Cinque terre hiking tour
OVERVIEW
The Cinque Terre, with its pastel-colored fishing villages and terraced hillsides covered with vineyards and olive trees, constitutes one of Italy’s most impressive landscapes.
“A walk in the Cinque Terre, an area encompassing five towns of medieval origin on Italy’s rugged Ligurian coastline, offers three magic travel ingredients: splendid scenery, varied landscape and a sense of discovery…”The New York Times – Travel These winding ways still form one of the most amazing coastal routes in Europe. The Cinque Terre are five (cinque) towns along the Liguria coast, south of Levanto. If there were Sei (six) Terre, the sixth would be Levanto. Santa Margherita Ligure, it is located along the innermost part of the Tigullio gulf, to the east of the Portofino peninsula. Its surrounding hills are covered with Mediterranean vegetation and offer the most favourable setting for spectacular views out onto the coast. The terraced lands, the elegant cobbled roads which twist their way down through the colourful houses and the locals’ traditional fishing vessels make this town together with the charming Portofino and the pleasing Camogli, one of the most picturesque areas of Italy.”
  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided walking tour
  • NAME: Cinque Terre Short Break
  • TRIP CODE: ICCTSB
  • DURATION: 6 days/5 nights
  • GRADE: Easy to moderate
  • 2022 PRICES: Starting from Euro 660,00 per person sharing twin/double room

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    Arrival on your own in Levanto. Trains available from Genoa, Pisa, or Milan. (Private transfer rates are available upon request). Private transfer from Levanto railway Station to the Hotel.
    Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto
    Walking moderate – min 3.5 max 6 hrs.
    Your day starts with a train ride to Riomaggiore and after the visit of the village a short train ride takes you to Manarola, where you start a scenic hike. From Manarola you reach Volastra, one of the most ancient villages of the coastline and where a XII century sanctuary is located. Here you have a breathtaking view over Manarola, its bell tower and its vineyards. The spectacular walk continues toward Corniglia. The views along this incredibly breath-taking section are amazing. In Corniglia you take your time wandering through the narrow alleyways of steep multi-coloured houses before taking the train to Vernazza. From there you may reach walking the fishing village of Monterosso. If you prefer to spend more time in the villages there is a local train that inter connects all the villages of the Cinque Terre, from Riomaggiore to Monterosso. From Monterosso you can easily take a local train to Levanto (it takes 4 minutes).
    Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto
    1st option: Walking easy 3 hrs.
    Today you have a pleasant visit to discover the fascinating beauty of the Poets’ Gulf. Using public transport you will arrive at the delightful village of Portovenere, chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique beauty. The name of the ancient Portus Veneris refers to a temple to the goddess Venus, situated on the promontory where you can admire the beauty of the San Peter Church built over a cliff. From the harbor of Portovenere you take a boat to the Isle of Palmaria. Here you begin an easy walk around the Island, admiring steep rocky cliffs, inspiring grottoes and passing abandoned marble quarries. A panoramic ferry ride takes you to Monterosso, giving you the opportunity to admire all the “five lands” before returning to your hotel.
    2st option: Walking moderate 5.5 hrs.
    You can opt for a superb walk beginning with a local train ride to Riomaggiore and starting a lovely hike to the delightful village of Portovenere, chosen as a UNESCO Heritage site for its unique beauty. A panoramic ferry journey takes you to Monterosso, giving you the opportunity to admire all the “five lands” before returning to your hotel.
    Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto
    Walking moderate about 3 hours.
    Today your walk begins from Monterosso, going up the antique stone steps to Punta Mesco, one of the most remarkable bird’s-eye viewpoints over the five villages. An ancient mule path takes you to the ruins of a Chapel dedicated to St. Antonio passing an old lighthouse and descending through steps and slopes. Following a trail above the sparkling water of the marine conservation area and walking through a shadowed forest and along some terraces you reach Levanto. You will have plenty of time to explore the tiny village with its 13th century black and white striped Chiesa di Sant’Andrea (Church of Saint Andrew), an example of 13th-century Ligurian Gothic style before reaching by train your next destination: S. Margherita Ligure.
    Overnight: Hotel*** in Santa Margherita Ligure
    Walking easy to moderate 2.5 hours.
    You final day offers a superb discovery of Portofino Peninsula. A brief train ride (5mins) takes you to Camogli. From here you enjoy a lovely boat ride to San Fruttuoso. The medieval Benedictine abbey of San Fruttuoso located in a tiny rocky cove is an hidden gem in a green bay. Take your time to visit the monastery before starting an impressive hike to Portofino, along a scenic trail that winds its way above the sea. Visit the glamorous village of Portofino called the Jewel of the Riviera. It’s a gorgeous fishing village with an atmosphere of pure elegance and a perfect spot to taste the charming atmosphere of the Italian Riviera. From Portofino you will return to Santa Margherita Ligure on foot along a pleasure walk or by local bus.
    Overnight: Hotel*** in Santa Margherita Ligure
    Your trip ends after breakfast. From Santa Margherita Ligure you can easily catch the train to your next destination.
    INCLUSIONS
    • 3 nights selected B&B or ***Hotel in Levanto
    • 2 nights ***Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure
    • 5 breakfasts
    • Private transfer from Levanto Railway Station to the Hotel on day 1
    • Luggage transfer on day 4
    • Cinque Terre Train Card for day 2
    • Emergency phone number
    • Detailed route notes & maps
    • Detailed & updated timetables
    • Pre-departure information

    ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
    • Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
    • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
    • Drinks
    • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Public transportation & entrance fees
    • Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”
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