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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
We fly to Genoa ('Genova' to the Italians) and drive south along the coast to Sestri Levante. The journey should take about 90 mins.
Grade 4 walkers can enjoy a pleasant circular walk out from Sestri Levante taking in Riva, some lovely sea views and a chance to sample some Sestri’s finest ice cream. 10km, 3½ hrs, 500m ascent and descent.
Grade 6 walkers can take the train to Moneglia and walk back to Sestri Levante along the coast. There is a superb panorama just before the Torre Saraceno. Here we are walking over a wild and remote landscape. 14.5km, 6hrs, 625m ascent and descent.
Grade 4 walkers might take the train to Corniglia, take a moment to explore the village before climbing up to the tiny hamlet of Volastra. With fabulous views of the Cinque Terre villages, we continue through vineyards and descend to Manarola. 8km, 4hrs, 400m ascent and descent.
Grade 6 walkers will also take the train getting off at Levanto to enjoy some lovely views of the Cinque Terre over Monterosso and Vernazza before descending to Vernazza. At times a high-level path and then onto the Cinque Terre ‘Sentiero Azzurro’ path to Vernazza. 14km, 6hrs, 650m ascent and descent.
Grade 4 walkers take the train to La Spezia at the southern end of the Cinque Terre. A ferry ride will take us to the tiny island at the peninsula: the Isola Palmaria where we take a circular walk around the island. The day is completed by an exploration of Portovenere. A ferry trip to Riomaggiore or Manarola completes the day. 7km, 3hrs, 250m ascent and descent.
Grade 6 walkers might walk from Riomaggiore to Portovenere. The walk offers great views and some shade for a hot day through vineyards and woods. 15km, 5 hrs, 650m ascent and descent.
This is planned as free day. Unsurprisingly there are plenty of options. How about a sea level walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino; a train ride to one of the Cinque Terre villages; relaxing on the beach; bike hire from the hotel and local bike ride; or a day out in Genova. Your tour leaders can advise.
Grade 4 walkers can enjoy a classic Cinque Terre walk on the Sentiero Azzurro path using the recently re-opened section of this cliff edge path from Monterosso to Corniglia. The sea views are never far away. 10km, 6hrs, 550m ascent and descent.
Grade 6 walkers take a train and taxi to Madonna di Soviore and walk to Manarola. A great walk with some quiet paths, a lovely ridge and a descent to Manarola. 14.5km, 7hrs, 500m ascent, 900m descent.
Grade 4 walkers will take in Portofino with a walk out from Santa Margherita, with time to explore Portofino and a ferry ride back. 7.5km, 4.5hrs, 350m ascent and descent.
Grade 6 walkers can also enjoy Portofino with a circular walk from Santa Margherita. 17km, 6hrs, 750m ascent and descent.
After breakfast we transfer back to Genoa to catch our flight home. Depending on flight times there may be time for a last stroll, some shopping or even a dip in the sea.
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