Cooking & Walking in Liguria

Bonassola, Italy

Code: CQLGC

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Coastal
  • Food & drink
  • Indoors

Level

  • Easier
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £779.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Bonassola is a quiet coastal resort with easy access to the enchanting Cinque Terre villages and the peaceful countryside further inland.

Join the Bernadin brothers at their cookery school to learn about, and taste, food typical of this region.

Holiday Highlights:

  • Cooking sessions at the cookery school
  • Explore along the coast and inland on guided walks and excursions
  • Samples the local wines and olive oil

Great Reasons to Join Us:

  • Great value: all prices include half-board ensuite accommodation, four cooking sessions, two days guided walking, visit to a local vineyard and olive oil press and local transport where required
  • Expert leader: learn more about life and traditions in the enchanting Cinque Terre from your knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation at our family run hotel in Bonassola
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays, cook together, explore together, eat together, relax together

Accommodation

The 3-star Hotel Delle Rose is a charming family-run hotel, owned and run by two brothers, Roberto and Enrico Bernadin. The hotel is located close to the seafront in Bonassola and within easy walking distance of all the local facilities, including the railway station. A handful of cafés and bars can all be found within a couple of minutes’ walk of the hotel.

This accommodation is branded 'Character and Comfort' as it is a small friendly family-run hotel, offering a warm welcome, and more personal and friendly service.

Bedrooms

Hotel Delle Rose has 25 en-suite bedrooms, all of which have been refurbished within the last few years.

All bedrooms have telephone, satellite television, fridge, safe deposit box, hairdryer and adjustable ceiling fans. The bathrooms have shower (no bath) and WC.

  

 

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Facilities

On the ground floor is a lounge area and the roof garden terrace has a serviced bar with sea views. Our guests can enjoy an aperitif before dinner or a tea or coffee during the day. There is a small lounge on the ground floor with seating and offers a quiet corner to read in. Tourist literature is displayed here and a small library of foreign language paperbacks, which include English.

 

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Food

Our holidays at Hotel Delle Rose are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal. Dinner is served in the light and airy dining room on the ground floor and the breakfast is served on the roof garden terrace with sea views. 

Breakfast

Hotel Delle Rose offers a self service continental breakfast, including freshly baked croissants and Ligurian Focaccia from the local bakery.

Evening Meal

The hotel provides a typical Italian three-course evening meal. A selection of local dishes and locally-caught fish form an important part of the menu. Each morning the manager likes to discuss any vegetarian or other dietary requirements with you personally. The pasta is home-made and the hotel offers pasta demonstrations once a week, a possible option on your free day.

Hotel Delle Rose serves drinks on the roof garden terrace in the serviced bar with sea views. The chef prepares daily Ligurian specialities to eat with your drinks.

Lunch (payable locally)

You can order a picnic lunch from the hotel. Alternatively, ingredients for a picnic lunch can be purchased from the local shops, either in Bonassola or one of the other villages. On certain days it may be possible to eat in a café whilst out for the day; your leaders will advise.

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Evening

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. Your evening meal will be the main focus of the evening. After dinner you may like to join your leaders for a walk out to Punta della Madonna a lovely evening stroll or the the headlland to the south of the bay for a late evening firefly display. Your leader will also be checking for any local events going on nearby. Or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.    

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

Day 2: Today we explore the hillside and villages above Bonassola. Our route ascends narrow streets and pathways to the small settlement of Scernio before contouring above Bonassola on a wide track. There are open views, taking in the broad sweep of the bay, the town and the pretty chapel at Punta della Madonna below. After a short wooded section we head up through Costella to reach the church of San Giorgio with its commanding views. A steeper section of path takes us to the quaint hamlet of San Giorgio for a well-earned rest. Our path then leads through woods, where we may see signs of wild boar. The track crosses a stream and winds up to Montaretto, a magnificently-situated village and one of the first to be founded in the area. It’s a great spot for lunch. We hear tales of the history of Bonassola and the surrounding communities before returning on a good mule track, an original supply route between the two villages. 4½ miles (7.1km) with 1,400ft (420m) of ascent and descent

Day 3:  Morning cookery session focusing on antipasta followed by an optional walk to the local chapel before returning to the cookery school for a session focusing on pasta production and techniques. 

Day 4: Morning cookery session focusing on main courses. In the afternoon we will take the train and walk along part of the famous Via Dell’Amore before stopping at a local wine producer for a wine tasting

Day 5: Free day

Day 6: A train journey along the Cinque Terre coastline takes us through all five of the Cinque Terre villages to Riomaggiore which we explore. From here we head back along the coast, following the Via dell’Amore (Lovers’ Path) which is carved into the cliff and adorned with lovers’ tokens. We head through the pretty harbour village of Manarola to arrive at Corniglia station. This is a busy, but justifiably popular, area of the Cinque Terre with superb sea views throughout. Those with the energy might ascend the 377 steps up to Corniglia (the rest of us will take the local shuttle bus!) to explore Corniglia. Our walk continues along the coast path climbing, contouring and then descending to the charming village of Vernazza with its waterfront bars and colourful houses. From here we take the train back to Bonassola. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,200ft (360m) of ascent and descent

Day 7: Morning cookery session focusing on Italian desserts. In the afternoon we will travel to Levanto to visit an olive oil press, followed by free time in the town

Day 8: Departure day

Please note that the dishes mentioned are an example and will depend on the season and availability of local ingredients.

Local area

The Cinque Terre or ‘five lands’ is the name given to the stretch of coast between five unique coastal villages. Originally fishing villages and pirate hideaways, they are now one of the most popular tourist areas in Italy. The coastline is now designated as a National Park and the villages recognised by UNESCO.

Bonassola lies just outside the national park and as such is quieter than its more famous neighbours, making it a pleasant base in the evenings. It has a very attractive beach only a few minutes from the hotel. The town is surrounded by hills and can only be accessed by train, or by using a narrow winding road.

Bonassola - Bonassola is an interesting small town in its own right and you could spend a leisurely day visiting the beach and local cafés.

Cinque Terre villages - You may enjoy re-visiting some of the Cinque Terre villages that you may previously have seen on the walks. Each village has its own railway station and the frequent trains mean that it is possible to visit all five villages in one day.

Genoa - Genoa is the largest port in Italy and the European Capital of Culture in 2004. After a long-ish train journey you’ll find a number of attractions including the cathedral, churches, opera house and museums, plus a regenerated dock area (Porto Antico) and a vast and ornate cemetery with its very own bus network! Alternatively you may just prefer to wander through the famous caruggi (narrow alleyways) in the old town.

Portofino - The chic resort town of Portofino is situated approximately two-thirds of the way to Genoa. This is a picturesque town where you can admire the expensive yachts and Italy’s rich and famous. 

Shops & Facilities: There are a couple of minimarkets, a pharmacy, two breadshops and a greengrocer close to the hotel. The post office is located behind the hotel and the bank with an external ATM is just 200m away. There are several bars in Bonassola, including a couple overlooking the sea and a bar/gelateria attached to the hotel.

Travel

‘With Flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from Heathrow and Manchester to Pisa (regional flight supplement £75).

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer to Bonassola takes 2 hours.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

HF Holidays can help you to reach the hotel in the following ways:

HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Pisa airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). Cost per single journey is £26. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance. 

Our Airport Taxi service operates at this resort, offering quick and easy transfers for guests booking their own flights. All prices are per taxi for single journeys, allowing you to mix and match different transfer options. Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details.

From Pisa airport by taxi transfer £240 per taxi single journey

Leaders

Leader to be announced

We don't have the information on the leader for this holiday at the moment. As soon as we do we will publish it here.

Reviews

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26 Apr 2016, 1:58 p.m.

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An excellent week with a good mix of walking and cooking. Rebecca, the leader (and wife of one of the hotel owners), was superb and added a lot to the holiday with her local knowledge. The Cinque Terre were spectacular and should not be missed but it was the quieter settlements and surrounds of Bonassola, Levanto and Farmura that we preferred.
22 Apr 2016, 11:37 a.m.

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Service is always good. However, on this occasion I feel I might have been overcharged for the holiday. An email sent to HF on 18th April has not yet been answered
20 Apr 2016, 6:09 p.m.

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Have had several HF holidays and they have all been very enjoyable - efficient arrangements, friendly, knowledgeable guides and excellent hotels full of character.

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See above. It was well run and great fun.
20 Apr 2016, 9:26 a.m.

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Great service

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The staff of the hotel could not have been better.
A beautiful area but the Cinque Terre was too busy for me.
20 Apr 2016, 8 a.m.

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This was my 3rd HF holiday. Each time I've been impressed by the leaders, the accommodation and the quality and quantity of food! And booking is a hassle free experience. The staff are always available to organise every little detail for you

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What a wonderful, well organised, excellent week. A fabulous cooking experience in the kitchen with Marco. And Rebecca has so much local knowledge! She arranged not only the excellent walks, but other delights - including visiting a winery with delicious local wines.
25 Apr 2015, 1:21 p.m.

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The admin was well organised and efficient.

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An excellent mix of walks, great cooking, lots of amazing food, and a nice social atmosphere. A fantastic week.
24 Apr 2015, 8:16 p.m.

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Always reliable

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A good variety of activities
24 Apr 2015, 9:09 a.m.

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HF is a great company - took me a while to find you but I'm glad I have now

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Lovely place and good fun
24 Apr 2015, 8:43 a.m.

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From the booking to leaving the resort, everybody was kind and helpful.

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This was my first HF holiday, so I had to learn the system! I liked the caring way we where looked after and the hotel was excellent. I feel it was not a cooking and walking holiday but a food knowledge and strolling holiday.
24 Apr 2015, 6:19 a.m.

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Had lots of holidays with HF and found them good but as we get older, not sure we can do HF holidays any more, even though we walk with a group in South of England, HF walking in general is much more taxing.

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Made a big mistake with this holiday. Thought cooking and walking would be gentle walking as it was only four miles twice but the steep climbs were too much for us. My husband was not well so that is understandable but I couldn't have done it either very well. Leader and hotel really good but it was the worst HF holiday ever taken. As a general rule not sure leader who is part of hotel and not HF is a good idea but in this case it worked more or less. Realized we can only do walking on the level like most of south of England and there is not much in Italy or even abroad like this with HF.
Thank you for your comments.

I am sorry that on this occasion you did not find the holiday suitable for you. We do offer many holidays at a gentler pace which may be preferable.

Kind regards
Toni

Toni McNulty
Customer Relations Manager

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
1 Apr 2017 CQLGC - Cooking & Walking Liguria
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 1 Apr 2017, 8:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Apr 2017, noon
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 8 Apr 2017, 1:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Apr 2017, 2:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,009.00 Book Now
1 Apr 2017 CQLGC - Cooking & Walking Liguria 7 £779.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 CQLGC - Cooking & Walking Liguria
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, 8:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, noon
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 Oct 2017, 1:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Oct 2017, 2:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,009.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 CQLGC - Cooking & Walking Liguria
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 14 Oct 2017, 8:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Oct 2017, noon
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 21 Oct 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Oct 2017, 2:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,009.00 Book Now
14 Oct 2017 CQLGC - Cooking & Walking Liguria 7 £779.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: no supplement (limited number)
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person