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Italy - Cinque Terre Running Tour
A trail experience along the 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 the National Park of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO heritage. The uniqueness and architectural beauty of the Abbey of San Fruttuoso set in the heart of the Natural Park of Monte di Portofino. The green, the flowers and scents of the endemic Mediterranean vegetation and the blue of the Mediterranean will lead us to discover the perched villages known as “le Cinque Terre”. Toward the Gulf of La Spezia through the fishing villages of Portovenere and the Palmaria island, discovering the Ligurian wines, fresh fish, cooking and traditional crafts. The visit of Lucca and Pisa will give you an incredible example of the Italian architecture.
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Day 1 | Arrival in Monterosso

Day 1 | Arrival in Monterosso

Individual arrival in Monterosso. Your hotel is located by the sea, in a lovely village. It is a great opportunity to relax, enjoy the atmosphere, and get ready for next few busy days. You will meet your guide in the afternoon to have the first briefing. Overnight stay in Monterosso al Mare with dinner.(D)

Hotel Porto Roca

Monterosso al Mare Italy

Hotel Porto RocaNestled in incomparable scenery Hotel Porta Roca gives our guests the impression of sailing above by the sea accompanied by fragrant flowers and the sounds of birds chirping. It is surrounded by the pristine nature of the Cinque Terre and its lush Mediterranean vegetation overlooking the bay of Monterosso. This view of crystal clear waters and sheer cliffs makes it a paradise beyond compare. Recommended by prestigious guide books, Hotel Porto Roca has 40 rooms, most with large balconies overlooking the sea and all with custom furnishings, satellite TV, minibar, safe and air-conditioning. At every turn you will see our taste in and appreciation for beautiful things. Every corner is modernly furnished with antique furniture of rare beauty and great value giving the impression of staying in an elegant private villa. Breakfast at the Hotel Porto Roca is an important moment. In the morning you will find a rich buffet with different types of breads, pastries, croissants, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit salad, cold cuts, cheeses, eggs, bacon, fruit juices, various teas, coffee and drinks. There is also a corner dedicated organic gluten-free products. In summer, breakfast is served on the terrace. Our breakfast will help you recharge and prepare for a day on the trails of the Cinque Terre.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 2 | Levante Ligure: from Levanto to Moneglia (20 km, 3 - 4 hours)

Day 2 | Levante Ligure: from Levanto to Moneglia (20 km, 3 - 4 hours)

After breakfast, travel by train to Levanto. Starting from the center of Levanto, running along the Ligurian coast with plenty of elevation gain and loss, you will pass through picturesque villages of Bonassola, Framura, Deiva and Moneglia. Once in Moneglia, it is time to relax and enjoy the tiny village before taking the train back to Monterosso. Another night in Monterosso. Dinner included. (B, D) * if the itinerary is too long and challenging for you there is the possibility to shorten the stage and return by train

Hotel Porto Roca

Monterosso al Mare Italy

Hotel Porto RocaNestled in incomparable scenery Hotel Porta Roca gives our guests the impression of sailing above by the sea accompanied by fragrant flowers and the sounds of birds chirping. It is surrounded by the pristine nature of the Cinque Terre and its lush Mediterranean vegetation overlooking the bay of Monterosso. This view of crystal clear waters and sheer cliffs makes it a paradise beyond compare. Recommended by prestigious guide books, Hotel Porto Roca has 40 rooms, most with large balconies overlooking the sea and all with custom furnishings, satellite TV, minibar, safe and air-conditioning. At every turn you will see our taste in and appreciation for beautiful things. Every corner is modernly furnished with antique furniture of rare beauty and great value giving the impression of staying in an elegant private villa. Breakfast at the Hotel Porto Roca is an important moment. In the morning you will find a rich buffet with different types of breads, pastries, croissants, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit salad, cold cuts, cheeses, eggs, bacon, fruit juices, various teas, coffee and drinks. There is also a corner dedicated organic gluten-free products. In summer, breakfast is served on the terrace. Our breakfast will help you recharge and prepare for a day on the trails of the Cinque Terre.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 3 | Portofino Natural Park and S. Fruttuoso Abbey (20 km, 4 - 5 hours)

Day 3 | Portofino Natural Park and S. Fruttuoso Abbey (20 km, 4 - 5 hours)

The Portofino Park is a real heaven for trail running, even during the winter thanks to the mild weather. Private transfer to get to Santa Margherita Ligure where the stage starts. You will run through the famous Portofino and San Fruttuoso, a beautiful abbey built in the tenth century accessible only by foot or by boat. Once in Camogli at the end of the stage you will have the chance to taste the original focaccia and enjoy this lovely place. Short train to Rapallo and time to visit this elegant and famous village. Private transfer back to Monterosso. Before dinner, enjoy a local aperitivo. Dinner and overnight in Monterosso. (B, D)

Hotel Porto Roca

Monterosso al Mare Italy

Hotel Porto RocaNestled in incomparable scenery Hotel Porta Roca gives our guests the impression of sailing above by the sea accompanied by fragrant flowers and the sounds of birds chirping. It is surrounded by the pristine nature of the Cinque Terre and its lush Mediterranean vegetation overlooking the bay of Monterosso. This view of crystal clear waters and sheer cliffs makes it a paradise beyond compare. Recommended by prestigious guide books, Hotel Porto Roca has 40 rooms, most with large balconies overlooking the sea and all with custom furnishings, satellite TV, minibar, safe and air-conditioning. At every turn you will see our taste in and appreciation for beautiful things. Every corner is modernly furnished with antique furniture of rare beauty and great value giving the impression of staying in an elegant private villa. Breakfast at the Hotel Porto Roca is an important moment. In the morning you will find a rich buffet with different types of breads, pastries, croissants, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit salad, cold cuts, cheeses, eggs, bacon, fruit juices, various teas, coffee and drinks. There is also a corner dedicated organic gluten-free products. In summer, breakfast is served on the terrace. Our breakfast will help you recharge and prepare for a day on the trails of the Cinque Terre.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 4 | Cinque Terre National Park (26 km, 5 - 6 hours)

Day 4 | Cinque Terre National Park (26 km, 5 - 6 hours)

In this stage, we pass the through the most suggestive trails of the Cinque Terre National Park. Short train to Levanto to reach Punta Mesco. You will pass Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Just before the end of the stage we will make a stop to visit a local winery where you will have a delicious taste of typical products and excellent local wines. Return in Monterosso, free time for dinner and overnight in Monterosso. (B) * if the itinerary is too long and challenging for you there is the possibility to shorten the stage and return by train

Hotel Porto Roca

Monterosso al Mare Italy

Hotel Porto RocaNestled in incomparable scenery Hotel Porta Roca gives our guests the impression of sailing above by the sea accompanied by fragrant flowers and the sounds of birds chirping. It is surrounded by the pristine nature of the Cinque Terre and its lush Mediterranean vegetation overlooking the bay of Monterosso. This view of crystal clear waters and sheer cliffs makes it a paradise beyond compare. Recommended by prestigious guide books, Hotel Porto Roca has 40 rooms, most with large balconies overlooking the sea and all with custom furnishings, satellite TV, minibar, safe and air-conditioning. At every turn you will see our taste in and appreciation for beautiful things. Every corner is modernly furnished with antique furniture of rare beauty and great value giving the impression of staying in an elegant private villa. Breakfast at the Hotel Porto Roca is an important moment. In the morning you will find a rich buffet with different types of breads, pastries, croissants, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit salad, cold cuts, cheeses, eggs, bacon, fruit juices, various teas, coffee and drinks. There is also a corner dedicated organic gluten-free products. In summer, breakfast is served on the terrace. Our breakfast will help you recharge and prepare for a day on the trails of the Cinque Terre.

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Amenities

Swimming Pool Air Conditioning Non-Smoking Rooms Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 5 | Riomaggiore to Portovenere (13 km, 3 hours)

Day 5 | Riomaggiore to Portovenere (13 km, 3 hours)

After breakfast, train to Riomaggiore. After passing through the narrow streets of Riomaggiore, the last village of the Cinque Terre, start climbing toward the “Madonna di Montenero Sanctuary. Between the colours 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 villages of the ligurian coastside. Check in in your elegant hotel located by the sea and early in the afternoon, enjoy a great cooking class experience! You will learn the secret of the authentic Ligurian cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients. Overnight stay in Porto Venere. Meals (B, D)

Grand Hotel Porto Venere

Portovenere Italy

Grand Hotel Porto VenereLarge windows and a grand terrace overlook the sea and the charming village of Portovenere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Cinque Terre. Mediterranean flavors and aromas ignite your senses at the restaurant. Details like the vaulted red-brick ceilings take you back in time. Your stay at Grand Hotel Portovenere is suspended between the modern luxuries of the boutique hotel, the ancient past of the Franciscan Convent, and the unimitable landscapes of Portovenere, Palmaria Island and the Gulf of Poets.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Closed Parking Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 6 | The Wilderness of the Palmaria Island (5.5 km, 3 hours)

Day 6 | The Wilderness of the Palmaria Island (5.5 km, 3 hours)

After breakfast and short boat trip to Palmaria. you will find that the wild and uninhabited island with Mediterranean vegetation, strawberry trees, mastic and myrtle easily inebriate the hiker with their perfumes. The abandoned mines of Portoro is now home to the nesting of a populous community of Gull course, a protected species in the Mediterranean. Boat back to Portovenere and time to relax in the lovely village. Overnight stay in Portovenere. Meals (B, D)

Grand Hotel Porto Venere

Portovenere Italy

Grand Hotel Porto VenereLarge windows and a grand terrace overlook the sea and the charming village of Portovenere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Cinque Terre. Mediterranean flavors and aromas ignite your senses at the restaurant. Details like the vaulted red-brick ceilings take you back in time. Your stay at Grand Hotel Portovenere is suspended between the modern luxuries of the boutique hotel, the ancient past of the Franciscan Convent, and the unimitable landscapes of Portovenere, Palmaria Island and the Gulf of Poets.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Closed Parking Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Day 7 | Lucca and Pisa

Day 7 | Lucca and Pisa

A great day to explore two of the most famous cities of Tuscany: Lucca and Pisa. With a private transfer, we will first reach Lucca, a jewel, surrounded my a mediaeval wall with a stunning historical centre. You will have free time to explore the city before having a tasty lunch with regional specialties. In the afternoon, we will proceed to Pisa with a stop in the famous “Piazzale dei Miracoli” to admire the Baptistery and Leaning Tower. Back to Portovenere, dinner and overnight stay. Meal ( B,L,D)

Grand Hotel Porto Venere

Portovenere Italy

Grand Hotel Porto VenereLarge windows and a grand terrace overlook the sea and the charming village of Portovenere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Cinque Terre. Mediterranean flavors and aromas ignite your senses at the restaurant. Details like the vaulted red-brick ceilings take you back in time. Your stay at Grand Hotel Portovenere is suspended between the modern luxuries of the boutique hotel, the ancient past of the Franciscan Convent, and the unimitable landscapes of Portovenere, Palmaria Island and the Gulf of Poets.

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Amenities

Air Conditioning Open Parking Closed Parking Seminar Room Internet Access Cable TV Hair Dryer Mini-Bar Hotel Lounge/Bar Safe in Room Room Service Restaurant

Departure

Departure

After breakfast, end of the services. Meals (B/-/-) 
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Cinque Terre Running Tour - Guided:

October 8-15, 2017 - 7 Nights / 8 Days

Double Occupancy - 4 persons minimum

3396 €/person

Double Occupancy - 6 persons

3048 €/person

Double Occupancy - 8 persons:

3024€/person

Single Supplement:

864 €

Extra Nights before and after:

Monterosso:

176 €/person

Custom Groups :

TBD €/person


* This tour is only offered October 8-15, 2017, but is possible on other dates for custom groups of minimum 4 participants.

 

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+ What's Included?

- 7 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
- Daily breakfast
- 6 dinners (except Day 4)
- Luggage transfer from Monterosso to Portovenere on Day 5
- Private transfer on Day 3 and Day 7
- All transfers by trains, and boats as mentioned in the program
- Wine tasting on Day 4
- Lunch in Lucca, Day 7
- Professional English speaking trail guide, available from Day 1 to Day 8 (2 guides from 8 pax)
- Cinque terre card
- Detailed maps and directions in English
- Pre travel documentation

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 hotels in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:
- Hotel Porto Roca**** with sea view rooms - 4 nights Monterosso
- Grand Hotel Portovenere**** - 3 nights Portovenere

** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Amazing coastal scenes of impossibly constructed villages
- Tranquil paths between the villages
- Top quality 4 star lodging in picturesque towns

Need to Know:
- Tour is guided, and is only recommended for experienced distance trail runners. 20km and elevation changes along well worn paths is the average day. Speed is not important, but endurance is important. Accommodations can be made to shorten a few days. Amazing scenery keeps your mind off the running and it will be necessary to walk over certain sections when stairs or rocks are present.
- Training guidelines are available. This is highly recommended for running clubs and groups of people who currently train together.
 
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
 
Dates: October 8-15, 2017. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 4 or more; please inquire.
 
Level 4+ Challenging; for experienced trail runners.
 
Arrival & Departure: Genova, Milan or Pisa airports are your best arrival point, and then take the train to Levanto and on to Monterosso. Trains run throughout Italy.

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    Local Trail Guide: We have built this tour with the help of Mandala Trail, the leading trail running and event company in Italy and the Alpine region of France and Italy. Guides are professionals with years of training and experience in guiding including emergency wilderness medicine as well as athletic and trail running experience at a high level. This trip is for strong and somewhat serious runners who want to work hard and play hard. Our guides will give you the best of both in this incredibly scenic destination! They live in the region and know it so well!  

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    On this trip we recommend:
    - trail running shoes, well broken in

    - trekking poles

    - lightweight clothing that is wicking, convertible, sun protective

    - wind and water proof jacket

    - bathing suit, sun glasses, sunscreen

    - backpack

    - 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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    "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




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    Italy - Cinque Terre Running Tour

    Tour Type: Guided Trail Running Level 4
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    Distance: 4-6 hours/day
    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
    Availability: Oct 8-15, 2017
    Cost: Starting at €3396





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