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.

Highlights

  • Cycle the Tuscan countryside along the Serchio River

  • Wander through the villages of Cinque Terre

  • Kayak in the Portofino inlet

  • Partake in a pesto-making class

  • Relax in the seaside village of Levanto

Itinerary for Italy

DAY 1: Lucca

Our adventure begins in Lucca. Arrive anytime today and make your way to our hotel. This evening, we meet our Local Leader and discuss the days ahead. Our welcome dinner is at a favorite local spot. (d)

  • Transfers are not included in this product.
  • Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant, walking distance from our hotel
  • 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’ll stop at a local market to pick up fresh ingredients for our picnic lunch. The remainder of the day will be unscripted to make our own discoveries of this charming Tuscan town. (b, l)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Lunch today is included and will consist of ingredients we purchase at the local market stop
  • Our hotel in Lucca: Piccolo Hotel

Day 3: Lucca > Levanto

We venture today to Levanto, centrally located on the Ligurian coast. With an interesting old center, delightful painted villas, and delicious restaurants, it is the perfect base to explore the Cinque Terre. We’ll get familiar with the town on bikes and ride on the cycling path along the old coastal railway line to Framura. Perhaps enjoy an aperitivo in a great spot overlooking the sea, before returning to Levanto. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Levanto: Oasi Hotel

DAY 4: Levanto > Monterosso > Levanto

Today we’ll walk along the coast from Levanto to Monterosso, the first of the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Our path moves us through the old town centre of Levanto, past the stunning cathedral and up to its castle. It then continues up to Punta Mesco, the most notable promontory in the region. Along the way, we’ll enjoy marvelous views of the rugged coastline as we dip down into Monterosso – a colourful village with blue, red and yellow houses that cluster along the beachfront. Take your time to soak in this engaging little town before hopping the local train back to Levanto. The flavors of the region come alive during a pesto class this evening. (b, d)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant
  • Our hotel in Levanto: Oasi Hotel

DAY 5: Levanto > Cinque Terre > Levanto

This morning return to the footpaths of Cinque Terre, a region of Italy famed for its coastline and pastel villages dotting the mountains that plunge into the sea. The trails that run between villages were once the only way to travel in the region. We’ll wander through olive groves, vineyards and stumble upon idyllic, breathtaking vistas. If you’re feeling energetic, walking the entire path will give you the best taste of the villages and countryside. Or choose to walk just a few sections, and take the train between any of the villages or back to our home in Levanto whenever you please. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Levanto: Oasi Hotel

DAY 6: Levanto > Santa Margherita Ligure

We’ll travel by local train to Santa Margherita Ligure where we’ll see the best of the Portofino Peninsula. A short walking tour through the historical center of Santa Margherita Ligure will lead us to the hills to enjoy beautiful views across the bay. We’ll reach Portofino, one of the most typical Ligurian seaside villages. We’ll gain a different perspective as we kayak along the stunning coastline. After, perhaps enjoy a relaxed aperitivo on the beach, go for a swim or explore the village before returning to Santa Margherita. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure: Hotel Blue di Te

DAY 7: Santa Margherita Ligure

Today is unscripted so you can fully enjoy Santa Margherita your way. Stroll through its beautiful town center or relax on the beach. You may wish to adventure further – take the train to the stunning city of Camogli or perhaps a walk across the beautiful hills of the Portofino Peninsula. There are so many ways to create the perfect ending to your Cinque Terre adventure! (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure: Hotel Blue di Te

DAY 8: Santa Margherita Ligure

Our adventure through the five villages ends today. (b)

  • Breakfast today is full buffet
  • Departure transfers are not included in this product. Your Local Leader will be able to assist in arranging transportation to the airport.

Things to know before traveling to Italy

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.

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.

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

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.

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, yoghurt, 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.

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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.

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 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

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