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Walking in the Cinque Terre and Portofino

Walking in the Cinque Terre and Portofino

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    6 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $1549per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2020  
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 4 Apr '20 to 31 Oct '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Route notes and maps
  • Optional Upgrades
  • City break add-ons in Pisa
  • Transfers available at a supplement for tour only packages
  • Excellent choice for
  • Art & history, swimming opportunities, solo travellers, couples, families, coastal routes, island exploring

Italy: Liguria

Walking the Cinque Terre and Portofino

  • Coastal and countryside walking amongst olive groves and vineyards
  • The chic town of Portofino
  • Boat trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmaria Island
  • The serene village of Sestri Levante

About sixty miles east of Genoa lies a corner of the Liguria region with a remarkably well-preserved landscape steeped in tradition. 'Cinque Terre' means five lands; villages which are nestled high on cliffs or along deep inaccessible coves, with colourful houses facing the seafront. Each village offers its own olive oils, anchovies and SciacchetrĂ  liqueur (known as the 'Elixir of the Gods'). By day, you discover the beautiful peninsulas of Portofino and Sestri Levante using well-marked walking trails; in the evening enjoy the sunsets over the Mediterranean.



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Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

5 days optional centre-based walking, low altitude throughout.This is a self-guided tour, so you can walk at your own pace (we recommend taking plenty of time to rest and enjoy the views!). Although some walks will get your pulse racing you will also have plenty of time to rest, admire the views and on many days you can also enjoy swim breaks. Over the course of the week, the terrain and type of path will vary from man made paved tracks and tarmac to forest trails. Some areas may be rocky underfoot with narrow, overgrown or exposed paths. Although the walks are not technically challenging, you do need to be steady on your feet. All walks take between 2 and 6 hours including lunch stops and require a moderate level of fitness. Please note that, as on all of our walking trips, when the weather is wet some of the paths can be slippy. The steep sections on Palmaria Island have ropes to help with this. Public transport is recommended (the cost is not included in the trip) in order to reduce your carbon footprint. The transport timetables will be provided in your route notes so you can choose the bus or train time that suits you best.




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Day 1: Arrive Sestri Levante

Make your way to Sestri Levante. Your hotel, the Sole e Luna, is positioned in an excellent location a stones throw from the beach and 5 minutes walk from the centre of town.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Walk in the heart of the Cinque Terre National Park 11 km / 7 miles

The walk today really allows you to explore the National Park of the Cinque Terre. Starting from Monterosso you walk along the olive groves with panoramic views out to the sea. Your path continues gently towards Vernazza and Corniglia, today's destinations. Return by train.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Palmaria Island 7 km / 4 miles

After a train to La Spezia (40 mins) you take a boat (vaporetto) to Palmaria island; which is rich in Mediterranean vegetation. Depending on the season in which you travel you can see cistus and rare orchids blooming, and enjoy the beautiful coastal views. In the afternoon take a boat to the medieval town of Portovenere, and visit the churches of San Pietro and San Lorenzo, and the Byron Grotto. Return to La Spezia by boat or bus, and then back to Sestri Levante by train.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Cinque Terre Park: Corniglia to Manarola 7 km / 4.5 miles

This morning take a train transfer from Sestri Levante to Corniglia and from here, once you've reached the city centre you can start your walk along the Cinque Terre coast. Along the way you get the chance to experience the local vegetation and species such as rosemary, thyme and lavender. After you've reached the sanctuary in Volastra you can have your lunch here or in Manarola, your next destination. From Manarola either take the train back to Sestri Levante or stop off in Riomaggiore, the starting point of the following day.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Panoramic coastal path from Riomaggiore to Portovenere 12 km / 7 miles

Today you take a train to Riomaggiore where you will start your trek to Portovenere. This panoramic path really allows you to admire the beautiful coastline and tempting colours of the sea! From Portovenere return by boat to Monterosso, or by bus to La Spezia and then by train.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Walk across the park of Portofino 12 km / 7 miles

After breakfast take a train to Camogli, and then a bus on to Ruta di Camogli where the trek starts across the Park of Portofino: Paradiso - Pietre Strette - San Fruttuoso. The path is surrounded by holm oak, mixed wood, and the Mediterranean bush. Stop at the ancient Abbey in San Fruttuoso. Once you are done exploring, continue on to Santa Margherita Ligure before taking a train back to Sestri Levante.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: End Sestri Levante

Make your own way back to the airport, or add on additional nights in Pisa if you wish.

Meals: Breakfast

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Sole e Luna, Sestri Levante

You will spend 6 nights in the charming, family-run B&B Sole e Luna. This cosy B&B is located a stone's throw from the sea and is 5 minutes walking distance from the train station. All rooms are en suite and some rooms have a balcony.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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Hotel Alessandro della Spina, Pisa

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The Hotel Alessandro della Spina is located just 500m from Pisa central train station and just a 10 minute walk from most of the city's main monuments. This modern and cosy property welcomes its guests with an elegant, warm atmosphere, enhanced by its charming garden, and friendly staff that are always on hand to ensure you a relaxed stay.

Hotel facilities include internet and wi-fi access in the lobby and a bar and comfortable seating area. Guest rooms are spacious, furnished with wood and marble and have air conditioning, a safe and satellite TV. Buffet breakfast includes homemade bread and croissants.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All breakfasts and 3 dinners

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

Route notes and maps


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Selected Saturdays from 4th Apr 2020 to 31st Oct 2020, for 6 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts and 3 dinners

Other details
For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

You should allow approx 60 euro per person for the use of local trains/buses/boats and to access the walking paths in the Cinque Terre National Park.

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.



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