1. Boarding in Genova (Genoa) in the afternoon.
We can start our Italian Riviera experience in Camogli an old fishing town sprinkled with brightly coloured houses and attractions such as Castello Della Dragonara. Foccacia lovers can try the best in town at the Revello Focacceria before settling down for the evening over a superb dinner aboard your luxury charter yacht.
After breakfast we head for Portofino on the Italian Riviera. A tiny town with cobbled streets, high rocks with ancient olive groves overlooking the sheltered cove, and surrounded by old colourful buildings and terraces. The Piazzetta is a great place to take coffee and people-watch. For decades it has been the focal point of the international jet set, with its boutique shops and gelaterias. If you prefer to explore the local sights then visit the lighthouse located on the promontory beyond the Church of San Giorgio for spectacular views. Or you can enjoy the Portofino Marine Reserve where snorkellers can see the Christ of the Abyss statue through the clear water, and scuba divers can enjoy the marine life.
From here we head along the Italian Riviera and its picturesque coastline decorated with hidden villas and natural landscapes. You can dine on board or choose to enjoy a candlelit dinner at one of the small restaurants set between the mountains and the sea.
3. Rapallo & Baia del Silenzio
Our next must – see location is Rapallo. If you take a walk on the famous seaside promenade that was frequented by people like Ernest Hemingway, or stroll through the city centre, you can admire the pretty frescos on the walls of the historic buildings. Another local attraction is the 16th century funicular which takes you to the gates of Our Lady Montallegro Sanctuary. Alternatively, if you want to make the most of your private yacht, you can moor in the beautiful bay in front of San Michele di Pagana and enjoy a relaxing swim.
If there’s time then we can head for a lazy afternoon at Sestri Levante on the peninsula, to enjoy the pastry shops in Via XXV Aprile or the little known sandy beach in the Bay of Silence.
4. Cinque Terre
Your last day can be spent discovering the charm of the five villages that make up the Cinque Terre. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park is like a picture postcard with its pretty coastline, old churches, citrus groves and small paths overlooking the sea. Alternatively, you can enjoy water sports above or below the surface of the Mediterranean, before heading to the ‘Port of Venus’ namely Porto Venere for disembarkation.