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.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Lucca Our adventure begins in historic Lucca, a city encircled by Renaissance-era walls. Arrive anytime today and make your way to our hotel. This evening we meet our Local Leader before dinner at a favorite local spot. (d)
Day 2: Lucca The scenic Serchio River and picturesque Tuscan countryside are the backdrop for our cycling tour today. We stop at a local market to pick up fresh ingredients for our picnic lunch. The remainder of the day will be unscripted to discover this charming Tuscan town. (b, l)
Day 3: Lucca > Levanto We venture today to Levanto. With an interesting old center, delightful painted villas and delicious restaurants, it’s the perfect base to explore the Cinque Terre. We get familiar with the town on bikes, and ride on the cycling path along the old coastal railway line to Framura. (b)
Day 4: Levanto > Monterosso > Levanto Today we walk along the coast from Levanto to Monterosso
— the first of the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Along the way, we enjoy
views of the rugged coastline and colorful villages. We travel back to Levanto
by train for a pesto-making class this evening. (b)
Day 5: Levanto > Cinque Terre > Levanto We return to the footpaths of Cinque Terre — a region of Italy famed for its pastel villages which plunge into the sea. We wander through olive groves and vineyards; you can walk the entire path or take the train between villages before heading back to Levanto. (b)
Day 6: Levanto > Portofino > Santa Margherita Ligure Traveling by train to Santa Margherita Ligure, we see the best of the Portofino Peninsula. A short walking tour leads us to the hills where we enjoy beautiful views across the bay. In Portofino, gain a different perspective while kayaking along the stunning coastline. (b)
Day 7: Santa Margherita Ligure Today is unscripted so you can fully enjoy Santa Margherita your way. Stroll through the beautiful town center or relax on the beach. Take the train to the stunning city of Camogli or perhaps walk across the beautiful hills of the Portofino Peninsula. (b)
Day 8: Santa Margherita Ligure Our adventure through the five villages ends today. (b)
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