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Cinque Terre 2019

Tuscany to the Italian Riviera

There is no place on Earth like the five villages of Cinque Terre. And no way to see them like this. Pedal from the ancient walled city of Lucca through lush Tuscan vineyards and along the Italian Riviera to discover the stunning beauty of the Cinque Terre. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to 1000-year-old villages perched on top of the sheer rocky coastline of the Ligurian Sea, connected only by walking trails and a narrow-gauge 19th-century railway. Food is the showpiece of this special destination, and we’ll introduce you to some of the best and most exotic, including handmade focaccia, fresh anchovies and the locally-sourced pesto. Around every corner is a new discovery, from picturesque cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to Michelin starred dining to the elegant hotels that provide us a home base every night. All at once, Cinque Terre is sure to seduce, charm and beguile you with its best.

Looking to travel to Cinque Terre in 2020? We have a newly redesigned itinerary with departures starting in May of 2020. See the new trip here »
$4999 Per Person
6 Days & 5 Nights
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Trip Wows
Stay at hotels you'll love including the five-star Il Bottaccio with its extravagant spa
Savor local wines bursting with flavor from the famous Sangiovese grapes of Tuscany to the white blends of Liguria
Dine on local specialties at boutique trattorias and a Michelin starred restaurant
Spend a day hiking between the picture-perfect towns of the Unesco World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre
Indulge in the freshest of the Mediterranean including focaccia, pesto and anchovies
Cinque Terre is an Italian treasure waiting to be discovered. It's a rugged, worn section of the Italian Riveria, untouched by time, and undiscovered by development.
-Penny Gatward, Trip Designer

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After a 30-minute shuttle, you’ll arrive at I Sette Borghi, a rustic stone country house in the hills near Montecatini Terme, surrounded by olive trees and overlooking the valley. After enjoying a genuine Tuscan lunch delighted by stunning views, your Trek Travel guides will ensure you have a perfect fit for your Trek bicycle for the week. Following the itinerary of the so-called "Road of wine and Olive Oil" we wind through a landscape which connects wine, olive oil and distinct flavors with its folklore, warm hospitality and culture. The ride through the majestic countryside of Lucca will not be finished until we climb the gentle hill that takes us to the medieval village of Montecarlo, famous for the production of the best quality of extra-virgin olive oil and wine. We'll finish the ride with a beautiful descent to the hotel, where we'll have time to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool or walk among the rows of vineyards all around. This evening we’ll gather for a private wine tasting with local focaccia bread and olives followed by our first gourmet dinner together.

Today's Ride:

Sette Borghi to Buonamico Wine Resort
Approximately 22 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing


Buonamico Wine Resort

Included Meals:

Lunch | Dinner

This morning’s route takes you high above the Valle del Serchio, a vista made up of rolling hills, blanketed with vines. Cruise along country roads that wind past spectacular Lucchese villas, these ornate residences date back as early as the 9th century and house some of the area’s most important works of art alongside breathtakingly ornate gardens. Your first stop is the village of Collodi, childhood residence of the author of Pinocchio, Carlo Lorenzini. Continue onto the quaint village of Montecarlo, with a medieval fortress and steep cobblestone streets that contain a millennium's worth of history. Continue onto Fattoria del Teso, a gorgeous Tuscan winery surrounded by Mediterranean pines and cypress trees. Here you ‘ll enjoy lunch paired with the finest local wine varietals. Learn about the ancient culture of Vin Santo, a dessert wine aged for over 5 years, before cycling along a winding road back to Buonamico Wine Resort. Alternatively, feel free to reward yourself with a shuttle back to the hotel to relax by the pool. This evening, we’ll take a short shuttle to Butterfly, a Michelin-starred restaurant set in a historic 19th century cottage where terracotta and beams combine in an elegant atmosphere. The chef/owner Fabrizio will delight you with his innovative and elaborately presented cuisine.

Today's Ride:

Buonamico Wine Resort to Fattoria del Teso return
Approximately 28 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Buonamico Wine Resort to Fattoria del Teso
Approximately 19 miles with 1,875 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Buonamico Wine Resort to Fattoria del Teso return with San Pietro loop
Approximately 34 miles with 3,175 feet of climbing


Buonamico Wine Resort

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Today we ride from the hills of Lucca towards the sea, with views of the sharp peaks of marble mountains within the Apuane National Park. One of the area’s most famous artists, Michelangelo, found the perfect marble for his sculptures in the quarries of these peaks. We’ll visit Pietrasanta and enjoy a gourmet lunch in this beautiful, pristine, medieval town, which attracts internationally renowned artists and sculptors. This afternoon, choose to shuttle or ride the last few miles to our hotel, the opulent five-star Il Bottaccio, with its gardens and extravagant spa, to linger over an aperitif before a very special Italian feast this evening.

Today's Ride:

Buonamico Wine Resort to hotel Bottaccio
Approximately 42 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Buonamico Wine Resort to Pietrasanta
Approximately 35 miles with 2,650 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Buonamico Wine Resort to hotel Bottaccio with S. Carlo Terme out & back
Approximately 54 miles with 5,700 feet of climbing


Il Bottaccio

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

This morning savor your cappuccino before today’s spectacular ride along the coast above the Cinque Terre. We’ll start the day with a one-hour shuttle to our ride start overlooking the sea above the five famous coastal villages. First, you’ll ascend the famous Volastra climb to enjoy the stunning views from this quiet coastal road before descending to the sea. Enjoy a relaxed seaside lunch in Levanto and try today's fresh catch! This afternoon spin alongside the glittering Mediterranean and then tackle the Passo del Bracco before dropping into our hotel in Moneglia. Tonight, you are free to explore the winding streets of Moneglia and find the restaurant of your choice for dinner.

Today’s Ride:

Riomaggiore to Castagnola
Approximately 39 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Riomaggiore to Levanto
Approximately 19 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Riomaggiore to Moneglia
Approximately 43 miles with 5,630 feet of climbing


Abbadia San Giorgio

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch

This morning we'll take the train to Manarola, one of the five Cinque Terre villages and a delightful jumble of pastel-hued buildings tumbling down to the coast. We’ll hike high above the town through the terraced vineyards on our way to Corniglia, and its beautiful beach surrounded by the wild nature of the Cinque Terre National park. Rest your feet and enjoy lunch at the bistro of your choice overlooking the Ligurian sea. Be sure to try the spaghetti al mare and then stroll through town and find the famous local honey gelato. After lunch, continue hiking to Vernazza or take a train back to Moneglia to enjoy a dip in the sea. This evening, we’ll dine at Assirto in Moneglia, home of Forbes’ Magazine “Meal of the Year.” Who described the experience as “simply the most unbelievable, fantastic and memorable meal of my entire year.” Listen closely as our host Luca reveals the history and tradition of each delectable dish, as you sip wine paired perfectly to each delicious morsel! It is sure to be a meal to remember! Soak in the atmosphere and raise your glass to toast a week of wonders in this magical land.

Today's Activity:

Hike in the Cinque Terre Manarola to Corniglia
Approximately 2.5 hours

Avid Option:

Manarola to Corniglia to Vernazza
Approximately 3.5 hours

Today's Activity:

Dine at Assirto, home of Forbes’ Magazine “Meal of the Year.”


Abbadia San Giorgio

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Dinner

Though this morning’s ride is short, it’s a great last spin into the hills. If you’d rather, simply linger over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning. Soak up the calm of the courtyard of this former monastery as you listen for chanting coming from the church. Before you bid your farewells, stroll through the village and savor the sights and sounds of the sea one last time. This is Cinque Terre. This is the Italian Riviera. This is the trip of a lifetime.

Today's Ride:

Moneglia to Tessi Loop
Approximately 8 miles with 1,260 feet of climbing

Included Meals:



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Buonamico Wine Resort

Montecarlo, Italy

New for 2019. This unique property is a perfect mix between a traditional Agriturismo and an elegant resort. Situated in Tuscany, immerse your senses in the vineyards of Montecarlo and discover the area's rich traditions, history, art, and of course wine. Featuring a state-of-the-art wellness center, impressive on-site dining and modern-styled guest rooms.
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Il Bottaccio

Montignoso, Italy

Relais & Chateaux LogoIl Bottacio, a 17th century olive mill transformed into an elegant 5-star luxury Relais & Chateaux hotel at the foot of the green hills of the Apuane mountains with 8 exclusive suites expressing art, beauty and perfect harmony.
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Abbadia San Giorgio

Moneglia, Italy

The Hotel Abbadia San Giorgio is a 15th century monastery nestled in the small and charming town of Moneglia, The uniquely decorated hotel rooms feature marble bathrooms along with both antique mirrors and modern Jacuzzi baths. Savor organic breakfasts and the shimmering Ligurian Sea, only a few steps away! Please note: This is an explorer-level property.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.


Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. In 2019 we upgraded our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More


Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More


  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 disc, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmets
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events


  • Trek Domane SL 7 disc carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager WaveCel helmet
  • Bontrager men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own pedals, saddle, and helmet on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.


Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3+ Active+?

20 miles
120 miles
2,280 feet
13,370 feet
The terrain is consistently hilly, with quiet, narrow and winding roads. Many towns sit atop hills and ascents and descents can be steep. Cinque Terre is best suited for our Type 3+ Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Discover Lucca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Tour the famous villas just outside of Lucca
  • Explore the ancient walled village of Montecarlo, and discover the wines that made it famous
  • Hike between the villages of the Cinque Terre

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride/Avid Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

Pisa (PSA) or Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR)
11:30 AM
San Luca Palace Hotel, Lucca, Italy

Say Farewell

Pisa (PSA) or Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR)
12:15 PM
La Spezia Centrale Train Station, La Spezia, Italy


We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Pisa (PSA). From Pisa airport, you can take a direct train to Pisa’s central station, which takes about 8 minutes. From Pisa Centrale, transfer to a train for Lucca. Trains depart twice hourly. The trip takes 30 minutes and costs approximately 5 euros. Tickets can be purchased at the airport, a Biglietteria office or from ticket machines. All tickets must be validated before getting on the train: do this by stamping your ticket at the yellow boxes near the platform. Taxis from Pisa airport are also available 24 hours a day to Pisa Centrale which takes about 15 minutes and costs approximately 20 euros.

Florence's Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) also offers flight options. The Florence airport is about 3 miles from the Santa Maria Novella train station and the journey takes about 20 minutes by taxi or bus. You can take a taxi (~25 euros) directly to the train station, or a bus (~6 euro) which departs twice hourly. Trains from Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station depart to Lucca every hour.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Hotel San Luca Palace Hotel (Via San Paolino 103, Lucca, Italy) at 11:30 AM on the first day of the trip. You'll then shuttle 30 minutes to your lunch spot for a taste of Tuscan cuisine. Have your first day's cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After lunch, your guides will ensure you have the perfect fit to your Trek Domane, before you take your first spin through the Tuscan countryside.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Buonamico Wine Resort (+39 0583 1809796), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel in Montecarlo, Buonamico Wine Resort, for approximately 40 euros. The trip takes 30 minutes from the center of Lucca.

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You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at Abaddia San Giorgio in Moneglia. You’ll depart by private shuttle for La Spezia Centrale Train Station in La Spezia, arriving close to 12:15 PM. From here trains connect to Pisa, Florence and other Italian cities. Please do not book seats before 1:00 PM. Visit www.TrenItalia.com for train information.

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Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Fall in the Cinque Terre region is usually clear and sunny, with warm daytime temperatures (75F-85F) and evening temperatures 10-15 degrees cooler. A jacket or wrap will be useful in the evening. Rain is always a possibility, however, so be prepared with wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip


Before: Lucca, Italy

No trip to the Tuscan countryside is complete without a stop in Lucca, Italy's most impressive walled city. The infrastructure of this untouched gem still operates on the grid street pattern designed by the Romans, and elements of the original Etruscan settlement create a visible pastiche of the old and new. Romanesque churches seem to be around every corner, as do fun-loving and shady piazzas filled with soccer-playing children. There's so much art, culture and vibrance behind every nook and cranny of this richly historic city, that it's easy to see why Mario Cipollini, cycling's most unique and strong-willed sprinter, calls it his home. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:


After: Florence, Italy

Florence is the majestic heart of Renaissance art and intellect. Several days can be spent wandering the streets in the shadow of Brunelleschi’s Duomo and strolling beside the Arno. Along with the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi gallery, a pillar of the Renaissance and Medici eras, merits a visit. Michelangeo’s David in the Galleria dell’Arte is not to be missed. Keep in mind while exploring Florence that opening hours vary and are quite often inconsistent. Different museums are open on different days and lines can be very long. It’s worthwhile to pay a few extra euros and pre-book your tickets—this will enable you to bypass long lines of visitors at the entrances. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

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