Back by popular demand, the friendly Hotel Nettuno is your base to enjoy the year round warm climate, wonderful palms and exotic plants which have given rise to the name Riviera dei Fiori - The Riviera of Flowers. Diano Marina is perfect for touring the Italian and French Rivieras as it is one of the best loved resorts in the region, set in a wide sweeping bay edged with sandy beaches and with an old town full of character and charm. Along the citrus lined streets is an abundance of pavement cafés, restaurants and bars, shops and boutiques. The elegant, palm fringed promenade provides the perfect spot for leisurely watching the world go by.
Your holiday price includes a superb full board package of included extras at your resort hotel including a free bar from 9am until midnight and entertainment on some evenings.
DAY 1 - After joining your holiday coach, you travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Then continue via the auto-routes of France en-route to your overnight hotel in central France. Bed & breakfast.
DAY 2 - Departing after breakfast, enjoy a day of ever changing scenery as you journey southwards into Italy to the resort of Diano Marina. Full board.
During your stay here, the 'All Inclusive' package includes the following:-
Full English Breakfast & Evening Meals daily
A La Carte lunch or packed lunch on excursion days
Free Bar in the hotel 9am until midnight (subject to conditions)
Local spirits, beers, wines, soft drinks and tea/coffee
Entertainment some nights
Pizza party with live music
DAY 3 - DAY 7 - At leisure in Diano Marina with THREE INCLUDED excursions and ONE OPTIONAL excursion.
Alassio & Savona
Take the scenic drive along the Ligurian coastline to one of its most elegant resorts, Alassio. This has been a preferred choice of destination for travellers since the 18th century, attracted by its 4 kilometres of fine sandy beach which slopes gently into the sea. Continue to round the coast to Savona and take a walk around the inner harbour with its juxtaposition of expensive yachts and old fashioned fishing boats. The town has a lovely medieval centre, historic fortress and its very own Sistine Chapel (erected by Pope Sixtus IV who was born in Savona).
Monaco & Monte Carlo (Day fully escorted by local guide)
Visit legendary Monaco, spectacularly nestled between the mountains and the Med. Vibrant Monte Carlo is the epitome of glamour and extravagance with its pretty Old Town and famous Grimaldi Palace, residence of Prince Ranier. Enjoy a little bit of Monte Carlo magic, just like the world's rich and famous, and soak up the atmosphere, marvel at the mega yachts crammed in the marina and imagine the drama at the F1 racetrack. You then visit the most important 'Parfumerie' in the South of France to discover the secrets of the perfume industry.
San Remo & Ventimiglia (Day fully escorted by local guide)
Ventimiglia is on the edge of Italy with a character unlike any other Riviera town, combining tradition with an eclectic sense of the new. There is a daily indoor fruit and vegetable market and the 'lungomare' (promenade) is a wonderful stretch of coast road with many cafes serving wonderful Italian ice-cream. Just along the coast is San Remo, Italy's own Monte Carlo with its extravagant villas, plenty of Riviera-style grandeur and lovely, colourful flowers.
Santa Margherita & Portofino (Day full escorted by local guide)
A full day guided excursion along the Ligurian Coast to Santa Margherita. Enjoy a stroll along the sea front and around the old town and take in the atmosphere of this delightful resort. In the early afternoon, there is an optional boat cruise to visit the neighbouring resort of Portofino (subject to availability).
DAY 8 - Today it's farewell to Italy as you return northwards to the final stop in France. Bed & breakfast.
LAST DAY - After breakfast, travel back through France to Calais for the return to England.