Genoa & the Portofino Peninsula

Liguria - glittering seas & delicious seafood
Contrast historic Genoa, which you can explore thanks to our notes for a city walking tour, with the beautiful coastline of the Portofino Natural Park, for which we also provide walking notes. There’s ample opportunity to savour the fresh fish and seafood which features widely on menus.
Genoa & the Portofino Peninsula. 4 nights
Genoa & the Portofino Peninsula. 4 nights

Holiday information


A short break in Liguria

The great port of Genoa is the perfect place to experience a true flavour of the delightful Ligurian Riviera that stretches all the way from France down into Tuscany. As an important Renaissance city state, many great artists were attracted here and their legacy in its palaces, cathedral and squares meant that Genoa was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006. It is also an area of delicious seafood, pesto and unusual white wines such as Sciacchetrà.
Offering endlessly changing scenery and some of Europe’s finest coastal walking, this delightful short break explores the unspoiled Portofino Peninsula, where warm, wooded mountains tumble steeply down to the Mediterranean, and fishing ports nestle in the little bays and sandy coves. From the heights of Monte Portofino, there are extensive views over the azure waters of the Gulf of Tugillio and down to the pretty villages of Portofino and Camogli.



The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Genoa
    Night 1: at Hotel Continental or Grand Hotel Savoia (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Genoa
    Enjoy a day discovering Genoa's hidden gems on our city walking tour (notes provided). The main features of central Genoa include the Piazza de Ferrari, around which are sited the Opera and the Palace of the Doges. There is also a house where Christopher Columbus is said to have been born. The Old Harbour, or 'Porto Antico', is the historic centre of the city and contains many restored buildings including the cotton warehouses and the Museum of the Sea, plus an aquarium and the Bolla, or 'Sphere'. To enjoy a leisurely stroll, follow the Corso Italia, a promenade that runs for 2.5 kilometres overlooking the sea towards the promontory of Portofino and the small lighthouse of Punta Vagno.
  • Travel to Camogli
    Today you take the train (1hr) down the coast to the handsome fishing port of Camogli. A medieval castle still keeps watch over the narrow streets of tall, pastel-painted houses, many of which are embellished with trompe l’oeil pillars, cornices and other stonework. You have two nights here at the magnificent Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi.
  • Linear walk from Camogli to Portofino: 8.5km, 3.5hrs
    Spend your last day exploring the Portofino National Park. This rocky peninsula, described as one of the most attractive landscapes in Italy, is covered with a typical Mediterranean vegetation of herbs, with stands of sea-pine, yew and olives leading down to the blue Mediterranean. Much of the peninsula – including the hamlet of San Fruttuoso – is only accessible on foot or by sea. You walk first from Camogli via San Rocco to Portofino, and then take the boat to San Fruttuoso, where you can visit the Benedictine abbey or cool off in warm weather with a dip in the sea before returning to Camogli by boat.
    Linear walk from Camogli to Portofino: 8.5km


You stay in two excellent, stylish hotels. For dinner, take your pick of the local restaurants (pay locally).

In Genoa, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.
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  • 4 nights: 01 April 2024 - 30 June 2024, 25 August 2024 - 31 October 2024, 01 April 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 23 August 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 26 May 2024 £585 £295
    27 May - 26 Jun 2024 £645 £325
    25 - 31 Aug 2024 £645 £325
    1 Sep - 6 Oct 2024 £710 £380
    7 - 13 Oct 2024 £585 £295
    14 - 27 Oct 2024 £520 £275
    1 Apr - 26 May 2025 £610 £310
    27 May - 26 Jun 2025 £675 £340
    23 - 31 Aug 2025 £675 £340
    1 Sep - 6 Oct 2025 £740 £400
    7 - 13 Oct 2025 £610 £310
    14 - 27 Oct 2025 £545 £290
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: rail (0h50) Genoa to Camogli (day 2) and Camogli to Genoa (at end of break)

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli
    'Standard' with seaview: 01 Apr - 29 May 2024 £53
    'Standard' with seaview: 30 May - 30 Jun 2024 £73
    'Standard' with seaview: 25 Aug - 26 Sep 2024 £73
    'Standard' with seaview: 27 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £53
    'Standard' with seaview: 01 Apr - 29 May 2025 £55
    'Standard' with seaview: 30 May - 30 Jun 2025 £76
    'Standard' with seaview: 23 Aug - 26 Sep 2025 £76
    'Standard' with seaview: 27 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £55
    Superior 'classic': 01 Apr - 29 May 2024 £31
    Superior 'classic': 30 May - 30 Jun 2024 £53
    Superior 'classic': 25 Aug - 26 Sep 2024 £53
    Superior 'classic': 27 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £31
    Superior 'classic': 01 Apr - 29 May 2025 £32
    Superior 'classic': 30 May - 30 Jun 2025 £55
    Superior 'classic': 23 Aug - 26 Sep 2025 £55
    Superior 'classic': 27 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £32
    Superior 'classic' with sea view: 01 Apr - 29 May 2024 £110
    Superior 'classic' with sea view: 30 May - 30 Jun 2024 £135
    Superior 'classic' with sea view: 25 Aug - 26 Sep 2024 £135
    Superior 'classic' with sea view: 27 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £110
    Superior 'classic' with sea view: 01 Apr - 29 May 2025 £114
    Superior 'classic' with sea view: 30 May - 30 Jun 2025 £145
    Superior 'classic' with sea view: 23 Aug - 26 Sep 2025 £145
    Superior 'classic' with sea view: 27 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £114

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Continental, Genoa (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 25 Apr 2024 £97 £174
    26 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £81 £145
    25 Aug - 31 Aug 2024 £81 £145
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2024 £97 £174
    15 Sep - 06 Oct 2024 £114 £209
    07 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £81 £145
    01 Apr - 25 Apr 2025 £101 £181
    26 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £84 £151
    23 Aug - 31 Aug 2025 £84 £151
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2025 £101 £181
    15 Sep - 06 Oct 2025 £119 £218
    07 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £84 £151
    Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 29 May 2024 £150 £209
    30 May - 30 Jun 2024 £175 £252
    25 Aug - 26 Sep 2024 £175 £252
    27 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £150 £209
    01 Apr - 29 May 2025 £160 £221
    30 May - 30 Jun 2025 £185 £265
    23 Aug - 26 Sep 2025 £185 £265
    27 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £160 £221
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan or Rome.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Genoa (via Munich) Lufthansa 
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    Bristol - Genoa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Edinburgh - Genoa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Genoa (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Genoa British Airways,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Genoa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Genoa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Heathrow - Genoa (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Genoa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Genoa Ryanair 
    Manchester - Genoa (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Genoa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Genoa (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan or Rome.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 4 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • notes for walking tour of Genoa
  • return rail from Genoa to Camogli

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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
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  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
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    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
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    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
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  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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