Bordighera – The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo

8 Days from £849 | April, May, June, September 849

The sun-seeking British of the 19th century left their mark all along the Riviera but perhaps nowhere more so than in the Italian town of Bordighera – famous for its perfect climate, seafront promenade, and palm trees. It was also a favourite resort of Claude Monet who stayed ten weeks here and painted thirty-five landscapes in Bordighera and the neighbouring hills. Just a few miles along the coast we find two more popular British haunts – Monte Carlo and Nice.

Bordighera – The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 91%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb in Bordighera
  • Walking tour of Bordighera
  • Excursions to Taggia and San Remo, to Monte Carlo, and to Dolceacqua

Day One: Flight to Nice and transfer to your hotel (45 minutes) in Bordighera for seven nights half board accommodation.

Bordighera is a pleasant, typically Ligurian seaside town with a superb pedestrianised promenade. Walking through the town you become aware of its British connection with signs to the Museo Biblioteca Bicknell or to the Giardini Lowe. These are echoes of a past when British visitors outnumbered the locals by 3 to 2 and had their own Anglican church, tennis club, theatre, weekly newspaper, banks and shops. As well as for its idyllic scenery and climate, Bordighera is noted for the palm trees along the Lungomare (Promenade) from which the Vatican selects its palms for Palm Sunday.

Days Two to Seven: On Day 2 there is a late morning walking tour pointing out the highlights of the town. Free in resort with three included excursions.

The first included excursion will be to Taggia, another example of a Ligurian old town, and San Remo, the ‘Pearl of the Riviera of Flowers’, with its old centre, impressive villas and pleasant market area.

The second included excursion will be to Monte Carlo. No holiday to the Riviera would be complete without a visit to the Principality of Monaco. This little country is divided into four areas, only one of which is truly ‘Monte Carlo’, with its plush hotels and fin-de-siecle Casino (try and break the bank if you wish, but we don’t recommend it!). Along the harbourside, where the Grand Prix cars race each May, are yachts of incredible opulence; and on the rock above is the Palace where Grace Kelly lived with Prince Rainier and where they still ‘change the guard’ daily. There is also the Jardin Exotique (entrance not included) where the 2400 hours of yearly sunshine allow exotic plants and cacti to flourish, and also a fine Oceanographic Museum.

The third included excursion is to the Nervia Valley. You drive through Camporosso, a pretty village, and stop in medieval Dolceaqua, dominated by the Dorias’ Castle. The bridge, over the Nervia river, was painted by Monet in 1884. You will visit the ‘Visionarium’ – it will surprise you, we promise! You continue up the valley to Pigna, a pretty mountain village.

Also available will be an optional excursion to the Villa Rothschild, with its superb gardens, and Nice, with its famous ‘Promenade des Anglais’. You travel along the spectacular lower corniche passing Beaulieu to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild located on Cap-Ferrat. The Italianate, pink-coloured property is luxuriously furnished, has splendid sea views and is encircled by no less than nine splendid gardens, each following a different theme. After your visit, you continue to Nice for lunch and free time, returning to the hotel via the even more spectacular middle corniche in the late afternoon.

Other days: Free to enjoy the delights of Bordighera as others have done in the past. Your hotel is handily situated for the station, with services to Ventimiglia, and to San Remo and beyond. On Thursday there is a market on the seafront near the hotel. There are also local bus services.

Day Eight: Free time until you depart for the airport. Dependent on traffic conditions and flight timings, there may be time for some last- minute shopping in Nice en route.

A Walking Holiday in this area is also available. Details elsewhere on our website and in our Walking Holidays brochure.

Bordighera – The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 91%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL PARIGI ****, Bordighera (seven nights)
  This comfortable hotel is family-run and stands right on the seafront promenade, just a short stroll from the town centre. Rooms have flat screen tv with satellite channels, air-conditioning, private bath or shower, wc and hairdryer. Although the railway line passes 20 metres behind the hotel, there are very few trains overnight and in any case rooms are double-glazed. The holiday price is based on hill view rooms. Side and full sea view rooms are available at a supplement. Our guests have a free one-hour session in the hotel wellness centre. (
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 84%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Escorted Holiday - Bordighera – The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo
Holiday code: 7BIR
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £100
Front Sea View Twin/Double Room: £70
Side Sea View Twin/Double Room: £45
Travel Insurance: £44.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 10/12/2018 at 22:47:05

An excellent hotel with polite and obliging staff. The Tour Director is a credit to the company. This is our third holiday with PTS and would highly recommend it.

Mr & Mrs L, Midlothian

Wonderful holiday! Great hotel, good food and brilliant guides. We have booked again for September. Brilliant value, I don’t know how Preferred Travel Services do it!

Mr & Mrs G, Aberdeen

Really enjoyed my holiday to Bordighera - The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo. Liked the hotel and would like to thank Larry and Sara.

Miss T, Belfast

The Tour Manager is wonderful. She has done her utmost to make things easier for everyone and gone out of her way to make things enjoyable – she has the patience of a saint! Once again, we have had a thoroughly good time with Preferred.

Mr B, Aberdeen

Thank you for an excellent holiday with a very knowledgeable guide. He went out of his way to help with queries/problems/information. Also thanks to office staff for making these arrangements at short notice! Nice to fly from our local airport. Will consider a holiday next year with Preferred Travel Services.

Ms R, Leeds

Thank you for a very lovely holiday. We really enjoyed ourselves. Everyone concerned was extremely helpful.

Mrs & Mrs F, Leeds

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