Italian Riviera walking holiday, self guided

“A ten night self guided walking holiday along Liguria’s luxurious coastline, with eight days of actual walking, and a lifetime of memories.”


Rapallo | Cable car to Montallegro | Chiavari | Sestri Levante | Deiva Marina | Punta Mesco | Cinqe terre villages | Manarola | Volastra | Corniglia | Vernazza | Monterosso al Mare | Riomaggiore | Portovenere | Palmaria Island

Description of Italian Riviera walking holiday, self guided

This Italian Riviera walking holiday gives you ten nights and eight full walking days to discover Liguria’s magnificent coastline and famous Cinque Terre villages. There are also two gloriously glamorous stops along your way, in both Portofino and Portovenere. Liguria is just perfect for enjoying the Cinque Terre Mountains that descend to the sea, walking through its five signatory villages which are very much in contrast to the glitz of the coastal towns, but equally beguiling.

The Cinque Terre is also a UNESCO Heritage Site that is composed of coast hugging walking paths through chestnut and oak forests, vineyards, fishing villages and ancient ports. You will be able to walk to viewpoints that reach as far as the Apennines or, in contrast, out to the island of Corsica. The Italian Riviera really does have it all.

There is a lovely mix of walks incorporated into this suggested itinerary. Near the start of your trip you can take a cable car to Montallagro, for example, hiking along a ridge with brilliant mountain views. Or, down at sea level, take a water ferry out to the island of Palamaria and walk around this idyll for a real end of holiday treat. In between, take routes through the Cinque Terre villages, using coastal trains for easy transfers if you like, which are wonderful journeys in themselves. With eight days of walking between 5-13km, you will trek along a variety of donkey tracks, up and down cliff steps and narrow paths, with a few steep ascents and descents, so bring walking poles if necessary, and a good level of fitness is required. As are good boots!

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Departure information

Our dates are flexible; please enquire for availability

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Italian Riviera walking holiday, self guided

UK Office:
We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.

Leaders & local suppliers:
Liguria, also known as the Italian Riviera has long attracted the rich and famous who favour the luxury hotels of the chic resorts such as Rapallo and Portofino. Travel with us, however, and you’ll also discover and contribute to the much lesser known side of the region: sheltered coves, cliff-hanging terraces, quaint little fishing towns and secluded beaches.

One of the real gems is the Cinque Terre: five formerly isolated villages linked by a network of coastal paths passing through cultivated terraces of olives, vines and citrus fruits. This was once the only method of getting from one village to another.

Staff will suggest places to see and visit locally.

Group size:
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.

Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.

We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.

1 Reviews of Italian Riviera walking holiday, self guided

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Swimming in the sea below the ancient monastery at San Fruttuoso after a hot walk was just magical!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The walks look short, but involve a lot of up and down so are more challenging than they initially appear. But the views make them absolutely worthwhile.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It appeared there was a big effort to preserve the natural areas that were part of the walk.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was wonderful

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