Tuscany and the Cinque Terre

From Medieval Hill Towns to Seaside Villages

Trip Level

This trip is Level 3, Moderate. The hikes vary from 2 to 5 miles on trails that traverse a mix of terrain, from country roads with rolling hills in the southern part of Tuscany to rocky and steep sections on the coastal paths in Liguria (parts of certain trails are ancient stone staircases, and they can be quite steep). Although you carry only a daypack on the hikes, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail. Our van usually meets us at midday, bringing a wonderful picnic lunch of local breads, cheeses, fruits, and wines. On “town” days we will have lunch at local cafes. Our luggage is transported for us by van, so it is always possible to ride in the van if you wish to opt out of a day's hiking.

Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

We spend most nights in small, picturesque inns, full of Italian charm and ambiance. All hotels are chosen for their local history and central location. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms may not conform to the international standards that you may be accustomed to in more cosmopolitan areas. We hope that you will be able to enjoy them for their charm and local color. Our leaders always try to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested, but are not always available, due to the limited space in some of our hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible. European single rooms are often smaller than those in the US.


The weather in Tuscany and Cinque Terre in late spring and early fall is usually very pleasant, with temperatures in the 70s (80s in Tuscany) during the day and in the 50s and 60s at night. There can be cool breezes or showers at any time during these seasons.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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