Exploring the Cinque Terre

How about a week or ten days just for you? Live in a small seaside village for 6 nights in a pretty hotel with balconies & gardens, day trips to surrounding villages including a cooking lesson at a 17th Century Villa, eat great food & enjoy an open air evening concert in Vernazza.
R39 190
Starting fromR39 190
Package ValidityTour starts in Bologna for set travel dates 08 – 14 MAY 2018 & 11 – 17 SEP 2018. ** A 70 % non-refundable deposit is due upon confirmation & full payment no later than 08 MAR 2018 **
Duration10 days
DestinationItaly (Riomaggiore & Cinque Terre)
Starts inBologna
Ends inBologna


- Arrival transfer Bologna airport/hotel
- 6 nights accommodation at a family run hotel
- 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, arrival & farewell dinners
- Touring as per itinerary
- All day trips to the most beautiful surrounding villages of Riomaggiore,  Vernazza, Corniglia, Volastra Monterosso & Manarola

Optional Extras:

- A cooking class with an Italian Chef at a private villa (optional R 2550 per person)

- 3 nights in Bologna touring the Emilia Romagna area at an additional R11 070 per person twin share 

Day 1

 TUE 8th MAY 2018 or TUE 11th SEP 2018

Our driver will meet us at Bologna Airport at 12h00 and whisk us by road to our hotel Your room has a huge balcony with sweeping views over the colourful Cinque Terre village of Riomaggiore

Afternoon will be at leisure

We will meet for a dinner served al fresco at our very own panoramic terrace at our hotel Dine with friends and great conversation. A huge antipasti platter with local fresh bread and wine/water/cooldrink  will set you up for a good night’s sleep.  (Dinner included)

Day 2

 WED 9th MAY 2018

After a leisurely breakfast we will walk down into the village and onto the train station for the train to Vernazza from where we will commence our hike to Monterosso. Don’t forget the swimming costume (beach towels will be provided by the hotel) and your day pack. We will have lunch in Monterosso and the cutest restaurant that serves the most divine food and after that weather permitting will take a dip in the ocean Afternoon at leisure                 In the evening after the balance of the afternoon at leisure we will meet at a bar in the village for an aperitivo                 Followed by dinner at one of the delightful local restaurants (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 3

THU 10th MAY 2018

After breakfast we travel by train to Manarola to explore this quaint little one street town and have a cappuccino before heading up the hill and continue to hike to the small village of Volastra and onto Corniglia one of the villages that comprise the Cinque Terre. Passing the landscape of terraced cliffs, sheltered woods and ancient vineyards virtually strapped to the steep hillsides

After a light lunch in Corniglia we walk down the 365stairs to the train station and train back to Riomaggiore Rest of the afternoon at leisure (Breakfast and Lunch included)

Dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance of our hotel (dinner own expense)

Day 4

FRI 11th MAY 2018

Today is a day of leisure to explore the area the way you want either on your own or with friends

In the early evening we head to Vernazza again by train for an open air Concert Music Recital in a beautiful setting followed by dinner a one of the finest restaurants in Vernazza with views to die for! (dinner not included)

We will even get our driver to collect us from the restaurant after our meal and take us home

Day 5

SAT 12th MAY 2018

Morning at leisure and around 2pm we head off to Levanto

Walk down to the station we train to our playground for the day, a 17th century villa tucked into the quite hills of Levanto.  We’ll prepare our meal with an Italian chef, and then dine al fresco under the wisteria in the early evening or an escorted day tour of Portofino by minibus (Optional Euro 150pp for up to six people) This includes a three course meal with wine/bottled water

Our driver and minibus will collect us after our meal and drive us back to Riomaggiore and our beds

Day 6

SUN 13th MAY 2018

Today join your tour leader and hike to Telegrafo and then onto Portovenere and have a picnic snack packed for us by Carla to stop and eat enroute – this is about a 4 hour hike  The day starts with a short BUS ride to Telegrafo, where we commence our walk to  Portovenere.  We are now on the Alta Via delle Cinque Terre (AV5T), the ridge-top traverse that goes from one end of the Cinque Terre to the other. We pass several curious sculptures and descend to the little hamlet of Campiglia. Walking down into pine forest the track narrows as we continue towards Portovenere with further spectacular views. From Portovenere, you go back to Riomaggiore by ferry boat.Rio Maggiore-Campiglia-Portovenere, 4 ½  hours).          On arrival Portovenere we will stop for a bite to eat having built up an appetite and enjoy some local seafood or vegetarian meal  Thereafter we will explore this wonderful town of Portovenere with its medieval streets and shops (Lunch not included) Picnic enroute will be included

In the late afternoon we will ferry back to Riomaggiore where we will enjoy an evening of leisure (breakfast & dinner included)   

Day 7

Day 7

MON 14 MAY 2018 

Riomaggiore – La Spezia – Bologna

Wake up slowly and take your final photos. Sit under the lemon trees one last time Our beautiful trip to Italy will end today and our good-looking driver will take us through to La Spezia station for our train to Bologna for those that are joining us for the 3 night’s extension to the Emilia Romagna foodie capital of Italy (breakfast included)

For those that are not joining us they will travel onwards or they can travel with us to Bologna at Cost of approx. Euro 50 (if there are enough of us we may even organise a private transfer there)

Arrive by train Bologna and private transfer to our hotel  or private transfer from Riomaggiore

Day 8

TUE 15th MAY 2018

After break we depart on a walking tour of this beautiful City followed by a light lunch In a local trattoria or enoteca (included)

Afternoon at leisure

Dinner in the evening at a great restaurant close to our hotel (not included)

Day 9

WED 16th MAY 2018

Bologna Food Tour

From art and culture up to gastronomic excellence. Bologna, chief town of Emilia-Romagna, is known worldwide as"La Dotta"("The Learned"because it was home to the first university in Europe in 1088 and the 100, 000 students enrolled nowadays make it a lively and cosmopolitan place), "La Grassa("The Fat"thanks to the best cuisine in Italy. Even in Italy, a country that takes food very seriously, Bologna stands out. "La Rossa"("The Red" referring to the colour of its brick buildings) and"La Turrita"("The Towered"for the presence of 24 towers of the 100 built in the city around the 12 century). The tour will show you the reason why Bologna is known in Italy and abroad as dotta rossa turrita and … grassa. You will learn everything about Food and wines and discover that everyone knows spaghetti bolognese. . except Italians!

Back to Bologna  for balance of afternoon at leisure and dinner (included)

Day 10

THU 17th MAY 2018

This morning for those of us not leaving until later in the day we will train to Parma for a visit to the city and markets (costs not included) or you may wish to have this day on your own in this beautiful city

Depart late afternoon or early evening for your flight either back to SA or onwards