Cinque Terre Portofino to Porto Venere Trek
Cinque Terre Portofino to Porto Venere Trek

Cinque Terre Portofino to Porto Venere Trek

7 nights

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Explore the natural beauty of Cinque Terre and the Ligurian coast by train and on foot

Bask in the sights, sounds, and smells of the majestic Mediterranean as you hike along forgotten pathways in the Cinque Terre National Park and Ligurian Coast. Your self-guided hiking adventure will take you on foot to ancient sanctuaries hidden in the hills and by train through charming Italian villages steeped in history.

Come on this special, self-guided tour to one of the most beautiful parts of the world and spend 6 amazing days hiking the countryside, riding the rails past stunning vistas, tasting the food and wine of the local artisans, and experiencing the wonder of the Cinque Terre National Park and Italy’s Ligurian Coast! At the end of each of your hiking days, you’ll spend 7 nights in small, family-run hotels and boutique guesthouses hand-picked to give you an authentic experience of the local Ligurian culture.

Highlights of the Cinque Terre Portofino to Porto Venere Trek

Experience the local food, wine, and culture as you meet local hosts and an authentic experience on the Ligurian Coast.
Sit back and relax as the trains take you through picturesque villages and past breathtaking vistas to your next hiking destination.
Marvel at Cinque Terre National Park and the ancient footpaths connecting villages.
Step back in time as you discover the ancient sanctuaries and holy places nestled in the Italian countryside.

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From €875EUR
8 days / 7 nights
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Cinque Terre Portofino to Porto Venere Trek

Itinerary for Cinque Terre Self-Guided trek from Portofino to Porto Venere

Day 1 Arrive in Santa Margherita

You’ll arrive by train in Santa Margherita Liguria and stay at the Hotel Jolanda, a lovely 3-star accommodation. Upon check-in, you’ll receive an arrival package with all relevant vouchers for hotels and boat rides, a hiking map, train timetables, and a roadbook with descriptions. Train tickets are not included and will need to be purchased separately.
Overnight Location: Hotel Jolanda, Santa Margherita Liguria
Distance: N/A
Meals: None

Day 2 Hike to Portofino

Your second day will begin with a lovely train ride to Camogli. From there you’ll take a boat to San Fruttuoso where you’ll begin your hike. It’s a shorter journey today but still filled with beautiful sights as you wind your way along the trail to Portofino. Once you arrive in Portofino, you’ll catch another boat ride back to Santa Margherita.
Overnight Location: Hotel Jolanda, Santa Margherita Liguria
Distance: 1.5 hrs, 6.5 km, 225 m of elevation change
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Hike to Sanctuary Madonna di Montallegro

The journey begins again with your choice of a train or bus ride to Rapallo. From there you can choose to climb up the scenic footpaths to the sanctuary Madonna di Montallegro or choose the famous cable car railway instead. From the sanctuary you’ll hike to Chiavari with stunning views of the Mediterranean on one side and the awesome peaks of the Apennine climbing away on the other. Hiking time will vary depending on if you choose to ride the cable car. From Chiavari, you’ll enjoy a scenic train ride to Moneglia where you’ll find your next beautiful accommodation.
Overnight Location: Hotel Villa Argentina, Moneglia
Distance: 3-5 hrs, 18 km, 600 m of elevation change
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Hike from Bonassola to Moneglia

You’ll ride the train from Moneglia to Bonassola where you’ll begin your hiking journey back toward Moneglia. This day is made up of three separate parts, you can hike them all, or just pick your favorites! First, you’ll journey from Bonassola across the stunning vista of Salto Della Lepre on your way to Framura. This will offer the most panoramic views of the day. Later you’ll hike through the little villages and quaint hamlets of Framura heading toward Deiva Marina, and if you’re still up for more, you can hike from Deiva Marina to Moneglia. You’ll finish the day back in the Hotel Villa Argentina.
Overnight Location: Hotel Villa Argentina, Moneglia
Distance: 7 hrs, 17 km, 900 m of elevation change
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Journey to Monterosso and Wine Tasting

Board the train to Levanto in the morning and enjoy more Italian countryside on your way. From Levanto, you’ll begin your self-guided hike to Monterosso. Wind down the little-used footpaths until you pass the Punta Mesco where you’ll experience the jaw-dropping grandeur of the entire Gulf of the Cinque Terre spread out before you. Once you reach Monterosso, you’ll check-in at the Hotel Margherita for your next 3 nights. In the afternoon, once you’re all checked in, you’ll partake in a wine tasting of local wines from the winemakers of the Cinque Terre. This tasting will showcase the unique wines and approach to winemaking that has developed in the relative isolation of the Cinque Terre. You’ll discover a new generation of Cinque Terre winemakers and what’s up and coming in local wines.
Overnight Location: Hotel Margherita, Monterosso
Distance: 3.5 hrs, 8 km, 320 m of elevation change
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Explore Cinque Terre

This is the longest day of your hiking adventure. You’ll get your chance to explore many lesser-known areas of the Cinque Terre and go off the beaten track. From Monterosso you can take an old pilgrims’ route to the sanctuary at Soviora. Journey on from Soviore to the sanctuary Reggio perched high above Vernazza and revel in the stunning views. You’ll catch the main footpath from Vernazza to Corniglia and then trek through Volastra and the majesty of the ancient vineyards on your way to Manarola. The hike can be divided up in many different ways, and you can opt to take the trains instead. When you’re finished with your trek, catch a train back home to Monterosso.
Overnight Location: Hotel Margherita, Monterosso
Distance: 7 hrs, 18.5 km, 1055 m of elevation change
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Hike to Porto Venere

This is your final hiking day. It begins with an early train ride to Riomaggiore. From there you’ll hike along more scenic byways to Porto Venere. Take your time and soak up the sights, smells, and sounds of the Mediterranean and the charming villages nestled here amongst the cliffs of the Cinque Terre. When you’ve finished in Porto Venere, you’ll catch a boat ride back to Monterosso.
Overnight Location: Hotel Margherita, Monterosso
Distance: 5.5 hrs, 14km, 550 m of elevation change
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Check Out and Depart from Monterosso

As all good things do, your self-guided adventure hike has come to an end. You’ll check out after breakfast and begin your journey to the next adventure. Good luck!
Overnight Location: N/A
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

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Cinque Terre Self-Guided trek from Portofino to Porto Venere Dates and Prices

Pricing for this self-guided hiking exploration of Cinque Terre depends on what time of year you choose to visit the Ligurian Coast.

  • Low Season: November to March (except holidays)
  • Medium Season: April to June, September to October and holidays
  • High Season: July to August

Prices for Private Self-Guided Cinque Terre hike from Portofino to Porto Venere

Prices below are per person and based on a number of people staying in one room and the time of the year:

  • Low Season: €875 EUR per person for group of 2 sharing one room
  • Mid Season: €990 EUR per person for group of 2 sharing one room
  • High Season: €1,100 EUR per person for group of 2 sharing one room
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Accommodation on Cinque Terre Self-Guided trek from Portofino to Porto Venere

This tour is based in Hotels and boutique guesthouses.

Hotels on this trip are 2 and 3-star hotels and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of €300 EUR to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Jolanda ★★★

This enchanting 3-star hotel is situated just a few short minutes from the beach. Amenities included: Sauna, bicycles available, family-friendly, free Wi-Fi.

Hotel Villa Argentina ★★★

This classic Italian hotel has many amenities including free Wi-Fi, bicycles, soundproof rooms, and air conditioning.

Hotel Margherita, Monterosso ★★★

This modern hotel is centrally located for your convenience. It offers amenities including nearby shops, free Wi-Fi, bar/lounge, private balcony, and air conditioning.

What’s included in the Cinque Terre Self-Guided trek from Portofino to Porto Venere?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and 1 wine tasting.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights in 3-star hotels as described or similar in a double-occupancy room with a private bathroom.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage from one accommodation to the next is included. Boat rides included: Camogli-San Fruttuoso, Portofino-Santa Margherita, Porto Venere-Monterosso. Train tickets are not included.

Also Included

  • Wine tasting in Monterosso.
  • Maps, roadbook and description of the hikes.
  • Emergency assistance by the phone during the office hours (until 6 pm, except Sundays)

Not included

  • Entrance Fees
  • Train Tickets
  • Tips
  • City Taxes (if applicable). Not more than €2 EUR per person, per day
  • Breakfast on Day 1, all lunches, all dinners except days 3 and 4
  • Any additional services not specifically mentioned under “included”

Frequently Asked Questions about Cinque Terre Portofino to Porto Venere Trek

Arbaspàa

Arbaspàa was formed in 2001, and headquartered in Manarola, with a second office in La Spezia. They are committed to providing guests with the best experience exploring the most incredible places in Liguaria.

Cinque Terre Portofino to Porto Venere Trek Map

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour difficulty as a 3 / 5. A minimum of 4 miles (6.5 km) and a maximum of 11.5 miles (18.5 km) will need to be covered each day. Most days are at least 10 miles (17 km). While you are walking near the sea, the days can be hilly with a moderate amount of uphill and downhill. Should you get tired there are a couple of days that have shorter/alternate routes or where a train or shuttle can be taken instead. Check your roadbook for specific details.

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