An independent adventure in the "five lands"

Self-Guided Hiking in the Cinque Terre

6 nights — from USD1390

Our self-guided hike through the Cinque Terre takes you on a grand tour among the five villages of the Ligurian coast, famed for its blue skies, bluer seas and verdant coastline boasting breathtaking vistas. The full tour covers a continuous trail with a new leg each day. You set out from Portovenere, proceed through the Cinque Terre proper and finish in Levanto while following a maze of paths that offer some of the most extraordinary walks to be had in Italy. You can also opt to do just a portion of the walk. Either way, we provide you with all the tools you need to help you put your spirit of adventure into action.

Highlights

  • Walk along the entire coast of the Cinque Terre
  • Explore the fishing villages and mountain hamlets along the way
  • Visit Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso
  • Enjoy Ligurian specialties and the excellent local wines
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At a Glance
Depart From: Portovenere Finish In: Levanto
Starting Dates: Any day, all year long
Fitness Rating:3-4 Ratings Explained...

“...daily walks were fabulous...”

testimonial 1

We're still adjusting to being back to Canadian reality! We did have a wonderful time. Loved it all, and love Italy!

All the daily walks were fabulous. We especially liked the panoramic walk from Manorola to Corniglia, wow!, and the little town of Corniglia itself. We could not have been happier with the hotel in Portovenere, what a beautiful little town. Vernazza was also very pretty. All the stairs we climbed on those trails allowed to enjoy the local seafood (anchovies 5 different ways!) and we are still obsessed with the Trophi Pesto Genovese.

All in all, we had one of the best trips of our life. We are so pleased that we chose Girosole for this trip, and can't wait to go back and see other parts of Italy, especially the walking holidays!

— Marilyn and Doug Fell

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Itinerary Outline

Here is an outline of a suggested daily itinerary. You can shorten or lengthen this tour to fit your travel dates. For further information, please request a detailed itinerary.

  • Day one: Your tour rep meets you in La Spezia (easily reached by train from Pisa, Florence, Rome or Milan). Depending on your arrival time, you transfer either to Campiglia or Marola, followed by a walk to Portovenere where you'll be based for the next four nights.
  • Day two: Today features a walk on the island of Palmaria which stands directly in front of Portovenere. The trail cuts along cliffs facing out over the open sea, with views up and down the coast.
  • Day three: Starting in Campiglia, you contour along the coastal cliffs and through terraced vineyards to end in Riomaggiore, the southernmost village of the Cinque Terre proper.
  • Day four: You continue your exploration of the Cinque Terre, picking up in Manarola and walking to the village of Corniglia with spectacular panoramas along the way.
  • Day five: Today you walk from Vernazza to Monterosso, the northernmost village of the Cinque Terre. You'll spend the next two nights here.
  • Day six: Your final hike takes you from Monterosso to Levanto, north of the Cinque Terre, through cool pine forests perfect for a picnic.
  • Day seven: You depart the Cinque Terre from either the Monterosso or Levanto train station. From here, you can easily reach all of Italy, including Florence, Rome and Milan.
Cinque Terre map

What's Included

We suggest the following inclusions based on the proposed itinerary (above) and prices (below). Keep in mind that you can modify these as per your own preferences.

  • 6 nights accommodation with en-suite facilities
  • 6 days of walking
  • breakfast each day
  • detailed maps and route descriptions
  • a descriptive guide of the various sites to see
  • a cell phone for emergencies
  • a Tour Rep to oversee your tour and move your luggage each day
  • all transportation within the tour
  • Cinque Terre Park Pass
  • travel guidance for pre/post-tour activities

(Not included are airfare, wine and other beverages with alcohol, personal purchases such as laundry, phone calls, frigobar items etc., and anything not specifically included above.)

Pricing

We price this tour for the following categories of accommodation. We also tier-price based on your group's size. You can keep your tour private to your own group or you can open your tour for other travelers to join, thereby taking advantage of our tier discounts. Single Supplements (sing. supp.) are charged on single occupancy rooms only. All prices are quoted per person in USD.

accomm. level 2+ p sing. supp.
comfort 1390 390
select 1690 490
select/first class 2090 690

Scheduling

You can schedule this tour to start on any day of the week, all year long. As with all our tours, you tell us the dates you would like to start your tour, allowing you the maximum in flexibility and convenience (full explanation).

“...a wonderful time!”

testimonial 2

I thought the trip and itineraries were fabulous ... the views, the landscape, and the experience itself were so rewarding. The trek directions were very good. Danilo was very good to us and he stayed in good contact with us throughout that itinerary. I loved it!

Thank you very much, Luciano, for a wonderful time! I loved the whole time there, and highly recommend the itinerary. I am hoping to go to Sicily within the next year, so I'll be in touch for your recommendations.

— Toni (Antonia)

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Manarola's rocky cliffs

Cinque Terre