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Cinque Terre & Tuscany

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Our small group walking tour of the Cinque Terre & Tuscany is a journey of diversity between land and sea. Explore the historic hill-towns of Etruscan Tuscany, admire fresco paintings in their original settings and look up at the skylines of medieval towers. Walk along an ancient system of footpaths connecting fishing villages snuggled into coves, past churches clinging to the rocks, through terraced vineyards, lemon orchards and olive groves overlooking the azure Mediterranean sea.

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Discover Cinque Terre & Tuscany with Caspin Journeys

PICK UP: Florence Airport
DROP OFF: La Spezia station or Florence Airport* (*by prior agreement)


Our small group walking tour to Tuscany & Cinque Terre combines the leisurely footpaths and undulating hills of Tuscany between the walled medieval cities of San Gimignano, Volterra and Lucca and the breathtaking coastal hiking between the five tiny villages of the Cinque Terre. A week of diversity between land and sea: historic Etruscan hill-towns, fresco paintings in original settings, skylines of medieval towers, fishing villages snuggled into coves, churches clinging to the rocks, an ancient system of footpaths through terraced vineyards, lemon orchards and olive groves.

The beautiful land of Tuscany is rich in culture and heritage and a man-made garden of vineyards and olive groves. Etruscan, Roman and Medieval cultures have left indelible marks on the architecture of towns like San Gimignano, Volterra and Lucca.

The Cinque Terre is like a balcony with an endless view of the Mediterranean Sea, running along a narrow curved stretch of coastline of northwest Italy, known as Liguria. Faced by the sea and protected by the Maritime Alps, this region includes gems like Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso and Portovenere and is fondly known as the Golfo dei Poeti.

There are many special features which capture the diversity of these two regions and a wonderful variety of gourmet delights; the traditional country cooking and fine red wines of Tuscany and the coastal cuisine of Liguria for fish, pesto and crisp white wine.

Join us for a wonderful variety of hiking, sightseeing and dining in central Italy.

If you would like to speak with us to know more about our Cinque Terre & Tuscany Walking Tour, please write us an email or call 800.908.1980. We would be happy to hear from you and help you planning your next adventure!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

 

  • 2 experienced guides 24/7
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per itinerary
  • Wine, water & coffee with meals
  • All accommodations
  • All gratuities for hotel porters and waiters
  • Minibus transport from start to finish
  • Entrance fees to museums, events and parks as listed on itinerary
  • Local specialist guiding fees
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Flights
  • Transfer to the meeting point
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Single room accommodations
  • 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Minibar
  1. San Gimignano 8 km

    We meet at 12.30 in Florence airport and travel to the Vernaccia wine country for a picnic and a panoramic walk, arriving mid-afternoon in San Gimignano. You will love the beauty of this little town, without any doubts the most picturesque medieval hill town in Tuscany with 14 medieval towers silhouetted on the skyline.

    Settle into your hotel and then head out into town at dusk for a stroll after all the tourists have gone. Get to know the others in your group at the welcome dinner.

    Meals: Dinner
    Walk: 2hrs / 8km

  2. San Gimignano - Castelvecchio - Volterra 14.5 km

    We follow gravel roads across open country with olive groves and vineyards leaving San Gimignano behind us on the skyline.

    We arrive for a tasty lunch of local fare at a small family run winery.

    Then a shady wooded trail follows an ancient path to the ruins of an abandoned fortified medieval village hidden in the forest and through a national park towards Volterra arriving in time to enjoy a well earned gelato!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Walk: 4 hrs / 14.5 km

     

  3. Volterra - Pisa - Lucca 2 km Guided city walking tour

    Walking tour of the historical heart of Volterra with free time to enjoy the many art galleries and alabaster workshops.

    A short drive up the Tyrrhenian coast to a small hill town overlooking the sea for lunch and then on for a visit to Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli and Leaning Tower.

    We arrive late afternoon at our hotel in the charming walled city of Lucca. Tonight is totally casual – traditional local food!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Walk: 1.5 hrs guided city walk

     

  4. Lucca 4 km city walls

    Free time to enjoy Lucca after introductory walk around the city walls. A graceful Tuscan city of intriguing and discrete charm, Lucca is a city of music and the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Encircled by a 4 km ring of renaissance walls which act as an elevated garden boulevard you can stroll or bicycle along, with a bird’s eye view all around. The streets and squares are pedestrian and there are many Romanesque churches, hand-made products and classy boutiques to enjoy.

    We meet early evening to enjoy an aperitif, an hour of opera music and dinner in a local restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast  / Dinner
    Walk: 1 hr / 4 km walk on city walls

  5. Carrara marble caves & Levanto to Monterosso Feels like 11 km

    We leave the verdant Lucca valley behind and head into the mountains to tour the exciting Fantiscritti marble caves & museum where Michelangelo found a perfect white slab for his ’David’! They are still active and situated at 1000 meters above the sea! new in 2020.

    In the afternoon we climb the quiet trail from the coastal town of Levanto and go over a magnificent headland to admire extensive panoramas before descending on foot into the most northern village of the Cinque Terre, Monterosso. On arrival, take off your boots, cool your feet in the sea or change in our nearby hotel and swim. Then sit and a enjoy a gelato or a glass local Sciacchetra wine.

    Meals: Breakfast  / Lunch / Dinner
    Walk: Elev. +/- 315 mt / 4 hrs

  6. Cinque Terre Trails Feels like 9 km

    Today the magic of the Cinque Terre begins, with a breathtaking succession of land and sea. Man and nature have worked together for thousands of years. The exhilarating Cinque Terre is made up of ancient stone stairways linking high, terraced vineyards.

    We begin in Monterosso and walk to Vernazza, a picturesque, bustling town where you can explore before lunch. In the afternoon we can reach other towns by train. Manarola has long, narrow streets with fishing boats resting on the pavements. Corniglia is a village with Roman origins and sits on a high promontory overlooking the sea. Back in Monterosso’s charming old town in the afternoon, you are free to relax or walk out for dinner to taste the local dishes in the atmospheric restaurants in town.

    Meals: Breakfast  / Lunch
    Walk: Elev.+/- 250 mt / 3-5 hrs* (*depending on erosion)

  7. Telegrafo Pass to Portovenere Feels like 16 km (lots of down!)

    We walk a beautiful section of the high trail above the Cinque Terre with pine, oak and chestnut woods, remote villages and churches overlooking the sea. The trail undulates as it snakes along the contours and then descends steeply (incredible views) to reach the Roman-Byzantine town of Portovenere, a picturesque town and a delightful place to stroll around. In the evening we get together to enjoy a farewell dinner party.

    Option: If you do not wish to walk today you can take the ferry to Portovenere* (*weather permitting) or simply enjoy the views from the minibus.

    Meals: Breakfast  / Lunch / Dinner
    Walk: Elev. +100/-600 mt / 5 hrs

  8. Day 8 Departure from La Spezia

    10.00 scheduled drop off at La Spezia train station to continue your journey. On request, we can usually also drop off at Florence airport before midday.
    If you wish, we can help you to extend your stay or make other independent departure arrangements such as early taxis to Pisa/Florence airports.

    Meals: Breakfast

Get lost in the beauty of Tuscany

Discover the Cinque Terre breathtaking paths

Accommodation Standard

Accommodations are an important point of your overall holiday experience. One of our first thought is to find and choose the best hotel and b&b solutions, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you comfortably settled in a space that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm.

When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms and wherever possible, we arrange for stays close to the places you most dream of seeing like historically iconic, coveted high-design or supremely located at the edge of a wilderness.

Take a closer look at some of the properties we have chosen for your next Caspin Journeys holiday!

Tuscany & Cinque TerreSome of the dream hotels you will find on this tour
Hotel Antico Pozzo
Hotel Palme
Hotel Paradiso
  1. HOW CAN I ENQUIRE FOR THIS TOUR?

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  2. CAN I PAY A DEPOSIT FIRST AND PAY THE REST LATER?

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  3. CAN I PAY USING BANK TRANSFER?

    Yes, absolutely!
    Here are our bank details:

    EURO payments:

    • Account: Caspin Journeys Ltd, 65 Randall Rd, Kenilworth, CV8 1JX, United Kingdom
    • IBAN: BE39 9670 5104 6719
    • BIC / SWIFT: TRWIBEB1XXX
    • Bank Address: TransferWise Europe SA, Avenue Marnix 13-17, Brussels, 1000 Belgium

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    • Account: Caspin Journeys Ltd, 65 Randall Rd, Kenilworth, CV8 1JX, United Kingdom
    • Account no. 91437267, Sort code 40-26-04
    • IBAN: GB54HBUK40260491437267
    • BIC / SWIFT: HBUKGB4104W
    • Bank Address: HSBC Bank Plc, 46 the Square Kenilworth, CV8 1EA

    Don’t hesitate to call us 1-800 -9081980 for any questions. We would be happy to assist you with your booking!

  4. WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY TO?

    We recommend you fly to Florence Airport.

    Pick up & Drop off for this tour are from Florence Airport.

    We can also drop you off at Monterosso train station if you wish to continue your travels from there.

    If you plan on arriving a few days early and will not be flying in on pick up day, contact us and we can work together to arrange a more convenient pick up location for you.