Experience the allure of the Italian Riviera, with its sweeping coastal views, pastel-hued seaside homes, and dramatic, terraced vineyards on this Cinque Terre self-guided walking tour. Begin at Genoa’s historic waterfront, then move on to panoramic sea views in tranquil Sestri Levante. Hike to rural villages through cork-oak forests and fragrant citrus groves. Marvel at the towering seaside cliffs of Vernazza, and delight in the chic harbor-town of Portofino. Throughout your journey, a multitude of trains and ferries allow you to set your own walking schedule. Fuel your tour with delectable Italian fare including fresh seafood and locally made pesto while staying at comfortable hotels along your route. Clifftop hikes, coastal trails, and village strolls reveal the timeless beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre region.
Da Baranin B&B
In the heart of Manarola—the second-smallest of the five Cinque Terre towns, and probably the oldest—this family-run bed and breakfast consists of a main building with a garden and stunning terrace overlooking the vineyards and sea. Nestled amongst the pastel-colored buildings and medieval church, accommodations are either simple guestrooms or studio-style apartments (neither are air-conditioned) with white tile floors and comfortable basic furnishings. You are welcomed like family and breakfast on the private terrace always includes homemade baked goods. (The simplest accommodation on this tour, Da Baranin was chosen for its quiet and charming location within the Cinque Terre and away from the majority of the crowds).
Hotel Bristol Palace
Located in Genoa’s historic center, the Hotel Bristol Palace is an elegant four-star hotel evoking the grand hotels of the 19th century—recently fully renovated. Classic décor greets you from the large foyer and sophisticated entrance bar and is continued into guestrooms featuring hardwood or tiled floors, traditional furnishings and artwork, muted pastel colors, and air conditioning. A fine-dining restaurant and “White” bar are located on the second floor. Just steps from the Ducal Palace and the Carlo Felice Theatre, you can also easily walk to the city’s museums, restaurants and cafés, and the Old Port area with its aquarium, Renzo Piano-designed Bigo elevator, and pirate ship. WiFi
Hotel Due Mari
In a perfect location poised between the two bays surrounding the peninsula of Sestri Levante, this grand four-star, family-run hotel comprises a 17th-century palace, an 18th-century aristocratic villa and park, and sumptuous formal gardens. Spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms have classic decor and furnishings with marble floors. Extensive facilities include indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, whirlpool baths, wellness and fitness centers with treatments available, and solarium. Three restaurants are on site, all with al fresco dining, as well as a café and bar. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
|9 meals: 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes and maps|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next at no additional charge.)|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Pesto cooking class; week-long regional train pass; two-day Cinque Terre Train Card (provides unlimited train and path access within the Cinque Terre National Park).|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
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