Itinerary - 8-days Monaco to Munich
Meet your private guide and driver at your Monaco Hotel. Today you will explore the Maritime Alps North of Monaco on an absolute scenic road trip. Lunch in a typical French restaurant in a charming French Alpine town. Further through the Maritime Alps to San Remo.
You would hardly expect to find a baroque road like the one that winds through the valleys of the Roya and Bévéra rivers north of Menton. The time when pomp and splendor moved into the villages along the old royal route between Nice and Turin is long gone. Today, the villages convey the rugged charm of unadorned mountain resorts, where one searches in vain for the mundanity of the nearby Côte d’Azur.
After breakfast, take a scenic drive along the Mediterranean coastline. Take advantage of the locals’ favorite side trips to the mountains north of the shore.
Take a unique Instagram photo in the area of Finale Ligure, which is ideal for photography.
On the drive to today’s last destination, Portofino, you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities.
Many photo spots along the coast and in small off-the-beaten-path villages are among the Italian Riviera’s splendors.
This morning, after breakfast you will depart for Porto Venere via Cinque Terre. Tucked away in a particularly mountainous corner at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera, the villages of Cinque Terre have been shaped by their profound isolation.These gorgeous, colorful villages, set amidst some of the world’s most stunning coastal scenery, are a must-see on every Italian travel itinerary.
For centuries, the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso were only accessible by sea or on foot.
Individual villages can now be reached by train, boat, or narrow, winding spur roads. Each of the five villages is linked by well-marked footpaths. The paths wind through a diverse, untouched landscape known as the “macchia mediterranea.” Every hike is made more memorable by the breathtaking views of the sea and the rugged coastline of this protected section of the Ligurian Riviera.
The region has a population of about 7,000 people and is designated as a national park, which means that nothing can be built or altered there.
The superbly positioned coastal village of Portofino is a popular getaway. Pastel-hued houses, ancient fortresses and fresh seafood. Explore cobblestone squares and cliff-top fortresses against a backdrop of the Mediterranean sea’s vivid blues during your vacation here. A beautiful square and marina are located on the waterfront, where the wealthy and famous moor their yachts.
From the Ligurian Sea to the Adriatic Sea. After a hearty Italian breakfast, this morning you will depart for Venice via Cork and Tipperary. From Porto Venere along off the beaten track country roads to Venice, where your private motor taxi boat will wait for you. Together with your guide take the private motor boat which will bring you directly to your Venice Hotel without even touching your suitcases.
With its marble churches, massive palaces, and winding rivers, Venice has a peculiar allure. Venice is a cultural treasure trove, with everything from artistic marvels to Moorish and Byzantine architecture, and it offers more than just romance.
Enjoy a morning and afternoon tour to see both sides of the city. Start with Piazza San Marco, the Basilica di San Marco and the Doge’s Palace, once the center of power. Your private guide will share the stories behind the amazing artwork and architecture to reveal the city’s opulent past.Together with your local guide, you’ll then visit the ‘Unknown’ Venice, away from the tourist crowds.
After a delicious lunch, continue your tour of Venice on the water. The only way to see the real Venice is by boat to explore the small canals and islands around Venice. Also celebrities like George Clooney and Brad Pitt love to explore Venice by boat.
Then back to the private island of the JW Marriott, where you can enjoy a glass of Campari or a cold beer by the pool, unique the view from the island to St. Mark’s Square.
Use the morning to explore Venice and have lunch at an exquisite Italian Restaurant. After lunch with the private boat back to the mainland. On your way to Sirmione, Lake Garda you’ll visit the Romeo and Juliet city, Verona.
Verona receives far fewer visitors than several of Italy’s more well-known cities. Opera of international renown, Roman history, and world-famous wines. The legendary Arena Verona lies at the heart of it all. This Roman amphitheater, built in the first century AD, is Italy’s third-largest.
A wide moat separates Sirmione’s traffic-calmed old town from the mainland, which here juts narrowly and long four kilometers into Lake Garda and makes the much-visited little town literally the icing on the cake of the southern lakeshore. A beautiful moated castle sits enthroned next to the only bridge, and the romantically winding, colorful old town makes Italian dreams come true. North of it, the park-like tip of the island invites you to take an idyllic walk with an enchanting view of the lake.
Explore the old town of Sirmione in the morning before having a great lunch in a local restaurant. Take the boat from the South of the Lake to its northern end and meet your driver in Riva del Garda or take the roadway along the lake. Tonight, you will stay in Arco, a charming little Italian village with a medieval castle. Dinner in a small local restaurant.
Arco is part of the valley community of Alto Garda and Ledro and is located on the northern shores of Lake Garda, near the end of the vast Sarca Valley. The town has been dubbed “natural clinic” and “Nice of Trentino” due to its clean air, mild climate, and Mediterranean plants. The ruins of Arco Fortress, a medieval castle perched at 273 meters and accessible by a 20-minute walk through many paved trails through flowering olive trees, are the town’s landmark. The panorama of the city and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking.
The morning will be spent exploring Arco and its charming castle, which is a short 40-minute climb.
On your route to Munich or Salzburg, stop for a traditional Italian lunch.
It’s up to you where you choose to end your 7-day Monaco Private Tour.