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Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking & Hiking Tour

Cinque Terre's Seaside Charm to Timeless Tuscany

  • Hike the Cinque Terre’s spectacular coastline, with brightly colored cliffside villages and unbeatable views of the sea
  • Savor fresh-caught seafood by the Mediterranean and simple hearty fare with the renowned local wine in Chianti
  • Stroll through archetypal Tuscan villages, picturesque vineyards and tree-lined country lanes
  • Delight in the subtleties of crisp Ligurian white wines and full-bodied Tuscan reds

To prepare for this trip, learn how to say “beautiful” in Italian. So you'll know what to say when you admire Cinque Terre's spectacular views or Tuscany's gorgeous landscape. It's the simplest way to describe a journey with your fill of just-off-the-boat fresh seafood, delectable wines, friendly people, warm sunlight, the azure sea, cypress trees and hill towns. Repeat after us: bellissimo.  

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Hike across a dramatic landscape to Portovenere, taking in panoramic vistas of the Golfo della Spezia | Feast on fresh seafood on Palmaria Island | Get to know the Cinque Terre’s spectacular coastline, a World Heritage site, on foot and by train | Walk along coastal trails past terraced vineyards and olive groves | Well-groomed paths lined with ancient stone walls lead from stunning Riomaggiore through cliffside Manarola, quiet Corniglia and colorful Vernazza to inviting Monterosso al Mare.

Days 3-4 Pass elegant villas en route to posh Portofino | A walk along Portofino’s postcard-perfect waterfront is a must before heading inland to Chianti | Stroll through quintessential Tuscan villages, vineyards and cypress-flanked lanes | Walk from historical Badia a Passignano Abbey to Greve in Chianti, where you can shop for local delicacies | Jaw-dropping vistas of the medieval hamlet of Montefioralle spread out before you | Sip regional wines at a fun and informative tasting.

Days 5-6 Taste bold balsamic vinegars in ancient ridgetop Radda, the epicenter of Chianti Classico | Visit Volpaia, a quaint medieval hilltop village and a great stop to sample local wine | Soak up grand pastoral panoramas from the strada bianca (white road), surrounded by vineyards and olive groves | Discover the hilltop town of Panzano in the heart of the Tuscan countryside | End the trip in Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Hiking in Cinque Terre National Park
Cinque Terre is a popular tourist destination with busy peak seasons, especially during the summer months and on national holidays. We've planned to visit the park on quieter weekdays, but like any sought-after national park destination and World Heritage site, crowds are common. To access the best hiking areas in the Cinque Terre, we will sometimes be riding on state-operated regional trains alongside locals and other tourists. Like all public transportation, the trains can be subject to delay and may be crowded during peak seasons. Because the national park is still recovering from trail damage from previous years, weather-related trail closures may occur. In the event of a trail closure, your Backroads Trip Leaders will have alternate hikes and activities available.

Two Leaders
We ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it's an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. This means that you'll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van.

Accommodations
​Hotel Belvedere is a modest property with a picturesque location in stunning Portovenere. While this property is simpler than the typical Backroads standard, we've chosen it because of its proximity to our favorite routes and the fantastic Mediterranean views.
$3,298 - $3,698
pp dbl. occ.
(+$480 to $650 for sgl. occ.)

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Pisa, Italy/Florence, Italy

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All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners included


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Hotel Belvedere

Hotel Belvedere

Portovenere (1 night)

This modest seaside hotel offers charm and hospitality as warm and sunny as its colorful exterior.

Hotel Continental

Hotel Continental

Santa Margherita Ligure (2 nights)

Just steps from the bay of Santa Margherita, this art nouveau-style hotel is set atop a promontory, surrounded by oak, pine and palm trees.

Villa Le Barone

Villa Le Barone

Panzano in Chianti (2 nights)

Owned by the same family since the 1500s, this former manor house offers vistas of the countryside, olive groves and vineyards of Chianti Classico. (pool)

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The trip plan and leaders were wonderful.

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from Oahu, Hawaii

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A great vacation with physical activity sprinkled in

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from Ocean City,NJ

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Our first, and certainly not last, Backroads vacation. Have already told many friends about our trip! We came home and within two days started planning our next adventure.

 
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Views and experiences worth ever step I hiked!

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from SouthernNew Jersey

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Although I hiked my butt off, the trip was amazing and an accomplishment that really made me feel great! Thx

 
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Exceeded my expectations

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from Boulder CO

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The leaders were fabulous and made the trip come alive. After doing Backroads I don't know if I will travel any other way. Accommodations were amazing and the scenery took my breathe away at every turn!

 
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Trip of a lifetime! So happy we chose Backroads!

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from Minneapolis, MN

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Amazing! Phenomenal! Breathtaking!

Giulia and Giorgio made this trip seamless and enjoyable - They are a fabulous team! We worried about nothing! Except maybe how we would make it up a few of those hills!!

 
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As good as we had hoped!...even better!

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from Moorpark, CA

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This trip lived up to and exceeded every expectation! so great not to have to think about lodging and food logistics! Or figure out where to go every day! Guides are phenomenal! areas visited were amazing! Fun to meet other people on the trip! Cant wait to plan another trip! Thank you for taking such good care of us!

 
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Backroads trips are wonderful!

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from El Cajon, CA

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Again, a wonderful trip with Backroads! This was our second with Backroads, and we have a third coming up in September. Your leaders, and organization are incredible. The attention to detail is amazing, and accommodations made at a moments notice are beyond expectations. Thank you!

 
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Having traveled with a few other active adventure companies, Backroads is clearly the best at communications - whether it's describing the trip, your lodging or setting the stage for the day. The guides then work diligently to make the experience outstanding.

 
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from Toronto, Canada

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Hikes were spectacular and accurately described. Great pace of relaxation time, active time, and options. It was hot and trip leaders took extra care to make sure we were comfortable and hydrated.

 
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Awesome trip to Cinque Terre & Tuscany!

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My husband and I had such an incredible time on this trip. We were celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary, and what an amazing place to spend it! The hiking, the food, the wine, the beautiful hotels, the breathtaking scenery - it was truly AWESOME! Thank you Backroads for showing us this incredible part of Italy.

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The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4* 400 5 1100
2 4 1400 6 2900 8 4000
3 4* 400 5* 900 8 1600
8 2900
4 1* 500 5* 800 7* 1100
5 3* 300 5* 1000 11 1700
6 2 0 2 400
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes a mix of rolling dirt and paved trails with sections of stone steps, forest paths and gravel country roads. Significant elevation gains and losses can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest, especially along the coastal paths in Cinque Terre.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Cinque Terre and Tuscany

Everyone Wants to Walk This Way

This is our most popular European walking trip, and no wonder. Our regional experts have managed to join together cypress-shaded lanes in the Tuscan hills with cliff-top paths between scenic villages along the Ligurian coast—deftly using boats, trains and brief coach shuttles to ensure you enjoy the best of the best.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Cinque Terre and Tuscany trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Cinque Terre and Tuscany you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

The Value of Casual Inn Trips

In addition to the ideal balance of comfort and hospitality in our choice of lodgings, this Casual Inns trip includes nearly all of your meals, plus everything from cocktail receptions to the best snacks along the road. So there's rarely a need to reach for your wallet – we've got you covered.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Cinque Terre and Tuscany trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $4,898 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,398 pp dbl occ

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