Having said a fond farewell to Monaco, you will arrive in San Remo in under an hour. This town was a popular resort for the aristocracy before World War II. There are many elegant hotels and villas which are testament to this once-super-exclusive resort.
The famous casino remains, although the dress code is more casual these days. Behind the harbour walls is a covered flower market – it claims to be the largest in the world.
On the waterfront and in the town, there is a large selection of excellent restaurants from which to choose.
Day 6 San Remo – Loano
Departing from San Remo after breakfast, you will cruise back along the ‘riviera of flowers’ to the picturesque port of Loano. You may wish to enjoy lunch on board before exploring. A little way inland are the Caves of Toirano – huge underground caverns, furnished with stalagmites and stalactites. It is here that the remains of prehistoric bears and a footprint of Neanderthal man were found.
The town of Loano itself is a picturesque place which retains much of the architecture and elegance of six centuries ago. It was once part of the Doria family estate. The current town hall was the family’s palace and boasts a Roman mosaic floor.
Day 7 Loano – Rapallo
Rapallo, close to Portof ino, is a two hour cruise from Loano. It is a smart, picture-postcard resort, surrounded by green slopes, rock faces and (of course) the blue waters of the Mediterranean.
Like many of its Italian Riviera town neighbours, this resort was popular with the aristocracy following World War II. Rapallo retains its atmosphere of cultured exclusivity.
This elegant town has several restaurants from which to choose, including ‘Luca’ which overlooks the harbour.
Day 8 (until 12 noon) Rapallo – La Spezia
Your final cruise will take you back along the fabulous Riviera Levante, passing the beautiful ‘Cinque Terre’ region. Enjoy the spectacular scenery in style, before your departure at 12 noon.