Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera Bike Tour

  • Region: Italy
  • Destination: Liguria
  • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
  • Level: Active
  • Price From: $5095
  • Single Supplement: $1400
Tour Dates
May 8 - May 13, 2016 $5095 Book Now
Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2016 $5095 Book Now
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Cycle the sun-drenched coastline of the Italian Riviera on our Cinque Terre Bike Tour. Saunter along paths that lead to secluded ports and fishing villages. Meditate with a glass of local wine in the serene splendor of our medieval cloister hotel. Savor Liguria’s signature pesto pasta and fresh seafood. You’ll delight in a visit to the quirky hilltop restaurant of our friend Fausto as he teaches us how to cook like a local. The Italian Riviera beckons for you to relax along her private beaches and cycle on her undiscovered roads with unparalleled vistas of fishing villages and the azure seas below.


Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Liguria
Welcome to the Italian Riviera! Your guides will greet you at the Genoa Piazza Principe train station and whisk you away to the seaside town of Camogli. We’ll toast the beginning of our trip and set off on a short hike to a hidden village for lunch at our favorite local trattoria. After a bike fitting, safety talk, and map review, we’ll pedal past maritime pines and coastal villas as we make our way to the seaside town of Santa Margherita. Palm trees and pastel buildings skirt the cerulean sea as we ride the final kilometers to our hotel in Portofino. Settle into your room, take a stroll around town, swim at our private beach, and get ready for dinner overlooking the sea.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: San Rocco, Santa Margherita, Paraggi
Accomplished: 10 miles / 15 km, elevation gain: 314 meters (longer options available) and 45-minute hike
Accommodations: Eight Hotel Portofino

Day Two: Portofino Kayaking and Cooking with Fausto
We’ll begin our day with a kayak excursion along the rocky coastline of this scenic peninsula. Paddle into the picturesque bay of Portofino; then round the point to explore the inaccessible cliffs and stop for a swim in a secluded bay. Returning to the hotel, spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or exploring Portofino. This evening we’ll visit our friend Fausto at his restaurant/home/cartoon gallery in the hills above Santa Margherita for an entertaining cooking class and Ligurian dinner using the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Portofino, San Fruttuoso, Santa Margherita
Accomplished: Kayaking and Swimming in the Parco Naturale di Portofino
Accommodations: Eight Hotel Portofino

Day Three: Portofino to Moneglia
Begin riding from the port of Lavagna. Pedaling out of town, we’ll climb into the coastal hills and ride through an ocean of olive trees on peaceful country lanes before returning to the coast for lunch in the seaside town of Sestri Levante. The gorgeous Passo del Bracco awaits as we spin over the heights to Moneglia and our hotel, a converted medieval monastery. Relax in the cloister or stroll down to the beach before regrouping for dinner at the town’s coolest restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Lavagna, Sorlana, Sestri Levante, Moneglia
Accomplished: 22 miles / 35.5 km, elevation gain: 427 meters
Accommodations: Abbadia San Giorgio

Day Four: Levanto and the Sea​
Ride high above Moneglia to the heights of the Bracco Pass before a sweeping descent into Bonassola, just to the north of the Cinque Terre. The route offers stunning views of the Mediterranean that give way to tall stands of coastal pines. Explore the old railway tunnels converted into bike paths and enjoy a quick ocean dip at our favorite hidden beach. After lunch at a local trattoria in Levanto, we will hop on a private boat for a relaxed cruise past all the Cinque Terre villages, with plenty local history, gossip, and wit provided by Stefano, our inimitable captain. The evening will be yours to further explore the Cinque Terre as you see fit. Your guides can offer excellent dinner suggestions.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Reggimonti, Bonassola, Levanto
Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 793 meters
Accommodations: Abbadia San Giorgio

Day Five: The Cinque Terre Hike
It’s the end of the week and we’ve saved the best for last. A short train ride will take us to Manarola, one of the five famed villages of the Cinque Terre. From here, follow the ancient trails that once connected the inhabitants to the rest of the world. Vineyards cling to the hillsides high above the sea to produce some of the world’s rarest wines which we will sample at lunch with a local producer. After lunch, continue the hike back to the sea and the next Cinque Terre village of Corniglia with its pastel houses perched on a cliff. From here it’s a quick train ride back to the hotel, where we’ll relax before our final dinner together with our friend Edoardo at his restaurant, enjoying the fabulous sunset over the sea.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Volastra, Riomaggiore
Accomplished: Hiking the Cinque Terre

Day Six: Goodbye to the Italian Riviera
Wake up this morning in the relaxed atmosphere of Moneglia. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel and say ciao to the Italian Riviera however you see fit, lounging at the hotel or taking an optional spin. Your guides will see you off at the Moneglia train station as you head on to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast