September is here and I couldn’t be happier! I love the cooler temps and relaxed visitors that this month usually brings with it. And did I mention it’s a perfect month for hiking? Check out this month’s schedule below for guided tours & excursions:
If you have the Cinque Terre Card you can join these tours and excursions for free. If you’d like to buy the Cinque Terre Card in advance you’ll want to check out my post on the subject here. If you don’t plan to purchase the Cinque Terre Card you can still participate by paying €6.50 per person. As these tours have picked up in popularity, you’ll definitely need to book in advance (details on how to do that can be found at the bottom of this post).
The calendar is color coded:
BLUE: A historical and cultural tour of one of the Cinque Terre villages (in comparison to the hikes this is a less strenuous experience)
YELLOW: A hike
GREEN: A hike which requires the purchase of the Cinque Terre Card (as you’ll be hiking on a portion of the coastal trail which requires a pass)
PINK: An e-bike tour
PURPLE: A plogging* hike
*Plogging is a movement that started in Sweden in 2016 and has since spread worldwide. It’s an eco-friendly activity where joggers, hikers or walkers pick up litter while they are out and about. It gets two thumbs up from me! Those joining in on the plogging days will receive a free t-shirt and a certificate of participation.
Keep an eye out for the asterisks on the calendar:
• One asterisk (*) denotes the possibility to add on a wine tasting with a local vintner. I highly recommend this! TIP: Be sure to mention it if you’re interested when you reserve your spot.
• Two asterisks (**) indicates a tour on an e-bike. Not sure what an e-bike is? It’s a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for “pedal assist” (which makes climbing those steep Cinque Terre hills a breeze!). These tours require a minimum age of 14 years and they are very limited in size (max. 8 participants). Each participant will be provided with a helmet and a bottle of water. And of course, proper footwear and attire is required.
• Three asterisks (***) is for the option to visit a local farm (for an additional €3 per person).
You can follow Cinque Terre Walking Park on Facebook! Chiara (one of the local guides) does a great job of posting photos, schedules and updating in case of cancellations (due to weather conditions).