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Guided Walking : Europe

Italy: Portofino & Cinque Terre

Moderate to Challenging Terrain: 3-5 Miles Daily

Italy Cinque Terra Map

Along the mild and marvelous Ligurian Riviera—where wooden fishing boats bob beside candy-colored waterfronts—the legendary Cinque Terre, Italy’s “five lands,” has beguiled travelers since the days of Dante. In this region of fragrant macchia, crooked medieval streets, peaceful terraced gardens, and ancient stone steps, you’ll walk from hillside grape arbors to ancient village ports, following undulating trails through lemon and olive groves. Among rugged landscapes and pastel-hued villages, you’ll walk into the soul of Italy—accessible only by train, boat, or foot—where the peal of bell towers gives way to the wild chorus of evening cicadas, and small boats chug out to sea by lantern light. Your rewarding adventure is made more rich by scenic walks in and around jet-setting Portofino and along the medieval ramparts of Lucca, a stunningly preserved Tuscan treasure. With a year-round temperate climate, the Cinque Terre offers a sensuous experience unlike any in Italy.


Tour Highlights:
  • Cross the Gulf of the Poets—which once inspired Byron, Shelley, and Petrarch—in a vintage wooden speedboat as sunset paints the coast, and toast the view with a chilled aperitivo.
  • Relish the culinary experience of a lifetime in a local restaurant whose acclaimed chef serves fresh seafood from the neighboring docks.
  • Walk to a medieval abbey above the Bay of Fruttuoso before reaching the jet-set resort of Portofino, rewarding yourself with paciugo, a blend of gelato and fresh berries.
  • Stroll the ramparts of the remarkably preserved medieval walls of Lucca, Tuscany’s celebrated hill town.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,598 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Florence
2 nights $348-$448*
Genoa
2 nights $248*

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $4,648 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Italy: Portofino & Cinque Terre tour

Your guide(s) meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of your Florence hotel. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

From Florence, you transfer to Lucca, a splendidly preserved Tuscan hill town. Embark on a walking tour and a stroll along its restored ramparts before continuing to Portovenere to enjoy a scenic boat ride in the spectacular Gulf of the Poets.

Accommodation: Hotel Paradiso, Portovenere

Situated on the Gulf of Portovenere, the Hotel Paradiso features comfortable guest rooms with views of the sea and nearby Apuan Alps, as well as a fine restaurant with an outdoor terrace.

Day 2

Isola Palmaria

Ferry to Palmaria, fragrant with sage, broom, and myrtle. Stroll through silver-green olive groves and pine forests. As weather permits, explore Palmaria’s sparkling grottoes by boat.

Accommodation: Hotel Paradiso, Portovenere

Situated on the Gulf of Portovenere, the Hotel Paradiso features comfortable guest rooms with views of the sea and nearby Apuan Alps, as well as a fine restaurant with an outdoor terrace.

Day 3

Campiglia to Telegrafo via San Antonio

An off-the-beaten-path trail leads past wild thyme and panoramic views of the Gulf of La Spezia and the Cinque Terre National Park, five coastal villages accessible only by boat, rail, and footpaths. After lunch in vibrant Riomaggiore, continue to Monterosso al Mare.

Accommodation: Hotel Palme, Monterosso al Mare

Just a short walk from a Monterosso’s public beach, this small and simple hotel can be found in a quiet setting by the sea. Hotel Palme is known for its comfortable rooms, peaceful patio and lovely garden shaded by palm trees.

Day 4

Levanto to Monterosso

Follow a beautiful coastal trail and ancient trade route between Levanto and Monterosso, the largest of the Cinque Terre. After lunch, you have time to explore on your own before transferring to the seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole, Santa Margherita Ligure

A family-run hotel ideally located on the seaside promenade, complete with bar, restaurant, gardens, pool, and private beach. Rooms are divided between the main building and the Villa Porticciolo, and most have a terrace or balcony. Additional amenities include a Turkish bath, small gym, and massage services.

Day 5

Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino

Linger over a leisurely breakfast before embarking on a scenic walk to picturesque Portofino. Admire colorful fishing boats in its fabled emerald-green inlet, wander the narrow streets, or climb to the lighthouse for dazzling vistas.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole, Santa Margherita Ligure

A family-run hotel ideally located on the seaside promenade, complete with bar, restaurant, gardens, pool, and private beach. Rooms are divided between the main building and the Villa Porticciolo, and most have a terrace or balcony. Additional amenities include a Turkish bath, small gym, and massage services.

Day 6

Ruta to San Fruttuoso

Hike a spectacular trail in the Regional Park of Portofino. Linger over enchanting bay views, then descend to San Fruttuoso, a secluded haven in a protected rocky cove. Swim in clear blue waters or visit the 10th-century abbey before walking or boating back to Portofino.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole, Santa Margherita Ligure

A family-run hotel ideally located on the seaside promenade, complete with bar, restaurant, gardens, pool, and private beach. Rooms are divided between the main building and the Villa Porticciolo, and most have a terrace or balcony. Additional amenities include a Turkish bath, small gym, and massage services.

Day 7

Your Country Walkers Italy: Portofino & Cinque Terre tour concludes

After breakfast, transfer to Genoa where you begin your journey homeward or continue exploring this historic port city and UNESCO World Heritage site on your own.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Florence, Italy

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Florence, Italy

Upon arrival at Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to your city center hotel approximately 30 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Hotel Balestri (or equivalent), Florence

Hotel Balestri is a sophisticated, four-star boutique hotel overlooking the Arno River. This recently renovated historic property is conveniently located in the historic center and just a 5-minute walk from the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Italy: Portofino & Cinque Terre tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel.

Your guide(s) meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the lobby of your Florence hotel. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

From Florence, you transfer to Lucca, a splendidly preserved Tuscan hill town. Embark on a walking tour and a stroll along its restored ramparts before continuing to Portovenere to enjoy a scenic boat ride in the spectacular Gulf of the Poets.

Accommodation: Hotel Paradiso, Portovenere

Situated on the Gulf of Portovenere, the Hotel Paradiso features comfortable guest rooms with views of the sea and nearby Apuan Alps, as well as a fine restaurant with an outdoor terrace.

Day 2

Isola Palmaria

Ferry to Palmaria, fragrant with sage, broom, and myrtle. Stroll through silver-green olive groves and pine forests. As weather permits, explore Palmaria’s sparkling grottoes by boat.

Accommodation: Hotel Paradiso, Portovenere

Situated on the Gulf of Portovenere, the Hotel Paradiso features comfortable guest rooms with views of the sea and nearby Apuan Alps, as well as a fine restaurant with an outdoor terrace.

Day 3

Campiglia to Telegrafo via San Antonio

An off-the-beaten-path trail leads past wild thyme and panoramic views of the Gulf of La Spezia and the Cinque Terre National Park, five coastal villages accessible only by boat, rail, and footpaths. After lunch in vibrant Riomaggiore, continue to Monterosso al Mare.

Accommodation: Hotel Palme, Monterosso al Mare

Just a short walk from a Monterosso’s public beach, this small and simple hotel can be found in a quiet setting by the sea. Hotel Palme is known for its comfortable rooms, peaceful patio and lovely garden shaded by palm trees.

Day 4

Levanto to Monterosso

Follow a beautiful coastal trail and ancient trade route between Levanto and Monterosso, the largest of the Cinque Terre. After lunch, you have time to explore on your own before transferring to the seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole, Santa Margherita Ligure

A family-run hotel ideally located on the seaside promenade, complete with bar, restaurant, gardens, pool, and private beach. Rooms are divided between the main building and the Villa Porticciolo, and most have a terrace or balcony. Additional amenities include a Turkish bath, small gym, and massage services.

Day 5

Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino

Linger over a leisurely breakfast before embarking on a scenic walk to picturesque Portofino. Admire colorful fishing boats in its fabled emerald-green inlet, wander the narrow streets, or climb to the lighthouse for dazzling vistas.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole, Santa Margherita Ligure

A family-run hotel ideally located on the seaside promenade, complete with bar, restaurant, gardens, pool, and private beach. Rooms are divided between the main building and the Villa Porticciolo, and most have a terrace or balcony. Additional amenities include a Turkish bath, small gym, and massage services.

Day 6

Ruta to San Fruttuoso

Hike a spectacular trail in the Regional Park of Portofino. Linger over enchanting bay views, then descend to San Fruttuoso, a secluded haven in a protected rocky cove. Swim in clear blue waters or visit the 10th-century abbey before walking or boating back to Portofino.

Accommodation: Hotel Metropole, Santa Margherita Ligure

A family-run hotel ideally located on the seaside promenade, complete with bar, restaurant, gardens, pool, and private beach. Rooms are divided between the main building and the Villa Porticciolo, and most have a terrace or balcony. Additional amenities include a Turkish bath, small gym, and massage services.

Day 7

Your Country Walkers Italy: Portofino & Cinque Terre tour concludes

After enjoying breakfast, a complimentary small-group transfer brings you to the Grand Hotel Savoia in Genoa for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Savoia, Genoa

An elegant turn-of-the-century palazzo in the center of Genoa, the Grand Hotel Savoia is perfectly situated for travelers hoping to make the most of Genoa’s Old Town. This five-star accommodation combines classic elegance and countless modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a chic spa and fitness center, and an excellent concierge.

Departure

Ciao! This morning, a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo Airport, based on your departure time. (Departure time will be communicated to you by your guides on tour.)

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Florence

2 nights from only $348-$448*

  • Two nights at the Hotel Balestri (or Hotel de la Ville )*
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Italy and explore independently with an additional two nights in Florence with the world-renowned art, history, culture, and cuisine of this legendary city on the Arno River. From the layer-cake jewelry shops of the medieval Ponte Vecchio to the Medici art treasures of The Uffizi, you’ll have time to experience it all while staying in a recently renovated boutique hotel just around the corner from the famous Church of Santa Croce. Stroll down the street to the Galleria dell’Accademia to witness Michelangelo’s David and numerous other renaissance masterpieces. Sample local vintages in a quiet wine bar. Spend an afternoon admiring the spectacular architecture of The Duomo, an ornate masterpiece of pink, white, and green marble.

Single Supplement: $348

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally. Tour extension prices vary depending on your departure date.

Post-Tour Extension: Genoa

2 nights from only $248*

  • Two nights at the Grand Hotel Savoia*
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Italy and explore independently with an additional two nights in Genoa with its labyrinthine caruggi alleyways and color-saturated buildings, it’s no wonder Genoa was made a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover why during an extended stay here, perhaps touring its magnificent medieval cathedral and complex of renaissance palaces, the Palazzi dei Rolli. Staying in an excellent four-star hotel in the heart of Genoa, you’re ideally situated to take advantage of the city’s many highlights.

Single Supplement: $198

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One night at the Hotel Balestri (or Hotel de la Ville) in Florence and one night at the Grand Hotel Savoia in Genoa*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 7-day/6-night Italy: Portofino & Cinque Terre guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Florence
2 nights from only $348-$448*

Genoa
2 nights from only $248*

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Dates & Prices

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2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 5 - May 11 $4,648 $498
May 12 - May 18 $4,648 $498
Sep 15 - Sep 21 $4,648 $498
Sep 22 - Sep 28 $4,648 $498
Oct 6 - Oct 12 $4,648 $498

Flight + Tour Combo

2018 Dates NEW YORK Change Departure Airport
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May 3 - May 12 $5,598
$748
May 10 - May 19 $5,598 $748
Sep 13 - Sep 22 $5,798 $748
Sep 20 - Sep 29 $5,798 $748
Oct 4 - Oct 13 $5,798 $748
*Savings applicable to new bookings only. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Marzia Italian Walking Tour Guide
Marzia Borghi

A certified Environmental Guide and passionate naturalist Marzia Borghi was born in Pisa and grew up on her grandparents’ farm in the historic town of Volterra. After studying linguistics and history at the University of Pisa, Marzia spent years teaching Italian at a prestigious university near London before returning to Italy, where she lived for a time in Florence working as a certified city guide. In addition to being a walking guide for Country Walkers and a National Park Guide of the seven Tuscan islands, Marzia has worked as a researcher for the European Union.

Christopher Wellington

Having lived in Italy for more than thirty years, Christopher Wellington combines a deep love of his adopted country with wide-ranging knowledge of its past and present. A history graduate of Cambridge, he taught English and religion before moving into guiding. He is fascinated by the art and architecture of Italy, and how it has grown out of the countryside and life of the people, the source, too, of his interest in the food and wine of each region. He guides in the Italian Lakes, Cinque Terre, and Piedmont.

Cinque Terre Guide Angelica
Angelica Turi

Angelica Turi has been working in the field of art restoration in her hometown of Florence for many years, specializing in paintings on canvas and icons. She is equally comfortable in the Tuscan countryside where her family has been producing wine and olive oil since the mid-19th century. An outdoor enthusiast, Angelica has a deep appreciation of the fine food and wine of Italy, which she gracefully shares on many of our Italian tours.

Keegan - Cinque Terre Guide
Keegan Alagna

With his American mother and Sicilian father, Keegan Alagna grew up in a bilingual home in the Umbrian countryside near Assisi. From his childhood on a working farm to post-graduate work in geology, he has always pursued his passion and curiosity for the outdoors, through teaching, guiding, and exploring. He brings his depth of knowledge of geology, nature, Italian history and culture to his walking tours and to his position as a board member on Italy’s premier outdoor group—the CAI, the Club Alpino Italiano.

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