Italian Riviera

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MAY 14-22, 2016 $3,245
Sestri Levante, Santa Margherita, Portofino, Lucca, Genoa, Cinque Terre
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Italian Riviera

MAY 14-22, 2016
Sestri Levante, Santa Margherita, Portofino, Lucca, Genoa, Cinque Terre

An area known for its sparkling turquoise sea, sun-kissed beaches and charming towns, the Italian Riviera has been captivating visitors for centuries. Your home base is Sestri Levante, with its historic town center and brightly colored buildings framing the coastline. Venture to Santa Margherita, a town of colorful flowers, swaying palm trees and hillside villas, then cruise to Portofino, playground of the rich and famous. Visit the walled city of Lucca, and explore Genoa, the maritime republic believed to be the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Visit the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre, the famous Five Lands. Journey to Carrara and discover the origin of the beautiful white marble that sculptors have turned into works of art for centuries. There is no single supplement for solo travelers, limited availability.

Cost: $3,245
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Activity Level: Moderate Activity
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  • Stroll through Portofino, nestled in a picturesque harbor, and the seaside resort of Santa Margherita.
  • Journey to the Tuscan town of Lucca to see its magnificent medieval monuments.
  • Explore Genoa, the medieval city-state and maritime republic.
  • Visit the charming coastal villages of the famous Cinque Terre.
  • See a sculptor at work in Carrara and marvel at the transformation of the famous white marble into art.
  • Single supplement waived for solo travelers (limited availability).
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  • Italy – the greatest travel experience – I cannot wait to book another trip to Italy and see every region of this beautiful country!"
    Herbert Brown ’77

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Itinerary

DAY 1 | May 14. Depart your gateway city for Florence, Italy.

DAY 2 | May 15. Sestri Levante
Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel Vis à Vis in Sestri Levante. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel.
(D)

DAY 3 | May 16. Santa Margherita / Portofino
Educational Focus: The Riviera del Levante ~ A Painter’s Palette. Trace the history and diversity of this enchanting region, home to artists, writers and explorers.
Excursion: Santa Margherita and Portofino. Travel the coastal road to Santa Margherita, a town of colorful flowers, swaying palm trees and hillside villas. Cruise to Portofino, playground of the rich and famous, and stroll along the colorful harbor. Admire the sparkling bay from the Church of San Giorgio, and see the medieval fortress of Castello di San Giorgio and the Punta del Capo lighthouse.
Independent Exploration: Enjoy time at leisure in Santa Margherita this afternoon.
(B,D)
DAY 4 | May 17. Lucca
Excursion: Lucca. Visit the walled city of Lucca, birthplace of Puccini. Roam its ancient ramparts, and visit the grand Romanesque Duomo di San Martino, with carvings by Nicola Pisano. Admire the white marble, the art-filled chapels of the Church of San Frediano and the astounding Church of San Michele.
Local Flavor: Savor a taste of Tuscany during lunch in a local restaurant.
Educational Focus: A Contemporary View of Italy. Join a discussion about current events and issues in Italy today.
(B,L)

DAY 5 | May 18. Genoa / Camogli
Excursion: Genoa. Admire the view of the city from atop La Spianata di Castelleto. See the incredible Renaissance palazzi on the lovely Via Garibaldi. Wander labyrinthine streets past medieval churches to the Columbus House, believed to be the birthplace of navigator Christopher Columbus. Continue to the magnificent Piazza Mateo and visit the superbly restored Palazzo Ducale, the
impressive Church of Gesù and the majestic black-and-white striped façade of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.
Local Flavor: Learn how gelato, which delights people around the world, is made.
Excursion: Camogli. Visit the town of Camogli, a historic fishing village for some time at leisure. The town has a former castle that now houses an aquarium. While tourism has replaced fishing as the primary industry, you may still see locals repairing nets or taking the day’s catch to market, a testament to the rich fishing tradition here.
Educational Focus: Meet the People. Join a discussion to learn about life in Italy through the eyes of local residents.
(B,D)

DAY 6 | May 19. Sestri Levante
Independent Exploration: Enjoy the day at leisure to relax or explore independently.
Educational Focus and Local Flavor: The Cinque Terre. Learn about the Cinque Terre through a lesson in its unusual geography, economy and society, then enjoy a tasting of local wine and food products.
(B)

DAY 7 | May 20. Cinque Terre
Excursion: The Cinque Terre.
For centuries, rugged mountains separated the five villages of the Cinque Terre from the surrounding area. Today, they remain accessible only by train, boat or on foot. Travel to Portovenere. Enjoy a scenic tour and some time at leisure before continuing to Manarola, one of the five towns of the Cinque Terre. Continue to Vernazza by boat. Admire the geological formations and breathtaking views of the sea. Take a tour of the town before returning to Sestri Levante by train.
(B,L,D)

DAY 8 | May 21. Carrara
Excursion: When Marble Comes Alive. Visit the quarry where Michelangelo chose his prized marble and a museum dedicated to Carrara’s renowned marble industry. Watch a local sculptor’s demonstration.
Local Flavor: Lunch is served in Carrara. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception, Graduation Ceremony and Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
(B,L,D)

DAY 9 | May 22.
After breakfast, transfer to the Florence airport for the return flight to your gateway city.
Note: Itinerary sequence and/or scheduled events may change. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.
(B)

Accommodations
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Hotel Vis à Vis – Sestri Levante
Perched on the stunning Gulf of Tigullio, this first-class hotel offers breathtaking views in addition to world-class amenities. The intimate Hotel Vis à Vis offers modern guest rooms with balcony views overlooking the water or hills. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the manicured garden, or swim in the outdoor pool nestled among olive trees. Sit on the terrace to take in the sunset, or unwind with a relaxing massage treatment. Enjoy Ligurian culinary delights at Olimpo, the hotel’s restaurant. The hotel also has a fitness area, a Turkish bath and Wi-Fi. It is ideally located near many shops and eateries.

Pricing

Pricing: $3,245
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Special Program Available

  • AHI Air Program
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  • Italy – the greatest travel experience – I cannot wait to book another trip to Italy and see every region of this beautiful country!"
    Herbert Brown ’77

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How to Book

STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (3.1 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Italy – the greatest travel experience – I cannot wait to book another trip to Italy and see every region of this beautiful country!"
    Herbert Brown ’77