Cinque Terre Guided Walking Holiday

Scenic aerial view of ocean and harbor in colorful village Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,198pp with flights

Walk on the spectacular coastal path with visits to all five villages, and immerse yourself in the history of the area with its narrow roads and preserved architecture. Enjoy panoramic views from the vineyard terraces, and take a boat trip from Portovenere. The Cinque Terre or ‘Five Lands’ is the name given to the stretch of coast between five unique villages with colourful houses and tiny streets. Originally fishing ports, they now form one of the most popular tourist areas in Italy, sitting within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of the five villages, Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore have picturesque harbours, and Corniglia occupies a commanding position on a headland. To the south, at the tip of the peninsula, lies Portovenere which looks out over the tiny island of Palmaria. Owing to the steep hinterland, the only access for many centuries was from the sea, preserving the typical Ligurian character of the landscape. A spectacular railway line now tunnels along the coast, and the villages have recently been opened for limited road access. Otherwise, communication between them is still by boat or by coastal footpaths winding through the terraced hillsides. During the holiday you’ll walk along part of the popular coastal path and have a chance to visit the five villages. You’ll also follow much quieter paths to the secluded hamlets, vineyards and olive groves in the hills above. On some of the walks there may be the opportunity for a quick swim. To the north of the Cinque Terre you’ll find the coastal town of Levanto and the peaceful little resort of Bonassola, our base for this holiday. Bonassola is a delightful village with its café, bars, ice cream parlours and attractive beach only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. Backed by 3 hills and overlooking a quiet bay, it has a more off the beaten track feel about it.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the five enchanting villages of the Cinque Terre, each with their own unique character
  • Stop for the quintessential Italian gelato.
  • Head away from the coast to peaceful countryside, covered in vineyards and olive groves
  • Enjoy a boat trip to view the spectacular coastline from the sea
  • Stay in the charming resort of Bonassola linked to Cinque Terre by coastal train

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal. 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel delle Rose. Unpack and settle in.


Introductory walks either explore the villages above Bonassola, or head along the coast to the neighbouring resorts of Levanto and Monterosso. Both walks take in narrow streets, mule tracks, and pathways through woodland, and have splendid views down the sweep of the coast below. We learn something of the history of Bonassola and the surrounding communities.

 

Option 1 - Above Bonassola: Headland of the Hare, Montaretto and San Giorgio

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: The goal for today’s walk is the magnificently situated hillside village of Montaretto high above Bonassola. The morning will be spent gradually winding our way up there, via a spectacular headland and on through olive and vine terraces. There is the opportunity for lunch in a café before returning to the hotel via waterfalls, a church and Bonassola’s castle.

Highlight: Enjoy the company of our local interest guide who will give us a great insight into the local flora, fauna and history of the area.

 

Option 2 - Over two saddles: Bonassola to Monterosso

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (570m)

In summary: We too walk from the hotel, but go up and over the headland to the south to reach the popular resort of Levanto. From here we continue out through the medieval quarter and up to a ridge for extensive views as we reach the open saddle between Levanto and Monterosso. We enjoy more great views as we follow a section of the Cinque Terre high level route over the next headland and steeply down into Monterosso and our train back to Bonassola.

Highlight: Views of the valley and hilltop villages.

 


Both groups start the day with a train journey and explore the Cinque Terre villages.

Option 1 - Cinque Terre Villages: Vernazza to Corniglia, Manarola & Riomaggiore

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: After alighting the train at Vernazza we head off along the famous Cinque Terre Coastal Path to reach the charming village of Corniglia perched on its headland. Our route continues with a visit to Manarola and walk down to the harbour. Then onwards we go to Riomaggiore with its tempting cafés and train back.

Highlight: Soak up the atmosphere in Manarola, with its brightly coloured houses set above the rocky cove.  

 

Option 2 - Vineyards & Villages: (Riomaggiore to) Manarola, Volastra, Corniglia and Vernazza

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (570m) 

In summary: We take the train to Manarola. From here, we head up to a medieval village high on the hillside above. After absorbing the stunning views down to the sea from a path contouring through terraced vineyards, we drop down to Corniglia and take the train back to Manarola.

Highlight: Ascending the Lardarina to reach the clifftop Corniglia, via a long brick flight of steps composed of 33 flights with 382 steps. Phew! 

 


Today we explore the area to the northwest of Bonassola, around the villages of Framura. Framura is actually not one place but a collection of settlements as we’ll discover by winding our way up through them. On reaching a broad ridge above Framura there is an opportunity to have a simple meal with local wine on a farmhouse terrace. After lunch we head into some of the best preserved woodland in the area, contouring around Monte Serra on a delightful path. 

Option 1 - Framura Villages and Monte Serra Circuit

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

In summary: We take the train to Framura which lies just beyond the headland to our north. We’ll spend the morning walking up through the villages to a farm/restaurant where we can enjoy a locally produced lunch. We return on a broad track overlooking first the hills of the interior and then the sea before descending to the small harbour at Framura.

Highlight: Sampling the delightful home-cooked and locally sourced lunch at the Agriturismo including their own olive oil and wine.

 

Option 2 - Bonassola to Framura Villages and Monte Serra Circuit

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (630m)

In summary: We start our walk from the hotel heading over the headland to Salto della Lepre (Leap of the Hare) with its breathtaking views along the coast, before passing through woodland and cultivated terraces to reach Framura. From here we follow the same route as the easier group, meeting up with them for lunch.

Highlight: Our local interest guides deep knowledge of wild herbs, flowers and fauna provides a fascinating insight into the local culture. 

 


Each week there is a day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Cinque Terre villages

You may enjoy re-visiting some of the Cinque Terre villages that you have seen previously 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, the largest port in Italy, was European Capital of Culture in 2004. After a fairly lengthy train journey along the coast, you’ll find a number of attractions including the cathedral, a magnificent street of palaces, opera house and museums, plus a regenerated dock area and a vast 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 of Portofino is approximately twothirds of the distance to Genoa. This is a picturesque town where you can admire the expensive yachts and Italy’s rich and famous. You might also take a boat along the splendid coastline to Santa Margherita.

For information on the Cinque Terre please visit www.cinqueterre.it

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Today we travel south along the Cinque Terre and enjoy some spectacular walking with views over the naval port of La Spezia, the Gulf of the Poets, and, as we walk down to it, the village of Portovenere at the tip of the peninsula. From here, if sea conditions permit, we take a boat back along the coast seeing the Cinque Terre harbours from the sea.

Option 1 - Campiglia Ridge Walk to Portovenere

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

Total descent: 2,200 feet (660m)

In summary: Today’s walk begins with a chance to enjoy the views from the pretty village square of Campiglia before heading through woodland to a great picnic spot high on a ridge. Our route then winds gently along the peninsula for more fine vistas, followed by a long steep section of rugged path and steps leading down to Portovenere at the tip of the peninsula. From here if sea conditions permit, we take a boat back along the coast seeing the Cinque Terre villages.

Highlight: Relax on the afternoon boat trip to enjoy the stunning coastline with its colourful, tumbling villages from a different perspective. 

 

Option 2 - Riomaggiore Ridge and Coast Walk to Portovenere

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (630m)  

In summary: Our walk starts from Riomaggiore ascending to the 14th century Sanctuary of the Madonna of Montenero. From this popular viewpoint we ascend to the col known as Telegrafo and follow the ridge to the pretty square in Campiglia for a spot of lunch. We then take a spectacular coastal path high above the sea before descending steeply down the ridge to Portovenere to meet our boat.

Highlight: Dramatic views from the spectacular coastal path.

 


Vernazza is arguably the prettiest of the five Cinque Terre villages with its colourful houses winding down to its natural harbour, protected by a rocky headland. Today we walk from Vernazza to Monterosso. Both walks use the final section of the coast path which links the five villages of the Cinque Terre.

Option 1 - Monterosso to Vernazza Coastal Path

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: From Monterosso old town we wind our way to many viewpoints and head along a section of the elevated coastal path. The path ascends through lemon groves and descends through woodland to Vernazza. Here there is plenty of time to explore before heading to the station for our train back to Bonassola.

Highlight: Enjoy the perfume as you descend through lemon groves into Monterosso old town, with views of the coast stretching as far as the eye can see. 

 

Option 2 - Vernazza to Monterosso Monastery Trail

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m) 

In summary: Our route winds its way up from Vernazza past a series of viewpoints to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Reggio. After a chance to enjoy a rest in the shade of this tranquil spot we continue up the hillside to the Sanctuary of Soviore a great spot for a picnic lunch. From here a path descends to the old town of Monterosso.

Highlight: Popping in to visit the centuries old monastery and Madonna surrounded by ancient oak trees and olive groves. 

 


We hope to see you again soon.


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Hotel Delle Rose - Cinque Terre

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.  A handful of cafés and bars can all be found within a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel.  Offering a warm welcome and a more personal and friendly service, the Hotel Delle Rose has been welcoming HF Holidays' guests for over 15 years. 

Rooms

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
  • Adjustable ceiling fans.
  • The bathrooms have a shower (no bath) and WC.

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.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Hotel Delle Rose are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast

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

Breakfast is served on the roof garden terrace with sea views.

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.

Drinks

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. 

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.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2019
21 Sep - 28 Sep 2019 Itinerary £2,149 Unavailable
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Important Information

  • Single room: no supplement
  • With flight holidays include flights from London Heathrow. Flight supplement from Manchester: £60
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Pisa Airport: £51 single
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

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