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Pall was great and I highly recommend this experience. Pall took us on trails we never could have found ourselves. In addition he has a wealth of knowledge regarding Riomaggiore and the surrounding area. We walked through and around hillside villages that are not even mentioned in most of the travel information on Cinque Terra. I was glad we booked this hike on our first full day in Cinque Terra. By doing so Pall was able to answer many of our general questions and this gave us a good lay of the land so we could plan our stay accordingly. You do need to be prepared for a full day of hill hiking. Eat a hearty breakfast since you start early in the morning and stop late for lunch. Beautiful scenery, information, good company and a workout: what more can you ask for!
This tour is a must! Pall is an amazing guide with close ties to the area. The trek was invigorating and the sights were incredible. It was a wonderful way to explore the region and we learned a lot as well.
We loved this tour because we got to see the back country off the beaten path! Our guide was exceptional with lots of information and insight into the area and it's population. We enjoyed being away from the crowds and to see how the locals live!
This was one of the best tours we've ever taken. Pall was absolutely amazing. After a few hours it felt like we were going for a long walk with an old friend. The BEST part of he tour was learning about the history of the area and how it was founded. For us, this was more of learning tour than a sightseeing tour. We took some AMAZING pictures, but we're not going to post them... We'd advise you to experience Cinque Terre in PERSON... With Pall!
This was a superb introduction to the area and teaches one respect for the area and people.
Pall was extremely knowledgeable about the people, terrain and area. He really brought it all to life. He measured the walk according to that which our party could comfortable manage and when looking back we were incredulous how far we had actually come and how high we had been at times with what felt like a mild stroll.
I will be talking about the walk for a long time to come.
Mark P USA
If you want a personalized, awesome hiking experience in the Cinque Terre you can do no better than Pall. An American ex-pat from the Notheast he has lived and breathed this area for 16 years. You won't do any better.
Not for the faint of heart. A good walk off the beaten path across vineyards and terraces. In one area there are 1003 steps down. But if able would not miss this tour. We saw 6 other people on our hike -four who were not supposed to be there as Paull take you on trails that are only open to the locals. Paull has been living there for 16 years and has collected history and stories from the locals that you will not find anywhere else. This is the Cinque Terra we wanted to see- off the main trails that were crowded. Paull is definitely opinionated and calls it like he sees it. Some might take offense to some of his vignettes about the authorities and tourists but it gave us a great appreciation of the challenges and needs to maintain such a beautiful place. He loves the area. While the trek-it is not a walk covered 9 miles and 8 hours is rigorous Paull was patient and has rest stops built in to the tour. A nice lunch break was included. We were not able to take the boat ride with Paull as they were not docking in some of the villages, he gave us recommendations for the following day utilizing the ferry services. An experience to never be forgotten
I honestly didn't expect Pall to be able to deliver according to his reviews, which were stellar. But he has been doing these tours for 7 years and he lives in Rio Maggiore. He knows the locals, he has heard stories directly from them, and he has been accepted within the community.
This tour is special for three reasons. First, it's private. You don't have to hang out with 20 strangers, and the low number allows Pall to focus on you and create an experience just for your small group of friends. Second, if you don't know the Cinque Terre, there are a lot of trails and the main ones can get crowded. We passed maybe 10 people all day. Pall knows the back ways around CT and there were some breathtaking views. Third, Pall is a machine for learning. He will tell you about local government, stories about his neighbors and the community, the history of the area while he has been giving tours for 7 years he has lived there for 16, and local vegetation and wildlife. He even gave us a tip on a Michelin star rated restaurant in the area that was incredible, and recommended checking out Porto Venere for something outside of CT to do, which was a great experience. He was talking for 8 straight hours, all while hiking!
There is a bit of hiking, but Pall tailors everything to his group. We put on 10 miles of hiking, but he mentioned that we could have taken some buses if we were tired. It takes me 5 minutes to size up how I should handle a group, He said. And he did a great job of doing that too.
This was my favorite thing we did in our 9 days in Italy and I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
June, 2017 - This is an AMAZING tour!! I met Pal, but Birgit was my female guide. First of all, i did not bring poles, so Pal let me borrow a pair. Being a solo female travel I was happy to have a one on one with another female hiker who was very informative. Birgit asked me what i wanted to see. So this isn't a same old, same old hike that everyone takes the same route. We had great views, took some off the regular path trails, which I was very happy to have taken these switchbacks. Birgit took pics of me whenever i wanted to stop for one. Lunch at the restaurant was absolutely delicious and the view was also beautiful. The boat ride back was a welcoming end to a FANTASTIC day!! I miss Cinque Terre
I would highly recommend this guiding service. Very personal to your wants and needs. Even recommended a very nice restaurant for dinner that night.
This tour was amazing and definitely worth to do if you are in Cinque Terre! Pall (our tour guide) was very knowledgable and passionate about this beautiful place. It is one heck of a work out but once you're at the top the view will surely take your breath away! ❤️
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