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Cinque Terre & Tuscany Family Breakaway Walking & Hiking Tour

From the Ligurian Coast to Timeless Tuscany

  • Two distinct and beloved regions of Italy in one amazing trip
  • Hike the Cinque Terre's spectacular coastline, with brightly colored cliffside villages
  • Outstanding seafood by the Mediterranean and simple hearty fare in Chianti
  • Stroll through archetypal Tuscan villages, vineyards and cypress-flanked lanes
  • Get to know Radda, a famed wine center since the Middle Ages

To prepare your family for this trip, practice stopping suddenly while you walk. So you'll be ready for the remarkable views. Then pick the most delectable pesto alla Genovese and pecorino toscano you can find. Finally get your fill of just-off-the-boat fresh seafood, friendly people, warm sunlight, the azure sea, cypress trees and hill towns. You've got a good start.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Explore two distinct regions of Italy in one amazing trip  Hike through the dramatic landscape to Portovenere, taking in sweeping vistas of the Golfo della Spezia Feast on fresh seafood on Palmaria Island Explore the Cinque Terre's spectacular coastline, a World Heritage site, by foot and train Well-groomed paths lined by ancient stone walls lead from stunning Riomaggiore through cliffside Manarola, quiet Corniglia and colorful Vernazza to inviting Monterosso al Mare.

Day 3 Pass trompe l'oeil-adorned villas en route to pretty Portofino, playground of the rich and famous A walk along Portofino's postcard-perfect waterfront is a must before heading inland to Chianti.

Day 4 Stroll through quintessential Tuscan villages, vineyards and cypress-flanked lanes Enjoy the distant views of Siena as you walk from historical Badia a Passignano Abbey to Greve in Chianti, and perhaps shop for local delicacies  A classic Tuscan landscape, with vistas of the medieval hamlet of Montefioralle, spreads out before you Sip regional wines at a fun and informative tasting.

Days 5-6 Bold balsamic vinegars dance across your tongue in ancient ridgetop Radda, the epicenter of Chianti Classico Visit Volpaia, a medieval village-turned-winery Soak up grand pastoral panoramas from the strada bianca (white road), surrounded by vineyards.

Graced with stunning natural beauty, rich history and culture, and some of Italy's best wine and cuisine, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre deserve their spot among the world's premier walking destinations. On this Breakaway Adventure, you and your family will enjoy the best of these distinct and beloved regions. Hike the Cinque Terre's spectacular Mediterranean coastline, with its colorful cliffside villages, lush gardens and lemon trees. Then journey to the legendary wine region of Chianti, a landscape adored for its classic hilltop villages, vineyards and cypress-flanked lanes.
Annie Rosenberg- Regional Manager - Italy

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

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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.

Hiking in Cinque Terre National Park

Cinque Terre is a popular tourist destination with busy peak seasons, especially on sunny days. We've planned to visit the park on quieter weekdays, but like any sought-after national park destination and World Heritage site, crowds are possible.

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 recent trail damage, 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 fairly simple property that reflects its 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
pp dbl. occ.
(+$480 for sgl. occ.)

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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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Graced with stunning natural beauty, rich history and culture, and some of Italy's best wine and cuisine, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre deserve their spot among the world's premier walking destinations. On this Breakaway Adventure, you and your family will enjoy the best of these distinct and beloved regions. Hike the Cinque Terre's spectacular Mediterranean coastline, with its colorful cliffside villages, lush gardens and lemon trees. Then journey to the legendary wine region of Chianti, a landscape adored for its classic hilltop villages, vineyards and cypress-flanked lanes.

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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
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings 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, local trains and brief coach shuttles to ensure you enjoy the best of the best.

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.

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.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Cinque Terre and Tuscany designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

The Best Leaders in Cinque Terre and Tuscany

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Cinque Terre and Tuscany, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

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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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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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

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