CINQUE TERRE &
Monday 24 September 2018
7 days/6 nights
The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Liguria region of Italy. “The Five Lands” is composed of five villages set amid some of the most dramatic and stunning coastal scenery you could ever imagine … visit these beautiful villages with Solent Events and then take yourself back in time with two nights in the CASTEL BRANDO – a REAL Italian Castle, nestled at the base of the Dolomites, just one hour north of Venice …….
Cinque Terre is a string of beautiful, centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 quaint little towns, colourful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbours are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out fantastic seafood specialties – along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, ‘pesto’. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas, but don’t worry, we won’t be hiking!
We will staying in the Italian Riviera town of Viareggio, at the beautiful 4* Palace Hotel, right opposite the beach. Founded as an outlet to the sea for the Republic of Lucca, Viareggio is world famous as a seaside resort, for its nautical history and its yearly Carnival. Pisa, Lucca and Torre del Lago Puccini are all nearby, with the latter being home to the picturesque house of Italian Opera composer, Giacomo Puccini and the lakeshore opera festival, dedicated to him.
Viareggio is the second largest town within the province of Lucca and is a popular, up-market Italian resort. It is a major part of the Tuscan Riviera, known as Versilia, which has a sandy beach stretching for more than 20km. As one of the most traditional and famous resorts in Tuscany, it offers the best of everything – the perfect coastal base to relax or tour; excellent beaches for swimming & sunbathing; upmarket shopping in the numerous designer clothes & shoe shops …. and it’s also a paradise for nature lovers.
The town centre is modern and set in an American ‘grid style’ arrangement. As you would expect, there are a plethora of bars and restaurants, craft and gift shops to tempt you. The shopping centre has pedestrian only streets and has some excellent and unusual shops. here is also a permanent market with some interesting stalls. Lots to do and lots to see in Viareggio!
4* PALACE HOTEL, Viareggio
This superb hotel, with a Liberty style façade is located on one of Viareggio’s most attractive stretches, opposite the typically Italian beach, adorned with sun-loungers & shades for relaxing & safe swimming. It is also ideally situated for an after-dinner walk, exercise & an Italian ice-cream – typically eaten late into the evening! Tennis courts, bikes to hire, pizzerias, gelaterias, the harbour and a cool, peaceful green area of pines are also nearby. You can also enjoy fantastic views from the pretty Roof Garden Terrace – and gorgeous sunsets!
One of our exciting excursions will be to PORTOFINO ….
Even the trees are handsome in Portofino! This small picturesque fishing village along the northern coastline, southeast of Genoa is a perfectly coiffured coastal village sitting on its own peninsula. Hotels are headily priced, but a drink by Portofino’s yacht-filled harbour or a stroll around its designer shops can be easily enjoyed on a day trip.
Pastel-colored houses, high-end boutiques & seafood restaurants fringe its Piazzetta – a small cobbled square overlooking the harbour, which is lined with dreamy super-yachts. A path leads from the Piazzetta to Castello Brown, a 16th-century fortress with museum, art exhibitions and panoramic views of the town overlooking the Ligurian Sea.
From the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre, we travel north east to the Veneto region and the spectacular Castel Brando. This very special hotel, situated in the heart of the Italian countryside is a 15th century Castle set on a promontory overlooking the quaint medieval village of Cison Valmarino. It is a splendid example of an historical and artistic restoration of one of the largest castles in Europe. Castel Brando is an amazingly stylish hotel and the experience of staying in such a magnificent castle, will be truly memorable. You will also discover the beauty and fascination of the heart of Veneto with our guide, Wendy – known as Italian tourism’s best-kept secret – and we do know, as we were lucky enough to stay in the castle for 5 days in 2016!
Veneto is the heart of Prosecco land and is bordered to the north by the spectacular Dolomites, to the east by the Adriatic, and to the west by Lake Garda. The historic city of Venice, just 1-hour directly south of Cison Valmarino, is the jewel in the crown of this area and from where we fly home .
A Hassle-free Holiday
You do not have to worry about a thing! Whether you are on your own, as a couple or with a small group of friends, from the time you book until the time you arrive home, you will be personally looked after by proprietor, Lin. On arrival in Pisa, our favourite English/Italian guide, Wendy, will be there to welcome us and will stay throughout the 7-day tour, sharing her extensive knowledge of local life and delving into the secrets of these two spectacular, but completely different northern regions of Italy .
Our Coliseum coach leaves from the Botley Road, West End depot, Southampton, with just four pickups – Gosport, Lee on the Solent, Stubbington and Fareham. With a comfortable Luxury Executive Coach, hostess service and travel treats, you will arrive at our London Airport totally relaxed, ready for a delicious breakfast in the included Airport Lounge.
If you do not live in the Portsmouth/Southampton area, you are welcome to join us at the airport check-in desk.
NB. For your comfort, a min of 20 and max of 29 passengers apply to this exclusive Solent Events Tour (the normal public maximum being 45). Therefore, please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
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Luxury Return Coach Travel to
London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport
Coach leaves from Southampton
Plus FOUR local pick-ups
Personal Travel Treats &
Complimentary hot drinks
The comfort of a UK Airport Lounge
Return scheduled flights:
Outbound to Pisa
Inbound from Venice
4 nights accommodation at
4* Palace Hotel, Viareggio
with buffet breakfast & 3-course dinner
2 nights accommodation at
4* Castel Brando, Veneto
with buffet breakfast &
3-course dinner on 1st evening
Personal English/Italian Guide for duration
Air conditioned coach travel
Porterage, one case per person
All UK and overseas airport taxes
and security charges
Excursions as per itinerary
Solent Events Escort
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:
Travel Insurance (Europe)
All drinks unless stated in itinerary
Items of a personal nature
Single Supplement if applicable
Sea View Room Supplement
Italian City Tax (TBC) – circa €20
to be paid on coach to airport
For your peace of mind and financial protection, your holiday has been arranged
with Success Tours who are fully bonded.
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An Exclusive Solent Events Tour
Proposed Itinerary (exact times to be confirmed)
Monday 24 September 2018
Day 1 – Watch the sun rise, with our early start by luxury coach to London Heathrow Airport from Southampton Coach depot and our four normal local pick-ups.
Complimentary refreshments served.
Relax over breakfast in an airport lounge
08:25 BA Scheduled flight to Pisa
11:35 Arrive Pisa
Meet our English/Italian guide, Wendy for transfer to the Palace Hotel, Viareggio – approximately 45 mins
Evening meal served in hotel
Tuesday 25 until Thursday 27 September
Day 2 – 4 Palace Hotel, Viareggio for a 4-night stay to include:
Buffet Breakfast in hotel each morning
3-course dinner with coffee/tea in hotel each evening
Full day guided excursion to Portafino & Santa Marguerita with boat trip
Full day excursion to explore Cinque Terre & train
Full day excursion to the walled city of Lucca
Friday 28 until Sunday 30 September
Day 5 – 7 Castel Brando, Cison Valmarino
Buffet Breakfast in hotel each morning
3-course dinner on first night with drinks, beer, soft drink
Guided Castle Tour
Full day guided excursion in the Veneto region
Sunday 30 September
Breakfast in hotel
Lunch stop excursion en route to Venice Marco Polo Airport
17:35 BA scheduled flight back to London Heathrow
18:55 Arrive London Heathrow Airport
Coach seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis, and parties will always be seated together as far as possible on the coach and flight. Your preferred choice will of course be taken into consideration, but cannot be guaranteed unless you book very early, or are a Privilege Club member.
Hotel requests, will be forwarded to the hotel for consideration, but unfortunately cannot always be guaranteed.
Solent Events on Tour & Success Tours reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary or hotels as necessary, if circumstances change beyond their control.
*SINGLE ROOMS in the Palace Hotel are true single rooms with a larger than normal single bed.
Single rooms in Castel Brando are twin/double for single occupancy, hence the small supplement.
**SEA VIEW SUPPLEMENT Palace Hotel: £50 room – for duration.
Please ask regarding single room/double for sole occupancy supplement as these ‘true’ singles do not have sea views.
Please note that this holiday includes some walking in areas of rough ground, gradients & steps.
Please see full itinerary, hotel information and booking form below
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4* PALACE HOTEL, Viareggio
The Palace Hotel is a magnificent historical residence located on the Lungomare of Viareggio, the ideal place for travellers who, in the architecture, in the traces of a prestigious past and in the fascinating and everlasting atmosphere of the olden days, seek that special ambience which will make their journey unique. During the early 1900s, the hotel was frequented by an elegant international clientele of artists, scholars, scientists and aristocracy, including members of European royal families. Today it offers its guests a strong sense of a still vital past. A vintage flair that speaks to the soul!
In a Liberty-style structure across the street from a seaside promenade, this elegant hotel is 11 km from Villa Puccini museum and 12 km from 13th-century Pietrasanta Cathedral.
The 73 guest rooms are spread over 4 storeys are all equipped with free Wi-Fi, TV with sky/satellite channels, safe, mini bar & adjustable air conditioning. The bright rooms, some with sea views, have wood or tile floors and classic furnishings. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and minibar. Upgraded rooms also feature balconies. Enjoy fantastic views from the spacious Roof Garden Terrace – and gorgeous sunsets! Style, beauty and history give the Palace Hotel that special sought-after Italian atmosphere!
The hotel restaurant, Belle Epoque, offers an extensive buffet breakfast each morning and delicious Mediterranean cuisine, using carefully selected nutritional ingredients, each evening for our included 3-course dinner. Room service is also available.
The Palace Hotel is ideally situated for an after-dinner stroll, exercise and of course an Italian ice-cream, which the Italians will consume whilst ‘promenading’, right up until midnight! Nearby are tennis courts, bikes to hire, peaceful green pine areas, the harbour, pizzarias, bars and gelaterias.
The Beach The La Pace bathing establishment and long sandy beach is just a short walk across the road from the Palace Hotel, where guests can spend time at the beach surrounded by all the comforts: sunning area, tents and umbrellas, a swimming pool (with children’s zone), an American bar and a restaurant.
CASTEL BRANDO, Cison Valmarino, Veneto
This very special hotel in the heart of the Italian countryside is a spectacular 15th century castle, set on a promontory and overlooking the beautiful medieval village of Cison Valmarino. It is a splendid example of an historical and artistic restoration of one of the largest castles in Europe.
Castel Brando is an amazing place and the experience of staying in such a magnificent castle, is truly memorable. You will also discover the beauty and fascination of the heart of Veneto – Italian tourism’s best-kept secret!
It’s truly beautiful – we know, we stayed here for 5 days in 2016!
Bordered to the north by the spectacular Dolomites, to the east by the Adriatic, and to the west by Lake Garda, Venice is merely the jewel in the crown. As the local village is situated in the hills, the inhabitants are spared the summer heat of the Venetian plain. The beautiful cities of Venice, Padua, Belluno, Bassano de Grappa, Asolo and Feltre all lie within a one hour drive of the castle. Castel Brando is situated overlooking the medieval village of Cison Valmarino, in the heart of the hills of the Prosecco Veneto, between Venice and the Dolomites.
The castle, one of the largest and oldest in Europe, is surrounded by a beautiful park. The hotel with 80 elegant rooms, suites and apartments located in three settings in the castle, boasts a Spa & Beauty Farm, a sophisticated restaurant, an excellent pizza restaurant as well as wine cellars and wine bars. It is also a ‘cultural centre’ with various thematic museum areas, an eighteenth-century church, San Martino and a large shop with books, souvenirs and fashion items.
All 45 rooms at this stunning 4-star castle are well-furnished with antique furniture to complement its age guests staying at this hotel will find its convenient location and tranquil atmosphere pleasurable.
Room facilities: Although the rooms are not the largest you might normally find in a 4* hotel, they are in keeping with the era of the Castle but all our standard non-smoking rooms are equipped with modern facilities: Air conditioning; Complimentary toiletries; free wi-fi; cable/satellite television; Clock radio; Direct-dial phone; Hair dryer; safe; Minibar; Phone; ensuite bathroom with Shower only or Shower/bathtub combination; Wake-up calls.
An 3-course evening meal will be served on our first night, but you will be able to sample sample the Castle’s excellent Pizzeria, La Fucina or stroll just 5 minutes into Cison di Valmarina for a meal at one of the local Italian Osterias.