Highlights

  • Mountain trails and coastal paths
  • Sample wine praised by the Romans
  • Taste traditional Genovese spaghetti
  • Explore elegant Portofino
  • Visit 1,200-year-old Abbey of San Fruttuoso

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 amphitheatre at Volastra.

Enjoy a taste of the high-life at Portofino as we explore the prettily-painted old harbor and admire the yachts.

Sunday Overnight: Grand Hotel Portovenere

Meet in La Spezia and transfer to our hotel in stunning Portovenere, for a Welcome Dinner and Introductory Talk.

Monday Overnight: Grand Hotel dei Castelli

Walk on wooded tracks from a tiny hilltop village on the Cinque Terre Peninsula, beside the Gulf of La Spezia to Riomaggiore. After lunch, visit the lovely beach town of Monterosso before continuing by train to our seaside hotel.

Tuesday Overnight: Grand Hotel dei Castelli

Explore the hilltop village of Volastra, high above the Italian Riviera, where locals tend steeply terraced vineyards overlooking the sea. After lunch enjoying the views from lovely Corniglia, we continue to Sestri Levante by train.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

Today's route follows an ancient mountain trail, walking through forests and pastures, with outstanding views of the sea in one direction and mountain woodlands in the other. We lunch on an elegant terrace overlooking the sparkling Ligurian Sea and descend to Rapallo by cable car, en route to our seaside hotel in the fishing village of Camogli.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

Walk to Punta Chiappa, then board a boat that will take us past the towering cliffs of the Portofino National Park to the 1,200-year-old monastery of San Fruttuoso, a jewel accessible only by sea or on foot. After lunch, we can continue our hike uphill along the cliffs to Santa Margherita, or return to Camogli by boat.

Friday Overnight: Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

Today's route follows an ancient path through oak and chestnut forests to the jewel of the Italian Riviera, Portofino. In a small piazza very close to the harbor, enjoy lunch in a favorite little restaurant serving spaghetti with pesto, prepared in the traditional Genovese way. You will never forget it. After lunch, we explore the old harbor, wander around the tiny streets with their yachting boutiques and art galleries, and walk to the lighthouse before boarding a ferry for the voyage back across the bay to our Farewell Dinner.

Saturday

The Wayfarers provide transportation to Santa Margherita Ligure Rail Station.
Moderate-Energetic
"There's laughter and the fun of being with people. The walks are so well organized, yet there's spontaneity"
Terrain: Coastal trails, mule tracks,well defined paths and many stone steps. Paths can be rocky. Hiking boots with good ankle support strongly recommended. 8-10 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,995.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $795.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $4,745.00

Dates

From Sep 9 to Sep 15 (more dates)
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Arrival: La Spezia Rail Station
Departure: Santa Margherita Ligure Rail Station

Activities

Walk ClassicBoat RideCoastal walkingTrain Ride
Cinque Terre September 2018 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Grand Hotel Portovenere

Grand Hotel Portovenere

Overlooking the picturesque medieval fishing village and harbor of Portovenere, this historic building, a former convent, has been carefully renovated to create an elegant and beautiful hotel. Rooms are decorated in tones of sea green, sand and yellow in a mix of contemporary and classic styles, to reflect the light and colors of the sea. Sit in the Palmaria restaurant on the beautiful terrace and take in the view while enjoying a candlelit dinner prepared by Executive Chef Enrico Faccenda and his team, who use the best of local produce to provide a unique culinary experience. All guest rooms have a balcony and are equipped with air conditioning and heating, satellite TV, free wi-fi, hair-dryer, safe and mini-bar.

Grand Hotel dei Castelli

Grand Hotel dei Castelli

Set on the Sestri Levante Peninsula, this elegant hotel in a medieval castle features a 13th-century tower once used for radio transmissions by Guglielmo Marconi. Overlooking a wonderful, great park, Grand Hotel Dei Castelli offers panoramic views in a quiet and privileged position. It's a 6-minute walk from the Basilica di Santa Maria di Nazareth.
Rooms include free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minibars. The gardens feature a sundeck and an amphitheater, plus an elevator for access to a private beach and a natural pool.

Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

In the quaint fishing village of Camogli, stands one of the most charming hotels in Liguria. Its story began in 1565 when a family of aristocratic Dogi, which governed a great part of Italy, decided to build a villa as their retreat. Many of the frequent visitors were Cardinals and Priests, which inspired the Dogi to build a beautiful little chapel at the villa which still exists. Many years later the property was bought by the noble family of Emilio De Ferrari who transformed the estate into a park and hotel. Views, which are nothing short of spectacular, can now be enjoyed from the hotels private beach, terrace bar and restaurant. Other facilities include a health club, tennis courts and an outdoor seawater swimming pool with sun terrace. Bedrooms are tastefully decorated with period furnishings and air-conditioning plus private bathroom, hairdryer, satellite TV and mini bar.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants