7 days
  • 6 day self guided walk
  • 6 nights in a studio apartment
  • 2 Dinners


Trip Code: SOG4699

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 northern Italy are a series of five small fishing villages dug into the cliffs where the Appenine mountains meet the Mediterranean coastline. Each village is set between the beach and the hills and has its own special characteristics. There are almost no cars and being hard to access has helped to protect their unique heritage. It is on 15th century footpaths high above the sea, that you will explore the Liguria National Park. 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. There are few walks in Europe which capture so many highlights in such a compact area.

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Arrive in Corniglia and meet with our representative, who will direct you to your apartment. After settling in, take the time to visit the small village or take a swim at the beach far below. Overnight Corniglia for the next 6 nights.

Meals:  D

The order you choose to do the walks is completely up to you. Our first recommendation is along the panoramic Azzurro trail which takes you to two of the five colourful villages that make up the Cinque Terre, among which Vernazza is the most stunning. Traverse between scrublands, farmyards, gardens, vineyards and orchards and along alleys leading to interesting sites such as the beautiful Santa Margherita di Antiocha Church of Ligurian gothic style. Return to Corniglia by train. Duration: 3h 30 min :: Ascent: 410m :: Descent: 500m :: Walking distance: 7.5km

Meals:  Nil

Rich from its religious past, the northern part of the Cinque Terre holds many remarkable buildings. The facades of the churches of San Giovanni Battista in Monterosso and Sant’Andrea in Levanto are decorated with Carrarra marble and serpentine in a purely Genoese gothic style. Beautiful trails along the ridge among conifers and deciduous trees lead to Punta Mesco, the Cinque Terre’s ultimate bastion. This abrupt cape made up of red rock watches over the whales, which swim in from the open sea to this preserved and tranquil area each year to give birth. On arrival in Levanto there are many relics from the Middle Ages which can be found in the middle of the small town: the castle, ramparts, and the clock tower, to name a few. Return to Corniglia by train. Duration: 4h 30min :: Ascent: 650m :: Descent: 650m :: Walking distance: 10km

Meals:  Nil

Todays 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”. The coastal views are oustanding during the walk and depending on visibility, it is possible to see the northeastern part of Tuscany, which begins in the Magra river valley, as well as the outline of the Apuane Alps in the background. If the mountains are still snowcovered in spring, the permanent white areas midway on their slopes indicate the vast marble quarries of Carrara, which have been operating since Antiquity. The return walk from Zanego to Lerici is along an overhanging path among olive trees on the old stone paths of the Montemarcello. Duration: 3.5h :: Ascent: 400m :: Descent: 400m :: Walking distance: 10km

Meals:  Nil

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 products. During the September harvest, this is where convoys of raisins climb up 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, the hike snakes between dry stone walls. The plunging views of small villages clinging to mountain spurs are a photographer’s dream. The highlights of the walk continue with the discovery of Riomaggiore and its animated multicoloured alleys. Duration: 4 hours :: Ascent: 495m :: Descent: 500m :: Walking distance: 7.8km

Meals:  Nil

The climb starting in Marola opens up to beautiful views of the city of La Spezia, also called the Gulf of Poets. When visibility is good, it is possible to see the Apennine mountain range as well as the Apuane Alps and their white marble quarries. The hike climbs up through gardens before going through the Castellana marble quarries where, even today, a rare black marble called portoro is mined. The seemingly idyllic landscape encountered during the descent into Portovenere is full of surprises: the calm and majestic gulf widens up towards the open sea and the islands that inspired such great poets, artists, and learned men and women as Byron, George Sand, Pétrarque, Montale, and Marconi where their creative impulses were nurtured during extended stays. Once a Roman port, Portovenere became a part of the republic of Genoa in the middle ages. Being the closest military post to Tuscany, this was a place from which sea battles were waged with its eternal (and current) rival and neighbour, the republic of Pisa. Today, the area is visited by many tourists, who come to enjoy its ancient architecture: houses on the cliffs, castles and ramparts towards the hill, meandering alleys, and the Genoese gothic churches of San Lorenzo and San Pietro. Duration: 3 hours Ascent: 510m :: Descent: 510m :: Walking distance: 8.5km

Meals:  D

Arrangements end on check out from your apartment in the morning.

Meals:  Nil


  • 6 nights in a studio apartment on a twin share basis. Upgrades available - Two Bedroom Apartment - accommodates up to 4 people in 2 bedrooms with one double and two twin beds. One Bedroom Apartment - accommodates 3 people in 2 beds and one pull out sofa. NOTE: The studios are all self catering and include basic cooking facilities
  • Route directions and maps
  • Assistance from our on site representative
  • train tickets to access the 5 walks (where applicable)
  • 2 dinners (day one and 6) Typical italian 3 course meals

  • Travel to and from Corniglia
  • Meals not noted on the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees for sites
  • Bus trips, boat trips and additional train trips. Allow around EUR20 per person (more if you take an excursion to Pisa)
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking trip
  • Travel insurance
  • 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.
  • local taxes - allow EUR1 per person per day - payable locally



INTRODUCTORY – GRADE 1 If you are not used to walking in mountainous terrain this walk may be considered more challenging than the introductory grade we have set. It is graded introductory in comparison to other walks we offer in Europe. There are some more difficult sections and short ascents on rough surfaces, however overall the distances are usually less than 10km. During the hotter months the walk can be more demanding and this should be taken into account when you select the days 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 level of fitness is required. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. 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

Joining 11 June, 2018 - Ending 17 June, 2018


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