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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 6 nights in a studio apartment
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

Adult$650USD

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Overview

Trip Code: CTV

Trip highlights


  • Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery
  • Explore the fascinating towns of Corniglia and Vernazza
  • Walk along 15th Century footpaths to discover small beaches, high cliffs and incredible views
  • Enjoy delicious culinary specialties of the region
  • Stay in the heart of Cinque Terre in your own apartment

The Cinque Terre in Liguria are a series of five small fishing villages dug into the cliffs where the Apennine mountains meet the Mediterranean coast line. Each village has retained its character and traditions from earlier times, impressively perched between the rocky shoreline and the steep terraced hills. The extensive network of trails connecting the villages pass through olive groves and terraced vineyards, with sweeping views of the vast expanse of the Mediterranean below. Beyond the five villages of Cinque Terre the walks take in some of the lesser known villages, towns and stretches of the Ligurian coastline. This centre based walk will see you living like a local, based in an apartment in the charming middle town of Corniglia and sourcing your wine, bread and antipasto from the local providers.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

Arrive in Corniglia and meet with our representative who will direct you to your apartment. After settling in you can explore the lovely village of Corniglia.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you set out for your first walk along the busy panoramic Azzurro trail, which takes you to two of the five colourful villages that make up the Cinque Terre. Take the train to Monterosso al Mare to start your walk, which will take you via stunning Vernazza and leads you back to Corniglia, following the coastline. Traverse between scrublands, farmyards, gardens, vineyards and orchards and along alleys leading to interesting sites such as the beautiful Santa Margherita di Antiocha Church built in the Ligurian Gothic style. The route is straightforward and easy to follow, with some ascents and descents and includes some stone staircases that can be challenging. Walking: Ascent: 480m :: Descent: 405m :: Distance: 7km

Meals:  B

Rich from its religious past, the northern part of the Cinque Terre holds many remarkable buildings, which you can discover today on your walk between Bonassola and Monterosso, crossing the Punta Mesco and via the seaside town of Levanto. The facades of the churches of San Giovanni Battista in Monterosso and Sant’Andrea in Levanto are decorated with Carrara marble and serpentine in a purely Genovese Gothic style. Follow beautiful trails along the ridge among conifers and deciduous trees leading to Punta Mesco, the Cinque Terre’s ultimate bastion, an abrupt cape overlooking the open sea with views over the surrounding mountains. Levanto has many relics from the Middle Ages which can be found in the middle of the small town: the castle, ramparts, the clock tower, to name a few. Return travel by train between Corniglia and Bonassola/Monterosso (extra). Walking: Ascent: 750m :: Descent: 750m :: Distance: 10km

Meals:  B

The Tramonti coast, the steepest and most cultivated section of the Cinque Terre, is less visited than other parts of the coast. This is where you will find the small towns of Schiara, Monesteroli, Fossola, and Campi, all of which were built around vine cultivation and vinification. The area still produces wine, with folks from La Spezia, Campiglia, and Biassa maintaining the tradition in their spare time. The route today is very scenic, with spectacular views of Portovenere and the Gulf of La Spezia. A short train ride takes you to Riomaggiore to start your walk. You climb gradually to Colle del Telegrafo from where the trail gently descends towards Marola along a panoramic ridge trail and passes through the village of Campiglia. From Campiglia you can continue to Portvenere along an old steep footpath (for those not afraid of heights), or take the bus to Marola or La Spezia. At the end of the walk, return by train to Corniglia. Walking: Ascent: 700m :: Descent: 700m :: Distance: 11km

Meals:  B

At the heart of the Cinque Terre, the Volastra domain is home to the most prestigious viticultural lands due to their aesthetic qualities and the high quality of their produce. During the September harvest, the grapes climb the steepest slopes on monorails, seeming to leap into the sea below - it is a truly impressive sight. Overlooking the coast and the green open spaces and terraces, today's hike snakes between dry stone walls, and the plunging views of villages clinging to mountain spurs are a photographer’s dream. The first part of the walk is quite steep, then you take the path to Volastra where the route becomes flat and very panoramic. The last section to Riomaggiore is on steep stairs. From Riomaggiore take a train back to Corniglia, or you can take the train to Manarola (the walking path 'Via dell'Amore' is closed), with its scenic multi-coloured alleys, returning afterwards to Corniglia. Walking: Ascent: 740m :: Descent: 360m :: Distance: 10km

Meals:  B

OPTION 1 - The Montemarcello-Magra Natural Park This hike follows portions of the AGV trail, which connects the Portovenere ridges to La Spezia and the Montemarcello, at the boundaries of Liguria and Tuscany. The name stands for “Alta Via del Golfo”, which means “high road over the gulf”. In good visibility it is possible to see the north-eastern part of Tuscany, which begins in the Magra river valley, as well as the outline of the Apuane Alps in the background. The return trip from Zanego to Lerici presents an overhanging path among olive trees on the old stone paths of the Montemarcello. Walking: Ascent: 868m :: Descent: 869m :: Distance: 15km OPTION 2 - Portofino Natural Park The peninsula in the gulf of Genoa was created by ancient glaciers, which carried large moraines to the edge of the sea while sliding down the Ligurian Alps. These rounded rocks and boulders were torn from the landscape by the moving ice and ended up here. Then, a fine cement binded the boulders to form a hard rock that can be found throughout Portofino Natural Park. The paths are an excellent way to discover the area’s history: monastic life in San Fruttuoso, isolated farms and ancient agricultural terraces, stories of pirates or smugglers hidden in secret coves. The wild interior of the peninsula is in stark contrast to the beautifully decorated towns of Portofino and Santa Margherita. Walking: Ascent: 918m :: Descent: 902m :: Distance: 12km OPTION 3 - From Marola (La Spezia) to Portovenere - The Gulf of Poets (4hrs) Take the train to Marola and the bus to Campiglia. The route is very scenic, with spectacular views of the coastline, Portovenere and the Gulf of la Spezia, walking on well-marked footpaths. Walking: Ascent: 100m :: Descent: 600m :: Distance: 5km

Meals:  B

Arrangements conclude after breakfast this morning. Additional nights can be added on request.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights in a studio apartment (Category C) on a twin share basis.
  • Upgrades are available to Category A (2 bedroom) & B (1 bedroom) apartments, to accommodate up to 4 people - supplements apply. Note: Category A cannot be booked in twin bedded configurations.
  • All apartments are self catering and include basic cooking facilities
  • Information pack including route note and maps per apartment booked
  • Assistance from our on-sight representative

  • Travel to and from Corniglia
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks. An optional 6 dinner package is available – ask your consultant for details.
  • Train, bus, ferry and national park ticket extra - allow EUR60pp
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees for sites
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Local taxes - allow EUR1 per person per day - payable locally
  • Cinque Terre card - allow EUR14.50 for a two day pass (subject to change without notice). The pass is not required on all walking days.

Accommodation


Grading

introductory to moderate  

INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE – GRADE 2 If you are not used to walking in mountainous terrain this walk may be considered more challenging than the introductory to moderate grade we have set. It is graded introductory to moderate in comparison to other walks we offer in Europe. The walking hours noted above are based on the walking speed of regular walkers, however the walks may take longer for people who are not used to walking in mountainous terrain, or for people walking in the heat of the summer months. There are some more difficult sections and short ascents on rough surfaces, however overall the distances are usually less than 10km. It can be tiring walking along the stone steps of diverse sizes. During the hotter months the walk can be more demanding and this should be taken into account when you select the day's walk. To fully participate you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day. The terrain offers a classic landscape of small (although sometimes steep) hills, olive groves and vineyards and some days you will have shorter and longer walking options. A reasonable to good level of fitness is required. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared - the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the walking. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Mar to 30 Nov

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 20 Apr to 30 Sep - supplement applies.
DN2
2 bedroom apartment is configured with one twin bedded room and one double bed room.

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Total Priceper person from

Adult from$650USD

Child from$340USD** See below for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement (standard studio)USD$310
*Prices listed are per person

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We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

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Our wide range of self-guided itineraries embody the UTracks philosophy of exploring Europe your way. We handle the logistics so all that's left for you to do is enjoy exploring Europe at your own pace. Most depart daily with a minimum of two people, meaning maximum flexibility.

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With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

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