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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
    and
  • Activity level
  • From £749per person, tour only

    Flight inclusive prices from £1109 per person
  • NEW FOR 2020  
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 3 Oct to 31 Oct 2020 and from 3 Apr to 23 Oct 2021
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights single-centre accommodation in and hotels
  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • GPS app
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Flights from Gatwick to Genoa with British Airways
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • City break add-ons in Pisa
  • Transfers available at a supplement for tour only packages
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Excellent choice for
  • Art & history, swimming opportunities, coastal routes, island exploring

Italy: Liguria

Walking the Cinque Terre and Portofino

  • 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

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.



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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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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 01606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

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 Sole e Luna B&B, a stone's throw from the beach and 5 minutes walk from the centre of town.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: 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, 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

Day 3: Palmaria Island 6 km / 4 miles

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

Day 4: Corniglia andManarola 7 km / 4.5 miles

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

Day 5: Riomaggiore to Portovenere 12 km / 7.5 miles

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. Dinner tonight is included.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Portofino 12 km / 7 miles

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

Day 7: End Sestri Levante

Leave Sestri Levante, 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 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open from 9am today) or email sales@headwater.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.

3 evening meals at a local restaurant are included throughout your stay in Sestri Levante.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Albergo Marina, Sestri Levante

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Alternatively, you can upgrade to the 3* Albergo Marina, centrally located in Sestri Levante, within easy walking distance of both the beach and the railway station. All the ensuite rooms are comfortable and equipped with air conditioning, with the hotel also coming with lift, sun terrace, bar and billiard room.

3 evening meals at the hotel's restaurant are included throughout your stay in Sestri Levante.


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.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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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.

Travel

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.

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

Air

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: British Airways Gatwick to Genoa 08:45/11:50 then transfer to hotel 50 mins. Return: Transfer to airport 50 mins then British Airways Genoa to Gatwick 10:30/11:30.

Tour only

Standard transfers
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Genoa airport at 11:50, and back to Genoa airport at 07:30.

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).

Holiday extras

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 directly through their website - or call us on 01606 720199 for further details of all the services on offer. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

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.

This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in and hotels

All breakfasts and 3 dinners

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

Route directions and maps

GPS app


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we're open from 9am today) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we're open from 9am today
Use our live chat to ask us a question

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3rd Oct 2020 £789 £1139 Tour only: £789
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3rd Apr 2021 £749 £1109 Tour only: £749
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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

Singles
Add £250.00

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

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

Departures
Selected Saturdays from 3rd Oct 2020 to 23rd Oct 2021, 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 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.

Tailor-made travel

The above prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: British Airways Gatwick to Genoa 08:45/11:50 then transfer to hotel 50 mins. Return: Transfer to airport 50 mins then British Airways Genoa to Gatwick 10:30/11:30.

Alternative Air
Flights can be arranged from most UK airports, with connecting transfers as required, prices and details on request.

Tour only
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Genoa airport at 11:50, and back to Genoa airport at 07:30.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we're open from 9am today) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we're open from 9am today
Use our live chat to ask us a question

Please note: The prices and travel options shown are provided for customers based in, and travelling from/to, the UK. We are happy to arrange holidays for non-UK customers however, if you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, we recommend that you contact your local agent as they can provide appropriate transport options and advice.



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