21050
Italy
Hiking the Cinque Terre
Immerse yourself in a comingling of earth and sea as you explore the coastal walkways and beautiful landscapes of five villages nested between the mountains and the Mediterranean.
Rating (4.81)
Program No. 21050RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
2,099
Flights start at
825
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4.81 Average
Virginia
(4)
I see that you only post 5 star reviews, so there's no point in writing a review. You should post all reviews.
John
(5)
The Cinque Terre Hiking Trip was exceptional. It will be a challenge finding prettier views and scenery. The guides are fun and informative, the lodging and meals were great. The physical activity description is accurate and can be very challenging, however, the guides will prepare you for the next day's activities and can offer alternatives if the hiking is beyond someone's abilities. We finished this trip in mid-October and the trails were not crowded but we were told that it can be very crowded (and very hot)in the summer. I give this 10 out of 10 stars. Hope this helps!!
Maggie
(4)
A thorough exploration of a charming and spectacular region in Italy. Challenging, entertaining, fun and delicious! I feel like I understand the region much better than any other tour I have taken has ever provided.
Kathy
(5)
As healthy 71 year olds, we felt ready for a hiking tour of an area of Italy that we had heard so much about, but we hiked several times a week up stairs, through the woods, and along local beaches to fully prepare. To happily trek through the countryside with our wonderful group and be rewarded with fabulous food in charming restaurants in an incredible part of the world was magic. Thank you to Road Scholar for the kind and supportive guidance all along the way, making this an experience we will never forget! Bill and Kathy Normandin
Donald
(5)
We went up a lot of steps. I think this is simply a part of visiting Italian villages built upon absurdly steep mountains. Some of the scenery is out of this world. Escher's paintings of italian landscapes seem unreal, but you will learn they are not. The food and wine are terrific, and dinner on the last day at the little farm in Tuscany was once in a lifetime (so far) for me. We had flawless weather the whole time, which I suppose was a factor, but this program is a real winner.
Barbara
(5)
Really enjoyed hiking the Cinque Terre with Road Scholar. The hikes and other tours were well organized and lots of fun! Our group leader Leonardo was great and kept us on track with all the activities that were planned. I would recommend this program.
Jenny
(5)
Our program was a wonderful combination of interesting meals, education and exercise. The ability to go to a foreign country and have everything taken care of in advance made the entire experience relaxing and fun!
James
(5)
We participated in the "Hiking the Cinque Terra" Road Scholar Trip and were very pleased with our first Road Scholar trip. We were introduced to an incredibly lovely area or Italy that we could not have organized on our own, learned lots of interesting history that we did not know, and also found the trip a real gastronomical adventure. Road Scholar took care of all of the travel, hotel, trip details and the only thing left for us was to have full enjoyment of the trip without a worry.
Geraldine
(5)
The Cinque Terre has been on my bucket list for over 10 years and I was very please with the whole trip. I liked the variety and especially staying in Portovenere with less crowds.
Carol
(5)
The Cinque Terre hiking program was terrific! We had a different experience everyday with very knowledgeable and personable guides and instructors that provided excellent background information for each experience. A truly wonderful trip that exceeded my expectations!
Anita
(5)
The scenery was breathtaking at almost every moment, the lectures were interesting and informative, and the food was delicious! But what pulled it all together and made it perfect were the guides, both our ongoing program guide and the daily experts who accompanied us to specific spots. What a great combination!
Teresa
(5)
I shared a magical time hiking the Cinque Terre in June with my niece. It was a pure joy! A mix of learning experiences such as visiting a working vineyard and marble quarry, enjoying evening lectures on local history, breath-taking views of the Italian Riviera from our energizing hikes from charming village to village, and fabulous food at fabulous restaurants. We all adored the guides and we had a blast as a group together.
June
(5)
A wonderfully organized way to see the Cinque Terre. Really great side trips and a terrific visit to a local vineyard with a fabulous dinner prepared by the vintner and his family and a local cheesemaker. Bread prepared to our order and baked in the wood fired oven along side a succulent roast. ...and the wine....
Sandy
(1)
This is a five star review! I did not give it one star. The hiking is spectacular; walking through the hillside vineyards overlooking the Ligurian Sea is stunning. The local food, wine and gelato are wonderful. Fresh anchovies in lemon juice are not to be missed! The description of the physical activity needs to be more clear; on everyday but one, we climbed and descended between 650 and 1200 feet of elevation. In many places, steps are much taller than regular stairs. In other places, the path is steep and rocky, with occasional scrambling over bare rock. There are options on some days to skip some of the longer climbs, but to fully enjoy this unique area, be prepared for some rugged trails. The pace was not excessive, and there was a leader in the front and at the back of the group, allowing most people to hike at their own pace. I am 64, like to hike, more active than some but not a regular athlete. I climbed many flights of steps in preperation. Hike (and eat) in the Cinque Terre if you can!
Sandra
(5)
Weather was warm and sunny for the week of May 20-28, 2017. Swimming in the hotel pool was welcome relief after warm hikes. Be sure to have hiking boots with good tread and hiking poles. The trails are steep and but the history, natural beauty and breath taking views make every moment memorable. Our group leader, lecturer and hiking guides were all outstanding.
Mary
(4)
Portovenere provided a lovely basecamp for this trip. Wonderful ferry rides to beginning points for hikes. Enthusiastic group leader. Do note that most hikes required 1000 feet of steep steps upward--and then 1000 feet back down again. Some trails narrow and very crowded. Hike leader modified plan to accommodate more members of group--but 1/4 of the participants still had to skip the most difficult hikes.
Susan
(5)
I think the website is excellent and always updating on new programs
Will
(5)
This was a fun, challenging experience with an excellent leader, wonderful meals that addressed my special dietary needs, and flawless transportation coordination. We met some interesting people, some with whom we would like to stay in touch. Train before you go. Walk as many staircases as possible both upward and downward, and make sure you have broken-in hiking boots with good tread.
Paul
(5)
One of the best trips of my life. (Just get rid of the walking tour of Sarzanna and stick to hikes.)
Edward
(5)
For anyone who enjoys hiking, this is a terrific program. The towns of the Cinque Terre are charming, the scenery is stunning and the base location in Portovenere is delightful. The food was excellent and the bus and train arrangements went without a hitch. I'll remember this trip fondly for a long time.
Robert
(5)
I have attended about 18 Road Scholar programs thus far and without hesitation I feel this was the best! It's my first international program and it has whetted my appetite for more. I loved the Cinque Terra! This program offers spectacular scenery, great food, a wonderful taste of northern Italy, and great hiking. Be aware, though, that the hiking, though not lengthy, is quite challenging...especially the climbs. The steps are uneven in height, very irregular, and STEEP! And seem to go on forever! Regardless, it is worth every moment, and the program leader, Roberta, makes every accommodation for the various physical capabilities of the group members. Highly recommend this program!!
Erika
(5)
I just returned from an amazing hiking trip to Cinque Terre with my mother. Road Scholar was accurate is stating the physical level needed to enjoy these trails, but if you enjoy hiking rougher terrain you should look into this trip! The views are incrediable, the meals and accommodations were excellant, and the lectures were very interesting. You just can't fully appreciate this unique part of Italy by doing a day trip from a bus tour or cruise ship. It was a very very special adventure trip and I enjoyed meeting all the other guests that came too! Go if you can!
Susan
(5)
I loved it! This program offered many options for people to take a bus instead of hiking difficult terrain. The accomodations and food alone were fabulous. It was challenging!
Leslie
(5)
This is a fabulous trip providing great hiking, wonderful food and wine and beautiful scenery. A bit challenging, need to have good endurance. A wonderful Italian experience!
Terry
(5)
This was a wonderful trip that allowed us to explore the rugged, natural beauty of this region of Italy along with its rich culture and history. Some of the terrain was very rocky with steep climbs and would likely be limiting factor for those with balance or joint issues. Otherwise, a moderate level of fitness and endurance is all that's required. The food was fabulous and greatly added to the enjoyment of the trip. Overall it was a wonderful experience and was what we've come to expect from Road Scholar.
Zoe
(5)
The Cinque Terre Hiking tour was a wonderful way to explore the hills and cliffs along the western coast and learn about the area's long and rich history. Beautiful scenery (a photographer's dream), good food, interesting architecture, and as always our experience - great group leader and guides.
Chris
(5)
This trip was quite physically challenging. It demanded strong legs, good knees, balance, agility, a sense of perspective and humor. Each day the hikes became more demanding over more difficult terrain. The guides were wonderful. Boris and Leonardo both proved to be exceptional. Although the group was large at 24, there were accommodations made and flexibility shown to accommodate the various skills and levels of vigor among the participants. The extraordinary scenery and breathtaking views made all the effort worthwhile. I am glad I went. I rate this trip as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Before you go, however, train well. If not, you may not enjoy the full scope of this adventure.
Mary
(5)
My hiking trip to Cinque Terre was amazing. Weather was perfect, Leonardo and Boris were excellent guides, food was wonderful. Hikes were definitely challenging. I am very proud of myself for meeting the challenge. I am grateful for the traveling companions who were welcoming to a solo traveler. I would recommend this trip to anyone looking for a challenging trip to a beautiful part of Italy.
Andrew
(5)
Our Road Scholar trip was wonderful!
Joan
(5)
This trip was all I'd hoped for and much more! I was already planning to be in Italy on a solo trip, and was concerned about hiking the Cinque Terre by myself. My first Road Scholar trip and it fit the bill perfectly. I will be looking forward to planning my next trip with Road Scholar.
Barbara
(5)
Wonderful hiking experiences with gorgeous scenery and the food was fantastic! Our leader and hiking guide were both excellent, and I'll always remember our private dinner and cheese demonstration at the little winery.
Michael
(5)
The tour provided an in depth history of the Cinque Terre region in Italy. The hiking, while strenuous at times, was well planned and provided some stunning views of the area's landscapes. The program was led by well informed, organized and personable leaders who did an amazing job. The food was excellent and we were given plenty to consume. The last meal and outing at the vineyard was fun and educational; The food was amazing as well. Would highly recommend this to anyone especially if you have some hiking experience.
Donald
(4)
Road Scholar has challenging and interesting active programs.
Karen
(5)
The Hiking in Cinque Terre program was well organized and challengingly active, as advertised. Be prepared for lots of steps and gorgeous scenery. The leaders were effective in achieving group cohesion while accommodating differences in physical and dietary needs. This is a wonderful part of Italy; I learned a lot and got my desired exercise!
Kenneth
(5)
You'll hike through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, led by local experts. Be aware that there are long ascents and descents, often on stones or stone steps, so it's harder than hiking on flat or rolling terrain, and harder on joints. The stones can be very slippery, especially when wet. It's worth it, so get in shape! We visited a local farm/vineyard on the last day in the company of the outgoing farmer who prepared dinner that included fruits, flowers, and herbs he picked on our tour - which some of us helped cook.
Kaye
(5)
This is an amazing trip that provides great hiking, wonderful information on the area and its history, and an amazing taste of the Cinque Terre culture!
Linda
(5)
From the challenging hiking to the phenomenal scenery to the scrumptious food to the engaging, informative and fun-loving guides, this program was exceptional! Based on other Road Scholar programs we have attended, I would classify this program as Challenging as opposed to Moderately Challenging due to the hiking skill that was required to enjoy the fabulous scenery.
Elizabeth
(5)
We enjoyed being able to actively experience the beautiful area of Cinque Terra and Liguria alone with the wonderful food and wine of the area.
Michael
(5)
Cinque Terre - trip based out of gorgeous walkeable Porto Venere. Hikes are challenging and so beautiful.Regional cuisine bountiful and delicious. stellar experience.
Susan
(5)
We loved this tour! This region of Italy is beautiful and the scenery is just amazing. The hotel was in a perfect location with a ten minute walk to town. The rooms were a good size with a nice bathroom. The dining room was bright overlooking a good sized pool and meals were good. There was a typical European breakfast buffet each morning. The only problem with the hotel was the wifi service. It didn't work well and was very frustrating. There was also a charge which in this day and age is rediculous. Our guide, Franckie was excellent! He was personable and handled all details with ease. Our days were full with little free time. The hiking was challenging with lots of ups and downs often on smooth rocks and narrow paths. We walked through cliff side vineyards from town to town on ancient footpaths. It's probably the hardest hiking We've done but we enjoyed every minute and felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day. On the last hiking day there was an optional afternoon hike which was a highlight of the week. The sea swept landscape is just spectacular! The food was delicious and there were many fabulous meals.The last day was a touring day. We visited a town and had a wonderful lunch in a historic home filled with incredible antiques. Then visited a castle and finally spent the afternoon in a vineyard. The owner let us taste his wine right from his wine cellar. He and his wife then cooked us an amazing meal using an ancient fireplace. We enjoyed our meal while sampling different wines with each course. It was such a memorable night. So get in shape and do this trip. We loved it!
Arthur
(5)
This was a special experience in what is probably the most beautiful place I have ever been.
Susan
(5)
I totally enjoyed this program. I had never hiked before, but was used to daily exercise. I founnd the trails more "rugged" than I had envisioned, but I did enjoy the challenge. The views along the way and the villages we arrived at after the hike made it exciting! I would recommend this program to my physically active friends.
Tatyana
(5)
This program is absolutely fantastic! We had so much fun! Hikes are challenging but not exhausting, hike leaders are very professional, lectures are interesting, and everything - from accommodations to great food and stunning views, - exceeded our expectations.





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