The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Italian Riviera

Sept. 21 – Sept. 29, 2019


Experience life on the enchanting Italian Riviera! See Portofino, Santa Margherita, Camogli, Genoa, the Cinque Terre & more on a 7-night adventure!

Take in the sparkling Ligurian Sea, sun-drenched beaches and charming towns. Stay in Sestri Levante, where colorful buildings frame the coastline, and explore the Italian region of Liguria. Cruise the coast to the Riviera towns of Portofino and Santa Margherita. Spend a day admiring the picturesque Cinque Terre, and feast your eyes on the villages of Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza from the sea. Explore magnificent Genoa, where 42 Renaissance palazzi dominate the cityscape. Discover Camogli, a charming fishing village and a favorite seaside retreat. In neighboring Tuscany, visit Carrara and discover the origin of the ivory marble that sculptors have prized for centuries. In Lucca, choose between a cycling tour atop the city walls and a walking tour of the Old Town. Enjoy first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan with wine at dinner.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Seven breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners, including Welcome and Farewell Dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine with dinner.
  • Discovery excursions, including a choice of Personalize Your Cruise options, highlight the local culture, heritage and history.
  • Expert-led Enrichment programs enhance your insight into the region.
  • Free time to pursue your own interests.Clearly hear your English-speaking guide with your VOX headset.
  • Tipping of guides and drivers.
  • Complimentary travel mementos.

Dates Sept. 21 – Sept. 29, 2019

Cost $2,995* (Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Europe

Activity level



Contact Addie Natalie
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3




Appropriate in-flight meal service

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Genoa, Italy.

Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner

Arrive at Cristoforo Colombo Genoa Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Transfer to Hotel Vis à Vis. Please note if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Tonight, at the hotel, meet your fellow travelers and get acquainted at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

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Breakfast and dinner

Enrichment: The Riviera del Levante: A Painter’s Palette. For centuries, this beautiful region has enchanted artists and painters. Delve into its alluring history and culture.

Discovery: The Riviera. Spend the day discovering the Italian Riviera. Travel the coastal road to Rapallo, a seaside resort adorned with swaying palm trees and hillside villas. Cruise to Portofino, playground of the rich and famous, and stroll along the colorful harbor. Cruise the sapphire waters to Santa Margherita, another jewel on the Italian Riviera. Take a break for lunch on your own before rejoining the group for a walking tour.

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Breakfast and lunch

Venture into nearby Tuscany to the walled city of Lucca.

Personalize Your Journey | Choose one of the following excursions.

Lucca Walking Tour. Visit the grand Romanesque Duomo di San Martino with carvings by Nicola Pisano, and follow the storied footsteps of Caesar, Pompey, Crassus and Puccini while strolling through Old Town to see the Church of San Frediano and the Church of San Michele.

Lucca Biking Tour. The 16th-century walls encircling Lucca were built to defend the city. Today, the wall welcomes visitors with a paved path that runs along the top. Learn about the city as you take a leisurely and scenic ride around it from above. Conclude with an aperitivo before lunch.

Enjoy some free time and an included lunch in town before returning to Sestri Levante.

Enrichment: A Contemporary View of Italy. Explore the current events shaping contemporary Italy and its place within the European Union.

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Breakfast and dinner

Discovery: Genoa. Admire the view of the city from atop La Spianata di Castelleto. See the Renaissance palazzi on lovely Via Garibaldi. Wander labyrinthine streets past medieval churches to the Columbus House, believed to be the birthplace of navigator Christopher Columbus. Visit the Palazzo Ducale. See the majestic black-and-white striped façade of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.

Discovery: All About Gelato. Take a break for a sweet treat! See how Italy’s world-famous ice cream is made before indulging in a scrumptious sample.

After leaving Genoa, transfer to the pretty resort town of Camogli.

Free Time: Enjoy some time on your own in Camogli. Choose one of the many seaside restaurants for lunch and then take a stroll through town, if you’d like. Notice the colorfully painted houses, and look carefully because the windows, shutters, cornices and other features may not be real! For centuries, people in Camogli have used the trompe l’oeil painting technique to embellish the façades of their homes.

Enrichment: Meet the People. Sit down with a panel of local residents to talk about life in Italy today.

Discovery: Waterfront Dinner. Savor dinner at a charming restaurant on the beach in Sestri Levante this evening.

Gather with your fellow travelers for dinner.

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Free Time: Enjoy a full day at leisure. Staying in Sestri Levante? Visit some local shops and put together a picnic lunch to enjoy in one of the town’s many parks or beaches, or explore the local museums. With the train station nearby, you can also venture further afield. Your Travel Director can offer suggestions for the day’s activities.

Enrichment: The Cinque Terre – A Tasteful Encounter of Land and Sea. Learn about the Cinque Terre through a lesson in its unusual geography and economy, then enjoy a tasting of local wine and foods.

Breakfast and lunch

Discovery: The Cinque Terre. Journey to the dramatic terraced landscapes and colorful villages of Cinque Terre National Park. Visit the ancient Roman seaport of Portovenere; after a guided tour, enjoy some free time to explore on your own before continuing to Manarola, center of the region’s wine and olive oil production. Continue by boat and see Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza from the Ligurian Sea.

Discovery: A Seaside Lunch. Take a seat at a waterfront trattoria in Vernazza for a delectable lunch, featuring seafood just plucked from the sea! The Taverna del Capitano serves “cucina tipica,” traditional cuisine.

Free Time: After lunch, stretch your legs and take a leisurely stroll through Vernazza at your own pace. Return to Sestri Levante by train.

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Discovery: Carrara. Travel to Carrara, home of legendary marble quarries used for more than 2,000 years. This is where Michelangelo chose the gleaming white blocks he transformed into unforgettable masterpieces. Tour Fantiscritti Quarry.

Break for lunch in Carrara before returning to Sestri Levante.

Join your fellow travelers and share stories of your adventures on the Italian Riviera at a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

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Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Cristoforo Colombo Genoa Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.


Contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours:
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3

Space is limited. Book your tour now!