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Ever seen pictures of Cinque Terre? You must have: this is Italy at its most romantic. Perched on cliffs of the Italian riviera, the string of five picturesque fisherman villages is everything a traveler—or a postcard maker—could dream of. The Mediterranean sun, the Ligurian Sea, the medieval architecture, and the Italian cuisine—this is what your week-long self-guided dolce vita getaway is all about. Connected by a 19th century railway line cutting through the hillsides, the villages are car-free, surrounded by some 75 miles of trails along the coast line, with 48 hiking trails available. Explore them at your own pace and enjoy the views. And don’t forget, your phone can only hold so many photos!

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Adventure highlights

  • Mediterranean at its best

    Explore villages, hillside vineyards, olive groves, enjoy delicious Italian cuisine

  • Countless hiking trails

    Great combination of seaside hikes, woodland paths, and trails along rugged cliffs

  • Smallest national park in Italy

    Unsurprisingly, Cinque Terre National Park is the UNESCO World Heritage Site

Itinerary

For a beautiful Italian getaway, Cinque Terre is the perfect choice. By going on this 7-day hiking adventure, you’ll get the chance to explore one of the most spectacular spots in Italy at your own pace! Cinque Terre comprises five charming fisherman villages, with terrific connecting trails and hiking opportunities. You’ll have enough time to visit what you’re interested in, though your guiding company will provide you with a route, they’ll arrange accommodation, and be there for assistance by phone should you need it. An Italian summer under the Mediterranean sun awaits!

  • Arrive in Camogli on the Portofino peninsula and check into your hotel for the night. This will be your first glimpse into typical coastal Italian towns! Enjoy the fresh air, the salty breeze, and colorful fisherman houses. Wander the beautiful streets and discover the ruins of Castello della Dragonara. If the weather is warm enough, don’t miss out on swimming in the Ligurian Sea!

    Accommodation: Private room in Camogli

    Camogli marina
  • From Camogli, transfer on your own to San Rocco (about €30—but you can also hike this section, it’s 1.7 km long (1 mile). From there, start hiking towards San Fruttuoso. You will pass by the picturesque church of San Rocco, walk along a quiet forest path, and then start hiking down to the beautiful San Fruttuoso abbey. This little gem is well-hidden and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea—and is only accessible by foot or boat.

    After a delicious Italian lunch, hop on a boat to Portofino. It’s warmly recommended that you hike to your picnic lunch spot to enjoy scenic views. From there, keep walking through the Mediterranean flora until you reach Portofino. Visit this lovely town, enjoy a refreshing gelato, see the Castello Brown or artisan shops. Go back to Camogli by train and spend one more night there.

    Accommodation: Private room in Camogli
    Meals: Breakfast
    Hiking: 11.5 km / 7 miles
    Elevation: +670 m / +2,200 ft | -890 m / -2,920 ft

    San Fruttuoso abbey
  • Following a nice breakfast, catch a train to your next destination: Monterosso. Welcome to the Cinque Terre National Park! Located between the azure sea and the vineyards, Monterosso is well known for its crystal clear waters, beautiful reefs, medieval streets, and fragrant lemon trees.

    After dropping off your luggage at your accommodation in Monterosso, hike to Vernazza via a coastal path along the hills. Panoramic views are guaranteed! Hike your way back to Monterosso or catch a train.

    Accommodation: Private room in Monterosso
    Meals: Breakfast
    Hiking: 7 km / 4.3 miles
    Elevation: +270 m / +885 ft | -260 m / -855 ft

    Vernazza, Cinque Terre
  • During these two days, you will be able to discover the Cinque Terre National Park and more at your own pace! Explore quaint villages of Levanto and Riomaggiore with their pastel-hued houses and medieval streets. Looking for hidden gems?

    Hike up the hills, discover beautiful abbeys, churches, evergreen vegetation, and vineyards of the Liguarian coastline—and, most importantly, enjoy the views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. You can hike to those place most of the time and enjoy a lovely train ride back. Food and wine lovers will also find their happiness here—maybe take a pesto course or a guided tour in the vineyards.

    Accommodation: Private room in Monterosso
    Meals: Breakfast

    Riomaggiore, Italy
  • Today you’ll leave Monterosso and head to Riomaggiore by train. From there, you’ll start hiking to Portovenere by following the edge of the hill and a coastline trail, walk through Colle del Telegrafo, and the village of Campiglia.

    Here is where you’ll find remarkable cliffs of Portovenere and the lovely fisherman village! After check-in, have a stroll through the historic center, the picturesque harbor, and the Church of San Pietro, lcoated on a rocky edge.

    Accommodation: Private room in Portovenere
    Meals: Breakfast
    Hiking: 14 km / 8.7 miles
    Elevation: +775 m / +2,545 ft | -790 m / -2,595 ft

    San Pietro in Portovenere
  • This is the end of your Italian trip! After breakfast, pack up and leave your accommodation. Your guiding company recommends taking a cab to La Spezia, or even staying in Italy and do further travel on your own. If not, you can go directly to the airport!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Portovenere, Italy
  • A self-guided tour implies that the route you choose and the choices you make are your own responsibility. The itinerary, distances, and elevations may vary slightly due to numerous reasons including weather and terrain conditions. Your guiding company will provide you with a road map.

    Keep in mind that you’ll be the one organizing your transfers between the towns. However, the trains in Italy are superb! Though you can also hike some sections instead of taking the train, towns a bit further away are very easily reachable by trains. Tickets can usually be purchased both online or at the train station. Your train rides will be a lovely addition to your trip—they are comfortable and they go along the Italian riviera!

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Meet your guide

Nuyama
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Nuyama is a guiding company based in Chamonix, founded by Yann Delevaux, a Chamonix local, and Marion Cochet. With their extensive experience in trip organization and mountain guiding (Yann has been an IFMGA Mountain guide for more than 20 years now), they turned their passion for the great outdoors into a recognizable and reliable guiding collective, offering unique and unforgettable adventures. They now lead and organize a growing number of hiking, trekking, mountaineering, skiing, and mountain biking trips in the Alps.
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Lisa Tyerman (source: Google Reviews)

As we prepared to leave we contemplated our amazing adventure and sense of accomplishment. Thank you to Nuyama for great organizational skills, prompt responses, sound advice along the way and the perfect for us choices of routes for each day. As we interacted with hosts and fellow hikers it became obvious Nuyama has built solid relationships and is highly respected. We felt confident doing this hike self guided because of our own experience and the support given. Thank you Nuyama! Experience of a lifetime!!

Rikko (source: Google Reviews)

Nuyama Team is very well organised and was there for us from day 1 of contact till the last day of our self guided tour. I really recommend Nuyama since they are fast responsive and they book the best accommodation in the area of your walk.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • 7-day Cinque Terre self-guided hiking tour
      • Meals (6 breakfasts)
      • Luggage transfer from Monterosso to Portovenere (Day 6)
      • Accommodation in hotels (3*) with private ensuite bathrooms
      • Assistance via Whatsapp with your guiding company
      • Unlimited email support pre-tour

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to the starting point and from the endpoint
      • Accommodation prior to or after the tour
      • Any transfers during the tour
      • Lunches, dinners, and snacks
      • Any personal expenses
      • Anything not mentioned in the “what’s included” section
      • Repatriation and search & rescue insurance — mandatory
      • Cancellation insurance — strongly recommended
  • The best thing about this Cinque Terre self-guided tour is that you can hike at your own pace the whole way through! To see more details on how your days will look, please check out the itinerary to see day-by-day distances and changes in elevation. Generally speaking, you need to be in good shape and in good health, the most you’ll hike is 14 km (9 miles) per day, and gain up to 775 m (2,545 ft) of elevation in a single day.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Daypack large enough to carry all the things you might need throughout the day
      • Backpack or luggage (you’ll be staying in private rooms, and stay at the same accommodation 2 or 3 nights—so don’t worry about having to carry all your stuff with you all the time)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Comfortable hiking clothes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • It takes at least two persons for this Cinque Terre self-guided tour to run. The price is based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
      • The price varies depending on what time of year you go. High season is a bit more expensive than low season.
        • High season: March 28-October 5
        • Low season: March 1-27, October 6-31

    Cinque Terre self-guided tours can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Camogli, the starting point of your Cinque Terre self-guided tour, most people fly into Genova Airport (GOA). From there, it will take you up to an hour and a half to reach Camogli by train, or half an hour if you go by car.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 35 (thirty-five) days prior to departure.

    Secure your spot for 2025 with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly,  so don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      • Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.

    Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. If the Client cancels the Booking…

      • More than 60 (sixty) days prior to departure, Client forfeits 5% (five percent) of the total amount of the trip as an administration fee.
      • 60-45 (sixty to forty-five) days prior to departure, Client forfeits 15% (fifteen percent) of the total amount of the trip.
      • 44-30 (forty-four to thirty) days prior to departure, Client forfeits 30% (thirty percent) of the total amount of the trip.
      • 29-15 (twenty-nine to fifteen) days prior to departure, Client forfeits 75% (seventy-five percent) of the total amount of the trip.
      • Within 15 (fifteen) days prior to departure, Client forfeits 100% (hundred percent) of the total amount of the trip.
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