Our mountain leader’s favourite !
Along the Italian Ligure coastline, travellers can find five neat villages huddled against the hill in small sea coves, where locals have lived in harmony with nature for centuries … Man has learnt how to work the steep land above the settlements, build harbours and maintain a traditional fishing industry. In 1998, this amazing region was classified by UNESCO as one of the most beautiful sites in the world. Follow us for an unforgettable visit of the legendary Portofino peninsula, and discover the wide range of beautiful trails this preserved natural environment has to offer.
Because of its central location, the village of Monterosso is ideal to discover the “Cinque Terre” region. In addition it has two beautiful sandy beaches (accessible from the old and new part of town), both heavenly places after a day’s hike !
We’ll spend two nights in Santa Margherita Ligure, only 5 km from Portofino. It is easy to travel to the various villages thanks to a great boat-and-bus transport network. The Camogli harbour, named after women glancing behind the window curtains, waiting for their husband’s return from sea, is well-worth a visit. Finally we can’t miss a stopover at the San Fruttuoso Abbaye between Camogli and the Portofino bay.
Day 1 : MONTEROSSO - LEVANTO
We meet in Monterosso at the hotel at 12h am. Early in the afternoon, we start our hike from the village leading into a pine forest until the belvedere of Puta Mesco. From there the view offers a great panorama of the Cinque Terre and the Portofino peninsula. Our trail continues, above the sea until Levanto.
Up/Down : 320 m / Hiking Time : 3 H 00
Day 2 : IL SENTIERO AZZURO
This great Cinque Terre classic hike crosses the colourful villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. All of them are an invitation to enjoy a halt for an ice cream or a drink in this beautiful coastline.
Up/Down : 460 m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
Day 3 : PORTO VENERE, LE "PORT DE VENUS"
It only takes a few minutes by train to get to the village of Riomaggiore. The trail first climbs up to the Montenero sanctuary, 340m above sea level. Then it continues across gorse edges and the village of Campiglia, to finally reach a high cliff line, before heading down to Portovenere, the highest point of the region.
Up/Down : 500 m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
Day 4 : CHEMIN DES SANCTUAIRES
Santa Madona di Soviore, di Reggio, di Grâces, di Salute … We hike from shrine to shrine, remaining testimonies of the past … Our trail runs along the top of the cliffs above the sea. It takes around 4 to 6 hours to get to our goal.
Up/Down : 500 m / Hiking Time : 4 H 00
Day 5 : TOUR DU PROMONTOIRE DE PORTOFINO
Due to its preserved natural environment, the Portofino Peninsula is the home of a rich Mediterranean vegetation and wild life. We will discover the beauty of hidden coves and hamlets, accessible all along the peninsula rocky shore.
Up/Down : 700 m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 6 : SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE - PORTOFINO
Our last day’s hike takes us to Portofino and its multi-coloured houses. This charming little harbour is a favourite destination amongst the European jet-set community. This is the end of our hiking adventure in the land of the Cinque Terre. We return to Chamonix in the afternoon.
Up/Down : 280 m / Hiking Time : 3 H 00
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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2018 DATE : Monday to saturday. September 3rd to 8th.
2018 PRICE : 995€ per person (6 people minimum).
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in hotel (twin and double room)
Museums entrance fees
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Minivan assistance throughout the trek
Luggage transportation throughout the trek
The Trail Pass
Transfer from Chamonix to Monterosso and back
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 6 to 12 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- We prepare lunch packs with local products
- A minibus “Cie” dedicated to our group all along the trek
LEVEL : 2/5 - Le Cinque Terre & Portofino Headland hiking trip is a trek for any fit people. 4 to 6 hours of hiking daily, and 400 to 600m (1200 to 2000ft) of average vertical gain each day. Hiking on comfortable trails without specific difficulty We carry a light backpack for the day hike. This program is ideal to experience multiday hike. For active people with some hiking experience on mountain trails.
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 12 people maximum. For maximum safety and quality guiding, a second mountain leader joins the group at 13 people.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
ACCOMMODATION : 5 nights in hotel (double share room). Single supplement : 175€
MEETING PLACE : In Chamonix for an early morning start, or in Monterosso around noon time. Free transfer from Chamonix to Monterosso and back (8 people max). You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6pm.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD).
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
CLIMATE : Mediterranean climate can be cold and windy at higher elevation. Warm clothes are absolutely necessary, including a beany and gloves. Although it rarely rains, a waterproof jacket must be part of your equipment. Sun protection is naturally essential to protect yourself from intense Mediterranean sunshine.
Please, feel free to contact Anaïs at the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
For any further information, please contact Anaïs:
Tel : +33 4 50 53 00 88 or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org