Cinque Terre Insider

American expat insight into Italy's fabulous "Five Lands"

For those heading to the Cinque Terre and seeking a guided experience, look no further. The Cinque Terre National Park offers a different guided option for each day of July.  If you’ve purchased a Cinque Terre Card then the scheduled tours and excursions are free for you! If you don’t have the Cinque Terre Card you can still participate for €6.50 per person. 

Many of the dates on the Cinque Terre Walking Park calendar offer the possibility to tack on a wine tasting (recommended!) at the end of the tour or excursion for an additional fee. The fee for the wine tasting varies (depending on which cantina will be visited and which wines will be tasted), but most are right around the €10 mark (per person). This is a great way to get to know our territory and all that it stands for while also helping to support our local winemakers.

The Cinque Terre Walking Park calendar is color coded so I’ve created a key for you. First, look at your interested date(s) and then take note of the color for that day.

BLUE = Walking tour. This is going to be the least strenuous of the guided options available. The tours are of the five main villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza & Monterosso (just one village per day).

YELLOW = Hiking excursion. The days highlighted in this color will get you off the beaten path (as they are secondary trails rather than the popular coastal trail).

GREEN = Hiking excursion with mandatory purchase of either the hiking pass or Cinque Terre Card. This requirement is due to the fact that the excursion will take place on the coastal trail (Sentiero Azzurro), which is the only trail within the national park that requires a pass.

RED = Expert hikers, only. The date highlighted in red will take you on the ancient Beccara trail (see more details about that trail on my previous post, here). This is probably the hardest trail you’ll encounter in the Cinque Terre so it’s only for the fit and sure-footed.

PINK = E-bike tour. This option is brand new for 2017! While traditional cycling of the Cinque Terre sounds like (and is!) hard work, these new bikes have power assisted pedaling when the going gets tough. I’m seriously going to try this out myself this year! Keep in mind that there are only eight (yes, EIGHT) spaces available per E-bike tour so you’ll want to act quickly and book your spots ASAP. IMPORTANT: The minimum age for this tour is 14 years.

What you need to know

  • For the village tours, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • For the hiking excursions, either hiking boots or trainers with decent tread are required. Trust me, you’ll want all the grip you can get!
  • For the E-bike tours, you’ll need to wear comfortable athletic shoes.
  • All of the aforementioned tours & excursions take place in good weather. In case of rain or wet conditions, the tours & excursions will be cancelled.

BOOK IN ADVANCE. Don’t expect to show up and find a spot available. Reserve your spot in advance by ringing (+39) 0187 743 500 or emailing visiteguidate@ati5terre.it

Keep up with Cinque Terre Walking Park on Facebook by liking and following their page! Chiara (one of the local guides) does a great job of posting updates, schedules, photos and more.

While you’re at it, have a look at my post on the 8 things you need to hike the Cinque Terre.

Enjoy!

Amy

Correction: A few hours after initially publishing this post I amended the price (for those wanting to participate but without a Cinque Terre Card). The rate has always been €2.50 per person but as of July 1st the rate will increase to €6.50 per person. 

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2 thoughts on “Cinque Terre National Park guided tours & excursions: July 2017

  1. Terri Stevens says:

    Hi Amy! We are arriving in Monterosso on July 13th and staying until July 17th, which day would recommend signing up for the guided hike? We would love to do a wine tasting as you described above. I will email to reserve a spot as you suggested. Love your blog!
    Thanks! Terri Stevens

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    1. Ciao Terri!

      I just checked the dates and all three hikes for the 14, 15 & 16 are lovely! Perhaps I’d be leaning towards the 15th or 16th because you’d be hiking on secondary trails to a sanctuary. The coastal trail is always busy and you can hike it easily on your own, too. 🙂 Most definitely sign up for the wine tasting if it’s available!

      Enjoy your time spent here!

      Amy

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