Walking Portofino and the Cinque Terre

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Walk Italy’s Cinque Terre National Park, exploring its five colourful villages
  • Pathways through lemon groves and terraced vineyards with sweeping views
  • Enjoy “La Vida Dulce” with chilled limoncello, steamed seafood and pesto pastas
  • Discover the medieval picturesque town of Portovenere, an artist's haven
  • Soak up the charm of the poetic town of Portofino on the Italian Riviera
An unforgettable journey walking Italy’s Ligurian coastexploring the five villages of the Cinque Terre and the colorful bay of Portovenere. Hike village-to-village alongside lemon groves and vineyard-lined pathways linking the fishing communities of the Cinque Terre; Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Soak up the Italian charm, sunshine, sparkling beaches, patio cafés, all of which are quintessential Cinque Terre. Experience the quaint cove of Camogli and the medieval and picturesque haven of Portovenere. Here you can enjoy a refreshing limoncello while overlooking the Gulf of Poets. All along the coast you will find wonderful local seafood restaurants and charming hotels for your overnight stays.

What To Expect

This trip is perfect for those who want to explore this lovely, rugged part of the Italian Riviera on foot, with ferries and trains often linking the walks together. This tour is graded moderate, with an average of 10-11 km per day along coastal and mountain trails. There are many elevation gains and losses which need to be taken into consideration. Within each overnight village trains (and often ferries), are available at specific intervals along the route for the flexibility to complete longer or shorter walks, making this active adventure your own.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Foodie Adventures, Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails

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Activity Level & Terrain

This trip has 6 days of walking and is graded moderate. The terrain varies from coastal paths to rolling mountain trails making for a pleasant mixture. Each day can be shortened by taking a train or ferry to your next overnight destination (please refer to your walking notes for specific locations en route). A 48-hour (two-day), trail and rail pass is included which can be used for the Cinque Terre portion of this trip taking you to the start of each hike within the national park and ensuring the flexibility to shorten your walk or avoid a section completely should there be a landslide or trail closure. This may occur and more information on trail closures is provided in your information pack.

Daily walks average around 10-11 km, following dirt paths, paved roads, forest trails and coastal paths. Some of the route encompass short sections of staircases, especially while walking from village-to-village within the Cinque Terre.

To get the most from this trip you should be in excellent physical shape and comfortable walking on undulating terrain with many ascents and descents. Please be advised that this trip may not be appropriate for unstable walkers or people suffering from vertigo.

Navigation

While the route is not waymarked, navigation is straightforward using the Macs Adventure Smartphone Navigation App.

Your daily walks will be mapped in the app with GPX tracks, including route notes and turn-by-turn directions. All of these resources are available to download for offline use. More information is outlined within your detailed information pack, in addition to 24/7 telephone support from Macs Adventure should you require assistance.

Accommodations

Included in this trip are 7 nights in hand-selected, charming accommodations. We’ve carefully selected properties so that you enjoy every minute of your stay on the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre.

Additional Nights

You can easily request to add on an extra night at any location during this itinerary.

Please notify us at the time of booking should you wish to add extra nights.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required.

If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us at the time of booking so we can request this option.

This trip is also available to solo walkers (a solo supplement is required).

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning and consists of a traditional European style breakfast ranging from coffee, tea, yogurt, granola, meat, cheese and baked goods. In some cases, a hot dish (eggs and pancakes) will be served or offered á la carte.

Lunches and dinners are not included in this trip, so you are free to choose from nearby available options. We recommend finding cafés or restaurants located in the towns or along the walking route, or you can purchase snacks and a picnic lunch to bring along with you. Further details can be found within your information pack and route notes.

We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere (of equal standard) if these are unavailable.

 
 
 
Included
  • 7 Nights in charming hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Transfer from Camogli to San Rocco (Day 2)
  • Transfer from Camogli to Deiva Marina (Day 3)
  • Detailed Information Pack
  • Luggage transfers (Days 3, 4 and 7)
  • 3-Day Cinque Terre Card & Train Pass
  • Detailed Information Pack
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Navigation App
  • 24/7 Telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel to Camogli and from Portovenere
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Tourist taxes (to be paid locally)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal Equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single Room Supplement if required
  • Solo Walker Supplement
  • Private Transfers

When To Go

This tour is available to start anytime between April and October.

As Portofino, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre are very popular destinations, we suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized to ensure availability for specific dates.

The springs months of April, May and June offer warm sunshine, fewer crowds and pleasant conditions. The autumn months of September and October are also a favorite time of year, boasting cooler weather and a striking landscape made up of fall colors.

July and August are also great months to go but can be very hot for walking. If booking during these months, we therefore advise you to start your walks very early in the morning to avoid the midday

Getting to the Start

For the easiest and most convenient method of travel, we recommended flying into Genoa and taking the direct train to Camogli. Genoa has an airport with flights from international and national destinations. From the airport, take the local bus (or taxi), to the central train station (Brignole Station) for a direct train to Camogli. Total journey time is around 1 hour.

Pisa and Florence also have airports with flights from international and national destinations, including central train stations with rail networks to Genoa, for catching direct trains to Camogli. 

Visit Trenitalia for times, prices and booking. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office or online prior to departure.

A private transfer from Genoa, Pisa and Florence to Camogli can be requested. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to add this option (additional costs apply).

Getting from the End

La Spezia has a central train station that travels back to Genoa, Pisa, Florence or any onward destination desired in Italy.

You can either take a taxi (approx. 35 Euros) directly to La Spezia Train Station or the local bus. A local bus runs every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes during peak season) from Portovenere to La Spezia (approx. 2 Euros, 40 minutes). Bus stops are located near the harbor and at various locations around Portovenere and will drop you off in the centre of La Spezia (approx. 5 minute walk to the train station).

A private transfer from Portovenere to La Spezia Train Station can be included in this trip instead. Please let us know at the time of booking if you desire to add this option (additional costs apply).

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take with you to Italy. This includes warm and cold weather gear, hiking boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Camogli and overnight Day 2 Walk to Portofino 10 miles / 6 km Day 3 Transfer to Deiva Marina, walk to Bonassola 6 miles / 10 km Day 4 Walk to Monterosso 7 miles / 11 km Day 5 Train to Manarola, walk to Corniglia 4 miles / 7 km Day 6 Train to Corniglia, walk to Monterosso 5 miles / 8 km Day 7 Train to Riomaggiore, walk to Portovenere 8 miles / 13 km Day 8 Onward travel

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