Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak

8 Days | Hike, bike and kayak your way through the dazzling Cinque Terre

4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
Multi-active
Walking & trekking
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Explore a surreal region of Italy that looks straight out of a postcard (only better) with this eight-day multi-active trip. The houses are painted in vivid multi-coloured shades, the sea is brighter than the sky, and the sun beams down so heavily that everything seems a little technicoloured – welcome to the Cinque Terre. This jewel of Europe changes with the light of the day and is best explored on foot, on a bike or on a kayak. On this trip, you’ll witness natural beauty on all three! Cycle past olive groves, hike to medieval monuments, kayak to gorgeous beaches and refuel your energy every afternoon with cocktails and carbs! Did someone say pasta?

Trip overview

Map of Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak including Italy
Start
Levanto, Italy
Finish
Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
Theme
Multi-active, Walking & trekking
Destinations
Italy
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZGXT
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Immerse yourself in colourful cliff-side houses and a coastal paradise that makes the Cinque Terre region of Italy one of the world's most romantic destinations.
  • Adventure through the area's most scenic trails on foot, including parts of the classic coastal route. Bike through gorgeous villages (the best way to cover ground) and take a kayaking trip on the sparkling Mediterranean Sea to a paradisiacal beach.
  • If you'd rather spend more time relaxing on the beach, there's some flexibility to take a train instead of hiking – with a local leader and somebody to organize everything for you, you can choose your own adventure!
  • Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and afternoon aperitifs overlooking spectacular cliffs, iconic village views and the deep blue of the ocean.
  • Discover a swathe of medieval marvels, such as the castle and churches of Levanto and the Abbey of San Fruttuoso.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This multi-activity trip requires a good level of fitness and health for the hiking, biking and kayaking. Many of the walks involve steep hills and steps that you'll need to be able to climb. Walking times vary between three and six hours a day, but the rewards are worth every step.
  • Please note that recent landslides have ruined many paths along the Cinque Terre coastal route. As maintenance is being carried out in some areas, some daily walks may vary and will sometimes be replaced by walks of a higher physical rating. Your leader will update you and offer alternative walks.
  • Summer temperatures in Italy can be extreme (up to 40°C). It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability for that season.
  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is bookable at an additional charge, subject to availability. Please ask your booking agent for more details.

Itinerary

Map of Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak including Italy

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Boat, Public bus, On foot, Bicycle, Kayak

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Punta Mesca Guided Hike
  • Coastal Bike Ride to Framura
  • Cinque Terre Guided Hike
  • Riomaggiore to Portovenere Guided Hike
  • Boat Cruise Portovenere to Levanto
  • Guided Hike to Portofino
  • Portofino Sea Kayaking
Add on activities
  • The Wild West Coast Hike - Free
  • Abbey of San Fruttuoso - EUR8

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Important notes

1. This multi-activity trip requires a good level of fitness and health for the hiking, biking and kayaking. Many of the walks involve steep hills and steps that you'll need to be able to walk up. Walking times vary between three and six hours a day, but the rewards are worth every step. Please note that recent landslides have affected many paths along the Cinque Terre coastal route. As maintenance is being carried out in some areas, some of the daily walks may vary, and sometimes will be replaced by walks of a higher physical rating. Your leader will update you and offer alternative walks.
2. Please note that activities can be switched or even cancelled depending on weather conditions. e.g. if the weather does not safely permit the kayaking on Day 6 it may be postponed until Day 7, or cancelled if the weather is still not suitable.
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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viktoria · Traveled May 2024
Review submitted 27 May 2024

Steven · Traveled May 2024
This trip exceded my expectations. A combination of a great tour guide, fantastic fit fellow adventurers and good weather made this an experience I will never forget. It does pay to have a good level of fitness for the good climbs and to have good footwear. The climbs are rewarded with the fantastic views. I will certainly be using Intrepid again for the next tour.
Review submitted 13 May 2024

Oleg · Traveled May 2023
A good active trip with lots of hiking and stunning scenery. However a few things to keep in mind: - this trip specifically and Italy generally attracts older crowd - we had 8 out of 11 people on the trip being what seemed to be over 60, even though it was an active trip. This made it difficult to be a younger person on the trip, as just not a lot in common with the majority of those on the tour - not much insight from the guide provided, just showing where the hikes start and end, and much was left to the participants, including own dinners in the evening, taking boats largely by ourselves etc - do NOT bring a backpack if you prefer a suitcase - ignore whats in the essential notes about it, you dont need it
Review submitted 10 Jun 2023

Mitchell · Traveled September 2022
I was looking for an active traveling experience in a beautiful location of the world, and this fit the bill. The trip was more changeling than I imagined, but also so much more rewarding. Lisa was the perfect group leader for this trip. She managed to be encouraging and at the same time respectful of each one's abilities and interests. I've traveled with a few other groups and this was was one of the best traveling experiences thanks to Lisa and the great group of fellow travelers
Review submitted 13 Sep 2022

nick · Traveled September 2022
The trip was brilliant. Lisa was fantastic. Accommodation good. Amazing scenery. Would highly recommend this trip
Review submitted 19 Sep 2022
Cinque Terre: Hike, Bike & Kayak
From
GBP £1,592