you the ancient techniques of gilding and lacquering. After that a 2 hours workshop will follow, during which you will create your own gold frame to take home as a very special souvenir!THE LABORATORY

Master Craftsman Pozzo Marco continues a long family tradition – his father Luigi started his apprenticeship as a Church Restorer and Gilder in Genoa in 1960. Trough the years the laboratory has gained the reputation of commitment to excellence in all projects through the versatility, experience and skills of the gilders led by Mr. Pozzo and his staff. Projects, whether commercial or private, have included major churches and heritage buildings.The workshop facilities deliver gilding and restoration of antiques and art objects as well as painting and decoration of furniture both antique or modern. Now the Laboratory is open to friends, art lovers and visitors who desire to learn more and practice the art of gold leaf gilding and lacquering.

Free time at disposal. Dinner at leisure. Overnight.

Day 3:  Cooking class & Aperitif on the beach with the sommelier

In the morning check out and departure for a hands-on experience. In a small village on the seaside, you will learn from the grandma how to recognize different herbs and how to use them to prepare the “pansotti” , then you will prepare the nuts sauce and finally a real “Cheese focaccia” DOP.

Arrival in charme B&B. Free time at disposal for lunch and for some relax on the beach or in the beautiful garden of the house.

In the evening aperitif on the beach including a taste of wines with sommelier accompanied by local tapas.

Proceed for a fish dinner on the beach and back to the hotel for the overnight.

Day 4: Easy trekking to Portofino Natural Park:, light lunch with tasting of wine and focaccia, visit of San Fruttuoso Abbey

In the morning departure for a trekking excursion on the Promontory of Portofino. Meet your buddy guide at the hotel and together you will reach San Rocco, here you will proceed with an easy walk through maritime pines, chestnuts trees and oaks.

You will stop for lunch in a rural house overlooking the amazing Ligurian sea. Here among olive trees, you will taste the real focaccia and some of the typical dishes while sampling a glass of local wine. Time for relaxing and getting to know the young owners  that will be pleased to show something about their hard work to preserve this enchanted place.

After lunch, continue your walk to San Fruttuoso bay. Here time seems to stop… crystalline waters, an ancient abbey, fishermen boats. The right place for a refreshing bath before going back to Camogli by boat.

Free time for relaxing. Dinner at leisure. Overnight.

Day 5: Portofino, Santa Margherita & Cinque Terre

After breakfast, check out and departure.

Arrival in Portofino and visit of the famous “piazzetta”, Castle Brown and the small Church overlooking the Gulf. Enjoy an aperitif at the old lighthouse facing an incredible panorama!

Proceed to Santa Margherita for some free time to get around and discover this fascinating and elegant village on the sea.

Lunch at leisure. In the late afternoon departure to Cinque Terre, arrival in La Spezia area and accommodation.

Free time to relax and dinner at hotel’s restaurant, overnight.

Day 6: Cinque Terre, Trekking with the wine grower

After breakfast, discover the Cinque Terre by train. From La Spezia train station departure to explore the beautiful sea villages of  Vernazza , Monterosso and Rio Maggiore.

Free time for lunch and proceed to Manarola. Time to walk along the beautiful promenade climbing on the sea and for a refreshing bath.

In the afternoon departure for an hiking experience among the vineyard with an enchanting view on the gulf.

Discover the viticulture traditions of Manarola with Alessandro, a young winemaker native of this beautiful village of Cinque Terre. You will leave from the centre of Manarola and walking through the main road leading to the small harbour you will have the opportunity to admire the typical colorful houses and the fishing boats parked along the street. Then you will go up to the cemetery which is located in a fantastic panoramic position from which you can appreciate Manarola and even a partial view of Corniglia. Through an ancient path in the midst of gardens you will reach the vineyards of Alessandro where he will teach you to distinguish the grape varieties and the different methods of pruning and grape growing. The path leads you in front of the Church of San Lorenzo and with an extra effort you will be in Alessandro’s wine cellar where you will taste his white wine Cinque Terre DOC accompanied by the typical Ligurian focaccia. Alessandro is also a member of the Foundation of Manarola Cinque Terre, created in 2014 in order to protect the cultural heritage of the village. With your participation of the tour you support the project of the Foundation with a little charity.

Time at disposal in Cinque Terre and dinner at leisure (our buddy guide will suggest the best place for a romantic aperitif or a special dinner). Return by train to La Spezia and overnight.

Day 7:  Market tour & Cooking class

In the morning transfer to La Spezia for a Cooking lesson of Ligurian Fish Specialities with visit to the market .

Your culinary experience starts with a short stroll through La Spezia and a visit to its beautiful market: see the fish sellers with the fresh fish and seafood, find the regional vegetables: depending on the season there are juicy tomatoes, green asparagus, aromatic mushrooms or the precious artichokes. With your cook, you buy freshly the things you’ll need to prepare your lunch. After the market visit in the morning you go on to the nice little restaurant where this beautiful lesson takes place. During the preparation of delicious seafood meals, the chef gives you the idea of this particular job: to create traditional dishes using local ingredients as much as possible and with the lowest environmental impact. That sounds complicated but the results are incredibly mouth-watering dishes! You will be surprised by the simple finesse of the dishes you are going to prepare – using only few but high quality ingredients. At the end you will enjoy one of the most delicious lunches of your life – prepared by yourself!

Day 8: Goodbye or Extension to Tuscany

After breakfast, check out and departure.

(Transfer to Genoa or Pisa airport, or to Tuscany for extension – not included)

Price: 1990 euro per person based on min. 4 participants/ 2450 euro based on 2 participants

The tour includes:

  • 2 nights in Genoa, hotel 4* centrally located
  • 2 nights in Eastern Riviera, charming B&B/ hotel 3*
  • 3 nights in Cinque Terre Area, charming B&B in La Spezia
  • English speaking “buddy” guide during the tour
  • Welcome aperitif and dinner in Genoa
  • Walking tour “Ancient laboratory & food shops“ in Genoa
  • Typical lunch with Ligurian specialities in historical “osteria”
  • Visit of a Gold Leaf Gilding Laboratory & workshop “create your own gold frame”
  • Transfer from Genoa to Eastern Riviera by minivan
  • Cooking class at grandma’s house and lunch
  • Guided wine tasting with the sommelier on the beach
  • Trekking excursion to Portofino Natural Park including light lunch with tasting of wine and focaccia, visit of San Fruttuoso Abbey and boat ticket
  • Visit to Portofino including entrance to Castle Brown and aperitif at the old lighthouse
  • Trekking with the wine producer in Cinque Terre, including vineyard and wine cellar visit, wine tasting of a Cinque Terre DOC white wine and focaccia
  • Market tour and cooking class with chef in La Spezia

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