A fascinating holiday of contrasts and scenery. Start by spending a night and day in cosmopolitan lakeside Geneva before heading to Italy through sweeping Alpine scenery. Enjoy five days in the picturesque Cinque Terre and relax in style, soaking up the sun and the local color.
- Enjoy a night in Geneva en route to Italy
- Take in the spectacular scenery of the Simplon Pass from Geneva to Milan
- Explore the vibrant towns and villages of the stunning Cinque Terra
- Rail travel in standard class throughout
- 1 night hotel stay with breakfast in Geneva
- 4 nights’ hotel stay with breakfast in Sestri Levante
- Cinque Terre Trekking and Train Card
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.
DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN GENEVA
Upon your arrival in Geneva, make your way to your hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the evening enjoying a tasty meal at a local lakeside restaurant or take a relaxing boat trip out on the lake and admire the city’s cosmopolitan feel and the stunning backdrop of the Alps and the Jura mountains. (Overnight in Geneva)
DAY 2 - GENEVA TO SESTRI LEVANTE
After breakfast, make your way to the train station and board a service bound for Milan. This route, which winds through the Simplon Pass, is one of the most scenic in Europe. Relax while the train follows the shores of Lake Leman and across Swiss vineyards, with stunning views of the Alps in the background. Travel further south after crossing the border into Italy before arriving in Milan and changing onto the service to Sestri Levante. On arrival, check in at your hotel for a four-night stay. (Overnight in Sestri Levante) B
DAY 3 - CINQUE TERRE AND THE LIGURIAN COAST
Today make use of your Cinque Terre card by taking the train or bus to explore the area or access one of the many trekking paths. Sestri Levante itself is a lovely little Riviera town extending around two bays, the Bay of Silence and the Bay of Fables (named for Hans Christian Andersen who lived here for a time). Amble around the winding streets, stop for an ice cream or unwind on the wide public beach. (Overnight in Sestri Levante) B
DAY 4 - CINQUE TERRE AND THE LIGURIAN COAST
Riomaggiore is Railbookers favorite village due to its charming multi-colored houses which are arranged over the hillside overlooking the sea. Be prepared to walk up the village's steep staircases to visit the castle for views over the city, or the less ambitious can relax on one of the beaches around the village. (Overnight in Sestri Levante) B
DAY 5 - CINQUE TERRE AND THE LIGURIAN COAST
As well as visiting the Cinque Terre villages we recommend a day trip to the nearby town of Portofino. This historic fishing village is a picturesque place to spend the day and can be reached by train or by boat during the summer. Lunch at one of the harborside restaurants, or wander along the village's tiny streets to discover hidden gems including art galleries and jewellery shops. (Overnight in Sestri Levante) B
DAY 6 – YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SESTRI LEVANTE
After your final breakfast in Sestri Levante, check out of your hotel and continue with your travels. If you wish to extend your vacation, perhaps with an additional day in a nearby city, one of our Rail Specialists would be happy to help you with this option. B
MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER
The superior Cornavin Hotel in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district offers cozy rooms with views over Lake Geneva. Built in 1932, the hotel is a combination of traditional architecture and contemporary facilities. The hotel is nestled in the heart of Geneva, steps away from Gare de Cornavin train station. The property is set within 2 km distance from the city center.
Hotel Cristal welcomes guests in the heart of Geneva meters away from a cathedral and a museum. The hotel occupies 7 floors and was renovated in 2001.The property is located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes district, 3.5 km from PalExpo. Hotel Cristal is within about 20 minutes' walk of the center of Geneva. Offering climate control, high-speed internet, a laptop-size safe, TV and a refrigerator, modern guestrooms boast an English interior. Hotel Cristal offers rooms with the lake view. The bathrooms come with a bathtub, a shower and a hairdryer for more comfort.
Welcome to the Grand Albergo Hotel! Overlooking the sea promenade of Sestri Levante, The Grande Albergo is now a landmark in tourism and the Gulf of Tigullio.