Italy: Trekking the Cinque Terre - Self-Guided Tour

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The UNESCO listed Cinque Terre offers some of the most famous and picturesque walks in Italy. This week long self-guided tour allows you to explore them 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

  • Trek across the wonderful villages of the Cinque Terre at your own pace
  • Explore the colourful port of La Spezia and its bustling markets
  • Visit Isola Palmaria for a breathtaking hike in a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Enjoy the use of rail, boat or bus included in your holiday to get you to the best hiking trails
  • Discover incredible hiking trails taking in the natural beauty and charm of the Cinque Terre
  • You'll be given detailed maps with suggestions of where to visit

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Day 1:UK to Cinque Terre

After arriving at the airport you'll transfer to the colourful port of La Spezia, a maritime town steeped in history and still home to the Italian Navy. Having checked into your room at the Hotel CDH La Spezia, the afternoon is yours to explore the town. We suggest taking a stroll around La Spezia Market, an open but covered marketplace offering up delicious locally sourced dishes from freshly baked focaccia to cuttlefish and squid, and of course the anchovies for which the harbour is best known.

Day 2:Isola Palmaria

Enjoy a full day visiting the stunning Isola Palmaria off the coast ofLiguria. Spanning just 0.6 square miles, this island remains largely untouched with wild beaches, weather beaten rock faces and crystal clear waters and was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. You will then begin the two hour hike across the island which will take you through the forests and up the cliff sides overlooking the sea below where it is not uncommon to spot pods of dolphins. After a seven kilometre walk, you will take the boat back to Portvenere and return to your hotel for the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3:Riomaggiore to Campiglia

After a hearty breakfast, you will take the train from La Spezia down to Riomaggiore, the first of the Cinque Terre one meets when travelling north. Once you arrive, use your trail map to take the number 3 path from town up through the blossoming vineyards to the Madonna di Montenero, the shrine of Our Lady of Grace. Also known as the Sanctuary of Montenero, this awe inspiring building is maintained by the Vallumbrosan monks and dedicated to the patron of Tuscany, the aforementioned Our Lady of Grace. There are four other sanctuaries of this nature, one for each of the Cinque Terre.
Shortly after, you will pass through the Colle del Telegrafo which is located on the south ridge of Riomaggiore and home to some of the most stunning views the region has to offer. Following on from there, the path will take you to one of the more challenging routes just behind the village of Campiglia but don’t worry, softer and flatter terrain is just around the corner as you ease back towards Portovenere to return to your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4:Monterosso al Mare to Levanto

Start the day by taking the train over to the stunning resort of Monterosso al Mare where you will spend the day weaving through the lush olive groves and pinewood forests to the resort of Levanto. Famous for its medieval architecture, rugged coastline and crystalline waters, Levanto is truly a hidden gem tucked away in the Riviera. Taking the number one path along the bay and up into the hillside, you will arrive at Punta Mesco on a walk known as the Hermitage of Sant’Antonio. The cobbled walkways soon give way to luscious greenery and panoramic views of the bay – be sure to keep an eye out for any sculptures dotted around created by a local but unknown artist. At the highest point of this walk, you will be able to see the three islands – Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. You can then take the train back from Levanto direct to La Spezia for a night of well-earned rest.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5:Vernazza

Today marks perhaps the busiest but most exciting day so far as a train journey up the steep promontory takes you to two exclusive wild golden sand beaches. After a walk along the sand or indeed a dip in the cool sea to ease your muscles, stay the path until you arrive in the medieval fishing village of Vernazza. Seemingly lost in time, the warmth of the colourful houses climbing the clifftops and formidable shadow of the Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church only add to the almost mythical feel of Vernazza. Arriving in Monterosso, you will have time to explore the local wine shops, artisan food stores and rosette winning restaurants such as L’Ancora della Tortuga famous for its fresh fish dishes and homemade pastas. Take the train back to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: The Sanctuary Path

Starting in the centre of Monterosso, today gives you the opportunity to walk one of the oldest paths known to the area – the Sanctuary Path. Lined with centuries old oaks, this route will guide you to some of the most revered sites in the Ligurian Riviera including the Santuario di Nostra Signora di Soviore where the famed wooden statue our Lady resides and also the communes of Corniglia and Cogoleto the terrorities of which extend from the sea right the way through to the Ligurian Apennines. 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 Regionale delle Alpi Liguri – the national park of Liguria which allows you to journey from valley to valley using the ancient trails and panoramic slopes passing through historical settlements. Reaching Corniglia, you can take the path down to the beaches and arrive in Manarola, one of the smallest villages of the Cinque Terre. Take your time exploring the many restaurants, local galleries and markets tucked away in the lemon groves before making your way back to the hotel.

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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★★★★ 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

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