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Cinque Terre Trek


Description

Take a break from the cities and get back to nature! Join the only tour that takes you to the Cinque Terre on a one day hiking trip.

An area best explored on foot:

The only way to truly experience the magic of the beautiful rugged coast of the Cinque Terre is to hike!

Led by our knowledgeable guides, trek scenic, ancient trails, wander up through the terraced wineyards and olive groves, all along the spectacular coastline of the true Italian Riviera.

We depart Florence at 8:00am and we arrive high above the Cinque Terre village of Manarola, where we enter the National Park to hike to Corniglia.

At the cliff top village of Corniglia, after the panoramic walk you have free time to relax and take-in the perfect view of the sea and surrounding hillside.

After Corniglia, we continue our tour towards the village of Vernazza, one of the prettiest and most characteristic of the towns. Here we have free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés, or even have a cooling swim in the sea.

Continue the visit with a short train ride to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beach and artisan shops. Enjoy free time to taste the local wine, a refreshing swim in the sea or souvenir shopping.

A boat ride (weather permitting) along the coast takes us to Riomaggiore, where we finish our walk along the famous path of Via dell'Amore, “Lover's Lane”, a walkway hanging above the sea which take us back to Manarola. This completes our Cinque Terre visit, we return to Florence by coach around 8:30 pm.

Be prepared to hike!

These ancient trails are rough but manageable. Be prepared for the hiking – although the path is open to everyone, remember that the ground can be slippery, uneven, and in places steep and narrow. The charm of the area is that it is natural and unspoiled, do not expect hand rails or safety rails when steps are steep or when the path is close to the cliff edge. Because of the nature of the hike, we are unable to accept small children or anyone with walking difficulties.

What to Bring:

Suitable walking shoes (sneakers, walking boots or closed toe shoes with non-slip soles – no flipflops!); bring a water bottle and dress for the weather (hat, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel if you want to take a dip in the sea, comfortable clothes, a waterproof in bad weather) ...and don't forget your camera!

Please note: Due to a landslide which occurred at the end of September 2012,the famous path “Via dell’Amore” has been closed.



Prices

  • Adult 90 each person
  • Youth 85 each person
  • Group fares get an extra 5 off per person if you are in a group of six or more adults/youths

What includes

  • A fun and professional guide who is there to lead you through the day
  • Transport between Florence and Cinque Terre by coach plus all other transport for the day
  • Entry tickets to the Cinque Terre National Park
  • Boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting)
  • Time to explore the Cinque Terre villages on foot

Things to note

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is only in English
  • Children aged 11 years and under are not accepted on the tour.
  • Because of the nature of the hike, we are unable to accept small children or anyone with walking difficulties.
  • In case of unexpected closure of the paths for unforseen events, alternative routes will be taken instead
  • Optimize your time: are you leaving Florence by train after the tour or do you want to stay in the Cinque Terre area? Come on the tour and bring your luggage with you!
  • It is recommended to book any rail travel from Florence after 9pm to allow time for any traffic delays on your return journey.

Our Reviews on

Barbara B
Took this tour with my husband, son, daughter-in-law and grown grandchildren. The hike was very challenging as it rained a bit and the path was slippery in many spots. The hike moves VERY quickly and is actually a little dangerous as there are no guardrails in most spots and so you find yourself with your head down forging ahead and trying not to trip and fall. If there were another half hour or hour allotted you would be able to at least rest and have time to at least enjoy the views. This is already a 12 hour day trip so probably no practical. Bathroom stops are infrequent so plan accordingly.
Review date: 20 april 2019
610leannes
We just completed the trip today, our guides were both called Chris and were very attentive. Always checking we were enjoying ourselves. It’s a long day but it went so fast. A must to do
Review date: 20 april 2019
adrianny126
Highlight of our Italy trip, Alessandro was great at keeping everyone together and recommending things to do when we had free time. A must in my opinion, the views you see while hiking are amazing. Do wear sneakers as the hike can be rocky at times. Book via walk about tours (the company website) as they’re prices are much less!!!!
Review date: 20 april 2019
Passport272879
Marty was a fantastic guide and the day was full of sights and activities. The tour also makes life easy as all you need to do is turn up at the train station and you have a full day ahead with instruction all the way.
Review date: 20 april 2019
Victoria D
This fabulous tour took us to all five villages with time to explore each. Our guides, Gloria and Sarah were phenomenal! They began our tour in Manarola, the second village, to avoid the crowds, which was great! Travelled by small local trains between villages in 4-10 minutes. Hiked to Corniglia for a sumptuous lunch at Cecio, then on to Vernazza and Monterrosa. Anyone who opted not to hike had an hour longer in each of the last two towns to shop, eat gelato or swim in the sea. We then took a boat Riomaggiore which went close enough to each village to get great photos in the late afternoon sunlight - a photographer's dream! The two hour trip over was filled with interesting facts about the town's through which we traveled, so it went quickly. Highly recommend this company. They treat you right!
Review date: 19 april 2019
Toyatravels
I highly recommend using Walkabout Tours for your hiking trip from Florence to Cinque Terre. Our tour guides, Olivia and Martina, were knowledgable, funny and engaging. They could not have been better suited for the job. Our bus driver, Giancarlo, was the most skilled driver I've ever seen. He drove the bus around tight, mountainous curves with the precision of a surgeon! The hike was a REAL hike! Alhough doable, I would not recommmend for the faint at heart or those terribly out of shape. I'm not athlete nor am I a tiny woman but I exercise regularly, and it was tough! We shared trails made for two with fellow hikers walking in the opposite direction, with nothing more to hold on to but a banch here or there. We opted for the $15 lunch at the bottom of the trail. It was a good option after the crazy hike. The views were great and food good. The remainder of the day still required walking but it was on much flatter terrain. The weather was great, so we managed to see all five villages and take the ferry ride. All in all, its a long, exhausting day, worth every dollar that it cost and every bruise aquired along the way!
Review date: 19 april 2019
francescaposarelli
This experience is amazing! In just one day you have the opportunity to visit 5 incredible Italian villages, stay in touch with nature walking in paths with breathtaking views and relax yourself on the beach. What’s more we have had the luck to be accompanied by Stefano and Duna. What can I say about them? They were literally perfect! They’re so easygoing, sunny and super organised people. While we were on the bus and during the whole day, they kept on explaining us interesting facts about what we were visiting. They made everyone feel at ease. At the end of the trip we were all friends! I truly recommend this excursion and I hope you’ll have the luck to be with Stefano and Duna who were the ice on the cake!
Review date: 18 april 2019
rosamaria_posarelli
I couldn’t have spent a better day!! It has been an unforgettable day discovering the beauty of 5 Terre. The best part of?! Surely the tour leaders STEFANO and DUNA!! They’ve been so nice and friendly with us! They love their job and we could notice it!! Good job guys!
Review date: 18 april 2019
MaryClaireGaddy
DUNA AND DARIO made the entire trip for us!!! The best day we’ve had in Italy and we have been here over a week. It was so incredible because of the energetic, kind, knowledgeable, personable and helpful guides Duna and Dario. They singlehandedly made the trip what it was. We have done lots of guided tours across Europe, and they are by far the best guides we have had! Overall a phenomenal day!!
Review date: 18 april 2019
Mobile519927
We had the most fantastic day with Stefarno and Duna .The walk started off easy but due to extremly heavy downpour of rain soon became very slippery and in places dangerous.Our group was with Stefarno who was brilliant together with fellow walkers in guiding us down safely . Although soaked to the skin - literally - we had the most fantastic time and can highly recommend the walk but do take the advice with regarding wearing the correct foot wear in case of rain as the path can become a river and make it somewhat difficult to master in normal trainers. We did suggest that the" Walkabout " company would do well if they had some t-shirts with their slogan on for walkers to bye should they, like us become soaked ! A fantastic day out and we would not have missed it for anything.
Review date: 17 april 2019