Discover the history and beautiful architecture of this ancient seaport in the lovely pink stone Palazzo Tursi where letters of Christopher Columbus and Paganini's famed Guarnieri violin are on display. Visit the magnificent Palazzo Bianco and stroll past old master paintings. Or explore the gemlike villages of the Cinque Terre, clinging to the coastal cliffs and Portofino, the picturesque and elegant resort.
- Ajaccio (Corsica)
- Biarritz (Saint-Jean-de-Luz)
- Calvi (Corsica)
- Le Verdon
- Montoir (Nantes)
- Paris (Honfleur)
- Paris (Le Havre)
- Porto Vecchio (Corsica)
- Provence (Marseille)
- Sanary Sur Mer
- Cagliari (Sardinia)
- Catania (Sicily)
- Florence/Pisa (Livorno)
- La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
- Messina (Sicily)
- Olbia (Sardinia)
- Portoferraio (Elba Island)
- Rome (Civitavecchia)
- Taormina (Sicily)
- Trapani (Sicily)
- Umbria (Ancona)
- Urbino (Ancona)
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
Boarding your coach at the pier, you will begin with a scenic drive along the Ligurian Riviera coast as you travel to Camogli, a typical fishing village that is considered one of the most beautiful pearls of the the Ligurian coast. Along the way, enjoy views of picturesque ports and villages tucked into inviting harbors.
Camogli is situated on the west side of the Promontory of Portofino and boasts an ancient tradition in the navigation of sailing vessels, which reached its peak in the second half of the 19th century. Today, Camogli retains a vivid memory of its sailing tradition through a maritime museum and the Nautical Institute Cristoforo Colombo. Upon arrival, you will commence a guided walking tour of this quaint village that is famous for its brightly painted houses and its small fishing harbor. As you walk through the historical center, one of the sights you will see is the wonderful Basilica of St. Maria Assunta which houses numerous works by Ligurian artists.
Before re-joining your coach, you will have free time on your own to stroll along the harbor and boardwalk or perhaps visit the colorful shops and cafes while enjoying a delicious ice cream.
Please note: The coach must stop at the top of the village and guests must walk down many steps to reach the town center. The guided walking portion of the tour consists of considerable walking, at times over uneven surfaces. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Flat, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses are recommended.
Your tour commences with a scenic drive from Genoa towards Sestri Levante. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views of the Tigullio gulf and the towns of Portofino, Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure.
After approximately one-hour, you will arrive in the picturesque town of Sestri Levante. Built on the alluvial plain between the outlet of the torrente Gromolo and the isthmus that links the land to the rocky headland called the isle, Sestri Levante is often referred to as the town of two seas. This is because the town has two different bays, the Fables bay on the west side and the Silence bay on the east. While one bay is lively and crowded, the other is intimate, romantic and characterized by the ancient rhythms of the local fishermen. Your visit begins with a short guided walk of the town and then you will have free time to stroll about at your leisure before re-joining your coach for the trip to Rapallo.
Rapallo is a charming seaside town that has beautifully painted buildings, colorful pedestrian shopping streets, historic Rapallo castle, a municipal Clock Tower that dates from 1473, some notable museums and several centuries old churches. All of these are further complimented by a picturesque seaside promenade. Following a guided tour of some of the town's most interesting highlights, you'll be afforded free time to further explore on your own.
At the conclusion of your time in Rapallo, you will re-board your coach and travel back to the pier in Genoa.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking plus any walking done at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Flat, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses are recommended. The order of the sites visited may vary.
This lovely tour that showcases the world-famous destination of Portofino first begins with a scenic drive to the small village of Santa Margherita.
In the early 1900s, this fabled stretch of coastline welcomed royal families, politicians, wealthy industrialists and movie stars as a favored holiday location. It was also the seat of international political meetings, and in 1951, Santa Margherita hosted the preliminary conference of the European Coal and Steel Community, which helped lead the way to establishing the Common Market. Upon arrival, you will have a brief visit of the town, viewing what is considered its most important monument, the Basilica of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia.
From Santa Margherita, you will board the ferry and cruise to charming Portofino. Your time in this renowned resort town starts with a guided walking tour that takes you past many of its most notable sights and along the path to the lighthouse. At the conclusion of your guided tour, you are free to further explore this delightful town on your own. Perhaps you will want to stroll along the narrow streets that are surrounded by beautiful villas and their colorful gardens, or visit the church of St. George. Others may wish to simply take a seat and relax along the waterfront, soaking in the ambiance of this remarkable and incomparable corner of Liguria. All too soon, it will be time to re-join your fellow guests and retrace your steps back to your Oceania ship.
Please note: This tour includes considerable walking, at times over uneven surfaces. It is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those guests with mobility concerns. Flat, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses are suggested. During the off-season which begins in late September, you may find that the shops will be closed.
This tour of fascinating Genoa begins by boarding a local touring boat at the pier for a delightful sail along Genoa's harbor to the old port of Genoa and the famous Expo area.
Arriving, you will commence a guided walking tour of this revitalized area that focuses on sports and recreation and features exhibitions that mark the celebrations of Christopher Columbus. Traveling by foot, you will then make your way along what Rubens described as the most beautiful street in Europe named Via Garibaldi. Better known as Strada Nuova, this lovely pedestrian street is flanked by some of Genoa's most magnificent palaces, built in the 16th century as residences for the city's most important noble families and which were recently restored in 2004 to their original splendor for the Genoa 2004 celebration.
On Via Garibaldi, which in many ways can be likened to an open-air museum, you will have the chance to visit the three most prized gems of the city that house its artistic masterpieces: Palazzo Bianco, with paintings by Van Dyck, Caravaggio and Rubens; Palazzo Dorea Tursi with its magnificently furnished public rooms and the Paganini Museum, which still houses the violin that belonged to the famous maestro; and finally, Palazzo Rosso with its splendid interiors and painting by Veronese and Guercino.
Following your tour that showcases many of Genoa's most spectacular attractions, artwork and fascinating history, you'll return to the old harbor and sail back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes considerable walking and/or standing and is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those guests with mobility concerns. Flat, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses are suggested. The order of the sites visited may vary.