- duration 8 days
- tour type Private Tour
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Trek difficulty Easy
- Walk the famous 'Sentiero dell'Amore', full of poetry and romance
- Explore the hidden Cinque Terre, along less crowded paths
- Walk to the magical Portovenere and journey by boat to the beautiful island of Palmaria
- Discover the charming Portofino and walk to the hidden monastery of San Fruttuoso
This tour takes you through the extensive footpath networks of the area, where you will walk from village to village, between forests and vineyards and through the spectacular terraced landscape overlooking the sea. You will have also the time to visit the historic towns of Levanto, Portovenere, beautiful Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and picturesque Portofino. And of course, you can explore the five charming villages which make up the ‘Cinque Terre’, little gems of colourful houses in a green landscape.
Liguria is a beautiful coastal region in Northern Italy. It is protected from the northern winds by a continuous protective backbone of high mountains, from the peaks of the Maritime Alps to the Apennines. That's why Liguria is famed for its exceptionally mild weather all year round and why it is the perfect place, despite the uneven terrain, for the flourishing of lush flora including the typical shrubs of the Mediterranean maquis, and also the tall trees that are a typical feature of Alpine flora. It’s capital city Genova ‘La Superba’ has ruled the Mediterranean for centuries, but for hikers, the area is most known because of the stunning Cinque Terre.
The area of the ‘Cinque Terre’ gets its name from the five picturesque villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The area, now a major National Park, is a unique part of Italy. For over a thousand years people have lived in this dramatic landscape, slowly altering its features and cultivating the steep hillsides that lead down to rocky shores. An extensive network of ancient mule tracks – which today can be used as footpaths – takes you through an extraordinary landscape of terraces, built by hand with stones and earth.
But the region of Liguria has more to offer: the small towns of Portovenere, with a wonderful island just in front of it at the entrance to the ‘Gulf of Poets’, and the lively Levanto, a charming medieval town with a broad beach, both nearby. Of course, there is also the famed Peninsula of Portofino, known not only for the colourful Portofino itself, the resort for the Italian jet set, but also for the abbey of San Fruttuoso, located in an isolated inlet of this beautiful coastline, and wonderful Camogli, the city of the 1000 sailing ships.
Walking here is an unforgettable experience!
Day 1: Arrival in Levanto
Day 2: From Levanto to Monterosso
Day 3: The villages of the Cinque Terre
Day 4: From Riomaggiore to Campiglia and Portovenere
Day 5: The Gulf of Poets and Palmaria island
Day 6: San Fruttuoso and Camogli
Day 7: Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino
Day 8: End of the tour
- 7 breakfasts
- Extensive route notes, with description of the route & tourist information
- Maps at 1 : 25.000 scale (or more detailed)
- 24/7 assistance
- Luggage transfer
- Single Supplement
- Departure taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional additional tours or activities
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A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.Other Practical InformationAccommodation: All nights are spent in beautiful, characteristic familyrun hotels (generally 3star; 4star on request). All rooms have ensuite facilities. Nights 1, 2 & 3 are spent at Levanto, Monterosso or Riomaggiore (according to your choice). Nights 4 & 5 are spent in the beautiful fishing village of Portovenere in the Gulf of the Poets, in a comfortable hotel overlooking the bay and the island of Palmaria. Nights 6 & 7: The last two nights are spent in the wonderful little harbour town of Camogli or in Santa Margherita Ligure, the gateway to the Portofino Peninsula. Meals: All accommodations are on a B&B basis. No evening meals are included, so you are free to choose from the wide choice of restaurants in the area for your dinner. Your accommodation holder can give you good tips. On some occasions you can also choose to eat at the premises of the hotel. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price, but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or materials for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying. On some occasions you have the option to have your lunch in a restaurant along the way. Level of difficulty: Moderately easy. Mostly easy walks on wellmaintained paths, though some include uphill walking, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. On some days extensions or shortcuts are possible. Fitness: A high standard of fitness is not necessary but you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in the hot sun on dusty or stony tracks. Footpaths: Most paths are relatively well maintained, but during the season some paths can get overgrown (we are in continuous contact with local authorities to keep the paths clean – please help us by providing your feedback on the quality of the paths). Waymarking: A large part of the route is waymarked (mainly by the parks); elsewhere you need to follow the route descriptions provided together with the maps. With these, you will always be able to find your route.