Getting There

Parking and Transfers:
We do not recommend driving to the Cinque Terre due to the scarcity of parking spots in the vicinity of Corniglia. If you do drive and manage to find a spot expect to pay at least EUR100 for the week.

By Train:
For timetables to Corniglia see the Trenitalia website. Corniglia station is located between La Spezia and Genoa. Trains on the ‘main lines’ as well as numerous regional trains do not stop there. From La Spezia, a regional train on the La Spezia to Sestri Levante line takes around 15 minutes to reach Corniglia (approx. one train every hour during the day).

By Air:
The closest international airports are Genoa, Pisa or Milan. From the airport Milan Malpensa (MXP) there are express trains every 30 minutes (taking 45 minutes) to Milano Centrale, or alternatively a shuttle bus service also operates direct to the central rail station. From here you follow the train instructions above. Genoa Airport – take the Volabus service (hourly departures) to Stazione Principe F.S. – journey time approximately 20 minutes. From there take a train to Corniglia (journey time 1.5-2.5 hours depending on train type) Pisa Airport – take a train to the main train station in Pisa, then change to a local train to La Spezia, and another change to Corniglia. Journey will take around 1 ½ hrs.

Dietary Restrictions

Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater to vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances) for the group meals. Please note that options may be limited in some locations or alternatives may be more expensive or unavailable. We are unable to guarantee a peanut-free or allergen-free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travelers with life-threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. Passengers must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self-administering these medications.

Note on daily walking tours

While the daily treks will be led by the tour leaders, the routes themselves will present new adventure for everyone. The hope is that all participants will be involved and be prepared to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. We’ll be map reading, referring to route notes and relying on our collective good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!). Sometimes route finding, losing our way, finding it again and asking the locals for help will be part of the adventure. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with walking treks, however with a methodical approach potential problems will be averted.

Pre-trip Instructions

After securing your spot on the trip, you’ll receive a variety of information that will include pre-departure information, travel specifics and forms, route maps and updates and links to interesting info about the region.


Accommodations are in a studio apartment in Corniglia suitable for up to 2 guests. You can upgrade to a duplex studio suitable for up to 3 adults and 1 child, or a 2 bedroom apartment for up to 4 adults (Please note - 2 bedroom apartments cannot be booked in twin bedded configurations). Discounted rates apply for the 3rd and 4th person. The studio apartments are self-catering and contain basic cooking facilities.



Dates: June 11 – June 17, 2018

Cost: $1400 per person for double occupancy; $1775 per person for single occupancy

Register: Complete and submit the online registration form by November 15, 2017. Additional information (Registration Part II) is required. Forms will be sent to those who make a deposit.

Deposit: A deposit of $500 per person by Dec. 8, 2017.


Fast Facts

Visas and Passports

Visas not required for citizens of USA or Canada. Please ensure your passport is up-to-date and is stamped on arrival.


Italian summers are hot. From late June to September, highs of 95 degrees Fahrenheit are common. Spring and autumn are the nicest times of year. Specifically, April to early June and September to October are the most pleasant months to walk. Average daytime highs are around 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Special Gear Needed

Wet weather gear, sunscreen, good walking boots/shoes and sun hat - walking poles optional but recommended. (A comprehensive packing list will be included in the pre-departure information.)


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