Cinque Terre Italy - Self guided 7 day family walking tour

Cinque Terre Italy – Self guided 7 day family walking tour

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The Cinque Terre in northern Italy is undeniably the most popular walk in Italy and for good reason.  The Cinque Terre are a series of five stunning small fishing villages dug into the cliffs where the Apennine mountains meet the Mediterranean coast line. Each village dates back to the 15th Century and has retained its character and traditions.  Locals go about there daily lives in there incredibly beautiful coloured houses that run down the cliffs and to the oceans edge.  There are very few cars or no cars at all in some of the villages making them perfect to stroll around, explore and experience the essence of Italy.

The extensive network of hiking trails connecting the five villages pass through olive groves, farms and terraced vineyards, with sweeping views of the blue waters of the Mediterranean below. Beyond the five villages of Cinque Terre the walks take in some of the lesser known villages, towns and stretches of the Ligurian coastline.

This 6 night/ 7 day family self guided walk will have you living like a local, based in an apartment in the charming middle town of Corniglia and sourcing your wine, bread, fresh pasta and antipasto from the local providers.

This tour does require a good level of fitness.  Kids and adults love the walk as the views are amazing and you are always passing by something interesting such as farms, animals, locals, small houses selling food and drink, beaches, restaurants and villages.  '

Package priced from $980 per person includes

  • 6 nights in a studio apartment to accommodate up to 4 people in Corniglia, one of the beautiful five villages.

  • This is a self guided walk so you go at your own pace and with just your group or family included in the package is an information pack including route notes & maps

  • assistance and support is provided from a site representative that is available to help with any issues or questions you have.

  • train tickets (bus, ferry and national park ticket extra - allow EUR40)

  • Larger or smaller families can be catered for speak to your BYOkids consultant today

  • Daily departures from 1 Mar to 31 Oct, except Jul & Aug (Saturday & Sunday only)

  • Flights to Italy additional speak to  your BYOkids consultant today for best available airfares.  We can arrange accommodation and tours before or after your walk


Day 1 Arrive Corniglia
Day 2 The Azzurro Trail - From Corniglia to Monterosso (3.5hrs)
Day 3 Crossing the Punta Mesco - From Monterosso to Levanto (4.5hrs)
Day 4 Lerici and the Montemarcello-Magra Natural Park (3.5hrs)
Day 5 A sea of vines - From Corniglia to Manarola and Riomaggiore (4hrs)
Day 6 The Gulf of Poets - From Marola (La Spezia) to Portovenere (4hrs)
Day 7 Trip concludes

detailed itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Corniglia - Arrive in Corniglia and meet with our representative, who will direct you to your apartment. After settling in, take the time to visit the small village or take a swim at the beach far below. Overnight Corniglia for the next 6 nights. Please note that the walking days are not flexible: due to train tickets, the walks must be done on the same day as noted on this itinerary.
meals: NIL
DAY 2 The Azzurro Trail - From Corniglia to Monterosso (3.5hrs)
Today you follow the panoramic Azzurro trail, which takes you to two of the five colourful villages that make up the Cinque Terre, amongst which Vernazza is the most stunning.
Traverse between scrublands, farmyards, gardens, vineyards and orchards and along alleys leading to interesting sites such as the beautiful Santa Margherita di Antiocha
Church of Ligurian gothic style. Return to Corniglia by train.
Duration: 3h 30 min :: Ascent: 270m/885ft :: Descent: 345m/1132ft :: Walking distance:
meals: NIL
DAY 3 Crossing the Punta Mesco - From Monterosso to Levanto (4.5hrs)
Rich from its religious past, the northern part of the Cinque Terre holds many remarkable buildings. The facades of the churches of San Giovanni Battista in Monterosso and Sant’Andrea in Levanto are decorated with Carrarra marble and serpentine in a purely Genoese gothic style. Beautiful trails along the ridge among conifers and deciduous trees lead to Punta Mesco, the Cinque Terre’s ultimate bastion. This abrupt cape made up of red rock watches over the whales, which swim in from the open sea to this
preserved and tranquil area each year to give birth. On arrival in Levanto there are many relics from the Middle Ages which can be found in the middle of the small town: the castle, ramparts, and the clock tower, to name a few. Return to Corniglia by train.
Duration: 4h 30min :: Ascent: 600m/1968ft :: Descent: 600m/1968ft :: Walking distance:
meals: NIL
DAY 4 Lerici and the Montemarcello-Magra Natural Park (3.5hrs)
This morning you will take a train to La Spezia and then a bus to Lerici. Today’s hike follows portions of the AGV trail, which connects the Portovenere ridges to La Spezia and the Montemarcello, at the boundaries of Liguria and Tuscany. The name stands for “Alta Via del Golfo”, which means “high road over the gulf”. The coastal views are outstanding during the walk and depending on visibility, it is possible to see the northeastern
part of Tuscany, which begins in the Magra river valley, as well as the outline of the Apuane Alps in the background. On a clear day, the white areas midway on their slopes indicate the vast marble quarries of Carrara, which have been operating since antiquity. The return walk from Zanego to Lerici is along an overhanging path among olive trees on the old stone paths of the Montemarcello. At the end of the loop walk you will return to Corniglia by bus and by train.
Duration: 3.5h :: Ascent: 400m/1312ft :: Descent: 400m/1312ft :: Walking distance:
meals: NIL
DAY 5 A sea of vines - From Corniglia to Manarola and Riomaggiore (4hrs)
At the heart of the Cinque Terre, the Volastra domain is home to the most prestigious viticultural lands, due to their aesthetic qualities and the high quality of products. During the September harvest, this is where convoys of grapes climb the steepest slopes on monorails, seeming to leap into the sea below. It is a truly impressive sight. Overlooking the coast and the green open spaces and terraces, the hike snakes between dry stone walls. The plunging views of small villages clinging to mountain spurs are a photographer’s dream. The highlights of the walk continue with the discovery of Riomaggiore and its animated multicoloured alleys. Return to Corniglia by train.
Duration: 4 hours :: Ascent: 495m/1624ft :: Descent: 500m/1640ft :: Walking distance:
meals: NIL
DAY 6 The Gulf of Poets - From Marola (La Spezia) to Portovenere (4hrs)
The climb starting in Marola opens up to beautiful views of the city of La Spezia, also called the Gulf of Poets. When visibility is good, it is possible to see the Apennine mountain range as well as the Apuane Alps and their white marble quarries. The hike climbs up through gardens before going through the Castellana marble quarries where, even today, a rare black marble called portoro is mined. The seemingly idyllic landscape encountered during the descent into Portovenere is full of surprises: the calm and majestic gulf widens up towards the open sea and the islands that inspired such great
poets, artists, and learned men and women as Byron, George Sand, Pétrarque, Montale, and Marconi where their creative impulses were nurtured during extended stays. Once a Roman port, Portovenere became a part of the republic of Genoa in the middle ages. Being the closest military post to Tuscany, this was a place from which sea battles were
waged with its eternal (and current) rival and neighbour, the republic of Pisa. Today, the area is visited by many tourists, who come to enjoy its ancient architecture: houses on the cliffs, castles and ramparts towards the hill, meandering alleys, and the Genoese gothic churches of San Lorenzo and San Pietro. Return by boat from Portovenere to Monterosso and by train from Monterosso to Corniglia.
Duration: 3 hours Ascent: 510m/1673ft :: Descent: 510m/1673ft :: Walking distance:
meals: NIL
DAY 7 Trip concludes
Arrangements end on check out from your apartment in the morning.
meals: NIL

If this sounds like the perfect holiday for you talk to us now at BYOkids via phone 1300 296 543 or message us via Facebook we can add this tour into a longer European holiday and arrange everything from flights, accommodation, tours, cruises and sightseeing.

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