6, 7 days
Half board
Luggage transfer
Family, Self-guided
Tour type

Hiking Through the Marvels of Cinque Terre National Park

Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled in the Italian Riviera, seamlessly blends centuries of history with natural Italian beauty, creating an enchanting backdrop for hiking adventures. This idyllic region features quintessential Mediterranean villages, coastal splendor, and historic settlements, making it a treasure trove of diverse vistas.

Key Highlights:

  • Coastal Charm: Explore the timeless coastal villages like Riomaggiore and Moneglia, boasting multi-colored residential buildings that have graced the landscape for centuries. The architecture and ambiance of these historic towns add a unique allure to your hiking experience.
  • Versatile Trails: Cinque Terre offers a range of hiking trails suitable for all levels, from challenging uphill treks to gentle coastal walks. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a novice explorer, the region caters to every level of outdoor enthusiast.
  • Culinary Discoveries: Indulge in the culinary delights of the Italian Riviera as you journey from Sestri Levante to Portovenere/La Spezia. Along the way, savor the flavors of the Ligurian coast, explore local eateries, and enjoy boutique accommodations that enhance your hiking experience.

Embark on a hiking vacation in Italy meticulously curated and organized by Outdoor Italy, either with friends, family, or fellow hikers. Discover the captivating blend of nature and history that defines Cinque Terre, creating an unforgettable adventure on the Italian Riviera.

Included Services

  • Half board
  • Luggage transfer
  • Support
  • Hiking maps
  • Double room
  • Flight
  • Travel insurance

What to bring

Equipment and clothing to bring for Alpine hikes and runs
We’ve compiled a list of essential items you’ll need to take on your adventure in the Great Outdoors. While each trip has its own minimum requirements, we have split the list into “need-to-have” and “nice-to-haves”.

Need to have:

Lightweight, waterproof shell
Sunscreen with a high factor
Smartphone with a relevant trip app and a WhatsApp and code number for your local representative
Survival blanket
Thin hat, cap, and thin gloves (merino or similar)
Daypack for hiking (tours with luggage transport)
Duffel bag or similar (trips with luggage transport) — DO NOT pack in suitcases.
30 L rucksack on trips up to six days (without luggage transport)
40 L rucksack on trips of more than six days (without luggage transport)
Quick-drying inner layer
Shorts (quick drying)
Technical t-shirt (quick drying)
Fleece sweater for cool evenings
A pair of comfortable jogging bottoms or similar for the cabins
Good mountain shoes — trail running shoes or hiking boots
Light towel
Water bottle (1.5 L)
A pair of thick socks or light slippers (you can often borrow a pair in the cabins)
A few energy bars, fruits or similar snacks for the trip
Sheet liner — can also be purchased on-site (only if you are staying in a dormitory)
Small first aid kit
Comped or similar
Sleeping bag (on selected tours)

Nice to have:

Walking poles
Power bank
Sandals for the cabins
Plastic bags to keep things dry


What is your refund and cancellation policy?

If you cancel your tour 60 days or more before the departure date, you will lose your deposit. If you cancel your tour between 60 and 45 days before the departure date, you will lose 50 per cent of the total tour price. If you cancel your tour within 45 days of the departure date, you will lose the full amount. If you fail to turn up on the first day of your tour, Outdoor Italy may not be able to make arrangements for you to join the rest of the tour, and you will lose the full payment. If, for any reason, Outdoor Italy has to cancel your tour, you will be offered an alternative tour or a full refund.

How do I book my tour?

You can book your tour directly on the Outdoor Italy website. Choose the tour from the dropdown menu, select the date you would like to start, and the number of participants in your group. You can either pay a deposit (60 days or more from the start of your tour) or pay the full amount. Click ‘book’ and follow the instructions. Once we have confirmed your payment, you’ll receive your confirmed tour itinerary within 10 days. There may be seasonal variations in the time it takes us to arrange everything. Please note that programmes on the tour pages are only examples — there may be several differences in the final programme you receive.

How do I pay for my tour?

When booking your tour, you can choose to pay by credit/debit card or direct bank transfer. Direct bank transfers will generally take longer to process, while credit and debit card payments are processed instantly. You are, by default, asked to pay a deposit of 25% of the total cost of the tour. If you choose this option, you will be asked to pay the remaining 75% one month before your tour. Please be sure to follow the payment links you receive in your invoice or reminder email, which we will send you when the second payment is due.

Do I get my own room?

This depends on the individual tour and when you book it. When hiking in the Alps, most people stay in dorms or shared rooms as the availability of single, double and family rooms are limited. We can only guarantee your own room on certain tours such as in the Lys and Ayas Valleys — but only if you book in time. If this is your preference, we will do our best to ensure you get your own room, but please expect to spend some nights in shared accommodation if there is limited availability.

Is baggage transfer included with all your Alpine tours?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer this service with all our packages. Often, the huts or hotels we work with are in locations that can only be reached by foot or helicopter. Indeed, when choosing a tour that includes baggage transport, there may be one or two exceptions depending on the route. This will appear clearly on the tour page and in the program you receive when your booking has been confirmed.

How many days do your tours last?

All our tours include the day of arrival and the day of departure. This means that a six-day tour will include five nights of accommodation, a seven-day tour will include six nights, and so on. On the first day, guests are usually expected to arrive in the afternoon. And the program does not include any activities except for a briefing by our representative on the first evening. On the day of departure, guests are free to decide if they want to leave directly after breakfast or go on a shorter tour before their journey home.

What meals are included in your Alpine adventure tours?

Most of our tours will include Half Board (HB) services, which means breakfast, a three-course dinner, and a light-packed lunch. Please check the individual tour page for details, however, as variations occur with certain tours.

What is a self-guided tour?

We specialize in self-guided tours. These tours are designed for travelers who love the independence of hiking, skiing, or running on their own but want to know that everything else is taken care of. In some cases, we are able to offer luggage transport to lighten your load as you enjoy the Great Outdoors.

Do you offer group tours?

Whether you’re already a group of friends, business colleagues or a sports club looking for an active mountain adventure, we can design and organize your Alpine tour for you. We also offer guided group tours for individual participants on fixed dates.

Can you create a tour just for me and my friends?

Yes, absolutely! Outdoor Italy can design the perfect mountain adventure for you and your friends or colleagues. Whether you want to hike, ski, run, cycle or climb, we have the expertise and experience needed to create a bespoke package for any level of experience or physicality. Please contact us if you would like us to create a customized package for your group.

Are your outdoor adventure tours family-friendly?

There are few better ways to spend time with your children than with an active holiday in the mountains. Sharing a mountain adventure with your child is a memory that will last a lifetime. We try to design child-friendly variations (marked ‘family’) of all our Alpine tours. Children can hike, ski or bike a lot longer than you might expect, as long as you make it entertaining for them. However, they will respond instantly to the way you behave, so please consider whether you are able to create a safe environment for your children when faced with the many different challenges of an alpine environment.

Do you offer discounts for children?

Yes, we are able to offer a discount for children on most of our tours, provided they are not yet 13 years of age on the first day of the tour. Please see the individual tour page for our child discounts.

Can I travel on my own?

Many single travellers chose Outdoor Italy due to our high level of service and our expertise in self-guided mountain tours. And the safety of one of our representatives will only ever be just a phone call away. However, please expect additional costs, as our prices are based on two persons — the industry standard for outdoor tours of this nature. Private rooms and other services are often more expensive for individual travellers. You can find information about any additional costs for individual travellers on the tour page.

Will I manage?

We are all different. Some of our clients are 70+ and have lived an active lifestyle all their life. Others may be twenty years younger and have barely left their office chair. It is very difficult to judge the physical and mental ability of a person on the basis of a phone conversation. If you are in doubt, each tour is rated for level of physicality, which you can learn more about here. You are of course welcome to call us and we will do our best to advice you. Find your level of physicality here (link to Find your level page).

What if I get lost?

Our local partners know every square inch of this beautiful Alpine region. During the introductory briefing, you will receive an app, physical maps and a phone number to call if you need advice. In some cases, you’ll be able to forward your location to a local guide with the press of a button. This may prove helpful if you become lost.

Do I need travel insurance?

We recommend that you speak to your insurance provider to ensure your existing policy covers mountain-based activities such as hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. Please note that any costs relating to emergency situations and the potential need for evacuation are the sole responsibility of the client.

Will I be able to cope with the physical challenge?

We are all different. Some of our clients are more than 70 years old and have lived an active lifestyle all their life. Others are twenty years younger and have barely left their office chair. It is very difficult to judge the physical and mental capabilities of a person on the basis of a phone conversation. If you are in doubt, each tour is rated for the level of physicality involved, which you can learn more about on our Find Your Level page. You are, of course, welcome to call us, and we will do our best to advise you.

Can I bring my dog?

Enjoying the mountains with your best friend can be a joyful experience, which is why we try to make our tours dog friendly wherever possible. Unfortunately, it is not always possible due to local rules. Selected tours are marked ‘Dog Friendly’ on the tour page. This means that your dog can stay with you in your private room or, in a few cases, the hut will have a separate or external room for dogs. Please refer to the individual tour page for more information.

Discover Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Italian Riviera, where centuries of history meet natural beauty. Explore picturesque coastal villages, versatile hiking trails suitable for all levels, and savor the region’s culinary delights. Join a curated hiking vacation by Outdoor Italy for an unforgettable Italian adventure.


Total distance: 90 km
H+: 3500 m
Level: Medium


Riva Trigoso

Riva Trigoso

Our Italian hiking holiday begins in Riva Trigoso, which lies just a short distance from Sestri Levante. Your first night’s accommodation is a quaint farmhouse or boutique B&B in or around the settlement. We’ll make sure you receive all your maps, itineraries, and documentation before you start.

Our first evening during this hiking vacation on the Italian Riviera will feature a dinner of local Ligurian delicacies. We want you to immerse yourself in local customs and cultures, which is why we always like to choose a rustic eatery serving classic Italian dishes.


Riva Trigoso – Moneglia

Your first full day of hiking in Italy begins with a leisurely walk along the coast to Moneglia. Characterized by its beautiful stretches of coastline, this leg of our Italian hiking holiday takes us along well-worn and ancient footpaths and a famous lookout that offers panoramic views of the region.

After a very rewarding three-hour hike through a range of landscapes, you arrive at our accommodation for the evening in Moneglia — a charming three-star boutique hotel serving local cuisine. We usually opt for a family-run B&B in the area that is housed in an ancient building that epitomises the town’s character and history.

  • 10 km
  • 400 m
  •  —
  • 3 hours

Moneglia – Bonassola

Your third day of Italian hiking adventures begins with a hearty breakfast in our hotel. This promises to be the longest and most energetic day of our trip, so be sure to stock up on Italian delicacies. The first leg of the third day involves a hike along scenic footpaths to Deiva Marina. You then continue on to Framura and Bonassola — which will be our home for the evening.

This day of hiking on the Italian Riviera may prove a little too challenging for beginners. But if the six-hour hike is too much, there is the option to take a train from either Deiva Marina, Framura or Bonassola.

The six-hour walk to Bonassola is well-rewarded, as our accommodation for the evening is a cozy B&B in the heart of this seaside village. Spend the rest of your day by the seaside (a short walk away) or exploring the nearby tropical gardens. Then there is an opportunity to enjoy a few leisurely drinks on the terrace or gardens before another dinner of Italian classics.

  • 21 km
  •  1300 m
  •  —
  •  6 hours

Bonnassola – Monterosso

Your fourth day of hiking in Italy takes us on a scenic walk to Levanto — a typically Italian town with lots of historic charm. Our route takes us along a series of ancient paths and tunnels. We may decide to take a more scenic route on the day, however.

We break up the day’s hiking with lunch in the town, and there’ll be a little time to relax on the beach before we continue our hike into the Cinque Terre National Park. The town that bears the same name is our home for the evening. You’ll spend the night at a charming, family-run hotel close to the Sanctuary of Soviore — surrounded by beautiful views of the Ligurian Sea and swaths of Mediterranean forestland. And to finish the day, another gastronomic adventure awaits!

  • 20 km
  •  700 m
  •  —
  •  5.5 hours

Monterrroso – Volastra

More coastal wonders await us on day five as we hike from the Sanctuary of Soviore to an ancient sanctuary close to Vernazza. This charming village is one of five that grace the Cinque Terre National Park. You’ll stop here for an hour or so to enjoy a well-earned lunch before we continue our day of hiking in Italy with another beautiful walk to Corniglia. From there, the stunning vistas continue until you reach the charming settlement of Volastra — our home for the evening.

There’s an opportunity to enjoy a dinner of local Italian cuisine in this charming boutique hotel. A short distance from the train station in Manarola, our accommodation boasts stunning views of the Cinque Terre National Park — from a large rooftop terrace.

  • 19 km
  • 900 m
  •  —
  •  6 hours

Volastra – La Spezia

It’s our final full day of Italian hiking, and we’re going out with a bang! After another classic Italian breakfast, we head to Monteneros, which boasts some sensational views of Riomaggiore and Manarola. Our hiking trail then takes us through pastures and vineyards and on to the picturesque village of Campiglia. Make sure you have your camera ready, as there are some great photo opportunities involving the coastline and La Spezia Harbor.

After a break in Campiglia, you continue our Italian hike with a walk to Portovenere, which involves a rather steep yet spectacular descent. Your reward for completing this invigorating leg of our tour is a ferry boat ride to La Spezia — our home for the final night. you’ll enjoy a lavish dinner to mark the occasion in one of the town’s boutique hotels or guest houses.

  • 20 km
  • 300 m
  •  —
  •  5.5 hours

La Spezia

Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye, as this is the final day of your hiking holiday on the Italian Riviera. But there’s one final hearty breakfast to send you on your way!

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