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Self-Guided Walking in the Cinque Terre and Portofino

from $975.00

Discover the beautiful Liguria region and its remarkably well-preserved landscape steeped in tradition.

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All about the Self-Guided Walking in the Cinque Terre and Portofino.

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, you discover the beautiful peninsulas of Portofino and Sestri Levante using well-marked walking trails; in the evening enjoy the sunsets over the Mediterranean.
Weather
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.

  1. Day 1 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 included: dinner

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Enjoy a walk in the heart of the Cinque Terre National Park, taking in the towns of Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso; return by train 11km/7mi

    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

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Transfer to La Spezia; vaporetto to Palmaria Island. In the afternoon visit the pretty town of Portovenere before taking a train or bus back7km/4mi

    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

  4. Day 4 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

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Walk along the panoramic coastal path from Riomaggiore to Portovenere; return by train or bus 12km/7mi

    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

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Transfer to Ruta di Camogli to start your walk across the park of Portofino, with plenty of time to enjoy the town before taking a train back 12km/7mi

    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

  7. Day 7 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 Passport Italy All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects. Certain European nationalities may be able to travel within Europe on their national identity card. Check carefully with the relevant authorities if you intend to do this. Visa Italy No visa required for British passport holders. Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times. Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required. Vaccination Italy 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
Sole e Luna
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
Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
April 27, 2019
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$1,125.00
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May 4, 2019
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$1,125.00
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May 11, 2019
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$1,005.00
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June 29, 2019
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$1,165.00
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July 6, 2019
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$1,165.00
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July 13, 2019
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$1,165.00
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July 20, 2019
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$1,165.00
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July 27, 2019
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$1,165.00
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August 3, 2019
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$1,165.00
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August 10, 2019
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$1,165.00
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August 17, 2019
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$1,165.00
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August 24, 2019
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$1,165.00
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August 31, 2019
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$1,165.00
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September 7, 2019
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$1,165.00
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September 14, 2019
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$1,165.00
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September 21, 2019
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$1,165.00
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September 28, 2019
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$1,165.00
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October 5, 2019
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$975.00
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October 12, 2019
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$975.00
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October 19, 2019
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$975.00
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