Discover the Cinque Terre

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European walking holidays
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,379pp

As one of the Italian Riviera highlights, the sun-dappled Cinque Terre (meaning Five Lands) is home to the five enchanting fishing villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. You’ll get to walk spectacular coastal paths, soak up sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, and take a boat trip from the village of Portovenere at the tip of the peninsula. On your free day, you’ll have the options to spend more time in any (or all) of the villages or visit Genoa or Portofino.

What you’ll love

  • Exploring the five coastal villages of Cinque Terre  
  • Taking a boat trip from Portovenere  
  • Staying in the charming town of Bonassola  
  • Following paths to vineyards and olive groves in the hills

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks led by local HF Holidays Leaders
  • HF Holidays Tour Manager
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Half-board
  • All transport to and from walks
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

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, before returning to the hotel via waterfalls, a church and Bonassola’s castle.

Highlight: Keep an eye out for local flora and fauna.

Option 2 - Over two saddles: Monterosso to Bonassola

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (570m)

In summary: We take the train out of Bonassola to Monterosso. There's a steep ascent out of Monterosso to the headland to follow a section of the Cinque Terre high level route with great views. We reach the open saddle between Monterosso and Levanto and make our way down from the ridge into the medieval quarter of the popular resort of Levanto. We'll find refreshments before walking back over the headland to Bonassola and our hotel.

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 take the train back to Bonassola.

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

Option 2 - Vineyards & Villages: Manarola, Volastra,Corniglia and Vernazza

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m) 

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 before heading on along the coastal path to Vernazza and its harbour cafes. We take the train back.

Highlight: Visiting peaceful Volastra, as well as 3 Cinque Terre villages.


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. 


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 include:

Cinque Terre villages: You may enjoy spending some more time in 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: The largest port in Italy, was designated 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: You could revisit the chic resort of Portofino approximately two thirds of the distance to Genoa. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and admire the expensive yachts in the harbour, walk up to Castello Brown or take a boat trip.


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.


Today takes us to world-famous Portofino and a boat ride to Santa Fruttuoso Abbey.

Option 1 - San Fruttuoso to Portofino

Distance: 3.7 miles (6km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: We reach Camogli by bus, this charming fishing village is the starting point of today’s excursion. After a pleasant stroll through the narrow alleyways we depart by boat for the small Bay of San Fruttuoso. Our hiking tour takes us to world-famous Portofino with its luxurious yachts surrounded by picturesque fishing boats. We enjoy a walk in this elegant town before reaching seductive Santa Margherita, our final destination, by boat. We return to Bonassola by coach from Santa Margherita.

Highlight: Visit the picturesque Portofino.

Option 2 - San Fruttuoso to Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure

Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)

Total ascent: 1,640 feet (500m)

In summary: We also start the walk in the charming fishing village of Camogli. After a pleasant stroll through the narrow alleyways, we depart by boat for the small Bay of San Fruttuoso. Our hiking tour takes us to world-famous Portofino with its luxurious yachts surrounded by picturesque fishing boats. We enjoy a walk in this elegant town before walking out to the lighthouse located high on a promontory above the sea. We'll enjoy the views before walking back to Portofino and joining the other group for the boat back to Santa Margherita. 

Highlight: Enjoy lovely views of Santa Fruttuoso Abbey when you arrive there by boat.


Depart after a leisurely breakfast.


Itinerary map for Bonassola

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 Bernardin. 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 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

About your stay

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 which 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 at a local restaurant.

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)

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.

Evening meal

We visit a local restaurant for our evening meals, which is situated just 100m from the hotel. A selection of local dishes and locally-caught fish form an important part of the menu.

Drinks

Hotel Delle Rose serves drinks on the roof garden terrace in the serviced bar with sea views.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort - price available on request
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European walking holidays
Walking Grade:
2 & 4

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