CINQUE TERRE

COASTAL WALK – SELF-GUIDED

Trip Style

Coastal walk

Availability

All year

Highlight

Explore cliff-hanging coastal villages, Cinque Terre National Park

From

€300 / Person

 

Grade

Cinque Terre is quite possibly the most beautiful coastal walk in Europe, on the most magnificent part of the Italian Riviera.

 

The Cinque Terre are five coastal, medieval villages in the province of La Spezia: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of a national park of the same name. The Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Walking through the National Park, you will discover the coastline as well as the backcountry: villages that cling to the cliffs, tiny sandy beaches and sandy coves as well as terraced fields and extensive woodlands. Given its location on the Mediterranean, only the freshest fish and seafood are good enough for the local cuisine. The anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty, while the extensive terraced olive groves provide oil for some of the best pesto in Italy. As this trip is centre based, you will be able to stay in the heart of the National park and explore the area as you wish.

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Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 6.30pm (GMT)

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Arrival at Cinque Terre:


Take a train to the Cinque Terre (see “How to get there”) and check into your accommodation in the town of Monterosso or Riomaggiore (depending on the option you chose). If you arrive early enough, it would be possible to complete one of the shorter walks or alternatively, you could explore, rest or go for a swim.

Day 2: Riomaggiore – Monterosso Via dell’ Amore – 430m/4h45min


This is the famous Via Dell’Amore (Lovers’ Walk). This very picturesque footpath winds along the shore, past the five famous villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Pass by pretty terraced vineyards and olive groves.This walk varies in difficulty from an easy stroll to a demanding hike, but offers the best views of the bay and spectacular approaches to both Monterosso and Vernazza. If you feel tired, you can also take a train from any station along the way. You can travel back by train

Day 3: Riomaggiore – Portovenere – 515m/5h


This walk explores the remote Peninsula of Portovenere. We head south on a path going steeply uphill through extensive woodlands. Passing Campiglia, a pretty, traditional Ligurian village, we descend to Portovenere. From here, enjoy great views of “Isla Palmaria” and the little church sitting a top of  it. From Portovenere, you can travel back either by seasonal ferry, or by taking the bus to La Spezia and then a train to Cinque Terre.

Day 4: end of trip or optional Circular Walk in Monterosso – 601m/4h


Breakfast. End of trip. Possibility of extensions (see below)

This walk takes you through a fragrant lemon grove where you can enjoy sweeping views of the coast. Both the Etruscans and the Romans followed this path many hundreds of years ago. During the Middle Ages this mule track was of great importance, as it passed just in front of the historical sanctuary of Our Lady of Soviore

Day 5: end of trip or optional Circular Walk in Riomaggiore – 340m/2h


This walk follows a historical mule track, which connects Riomaggiore with the Marian Sanctuary of Montenero (340m). The path was used for solemn processions to the sanctuary, which was built a long time before the construction of the St John the Baptist parish of Riomaggiore.

Day 6: end of trip or optional Monterosso to Levanto – 313m/2h50mins


This is a short walk, but one of the most rewarding. Heading north, we follow the coast towards the spectacular peninsula of Fegina. In Levanto you can go for a swim or have an ice cream by the beach. Ideal for a half-day excursion (day of arrival or departure, for example).

Day 7: Cinque Terre


Breakfast. End of trip.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 3 nights in 2* apartments
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Trip extension, 3 extra walks (Day 4,5,6)
  • Upgrade Hotels: 3* or 4*

Access

Way in & out : Pisa, Genoa, Milan & Rome

The closest airports are Pisa and Genoa. However, the Cinque Terre are also easily accessible by flying to Milan or Rome.

To Pisa
Galileo Galilei International airport
20 major airlines fly to Pisa: Ryanair www.ryanair.com, easyJet www.easyjet.com, Air France www.airfrance.com, Alitalia www.alitalia.com, Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com, Sky Europe www.skyeurope.com amongst others.

To Genoa
Cristoforo Colombo airport
Ryanair www.ryanair.com, Air France www.airfrance.com, Alitalia www.alitalia.com, Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com and other airlines fly to Genoa.

To Milan
Virtually all airlines fly to Milan’s airports.

To Rome
Virtually all airlines fly to Rome.

Frequent trains to Cinque Terre from Pisa (1h30min), Genoa (1h30min), Milan-Milano Centrale (3h) and Rome-Termini (5h)
http://www.trenitalia.com/trenitalia.html

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