8 days
from $2,599

GROUP SIZE   ?

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL   ?

3

Italy: Lucca to Santa Margherita Ligure

An active exploration of the Italian Riviera


Set in Northwestern Italy — and mostly inaccessible by automobiles — this quaint hillside region is a network of five fishing villages connected by trains, boats and pathways. Known for its terraced mountainsides and tasty seafood, Cinque Terre is a foodie’s paradise — where homemade pesto and locally made wines are part of the charm.

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle along the idyllic Serchio River

  • Walk the colorful Cinque Terre villages

  • Partake in a pesto-making class

Trip code: 8CTMOTION

Activity Level:
3

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Italy to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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Cinque Terre in Motion

8 days

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Details

  • Countries Visited: Italy
  • Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights)
  • Single Supplement: starting at $600
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle throughout, Regional Train
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure transfers available for purchase
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Passengers: maximum 16, average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from Lucca to Santa Margherita Ligure

Day 1: Lucca
Our adventure begins in historic Lucca, a city encircled by Renaissance-era walls. Arrive anytime today and make your way to our hotel. This evening we meet our Local Leader before dinner at a favorite local spot. (d)

  • Our hotel in Lucca: Piccolo Hotel

DAY 2: Lucca
The scenic Serchio River and picturesque Tuscan countryside are the backdrop for our cycling tour today. We stop at a local market to pick up fresh ingredients for our picnic lunch. The remainder of the day will be unscripted to discover this charming Tuscan town. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in Lucca: Piccolo Hotel

Day 3: Lucca > Levanto
We venture today to Levanto. With an interesting old center, delightful painted villas and delicious restaurants, it’s the perfect base to explore the Cinque Terre. We get familiar with the town on bikes, and ride on the cycling path along the old coastal railway line to Framura. (b)

  • Our hotel in Levanto: Hotel Carla

DAY 4: Levanto > Monterosso > Levanto
Today we walk along the coast from Levanto to Monterosso — the first of the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Along the way, we enjoy views of the rugged coastline and colorful villages. We travel back to Levanto by train for a pesto-making class this evening. (b)

  • Our hotel in Levanto: Hotel Carla

DAY 5: Levanto > Cinque Terre > Levanto
We return to the footpaths of Cinque Terre — a region of Italy famed for its pastel villages which plunge into the sea. We wander through olive groves and vineyards; you can walk the entire path or take the train between villages before heading back to Levanto. (b)

  • Our hotel in Levanto: Hotel Carla

DAY 6: Levanto > Santa Margherita Ligure
Traveling by train to Santa Margherita Ligure, we see the best of the Portofino Peninsula. A short walking tour leads us to the hills where we enjoy beautiful views across the bay. In Portofino, gain a different perspective while kayaking along the stunning coastline. (b)

  • Our hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure: Hotel Continental

DAY 7: Santa Margherita Ligure
Today is unscripted so you can fully enjoy Santa Margherita your way. Stroll through the beautiful town center or relax on the beach. Take the train to the stunning city of Camogli or perhaps walk across the beautiful hills of the Portofino Peninsula. (b)

  • Our hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure: Hotel Continental

DAY 8: Santa Margherita Ligure
Our adventure through the five villages ends today. (b)

Things to know before traveling to Italy

CURRENCY:
The official currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR).

The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can withdraw local currencies easily at airports, major train stations and most city centres, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning. When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place. Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. We recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services.

CLOTHING AND CLIMATE:
Summer temperatures can be extreme in many regions of Italy (over 100°F), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

ITALIAN CUISINE:
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your Local Leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

This tour includes 9 meals. We’ve allotted time for you to experience the local cuisine on your own accord. When eating on your own, please note that lunches typically cost $25USD and dinners range from $30USD per person. All breakfasts are included in this tour.

Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yogurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

VISAS:
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Italy

Pre-Night Add-ons

Pre-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Post-Night Add-ons

Post-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

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