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THE CINQUE TERRE

An exciting 7 days walking holiday 

In the Cinque Terre the sea and the earth meet to become one. This unique area is characterised by a rocky coastline full of tiny bays with beaches, the deep blue Ligurian sea and small villages with the ever-present backdrop of beautiful mountains and hills. The typical landscape is that of terraced slopes with olive groves and vineyards separated by small dry-stone walls, varied flora and fauna, ancient mule tracks and of course breathtaking views. During this walking tour you will pass all five villages of the Cinque Terre dotted along the coast: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. During this tour you will stay in a B&B in Sestri Levante. From here you take the train, bus or boat to the starting point of your walks. You will visit not only the 5 villages of the Cinque Terre, but also Portovenere, the island Palmira, La Spezia and Portofino.

 

 

 

 

 

Program

Day 1

 

 

Arrival in Sestri Levante

Individuale arrival at cosy resort Sestri Levante. The oldest - and prettiest - part of the town is on the 'neck' of a peninsula with a small hill at the end There are two bays to either side called Silent Bay (Baia del Silenzio) and the Bay of Fairy Tales (Baia delle Favole) on the other side. The name Bay of Fairy Tales remembers us of Hand Christiaan Andersen, who lived and worked for a period in Sestri Levante. Overnight with breakfast and dinner

 

Day 2

 

 

The Cinque Terre Park: Corniglia – Vernazza - Monterosso

This morning you go by train to Corniglia, a quiet village resting on top of a steep promontory and close to a hill with many vineyards. From here it is possible to admire all the other four towns of the Cinque Terre.  From Corniglia it is about one hour walking to Vernazza. Vernazza is the only village of the Cinque Terre with a natural harbour. Steep, narrow alleys will take you to the main street, which ends on a small square in front of the harbour. After visiting Vernazza you continue your walk to Monterosso, which has a sheltered position between the surrounding hills covered with vineyards and olive groves. In this village you can enjoy the beautiful beaches, crystal-clear seawater and steep, rugged cliffs. You can relax after the day’s walk sipping a cool glass of the excellent local white wine! Back by train to Sestri Levante. Overnight with breakfast

Distance 9 km; Ascent / Descent + 640m - 640m; Walking time 4 hrs

 

Day 3

 

Palmaria-Portovenere

You arrive in Portovenere by train (about 40 mins). In 1997 Portovenere, the Cinque Terre and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Portovenere, the village that was once a source of inspiration for famous writers such as Shelley and Byron, is situated on the tip of a peninsula. From Portovenere by boat to the island of Palmaria, where you will make a ring walk with stunning views over the sea and coastline. The island has a rich Mediterranean vegetation and wild orchids. Back by boat to Portovenere then return to La Spezia with its nice boulevard by boat or bus and with the train to Sestri levante Overnight with breakfast and dinner

Distance 6 km; Ascent / Descent + 200m - 200m; Walking time 3,5 hrs

 

Day 4

 

Cinque Terre Park: Corniglia – Manarola – Riomaggiore

Today your second day in the Cinque terre. Your walk starts in Corniglia and from here you head to Volastra, first climbing and then along a flat terrain with a nice panorama and among vineyards. Volastra is located above Manarola and in Roman times travellers used to change horses here. Tou descend to Manarola, the oldest village of the Cinque Terre. It has winding streets bringing you down to the square in front of the harbour. You take the train to Riomaggiore or you walk one hour along a path with steps to reach this lovely town, which is built on terraces. After a refreshing swim back to Sestri levante. Overnight stay with breakfast

Distance 9 km; Ascent / Descent + 550m - 620m; Walking time 4,5 hrs

 

Day 5

Riomaggior - Portavenere

After breakfast you return to Riomaggiore, starting point of your walk to Portavenere. It is a nice walk along a panoramic footpath. From Portavenere by boat or bus to La Spezia or by boat to Monterosso and with the train back to Sestri Levante. Overnight stay with breakfast and dinner.

Distance 12 km; Ascent / Descent + 650m - 620m; Walking time 5,5 hrs

 

Day 6

Portofino

After breakfast you take the train to Rapallo and then the bus to Ruta di Camogli, where you walk of today through the Portofino National Park will start. You pass Paradiso, Pietre Strette and San Fruttuoso. You walk among Holm oaks, mixed wood and the typical Mediterranean brush. The village of San Fruttuoso is dominated by the abbey of the 8th century. After your visit you take the boat to Portofino, a tiny sea village on the Italian Riviera circumscribed by the green of the Natural Regional Park and Marine Reserve. After visiting this village you continue to Santa Margherita Ligure with its small harbour where still today is sold fresh fish. Then back by train to Sestri Levante. Overnight stay with breakfast.

Distance 12 km; Ascent / Descent + 380m - 550m; Walking time 4,5 hrs

 

Day 7 

Departure after breakfast  

 

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast in a good B&B 

  • 3 x dinner

  • An App for you mobile phone with offline gps, tracks map and cultural information

  • route instructions (in Italian or English) 

  • tour information

  • back-up service hotline 

 

The tour doesn't include:

  • local tourist tax

  • bus, train or boat tickets

  • lunch and 3 x dinner

  • everything not mentioned under the 'Tour includes'

 

Period

form April till October

Level 2

moderate difficulty with many steep climbs along good, accessible walking paths. The terrain varies from ancient mule tracks to stone steps cut out of the hillside. Differences in altitude between sea level and 700 metres. Daily walking time is between 3 and 6 hours. Some walking experience and good physical condition are necessary. Your following the walking path 'Sentiero azzurro'

Participants 

Minimum two persons (a single traveller on request)

Price p.p.2018

Per person in double room    € 455,00

In a single room      € 670,00

High season surcharge (31/03-02/04; 21/04-01/05, 01/06-30/ 09) € 85,00

On request 

extra nights