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Self-Guided Walking in the Cinque Terre and Portofino

Self-Guided Walking in the Cinque Terre and Portofino

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration6 nights
  • Accommodationsingle-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $975per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 6 Apr '19 to 19 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Management by our sister company, Exodus
  • Route directions and maps
  • Route notes and maps
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Excellent choice for
  • Swimming opportunities, solo travellers, couples, families, coastal routes
      from 1 reviews

Mrs Beckham says...
All arrangements were in place and ran smoothly. We enjoyed everything about our holiday and everything was as expected and hoped for.
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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 Sciacchetra liqueur (known as the 'Elixir of the Gods'). By day, walk the beautiful peninsulas of Portofino and Sestri Levante using well-marked hiking trails; in the evening enjoy the sunsets over the Mediterranean.


April and May departures can expect warm days, although rain is always possible. Nights may be rather cool. Early June is similar, with the days becoming progressively hotter and the evenings much warmer. Late June to August departures should expect very warm weather with temperatures over 30 degrees celsius. Late September and October are cooler and can be wetter, however visibility is better. We strongly recommend a fleece-lined jacket or warm sweater in May, September and October.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate) 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. As this is a self-guided tour, there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own speed.

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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive Sestri Levante

Make your way to Sestri Levante. Your hotel, the Sole e Luna+D1215, is positioned in an excellent location a stones throw from the beach and 5 minutes walk from the centre of town. Dinner is included.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2: Enjoy a walk in the heart of the Cinque Terre National Park, taking in the towns of Corniglia, Vern

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 included: breakfast

Day 3: Transfer to La Spezia; vaporetto to Palmaria Island. In the afternoon visit the pretty town of Port

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 mediaeval 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 included: breakfast dinner

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

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 included: breakfast

Day 5: Walk along the panoramic coastal path from Riomaggiore to Portovenere; return by train or bus 12km/

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 included: breakfast dinner

Day 6: Transfer to Ruta di Camogli to start your walk across the park of Portofino, with plenty of time to

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 included: 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 included: breakfast



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There are no specific health risks. Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad. The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary. For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded 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

Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Sole e Luna, Sestri Levante

You will spend 6 nights in the charming, family-run B&B Sole e Luna. This cosy hotel is located a stones 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. There is a beach right outside the hotel where you can swim.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Extra accommodation is available in Sestri Levante and also in Pisa. Please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Eating and Drinking

Liguria is well-known for its delicious cuisine and classic regional dishes include pasta with pesto or walnut sauce, focaccia bread and of course plenty of seafood! With an abundance of fresh local produce and plenty of restaurants to try in Sestri Levante, food is a highlight of the trip. Vegetarians are well-catered for in Italy.

Additional Accommodation


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Mrs Beckham, 25/07/2016

All arrangements were in place and ran smoothly. We enjoyed everything about our holiday and everything was as expected and hoped for.

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This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All breakfasts and 3 dinners

Management by our sister company, Exodus

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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Holiday details

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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed by our sister company, Exodus.

Selected Saturdays from 6th Apr 2019 to 19th Oct 2019, for 6 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

All breakfasts and 3 dinners

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

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

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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