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
Portovenere Boat ride
Bonasola by Bike or Walking (2-hour bike rental included), easy paved flat trail
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 with is 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.
Thursday, April 18, I leave SLC approx. 8:40 PM
Friday, April 19: Day 1 - travel day
Saturday, April 20 Day 2 - Meet the group inside Milan MXP Airport, 12 Noon, travel to Levanto by train OR if you prefer to meet us in Levanto that works.
Sunday, April 21 Day 3 - La Spezia and Levanto
Monday, April 22 Day 4 - Monterosso al Mare
Tuesday, April 23 Day 5 - Manarola & Corniglia
Wednesday, April 24 Day 6 - Vernazza, Riomaggiore
Thursday, April 25 Day 7 - Porto Venere
Friday, April 26 Day 8 - Bonassola, Levanto
Saturday, April 27 Day 9 - 9 AM Check Out. The trip officially ends at this point. From Levanto some will travel on to other parts of Europe or depart for home. Those who choose to travel to Rome with me will arrive around 2 PM. If you need assistance with purchasing your train ticket back to Milan let me know. You will need to stay in a hotel near the airport Saturday night before flying out the next morning since most US bound flights leave in the morning. We can recommend a hotel near the airport as well.
Sunday, April 28 Day 10 - Rome
Monday, April 29 Day 11- Rome
Tuesday, April 30 Day 12 - Rome, Travel back to Milan
Wednesday, May 1 Day 13 - Depart for 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 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 (see below)
5:30 - 7 PM - Prepare and eat an Italian Dinner in our home or dine out on your own if you like, brief meeting reviewing the following day's activities
7:00 - 10:00 PM - Free time
Boat ride to Porto Venere
Walking along the beach
Visiting historical sites including castles
Experiencing the unique, inviting Italian Culture
Condo in Levanto, 2 minute walk from the beach
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 experience
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 to help with easy meal preparation and cleanup.
European Breakfast Buffet may include:
Local pastries & breads
Sack Lunches may include:
Casual Italian Dinners may include:
Fish w/ potatoes
A variety of local breads and cheese
Daily Fresh Salad Bar w/ assorted toppings and dressings
Boat ride to Portovenere
Rated Easy - Moderate
Hiking and biking are optional. Participants should be able to walk a minimum of 1 - 2 miles/day. There are several ways to experience the beautiful Italian region via walking, bike riding, train riding and hiking. A light back pack is sufficient.
Travel insurance, https://www.travelexinsurance.com/ - not included
Make a copy of your passport
We are always watching the weather conditions, especially as we get close to this trip. Since all of our activities are outdoor related, safety is always our top priority. We are subject to itinerary changes due to circumstances beyond our control.
COMMUNICATION while on the trip:
Walkie Talkies may be used by guides
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.
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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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