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This is a nice introduction to the Cinque Terre National Park. We start from Levanto, which was an important port during the Middle Age period. The trail going up and above the seashore takes us to 12th Century monetestary ruins. We can enjoy a great panorama over the “Golfo dei poeti”, where the 5 villages are located. 400 meters ascent/ 3h30 minutes duration + village visits
Today we will take the “azzurro” trail, between Monterosso and Corniglia, and also visit Riomaggiore. This is the main seashore trail going up and down between Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia.
450 meters ascent /4h duration + villages visit
We will enjoy the most impressive trail, going through amazing vineyard terraces right above the Meditteranean Sea. Views are incredible above Manarola and Corniglia. 450 meters ascent/ 4h30 minutes duration +village visits
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors .It is located near the city of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town is clustered around its small harbour, and is known for the colourfully painted buildings that line the shore. We hike in the foreste regional park of Portofino, enjoying nice views to the cristal clear blue water of the mediterranean sea. Before the hike we take a shuttle boat and enjoy the sea trip to the the famous San Fruttuoso abbey built right on the stone beach where we start the hike from! From the Cinque Terre, we need to take the train (1h30 min ride) to get there or by car.
250 meters ascent, 2h30 duration + villages visit.
A little bit sportier option would be to hike back to Santa Margherita Ligure, another nice little town nearby.
Sporty option to Santa Margherita Ligure : add 150 meters, and 1h min duration.
It is also possible to do a nice boat trip at any time to enjoy the Cinque Terre from the sea before or after the hike!
Portovenere is a very impressive village with its big castle, thick walls and ramparts and a church built right on the cliff above the sea. The village is also Unesco Heritage Site.
Walking the Portovenere hiking trails is an amazing way to get better acquainted with the natural beauty of this part of Liguria. Much of the territory of the municipality of Portovenere is in fact part of the Regional Natural Park of Portovenere which has an area of around 400ha and includes the hilly cape as well as the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.
Two hikes are possible here: 1) Sportier Option: From Riomaggiore to Portovenere crossing trail. This trail is a nice balcony perched at 500 meters above the Mediteranean Sea with great views. The arrival in Portovenere is spectacular. 700 meters ascent, 6h30 duration + villages visit. The trail is rocky in the final downhill to Portovenere. Very good hiking boots required. 2) Easy Option: We can get to Portovenere by a nice boat trip or by train and bus. Then we can hike to enjoy a great viewpoint above Portovenere. 200 meters ascent, 2h duration.
We will meet in Levanto, one of the best places to stay in Cinque Terre : a charming little town easy to reach by car or train. It is the last village right before Cinque Terre when you come from Genoa.
To get to Levanto take a flight to Genoa + train (1h30 min), or to Pisa + 1h train.
You can drive aslo from Nice in France (3h30 min). Transfer from Nice may be possible with the guide (as for it when you request)"
We can provide list of good hotels or B&B to enjoy your stay, from first price to highest comfort.
Any hotels or B&B in Levanto are a better option than staying in Cinque Terre villages wich are hard to reach.
There are many options and prices for room starting from 50 €/ per night for a twin or couple rooms. Hotels prices are usually about 80 € for 1 room. Prices can vary according to the dates you wish to book.
PRICE PER PERSON:
-Group of 8 to 10 people: 210 EUR
-Group of 11 to 12: 195 EUR
Bigger groups are possible (with 2 or 3 guides). Ask for more information.
Walking boots. Light hiking tee shirts (if possible avoid cotton tee-shirts). Cap. Water bottle (1 liter/pers). Sun protection, eye protection, hat. Light Vest (if you want to take the boat).
I am a hiking guide (International Mountain Leader) who has been working all over France (including Provence and the Alps), Italy and Portugal since 2001. I speak fluent English due to my frequent trips to Taos Ski Valley (in New Mexico, USA where my family runs a great hotel and ski school), and my hiking trips in the American Southwest.
I live mainly in Nice (French Riviera), but I also move all over the Alps working in different alpine valleys. I often visit Martinique (French Caribbean island), where I enjoy rainforest and tropical hikes.
When I´m not guiding, I also work as a photographer, and like to climb, ski, play tennis, or kitesurf in my spare time. Additionally, I really enjoy botany and history.
I can guide you for a half day or for as many days as you like. I´ll take you to discover my favourite French Riviera alpine region, and the wild and large Mercantour National Park (counting 8 different valleys) near Nice, Monte Carlo and Cannes.
In my region we can enjoy the Mediterranean landscape at sea level. As we move into higher altitudes, we will discover alpine lakes, larch or pine forests, orchids and alpine flowers, open meadows, spectacular medieval perched villages and old baroque chapels and churches, with great historic value.
We can also discover the hiking hotspots in Provence such as Calanques National Park, Verdon gorges, Sainte Victoire and the Var region, with Saint Tropez a particular highlight.
I also love to hike in Italy in the very famous world heritage Cinque Terre (the amazing national park of the "Five Lands"), or in Liguria near San Remo.
And finally, I always enjoy taking my guests to the northern Alps: to Chamonix and Mont Blanc´s amazingly large panoramas or to the great Vanoise National Park, the largest in the heart of French Alps.
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