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The Cinque Terre

Liguria - the Cinque Terre & Portovenere
Explore the spectacular high paths and beautiful coastline of the Cinque Terre, visiting all five villages after which the coast is named, and savouring delicious seafood. All in all, this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel walking break, with luggage transfers, is the perfect introduction to Liguria.

Holiday information


A walking break in Liguria

The Ligurian Riviera, which stretches from the French border all the way to Tuscany, is marked by its drama: wooded slopes plunge towards the Mediterranean, where fishing ports and small resorts of tall, brightly painted houses huddle in small bays and sandy coves. Naturally, fish and seafood dominate the local cuisine, as does pesto and unusual white wines such as Sciacchetrà.
This delightful break focuses on the famed Cinque Terre (the ‘Five Lands’), where we suggest some superb walks along the quieter high paths, and romantic Portovenere. 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 enchanting as it is challenging. Please book well in advance (or travel in spring and autumn, which are quieter) to avoid disappointment.

Book now for autumn 2020 or summer 2021

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence. We are also keeping our prices the same next year, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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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 Monterosso
    Night 1: at La Colonnina (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Monterosso: 5.5km to 12.5km
    From your base in Monterosso you can explore the Cinque Terre by following our recommended and rewarding routes both alongside and above the coast.

    Monterosso to Vernazza: 9.5km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 730m
    This challenging but thrilling 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 can either take the train back to Monterosso or return on foot via the main coastal path (add 3km).

    Manarola to Corniglia: 5.5km, 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. Return by train or, for a longer walk, on foot via the coastal path (add 7km).

    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 - Manarola to Corniglia
    Monterosso to Vernazza: 9.5km
    Manarola to Corniglia: 5.5km
  • Monterosso to Portovenere: 13.5km, 6hrs; ascent 790m/descent 820m
    Today starts with a short train journey (pay locally) to Riomaggiore, from where there's a steady ascent to the panoramic Santuario della 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, the challenging coastal path rewards you with sweeping views of Portovenere and the islands that lie just off the coast. Your hotel for your last night is the Hotel Paradiso in Portovenere.
    Monterosso to Portovenere: 13.5km
    The approach to Portovenere coming from Monterosso


You stay in two excellent and stylish hotels.

Extend your stay


Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 01 April 2020 - 14 July 2020 & 24 August 2020 - 20 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2020 £675 £225
    1 - 21 May 2020 £720 £240
    22 May - 29 Jun 2020 £745 £245
    30 Jun - 10 Jul 2020 £765 £245
    24 Aug - 27 Sep 2020 £765 £245
    28 - 30 Sep 2020 £720 £240
    1 - 16 Oct 2020 £675 £225
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    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.

    Included travel: rail from Pisa/Genoa to Monterosso al Mare, return taxi and rail from La Spezia to Pisa/Genoa

    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
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £98 £146
    01 May - 30 Jun 2020 £112 £164
    01 Jul - 14 Jul 2020 £118 £170
    24 Aug - 30 Sep 2020 £118 £170
    01 Oct - 20 Oct 2020 £98 £146
    Hotel Paradiso, Portovenere (B&B) Double room Single room
    08 Apr - 14 Jul 2020 £116 £174
    24 Aug - 30 Sep 2020 £116 £174
    01 Oct - 20 Oct 2020 £92 £138
    Pisa, Genoa

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

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Pisa Centrale to Monterosso al Mare (1h40), walk Monterosso al Mare to hotel (0h10) included 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to La Spezia (0h20), rail La Spezia to Pisa Centrale (0h40-1h20) included 1300

    Connecting travel options - flying via Genoa

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Genoa to Monterosso al Mare (1h30), walk Monterosso al Mare to hotel (0h10) included 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer to La Spezia (0h20), rail La Spezia to Genoa (1h15 - 1h40) included 1100
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 4 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • return rail from Pisa or Genoa

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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 sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
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  • 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 £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to 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.

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  • 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 travel insurance 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 – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. 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 The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • 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.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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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