Walking in the Cinque Terre

From £1,399
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Sep 2021
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From £1,399
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2021 - Sep 2021
Tour Overview

Discover charming towns, delightful cliff-top villages and spectacular coastal scenery as you explore the beautiful Italian Riviera on foot.  

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  • All Breakfasts
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 25

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • 7 nights in a 3-star hotel
  • 12 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners including welcome drink & farewell get-together 
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Palmaria island walk with picnic lunch
  • Portovenere
  • Santa Margherita & Portofino walk
  • Cinque Terre walk
  • Cinque Terre scenic ferry ride (weather permitting)
  • Sample local delicacies in a historical mill

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Pisa

You'll fly to Pisa today and on arrival we will transfer you to your hotel. We'll get to know one another better over a welcome drink and dinner this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Palmaria Island

Walk 5km/3mi - 2hrs 

​After breakfast we will travel by bus to Portovenere and board a ferry to the island of Palmaria, the largest of the three islands in the Gulf of La Spezia. Boasting a scenic landscape and beautiful beaches, it's here where the first of our guided walks takes place. Along the way we'll stop to enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Portovenere by ferry. We'll spend some time exploring this lovely town, which is said to have once provided inspiration to the 19th century poet Lord Byron. Highlights are a picturesque harbour lined with brightly coloured houses and an impressive stone-built castle. 

Meals included: B,L

Day 3 Le Grazie - at Leisure

Optional walk 9km/5.5mi - 4hrs

You're free to relax at leisure today, or why not join an optional walk. Our walk today begins at the Sanctuary of Montenero, which offers panoramic views over the Cinque Terre and Palmaria Island. We'll set off towards the spectacular Muzzerone cliff, a wild and beautiful spot towering above the sea, and then head to the imposing castle of Portovenere, a fine example of Genoese military architecture. Today's walk is strenuous with rocky terain and steps, and is best for seasoned walkers. A picnic lunch is included. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Santa Margherita & Portofino Walk

Walk 5km/3 mi - 2hrs 

Setting off from Santa Margherita, we'll make our way through the towns of Nozarego and Gave to Portofino with a stop at the Il Mulino del Gassetta for lunch.

The Gassetta Mill is a restored historic mill which has been bought back to life as a resturant. It is part of the wider La Portofino project, that seeks to recover abandoned land, and revitalise it using traditional methods of farming and environmental sensitivity. This includes the production of local honey, and a craft beer, made from hops grown in the area. 

Portofino used to be a tiny fishing port and is now the Italian Riviera's most exclusive resort offering designer boutiques and a fine selection of café​s and bars. Enjoy some free time to make your own discoveries before we return to Santa Margherita by boat. 

Meals included: B,L

Day 5 Le Grazie - at Leisure

The choice is yours today, you can spend some time at leisure with your travelling companions or join an optional excursion. This one is rather tempting, as it takes you to see Lucca. Said to be one of Tuscany's best-kept secrets, it boasts some of Italy's finest examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture. The town is famous as the birthplace of the composer Puccini and is the home of the Volto Santo relic. This wooden sculpture of Christ is kept in Lucca's beautiful cathedral.

Meals included: B

Day 6 Cinque Terre

​Walk 7km/4.4 mi - 4hrs

Today we're going to explore the enchanting area known as the Cinque Terre on foot. Five villages perch precariously on the cliffs high above the Mediterranean Sea and are almost all inaccessible by road. We'll follow a trail connecting the villages and will take in amazing views as we walk from one village to the other. If the weather is on our side today, we'll also take a scenic ferry ride. 

Meals included: B

Day 7 Le Grazie - at Leisure

Optional walk 7km/4.4 mi - 3hrs

If you want to head off the beaten track, today's optional excursion is for you. Travelling by train, we'll head back to the Cinque Terre and then walk along one of the lesser-known trails passing vineyards, sanctuaries and ancient houses on our way from Corniglia to Volastra and Manarola. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Genoa - UK

Today we will transfer you to the airport in Genoa for your flight back to the UK. ​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Please note: There will be plenty of rest stops and time to enjoy the local scenery. Most walks take place on paths and tracks. Some will be slightly more strenuous and may involve moderate slopes, high rocky steps and terrain, cliff trails with no handrails, hills, stiles and foot bridges which may be rough underfoot at times. Sturdy hiking boots and walking poles are essential. 

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