Cinque Terre Walking Holiday

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Cinque Terre Walking Holiday

Distance: 26 km

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotels

Price: From 625€ per person

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Have you ever dreamed of knowing the charm of the Cinque Terre with its particular architecture and its cobbled alleys? We encourage you to start a hiking trail through the 5 fishing villages that make up this region declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and fall in love with its trails and cliffs.

You will start your trip in Monterosso and descend through the beauty of the Mediterranean coast that characterizes the area. Then you will cross vineyards and pine forests until you reach Portovenere, the end of your route. Along the way, you’ll pass through the Cinque Terre National Park.

In Santiago Ways, we want to be part of this adventure and help you enjoy your experience while you immerse yourself in the immensity of its spectacular places to swim and delight in its local coffee, its wild flowers and the smell of the sea that will follow you throughout its five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

We’re glad you’ve got this far. Now, we just need to know how you want us to help you prepare your trip. We’re waiting for you! Leave us your details and we will send you a quote tailored to your requirements.

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    Arrival in Monterosso

    To start your hiking trail in Cinque Terre we suggest you get yourself to Genova, Pisa or Florence, from where you will have easy access and good train connections to Monterosso.

    This collection of Mediterranean villages on the Ligurian Riviera can only be reached by train, boat or on foot. Once you arrive in Monterosso, enjoy its historic centre that will help you get closer from the beginning to the culture in the area.

    If you have time, take a walk on the beach also during the arrival of the afternoon.

    Overnight: Monterosso - Marina Hotel


    Circular route in Levanto or walk towards Corniglia

    For today we offer two walking options. The first is a circular route along the coastal paths between Levanto and Monterosso. Once the day is over, you can take a train back to Monterosso.

    You can also walk back if your body allows it. On the other hand, the second option, where you can risk starting your route in Cinque Terre by climbing stone steps and exploring Vernazza and Corniglia before returning to Monterosso by train.

    We assure you that on both routes you will enjoy incredible views over the Mediterranean, while delighting in the beauty of the Ligurian region.

    Option 1

    Length: 7-14 km. | 350 m. of ascent and descent - 820 m. of ascent and descent

    Duration: 3-5 hours

    Option 2

    Length: 7 km. | 482 m. of ascent; 404 m. of descent

    Duration: 3 hours

    Overnight: Monterosso - Marina Hotel


    From Riomaggiore to Portovenere

    At the beginning of your day you need to take the train that takes you to Riomaggiore. Once there, walk up to Colle del Telegrafo and continue on a path with stunning panoramic views until you reach Campiglia.

    As you go along, enjoy the wonder of the panoramic view over the Gulf of La Spezia before you start descending the stair-shaped paths to Portovenere.

    If you are already very tired, you can return to Portovenere by bus from Campiglia.

    Length: 13 km. | 723 m. of ascent; 744 m. of descent

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    Overnight: Portovenere - Paradiso Hotel


    Circular route on Palmaria Island

    For today you will have to take a ferry that takes you to the island of Palmaria, located in the westernmost part of the Gulf of La Spezia to be able to explore it and discover the charm of its caves.

    You will have the opportunity to encounter multiple bird species, such as the peregrine falcon, and the solitary sparrow, among others.

    As a curious fact, we would like to tell you that this island, next to the Cinque Terre area, in 1997 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Length: 6 km. | 326 m. of ascent; 339 m. of descent

    Duration: 2,5 hours

    Overnight: Portovenere - Paradiso Hotel


    Return from Portovenere

    Today you finish your route and you will have to take a bus from Portovenere to La Spezia from where you can return to Genova, Pisa or Florence to take the flight back to your home city.*

    *Remember that when you book your circuit, you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your journey to extend your stay in one of the municipalities along the hiking route in Cinque Terre.

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    Información general 

    Todas las habitaciones que encontrarás en esta ruta de senderismo cuentan con baño privado y con todos los servicios necesarios para garantizar un buen confort. 

    Nuestro equipo comprueba in situ la calidad de todos los alojamientos ofrecidos con el fin de que todos los viajeros vivan una experiencia de aventura siempre acompañada de noches de descanso absoluto.


    Al trabajar con alojamientos de calidad y con capacidad limitada, el nombre exacto de los mismos se proporcionará 30 días antes del inicio del viaje.

    Todos nuestros alojamientos están sujetos a disponibilidad. En caso de no poder ofrecer alguno de ellos por capacidad, te alojaremos en uno de igual o mejor calidad.

    Habitaciones individuales

    Contamos con habitaciones individuales disponibles sujetas a disponibilidad. Se deben reservar con antelación y conllevan un coste adicional.

    Dónde me voy a alojar

    Todos nuestros alojamientos han sido seleccionados para asegurar la tranquilidad, el descanso y el disfrute a lo largo de tu ruta de senderismo:

    Accomodation in Monterosso - Marina Hotel

    Accomodation in Monterosso

    Accomodation in Portovenere - Paradiso Hotel

    Accomodation in Portovenere

    Included services

    Accommodation in hotels.

    Rooms with private bathroom.

    Meal plan of your choice.

    Complete itinerary of your trekking route in Cinque Terre.

    24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

    Baggage transfer from Monterosso to Portovenere.

    Cinque Terre National Park card for 48 hours (unlimited rail trips included).


    Additional services

    Additional single room: to consult.

    Extra night (breakfast included): to consult.

    Private transfer on the first day: to consult.

    Private transfer on the last day: to consult.

    Travel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    Cancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    This route can only be completed from April to October inclusive. 

    In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.

    If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts. 



    What is the best time of year to travel on this route?

    This route is available between April and October. Spring and the beginning of autumn are the best times to explore on your Cinque Terre walking holiday.

    How do I get to the starting point?

    The best way to get to Monterosso, where you'll start your walking holiday in the Cinque Terre, will be to take a plane to Genoa Airport, Pisa or Florence, from where you will have easy access and good train connections to Monterosso.

    From Genoa and Pisa, it would take just under 2 hours; from Florence, the travel time would be 2 hours 50 minutes.

    When you finish your route in Portovenere, you can return again by train to Genoa, Pisa or Florence.

    Can I travel alone?

    Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

    This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.

    When can I start my trail?

    You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.

    Does this route have an accompanying guide?

    All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.

    What does the full route itinerary contain?

    The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.

    You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.

    The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.

    It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.



    What should I consider to prepare physically?

    Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails. 

    Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

    People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

    Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route. 

    How far in advance should I make the reservation?

    There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season. 

    Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs. 

    What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

    For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

    Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary. 

    Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

    For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash. 

    How does the baggage transfer work between stages?

    Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

    Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

    Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.

    Should I take out travel insurance?

    To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

    To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.



    Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

    Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.

    Can I sleep alone in a room?

    Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller. 

    Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

    When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?

    We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance. 

    The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.

    Am I going to share a room with strangers?

    No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.

    Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?

    All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot. 

    When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.

    What kind of accommodation do you book?

    All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.

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