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Well known names but lesser known walking, the Cinque Terre and the Ligurian coast offer some superb coastal views and various grades of walking.
  • Product Code 18410
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking
  • Grade Grade 4, Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays Riviera Cinque Terre

Look down on rocky coves where the sea meets steep cliffs, the fishing boats bob like corks out to sea. This is a land of history and poetry is the best medium to describe its unique beauty. Keats, Shelley and Byron were drawn here and found inspiration. With the sun on your back and the sea before you, you can perhaps experience something of what inspired them. The views they enjoyed are certainly little changed from their day. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 

Portofino is renowned as a beautiful place frequented by beautiful people. Many choose to explore by other means, but how much better it is to stroll along little used paths through groves of olive and scrub oak. Perhaps stop at the village of San Fruttuoso then continue to Portofino harbour. A very different world from the one through which you have just walked. Time allows for a gelato and to gaze on those who chose a luxury yacht with cocktail bar, professional chef and sun deck. We think they have missed the best of the area.

There are many paths through the Cinque Terre, some busy, some not. The quieter path is the best choice where the view of the flowers, the shade of the olive groves and the stunning sea views can best be enjoyed.

The land here is steep but fertile. Local specialties include pesto, olives and grapes. Olive groves cover hill sides. In autumn our walks will be accompanied by the sounds of farm labourers harvesting in time honoured fashion. On the steep slopes nearly everything still has to be done by hand.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy one of the most famous coastlines in the world.
  • Discover lesser trodden paths high above the coast with far-reaching panoramic views.
  • The cobbled street and twisting alleyways of the Cinque Terre villages.
  • The flexibility provided by the local trains and ferries.
  • The opportunity to swim at lunchtimes when down by the coast.
  • Evening strolls to the local gelateria.
  • The hotel food, bought fresh by the manager from the local market every morning.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Genoa (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      Two walks, two leaders, two grades
      Use of the hotel’s private beach concession
      Half board en suite accommodation
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4 and 6

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Genoa ('Genova' to the Italians) and drive south along the coast to Sestri Levante. The journey should take about 90 mins.

  2. Day 2 to 7

    We have a week walking from Sestri. During the week we will discover the delights of Portofino and walk on the Cinque Terre paths. Hopefully we will make it back each day in time for a dip in the sea from the hotels beach. Swimming is optional and in early season probably not for the fainthearted.

  3. Day 8

    After breakfast we transfer back to Genoa to catch our flight home.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Genoa (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes

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Hotel Celeste

The three star Hotel Celeste has been run by the Repetto family for more than eighty years and has recently been refurbished, meaning the continuously high standards of hospitality and cuisine are complemented by modern facilities and new décor. The hotel is only a short walk into the centre of the beautiful Sestri Lavante and its location makes for a great base for our walks through the Cinque Terre. The jewel in this hotels crown may be its own private beach, which overlooks the Baia delle Favole (Bay of Fables), where sun loungers and canoes may be hired. The restaurant serves cuisine typical of the region, using the superior local produce, and is where we take breakfast and dinners. All rooms have hairdryer, air conditioning, safe and complimentary Wi-Fi. There is also a free internet terminal in reception.

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