Cycling the Italian Riviera: from Portofino to Cinque Terre

About this trip

A cycling tour which allows you to discover the most picturesque villages of the Italian Riviera such as Portofino, Camogli, Cinque Terre reaching as far as the wildest side of the Ligurian hinterland.

A tour where lush vegetation, pastel-colored houses, and the deep blue Ligurian Sea will accompany you along the way. The tour can either be done by e-bike or mountain bike as you prefer.

Highlights

  • Cycle the Via Aurelia, which dates back to Roman times and links all the Italian Riviera villages
  • Energize yourself breathing in the sea spray infused air of the deep blue Ligurian Sea
  • Enjoy the unique trails of Portofino Natural Park
  • Immerse yourself in the lush forests of Ligurian hinterland
  • Pedal on the roads and trails that run on top of Cinque Terre hills overlooking the sea

Why choose it

A trip designed for those who want to be active and want to experience the Italian Riviera from their bicycle saddles!

Day 1 - Welcome to the Italian Riviera - Portofino

Today is your arrival day. Benvenuto! Check-in at your boutique accommodation in Santa Margherita Ligure, a few minutes from Portofino. Relax after a long trip and start to soak up the Italian atmosphere!

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Day 2 - Biking on the mountain paths of Portofino

After breakfast, you’ll meet your bike tour guides at the reception of your hotel. From Santa Margherita Ligure you will cycle to Rapallo, then up to the Ruta following the panoramic Aurelia road arriving in the tiny village of San Rocco and then finishing in Camogli.

You will cycle on the Via Aurelia, which dates back to Roman times and connects all the villages on the Italian Riviera coast. Lush vegetation, pastel-colored houses and the deep blue Ligurian sea will accompany you along the way.

Once arrived in San Rocco di Camogli, at the top of the promontory, you can visit the church from its courtyard you can admire a breath-taking landscape!

From San Rocco, you will cycle on until you reach Camogli, a picturesque village which for centuries has kept its typical Ligurian maritime hamlet’s vibe! There is nothing more charming than exploring the town center's tiny streets, the “carrugi” (alleyways).

You will have time to walk in the alleyways and along the seaside promenade, amongst the many boutiques and local handicraft shops.

You will leave your bicycles in Camogli and then together with your tour guides take the ferry to San Fruttuoso di Camogli, one of the most beautiful and special places in all of Liguria and definitely worth a visit! This very tiny hamlet can only be reached on foot (by hiking the nearby nature paths) or by boat.

The charming Abbey built on the beach will enchant you! It has an interesting history as it has been a monastery,  a pirate’s den, a humble fisherman home and at ultimately the residence of the Prencess Doria.

From San Fruttuoso you will take the ferry and get back to your accommodation in Santa Margherita Ligure.

You are free to make your own lunch and dinner arrangements.

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure

Technical Info

Bike available to rent on this tour: MTB, e-bike

Bikes come equipped with the following accessories, at no additional cost: water bottle, helmet

Duration:  3 hours  + 2 hours San Fruttuoso bay visit including ferry ride, 30 min each way

Total length and elevation gain: about 20 km +400 mt

Level of difficulty: easy to medium

Roads: asphalt, roads

Day 3 - Cycle in Portofino Natural park

After breakfast, you’ll meet your bike tour guides at the reception of your hotel. Today from Santa Margherita Ligure you’ll cycle along the ancient Aurelia road until you reach the village of San Lorenzo della Costa village.

Here your bike ride continues as you will enter the Park of Portofino climbing up to Portofino Vetta, the highest entry point of the promontory natural park.

Biking on off roads paths will give you the chance to enjoy the beautiful views and the Mediterranean vegetation of this protected area!

Then, you will stop for lunch (not included) in one of the ancient restored watermills of the area. From here, following a scenic rural path, you will reach the famous village of Portofino and have time free time at your disposal to enjoy it.

From Portofino, you will take the panoramic road overlooking the sea until you reach Santa Margherita Ligure.

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure

Technical Info

Bike available to rent on this tour: MTB, e-bike

Bikes come equipped with the following accessories, at no additional cost: water bottle, helmet

Duration: 3-4 hours

Total length and elevation gain: about 23 km +500 mt

Level of difficulty: easy to medium

Roads: asphalt, dirt roads

Day 4 - From the coast to the hinterland

After breakfast, you’ll meet your bike tour guides and by shuttle, you’ll reach the Ligurian hinterland arriving in Borzonasca village and more precisely at the shimmering “Giacopiane Lake”.

Today you are in a wild area of Liguria: you will be immersed in the lush forests where you can admire, from a distance, the incredible view of the sea on one side and the deep crystalline water of the lake on the other.

You will bike along pleasant rural paths surrounded by woods and few farm houses. If you’re lucky you will have the chance to meet some wild animals, such as wild horses!

Along the way, you will stop in a typical refuge to have lunch (not included) tasting local specialties. After lunch, we will continue cycling until we reach the van.

Back to your accommodation in Santa Margherita Ligure by shuttle.

Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure

Technical Info

Bike available to rent on this tour: MTB, e-bike

Bikes come equipped with the following accessories, at no additional cost: water bottle, helmet

Duration: 6 / hours (cycling is about 4/5 hours)

Total length and elevation gain: about 30 km +1000 mt

Level of difficulty: easy to medium

Roads: dirt roads

Day 5 - Cinque Terre bike tour

After breakfast, check out from your accommodation in Santa Margherita Ligure and private transfer to your accommodation in Cinque Terre. Check-in at your boutique accommodation in Cinque Terre.

After your check-in you will spend a great day immersed in a stunning landscape, discovering the Cinque Terre off the beaten path, pedaling on the roads and trails that run over the hills overlooking the sea.

With the private shuttle, you will reach the upper road with a comfortable and panoramic drive. From here, accompanied by our expert local guide, you will start your bike tour, enjoying a breathtaking panorama of the villages from the top.

As you will have the shuttle at your disposal, you will have the possibility to visit some of the villages and have a stroll around at your own pace.

You will finish the tour in Monterosso where you can taste a gelato and do some shopping before going back to your hotel with the shuttle.

Overnight in Cinque Terre

Technical Info

Bike available to rent on this tour: MTB, ebike

Bikes come equipped with the following accessories, at no additional cost: water bottle, helmet

Duration: 6 / 7 hours (cycling is about 4/5 hours)

Total length and elevation gain: 35 km + 700 mt

Level of difficulty: easy to medium

Roads: asphalt, dirt roads

Day 6 - Day at leisure

Today you will relax and enjoy your day at your own pace. We suggest you to go to Portovenere village and walk around its historical alleys!

Overnight in Cinque Terre

Day 7 - Arrivederci day

Check-out and departure.

Important information

  • 100% carefree cancellation policy for bookings within September 30 2020
  • This is a private trip idea and can be fully customized.
  • Daily departures available all year round upon request.
  • Duration: 7 days / 6 nights.

This trip is not suitable for people with mobility problems

What’s included

  • 4 nights in one of our selected 3 * boutique accommodation in Santa Margherita Ligure with breakfast included
  • 2 nights in one of our selected 3* boutique accommodation in Cinque Terre with breakfast included
  • Bike tour in Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, San Rocco di Camogli and Camogli
  • Bike tour in Portofino Natural Park
  • Bike tour in the Liguria hinterland
  • Bike tour in Cinque Terre
  • Professional guiding
  • Shuttle service at your disposal during the day tours
  • Private transfer from Santa Margherita Ligure to Cinque Terre accommodation
  • Water bottle
  • Helmet
  • 24 h assistance before and during the trip

What’s not included

  • meals and beverages other than those mentioned above
  • transfers other than those mentioned above
  • city tax
  • travel insurance
  • E-bike rental
  • airfare to/from Italy

Price

Price for this trip starts from Euro 1450

e-bike supplement: 30 euros per day

The price shown is designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Since this is a tailor-made trip, there are a number of factors which could influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the mean of transportation you prefer and the number of private tours and activities.

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