Italy : Liguria

Walking in the Cinque Terre and Portofino

Trip code: W06CT 4 (4 reviews)

Self-guided walking

6 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

26.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Coastal and countryside walking amongst cultivated olive groves and terraced vineyards
  • Chic Portofino, medieval Portovenere, world famous Cinque Terre, UNESCO Palmaria island
  • Historic harbours, romantic pastel coloured villages, panoramic sweeping bays

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • GPS app

TRIP DESCRIPTION

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: five 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 Sciacchetra 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.

Terrain

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-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive Sestri Levante

Arrive on the turquoise shores of Sestri Levante, a beautifully picturesque town with ancient fishermen's houses and a pristine sandy beach. Stay at the 3* Albergo Marina, a stone's throw from the beach and 5 minutes walk from the centre of town.

Meals: Dinner

You stay at Albergo Marina.

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Albergo Marina, Sestri Levante

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The 3* Albergo Marina, centrally located in Sestri Levante, is perfectly located, within easy walking distance of both the beach and the railway station. All the ensuite rooms are comfortable and equipped with air conditioning, and the hotel also comes with lift, sun terrace, bar and billiard room.



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Day 2: The Cinque Terre National Park (11km/6.8mi)

The walk today really allows you to explore the National Park of the Cinque Terre. Starting from Monterosso, the largest of the celebrated Cinque Terre villages, climb through cultivated olive groves to the hilltop Sanctuary of the Madonna of Soviore. Then it's downhill all the way to pastel-coloured Vernazza, clustered around its serene natural harbour. There's time to explore the village before returning by train to Sestri.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

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Day 3: Palmaria Island (6km/3.7mi)

Make your way to Portovenere then take a boat to Palmaria island. Rich in Mediterranean vegetation and maquis shrubland, it's not unusual to see cistus and rare orchids blooming here. A circular walk with stunning coastal vistas takes you via a steep climb to the Batteria Semaforo, part of the network of fortresses constructed by Napoleon to secure the Gulf of La Spezia. Return to Sestri Levante in time for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

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Day 4: Corniglia and Manarola (7km/4.3mi)

Take a train to picture perfect Corniglia, a charming jumble of pastel-hued houses toppling prettily down the hillside. Follow the narrow herb scented paths through vineyards up to the tiny yet panoramic village of Volastra and its 12th century sanctuary, then descend to arguably the oldest of the five Cinque Terre villages, colourful Manarola. Wander around the pretty marina and try the local wine - Schiacchetra - which is produced here, before taking the train back to Sestri Levante.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

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Day 5: Riomaggiore to Portovenere (12km/7.5mi)

Today you take a train to Riomaggiore, the last of the Cinque Terre villages and walk along an impossibly panoramic path that hugs the coastline all the way to the charming fishing port of Portovenere. Set in a beautiful sweeping bay, and once the haunt of Byron and Shelley, there's a 16th century castle and medieval churches to explore before returning to Sestri Levante.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

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Day 6: Portofino (12km/7.5mi)

After breakfast take a train to Camogli, and then a bus to Ruta di Camogli, and the start of the walk. Follow ancient forest trails through the lush Mount Portofinla Natural Park to San Fruttuoso and its 11th century abbey. Continue to chic Portofino, the Ligurian Riviera's most exclusive resort, before returning via Santa Magherita Ligure for your last night in Sestri Levante.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

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Day 7: End Sestri Levante

Leave Sestri Levante, or add on additional nights in Pisa if you wish.

Meals: Breakfast

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Alessandro della Spina, Pisa.

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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.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £364.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £364.

You should allow approx 70-80 euro per person for the use of local trains/buses/boats and to access the walking paths in the Cinque Terre National Park.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Genoa with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Transfers available at a supplement for tour only packages
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Pisa then train Pisa Centrale to Sestri Leveante walk to hotel 500m. Return: Walk to train station 500m, train Sestri Levante to Pisa Centrale then British Airways Pisa to Heathrow

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Another well organised trip that went smoothly and according to plan.

Paul Howden, 11 May 2024

 

The Cinque Terre has some challenging walking and beautiful scenery. Unfortunately it is overly touristic (during the period we were there the local villages received some 40000 visitors per day) so village locations were impassable - walking routes not so much. This uncomfortable but also difficult as all transport is by rail, many trains being full to overflowing with daytrippers and also travellers with full baggage. Sestri Levante was a very pleasant and manageable base, and the hotel friendly and professional

Mr Smith, 22 Apr 2023

 

The Cinque Terre walks are challenging and a certain level of fitness is required. The first walk on the itinerary is particularly challenging in terms of length, elevation and terrain and resulted in us changing the order of walks for balance. Having to use public transport to get around was not a problem and the routes generally took us to places worth seeing. The hospitality and food in Liguria was very good and there was little problem in finding gluten free options as required.

Mr Mallett, 7 May 2022

 

All the organisation ahead of our holiday was excellent. The hotel in Sestri Levante was a gem. Magda, Santo and all the team were so welcoming and friendly there were hugs and even moist eyes when we left. Santo's dinners were excellent and we ate at the hotel beyond the three arranged nights at a very reasonable price. A free laundry room and a roof terrace with clothes horses was a great help. Rooms are fairly basic but spotless and comfortable. The hotel is well located for the station and exploring the town.

The Cinque Terre is a popular area for walkers and the five towns are very busy with tourists. Some of the paths were fairly busy and would be more so in high season. The walk notes are copious and route finding very easy. I would suggest the walks might be graded tough rather than moderate, there are many very steep sections which are less path and more rock climbing. A fair bit of hands, knees and bottom especially on descents. Trains are not as frequent as might be hoped!

Mrs Urry, 30 Apr 2022

 


Self-guided walking

6 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

26.0Kg CO2e

6 nights from £1129

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