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Cinque Terre National Park, Italy
White Sand Beaches in Monterosso Al Mare - Cinque Terre National Park
Cinque Terre National Park, Italy - Photo by Jesse Andrews
Cinque Terre National Park - Italy

Hiking the Cinque Terre National Park Guided Small Group Tour Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-00373
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 6 days
  • Departs from : Sestri Levante
  • Meeting Place : La Spezia

Description

This remote coastal region was only accessible by sea until the railroads were built in the middle of the 20th century. Even today, the difficulties of driving through the twisting mountain roads make rail or sea the preferred mode of entry. The isolated coastal village of Portovenere, where we are based for our first two nights, was bypassed by the railroads and thus it still remains relatively isolated. For your convenience we meet you in La Spezia, the nearest train station to Portovenere, and then ransfer to this southernmost point on the Cinque Terre coast to start 5 days of magnificent coastal walking. We walk to all five villages that make up the Cinque Terre and always allow for enough time to explore en route. Additionally, we hike within the Portofino Natural Park, and visit this renowned harbor town where yachts as big as mansions lay anchor.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Island Exploration & Portero Marble Mines

Where we visit : Liguria
Meeting Location : La Spezia

Revel in the colorful harbor of Portovenere from the nearby island’s offshore view of the coast. Then a spectacular panoramic trail leads us to Riomaggiore, the “prima terra,” to introduce the regional magic. Fresh mussels for dinner anyone?

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 2 - Revel in the colorful harbor of Portovenere from the nearby island’s offshore view of the coast. Then a spectacular panoramic trail leads us to Riomaggiore, the “prima terra,” to introduce the regional magic. Fresh mussels for dinner anyone?

Where we visit : Cinque Terre

Revel in the colorful harbor of Portovenere from the nearby island’s offshore view of the coast. Then a spectacular panoramic trail leads us to Riomaggiore, the “prima terra,” to introduce the regional magic. Fresh mussels for dinner anyone?

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 3 - Abbeys, Saffron & Pilgrim Trails

Where we visit : Cinque Terre

Walk along the “Via Amore” to Manarola then to Corniglia via an isolated path of olive groves and fig trees smattered with poppies. From pictorial Camogli hike to the ancient isolated abbey of San Fruttuoso and its Dorian tower before a saunter into Portofino via the high jutting cliffs.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 4 - Abbeys, Saffron & Pilgrim Trails

Where we visit : Cinque Terre

Walk along the “Via Amore” to Manarola then to Corniglia via an isolated path of olive groves and fig trees smattered with poppies. From pictorial Camogli hike to the ancient isolated abbey of San Fruttuoso and its Dorian tower before a saunter into Portofino via the high jutting cliffs.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 5 - The Last Two Villages

Where we visit : Liguria
Absorb the atmosphere of each of the last two villages as we meander the coastal paths to incomparable Vernazza, sample the local Sciacchetra wine, and shop or swim at Monterosso al Mare.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 

Day 6 - The Last Two Villages

Where we visit : Liguria
Absorb the atmosphere of each of the last two villages as we meander the coastal paths to incomparable Vernazza, sample the local Sciacchetra wine, and shop or swim at Monterosso al Mare.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. 5 nights lodging: 2 nights at 3-star Inn on sea and 3 nights in 4-star converted castle
  2. All full course dinners except one
  3. Water bottles to keep & walking poles to use during hikes
  4. Snacks and water during hikes, Route note and maps
  5. All tour transfers including meet/depart, and luggage transfer
  6. Multi-lingual guide(s)
  7. All entrance fees mentioned in itinerary
  8. All public transport (boats & trains) mentioned in itinerary.

What's Not Included

  1. Airfare
  2. Beverages
  3. Trip insurance (strongly recommended)
  4. Personal items
  5. Guide tips.

Sites and Locations Visited on this Tour

Pricing & Availability

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Hotel La Spiaggia

Hotel la Spiaggia is situated directly across from the sea in Monterosso al Mare, which is the largest of the Cinque Terre villages. This is a delightful, clean and very bright property with wonderful, airy and well appointed sea-view rooms. A delightful breakfast included in the rate is served each morning in the garden.

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Dear Guiseppe and Jesse,
We just returned from our most wonderful vacation to Italy and wanted to first thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip, and second to provide some feedback for the future.

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1. Hotel Sovestro in San Gimignano was wonderful. The staff were very friendly and helpful and made the first portion of our journey very stress free. They made us feel like we were part of their family. I would recommend it to anyone and would specifically ask for it if we were to make a return visit.

2. Hotel La Baia in Monterosso was nice and it's location was very good especially for us older folks humping luggage from/to the train station.

3. Hotel Lucchesi in Florence- what can I say expect FANTASTIC. The rooftop view at sunset is well worth it. Again very friendly and helpful staff. Would recommend it to everyone.

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Money well spent. We had a great time overall. The driver Mario was OUTSTANDING. He had lots of local knowledge as well as about winemaking. USE HIM AGAIN!!!

The various wineries we visited on tour:
Altesino- fantastic and they were not cheap on their pouring. Great experience.
Azienda Agricola Patrizia Cencion Sloaria- Again a great tour by one of the owner's daughters. We felt like we were the only thing on their mind although there were other customers there. A great way to complete the day.

Again we had a fantastic time and are very appreciative of everything you booked for us. We wish you continued success and if our travels should bring us back to Italy, we know who to call.

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