Cinque Terre Tour Highlights
6 Sept – 10 Sept 2017
(5 days/4 nights) AUD $2490
The Cinque Terre has always captivated the traveller with its extraordinary beauty and rugged coastline. The five villages which make up Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are all steeped with fascinating history and vibrant culture. They have been home to generations of simple fishermen and farmers who carefully built terraces on the steep mountainsides overlooking the sea to produce a stunningly beautiful garden landscape. We will explore all the five towns including the beautiful Portovenere and Portofino.
The tour also includes an interesting tour of the famous white marble mountains of Carrara and a special visit to Pisa and its iconic leaning tower.
Day 1 Florence (D)
Your tour leaders will meet you at the hotel in the centre of Florence at 7.00pm. There will be introductions and a small talk on the tour. The group will then enjoy dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Day 2 Florence/Carrara/Portofino/Monterosso al Mare (BLD)
After breakfast we leave for Cinque Terre. On the way we make a stop for a special guided tour of the marble quarries at Carrara: famous for its white marble and the source of many of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. Lunch at the tiny village of Colonnata. After lunch we drive north along the rugged Ligurian coastline to Portofino where there is time to explore the shops and sights of this small but beautiful harbour. Finally, our day ends in the spectacular town of Monterosso al Mare, the northernmost of the five villages which will be our stay for the next 3 nights. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3 Cinque Terre (BD)
Today we explore the entire coast of the Cinque Terre by catching the local train from Monterosso to the first of the five towns Riomaggiore. From there we will walk leisurely along the famous stretch called Sentiero dell’ Amore (Lover’s Walk) to the village of Manarola where we will have lunch. We will also visit the quaint villages of Corniglia and Vernazza before returning to Monterosso for dinner.
Day 4 Monterosso/Portovenere (BD)
After breakfast we will catch a ferry from Monterosso to the beautiful town of Portovenere and its tranquil waters of the GolfodeiPoeti. On our return the group will have the opportunity to explore further any of the towns along the coast. Otherwise, there will be free time to wander through the streets of Monterosso before our final dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 5 Monterosso/Pisa/Florence (B)
We leave the Cinque Terre for Florence. On the way we make a special stop to one of Italy’s most famous landmarks: the Leaning Tower of Pisa which is one of several architecturally important structures in the Piazza deiMiracoli. The Leaning Tower is the campanile, or bell tower, of the Cathedral. It is famous for its noticeable lean which has recently had a lot of work done to stop it from falling to the ground. The Tower was built in 1173. In the afternoon we make our way back to Florence and we should arrive in the City by mid afternoon. The tour ends in Florence.
The weather: it is the end of Spring. It can get warm during the day however the evenings can be cool. For the September departure the weather is similar: generally warm days with mild nights. We recommend light, comfortable clothing, a light jacket with your favourite walking shoes. The countryside is undulating and hilly. Many of the hill towns have their historical centres closed to traffic and therefore lots of walking is required. You should expect to stroll leisurely for up to an hour or so with many breaks for sightseeing, coffee and a taste of the local produce. The program appears to be full; however it is mixed with long restful lunches and leisure time for your enjoyment and comfort. If you need to, you can always take time off from the organised program.
Departures are guaranteed
|Conditions:||Deposit of $500.00pp is required 7days from confirmation|
|Balance is due 90days prior to departure.|
|Prices are subject to currency fluctuation|
|Tours are in co-operation with Vita Italian Tours|