Cinque Terre & The Riviera
The ancient trade routes of the Roman Empire are our territory for this unique Walk through the World Heritage Site of the Cinque Terre or Five Lands. We trek cliff-top footpaths overlooking the Mediterranean and picturesque harbor towns of the Italian Riviera.
Passing through olive groves, pungent pine forests and quiet mountain pastures, we discover the towering cliffs of the Portofino National Park, a 1,200 year-old monastery and a giant vineyard amphitheater at Volastra.
Enjoy a taste of the high-life at Portofino as we explore the prettily-painted old harbor and admire the yachts.
7 days, 6 nights
Walk Rating: Moderate to Energetic. Coastal trails, mule tracks, well defined paths and many stone steps. Paths can be rocky. 10-12 miles walking per day.
US$4395.00 per person double occupancy
US$4395.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins in Sestri Levante, with arrival at rail station of Sestri Levante. Walk finishes in Camogli with departure from Santa Margherita Ligure Rail Station.
Rendezvous in Sestri Levante, the Pearl of the Italian Riviera, for a Welcome Dinner and Introductory Talk. At the Bay of Silence, we listen to the whisper of the waves, that inspired Hans Christian Andersen, the Fairy tale writer.
Wooded tracks lead us from a tiny hilltop village to an easy walk along the Cinque Terre Peninsula beside the shining Gulf of La Spezia. We hike to Riomaggiore where we have lunch in a local restaurant in the tiny harbour and then board the ferry to Monterosso for a short visit of the quaint town, the only one in the Cinque Terre featuring a long beach. We continue by train to our seaside hotel in Sestri Levante.
After the train ride to Riomaggiore we explore the hilltop village of Volastra, where locals still tend the steeply terraced vineyards overlooking the sea. Seated in a local "wine Canteen" we enjoy a family style lunch, before hiking in the afternoon along the coastal path to the lovely town of Corniglia and on to Sestri Levante by train.
After a short drive, we hike an ancient mountain trail through forests and pastures. We marvel at the outstanding views of the sea in one direction and forests and mountains in the other. We lunch on an elegant terrace overlooking the sparkling Ligurian Sea and descend to Rapallo by cable car, and on to our seaside hotel for dinner.
Our trail leads through oak and chestnut forests along an ancient route to the charming village of Portofino. In a small piazza very close to the harbor, We enjoy our lunch in a quaint little restaurant which serves tasty spaghetti with pesto, prepared in the traditional Genovese way. After lunch, we explore the old harbor, wander around the tiny streets with their yachting boutiques and art galleries, and walk to the lighthouse at Punta Portofino, before boarding a ferry for the voyage back across the bay.
We walk to Punta Chiappa, where we board a boat to take us past the towering cliffs of the Portofino National Park to the 1,200 year-old monastery of San Fruttuoso, accessible only by sea or on foot. We climb the many steps to join well-worn by-ways known to the monks of old and wind our way through olive groves and pungent pine forests, high above the sea. We return to Camogli for our Farewell Dinner.
The Wayfarers transfer you to Santa Margherita Ligure Rail Station.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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Hotel Miramare - Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
Via Cappellini 9
16039 Sestri Levante (GE)
Hotel Miramare is located in the cobbled streets in the heart of Sestri Levante amid a pot pourri of different perfumes, tastes and art forms from the past and shop windows exuding a blend of colors and light. The hotel has been built in the classic Ligurian architecture facing the Bay of Silence, offering elegance, a warm atmosphere and familiarity. Room amenities include ensuite bathroom, satellite TV, telephone, personal safe, hairdryer and air conditioning. The inside of the Restaurant "Baia del Silenzio", located on the beautiful sandy bay, offers the perfect atmosphere for dinner by candle light. The interior garden filled with typical Mediterranean vegetation can be accessed via the private sandy beach.
This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.
Before & After Your Walk:
- Have a few days in the lap of luxury in Monte Carlo and then take the coastal train to the Wayfarers' Walk.
- Spend a day or two in Genoa with its famous harbor , the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and one of the four powerful maritime Republics in the Middle Ages. Many fine buildings in Genoa from the 16th and 17th centuries have been beautifully preserved. Only 7km from Genoa is the satellite town of Nervi, one of Italy's oldest seaside resorts and home to some magnificent museums.
May, June and September are mild and very pleasant in this area. The average temperature in the day rises to around 73-76ºF (23-25ºC) with possible daytime peaks up to 82-86ºF (28-30°C). Average night-time temperatures are around 50 to 63ºF (13-17ºC) so you may need a sweater or light jacket in the evenings. This area is encircled on the North by high mountains and so is protected from cooler winds. However, when the southerly Libeccio (the southwest wind) or the Scirocco blow towards the coast, it can be a little fresher with an occasional rain storm. Rainfall can occur at any time, but particularly in September, so you need to bring good quality, light rain protection on all walks.
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