Everyday from the beginning of March to the end of November.
WALKING THE CINQUE TERRE
price from 489 €
Cinque Terre - Liguria - Independent walking - Family holiday - 7 days
The Cinque Terre, the five villages… Linked together by fantastic walking paths, these breathtaking villages are full of history and magic. With amazing hills to produce the rare Cinque Terre wine, wonderful local olive oil, beautiful forests where wild mushrooms are picked during the autumn, you will, without a doubt, enjoy the local gastronomy. The bustling little ports offer a wonderful location in which to relax, as do the old centres and narrow streets of the five villages.
Our carefully selected walking itineraries have been made so that everybody can make the best out of the Cinque Terre. We are able to propose you easy family walking tours as well as sportive trekking paths.
Day 1 Arrival in the Cinque Terre Arrival in the Cinque Terre. Enjoy your time discovering the beautiful village of Riomaggiore where you will spend your holiday. Its narrow streets often lead to fantastic views out to sea or towards the vineyards. Spend time unwinding and soaking up the local atmosphere.
For the week, you will stay in an apartment close to the marina of Riomaggiore. Your accomodation is very well situated: close to the restaurants, the train station, the shops and is at the heart of the village.
Day 2 From Porto Venere to Riomaggiore We suggest you take a boat to Porto Venere (also accessible by train and bus) and enjoy the journey. Porto Venere is a beautiful and lively village with an impressive fortress, which faces out to sea towards some islands. It is possible to rent a boat to visit these islands and even walk on some of them. You will today walk on the hills' crests and above the cliffs. This is a wonderful hiking itinerary to get a feeling for what the Cinque Terre is all about.
About 4H45. +600m, -600m.
Day 3 From Riomaggiore to Vernazza Following a climb over Riomaggiore, you will walk among vineyards before reaching a dense forest. One aim of the day will be a lonely menhir on the mountainside before taking the path down to Vernazza, one of the prettiest villages in the Cinque Terre.
About 4H30. +750m, -750m.
Day 4 From Vernazza to Riomaggiore A wonderful walk with splendid views over Vernazza and its towers before climbing up to the beautiful church of San Bernadino. After leaving the shaded pine forest you will follow a narrow path overlooking the sea, among vineyards. The panorama is simply breathtaking. From Volastra, you will walk downhill through olive groves to Manarola. From there, you will continue on the easy Via del Amore to get back to Riomaggiore.
About 4H30. +700m, -700m.
Day 5 Chapels and churches path Today you will start your hike in Monterosso. After leaving the beautiful beach behind you, the steep climb leads you to the first chapel. This itinerary offers amazing views over Monterosso and Vernazza. The churches you will see are always set in fantastic locations overlooking the hills. A beautiful loop with stunning scenery.
About 4H50. +670m, -670m.
Day 6 From Monterosso to Levanto To end your walking week, we felt we had to take you to the furthest village in the area, Levanto. Although this is not the prettiest village in the area, its little streets are still charming. The coastal path we have chosen for you today will lead you from Monterosso to Levanto on a path much less walked than the other coastal itineraries and just as fantastic. After one hour of walking from Monterosso, you have a panoramic view point within the protected area of the “Punta Mesco” - do not forget your camera! On the path to Levanto, take five minutes to rest and taste the local wine.
About 3H15. +200m, -200m.
Day 7 End of stay Your holiday is over at 10am when you give back the keys to your flat. Feel free to ask us at the time of booking if you would like to have a longer holiday with additional walking routes or simply extra time to relax in the Cinque Terre!
Why choosing Europe Active for your Cinque Terre walking holiday?
• Europe Active has an office in Lucca, about 50 miles from the Cinque Terre. That allows us to thoroughly check the area as often as necessary. • Thanks to our location, we are currently able to provide you with more than 12 walking itineraries for your holiday in the Cinque Terre. • Our walks have been tested and are proposed the way we feel the best. For instance, we prefer to have the steepest walk uphill instead of downhill as they can become very dangerous climbing down. • We offer accommodation inside the best villages. We do not want you to stay outside or in the “industrial” villages such as Monteroso or Levanto. Instead, during your holiday, you are completely immerged in the local atmosphere. And that will make such a difference at the end of your stay… • We supply you with a complete package including entrances to the natural park walking paths as well as train tickets for the whole duration of your stay (whatever train journeys you will use). • We offer you walking possibilities from Porto Venere to Levanto and thus cover more than the Cinque Terre. The reason being that we found wonderful hikes that are not to be missed!
Below, we are proposing you a walking week holiday although this itinerary is only indicative. You can keep it as it is or decide to adapt it to your will. We supply you with all the necessary information so that you can make of that trip your own holiday, perfectly corresponding to your expectations.
Starting point La Spezzia or the Cinque Terre villages. From Pisa or anywhere else in Italy, please contact us.
End The National Park of the Cinque Terre.
Accommodation Nights in private apartments with ensuite bathroom and a kitchen.
Number of people From 2.
Level of difficulty Open to everyone in a good physical condition and able to walk about 5 hours a day with steep paths. We can also propose a wider range of hikes including easier itineraries.
Included Local assistance, route notes and maps, train transfers (for the walks), nights in double rooms in private appartments with kitchen, entrances to the natural park walking itineraries.
Not included Transfer to the meeting point and to the drop off point, meals, transfers not planned in the program, insurances, drinks, visits, optional activities and personal expenses.