7 nights
44 mls (km)
Northwestern Italy
Easy to Moderate
Mar to Oct

Idyllic & Iconic: Walking the Picturesque Towns of the Cinque Terre

  • Picturesque towns on the Italian Riviera, including Portofino, Riomaggiore, Portovenere and Monterosso, as well as lesser-known places like the charming former fishing village of Camogli
  • The tranquil settings of the impressive San Frattuoso Abbey, located in a quiet cove only reachable by boat or by foot
  • Experience the timeless appeal of exploring the titular ‘five towns’ of the route, the architecture of each beautifully preserved under the National Park’s UNESCO World Heritage status
  • Incredible views over the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean from the clifftop routes that link village to village
  • Spend the evenings exploring the maze of terraces, bars, cafes and restaurants of the colourful towns you visit along the way, including the lovely medieval settings of Portovenere

Why this Walk?

A spectacular journey exploring the Cinque Terre, a string of centuries-old fishing villages along the rugged northern section of the Ligurian Riviera, from the charming fishing village of Camogli to the classic, seafront beauty of Portovenere. The route links some of Liguria’s most captivating locales, including the harbourside of Portofino, the sorbet-coloured houses of Riomaggiore, and Cinque Terre’s largest village – Monterosso, set amidst terraces of olive groves and vineyards. Out on the trail, you’ll cross paths with the secluded, shoreside settings of San Fruttuoso Abbey and stay in a variety of friendly, family-run hotels.

The Path

From Camogli to Portovenere, the route traces a course around the Portofino promontory, before following clifftop routes down the Ligurian coast to the five colourful fishing villages known as the ‘Cinque Terre’. The clifftop routes provide a fantastic vantage point over the neighbouring Ligurian Sea with dusty tracks, well-marked footpaths with some uneven paved roads underfoot. Although distances are relatively short, there are some steep sections along the coast, with some of the more challenging sections found between the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia. The final days' walking also offers spectacular coastal views along the clifftop routes between Riomaggiore to Portovenere,

The Accommodation

We use comfortable 2*, 3* and 4* hotels, predominantly family-owned establishments, often favoured for their personal and attentive service. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and a good Italian breakfast is included each morning. The trip is on a bed & breakfast basis, although you'll find many opportunities to sample the outstanding local cuisine and prestigious wines in the towns and villages of the local area.

Our Cinque Terre Itineraries

  • San Rocco to Portovenere
    Distance: 43.7 miles (70km)
    7 Nights, 6 Days
    from £945 pp
    ITA-CQT1 ~ San Rocco to Portovenere ~ 7 / 6 classic

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    What's Included:
    6 walking days
    7 nights
    7 breakfasts
    Two sharing ppSolo walkerSingle person (in a group)
    01/03/2024 - 20/03/2024£945£1,490£1,260
    21/03/2024 - 02/04/2024£1,090£1,620£1,385
    03/04/2024 - 21/04/2024£1,075£1,605£1,370
    22/04/2024 - 01/05/2024£1,105£1,640£1,405
    02/05/2024 - 28/05/2024£1,075£1,605£1,370
    29/05/2024 - 27/06/2024£1,090£1,620£1,385
    28/06/2024 - 31/08/2024£1,105£1,640£1,405
    01/09/2024 - 05/10/2024£1,090£1,620£1,385
    06/10/2024 - 31/10/2024£970£1,490£1,260

    • 7 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
    • Luggage transfers (except day 3 where you carry luggage with you on the train to Bonassola)
    • Personal transfers where indicated in the programme as a standard arrangement
    • Walk Pack, to include Road Book (route notes/mapping) including directions to your accommodation and destination information.
    • A Cinque Terre map
    • A Cinque Terre Card (2 day pass Park and Train) – valid for days 5 & 6 of the standard programme
    • Access to a Travel App
    Price Does Not Include ~
    • City taxes (per person) only payable direct to accommodations - city tax can vary during the year, however they tend to vary from 1.5 to 5 Euros.
    • Some public transportation is your own arrangement during the holiday. Please see the daily descriptions on the itinerary (marked by +) for further detail.
    • Packed lunches (own arrangements)
    • Evening meals (own arrangements). Available in local restaurant or in-house.
    • Travel to Camogli/travel from Portovenere.

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    Our Cinque Terre holidays are available to walk March to October.

    By hiking the trail in the months of April, May, June September and October, you’ll avoid having to head out early just to avoid the sweltering heat of midday – a factor that makes progress along the path discernibly harder. Another factor to consider in not visiting during high summer is that you’ll find towns and accommodations are less busy.

    The nearest airports to the start of your walk are found in Genoa and Pisa.

    Genoa (GOA) http://www.airport.genova.it/en/
    Onward travel to Genoa train stations by bus from airport. Onward trains from Genoa to Camogli.

    Pisa (PSA)  http://www.pisa-airport.com/en/
    Onward travel from airport by train changing at Pisa Centrale and La Spezia for a local train on to Camogli.

    You are responsible for booking your air travel to airports and onward travel to your first accommodation and from your accommodation on departure.

    Train timetableshttp://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en
    Departure from Portovenere: Portovenere is connected with La Spezia for the nearest train station and onward travel

    We can organise additional nights/rest days, as well as transport options. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you with your specific requirements. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.

    Cinque Terre Client Reviews

    4.9/5 based on 2 reviews
    Celtic Trails are an excellent company to book a walking tour through. Great walking packed.
    - October 2022
    Nathan has always responded to my queries promptly. The walk pack is excellent and it was great to receive it 4 weeks before departure so that I could get train times and other information organised before our arrival in Italy. It was good to have the same person dealing with my booking - and the walk pack was excellent.
    - June 2019
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    If you are still unsure on any of your requirements, please do enquire with us first and one of our friendly team will be happy to help you with any queries you have.

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