Lovely view of Portovenere marina!

Italy - Cinque Terre Hiking Tour

from €1,295

Hiking Cinque Terre is a fantastic way to visit these incredible and beautiful villages along the Ligurian coast of Italy. Ancient paths and mule tracks, wooded slopes plunging towards the Mediterranean, sea overlooking coast with bays and beaches leading to the medieval villages and shrines: all this is conserved in ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self Guided Hiking Level 3
  • Availability
    April to October, except August
  • Duration
    6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Distance
    4-6 hours/day

Day 1 | Arrival in Levanto

Individual arrival at Levanto train station. Transfer to hotel on your own; we recommend a taxi at the station. After getting checked in; you can take time to visit from your hotel. This village of Levanto is a lovely place to walk and explore; The church (XIII century), the castle, the lovely hills and the beautiful beach are all worth visiting. Dinner included tonight.

Park Hotel Argento


Liguria

Park Hotel Argento

4 stars Park Hotel Argento is situated in Levanto just a short distance away from the beautiful Cinque Terre in the heart of Liguria. The hotel was recently built and includes all the facilities and comforts of a 4 star hotel to ensure that our guests enjoy a relaxing stay. Found in a convenient location from which to explore the coast, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a massage section, a wellness centre with sauna, turkish bath and emotional shower , free outdoor parking, and a parking garage available upon request for a fee. Our friendly staff are pleased to provide information about the sights to explore in the surrounding area. The guest rooms are spacious and luminous, and some have a furnished terrace with partial sea view and view over the rolling hillside. There are 7 Suites with a living room, a double bedroom, one with kitchenette and two with two en suite bathrooms. There are 40 Double bedrooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite color television, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a direct dial telephone, internet access, and an en suite bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The restaurant serves delicious local and national cuisine, and an extensive buffet is available for dinner. The fully stocked bar provides the ideal place for guests to relax and unwind.

Cinque Terre region is filled with small cliff villages along the coast

Cinque Terre region is filled with small cliff villages along the coast

Overview Map

Day 2 | Hike across the Punta Mesco Cape 3 Hours

After breakfast, at your leisure, enjoy your first walk across the Punta Mesco Cape. Starting from the Levanto historical centre, passing the ancient medieval defensive walls, the mule track will lead us in the pine forest with beautiful viewpoint on thesea.  Arrival in Monterosso, the first village of the “Cinque Terre National Park”. Visit of the elegant historical centre, the “Capuchin Monastery”, the narrow typical Ligurian street. Train back to Levanto (5 minutes, you buy ticket locally). Enjoy a Ligurian cuisine menu on your own and then same hotel back in Levanto. (B)
 
Distance: 3 hours hiking, elev gain: +315 mt – 315mt, distance: 7.5 km

Park Hotel Argento


Liguria

Park Hotel Argento

4 stars Park Hotel Argento is situated in Levanto just a short distance away from the beautiful Cinque Terre in the heart of Liguria. The hotel was recently built and includes all the facilities and comforts of a 4 star hotel to ensure that our guests enjoy a relaxing stay. Found in a convenient location from which to explore the coast, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a massage section, a wellness centre with sauna, turkish bath and emotional shower , free outdoor parking, and a parking garage available upon request for a fee. Our friendly staff are pleased to provide information about the sights to explore in the surrounding area. The guest rooms are spacious and luminous, and some have a furnished terrace with partial sea view and view over the rolling hillside. There are 7 Suites with a living room, a double bedroom, one with kitchenette and two with two en suite bathrooms. There are 40 Double bedrooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite color television, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a direct dial telephone, internet access, and an en suite bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The restaurant serves delicious local and national cuisine, and an extensive buffet is available for dinner. The fully stocked bar provides the ideal place for guests to relax and unwind.

Beautiful view of the beach in Levanto!

Beautiful view of the beach in Levanto!

Overview Map

Day 3 | Hike Portofino Natural Park and S. Fruttuoso Abbey 5.5 Hours

After breakfast train to Camogli. (40 minutes) . Camogli, the land of the Thousand White Sailing Ships, still retains its old and strong maritime tradition linked to the nearby town of Genoa during the Maritime Republics. The hike of today will lead to beautiful Abbey of San Fruttuoso that appears like a mirage in the wonderful tiny bay. Continue into the forest of oaks, Mediterranean flowers and the terraces of olive trees in the direction of the village of Portofino, one of the most charming seaside villages of Italy. Ferry to Santa Margherita (20 minutes) and train back to Levanto. (35 minutes). Overnight again in Levanto with dinner included. (B,D)

Distance: 13.5km; 5.5 hours hiking, elevation change: +650 - 650 mt

Park Hotel Argento


Liguria

Park Hotel Argento

4 stars Park Hotel Argento is situated in Levanto just a short distance away from the beautiful Cinque Terre in the heart of Liguria. The hotel was recently built and includes all the facilities and comforts of a 4 star hotel to ensure that our guests enjoy a relaxing stay. Found in a convenient location from which to explore the coast, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a massage section, a wellness centre with sauna, turkish bath and emotional shower , free outdoor parking, and a parking garage available upon request for a fee. Our friendly staff are pleased to provide information about the sights to explore in the surrounding area. The guest rooms are spacious and luminous, and some have a furnished terrace with partial sea view and view over the rolling hillside. There are 7 Suites with a living room, a double bedroom, one with kitchenette and two with two en suite bathrooms. There are 40 Double bedrooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite color television, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a direct dial telephone, internet access, and an en suite bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The restaurant serves delicious local and national cuisine, and an extensive buffet is available for dinner. The fully stocked bar provides the ideal place for guests to relax and unwind.

Capuchin Monastery in Monterosso is a MUST visit!

Capuchin Monastery in Monterosso is a MUST visit!

Overview Map

Day 4 | Hike Vernazza to Manarola 4 Hours

After breakfast, take a private transfer to Vernazza. (40 minutes). Vernazza is a tiny coastal village from where starts the muletrack in direction of the terraced vineyards. Passing first among the olives trees field and lush oak forest, we’ll reach the perched village of “Corniglia”. After visiting its historical center, keep following the stairs and the cobbles stone path until Volastra. Arrive in the charming seaside town of Manarola, the fourth of the Cinque Terre, by a comfortable walk among the agave and lemon trees. Overnight stay in Manarola. (B)

Distance: 10km 4 hours hiking, elev change: +350 – 350 mt

Hotel Marina Piccola


Manarola

Hotel Marina Piccola

In 2 classic buildings, including a converted fisherman's home, this stylish hotel with modern decor is a 14-minute walk from the Via dell' Amore trail and 1.8 km from the beach in Riomaggiore. Hotel Marina Piccola has 12 rooms: 7 doubles, 4 triples and 1 quadruple. Renovated in 2014, Hotel Marina Piccola’s rooms are large and well furnished. The rooms are distributed over two buildings in Manarola’s marina, overlooking the sea or via Birolli, the main street that leads to the sea.

Abbey of San Fruttuoso through olive trees...what a sight!

Abbey of San Fruttuoso through olive trees...what a sight!

Overview Map

Day 5 | Hike Manarola to Portovenere 4.5 Hours

After breakfast, you will take a train to Riomaggiore (2 minutes train ride) After passing through the narrow street of Riomaggiore, the last village of the Cinque Terre, start climbing toward the “Madonna di Montenero Sanctuary. Between the colors and the perfume of the rosemary, the myrtle and the arbutus, reach the mountain village of Campiglia. The walk ends in Portovenere, one of the most fascinating village of the Ligurian coastline. Take a boat trip back to Manarola to enjoy a splendid view of the coast from the sea (50 minutes). (B)

Distance: 14km; 5 hours hiking, elev change: +650 m – 65mt,

Hotel Marina Piccola


Manarola

Hotel Marina Piccola

In 2 classic buildings, including a converted fisherman's home, this stylish hotel with modern decor is a 14-minute walk from the Via dell' Amore trail and 1.8 km from the beach in Riomaggiore. Hotel Marina Piccola has 12 rooms: 7 doubles, 4 triples and 1 quadruple. Renovated in 2014, Hotel Marina Piccola’s rooms are large and well furnished. The rooms are distributed over two buildings in Manarola’s marina, overlooking the sea or via Birolli, the main street that leads to the sea.

A tiny coastal villages throughout the Cinque Terre

A tiny coastal villages throughout the Cinque Terre

Overview Map

Day 6 | Hike the Monte Capri 4.5 Hours

After breakfast, you will go out for a final hike in the Cinque Terre! From Manarola, you start this walk up to Monte Capri. Along the walk you will encounter a fallen menhir almost 4 meters high. Continue the hike to the top of Monte Capri, and then start the descent towards Groppo, where you can enjoy a visit of a wine cellar complete with a wine tasting. Then, walk all the way down to Manarola. Overnight again in the same lodging. (B)

Distance: 12km; 4.5 hours hiking, elev change: +708 m – 702 mt

Hotel Marina Piccola


Manarola

Hotel Marina Piccola

In 2 classic buildings, including a converted fisherman's home, this stylish hotel with modern decor is a 14-minute walk from the Via dell' Amore trail and 1.8 km from the beach in Riomaggiore. Hotel Marina Piccola has 12 rooms: 7 doubles, 4 triples and 1 quadruple. Renovated in 2014, Hotel Marina Piccola’s rooms are large and well furnished. The rooms are distributed over two buildings in Manarola’s marina, overlooking the sea or via Birolli, the main street that leads to the sea.

Beautiful, blue coastlines as far as we can see

Beautiful, blue coastlines as far as we can see

Overview Map

Day 7 | Arrivederci!

After breakfast, transfer to La Spezia train station and end of the services. (B)

We are happy to arrange onward travel services such as a stop over in Florence or Rome. Please book in advance.

Lovely view of Portovenere marina!

Lovely view of Portovenere marina!

Overview Map
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 6 nights in hotel with breakfast included
- 2 dinners Nights 1&3
- Luggage transfer from Levanto to Manarola
- Transfer to La Spezia train station day 7
- telephone assistance
- Telephone orientation Day 1 with local staff
- Detailed maps and directions in English
- Pre travel documentation including site information, recommendations, packing lists, and more.

Please note that some of the hotels may have a city tax that you need to pay on the spot. It usually varies between 1-2 Euros per person per night.

Lodging

Accommodations: Stay in deluxe 4 star and 3 star hotels in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:
- Hotel Park Argento**** or Al Terra di Mare**** - Levanto
- Hotel Marina Piccola *** or B&B Da Baranin*** - Manarola
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **
  Upgraded Cinque Terre Hiking Tour:
Cinque Terre Hiking Tours - 6 Nights / 7 Days
Double Occupancy - 2 persons
1393* €/person
Double Occupancy - 4 persons
1295* €/person
Single Supplement:
390€/person
Solo Traveler Supplement:
615 €
High Season Supplement*:
July 1 - Sept 19
110 €/person
Custom Groups :
TBD €/person

* High season: July 1 - September 19. Tour NOT available in August. NOTE: Triple rates are available in limited space at the rate of 1318 euros/person with 3 per room.
 
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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Amazing coastal scenes of impossibly constructed villages
- Tranquil paths between the villages
- Quality lodging at a great price in picturesque towns

Need to Know:
- Tour NOT available in August. Not recommended between June 15-September 15 peak crowds. You will need to purchase the Cinque Terre trail card for 5 euros each on site.
- Though the trip is rated "3" which we call "Fit" this is not an easy tour. A 10km hike can include steep sections of steps both up and down for an extended time.
 
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
 
Dates: any date available on request from April through October. NOT available during August. This is self-guided touring and offers total freedom of dates - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can accommodate small parties of 2 persons up to large groups. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire.
 
Level 3+ FIT + for experienced hikers - This is a self-guided hiking tour with some hilly and steep trails, but at your own pace, so about 4-5 hours of hiking each day depending on your pace. Navigation and Independence Level Rating:  4 
 
Arrival & Departure: Genova, Milan or Pisa airports are your best arrival point, and then take the train to Levanto. Transfer from Levanto train station to your first hotel is included in this tour. Depart at the end of your tour from Manarola hotel with an included transfer to the train station. Trains run throughout Italy.
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    Local Coordinator: Our local experts will conduct a telephone orientation with you on arrival day to make sure you are well arrived and have everything you need. The call will go over the hiking maps and notes that form your 'route book' and by which you will navigate. Our local support staff are your contact during your hiking trip and they are available by phone throughout the day. This local support is a key feature of a Pure Adventures tour and this local expertise is how you know you are on the best trip with competent local support in case of need. They live in the region and know it so well!  

    Reviews

    "The Veneto trip was our eighth self guided trip in Europe so I think we have a good basis to compare it to other biking holidays. I would say that this trip was very near if not the best of all of the trips we have done. The terrain was great. A little challenging but not crushing. Beautiful vistas, friendly people,interesting towns,good hotels and great food every where we stopped. It is probably the only area we liked enough to consider returning to."
    -David A. / Canada



    On this trip we recommend:
    - trekking shoes, well broken in
    - trekking poles
    - lightweight clothing that is wicking, convertable, sun protective
    - other nice to have items will be included in your packing list sent prior to travel

    A packing list is always sent at 60 days prior to travel. No other special gear or backpacking gear is required. Some things you may want to bring:
    - GPS - Smartphone with GPS app, and local SIM card for low cost calling  

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