Guided Walking at Bonassola, Italy



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From £878.00 - 7 to 14 nights


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Holiday overview

Bonassola Guest Booklet 2018

Walk on the spectacular coastal path with visits to all five villages, and explore pretty harbours. Enjoy panoramic views from the vineyard terraces, and take a boat trip from Portovenere. The Cinque Terre has also preserved its historical roots, such as keeping its narrow roads and preserved architecture. 

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. 


As you walk through the Cinque Terre villages, in late May/early June, you will 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.  On the 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.


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 easyEasier walks: 4 to 6 miles (6.5-9.5km) Expect some steep ascents and descents on the coastal paths. Up to 1,400ft (420m) of ascent in a day.


HF Holidays walks grade 4 hardHarder walks: 6 to 9 miles (9.5-14.5km) on the undulating coastal path and with longer ascents to the hills above. Up to 2,200ft (660m) of ascent 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

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.

Easier Walk: 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. 5 miles (8km) with 1,400ft (420m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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 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. 7 miles (11km) with 1,900ft (570m) of ascent.

Day 3: Cinque Terre coastal Path

Both groups start the day with a train journey and explore the Cinque Terre villages. Note: if any sections of the Cinque Terre path are closed, this will be compensated by specially chosen walks round the quieter paths of the villages and their surroundings.

Easier Walk: 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 spectacular views as we approach Manarola and walk down to the harbour. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We take the 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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,900ft (570m) of ascent.

Day 4: Framura villages and Monte Serra

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.

Easier Walk: 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. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,300ft (390m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,100ft (630m) of ascent.

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

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 we take a boat back along the coast seeing the Cinque Terre harbours from the sea.

Easier Walk: 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. There should be time to explore this colourful little town before taking the boat back up the coast. 6 miles (9.5km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent and 2,200ft (660m) of descent.

Harder Walk: 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 the easier group for our boat back up the coast. 8 miles (13km) with 2,100ft (630m) of ascent.

Day 7: Vernazza to Monterosso

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, either along the famous lower coastal path or on quieter paths in the hills. Both walks complete the final section of the coast path which links the five villages of the Cinque Terre.

Easier Walk: From Vernazza we wind our way to a viewpoint high above the village. We then return to the pretty harbour with its cafés before heading along the final section of the coastal path to Monterosso. The path ascends through woodland and descends through lemon groves to Monterosso old town. Here there is plenty of time to explore before heading to the station for our train back to Bonassola. 4 miles (6.5km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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 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. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,800ft (540m) of ascent.

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?

Tuscan countryside

Bonassola & San Quirico d'Orcia - 14nts

Combine 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.

With flight & transfers from: £1,899

Without flights & transfers from: £1,649


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

Image courtesy of Graham Light

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 and 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.

British Airways plane




Driving to us

‘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 £29. 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 - price on request.

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

 Coach heading to Glen Coe

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

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
1 Sep 2018 CQLCL - Guided Walking Bonassola - Without Flights 7 £879.00 £878.00 Holiday Guaranteed to run - book now - few places left Book Now
15 Sep 2018 CQLCL - Guided Walking Bonassola - Without Flights 7 £879.00 £879.00 Book Now
15 Sep 2018 CQLCL - Bonassola & San Quirico - Without Flights 14 £1,669.00 £1,669.00 Book Now
22 Sep 2018 CQLCL - Guided Walking Bonassola
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 22 Sep 2018, 8:45 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Sep 2018, 12:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 29 Sep 2018, 11:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Sep 2018, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,254.00 £1,254.00 Book Now
22 Sep 2018 CQLCL - Guided Walking Bonassola
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 22 Sep 2018, 1:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Sep 2018, 5 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 29 Sep 2018, 6:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Sep 2018, 7:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,179.00 £1,179.00 Book Now
22 Sep 2018 CQLCL - Bonassola & San Quirico - Without Flights 14 £1,669.00 £1,669.00 Book Now
29 Sep 2018 CQLCL - Guided Walking Bonassola - Without Flights 7 £879.00 £879.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2018 CQLCL - Guided Walking Bonassola - Without Flights 7 £879.00 £879.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2018 CQLCL - Guided Walking Bonassola
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 6 Oct 2018, 1:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2018, 5 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 13 Oct 2018, 6:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2018, 7:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,179.00 £1,179.00 Book Now
6 Oct 2018 CQLCL - Guided Walking Bonassola
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 6 Oct 2018, 7:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 Oct 2018, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 13 Oct 2018, 11:40 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Oct 2018, 1:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,254.00 £1,254.00 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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