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CINQUE TERRE AND THE ITALIAN RIVIERA OCTOBER 6 - 15, 2018 TRIP SUMMARY HIGHLIGHTS Hike the Cinque Terre's spectacular coastline trails through five brightly colored cliff side villages, rich in nature, history, and traditional ways of life Discover medieval castles and fortresses, tiny fishing ports, and bustling harbors in the nearby picturesque seaside towns of Camogli, Levanto, and Portovenere See the charming coastal towns from the sea Taste the fresh flavors, local wines, and traditional foods of this area Enjoy a winery tour and Italian cooking class Phone: 877-439-4042 Outside the US: 410-435-1965 Fax: 410-435-3084 Email: [email protected]

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  • CINQUETERREANDTHEITALIANRIVIERAOCTOBER6-15,2018

    TRIPSUMMARY

    HIGHLIGHTS

    HiketheCinqueTerre'sspectacularcoastlinetrailsthroughfivebrightlycoloredcliffsidevillages,richinnature,history,andtraditionalwaysoflife

    Discovermedievalcastlesandfortresses,tinyfishingports,andbustlingharborsinthenearbypicturesqueseasidetownsofCamogli,Levanto,andPortovenere

    Seethecharmingcoastaltownsfromthesea Tastethefreshflavors,localwines,andtraditionalfoodsofthisarea EnjoyawinerytourandItaliancookingclass

    Phone:877-439-4042OutsidetheUS:410-435-1965Fax:410-435-3084Email:[email protected]

  • TRIPATAGLANCEDates: Oct6-15,2018Location: Florence,ItalyCost: $3,495.00Activities: HikingArrive: MeetinthelobbyofHotelCellaiat1pmOctober6Depart: DepartfromPisaanytimeafter1pmonOctober15TRIPOVERVIEW

    The Cinque Terre, is a collection of five colorful towns perched on steep cliffs overlooking theMediterranean,knownas the ItalianRiviera.Aftermeeting inFlorence,wewillexploresomeofits culture and foodbefore traveling to Camogli a lovely coastal townon the LigurianCoast.WewillheadtothenorthernmosttowninCinqueTerre,MonterossoalMare.Wewillhiketimelessthelandscapealongpathsthatwindthroughoverhundred-year-oldterraces.Wewillwindthroughcharmingvillagesalongancientstonepathsthatclimbupanddowncliffs.Whennothikingwewillsamplelocalwinesandotherlocallyproducedspecialties,relaxinromanticoutdoorcafes,takeadipintheLiguriansea.Duringthetrip,wewillvisitall fivetownsalongtheCinqueTerre;MonterossoalMare,Vernazza,Coniglia,ManarolaandRiomaggiore.Maximumgroupsize:14

    RATING

    ThistripisdesignedforwomenwhowanttocombinehikingbetweenthevillagesofCinqueTerreand the surrounding area knownas the ItalianRiviera,with time to soak in Italian culture. TheCinqueTerreisperchedonhighanddramaticseacliffs:themajorityofpathsgoupanddownthesidesofcliffs,oftenonstairsandpathsthatcanbenarrow.Inordertodoallofthehikeslistedhere,womenshouldbeinverygoodphysicalconditionandabletohikeforfivetosixhoursadaywhichiswhywegiveitaratingof4.However,hikingcansometimesbeshortenedorforegonealtogetherasanexcellentrailsystemlinksallfivetowns.Rating:12[3][4]5

    WHAT'SINCLUDED

    AnEnglish-speakingItalianandanAdventuresinGoodCompanyguide Ninenightsdoubleoccupancylodgingwithensuitebathrooms AllmealsfromdinneronOctober6tobreakfastOctober15withtheexceptionof1dinner

    &1lunch GroundtransportationwithinItalyotherthantheinitialFlorenceairporttransfertothe

    hotelinFlorence Acookingclassandawine-tasting

    Notincluded:TraveltoFlorenceandfromPisa,airporttransferinFlorence,alcoholicbeverages,guidegratuities,andtravelinsurance

  • OURITINERARY

    Belowistheproposeditineraryforthetrip.Asistrueonanyadventuretraveltrip,plansforanyspecificdaymay bemodified due toweather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and groupinterests.

    D A Y 1 OCTOBER6, SATURDAY

    MeetinFlorenceby2pm.Afterintroductions,wewillstartourweekwithahistoricandculturalwalkingtourofthemajorlandmarksinFlorence.WewilllearnthehistoryandlocalculturefromourlocalFlorentineguide.Ifyoucan'tarriveuntillater,youcanmeetusatthehotelat5pmwherewe'll start getting acquainted before going out for our first dinnertogether.OvernightinFlorenceatHotelCellaiD

    D A Y 2 OCTOBER7, SUNDAY

    WewillgettohaveseeanothersideofFlorencetodaywithaculinarytour.We'll sample some of Italy's best known delights as we stop atdifferent shops to taste everything from antipasti to dessert - beforestopping for lunch.Well fed wewill say good-by to Florence, for ourthree-hourdrivetothelovelytownofCamogli,situatedontheLigurianCoast just north of Cinque Terre National Park and known for livelystreets,cafes,restaurants,andboutiques.Wewillhavetimeforaswimorexplore the townandvisitCastelDragonenear theharbor.Drive3hoursinprivatevan,Walk2miles.OvernightCamogliatHotelCasmonaB,L,D

    D A Y 3 OCTOBER8, MONDAY

    PortofinoPeninsula-Afterbreakfast,westartwalkingfromourhotelandclimbacross thePortofinoPeninsulawithspectacularviewsof theseaand the PortofinoMarine Reserve.We'll have lunch along theway at"AgriturifugioMulino",afarmhouserestaurant,andthenhikedowntotheremote13thcenturyAbbeyofSanFruttuoso.Locatedinabeautifulsmallbay,itisaccessibleonlybyfootorboat.WewillcatchaboatridebacktoCamogli,stoppingalongthewayinPortofino.You'llseewhytherich and famous flock to this gorgeous town; its harbor is filled withyachts and its cliff-side coast is lined with impressive villas. Hike:Approximately4.5-5hours/5.4mileswithsteeprockyupanddownhilltrailsections.OvernightinCamogli.B,L,D

  • D A Y 4 OCTOBER9, TUESDAY

    AfterbreakfastwedrivetoMonterossoalMare,thenorthernmostvillageintheCinqueTerreandourhomeforthenextfournights.Afterdroppingourluggageatthehotel,wewillwalkthroughtownandvisittheCapuchinChurchandHilltopCemeteryinaruinedcastle.We'llfinishourwalkattheBurancoorganicfarmforwinetastingandlunch.Afterlunchyoucanrelax,swim,shoporhikeuptotheMadonnadelSovioreMonastery,aretreatabovethehustleofvillagelife.Monterosso,theHike:Approx.6milesof steepupanddowncobbled trail and rural road.Overnight inMonterossoalMareatHotelMarina.B,L,D

    D A Y 5 OCTOBER10, WEDNESDAY

    TraintoLevantoandwalkbacktoMonterosso-AshorttrainridebringsustothevillageofLevanto,onceawalledtownandmajorstrongholdoftheGenoese.We leaveLevantoonfootandwalkacross thepeninsulapast PuntaMescowith views over Levanto'smedieval walls and tiledroofs,a lovelywoodedarea,andeventually themagnificentstretchoftheCinqueTerrecoast.WewillenjoyapicniclunchatPuntaMescowhileenjoying the views before returning toMonterosso. The afternoons isyourstodoasyoulike,beforewemetagainintimeforacookingclasstodiscover the secretsofPesto (whichoriginatedhere)andother Italianspecialities.Wewill then feaston the fruitsofour labor.Hike:about4hours;5milessteepupanddownacombinationoftrail,rockystepsandruralroad.OvernightinMonterossoalMare.B,L,D

    D A Y 6 OCTOBER11, THURSDAY

    MonterossoalMaretoCorniglia-Todaywewalkfromourhoteluppastagricultural terraces and then down to Vernazza, one of the mostphotographedvillagesintheCinqueTerrebecauseitissocharming.Afterexploringtheshopsandnarrowpedestrianstreets,we'llcontinueontoCorniglia,theoneCinqueTerrevillagethatisperchedoncliffshighabovethesea.(Note: Ifyoufeel liketakingadayofffromhiking,youcandopartoftheitinerarybytraintodayandtomorrow.)Wewillenjoylunchat a terrace restaurant and then take the train back to Monterosso.DinnerisonyourowntonighttoenjoyanyofthewonderfulrestaurantsinMontorosso.1.5hour/2miwalksteepupsanddownstoVernazzaand2.5mi/2hrstoCorniglia.OvernightinMonterossoalMare.B,L

  • D A Y 7 OCTOBER12, FRIDAY

    CornigliatoManorolaviaVolastra-Afteradeliciousbreakfast,wetakethetrainbacktoCornigliatocontinueourCinqueTerrevillagewalks.Ourhike takes us up and along the high route toManarolawith stunningviewsovertheCinqueTerreandthroughtheancienthamletofVolastrafor lunch on your own.We then hike down to the seaside village ofManarolawherewehavetimetolookaroundtown,andperhapsindulgeinagelatobeforetakingthetrainbacktoourhotelinMonterossoanddinnerattheAncoradellaTortuga.Hiking:About5milesoflongsteeptrailandstonestairs,bothupanddownandatrailsectionwithexposuretoaverticaldrop.OvernightinMonterossoalMare.B,D

    D A Y 8 OCTOBER13, SATURDAY

    RiomaggioretoPortoVenereviaCampiglia -Thismorningwetakethetrain to the 5th village in the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore. Our hike ismostlyuphillpastterracedfieldsandsplendidforestsofpine,chestnut,and cork trees. We will enjoy more breathtaking views of the coastthroughoutthemorningandlunchinthehamletofCampiglia,wherewepicniconaterraceofasmall"Alimentari"shop.ThenwetransferbyvantoPortovenere.We'llcheckintoourhotel(ourluggagewastransferredseparately)andhavesomefreetimetoexplorethecobbledstreetsofthischarmingseasidetown.Here,spectacularcliffsriseabovethecrystalbluewatersof theMediterranean ina settingsobeautiful thatByron,ShelleyandD.H.Lawrence(amongothers)wrotehere;thus,theGulfofPoetswasnamed.Hike:Approx.6.2miles,mostlylong,gradualuphillontrailswithsomestonesteps;Trainapprox.15minutes;Van:20minutes.OvernightinPortovenereatHotelParadiso.B,L,D

    D A Y 9 OCTOBER14, SUNDAY

    WewilltakeashortboatridethroughtheharbortothenearbyislandofPalmaria,whichhasbeentheguardianofPortovenereforcenturiesandstillhasremnantsofNapoleon-eraforts.Wewalkaroundtheislandwithviews of the colorful buildings perched on the promontory ofPortovenereandthetinynearbyislandofTino.OurpathtravelsthroughadistinctnativeecosystemreferredtoasMediterraneanMacchia,withplants, suchasarbutus,broom,andmyrtle, adapted to thedry,harshheatandheavyseasonalrains.WereturntoPortoveneremid-dayandhavesomefreetimebeforedinnertoexplorethe16th-centuryGenovesenavalfortressthatonceprotectedPortovenerefrommaraudingcorsairpirates,walkbythe"Poet'sGrotto"ordosomelastshoppinginthemanycharmingboutiques.Tonight,we'llenjoyourlastItalianfeasttogether.Boat:10minuteseachway;Hike:3miles,2.5hoursonrockytrailsandpathwayswithshort,steepsections.OvernightinPortoVenere.B,L,D

  • D A Y 1 0 OCTOBER15, MONDAY

    TransfertoPisaanddeparture-Afterourlastsharedbreakfast,wewillpackupandtransferinourprivatevantothePisaInternationalAirport.We'llarrivebynoonandyoucanplanflightsoutafter1pm.B

    ADDITIONALTRIPINFORMATIONGETTINGTHEREIfyouwouldlikehelpwithanytravelplanswerecommendourtravelagentBarbaraNelson,ScanEastWestTravel,[email protected]

    ACCOMMODATIONSAlllodginghasbeenchosenforitscomfort,convenience,andwelcomingstaff.Wewillbestayingindoubleoccupancyroomswithensuitebathroomsatthefollowing3*hotels(orsimilar):

    FlorenceatHotelCellai CamogliatHotelCasmona MonterossoalMareatHotelMarina PortovenereatHotelParadiso

    Vegetarian(andvegan)optionsforthistripareavailablebutlimited;ifyouareconcernedabouthavingenoughproteinduringyourtrip,pleasebringsomeplant-basedproteinsourcessuchasnutbutter,instantdriedhummus,orhigh-proteinenergybars.Ifyoucannoteatglutenorifyouhaveotherdietaryrestrictions,youwillneedtobringsomesupplementalfoodwithyou.Pleasecalltheofficesowecanhelpyouplan.

    WEATHEROctoberisoneofthebestmonthstovisitItaly.Temperaturesrangefromhighsinthelowtomid70stolowsinthemid50s.Thereislittlerainandlotsofsunshine.AllaroundagreattimeoftheyearandafterallitisItaly!

    TRAVELINSURANCEWESTRONGLYRECOMMENDTRIPCANCELLATION/TRIPINTERRUPTIONINSURANCE,WHICHCOVERSYOURCOSTIFYOUNEED TO CANCEL OR INTERRUPT YOUR TRIP for medical reasons, trip delay, lost baggage, and other unforeseenemergencies. Adventures in Good Company will send you information about travel insurance with your registrationinformation,oryoumaypurchasecoveragethroughyourowninsurancecompany.Inordertoavoiddisappointmentandexpenseintheeventthatyoumustcancelyourtripwestronglyurgeyoutopurchasesometypeofinsurancecoverage.YoucanalsosignupforitonlineatTravelexInsurance.Togetthebestrates,use20-0016asyourlocationnumberontheGetAQuotepage.

  • PACKINGLISTFOOTWEAR__1pairoflightweighthikingboots/shoes:theyshouldbewellbrokeninandcomfortable__1pairofcomfortablewalkingshoesforgeneraluse__3-4pairsofsocks(woolorsyntheticequivalent:Smartwool,Thorlo,DarnTough)CLOTHING__1-2pairlightweightsyntheticlongpants/caprisforhiking.Zipoffsworkwell.__1pairofshorts__1-2lightweight,long-sleevedshirtforhiking/sunprotection-buttonupfrontisthebest__2-3syntheticorlightweightmerinowoolT-shirtsorshort-sleevedshirts__1Lightweightfleecejacketorwoolsweater__1rainjacket/ponchoandrainpantswaterproof/breathablefabriclikeGore-tex-notalightweightplasticponch

    (rainpantsareoptionalthoughrecommended)__Underwear/nightwear__1wide-brimmedhat,visororbaseballcapforsun/rain__2-3casualoutfitsforwearingwhennothiking-goingouttodinner/touring/etc.__BathingSuitEQUIPMENT/ESSENTIALS__Passportandaphotocopyofyourpassport__1pairTrekkingpoles(stronglyrecommended)__1daypack(seenotesonpackinglistforrecommendedcapacity__Capabilitytowaterproofyourbackpack.Eitheraraincoveroraheavy-dutyplasticbagtolineyourpack.__Sunglasses(100%UVprotection)w/retentionstrap __Hydrationsystemorquartbottlescapacitytocarry2quartsofwater.__Earplugs(foragoodnightssleep!)TOILETRIES(smalleverything)__Toothbrush,toothpaste,dentalfloss,handsanitizer,shampoo,contactlensparaphernalia,sanitarysupplies__SunscreenandlipprotectionwithsunblockofatleastSPF15__Personalfirstaid/patchkit-Band-Aids,1safetypin,moleskin,Compeed(orblisterbandages),ibuprofen,any

    personalmedicationsPleasenote:Individualswhohavehadorhavethepotentialforasevereallergicreactiontoinsectstings,specificfoodsormedicationsmustbringanepi-pen.Pleaseconsultyourphysicianandtellyourguide.OPTIONAL__Book,notebook,journal,pencil/pen __1or2bandannasorbuff__Watchwithanalarmortravelclock__10ftlightcordand4-6clothespins,detergent__Vestforlayering(fleece,synthetic)__Plugadaptor,Europeanstyle.__Washcloth(Europeanhotelsdonotprovidewashclothswiththetowels)__Camera(extrabatteryorbatterycharger)andfilm/memorycard

  • NOTESONPACKINGAdventuresinGoodCompany'spackinglistcoverseverythingyouneedtoassureyoursafetyandcomfort.Youmaynotuseeverythingyoubring;however,youneedtocomepreparedforallpossibleweatherconditions.Atthesametime,youmustbeabletocarryyourownluggage,sometimesupanddownstairs.Bringingaduffelbagorsoft-sidedsuitcasewithwheels,ratherthanahard-sidedsuitcase,iseasierforpackinginthevan.Daypacks:Yourdaypackshouldbelargeenoughtoholdthefollowingitems:12litersofwater,raingear,lunch/snacks(fortheday),sunscreen,warmlayer(fleecepulloverorvest),personalfirstaidkitandpersonalitemssuchascamera,etc.Werecommendadaypackwithacapacityofbetween2436Liters(1500and2200cubicinches)withahipbelt,paddedshoulderstraps,andlifters.Lineyourdaypackwithadurableplasticbagtokeepyourbelongingsdry,orhaveanelasticizedpackcoverthatfitssnugglyoverit.Beforeyouleavehomechecktobesurethatitiscomfortabletowearalldayandhassufficientspaceforallofyouritems.Note:Fanny-packsandhydrationpacksarenotlargeenoughtoholdalloftheitemsyouwillneedfortheday.Footwear:Well-fitting,sturdybootsortrailshoesareveryimportanttoyoursafetyandenjoyment.Ifyouplantobuynewboots,breaktheminbywearingthemaroundtownandtakingsomeshorthikesbeforeyourtrip.Forgeneralhiking,lightweightormidweightcorduraorleatherbootswithaVibramsoleworkwell.Ifyouhaveweakanklesorarerecoveringfromanankleinjury,getbootsthatcomeabovetheankleyoullfindthatthiswillgiveyoumoresupportinunevenorslipperyterrain.Remembertowaterproofyourbootsbeforethetrip.Evenbootsbilledaswaterproofneedtobetreatedwithawaterproofingproduct.Clothing:Theclothinglistedonthepackinglisthasbeenchosenforyourspecifictripconditionsandforitsversatilityforlayering.NOCOTTONforyouractivewear!Itshouldallbemadefromsynthetic/syntheticblends,down/downblendsorwool/woolblends.Layeringisthemostpracticalandefficientmethodofinsulatingthebody.SeverallayersofvariedweightmaterialsprovidebetterinsulationthanonethickLayerofclothing.Also,addingorsubtractinglayersallowsyoutoadjusttothetemperatureatyourparticularlevelofactivity.

    RainGear:Youwillneedaparkaorjacketmadeofacoatednylonorawaterproof/breathablefabriclikeGore-tex,HellyTech,Membrane,H2No,orUltrex.Besureitkeepswaterout.Beforemakingthisimportantpurchase,besurethatitfitsyouproperly.Itshouldbelargeenoughtofitoverallyourlayers.Inparticular,thehoodneedstobeeffective.Itshouldshieldyourfacefromtherainandturnwithyourhead.Movementofyourarmsmustnotinterferewiththehood.Putonyourdaypack;canyoustillraiseyourarms?Yourwind/rainpantsshouldbecomfortable,allowenoughroomforyourlayers,andpermitfreemovementofyourlegs(forexample,canyoucrouchcomfortably?).Partialorfull-lengthlegzippersareusefulforeasilyputtingyourpantsonoveryourboots.Aninexpensiveplasticponchowillbothleakandteareasilyandisnotrecommended.Hydration:Beingabletoeasilyaccessyourwaterwithoutassistance,sothatyoucandrinkfrequently,isimportanttoyoursafetyandenjoyment.Onemethodistohaveawaterbottleattachedtoyourwaiststrap.AnotheroptionistouseaHYDRATIONSYSTEMsuchasCamelBak,Platypus,andMSRbladderbags,whicharecollapsiblewaterbagswithahoseattachmentthatyoudrinkfrom.Thebagsfitinsideoroutsideyourpackwiththehosepositionedoveryourshouldersothatyoucanaccessyourwaterasyouhike.Bladderbagscanhold1-3litersofwater.PersonalFirstAidKit:Bringasmallfirstaidkitwithfamiliarmedicineandfirstaidsuppliesyoumightneed.Recommendationsincludethefollowing:blisterorfootremedieslikemoleskin,Compeed,blisterbandages,orsimilar,asmallroleofducttape(alwaysuseful!),remediesforrespiratoryailments,stomachailments,soremusclesorjoints.Theguideswillhaveafirstaidkitbuthavingwhatyouknowworkswellforyouisagoodidea.TrekkingPoles: Trekkingpolesarehighlyrecommendedforthistrip.Trekkingpolescontributetoyoursafetybyimprovingyourbalanceandstability,andtoyourhealthbysavingstressonyourhipsandknees.Ifyouarenotfamiliarwithtrekkingpoles,readthisblogpostthataddressesthemostcommonlyaskedquestions:http://blog.adventuresingoodcompany.com/blog-women-travel/bid/154714/Trekking-poles-for-hiking-trips-the-4-most-common-questions .