Italy: Trekking the Cinque Terre - Self-Guided Tour

  • Tours & Multi-centres in Italy

Pack your comfiest walking boots and get ready for a trekking adventure! The UNESCO listed Cinque Terre has some of the most famous and picturesque walks in Italy. We’ve planned a week long self-guided tour so that you to explore the villages at your own pace. With walking maps and transport included, you can relax as you take in the scenery, knowing that all the details are taken care of.

Tour highlights

  • Spend 8 days trekking to the villages of the Cinque Terre at your own pace
  • Stay in comfortable four-star accommodation
  • Explore the colourful port of La Spezia and its bustling markets
  • Visit Isola Palmaria for a breath-taking hike in a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Use trains, boats or busses to get around and reach the best hiking trails
  • You'll be given detailed maps with suggestions of where to visit

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Itinerary

Day 1:UK to Cinque Terre

When you arrive at the airport take your transfer to the colourful port of La Spezia. After you’ve checked in to your hotel you’ll have time to explore the town. If you’re peckish check out La Spezia Market – you’ll find tasty snacks like freshly baked focaccia, to feat on.

Day 2:Isola Palmaria

Hop on a boat to Isola Palmaria off the coast of Liguria. The UNESCO protected island remains largely untouched with wild beaches, weather beaten rock faces and crystal clear waters. Today you’ll explore it on foot – a seven kilometre route will lead you across the island, through the forests and up to the top of the cliffs overlooking the sea, where it is not uncommon to spot pods of dolphins. The hike takes about two hours, so you’ll have time for a swim before you head back on the boat.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3:Riomaggiore to Campiglia

After a hearty breakfast, take the train from La Spezia down to Riomaggiore. Grab your map and hit the trails – route number three goes through the vineyards to the Madonna di Montenero, one of the five sanctuaries of Our Lady of Grace. A little further on you’ll reach Colle del Telegrafo fortress – it’s up on the southern ridge above Riomaggiore, so you’re in for great views. The path gets a bit more challenging from here as you weave along the steep cliffs close to Campiglia, but don’t worry, softer and flatter terrain is just around the corner as you ease back towards Portovenere.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4:Monterosso al Mare to Levanto

Take the train across to Monterosso al Mare. You’ll spend today weaving through the lush olive groves and pinewood forests that lead to Levanto. The town’s famous for its medieval architecture, rugged coastline and crystal clear waters – it’s a real hidden gem. Path number one goes along the bay and up into the hillside, where you’ll reach Punta Mesco. Cobbled walkways give way to luscious greenery and panoramic views – at the highest point of this walk, you’ll be able to see the three islands – Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. You can then take the train back from Levanto to La Spezia.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5:Cornglia, Vernazza to Monterosso

Take the train to Cornglia – it’s up on a steep promontory, so from the station you’ll have 377 steps to tackle before you reach the centre. It’s worth the climb, but you’ll deserve a coffee break! Once you’ve explored, carry on to Vernazza – we’d say it’s the most picturesque of the five villages. It feels like a place lost in time, with colourful houses climbing the cliffs, topped by the beautiful church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia. From here, if you take path number two, you’ll arrive in Monterosso. It’s where you’ll find the best beaches and there are lots of local wine shops, artisan food stores and award winning restaurants here too - so you’ll have plenty to choose from if you’ve worked up an appetite. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: The Sanctuary Path

Today’s walk is along one of the oldest routes known to the area – the Sanctuary Path. Lined with centuries old oaks, it links the five sanctuaries of the Cinque Terre. They’re some of the most revered sites in the Ligurian Riviera. Return to Monterosso by train.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7:Ligura National Park

On your final full day, take the train from Monterosso to the Parco Naturale. The National Park’s packed full of ancient trails that pass through historical settlements. Make your way to Corniglia again. If you take the path from here down to the beaches you’ll arrive in Manarola, one of the smallest villages of the Cinque Terre. Take your time exploring the restaurants, local galleries and markets tucked away in the lemon groves.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8:Cinque Terre to UK 

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

  • 7 nights 4* accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Cinque Terre rail card, bus tickets and boat transfers as detailed in the itinerary
  • Information material and detailed maps of the area 

Your holiday excludes:

  • Any extras, drinks and personal expenses
  • Hotel city tax

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Hotels

★★★★ Hotel La Spezia, La Spezia (3 nights)

★★★★ Hotel Palme, Monterosso (4 nights)

Departure dates

  • Flexible daily departures

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This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information

Due to the constantly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we may need to change or withdraw at short notice some advertised accommodation facilities and resort services to help keep everyone safe.

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