Cinque Terre walking vacation
Centre based small group walking tour between the beaches, bays and woodland of Cinque Terre. Train rides to trail heads for 5 well-crafted walks.
Family run hotel in Moneglia Train rides to trail heads Coastal and woodland walks terraced vineyards and wine tasting Cinque Terre Gulf of the Poets Sentiero Azzurro Ligure Santa Margherita Ligure Rapallo Chiavari Blue Flag beaches Free day to visit Genoa or spend at the beach
US $1999ToUS $2249excluding flights
Description of Cinque Terre walking vacation
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support.
We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, however; this walking tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like along the Ligurian coast. Throughout the trip, we will use local train services between towns as well as a cable car ride up to Montallegro for fantastic views of the coastline. Hence, transportation used is generally of little detrimental impact to the environment.
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleA Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help clients understand how they can help reduce their impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from our visit.
Accommodation & meals:
We spend the week in the family-run Hotel, Piccolo managed by Laura and her family. All meals in the hotel are homemade, using locally produced and sourced goods where possible. This ensures that our money spent provide economic benefits to the local community. It is perfectly located on the main street in Moneglia, providing easy access by train to the Cinque Terre. One of the dinners is taken at the family owned Assisto restaurant, offering fabulous food and wine with a true Italian atmosphere.