DAY 1 - Island of Palmaria and Portovenere
In the morning you will meet your guide and follow him on the ferry boat for the Island of Palmaria (in front of Portovenere) for your first walking. This island, covered with the typical Mediterranean vegetation, has a triangular shape: the sides facing, respectively, La Spezia gulf and Portovenere, gently slope down to the sea level; while the other side, facing west towards the open sea, is characterized by high cliffs, where many caves can be found. Among these caves, the most famous ones are the so called Grotta Azzurra (“Blue Cave”), which can be visited by boat, and the Grotta dei Colombi (“Cave of Pigeons”), that is accessible only by climbing on ropes. After the visit of the Island, the boat will take you back to Portovenere.
DAY 2 - Manarola, Volastra, Corniglia
After a transfer to Manarola, where you will also spend the night, your guide will lead you to Volastra and Corniglia. Corniglia is the only village of the Cinque Terre which isn’t directly adjacent to the sea, because it is nested on the top of a 100-meters-high promontory, and it is surrounded on three sides by the typical cultivated terraces and vineyards. Your walking will then proceed onto Vernazza, a small town with no cars which is considered to be one of the most genuine “fishing villages” on the Italian Riviera. From here you will take a local train back to Manarola.
DAY 3 - Monterosso, Levanto, Punta Mesco
After breakfast, you’ll start your walking towards Monterosso, passing through Levanto and Punta Mesco. In Monterosso, if you want, you can also walk up to the Santuario of Soviore, a spiritual place, and a well-known stop for trekkers, surrounded by the Mediterranean scrub of the Cinque Terre National Park. After your walking, a local train will bring you back to Manarola.
DAY 4 - Bonassola and Framura
After breakfast, you’ll start your walking to Bonassola, a lovely village on a natural gulf surrounded by hills cultivated with vines and olive trees. This small town in 2005 produced a Guinness World Record pesto lasagna of 50 sq. meters (538 sq. ft) that could be divided up to four thousand portions! After Bonassola, you will proceed onto Framura, another typical settlement of the Cinque Terre Landscape. From Framura, you will take a local train back to Manarola.
DAY 5 - Portofino
After breakfast and check out, a private transfer will take you to Portofino. While your bag will be delivered straight to your hotel, you'll start walking on one of the paths of the Portofino promontory, which is part of a Regional Natural Park. Through the dense network of trails of this area, you will be able to admire the breath-taking panoramas of the coast and explore the richness and variety of the natural reserve. After your walking, you will come down to the delightful town of Portofino, renowned for its colorfully painted houses facing the bay, and check in at your hotel.
DAY 6 - Goodbye
Breakfast and check out. Optional transfer to airport or your next destination is available on request.