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Waves of Karma in Cinque Terre – The Italian riviera - 8 Days

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CINQUE TERRE - SESTRI LEVANTE – SANTA MARGHERITA – PORTOFINO – SAN FRUTTUOSO – PUNTA MANARA – RIOMAGGIORE – PORTO VENERE – GENOA

  • Yoga sessions in inspiring locations
  • Guided hiking tours

Day 1: Sestri Levante
Arrival transfer from Airport to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Evening yoga session and dinner at the hotel.
Hotel in Sestri Levante
MEALS D

Day 2: Hike to Santa Margherita, Portofino and San Fruttuoso
Morning yoga session before breakfast at the hotel.
Our excursion will start by train to Santa Margherita and from there will board the boat to Portofino. The colorful houses that lay around the lovely bay will greet us on our arrival in Portofino. We will walk along the promenade and through the pretty vegetation until the bay of San Fruttuoso where the hike gets a little steeper. By boat we will reach Camogli, a lovely harbor town with intricate alleys. Return by train to the hotel.
Evening yoga session and dinner at leisure
Hotel in Sestri Levante
MEALS B

Total duration of the excursion: 2,5 hours
Height difference: ca.1450 feet
Level of difficulty: intermediate

Day 3: Punta Manara and Pesto cooking-class
Morning yoga session before breakfast at the hotel.
This pretty scenic hiking-path starts in Sestri Levante and goes to Punta Manara. After our, ascent we will reach the crest of Mandrella from which we can enjoy a panoramic view over Sestri Levante and the Petronio Valley.
Our hike on this lovely path will take an hour and you will be accompanied by birds' singing and Mediterranean woods. Several hiking trails leave from Punta Manara, a promontory located 590 feet a.s.l. with a panoramic view over the Gulf of Tigullio. Here you will see the remains of an old military structure and by climbing the stone steps you will reach the 16th century tower that lies 853 feet above the sea.
From Punta Manara you will continue to Riva Trigoso and from there over Monte Castello back to Sestri Levante where a pesto cooking-class awaits you. At the end of the lesson you will have the chance to taste your home-made pesto-sauce served with pasta.
Evening yoga session and dinner at leisure
Hotel in Sestri Levante
MEALS B, L

Total duration of the excursion: 3 hours
Height difference: ca.1150 feet
Level of difficulty: easy to intermediate

Day 4: The Charming Cinque Terre
Morning yoga session before breakfast at the hotel.
We will reach Monterosso by train. From there we will begin our hike towards Vernazza. After a steep ascent up steps (ca. 45 minutes) we will reach a height of ca. 650 feet. We will then walk on a narrow trail and reach Vernazza by descending steps (ca. 2 hours). From Vernazza we will continue to Corniglia passing by olive groves and vineyards.
After visiting the village we will continue by boat to Riomaggiore.
After a walk through the old alleys we will return by train to Sestri Levante.
Evening yoga session and dinner at the hotel
Hotel in Sestri Levante
MEALS B, D

Total duration of the excursion: 4 hours
Height difference: 1800 feet uphill
Level of difficulty: advanced
Note: The majority of this itinerary is on narrow trails and rocky steps. Steady feet and no fear of heights are necessary. On request an alternative itinerary by train from Monterosso to Vernazza is available

Day 5: Riomaggiore and Portovenere
Morning yoga session before breakfast at the hotel.
Today we will travel by train to Riomaggiore and take one of the most dramatic trails on the coast. We will enjoy a pretty panoramic view over the Cinque Terre, passing by impressive vineyards, and hike to Campiglia with view over La Spezia and its Gulf. We will then descend to Portovenere. Return by boat to Vernazza and by train to Sestri Levante.
Evening yoga session and dinner at leisure
Hotel in Sestri Levante
MEALS B

Total duration of the excursion: 5 hours
Height difference: ca. 2100 feet
Level of difficulty: intermediate to advanced
Note: Steady feet and no fear of heights are required. Ascend and descend via many steps, and sometimes over slippery rocks.

Day 6: Genoa
Morning yoga session before breakfast at the hotel.
Many explorers used Genoa as a starting point to discover new places. Genoa is not only famous for its harbor but also for its palaces and museums where priceless treasures and works of art can be found. The composer, Richard Wagner, once wrote that “Genoa is indescribably beautiful, magnificent and quite distinctive".
In the afternoon you will have free time for shopping or a visit to the Aquarium, the largest in Europe (optional).
Evening yoga session and dinner at leisure
Hotel in Sestri Levante
MEALS B

Day 7: Day at leisure
Morning yoga session and breakfast at the hotel
Yoga workshop at the hotel
Day at leisure.
Evening yoga session and dinner at leisure
Hotel in Sestri Levante
MEALS B

Day 8: Sestri Levante
Morning yoga session and breakfast at the hotel
Transfer from the hotel in Sestri Levante to the Airport.
End of services.
MEALS B

 

 

 TRANSPORTATION AND HOTELS

  • Transportation by deluxe AC motor coach as per itinerary (incl. arrival and departure transfer)
  • 7 nights at a 4* hotel in Sestri Levante area
  • 1 x Entrance to the Cinque Terre Park
  • 1 x Train-ride Levanto-Monterosso and back from Riomaggiore
  • 1 x Train-ride Corniglia-Manarola
  • 1 x Boat-ride Manarola-Riomaggiore
  • 1 x Train-ride Levanto-Riomaggiore and back from Vernazza
  • 1 x Boat-ride Portovenere-Vernazza
  • 1 x Train-ride Sestri Levante-Santa Margherita and back from Camogli
  • 1 x Boat-ride Santa Margherita-Portofino
  • 1 x Boat-ride San Fruttuoso-Camogli

FOOD AND DRINKS

  • 1 x welcome drink
  • 7 x international breakfast buffet
  • 6 x 3-course dinner with salad buffet
  • 1 x 4-course typical dinner with salad buffet
  • Daily space at disposal for yoga or meditation sessions (twice a day, 1h each)
  • 1 x pesto-making cooking-class including lunch (pasta, glass of wine, and jar of pesto sauce

EXPERIENCE AND SERVICES

  • 1 x English-speaking trekking-guide for the excursion to Santa Margherita, Portofino and San Fruttuoso
  • 1 x English-speaking trekking-guide for the excursion to Punta Manara
  • 1 x English-speaking trekking-guide for the excursion to the Cinque Terre
  • 1 x English-speaking trekking-guide for the excursion to Riomaggiore and Portovenere
  • 1 x 3-hour tour of Genoa with English-speaking guide
  • Porterage on arrival and departure at the hotel
  • 24-hour emergency telephone number of our Head Office
03-01-2019 - 10-31-2019 | 8 Days

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 Location: This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Immersed in a lush garden with Mediterranean vegetation, this historic villa features an outdoor swimming pool. Set on the seaside of Sestri Levante, it enjoys views of the Gulf of Tigullio

 

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