Cinque Terre Bike + Adventure Tour

The Italian Riviera: Home of the Happiest Villages on the Ligurian Sea

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $5,195Collection: +AdventureNon-Rider Options

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle the terraced vineyards high above the Cinque Terre, with sweeping views of the Ligurian Sea below
  • Breathe in the fragrance of fresh herbs collected from our friend Fausto’s garden for a cooking class at his unique home, restaurant, and gallery perched above Santa Margherita Ligure
  • Get acquainted by foot and rail with the five villages that comprise the Cinque Terre
  • Hike a scenic coastal trail along the peninsula of Portofino to lunch at the secluded San Fruttuoso abbey
  • Explore the Cinque Terre by sea on a private yacht, enjoying lunch onboard and swimming in the clear waters of a secluded cove

Eat

Fresh anchovies and frutti di mare, traditional pesto pasta, and focaccia

Drink

Cinque Terre’s easy-drinking white wine Vernaccia, sweet, golden Sciacchetrà, and reds from the Portofino region like Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, and Dolcetto

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Liguria

    Your guides will greet you at the Genoa Piazza Principe train station and whisk you to the seaside town of Camogli. Toast to 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, pedal through the maritime pines and coastal villas en route to the seaside town of Santa Margherita. Palm trees and pastel buildings skirt the cerulean sea as we ride to the picturesque harbor of Portofino and back to the hotel. Settle into your room, take a stroll around town, or swim in the sea before regrouping for dinner at a hidden restaurant with incredible views over the bay.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: San Rocco, Santa Margherita, Portofino
    Accomplished: 18 miles / 29 km, elevation gain: 421 meters; 45 minutes hiking
    Longer Option: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 1,117 meters
    Accommodations: Grand Hotel Miramare

  • Day 2

    San Fruttuoso and Cooking with Fausto

    We’ll start our day with a hike along the rocky coastline of this scenic peninsula. Our destination is the secluded 10th-century Abbey of San Fruttuoso, accessible only by foot or by boat. After lunch at Giorgio’s restaurant, ferry back to the hotel or challenge yourself with a hike back through the Parco Naturale di Portofino. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or exploring Santa Margherita. 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: 3-4 hours hiking
    Accommodations: Grand Hotel Miramare

  • Day 3

    The Olives of Sorlana

    Beginning from the port of Lavagna, pedal out of town to climb some coastal hills, spinning through a sea of olive trees on peaceful country lanes all the way to the seaside town of Sestri Levante. Stop for a coffee and check out the quaint old harbor before tackling the final push over the heights to Moneglia for a well-deserved lunch by the sea. Retreat to our hotel, a converted medieval monastery just a few blocks away, or stroll along the beach. Tonight, regroup for dinner at Edoardo’s restaurant and feast as the sun sinks into the sea.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Lavagna, Sorlana, Sestri Levante, Moneglia
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 861 meters
    Accommodations: Abbadia San Giorgio or La Rocca Maison de Charme

  • Day 4

    The Cinque Terre

    Today we ride the entire length of the Cinque Terre. Start by pedaling from Bonassola to Levanto on a bike path that’s been converted from an old railway tunnel. In Levanto, begin a scenic climb through vineyards and perched pastel villages, reaching a deeply forested ridgeline with views of the towering Apennine mountains. The true reward for this climb is the panoramic road that follows—high above the famous Cinque Terre, your bike is the best seat in the house. Our ride ends in Riomaggiore, the last of the five villages. From here, take the train straight back to Moneglia or spend some time exploring. Your guides are on hand to offer suggestions for how to spend the rest of your evening, including a few favorite picks for dinner on your own.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Bonassola, Levanto, Volastra, Riomaggiore
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 1,113 meters
    Longer Option: 42 miles / 67 km, elevation gain: 1,967 meters
    Accommodations: Abbadia San Giorgio or La Rocca Maison de Charme

  • Day 5

    Bikes and Boats in Portovenere

    Say goodbye to Moneglia as we depart the hotel, riding up and out of town to conquer the Passo del Bracco. This route was part of the network of ancient Roman roads through the mountains—it’s been traversed by popes, kings, writers, and countless armies over the centuries. We’ll join the ranks of pilgrims, enjoying the views before a long descent back to the coast. By the sea, we’ll trade our bikes for a boat and spend the rest of the day exploring the Cinque Terre from the water. We’ll have lunch on board and moor in a private cove for a swim, then dock right at the doorstep of our final hotel in the fishing village of Portovenere. This evening, toast to our week together and dine above the harbor, stealing one last glimpse of the Cinque Terre’s cheerful colors.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Reggimonti, Bonassola, Levanto
    Accomplished: 22 miles / 35 km, elevation gain: 923 meters
    Accommodations: Grand Hotel Portovenere

  • Day 6

    Goodbye to the Italian Riviera

    Wake this morning rested in Portovenere and relax over a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Say ciao to this region however you prefer: perhaps lingering at the hotel, or taking one last stroll around town. Your guides will send you off to your next destination from the La Spezia train station.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Milan or Genoa, Italy Pick-Up Location: Genoa Piazza Principe Station Pick-Up Time: 10:45 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Milan or Genoa, Italy Drop-Off Location: La Spezia Train Station Drop-Off Time: 12:15 pm
Travelers Take Note

Hiking shoes are recommended for the hikes on this tour. We suggest hiking boots or trail shoes with good traction. You may also find moisture-wicking clothing or a daypack useful, but not required.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2019Single Supplement From: $650
2020Single Supplement From: $1,100

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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