The Cinque Terre is a collection of five colorful towns perched on steep cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean, known as the Italian Riviera. After meeting in Florence, we will explore some of its culture and food before traveling to Camogli, a lovely coastal town on the Ligurian Coast. We will head to the northernmost town in Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare, where we'll hike along paths that wind through hundred-year-old terraces and charming villages. When not hiking along ancient stone paths, we will sample local wines and other locally produced specialties, relax in romantic outdoor cafes, and take a dip in the Ligurian sea. During the trip we will visit all five towns along the Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Coniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Maximum group size: 14.
Not included: Travel to Florence and from Pisa, airport transfer in Florence, alcoholic beverages, 1 dinner, 1 lunch, guide gratuities, and travel insurance
This trip is designed for women who want to combine hiking between the villages of Cinque Terre and the surrounding area known as the Italian Riviera, with time to soak up Italian culture. Cinque Terre is perched on high and dramatic sea cliffs: the majority of paths go up and down the sides of cliffs, often on stairs and paths that can be narrow. In order to do all of the hikes listed here, women should be in very good physical condition and able to hike for five to six hours a day which is why we give it a rating of 4.
However, hiking can sometimes be shortened or foregone altogether as an excellent rail system links all five towns. Rating: 1 2   5
On this trip we combine hiking in Cinque Terre and the surrounding area with soaking in Italian culture. In addition to hiking dirt and stone paths and stairways, we'll have a cooking class and a wine tasting; time to explore the charming towns that dot the dramatic cliffs; and lots of opportunity to savor Italian food.
All lodging has been chosen for its comfort, convenience, and welcoming staff. If you have never traveled in Europe, it's good to keep in mind that rooms are smaller than what you're used to in US hotels. We will be staying in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Great group of respectful women. Great Italian guide and AGC guide.I Hiking was great. Loved the villages. Good wasn't great when we couldn't order off the menu which seemed to be most of the time. Too many carbs, not enough greens and quality of the food was often disappointing.
Walking food tour Florence, lunch at the winery in Monterroso. Cooking class at Hotel Marina and breakfast Hotel Marina. Seeing the little towns of the Cinque Terre. Loved our rooms at Hotel Camogliese, Hotel Marina, Hotel Paridosa
Good leadership, great group of women and breathtaking scenery, wonderful food.
Highlights was the location and itinerary.
I loved seeing the towns of Cinque Terre - and although there were steep stairs- I much more enjoyed the hiking than the towns (too touristy) - but the beauty was astounding. Great group of women, overall. Especially liked the two tours in Florence. The cooking demonstration was interesting - but should be called a demonstration versus a cooking class). The winery and eating at the winery's restaurant - excellent food and outstanding wine!
Hikes, lunch picnics and terraces, coastal cities
I expected this trip to be incredible and it was. It is the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Highlights besides the scenery was the wonderful people I met, the food(I loved the food tour, cooking class and the winery) and the hiking. Hotels were wonderful as well.
The best was the awesome scenery, loved the hiking, and loved what the two Italian guides added to our experience-they made it a little less like we were tourists because they were so forthcoming and open.
Meeting locals, delicious food, beautiful vistas of the Ligurian Sea
I finally made it to Cinque Terre! And holy cow, I had not idea that the food would be so incredible! Best food ever! It was also pretty special to be able to travel with my dear friend Jennifer.. The mix of ladies on this trip was quite lovely. and of course, having Debra again as a guide!
Many, many highlights -- the villages themselves.
beautiful couontryside, great hiking, italian guides were wonderful. Great mix of tours and activities.
All of it
All the places we went and hiking the land. It was incredible.
Beautiful country, food, lodging. Great guides.
Combination of active and leisure time-good company-great food-excellent trip leader! i would gladly travel with Debra Huntington again and again!
The hikes in the Cinque Terre National Park were definitely the highlights of this trip. The hiking terrain was varied and challenging, and the vistas from all the different trails were spectacular. It didn't hurt that we had great weather, too (such good luck)! I also enjoyed the culinary tour of Florence - the guide was knowledgeable and welcoming as were all the local hosts at the bakery and shops that we visited.
The hiking itinerary was exactly what I wanted, and the hikes were well planned and mostly well executed. We did all of the hikes that I'd been wanting to do in the Cinque Terre as well as several others nearby. I also loved visiting Camogli, Portovenere and Palmaria. The food tour in Florence was also great, although I wish we had been warned initially of how much food was going to be served because by the time we got to lunch we were all very full and could hardly eat any of it. I felt bad because I felt like we were insulting the people at the restaurant.
Highlights of the trip was having a planned hike each day. Hiking allowed us to see Cinque Terre from a different perspective. The sights were beautiful! The hotel accommodations were great! I especially loved ending in Portovenere. The activities were welled planned and our guides were great! Guiliana added amazing color and brought Italy to life! Deborah was very helpful with any concerns and kept a good eye on her participants. The Taste of Italy was great but tell people not to have breakfast and only serve family style for the lunch.
The guides, the itinerary, the hotels and the food!
This trip far exceeded my expectations. The hiking was challenging but the scenery we had on those hikes was beyond words.
All of the guides were terrific -- Stefania, Giuliana, Debra. The itineraries every day were well thought out and executed.
The hikes and the locations