Experience the beautiful Cinque Terre over a 5-day trip. On firmly established paths you will walk from village to village, through forests, vineyards and through a spectacular terrace landscape with incredible views of the sea. In addition to visiting the historic cities of Levanto and Portovenere, the tour takes you to the five colorful villages, that give name to Cinque Terre: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Today the area is a National Park, and a unique part of Italy.
This tour is a level 2 trip. The hikes follow well-maintained trails, and there will be ascents and steep descents on parts of the routes. With some knowledge of hiking and a good physique, plenty of wonderful experiences await you on this trip. On average you will walk 4-6 hours per day. However, there is a small local coastal train that stops in many of the villages, making it possible to shorten or lengthen the daily routes to suit you best.
If you arrive early in Levanto, it is possible to either go for a swim, take a walk in the charming town, or do the first bit of walking in the area. This walk will take you to Monterosso al Mare, overlooking one of the area's finest promontories.
After passing an old hermitage ruin from the 1100s, you come to a view point where it really becomes evident, just how beautiful this coastline is. The road down to Monterosso is steep and after enjoying the colorful houses in the old town, it is possible to take the local coast train back to Levanto.
Today you walk west from Levanto. The first part of the path follows along the beach, then the trail goes up into the hilly terrain, before it again descends to the small coastal village of Levanto. From here the path goes over the hillsides, where the trails will take you through Framura and Costa, which are small charming clusters of houses, beautifully situated on the hillsides.
From here there are also good views of the rocked coastline and the deep blue sea. A steep descent brings you down to sea level in the resort town of Deiva Marina. Here it is possible to take the train back to Levanto, or continue the walk to Moneglia.
This extension will take you through several of the charming small coast villages. Find a yourself a nice café in one of the villages and enjoy a real Italian coffee with the view of the beautiful coast. The local coast train stops in several of these small villages, so you can stop the walk when it suits you, and go back to Levanto.
Check out of the hotel in Levanto after breakfast and take the train to Riomaggiore, the most southern of the five villages that lends its name to the Cinque Terre - The Five Areas. Here you can leave your luggage at the next hotel before you begin today's walk to Manarola, an attractive village with colorful houses clinging on to the hillsides and overlooking the beautiful rocky look of the natural port. From Manarola you walk up through wine terraces and down towards Corniglia, which is located on a ridge providing spectacular views of the sea.
Through vineyards and citrus groves, the route continues, and as you approach Vernazza and its ancient fortress, you will experience some of the region's top views. The path winds its way up the hillside, before a steep descent brings you down to Vernazza, the most beautiful of all the villages on the coast.
From the castle tower in the small town the view of the city and harbor is unique. Here it will be ideal to enjoy a drink at one of the charming cafés, before taking the train back to Riomaggiore.
If you did not pass Monterosso on the arrival day, it will be possible to extend your hiking day, and continue along the coast to Monterosso.
Today's walk takes you in an easterly direction to Campiglia and Portovenere. From Riomaggiore the path takes you up a flight of stairs to the sanctuary Madonna di Montenero, which is situated on a gorgeous ridge providing stunning views of the deep blue sea.
The path continues up the cliff-side through wine terraces on to Sentiero Rosso. The path stays on the ridge with views to different sides of the terraces. This path continues throughout the entire Cinque Terre, and takes you to the small village of Campiglia, where it is possible to buy refreshments.
The trail then goes through a pine forest and becomes narrower before it opens up and leads you to Portovenere with several spectacular views along the way. Situated above Portovenere you will pass an old castle from the 1600s, and a staircase leads you down to the village. Here there is time to stroll around the streets before you take one of the local boat cruises back Riomaggiore.
After breakfast it is time to pack your luggage and check-out of the hotel.
On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions, maps and other practical things.
The daily walking tours - as described in the itinerary - are at level 2-3. Since you are walking individually without a guide, it is possible to make your own decisions on how far you want to proceed on each day. The route descriptions are very detailed, written in easily understandable English, and are easy to follow. You can always also turn around and head back or jump on the local coastal train back whenever you wish to.
This holiday can be booked from March to October
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From Pisa Airport to Levanto
It is possible to take the train from Pisa Airport to Levanto. The journey takes about 1½ hours and you can get an overview of the trip here: Rome2Rio
From Riomaggiore to Pisa Airport
The journey back from Riomaggiore to Pisa is easiest taken by train. On www.trenitalia.com you can find the timetables and destinations for the Italian trains (Pisa-Levanto about 1,5h, Milan-Levanto about 3 h). Since it may be troublesome to purchase the ticket online, we recommend purchasing it at the ticket office or -machine at the train station.
Driving by car
If you choose to drive on your own to Levanto, it will be possible to leave your car at your first hotel or to take it to a public parking lot nearby the hotel. The hotel, where you'll stay first depends on where there is availability at the time when you book your holiday. Usually the hotels we cooperate with have a parking space for you. The parking is for free during the time that you live at the hotel. If you choose to leave the car at the hotel while you complete your tour then the parking usually costs abour 10-15 euros per day. In case your first hotel does not have a parking spot, you'll be able to park your car in the public parking lot, which usually costs about 30-35 euros per week.
Breakfast is included throughout your holiday.
It is very easy to find lunch and dinner in the villages.
You will spend two nights in Levanto at a 3-star hotel and two nights in Riomaggiore at a 2- or 3-star hotel. Breakfast is included at both hotels.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.