Cinque Terre Guided Walking Holiday

Experience the five villages of the Cinque Terre, each with its own unique character


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  • Central location
  • Coastal


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £949.00 - 7 to 14 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

2019 Cinque Terre Guest Booklet

Walk on the spectacular coastal path with visits 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. 

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

Price Includes

  • 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. 

In pictures...


Hotel Delle Rose in Bonassola, Italy

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. This is a small friendly family-run hotel, offering a warm welcome, and a more personal and friendly service.


Your room

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.
Hotel Delle Rose bedroom


Hotel Delle Rose roof garden terrace
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.


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

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.
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.

Dinner is served in the light and airy dining room on the ground floor.
Hotel Delle Rose dining

Your evenings

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 is 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 along the headland to the south of the bay for a late evening firefly display.

Your leader will check 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 to your fellow guests.


Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day. Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness.

We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort. Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Easier walks: 4 to 7 miles (6.5-11km) Expect some steep ascents and descents on the coastal paths. Up to 1,400ft (420m) of ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent in a day.

HF Holidays walks grade 4 hard

Harder walks: 5 to 10 miles (8-16km) on the undulating coastal path and with longer ascents to the hills above. Up to 2,200ft (660m) of ascent and descent in a day.

Day 1: Arrival day

For those arriving on HF Holidays’ flight to Pisa, the onward journey to Bonassola is by coach. You should arrive at the hotel with time to settle into your room, and perhaps explore some of the town. On the first evening your leaders will explain more about the walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.

Day 2: Walking from Bonassola: villages and coast

Option 1: Above Bonassola: Montaretto and San Giorgio

Bonassola beach and hills beyond

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 1,400ft (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the countryside and villages above Bonassola with our Local Guide. We head up to the magnificently situated hillside village of Montaretto high above Bonassola via olive and vine terraces. Try an authentic local lunch here before returning to the hotel via waterfalls, a church and Bonassola’s castle. 

Don’t miss: Our Local Guide, Rebecca, who provides a terrific insight into the local flora, fauna and history of the area.

Option 2: Over two saddles: Bonassola to Monterosso

Monterosso Cinque Terre Bonassola

Distance:  7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,900ft (570m)

The walk in a nutshell: Head along the coast to the neighbouring resorts of Levanto and Monterosso. Enjoy extensive views of this unique coastline and follow a mix of narrow streets, mule tracks and woodland paths, as well as a section of the Cinque Terre high level route before taking the train back to Bonassola.  

Don’t miss: Walking part of the Cinque Terre high level route with sensational views of the Cinque Terre villages ahead.

Your optional evening’s activity:

Practise your Italian with local teacher, Claudia Romano. Claudia covers some basic Italian phrases and local dialect that you can use when shopping and greeting people while out walking. The highlight is a very entertaining introduction into the regional diversity of Italian hand gestures – not to be missed!

Day 3: Cinque Terre coastal path

Option 1: Vernazza to Manarola

Bonassola Corniglia Italy

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 1,000ft (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: After alighting the train at Vernazza we head off along the famous Cinque Terre Coastal Path descending the famous 382 steps of the Lardarina to reach the charming village of Corniglia perched on its headland. Our route continues with spectacular views as we approach Manarola and walk down to the harbour. 

Don’t miss: Soak up the atmosphere in Manarola, with its tumble of brightly coloured houses set above the rocky cove.  

Option 2: Manarola to Vernazza

Italy, Vernazza Bonassola

Distance:  9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,900ft (570m)

The walk in a nutshell: We travel by train to Manarola and then 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 scenic coastal path to Vernazza and its waterfront bars before taking the train back. 

Don’t miss: Ascending the Lardarina to reach the clifftop Corniglia, via a long brick flight of steps composed of 33 flights with 382 steps. Phew! 

Day 4: Framura villages and Monte Serra

Option 1: Rural villages and Framura 

Framura BonassolaDistance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 1,300ft (390m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the hills to the north-west of Bonassola, visiting the villages above Framura. We take the train to Framura and walk up through shaded woodland to an Agriturismo where we can enjoy a delicious locally sourced meal. We return with fantastic views as we descend to the small harbour at Framura. 

Don’t miss: Sampling the delightful home-cooked and locally sourced lunch at the Agriturismo including their own olive oil and wine.

Option 2: The Leap of the Hare and Framura

Leap of the Hare Bonassola

Distance:  9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 2,100ft (630m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walking with Rebecca, the local guide, we leave the hotel and head over the headland to Salto della Lepre (Leap of the Hare) with its breathtaking views along the coast. We continue through woodland and cultivated terraces to Framura where we follow the same route as the easier group, meeting for a traditional lunch at the Agriturismo. 

Don’t miss: Rebecca’s deep knowledge of wild herbs, flowers and fauna provides a fascinating insight into the local culture. 

Day 5: Free day

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. On your free day you may like to take the train to Genoa, relax on the beach at Bonassola, or spend more time soaking up the atmosphere of the Cinque Terre villages.

Day 6: Coastal Ridgewalks to Portovenere

Option 1: A coastal path to Portovenere

Bonassola Portovenere

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 700ft (210m) and 2,200ft (660m) of descent.

The walk in a nutshell: Today we travel south, beyond the Cinque Terre to enjoy ridge and coastal paths which lead to the tip of the peninsula and the picturesque harbour of Portovenere. A boat journey back along the coast concludes the day, calling in at the village harbours en route.

Option 2: A ridgewalk to Portovenere

Portovenere harbour Bonassola

Distance:  8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 2,100ft (630m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Riomaggiore we climb to the 14th century Sanctuary of the Madonna of Montenero. From this popular viewpoint we ascend to a col and follow the ridge to Campiglia for lunch. We then take a spectacular coastal path before descending steeply to the colourful Portovenere to meet the easier group for our boat back up the coast.

Don’t miss: Relax on the afternoon boat trip to enjoy the stunning coastline with its colourful, tumbling villages from a different perspective. 

Day 7: Vernazza to Monterosso

Option 1: Between Monterosso and Vernazza

Monterosso Cinque Terre Italy

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 1,100ft (330m)

The walk in a nutshell: Today’s walk takes the famous lower trail between Vernazza and Monterosso.We wind our way to a viewpoint high above Vernazza, returning to the pretty harbour with its cafés before heading along the final section of the coastal path to Monterosso with time to shop and relax before catching the train back to Bonassola.

Don’t miss: 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

Countryside of Cinque TerreDistance:  6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 1,800ft (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our route winds its way up from Vernazza past a series of viewpoints to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Reggio and continue up the hillside to the Sanctuary of Soviore for a picnic lunch. From here a path descends to the old town of Monterosso where we can enjoy refreshments with the easier group before heading for our train. 

Don’t miss: Popping in to visit the centuries old monastery and Madonna surrounded by ancient oak trees and olive groves. 

Day 8: Departure Day

Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will advise you every evening about the following day’s walks.


Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not visit our neighbouring resort of San Quirico?

Bonassola & San Quirico d'Orcia - 14nts

Tuscan countrysideCombine a week at Bonassola with a week at San Quirico d'Orcia in Tuscany. Enjoy gentle walks through classic Tuscan countryside, visiting charming hill-top villages like Montepulciano and Pienza.

To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558

Image courtesy of Graham Light


Local Festivals in Cinque Terre

Corpus Christi Festival, late May/early June

BonassolaAs you walk through the Cinque Terre villages, in late May/early June, you'll notice "Infoirata" colourful flower petal carpets or tapestries ready for the Corpus Domini (Sunday) processions. This is for the Corpus Christi Festival.  Watching the creation of these flower mosaics is amazing. Designs are prepared in advance with chalk sketches onto the pavement. Next soil is used to outline the pictures. Then teams of workers, almost everyone in town, use the prepared flower petals to fill in the designs much like a mosaic. There's someone on hand with a water bottle to spray the flowers to keep them fresh and to keep them from blowing away. 

Festival Rossario, first weekend in October

In Bonassola, there is the Festival Rossario (Lady of the Rosary) when there is procession of lights by boat culminating in a firework display which can be viewed from the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Delle Rose.

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 visited. 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.


We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.


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‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow or Manchester flights to Pisa airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours to the Hotel Delle Rose.

Please note guests travelling to San Quirico will also fly in to Pisa. Leaders will be available at the airport to direct guests to the correct transfer coach.




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‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Pisa airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £51.50. Please note guests travelling to San Quirico will also fly in to Pisa. Leaders will be available at the airport to direct guests to the correct transfer coach.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer - £260 per single taxi transfer.

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

Pisa has numerous UK connections, you may want to consider our transfer options or alternatively enjoy the rail journey to Bonassola.

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

Local Transport

One of the many highlights of our holiday in Bonassola is the use of public transport. In particular the trains that run along the coast from Genoa to La Spezia. The train station is a short ten minute walk from the hotel. We also use service buses, taxis and boats.


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Dates & Prices

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7 Sep 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £949.00 £949.00 Book Now
7 Sep 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre & Tuscany Guided Walking - Without Flights 14 £1,849.00 £1,849.00 Book Now
14 Sep 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £949.00 £949.00 Book Now
21 Sep 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £949.00 £949.00 Book Now
21 Sep 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 21 Sep 2019, 10:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Sep 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 28 Sep 2019, 2:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2019, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,324.00 £1,324.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 28 Sep 2019, 10:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Sep 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 2:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,324.00 £1,324.00 Book Now
28 Sep 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £949.00 £949.00 Book Now
5 Oct 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 7:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 10:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 11:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 12:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,249.00 £1,199.00 Save £50 per person Book Now
5 Oct 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £949.00 £949.00 Book Now
5 Oct 2019 CQLCL - Cinque Terre Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 5 Oct 2019, 10:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Oct 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 12 Oct 2019, 2:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Oct 2019, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,324.00 £1,274.00 Save £50 per person Book Now

Prices are per person


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

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