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This was one of the best parts of our trip. The hike was a little challenging but not difficult. After the first half (about an hour) we had an amazing lunch and then about half the group decided to take a train rather than hike the 2nd half. Swimming in the Ligurian Sea was fun. Lots of food and great beers to replenish spent energy.
Loved it! Hiking, boat ride, and lunch were all enjoyable. Lavinia was wonderful at coordinating the group and offering things to do with the limited time in each of the five lands.
Alison H Drain
Our guide, Sandra, was excellent in how she immediately learned all our names, was able to keep track of everyone's varied paces and encourage us as we hiked. She paused to teach us about the agriculture or culture, giving some rest time as she did. Whips trip was one of the highlights of our time in Italy. The directions to find them outside the train station were clear and easy and the entire operation went off without a hitch. Well done!!
Great tour. Through the day you take at least 3 trains, 2 buses and possibly a boat ride. Very interesting small towns and great views. Lunch was quite different than anything I've eaten but very good with the exception of one small piece of fish with lots of bones. Tour operators had great guides. One thing to note. The hike is a hike not a walking tour. You need closed toe shoes. It was a great hike but only take this tour if you can walk up 441 steps for lunch and 2.5 Km (about 1.5 hrs) after lunch up and down hills and steps on slightly rocky terrain. They offer bus and cabs around both of those part but then you miss the fantastic views. If you are moderately fit this one is a must do. If you have bad knees, back or use a cane ..... take the bus tour instead of the hiking tour.
What a fantastic tour! This was an experience not to be missed- a hike along the Italian Coast whilst looking out over the Mediterranean- perfect! Our guide, Julian, was fantastic - easy going and relaxed and gave great instructions - basically allowed us to have the best time! Thanks so much!!
Wonderfull 1 day walking treck in Cinque Terre with Walkabout
On Septembre 27th, 2014, I did a wonderfull 1 day walking treck in Cinque Terre with a local company from Florence,and two of their guides, Fred and Fabian who did an excellent job throughout the day in taking attentive care of each participant and sharing their deep knowledge of this region. I have done many tours and excursions in my life and I do strongly recommand the tour operators to discover by land and by sea the 5 villages in Cinque Terre. I also consider Fred and Fabian among the best guides I have been with so far. Pierre Legault, Ottawa, Canada.
This tour was great well organised Lucas and Julian were great guides, meal was nice a good mix of transports through execellent scenery a must do
This Tour is AMAZING.
We had a great time at each village. Great photos to be taken. Good food for lunch though not enough if you want to fill your tummy.
The Guides did a great Job though it wasn't easy at all!
Would definitely recommend!
Enjoyed the tour, both guides Freddy and Angle where the best guides ever of our tours.
Freddie, our tour guide, was awesome. And the experience itself was one of the best I've had. Incredible hiking, incredible food, and of course the views. We were able to spend a perfect amount of time in the towns. I highly recommend. The hike is a work out, a good one, but there was a bus/train option for those who felt it would be too much. Though if you can do it, the hike is worth it!
Excellent day trip!! The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Well organized and planned. Highly recommended.
My wife and I (in our early 30's) really enjoyed this trip. One word of caution -- I believe it says you should be of "average" physical ability to make the hikes. We're relatively active and found the hikes to be mildly challenging (fun!), BUT if you have trouble walking on uneven surfaces or taking large steps up or down, you may find the hikes to be more difficult. These are not paved paths, they are rocky and uneven. The guides do offer options of taking alternate transportation if you find you are not able to complete the walks.
The trip begins and ends with an approximately two hour bus ride to and from La Spezia. The guides pointed out some sights along the way. Our young guide Fabian was great. Lots of energy and you can tell he loves what he does. He spoke multiple languages and communicated well with everyone on the trip. Other groups seemed to equally enjoy their guides.
The bus initially drops passengers off and you begin the day with a quick (20 min) hike to lunch. Lunch was tasty and the restaurant overlooked the ocean. I forget the exact order, but after lunch there are a couple of train rides, and a 3+ mile hike in between towns. The hike was beautiful. Lots of great sites and good conversations with other travelers. In each town you have approximately 60-90 minutes to see some sites or relax. We opted to swim twice in two of the different towns. Other than losing my wedding ring in the ocean (!), we really enjoyed the rocky beaches and the water. The day ended with a boat ride back to the bus. Most people napped on the way home.
I won't lie -- it's a long day. Be prepared to spend a good portion of it walking. But if you're in Florence and want to spend a day visiting this beautiful part of the country, I don't think you'll be disappointed. We're very glad we did.
Great tour. We loved the CinqueTerre coastline and villages. Lavinia is the best guide!!! The hiking is really not too bad. We opted for both hiking segments (it is possible to opt out of the second) and were pretty sore the next day, but it was well worth it! Our weather was nice--I can imagine that if it was really hot, it might be a little difficult. Some of the group perhaps didn't read the tour details very closely and didn't come prepared--be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water. And give yourselves a free day the day after to rest up!
Beautiful. Our guide Freddy was great. Very funny and knowledgable. He took great care of us
My trip to Cinque Terre was to date the best thing I ever done,the tour hosted by Walkabout , was fantastic. The guides were well educated on the history of the different towns we visited. The guides spoke several differet languages, and were very entertaining. The hike was great, the view of the sea at different points of the mountain was breathtaking. I was able to take a quick swim on the beach after we completed the hike. The towns we visited were like something from a fairy tale, simply beautiful. This trip was the best part of my trip to Italy.