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Along the Ligurian Coast

Villages of the Cinque Terre
 
Spectacular paths lead along the Cinque Terre, revealing this beautiful UNESCO-listed coastline and its alluring villages. You walk self-guided from hotel to hotel while your luggage is transported ahead, with plenty of opportunities to savour the region’s delicious seafood and pasta.
Along the Ligurian Coast. 7 nights
Along the Ligurian Coast. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Liguria

With warm, wooded mountains tumbling steeply down to little bays and sandy coves where fishing ports and small resorts of pastel-coloured houses nestle by the water's edge, the Ligurian Riviera, which stretches from the border with France down to Tuscany, is one of the natural wonders of Italy. Here, you can savour delicious fish and seafood, pesto and unusual white wines such as Sciacchetrà.
Endlessly changing scenery makes for some of Europe’s finest coastal walks, and ancient paths – often following long flights of stone steps built over the centuries to tame the steep terrain – make this holiday as delightful as it is challenging, and certainly a most rewarding way to explore the famed Cinque Terre (‘Five Lands’). Our chosen routes offer not just satisfying walking and superb views but a more tranquil experience of this rightly popular region. There are also options to shorten the walks using trains and boats if you wish.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 7 8 11 14 18 22 25 25 22 17 12 8
    mm 92 87 87 79 69 54 32 63 88 127 130 87
  • Arrival in Levanto
    Night 1: at Hotel Nazionale (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from Levanto: 10km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 410m
    Your first walk takes you north-west over the headland into the neighbouring coastal village of Bonassola, set in a lovely spot framed by two rocky promontories. You round a headland on its far side via ‘Salto della Lepre’, a dramatic cliff-top shelf that makes for an ideal picnic spot, though you may prefer to lunch in Bonassola itself. You return to Levanto along a track which follows the old coastal railway line.
    Circular walk from Levanto: 10km
    View over Levanto
  • Levanto to Monterosso: 8km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 550m
    Today’s walk takes you across the Punta Mesco headland, offering superb views of the rocky coast and the glittering Mediterranean as you head towards La Colonnina in Monterosso, the largest of the five Cinque Terre villages. Arrival at Punta Mesco itself is a real highlight of the day – from here you can see most of the Cinque Terre. You can choose to upgrade to the 4-star Hotel Porto Roca for your three nights here.
    Levanto to Monterosso: 8km
  • Choice of walks from Monterosso: 7km or 10km
    From your base in Monterosso you can explore the Cinque Terre by following our recommended and rewarding routes both alongside and above the coast.

    Circular walk via Vernazza: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent 740m / descent 760m
    This challenging but thrilling circular walk leads inland from Monterosso to two chapels which boast astonishing views across the terraced slopes to the sea. The route then takes you across several small valleys, through woodland and vineyards, before zigzagging steeply down to the very traditional village of Vernazza from where you follow the main coastal path back to Monterosso.

    Manarola to Corniglia: 7km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 500m
    Take the train (pay locally) to Manarola, from where you ascend stone stairways through olive groves to the hill-top village of Volastra to pick up a path that leads across steeply terraced vineyards towards the smallest Cinque Terre village, Corniglia. The views throughout the walk stretch for miles – you can even see Corsica on a clear day.

    Please note: some sections of the main, and very popular, lower coastal path may sometimes be closed, especially following heavy rain or a bad winter. However, our recommended routes incorporate only some segments of these; we use the lesser-used paths higher above the coast as far as possible, rewarding you with satisfying walking and superb views.
    Around Monterosso - on the route from Manarola to Corniglia
    Circular walk via Vernazza: 9.5km
    Manarola to Corniglia: 7km
  • Monterosso to Portovenere: 13km, 5.5hrs; ascent 780m / descent 800m
    Today starts with a short train journey (pay locally) to Riomaggiore, from where you ascend gradually to the panoramic Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero. Your path then continues to rise and fall, the attractive woodland through which you walk providing welcome shade. You descend to the medieval village of Campiglia then head through more woodland to emerge onto the red rocks that give this part of the coastline its name (Costa Rossa). As you approach your destination, and the stylish Hotel Paradiso, the challenging coastal path rewards you with sweeping views of Portovenere and the islands that lie just off the coast.
    The approach to Portovenere coming from Monterosso
  • Explore from Portovenere
    Enjoy a leisurely exploration of the village, where narrow streets meander among tall slender houses painted in the pastel colours so typical of the region. Alternatively, you may prefer to catch the ferry to explore the town of La Spezia.

    Circular route on Palmaria: 6.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 360m
    For a final walk, take a boat over to Palmaria for a walk around the island.
    Around Portovenere - circular route on Palmaria island
 

Accommodation

You stay in stylish hotels. For dinner, take your pick of the local restaurants (pay locally).

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Monterosso. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Wherever you choose to stay in Monterosso, we recommend adding an extra night so that you can explore more of the Cinque Terre.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 08 April 2020 - 12 July 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 20 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    8 - 29 Apr 2020 £975 £340
    30 Apr - 21 May 2020 £1025 £355
    22 - 31 May 2020 £1045 £365
    1 - 28 Jun 2020 £1070 £360
    29 Jun - 5 Jul 2020 £1095 £360
    1 - 24 Sep 2020 £1095 £360
    25 - 27 Sep 2020 £1045 £365
    28 - 30 Sep 2020 £975 £340
    1 - 13 Oct 2020 £945 £325
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • 7 nights, staying at Hotel Porto Roca: 08 April 2020 - 12 July 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 20 October 2020

    Start Any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    8 - 30 Apr 2020 £1225 £480
    1 - 21 May 2020 £1245 £485
    22 - 31 May 2020 £1295 £495
    1 Jun - 5 Jul 2020 £1345 £515
    1 - 24 Sep 2020 £1345 £515
    25 - 27 Sep 2020 £1295 £495
    28 - 30 Sep 2020 £1245 £485
    1 - 13 Oct 2020 £1195 £465
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    La Colonnina, Monterosso (B&B) Double room Single room
    08 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £98 £146
    01 May - 30 Jun 2020 £112 £164
    01 Jul - 12 Jul 2020 £118 £170
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £118 £170
    01 Oct - 20 Oct 2020 £98 £146
    Hotel Paradiso, Portovenere (B&B) Double room Single room
    08 Apr - 12 Jul 2020 £116 £174
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £116 £174
    01 Oct - 20 Oct 2020 £92 £138
  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Porto Roca, Monterosso (B&B) Double room Single room
    10 Apr - 31 May 2020 £175 £265
    01 Jun - 12 Jul 2020 £190 £288
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £190 £288
    01 Oct - 15 Oct 2020 £175 £265
    16 Oct - 20 Oct 2020 £165 £253
    Hotel Paradiso, Portovenere (B&B) Double room Single room
    08 Apr - 12 Jul 2020 £116 £174
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £116 £174
    01 Oct - 20 Oct 2020 £92 £138
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Genoa, Pisa

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan or Rome.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Pisa jet2 
    Birmingham - Pisa (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Genova (Genoa) easyJet 
    Bristol - Pisa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Pisa jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Genova (Genoa) (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Pisa (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Genova (Genoa) British Airways 
    Gatwick - Pisa British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Pisa British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Genova (Genoa) easyJet 
    Luton - Pisa easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Genova (Genoa) Ryanair 
    Stansted - Pisa Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Genova (Genoa) easyJet 
    Manchester - Genova (Genoa) (via Paris) Air France 
    Manchester - Pisa easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Pisa jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Genova (Genoa) (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Milan or Rome.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Genoa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Genoa P.P. to Levanto (1h30), taxi Levanto to hotel (0h10, pay locally) £12 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to La Spezia (0h25), rail La Spezia to Genoa Piazza Principe (1h30 - 2h) £42 1300

    Connecting travel options - flying via Pisa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Pisa Centrale to Levanto (1h20-2h), taxi Levanto to hotel (0h10, pay locally) £15 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to La Spezia (0h20), rail La Spezia to Pisa Centrale (1h20) £39 1200
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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