• 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

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

Monday Overnight: Hotel Miramare Sestri Levante

Wooded tracks lead us from a tiny hilltop village to a walk along the Cinque Terre Peninsula beside the shining Gulf of La Spezia. We hike to Riomaggiore where we have lunch. We visit Monterosso and continue by train to our seaside hotel in Sestri Levante. At the Bay of Silence, we listen to the whisper of the waves, that inspired Hans Christian Andersen, the fairy-tale writer.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Miramare Sestri Levante

We explore the hilltop village of Volastra, where locals tend steeply terraced vineyards overlooking the sea. After lunch in lovely Corniglia, we continue to Sestri Levante by train.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

After a short drive, we walk 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.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

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. After lunch, we either hike uphill and along the cliffs to Santa Margherita, or we return to Camogli by boat. There we can enjoy shopping in the old town and relax at the pool or private beach of our hotel.

Friday Overnight: Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

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 to our Farewell Dinner.


The Wayfarers transfer you to Santa Margherita Ligure Rail Station.
"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.


6 nights from
US $4,595.00
Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement US $655.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is US $4,745.00


From Sep 24 to Sep 30 (more dates)
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Arrival: La Spezia Rail Station
Departure: Santa Margherita Ligure Rail Station
Cinque Terre September 2017 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.

Hotel Miramare

Hotel Miramare

Hotel Miramare is located in the cobbled streets in the heart of Sestri Levante amid a pot pourri of different perfumes, tastes and artforms from the past and shop windows exuding a blend of colours 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 airconditioning. 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.

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