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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:info@goodadventure.com

  • 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,atbnelson@scaneastwest.comorcall206-395-7836.

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

    FlorenceatHotelCellai CamogliatHotelCasmona MonterossoalMareatHotelMarina PortovenereatHotelParadiso

    Vegetarian(andvegan)optionsforthistripareavailablebutlimited;ifyouareconcernedabouthavingenoughproteinduringyourtrip,pleasebringsomeplant-basedproteinsourcessuchasnutbutter,instantdriedhummus,orhigh-proteinenergybar