The Italian Riviera: Portofino & Cinque Terre 3 Day Adventure


The Italian Riviera: Portofino & Cinque Terre 3 Day Adventure

  • 3 Days
  • Small Group Size
  • April - October

Embark on an unforgettable 3-day adventure along the enchanting Italian Riviera, featuring exclusive access to Cinque Terre’s National Park. Guided by our dynamic Italy on a Budget Tour Leaders, delve deep into local culture through immersive experiences such as a hands-on Pesto Class, leisurely hikes, and insider recommendations. Immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, tantalizing cuisine, and unforgettable memories against the backdrop of the sparkling Ligurian Sea, all while forging new connections and friendships


Price Includes

  • 2 nights accommodation in our favorite hostel/B&b in La Spezia
  • Local & fun Tour leader for an engaging experience
  • Cinque Terre Card
  • Access to Cinque Terre National Park
  • Return Bus & Ferry tickets to Portofino
  • Orientation walk of Portofino
  • Hands on Pesto Class experience
  • Optional boat tour & activities
  • Local info & tips
  • Limoncino & local products Tasting
  • Assistance pre-departure


  • Experience the beauty of Cinque Terre up close with privileged access to its stunning national park.
  • Embark on easy hikes through picturesque landscapes, offering breathtaking views of the Italian Riviera and the Ligurian Sea.
  • Learn the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine with a fun and interactive pesto-making class led by local experts
  • Unwind and soak up the sun at Monterosso Beach
  • Spice up your itinerary with optional boat tour to Portofino and kayaking escapades
  • Create lasting memories as you explore charming towns, enjoy leisurely strolls along the coastline, and forge new friendships along the way.


Day 1Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino & Monterosso

Welcome to the vibrant city of La Spezia, our starting point for this exciting journey! As the second-largest city in Liguria after Genoa, La Spezia serves as the perfect gateway to the enchanting UNESCO Sites of Cinque Terre full of charming streets and cozy trattorias for a taste of authentic Ligurian cuisine.
Join the group and your tour leader in the morning to embark on a scenic train ride to our first destination, the picturesque village of Santa Margherita Ligure,, a charming coastal town with vibrant atmosphere on the Italian Riviera coastline
From there, we’ll board a boat to the renowned Portofino, a colorful oasis beloved by celebrities and jet setters alike. Enjoy some leisure time exploring this iconic destination and treat yourself to delicious gelato while strolling around “Piazzetta.”

After our warm welcome in Cinque Terre, we’ll hop on the train to Monterosso, the largest village in the Cinque Terre area, to spend the afternoon relaxing on the expansive beach, sipping local limoncino (yes, limoncino and with us you’ll know why!) while awaiting the breathtaking sunset.
In the evening, we’ll return to La Spezia for an optional group dinner, concluding our memorable day together.

Day 2360° Cinque Terre Adventure; Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola

Rise and shine for an action-packed day in Cinque Terre! We’ll hop on the train to Corniglia, perched atop a mountain with breathtaking views of the sea. We’ll warm up with a stretch by climbing the 382 stairs to reach the village center. After a short briefing, we’ll begin our easy and panoramic 1h and a half of trekking along the Azul Trail toward Vernazza. 

After a lunch break in Vernazza to refuel our engines and power up with the famous fried seafood cone & focaccia, we’ll have some time to relax at the beach before heading to a traditional winery for a hands-on pesto-making experience to learn the secrets of the Italian cuisine to bring back home. Get ready to indulge in a tasting of Cinque Terre wines and Ligurian oils, accompanied by the renowned Ligurian focaccia. It’s a truly local experience you won’t forget!

Our adventure continues to the little town of Manarola for breathtaking panoramic vistas known for its picturesque harbor and colorful buildings cascading down the rugged cliffsides. The village is also a part of the famous Via dell’Amore, or “Lover’s Lane,” a scenic coastal path that connects Manarola to Riomaggiore.

We’ll wrap up the day in Riomaggiore. Here, you can opt for an exhilarating kayak excursion or simply relax with a sunset aperitivo by the coast. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Day 3Porto Venere - Free time in the afternoon

On the third day of our tour, we head to Porto Venere, the final stop of our adventure. Upon arrival, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore and indulge in whatever activities your heart desires. Whether it’s soaking up the sun on the pristine beaches, wandering through the charming streets lined with colorful houses, or savoring delicious local cuisine at waterfront restaurants, the choice is yours. Enjoy this leisurely afternoon in Porto Venere before we bid farewell to the enchanting Italian Riviera.

And if you need assistance planning your next Italian adventure, our team is here to help. La Spezia offers convenient connections to Milan, Florence, and Pisa, ensuring your travels continue seamlessly. Buon Viaggio!


Meeting Point

You can arrive in La Spezia whenever it is best for you. We meet in the morning in La Spezia at 11:00 am. All final details will be sent by email.


2 nights in La Spezia. You have the option to select your preferred room type at our recommended accommodation or opt for the ‘Tour Only Option’ if you prefer to arrange your own lodging while still joining us for the tour.

Additional Info

  • The tour is confirmed with a min of 6 participants. If it’s canceled due to not meeting the minimum requirement, you will be offered an alternative date or experience.
  • Please note that while the Pesto class can accommodate vegetarian requests, it may not be suitable for vegan participants.

Some main information about the hike:

  • Time for walking: 1 hour 30 minutes | Distance: 3,2 km (2 miles) | Max height: 220 metres (720 ft.). | Difficulty level: simple.


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