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GENUA AND THE CINQUE TERRE:

a 7 days cycling holiday

 

 

From Genoa (Genova) this suggestive tour takes you through the Cinque Terre, a wonderful stretch of coast protected by Unesco. The route continues to Portovenere, a charming village standing on a rocky promontory in front of the island of Palmaria, immersed in the scents and intense colours of the Ligurian coast. The tour begins with a visit to Genoa, the main port of Italy and also the city where Cristopher Columbus was born. From Genoa you go by bus (with your bike) to Casella will take you 300m uphill, with beautiful views over the gulf and over the fortresses behind Genoa. The first part of the tour involves some uphill sections, but the effort will be repaid by the scenery, characterised by little old stone villages surrounded by olive groves. In Cicagna there is an 'ecomuseo' about the slate which is so characteristic of the local geology; in the 13th century this slate was used for the façade of the Basilica dei Fieschi in Cogorno. In the green Val Graveglia you can visit the interesting manganese mine of Gambatesa, which is still in use. Finally, it is a downhill cycle to the beautiful  

village of Portovenere and the sea. The name of Portovenere (Portus Veneris) is believed to date back to a temple dedicated to the goddess Venus, which was sited on the promontory where the church of Peter the Apostle (13th century) now stands. If you have time you can take a boat trip to the island of Palmaria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

 

Day 1

Individual arrival in Genoa

Route instructions, maps and bike are handed over 

 

Day 2

 

Genoa - Casella -Scoffera - Lumarzo- Calvari (km 52/32,5 miles - difference in altitude 500m)

Genoa, an important seaport in Northern Italy, has an interesting historical centre with cosy little squares and a ting tangle of alleys. Remains of the old town walls are preserved in the St.Lawrence Cathedral (cattedrale di San Lorenzo; 12th century). Real symbols of the town are the 'Lanterna' (117 m), an old lighthouse, which is visible on sea from 30km distance and the monumental fountain on Piazza de Ferrari, the beating heart of the town. A real attraction is the old fishermen's quarter 'Boccadasse' with its colourful fishermen's boats and delicious ice-cream.

From Genoa you go to Casella by bus and then it goes in the saddle to Scoffera, Lumarzo and Calvari 

 

Day 3

Calvari - Carasco - Val Graveglia - Varese Ligure (km 57/35,5 miles -difference in altitude 650m)

Varese Ligure is a small village (borgo) nestled in the valley 'Val di Vara' and famous because of its fascinating architecture with a circular town plan. 

 

Day 4

Varese Ligure - Levanto (km 45/28 miles - difference in altitude 650m) 

Levanto is on the coast at the end of a valley with olive groves and pine trees. There is a beautiful 13th century church. This San Andrea with is black and white striped facade and magnificent rose window is a good example of the Ligurian Gothic style.

 

Day 5

Levanto - Cinque Terre – Levanto 

From Levanto you go by boat to the Cinque Terre (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore) to visit each village; the return journey can be made by boat or on foot along the 'Via dell’Amore' path, a romantic walking path in the shadow of spectacular cliffs with beautiful views of the deep blue sea. Overnight in Levanto

 

Day 6 Levanto - Cinque Terre -La Spezia (41 km / 25 miles)

La Spezia, situated in the most inner part of the Golfo dei Poeti on flat plains that develop in an area limited by the sea and the surrounding hills, lived during the 800's one of the most important periods of its history thanks to the realisation of the Military Shipyard and the Mercantile Port that changed a fishing village into a modern city.

 

Day 7

Departure after breakfast  

 

 

 

 

The tour includes

  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast in *** stars hotels

  • luggage transportation

  • route instructions (in Italian, German, French or English) and maps

  • tour information

  • back-up service hotline  

 

 The tour doesn’t include:

  • Travel to the starting and ending places

  • boat ticket: Levanto - Riomaggiore

  • ticket for the walking path 'Via dell'amore'

  • Bus ticket for Genoa to Casella (about 2,50 Euro)

  • tips 

  • extras

  • everything not specified under the entry 'Price includes'  

 

Period

every day from 1st March till 15 November. For min. 4 persons, on request, other starting dates are possible, also outside the mentioned season

Level 3

Routes on asphalt or dirt roads. The differences in altitudes of this tour requires a fit condition and a basic experience in cycling. Daily distances between 40 and 55 km. Total kilometres: 195 km /121 miles

Participants 

Minimum two persons (travelling alone on request)

Price p.p. 2017

In double room sharing     € 780,00

Supplement single room      € 150,00

Supplement travelling alone on request

Bike rental     € 115,00

Supplement Hotel le Grazie a Portovenere instead of stay in La Spezia   € 30,00 

On priors request

extra nights in Genoa or La Spezia or in any of the towns in between.