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PORTOFINO, THE CINQUE TERRE & PORTOVENERE

A spectacular in-depth journey on foot and by rail, exploring Italys glamorous Portofino, together

with two UNESCO World Heritage gems; the Cinque Terre National Park with its five classic colourful

fishing villages, and the lovely Portovenere.

The Ligurian coast, known as bella Italias Flower Riviera, will captivate you will its unique coastal and

forest trails, where youll walk or take short train rides from village to village, admiring the cobalt blue sea

and colourful collections of houses that cling to the cliff faces. Revel in the regions delicious cuisine,

washed down with excellent local wines from the regions terraced vineyards this tour will delight foodies

and keen walkers alike.

Your trip begins on the Portofino peninsula, staying in the traditional fishing harbour of Camogli, from where

you can visit the impressive San Frutuoso Abbey located in a beautiful cove and reached only by boat or

on foot, as well as the lighthouse Il Faro which gives spectacular views of the Mediterranean and Ligurian

Seas. Youll continue on foot to iconic Portofino, where you can relax at the harbour with a chilled caff

freddo and watch the fishing boats and mega-yachts bobbing on the crystal-clear water.

Continue your Italian adventure with a walk through the hills of the East Riviera, staying overnight at

Bonassola with its laid-back beach, before continuing south along the coastline to Monterosso. Set amidst

terraces of olive groves and vines, Monterosso is the largest of the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Enjoy a

choice of coastal or mountain walks through vineyards and fragrant pine and chestnut forests. Alternatively,

make use of your two-day rail pass, or simply relax under a colourful beach umbrella.

Visit the town of Riomaggiore, the most southerly of the Cinque Terre villages, dating from the 8th Century

and characterised by sorbet-coloured houses perched on slate grey cliffs. Your walking tour finishes in the

lovely medieval fishing town of Portovenere, on the Gulf of Poets. No wonder this area inspired such literary

greats such as Byron and DH Lawrence.

Your walking and rail trip in The Cinque Terre includes 7 nights in superb hand-picked 2-3* hotels in rooms

with private facilities, 7 breakfasts, a 48-hour Cinque Terre Card (train pass and entrance to the National

Park), transfer from Camogli to San Rocco on Day 2 and from Monterosso to Soviore on Day 5, luggage

transfers on Days 4 & 7, comprehensive route notes and maps and a detailed pre-departure information

pack as well as emergency support.

Wandering ancient trails past flower-filled meadows, vineyards and olive groves

Exploring the colourful UNESCO World Heritage villages of the Cinque Terre

The flexibility of walking or taking the train to explore village to village

The stylish atmosphere of harbour-side Portofino; people-watching with a caff freddo

Staying in the charming medieval town of Portovenere

Breath-taking views of the azure Mediterranean sea, and enjoying a cool dip!

PORTOFINO, THE CINQUE TERRE

& PORTOVENERE

DISCOVER BELLA ITALIA ON FOOT AND BY RAIL

SUMMARY

WHATS INCLUDED?

Accommodation: 7 Nights in 2-3* charm-ing hand-picked small hotels.

Meals: 7 Breakfasts.

Transfers: People transfer on Day 2 and

5, and a 48-hr Cinque Terre Card which

gives you entrance to the park and use of

local trains.

Baggage Transfers: On Days 4 and 7.

Tour: Portofino, The Cinque Terre &

Portovenere

Code: WItPORT

Type: Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Price: See Website Dates: April to October on any day Walking Days: 5-6 Days: 8 Nights: 7 Start: Camogli, Portofino Peninsula Finish: Portovenere

Distance: 3-13km each day

Grade: Easy to Moderate

IS IT FOR ME?

Food, history, culture and wonderful walking

through UNESCO Heritage sites; visiting

Portofino, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre

national parkyouve found the classic Ital-

ian experience! Coastal and mountain trails

abound, with the opportunity to shorten your

walks and take either a train or on occasion

a local ferry. This is the quintessential

Cinque Terre experience! HIGHLIGHTS

DAY 1

Arrive Camogli

Your Italian journey begins in the charming small

fishing village of Camogli, situated on the west

side of the Portofino peninsula. Camogli is

easily reached with good train connections from

Genoa or Pisa (and Florence is also an option).

If you have time when you arrive, visit the

historic centre and embrace the relaxed seaside

ambience of Camogli, with its fantastic fresh

seafood and colourful houses.

Overnight: Hotel La Camogliese**, Camogli

The following hotels are available at an upgrade

supplement: Hotel Augusta** or Hotel

Casmona***, Camogli

All hotels offer a warm welcome to walkers and

are conveniently close to the beach.

DAY 2

Walk to Portofino via San Fruttuoso

Youll be picked up this morning from your hotel at Camogli for a private transfer to the village of San Rocco. Start your walk with a visit to the San Fruttuoso Abbey, located in a secluded bay overlooking cobalt-blue waters. From here you can choose to walk or take a ferry to the chic town of Portofino (the latter is payable locally). Enjoy the wonderful view from Il Faro (the Light House), located at the extreme point of the promontory, 1km from Portofino. A firm favourite with the celebrity jet set, this pretty town is famous for its picturesque harbour. From here you can take the train or boat back to Camogli (payable locally).

Overnight: Hotel La Camogliese**, Camogli

Choice of walks:

Easier option: 7km, 734m ascent, 394m

descent, 3h30 approx.

Harder option: 11km, 1165m ascent, 1185m

descent, 5h30 approx.

DAY 3

Train to Bonassola. Walk to Deiva

Marina via Framura

Continue your adventure along the Ligurian

Riviera by jumping on a train to Bonassola

(payable locally), a lovely town wedged between

the sea and mountains, from where you will

begin your walk through the hills of the East

Riviera.

The first part of your walk to Framura is

extremely panoramic with wonderful views over

the northern Ligurian coast. You can always

shorten your walk by finishing in Framura and

returning to Bonassola by train.

On reaching the pretty little town of Deiva

Marina, why not take a cooling dip in the ocean

to celebrate a wonderful days walk.

Overnight: Hotel Villa Belvedere, Bonassola

The following hotels are available at an upgrade

supplement: Albergo delle Rose***, Hotel La

Feluca*** or Hotel Pensione Moderna***,

Bonassola

Stay in a friendly property close to the beach at

Bonassola. All of our properties here offer

comfortably furnished rooms and are ideally

located for exploring the area.

Choice of walks:

Easier option: 5km, 421m ascent, 394m

descent, 2h30 approx.

Harder option: 11km, 878m ascent, 881m

descent, 4hrs approx.

DAY 4

Walk to Monterosso via Levanto

The first part of todays walk runs along an old

railway track which has recently been

transformed into a fairly flat cycle path. Walk

through the tunnels and over the bridges whilst

revelling in spectacular views over the azure sea

and cliffs until you reach the idyllic painters

paradise of Levanto, located in the centre of a

charming valley surrounded by green hills.

As you reach the ridge top, pause to take in the

sweeping views to the mountains which surround

the Gulf of Paradise. Arriving at Punta Mesco

you continue your descent towards the village of

Monterosso.

Choice of walks:

Easier option: 3km, 225m ascent, 226m

descent, 1h30 approx.

Harder option: 10km, 753m ascent, 746m

descent, 4h30 approx.

Overnight: Hotel Marina***, Monterosso

The following hotels are available at an upgrade

supplement: Hotel Punta Mesco***, Hotel

Amici***, Hotel La Colonnina*** or Hotel Villa

Adriana***, Monterosso

Our delightfully charming accommodation in

Monterosso, the largest of the five villages of the

Cinque Terre, provides a welcome rest to

walkers and is again close to the beach.

Day Route Km

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Arrive Camogli

Transfer to San Rocco and

walk to Portofino via San

Fruttuoso

Train to Bonassola. Walk to

Deiva Marina via Framura

Walk to Monterosso via

Levanto

Transfer to Soviore, walk to

Monterosso via Vernazza

Free day to explore Cinque

Terre or choice of walks

Colla di Gritta / Corniglia-

Riomaggiore

Train to Riomaggiore. Walk

to Portovenere

Onward travel

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