A tremendous weekend of walking with the most spectacular scenery in this most beautiful part of Italy !
There will be some hills and steep sections throughout all the walks - you have been warned so you must bring boots or very sturdy trainers !
Both Portofino National Park and Cinque Terre are stunning walks and you shall be decide for yourself which is the more overall appealing.
Cinque Terre literally means five lands and refers to five villages along this coastline all linked up and is deemed to be one of the amazing walks that the planet affords and we shall be visiting at least three of them !
One of the highlights of the trip is visiting Portofino one the most romantic idyllic coastal villages in Italy if not the world.
We shall be staying in delightful Genoa which is famous for its long history and lovely narrow maze like streets which we shall have time to discover.
Please book your hotel through booking.com if you fancy for three nights and then state which hotel you have booked.
Anyone who has not booked hotel their hotel and travel by Sunday 25th November shall be removed from the trip.
Flying into Genoa offers up several options as you may fly directly into Genoa itself with BA, Ryanair and Easyjet or can fly into Milan, Turin or Pisa with Easyjet - flights announced shortly - and then take the train to Genoa.
PLEASE BE AWARE :
We shall be leaving Genoa around 4pm on Saturday to travel to the walk that day.
Also your flight home would need to be after around 6pm on Tuesday if possible.
Of course you may fly in earlier or stay on beyond Tuesday.
We shall be taking trains and buses to the walks without need of any taxis.
The walks :
Meet 3.30pm by Columbus statue at Piazza Principe Railway station for train at 4.11pm ( train from Brignole Railway station at 4.20pm Regionale 24541 ) that arrives at 5.02pm - around €7 return
SANTA MARGHERITA to PORTOFINO ( 2 hours )
We may decide to eat in Portofino or Santa Margherita before travelling back to Genoa arriving at around 10pm.
Meet 8.40am with packed lunch by Columbus statue for train at Piazza Principe Railway station for train at 9.11am ( Brignole train at 9.20am RV2181 ) that arrives at 9.55am - around €7 return
CAMOGLI to PORTOFINO via San Frattuoso ( 6 hours ).
An hour into the hike at Fornelli the group shall split as there shall be a choice of the tougher coastal path or a slightly inland path until San Frattuoso where we shall reconvene and visit the famed monastery.
There shall be a chance to go swimming during this hike.
We may decide to eat at Portofino or Santa Margherita before taking the train that arrives back in Genoa at around 10pm.
Monday - Cinque Terre Day 1
Meet 8.20am with packed lunch at Columbus statue at Principe Railway station for train at 8.51am ( train at Brignole 9am Intercity 505 ) that arrives at 10.23am after changing at La Spezia at 10.15am ( Regionale 24452 ).
Likely train cost €16.
RIOMAGGIORE to PORTOVENERE ( 6 hours )
At the end of the hike we shall have dinner and then shall take the bus to La Spezia followed by the train - likely cost €10 - back to Genoa arriving back at around 10pm.
There is a possibility of instead taking the boat from Portovenere to La Spezia or Levanto before taking the train back to Genoa.
Tuesday - Cinque Terre Day 2
Meet 8.20am at Columbus statue at Principe Rail station for train at 8.51am ( train from Brignole 9am Intercity 505 ) - likely cost €16 - that arrives at Vernazza at 10.23am after a change of train at Sestri ( at 9.41am Regionale 24457 ).
We shall need to buy the Cinq Terre card for around €5 each just for Tuesday's walk.
VERNAZZA to MONTEROSSO ( 2 hours ).
This walk may be extended by 7 kilomteres to Levanto if there is sufficient demand.
Likely train back at 12.55pm from Monterosso that arrives in Genoa at 2.15pm - likely cost €8.
Left luggage is available at Principe if anyone is flying back on Tuesday evening.
For those who arrive before the official trip we shall do a short coastal walk on Friday - meeting at 4.15pm by Columbus statue at Piazza Principe Railway station for around €3 return for train that departs at 4.40pm and arrives 25 mins later in Genoa Nervi for the walk on Anita Garibaldi promenade leading into dinner at Nervi before taking the train back to Genoa arriving at around 10pm.
Please only sign up if you intend to do all four walks, can walk 2.5 miles per hour on the flat for at least 10 miles and have adequate and appropriate insurance.
Meet up fee £30, payable on the Saturday reduced to £20 if having attended at least one event in 2019.