Bordighera – The Italian Riviera & Monte Carlo

8 Days from £979 | April, May 979

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* - 84%
* 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.

Please note: there is a new local tourist tax of 2 euros per person per night, chargeable for the first 6 nights. It is not included in the price of your holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.

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* - 84%
* 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* - 71%
*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 Single Room: £70
Front Sea View Twin/Double Room: £70
Side Sea View Twin/Double Room: £45
Travel Insurance: £59.95
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

AberdeenMon 26/04/20218BA via LHR11201725Places Available1099Nice10050ABZ17BIR91

AberdeenMon 10/05/20218BA via LHR11251720Places Available1099Nice10049ABZ17BIR92

AberdeenMon 31/05/20218BA via LHR11201725Places Available1119Nice100 (on request)27ABZ17BIR93

BirminghamMon 31/05/20218Jet207051225Places Available1039Nice100 (on request)27BHX17BIR93

BristolMon 26/04/20218Easyjet12501735Places Available979Nice10050BRS17BIR91

BristolMon 10/05/20218Easyjet12501735Places Available979Nice10049BRS17BIR92

BristolMon 31/05/20218Easyjet12501735Places Available999Nice100 (on request)27BRS17BIR93

DublinMon 26/04/20218Ryanair17252310Places Available979Nice10050DUB17BIR91

DublinMon 10/05/20218Ryanair17252310Places Available979Nice10049DUB17BIR92

DublinMon 31/05/20218Ryanair17252310Places Available999Nice100 (on request)27DUB17BIR93

EdinburghMon 26/04/20218Easyjet17552345Places Available979Nice10050EDI17BIR91

EdinburghMon 10/05/20218Easyjet17552345Places Available979Nice10049EDI17BIR92

EdinburghMon 31/05/20218Easyjet17552345Places Available999Nice100 (on request)27EDI17BIR93

HeathrowMon 26/04/20218BA14301305Places Available1019Nice10050LHR17BIR91

HeathrowMon 10/05/20218BA14301305Places Available1019Nice10049LHR17BIR92

HeathrowMon 31/05/20218BA14301305Places Available1039Nice100 (on request)27LHR17BIR93

Leeds-BradfordMon 26/04/20218Jet210401610Places Available1019Nice10050LBA17BIR91

Leeds-BradfordMon 10/05/20218Jet210401610Places Available1019Nice10049LBA17BIR92

Leeds-BradfordMon 31/05/20218Jet210401610Places Available1039Nice100 (on request)27LBA17BIR93

LiverpoolMon 26/04/20218Easyjet12501755Places Available979Nice10050LPL17BIR91

LiverpoolMon 10/05/20218Easyjet12501755Places Available979Nice10049LPL17BIR92

LiverpoolMon 31/05/20218Easyjet12501755Places Available999Nice100 (on request)27LPL17BIR93

London GatwickMon 26/04/20218Easyjet14051845Places Available979Nice10050LGW17BIR91

London GatwickMon 10/05/20218Easyjet14051845Places Available979Nice10049LGW17BIR92

London GatwickMon 31/05/20218Easyjet14051845Places Available999Nice100 (on request)27LGW17BIR93

LutonMon 26/04/20218Easyjet06551140Places Available979Nice10050LTN17BIR91

LutonMon 10/05/20218Easyjet06551140Places Available979Nice10049LTN17BIR92

LutonMon 31/05/20218Easyjet06551140Places Available999Nice100 (on request)27LTN17BIR93

ManchesterMon 26/04/20218Jet216152200Places Available1019Nice10050MAN17BIR91

ManchesterMon 10/05/20218Jet216152200Places Available1019Nice10049MAN17BIR92

ManchesterMon 31/05/20218Jet216152200Places Available1039Nice100 (on request)27MAN17BIR93

NewcastleMon 26/04/20218BA via LHR09001540Places Available1099Nice10050NCL17BIR91

NewcastleMon 10/05/20218BA via LHR11451540Places Available1099Nice10049NCL17BIR92

NewcastleMon 31/05/20218BA via LHR09001540Places Available1119Nice100 (on request)27NCL17BIR93

StanstedMon 26/04/20218Easyjet07001140Places Available979Nice10050STN17BIR91

StanstedMon 10/05/20218Easyjet07001140Places Available979Nice10049STN17BIR92

StanstedMon 31/05/20218Easyjet07001140Places Available999Nice100 (on request)27STN17BIR93

Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 27/10/2020 at 20:47:08

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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