The Cinque Terre, a World Heritage Site, is a group of century-old seaside villages perched on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. It’s a magical, Mediterranean, peaceful, paradise that has a very international flavor. Explore this region by hiking, biking, boating, walking and riding the train. Located on the Ligurian Sea, southeast of Genoa, are sheer rocky coastlines, fishing villages, hidden coves, medieval fortresses, vineyards, gardens, olive trees and dramatic cliffs in several small coastal towns. Our final three days (an add-on to this trip) is spent in Rome. Among other places we'll visit the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple that recently opened!
04/19/2019 - 05/01/2019
Cost to attend
- 8 nights lodging in Levanto, near the Cinque Terre
21 meals (8 B, 5 L, 8 D)
4 day Unlimited Train Pass into the Cinque Terre
Palmaria Island Boatride
Bonasola by Bike or Walking (2-hour bike rental included), easy paved flat trail
Portofino Train ride
- Experienced guide
- Italian speaking assistant guide
Daily planned activities from sunrise to sunset
Pre-trip in-person meeting, also details sent via email
Assistance in finding and/or booking airfare
Assistance in finding a roommate, if needed
Meet us in Milan, Italy, Malpensa MXP Airport OR meet us in Levanto
Additional Rental equipment
Deposit Required for Reservation – $500 per person
Single Supplement – additional $500 - Eliminate this cost if you will share a room with a same gender roommate that is assigned to you.
Pay by check, cash or credit card via paypal and Venmo
If paying by Credit Card Fee, there is a 3.5% fee (applies only to the final payment – pay by check to avoid it)
Passports are required
Full payment due 90 days before departure.
Cancellation charges: non-refundable after deposit is made
Cancellation charges: non-refundable after final payment is made
Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Rapallo, Levanto, Bonesola, Palmaria Island, La Spezia, w/ 3 day Rome Add On, optional
April 19 - 28, 2019 Cinque Terre Region - $2899/person/double occupancy
April 28 - May 1, 2019 Rome, Italy - ADD ON - $499/person/dbl occ.
Friday, April 19: Day 1 - Fly to Milan
Saturday, April 20 Day 2 - Meet us in the Milan MXP Airport at 12 Noon, Milan time, then travel as a group to Levanto by train.
Sunday, April 21 Day 3 - La Spezia, Levanto
Monday, April 22 Day 4 - Monterosso
Tuesday, April 23 Day 5 - Monarola & Corniglia
Wednesday, April 24 Day 6 - Vernaza, Rio Maggiore
Thursday, April 25 Day 7 - Portovenere
Friday, April 26 Day 8 - Bonasola
Saturday, April 27 Day 9 - Check out by 9 AM. Say goodbye to everyone since we'll be going in different directions. Travel to Milan by train. Arrive in Milan by 2 PM. (3 - 4 hours. I'm including extra time). Fly out after 4 PM or stay overnight and fly out early the next morning.... OR travel to Rome leaving Levanto at 9 AM.
Sunday, April 28 Day 10 - Most of the flights to the US leave early in the morning so you may need to stay in Milan the night before. If you want suggestions on hotels close to the airport, let me know. We have our favorites.
Monday, April 29 Day 11- Rome
Tuesday, April 30 Day 12 - Rome
Wednesday, May 1 Day 13 - Flight home from Rome or take a train back to Milan and fly home.
Flights start at $1008 RT
Sheryl McGlochlin - Experienced guide & host
Trevor McGlochlin - Experienced, Italian-speaking guide & host
6:30 - 7:15 AM - Early morning sunrise walk through the quiet city, optional
7:15 - 8:15 AM - Breakfast buffet, prepare a sack lunch or eat out on your own
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Daily activities
5:30 - 7 PM - Prepare and eat an Italian Dinner in our home or dine out on your own dime if you like, brief meeting to review next day’s activities
7:00 - 10:00 PM - Free time
Italian Villas in Levanto
The above itinerary is a sample of how we help our guests receive the most from this trip. You are not required to participate in every activity, every day. If you prefer to slow down and take it easy on any given day, you are invited to do so. Our trips offer options for a variety of physical abilities and skills so everyone may stay within their own comfort level.
MEALS & FOOD:
Opportunities to learn and practice valuable cooking skills from other cultures.
As I travel, my lodging always includes a well-equipped kitchen. Opportunities to cook for and feed people in distant lands is a fun thing to do! Switzerland, Denmark, Iceland, Caribbean, Hawaii, Italy, and many locations in the US along with primitive camping settings have been rewarding and memorable. Cooking Dutch Oven Dinners are also fun! Being able to quickly observe and assess local resources and products available is an engaging activity for those who want to participate. Asking for help in a grocery store, learning from local chefs and from guests who travel with us are all great resources. Guests are able to customize their meals in our home rather than in a restaurant since many of our entrees are served “buffet style”, allowing you to pick and choose what you want to eat. We also look forward to dining out the first and last night.
Each day we enjoy:
A European Breakfast Buffet in our Villa
A casual, communal dining style
Dine out on your own during the week, if you prefer (not included in the price)
Meals included on the trip begin with a take-out lunch as we gather at the airport, on the day of arrival and end with breakfast on day of departure.
Non-alcoholic, alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the price.
Those w/ food allergies or food restrictions may receive assistance if requested in advance.
Guests are invited and encouraged to help with easy meal preparation and cleanup.
European Breakfast Buffet includes:
Local pastries & breads
Casual Italian Dinners may include:
Fish w/ potatoes
A variety of local breads and cheese
Daily Fresh Salad Bar w/ assorted toppings and dressings
Yoga on the beach
Walking along the beach
Visiting historical sites including castles
Experiencing the unique Italian Culture
GROUND TRANSPORTATION includes:
Rated Easy - Moderate
Hiking and biking are optional. Walking at least 4 - 5 hours is required each day (with breaks along the way). At least 6 miles. Guests should be able to be active outdoors much of the time however we use a variety of creative ways to get around and plenty of options to sit and take a rest. Participants who plan to hike should be able to comfortably hike between 4 - 8 hours a day with at least 1000 ft elevation gain. There are several ways to experience the beautiful Italian region through walking, bike riding, train and hiking. A light back pack will be sufficient each day.
Travel insurance, https://www.travelexinsurance.com/
Make a copy of your passport
Observe weather conditions on your own for this time of year in this region by going online, however, a few weeks before departure we watch weather patterns very closely. Since all of our activities are outdoor related, safety is always our number one priority. We are subject to itinerary changes due to circumstances beyond our control.
COMMUNICATION while on the trip:
Walkie Talkies used by guides and assistants
At least one month prior to departure, you’ll receive an invitation to attend a pre-trip meeting in Salt Lake City. It’s designed for those who would like to visit with us in person and ask any final questions. We realize many are unable to attend such a meeting so all details are sent via email to all guests. Please feel free to ask any questions anytime via text, email or phone.
Be fluid and flexible - all outdoor adventures are subject to weather conditions beyond our control i.e. weather, road and trail conditions.
Be a contributor. We’ve discovered clients who are the happiest and most pleasant to be around are those who make an effort to get to know others and help others if needed, in a variety of ways, whether they’re on a hiking trail or in the kitchen. It’s a very attractive quality to discover in someone!
Be one who loves variety! There may be a constant transition to new places and different activities but it’s all good! Whether it’s transportation, meals, or activities, we thrive on variety!
SHARING PHOTOS AT THE END OF THE TRIP:
You’ll receive an invitation to open a shared folder on Google Drive. Once inside, each client will find a folder with their name on it. Upload your photos in your folder. You also have access to each others photos.
Learn more about Sheryl and her desire to help people be active outdoors at Liveandthrive.com. View her images, quotes, testimonials, events and information to better understand who she is and why you would want to be part of her adventure trips.
Equipment or Gear
Trekking Poles, optional
Short & long pants
Short & long sleeve shirts
Favorite electronic devices
Backup memory cards
International electrical outlets
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