Sat. May 20-Sat. may 27, 2023

With included one night pre tour stay in Pisa, Italy

Cinque Terre

Join us for an incredible week of exploring the incomparable scenic beauty of the Cinque Terre and Portofino regions of Italy. 

On the beautiful Italian Riviera, five villages cling alongside stunning seaside cliffs.  Known as Cinque Terre (Italian for Five Villages), they are fairy tale like visions of pastel hued homes, immaculate little churches, beaches dotted with colorful umbrellas and stunning scenery everywhere you look.

These villages are linked by ferries and trains but the best way to see these quaint seaside villages and dramatic scenery is by a network of footpaths that offer spectacular views of the Ligurian Sea, the wildflowers, olive groves and the spectacular cliffs surrounding it.

The best way to experience the breathtaking beauty of this region is by foot and our tour will feature professionally guided walks to truly experience the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of this unparalleled region. Our walks are all at low altitudes, just a few hundred feet above sea level with very little ascent, so anyone in reasonable fitness can enjoy each day’s walk.  These professionally guided walks are each between 5 and 8 miles and all feature incredible views and plenty of stops for photos.  We will have opportunities to enjoy lunches with amazing views, local cuisine and fabulous local wines, or liquors at your leisure, during or at the end of each day’s walk. We will even have an included wine tasting to enjoy at the end of one of our walks and we will enjoy an included lunch with a panoramic view during two of our walks.

All of our walks are private for just our group and all are led by a local who will share a local’s knowledge of the region to our private group. Our group is limited to only 12 people, plus 2 trip escorts from S.C.A.T. plus our local walking guides, so our passengers on this trip have the best opportunity to experience this incredible region in the best small group environment.

We will be based the entire week in one hotel, enabling all to unpack just once and enjoy this gorgeous region of Italy. Our hotel is a short walk from charming restaurants to enjoy authentic Italian cuisines and wines with a view each evening, at your leisure and plenty of chic shopping, following our walks, if you desire, or enjoy our hotel’s indoor pool and sun terrace with Jacuzzi, to relax, after our daily walks, or enjoy relaxing on the beach on a lounge chair overlooking the sea, or if you wish, take a dip in the warm sea..  Our hotel is also walking distance to the local train station, making for easy access on the one full free day in our itinerary, for you to visit any of the nearby cities, attractions or return for another day in the Cinque Terre villages at your own leisure.

Late May is the ideal period to enjoy the walks and villages of the Cinque Terre, as the flowers have just bloomed, the average daily temperature is a very comfortable 70 degrees and the summer crowds have not yet arrived.

Trip Highlights:

  • Enjoy professionally guided daily walks along coastal paths via olive groves and vineyard with breathtaking views
  • Visit some of the most picturesque and colorful villages of the stunning Cinque Terre and Liguria region
  • Our professionally guided daily walks take you from one charming village to another quaint village, through spectacular terraced landscapes overlooking the sea
  • Enjoy a visit to the Chic resort town of Portofino
  • Enjoy a free day to explore further at your own leisure to make a return visit to one of the Cinque Terre villages, or visit the towns of Lucca, Genoa or Portovenere, each filled with their own scenic treasures.


Walks on Italy's stunning Ligurian Riviera

Located on a part of Italy's most beautiful coastline, nestled between the Cinque Terre and Bay of Portofino, our base in the seaside town of Moneglia is a real treat for visitors.  On inspirational walks through hills, woodland and coastal villages we will discover why these areas have earned names such as the Gulf of the Poets. Many of the country’s most iconic trails are situated in the region of Liguria and this trip makes a great introduction to Italy with its ample opportunities for walking, relaxing and sampling delicious food and wine.

Trip Itinerary May 20-27, 2023


Day 0 – Friday May 19th, 2023 - One Night Pre tour in Pisa  

Arrive in Pisa Italy on your own flight arrangement and make your way to our hotel for our one night pre tour stay.  We will be staying this one night at a chain hotel such as the A.C. by Marriott, the NH Pisa Hotel or the Best Western Pisa Hotel. The hotel name and address for this one night included Pre tour stay, will be emailed to all confirmed trip passengers approx. 45 days prior to the tour date.


Day 1 –Saturday May 20, 2023

We will be taken as a group this morning to the Pisa airport at approx.. 9:30am where we will meet our representative from the local tour company.  Their local rep. will assist us in transferring our bags to their transport vehicle for our private transport from Pisa to our hotel in Moneglia in which we will be staying for our 7 night walking tour.  Our private group transport from the Pisa airport will depart at 10:30am for the approx. 90 minutes ride to our hotel in Moneglia where we will enjoy our 7 night stay.

Our hotel for the week is located in the charming seaside town of Moneglia. Beautifully located in the heart of a bay on the Mediterranean sea, the picture-postcard town is listed since 2012 on the 'I Borghi Più Belli d'Italia' (Most Beautiful Villages of Italy) and has been awarded the European Blue Flag every year since 1990, for its clear waters and the quality of the services offered.

Our hotel for our seven day tour is the quant and charming Piccolo Hotel.   This family-run hotel is ideally located only a short walk from the seafront and from the bars and restaurants of the pretty town. All rooms are en suite (with private bathrooms) and hotel facilities include an indoor pool, sun terrace with Jacuzzi, and a restaurant. Wi-Fi is available in the rooms. Breakfast is included daily at our hotel.

Our hotel is located directly across the street from the beach, so this afternoon, you may wish to enjoy simply relaxing on one of the lounge chairs along the beach (They can be rented from a beach attendant for only 5 euros for a 4 hours rental.) or you may wish to even take a swim in the sea.

Tonight we will enjoy an included group dinner at our hotel followed by a group orientation, led by our local walks leader for the week, sharing exciting information about the daily walks we will be enjoying together this week.

Meals included today:   Dinner


Day 2 - Sunday May 21, 2023

We will enjoy an easy and flat warm up walk from Framura to Bonassola

This morning we take a short included train ride (approx. 45 minutes to the village of Framura.
As this is our first full day in the region, we will take a “warm up walk” today, which is flat walk of approx. 1 hour through the marvelous engineering that is the pedestrian walking tunnel which connects the two villages.  The pedestrian tunnel is designed with large panoramic windows that offer beautiful views over the Ligurian Sea.

The unique landscape of the coast is given by the high cliffs dropping into the sea, in the midst of which they form small pebble beaches. Impressive landscapes are seen around the lush vegetation overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea...

Our walk leads us to the village of Bonassola, where we will stop for an included picnic lunch (sandwiches and fruit).  Also in Bonassola, you will have free time to visit if you wish, one of the desert creperies, to enjoy a sweet crepe (at your own expense).   The specialty of the region is a crepe filled with Nutella spread (a delicious chocolate/hazelnut spread) and fresh bananas.  You might also choose to add a scoop of the local gelato (Italian ice cream).

Images of Framura, the scenic town where we will enjoy our lunch break from our walk today

After the lunch break we will take the train back to our hotel in Moneglia for the remainder of the afternoon to relax on the beach, go for a swim in the sea, or if you prefer, enjoy the hotel’s indoor pool, whirl pool or outdoor sun deck.

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 - Monday May 22, 2023

We will take the train to Cinque Terre National Park  We will walk the stunning paths to some of Liguria's prettiest villages

Today we will set out for our first visit of the spectacular Cinque Terre (Five Lands), one of Italy's most beautiful 'works of art', declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and part of the Cinque Terre National Park. The best way to explore these charming villages is on foot, and today we will walk on the famous Sentiero Azzurro Ligure (Ligurian Blue Path), which connects the five villages.  Today we will visit three of the five, namely Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, and we will pass along old mule tracks, walking through terraced vineyards and olive groves.

The Blue Path is the easiest, the most famous and the most popular path in the entire Cinque Terre.
 we will be rewarded with wonderful views of the colorful villages, built into the rocks facing the sea

At the end of the walk, we will catch the included short train back to Moneglia (approx.. 30 minutes) where there will be time to relax or go for a swim in the hotel’s indoor pool or relax on its sun terrace with Jacuzzi, or those wishing to remain in Cinque Terre to explore the villages, relax over a glass of local wine,  and/or enjoy shopping in the villages, you can do so and then take the easy train back to Moneglia on your own and then the scenic walk from the Moneglia train station back to our hotel (approx.. 15 minutes’ walk from the train station to our hotel) .  Tonight, enjoy at your leisure, dinner at the hotel, or a short leisurely stroll to the promenade of restaurants along the seaside.
 Part of The scenic Ligurian Blue path we will be walking today

Meals included today:  Breakfast

Distance covered on today’s walk:  6 miles ( 10 km)

Total ascent today: At less than 2500 feet of ascent, this day’s walk is considered easy to moderate.


Day 4  Tuesday May 23, 2023

We will walk on the Portofino promontory and explore the world-renowned fishing village of Portofino itself

This morning we will set out by a short included train ride (approx. 30 minutes) to Santa Margherita Ligure, a charming coastal town, where we will have two choices for our walk today. 

One choice is a moderate and scenic 8 mile walk with some ascent and descent (maximum ascent of 2500 feet) and great views, many of which are from elevated positions offering commanding views of the coastline.  This walk is escorted by our local walking guide from the local tour company

The other choice is a mostly flat 4 mile walk along the coastal boardwalk, ending with a short walk of approx. 30 minutes in the Portofino National Park, and ending in the village of Portofino. This walk will be escorted by your SCAT trip escort and features a walk along an approx. 4 mile flat boardwalk which meanders along the seaside, offering spectacular up close views of the sea and of the cliffs which hover along the sea, as well as some of the beautiful seaside homes and occasionally a lone kayaker or aquatic wildlife in the sea near the shoreline.  The last 20 to 30 minutes of this walk is in the Portofino National Park, with some modest up and down hill walking and more stunning views of the sea and of some very impressive seaside mansions along the coast.

Both walks end in the same spot, the beautiful village of Portofino.  Famous for its pastel-colored houses and beautiful harbor, the town attracts celebrities from all over the world.

We will all have approx. ninety minutes to two hours of free time in Portofino to explore the village and have lunch at our leisure in the village at one of the many chic seaside restaurants with a view and then take a much shorter walk directly back to the train station to return to our hotel in Moneglia by an included train ride from Portofino SML station (approx. 45 minutes) back to our hotel. 

If you have never been to Portofino, you probably have never seen a sea color of such a pure, dark emerald green. Maybe it’s the surrounding vegetation that, hanging from the hills enclosing the small bay almost to touch and caress the sea, gives the water that color. Or maybe it’s the depth of the cliffs under the water that contributes to the games that the sunlight plays with the sea. Whatever the reason, the experience is unique.

If you prefer to remain in Portofino this afternoon to explore further and return by train at your leisure, our guide will provide directions to walk back directly to the SML train station, or if you wish, there is a scenic ferry from Portofino to the charming and scenic village of Rapallo which takes approx. 20 minutes at a cost of approx. $10, going approx. every couple of hours and then from Rapallo there is a train approx. every couple of hours back to Moneglia where our hotel is located. That train is approx. 20 minutes and costs approx. $5.   Rapallo is a scenic village itself to visit and we will visit there on day 6 of our tour this week. 

Our visit on day six includes the scenic cable car ride in Rapallo followed by another scenic guided walk.  Our day six visit does not include free time to explore the village, so if you wish to do so, you may wish to enjoy the scenic ferry from Portofino to Rapallo today, giving you the opportunity to explore lovely Rapallo at your leisure and then take the train back from there to Moneglia where our hotel is located.  The two main sites of Rapallo, which you may wish to visit if you make this deviation from Portofino today are - The 16th-century Castello sul Mare (Castle-on-the-Sea) is a scenic and prominent landmark in Rapallo, sitting as it does smack in the harbor. The sixth-century Basilica of Santi Gervasio e Protasio is also worth a visit.

Portofino at sunset 
A view of Portofino, with its yachts and colorful builds, set against the backdrop of panoramic greenery.

Meals included today: Breakfast


Day 5 – Wednesday May 24, 2023

Free day to relax, take optional walks, visit the two remaining villages of C.T. or visit nearby Portovenere or Genova

Today you will enjoy a full free day at your own leisure.  You may wish to walk to the nearby beach for a walk along the shore, or you may wish to take the short train ride back to one of the five villages of Cinque Terre and explore one or more of the villages at your own pace.  Each are connected by frequent trains and ferries. The two villages in the Cinque Terre which we did not visit on day three are Riomaggiore and Manarola.

 Riomaggiore is the southernmost village of the Cinque Terre.  It has lots of “Wow” factor, as the sight of houses clinging to its steep hills will immediately invoke this exclamation.  The town is also known for its locally produced wines.  It has lots of shops and restaurants.  A visit to this village should also include a brief stop to see the Church of San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist), a medieval church that oozes serenity on the hillside upon which it is built.

From our hotel in Moneglia, just take the scenic stroll of approx. 15 minutes to the train station and from there take the train approx. 45 minutes to Riomaggiorre.  The trains go approx. every 30-45 minutes and cost approx. $5

After enjoying the sights of Riomaggiore, you can take the frequent train, which takes only approx. three minutes to reach the village of Manorola, or the popular ferry boat which runs frequently throughout the day and offers a scenic means of transport between the villages and takes only shortly longer than the train, or you can take the popular short paved and flat Via dell Amore scenic walking trail which also connects the two villages.  (approx. half a mile long)

Like the other Cinque Terre villages, Manorola sits atop a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  It is the second smallest of the five villages and is the oldest. Manorola is filled with the same charming and colorful buildings as the other villages.  It too is known for its wines and its vineyards, as far back as Roman times.

Or for those with a desire to explore further, you might like to use the opportunity for some more sightseeing.  Genoa, the region’s capital city, home of Christopher Columbus and the largest aquarium in Europe, is a great choice for sightseeing. Alternatively, you could spend some time in the nearby town of Portovenere, referred to as being one of the stops in the "Bay of Poets"  or use the day to visit the beautiful town of Lucca, located further away.

To get to Portovenere, just walk to the Moneglia train station (approx. 15 minutes’ walk from our hotel). Take the train to Vernazza, one of the villages of the Cinque Terre that we visited on day three. The train takes approx.. 30  minutes, running approx. every 2 to 3 hours and costs approx.. $5  You can explore Vernazza further if you wish and then take the scenic ferry from Vernazza to Portovenere.  The ferry takes approx.. 1 hour, running approx.. every 2 hours and costs between $20 and $30 one way.

Or for anyone wishing to explore another scenic walking path at your leisure today, there are other trails which our local private walking guide or our hotel can direct you to, if you ask in the days prior to today’s free day. Two of the more popular are:

The Pass of Telegraph to  Biassa

This path is called "Via Lemmen" ("The Lemmen Way"). It connects Riomaggiore with the Montenero sanctuary, the path #1 (Telegrafo) and the hamlet of Biassa. You can take one of the two paths to reach Portovenere from Riomaggiore.

Difficulty: low*.
Length: 4 km / 2.5 miles.
Journey time: 1.30-2 hours each way.

  • SVA-590 (ex. 10). Monterosso  to The Cape of Mesco.

    A very popular path among tourists. It is the shortest way to reach San Antonio Monastery situated on the very beautiful Cape of Mesco from where you get a panoramic view over the entire Cinque Terre that cannot be explained in words.

    Difficulty: low*.
    Length: 2.2 km / 1.4 miles.
    Journey time: Round trip approx. two hours to 2.5 depending on your own pace.

Monterosso - Cape of Mesco
The view from the trail leading to the San Antonio Monastery 

Our suggested Cinque Terre plan for the free day, for those wishing to see more of the Cinque Terre villages:

Take the train from Moneglia/hotel to the village of Montorosso in Cinque Terre (22 minutes ), then take this approx. 1 hour scenic walk to the beautiful San Antonio monastery and back to Montorosso and then take the train from Montorosso to the two villages in Cinque Terre not visited on day three (Those are Manarola and Riomaggiore.  It takes only 17 minutes by train from Montorosso to Riomaggiore, (or a scenic ferry) where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch with a view of the sea and the cliffs while exploring Riomaggiore and then its only five minutes by train from there to Manarola) to visit those the last village that afternoon and then take the train back from Manarola to the hotel in Moneglia.(55 minutes from Manarola to Moneglia.                   A Visitor's Guide to Riomaggiore, Italy 
Scenes of Riomaggiore, our suggested lunch stop on today’s free day.

Meals included today: Breakfast


Day 6 Thursday May 25, 2023

We will enjoy a ride on the Montallegro cable car for fantastic views and then a guided walk down to the village of Chiavari. We will also enjoy an included wine tasting at the end of the day

This morning we will take a short included train ride to Rapallo and upon arrival in Rapallo we will then take the cable car up to the sanctuary of Montallegro (600 meters/ approx. 1800 feet). 
The stunning views from the cable car we will take from Rapallo to the sanctuary of Montallagro.


From here we will enjoy a brief visit to a beautiful cathedral perched at the top, before we set out on a walk through quiet woodland, catching glimpses of the Ligurian sea en route to the seaside town of Chiavari.

 Sitting on the Entella River where it empties into the sea, Chiavari has a fertile river plain that is surrounded by mountains until it reaches the Mediterranean.
The historic center is sprinkled with Genovese style palazzi, Renaissance buildings, fountains and gardens. Elegant arcades flank some of the edifices. The pastel-painted town looks sunny and festive next to the dazzling water. We will enjoy an included picnic lunch with a scenic view and then enjoy some free time to relax and explore the charming village of Chiavari.  We will together return to Moneglia by train (approx. 30-45 minutes) to relax along the indoor pool, sun deck and Jacuzzi at our hotel, or enjoy beach time directly across from our hotel.

Distance covered in today’s walk : 7 miles (11 km)

With a Total ascent at less than 1000 feet, today’s walk is considered relatively easy.  Nonetheless, for anyone not wishing to take the approx. 7 mile walk today, you can still enjoy the scenic cable car ride to the top with the rest of our group and enjoy the stunning cathedral at the top, and then enjoy at your own leisure, a drink or snack at the scenic restaurant located at the top, with a stunning view of the villages below.  Then, you can take the scenic cable car ride back down to the village, enjoy free time there for some great shopping opportunities and then take the train at a time of your own choosing, back to Moneglia for another free afternoon on the beach in front of our hotel if you wish.

Chiavari, Italy | Crystal Bruneau                     View of Chiavari   
Images of Chiavari      

In the early evening we will all have the chance to enjoy the local specialty at a well-deserved included wine tasting for everyone in our group, The tasting is located just a short walk from our hotel!

Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch (And the wine tasting!


Day 7 Friday May 26th, 2023

Return to the Cinque Terre area for another guided walk through new and glorious coastline and colorful villages

This morning we will head back to the famous Cinque Terre for our final guided walk along some of the quieter, alternative trails.  The exact path we will walk will be determined by our local walking guide, and today’s walk will offer different and again spectacular views of the coastline and its villages.  On today’s walk on last year’s trip, we had the opportunity to stop at a wine shop located right on the trail itself, offering a chance to purchase a glass and enjoy it at tables set up overlooking the most stunning view.  This is a most unique setting to enjoy this memorable experience for sure!

Meals included today: Breakfast

Distance covered today: 5 miles (8 km)  This is considered a relatively easy walk with not much elevation gain.

Day 8 Saturday May 27, 2023

End Moneglia

Our trip ends in Moneglia, after breakfast and we will be transferred back to the Pisa airport as a group.  All passengers should book a flight departing after 12:30pm, as our transport will arrive at the airport at approx. 10:15-10:30am.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Accommodation for our 7 night tour May 20-27,2023

Piccolo Hotel    This family-run hotel is ideally located directly across the street from the beach and from the bars and restaurants of the pretty town. All rooms are en suite (with private bathrooms) and hotel facilities include an indoor pool, sun terrace with Jacuzzi, and a restaurant. Wi-Fi is available in the rooms.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 packed lunches, 1 dinner and 1 wine tasting are included on our 7 day Walking Tour of Cinque Terre and Portofino.

Liguria is well-known for its delicious cuisine and classic regional dishes include pasta with pesto or walnut sauce, focaccia bread and of course plenty of seafood! With an abundance of fresh local produce and plenty of restaurants to try in Moneglia, food is a highlight of the trip. Vegetarians are well-catered for in Italy, but please inform us when booking.



The majority of transport on this trip will be using the excellent local train services. Please note that our hotel is a 15-minute walk to the local train station but rail journeys are no longer than 30-45 minutes each.Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

May departures can expect warm days (low 70s, ideal for walking). Nights may be rather cool.  As with any destination, there can be a chance of rain, so please pack for this possibility (although April through September is the generally considered the dry season in this region and when it does rain, it normally falls at night, thus not interfering with our daily walks).

Our mid-May dates offer the ideal temperature for our daily guided walks, with daytime averages around 70 degrees F)



  • 7 Nights’ accommodations at the Piccolo Hotel in Moneglia Italy, ideally located only a short walk from the beach directly across the street and from the bars/restaurants of the pretty town. All rooms are en suite (with private bathrooms) and hotel facilities include an indoor pool, sun terrace with Jacuzzi, and a restaurant. Wi-Fi is available in the rooms and in public areas.
  • Breakfast daily at our hotel
  • Picnic Lunch on days 2 and 6 along our scenic guided walks
  • Wine tasting at the end of the day on day 6
  • Guided daily walks with experienced professional local guides, as described in the trip itinerary
  • Trip escort from S.C.A.T.
  • Escorted transport from our hotel in Moneglia to the start point of our guided walks and from the end point back to our hotel, via public train.
  • Transport from the Pisa airport to our hotel in Moneglia on May 20th, 2023 and from our hotel in Moneglia back to the Pisa airport on May 27th, 2023 via private van.
  • 1 night accommodation at a hotel in Pisa on May 19th, with transport from our hotel in Pisa to the Pisa airport on May 20th to meet the local tour company guide for the included group transport from the Pisa airport to Moneglia, where we will enjoy our 7 night stay for our week’s walking tour



Tour cost: $2689 per person plus tax of $98 with a non-smoking roommate of the same gender assigned

Optional single room supplement: $479 (limit of only 2 single occupancy rooms at this rate and then 2 more at $579, so book very early if you wish one of them!)



          A deposit of $250 is required within 7 days of booking this tour, or $400 if requesting a roommate be assigned to you.

          The balance payment is not due until February 10th, 2023.



If you have traveled on any of our group trips before and are booking single occupancy, you can cancel for a full refund of your deposit if canceled by November 10th,, 2022

If you have traveled on any of our group trips before and are booking into a double occupancy room (with a roommate to be assigned or with a friend), you can cancel for a full refund of your deposit if canceling by Sept. 10th 2022

If you not have traveled on any of our group trips before and are booking single occupancy, you can cancel for a future trip credit in the full amount of your deposit, good for any trip on our site departing through the end of 2023, if you cancel by November 10th,  2022

If you not have traveled on any of our group trips before and are booking into a double occupancy room (with a roommate to be assigned or with a friend), you can cancel for a future trip credit in the full amount of your deposit, good for any trip on our site departing through the end of 2023 if you cancel by Sept. 10th, 2022