Our new hiking tour of the Italian Riviera features the spectacular coastline of Liguria, from Genoa to the Cinque Terre and Portofino. As you hike from one seaside village to another, you'll visit charming pastel-colored villages, learn about the region's rich history, and savor the traditional cuisine and wines. 

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 The village of Vernazza, along the Cinque Terre  Hiking to Manarola along the Cinque Terre  The village of Portofino

Hiking along the Italian Riviera

Featuring the Cinque Terre

9 days from $5,995

Our new hiking tour of the Italian Riviera features the spectacular coastline of Liguria, from Genoa to the Cinque Terre and Portofino. As you hike from one seaside village to another, you'll visit charming pastel-colored villages, learn about the region's rich history, and savor the traditional cuisine and wines. 

Accommodations

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Hotel Vis a Vis

Sestri Levante, Italy

Hotel Vis a Vis in Sestri Levante is a family-run 4-star hotel with exceptional views overlooking the promontory. Hotel is ideally located for visiting the Cinque Terre villages. Hotel offers pool, wellness center, several restaurants with fine food and great views. Rooms are elegantly furnished. Classic Rooms with partial sea views or the surrounding hills have been reserved for Smithsonian travelers.

Number of nights: 4

Hotel Punta Est

Finale Ligure , Italy

Hotel Punta Est is a peaceful oasis on the western Ligurian coast. A 18th-century mansion converted into a delightful property surrounded by gardens, perched on a hill overlooking the charming village of Finale Ligure. The hotel offers good restaurant, wellness center and pool. Rooms reserved for Smithsonian guests have sea views.

Number of nights: 3

Activity Level

Level 3: Moderate / Active

Expectations: This trip is part of the Smithsonian Active Journeys collection. It is a nine-day tour featuring two different seaside towns and two hotel stays. Some extensive walking tours of the coastal paths and villages of the region.

Excursions can be over uneven terrain (e.g. groomed trails/hilly walkways, cobblestones, stairs without handrails, the absence of elevators); Journeys to the start of each hike will be by private motocoach, public train or public ferry. Travelers should be sure footed with appropriate footwear for all hikes. 

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Enrichment

Travelers on this itinerary will be joined by local experts and/or scholars at certain points during the trip, but will not be accompanied throughout by a full time Smithsonian Journeys Expert.

Reading List

Highly Recommended

Italy in Mind: An Anthology
La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
By: Severgnini, Beppe
DK Eyewitness Italian Riviera (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness
Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook & Dictionary
By: Lonely Planet, Iagnocco, Pietro, Beltrami, Anna, Cicioni, Mirna, Coates, Karina, Walker, Susie

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Wanderlust: A History of Walking
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Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month Is Enchanted
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Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.