This one week tour of National Park of Cinque Terre lets you explore this UNESCO heritage site in all its glory. This is a unique area where houses are painted in vivid multi-colored shades and the sea is brighter than the sky. The hiking routes consist of ancient paths and mule tracks. Short train rides connect its five classic colorful fishing villages.
Map of Active Tour of Cinque Terre
Map of Active Tour of Cinque Terre - 8 day itinerary

You will visit the impressive San Fruttuoso Abbey— located in a beautiful cove and reached only by boat or on foot; The green, the flowers and scents of the endemic Mediterranean vegetation and the blue of the Mediterranean will lead us to discover the perched villages known as “le Cinque Terre including Riomaggiore, dating from the 8th Century and characterized by sorbet-colored houses or Monterosso, the most northerly of the five. A short ride will lead you to Pisa, the Tuscan city famous for the leaning tower, an classic example of the Italian architecture. Don’t forget to enjoy the region’s delicious cuisine, washed down with excellent local wines from the region’s terraced vineyards.  

Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre National Park
  • Experience Portofino Natural Park and the S. Fruttuoso Abbey
  • Enjoy the Mediterranean vegetation of the coastal path
  • Enjoy the local cuisine and its excellent wines

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Levanto 

Levanto
Levanto
Arrival at Levanto. You will check in in the central hotel and have free time to enjoy this lovely village. Levanto is an ancient town, known as the “Gateway to the Cinque Terre, The famous  Church of Saint Andrew, the castle, the lovely hills and the beautiful beach are all worth visiting. Welcome dinner with a Ligurian cuisine menu and overnight stay in hotel *** in Levanto. 

Day 2: Punta Mesco Cape (3 h hiking, gradient  + 315 mt – 315mt, 7,5 km)

Panorama
Cinque Terre Panorama
Meeting with your local guide and enjoy your first walk across the Punta Mesco Cape. Your hike begins along Levanto’s medieval walls following an ancient trade route passing through olive groves and terraced vineyards.  You eventually reach the lovely village of Monterosso al Mare with its elegant historical centre and the “Capuchin Monastery”.  In the afternoon, train back to Levanto and over night stay.

Day 3: Portofino Natural Park and S. Fruttuoso Abbey (5,30 hours hiking, gradient +650 - 650 mt, 13,5 km)

Portofino
Today enjoy a spectacular walk! Reach the village of Camogli,  the land of the Thousand White Sailing Ships, still retains its old and strong maritime tradition linked to the nearby town of Genoa during the Maritime Republics. From here we will hike to the stunning Abbey of San Fruttuoso. This secluded haven, which can only be reached on foot or by boat, is picturesquely situated in a small, rocky cove. You may choose to continue on a scenic two-hour walk to Portofino into the forest of oaks, Mediterranean flowers and the terraces of olive trees or take a boat to Santa Margherita (with a possible stop in Portofino). From Santa Margherita take a train back to Levanto and stay overnight in Levanto.  

Day 4: The legend of Volastra: walking between the sea and the vineyards (4 hours hiking, gradient + 350 – 350 mt, 10 km) 

Corniglia
Corniglia
In the morning we will reach Vernazza, a tiny coastal village from where your hike will begin. Passing through pine and oak woods before levelling off through a very panoramic trail through terraced vineyards, we’ll reach the perched village of “Corniglia”.After pausing to admire the views and perhaps a refreshment, you set off on your next leg: an hour walk to the cozy, classic seaside town of Manarola and the center of Cinque Terre’s wine production. Train from Manarola back to Levanto and overnight stay in Levanto.  

Day 5: From Manarola to Portovenere: discovering the “Poets Gulf”  (5 hours hiking, gradient + 650 m – 650 mt, 14 km) 

Manarola
After breakfast train to Manarola. Starting a seaside walk from the elegant village of Manarola to Riomaggiore, following the famous “Via dell’ Amore”.  After passing through the narrow street of Riomaggiore, the last village of the Cinque Terre, start climbing toward the “Madonna di Montenero Sanctuary. Between the collars and the perfume of the rosemary, the myrtle and the arbutus, reach the mountain village of Campiglia. The walk ends in Portovenere, one of the most fascinating villages of the world. Dinner and overnight stay in Portovenere.  

Day 6 : The Wilderness of the Palmaria Island 

The island of Palmaria
 
After breakfast short boat trip to Palmaria. In this wild and uninhabited island, the Mediterranean vegetation, strawberry trees, mastic and myrtle, inebriate the hiker with their perfumes. The abandoned mines of Portoro, is now home to the nesting of a populous community of Gull course, protected species in the Mediterranean. Boat back to Portovenere and time to relax in the lovely village. Overnight stay in Portovenere.  

Day 7: Pisa the jewel of Tuscany (5 hours approx. visiting the most important sites in town)

The cathedral of the Assumption in Pisa
The Cathedral of the Assumption in Pisa, with the leaning tower in the background
In the morning private transfer to Pisa (1,30 hour). You will visit this lovely old town, walking along the banks of the local river "Arno" to the architectural jewel of the "Spina Church" built in the thirteenth century. Admire the famous “Square of Miracles", the "Duomo" and incredible the "Leaning Tower".  Early in the afternoon transfer back to Portovenere and overnight stay. 

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to La Spezia train station. Farewell, for now.