The Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure 14-25th May 2019

Situated on the Mediterranean in the north of Italy lie the sleepy seaside villages that is referred to as “The Cinque Terre”. A recently discovered hiking haven, the Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been since 1997. The name Cinque Terre means 5 (cinque) lands (terre), with origins dating back to the 11th Century.

It is a stunning collection of 5 villages on the hillside of a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. Paths, boats and trains connect the villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

With a region rich in history, it boasts some spectacular hiking trails carved into the mountainside, affording the most wonderful views of the Mediterranean. Stunning photo opportunities are around every corner of this superb coastline.

Join Women’s Fitness Adventures on this amazing adventure to this magical part of the world. We explore both the popular and not so well known hiking trails that criss cross through the mountainside. With a local hiking guide, we unlock history and hidden gems. After a day’s hiking we end each day in the relaxed village of Monterosso where the food and wine options are limitless.

Secure your place today with a 20% deposit. See the Booking Terms and Conditions for more details

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Tuesday 14th May 2019

Departure day

It is finally here, time to head to Italy if travelling with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader.

With an early evening departure from Brisbane, our destination is Milan.

Alternatively, meet us at the hotel in Milan.

Note flights at this stage may be subject to change. DO NOT book flights without first speaking with Women’s Fitness Adventures

Day 2 Wednesday 15th May 2019

Arrive in Milan

Arrival day in Milan, Italy. If coming directly from Australia, arrival time is approximately 1.10pm.  With a group transfer to the hotel, the day is yours to explore. Perhaps some shopping in this most stylish city or take in the local sites including the famous Duomo.

It’s a group Welcome Dinner tonight in true Italian Style.

Accommodation: 3 star hotel, twin share.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 – Thursday 16th may 2019

Milan to Monterosso, Cinque Terre

After breakfast at the hotel, we travel by train late morning to the Cinque Terre.

After settling into our hotel in Monterosso, it’s time to do a little exploring of this cute seaside village ( our personal favourite of all the villages) – both the old town and the new town!

Tonight we meet our Italian hiking guide for a 6pm briefing on the week ahead.

Dinner is of your choosing tonight as we settle in for the week ahead.

Accommodation: hotel, twin share

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 – Friday 17 May 2019

5 Terre the Vineyards and Riomaggiore

Meeting our guide this morning we travel by local train to Corniglia. After a visit to the village (the gelato is fabulous here!), we hike one of the most scenic paths on the 5 Terre. Our hiking is immersed in the vineyards as far as Volastra. Have your camera ready.

At Volastra we experience and learn more about local wines and foods by visiting a local cantina for lunch.

After lunch we continue along the path as far as Manarola. Here there is free time to stroll the village. Depending on how your legs are feeling, there is the option to hike Via Beccara, the path to Romaggiore. Otherwise the option is to take the train to Riomaggiore and then back by train to our hotel in Monterosso.

Tonight join your fellow adventurers for dinner at a local seafood restaurant.

Accommodation: hotel, twin share

Meals: Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner

Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours (note this refers to hiking time only. Photo stops, village visits, rest stops and lunch/snack breaks are on top of hiking time)

DAY 5 – Saturday 18th May 2019

Palmaria Island

This morning we meet our guide and travel by local train to LaSpezia. Here we take a stroll along the main street to the ferry terminal where we will then board a ferry to Palmaria Island. Upon disembarking, we hike the ring path to the other side of the island. There is plenty of time for a swim and lunch in a fisherman osteria.

In the afternoon we take the ferry across to Portovenere (UNESCO site) for a guided visit of the village, before catching the ferry back to our “home” in Monterosso.

Whilst not officially a town of the Cinque Terre, Portovenere is equally as beautiful and offers an array of cafes and eateries full of Italian delights (the pizza is very delicious)

Accommodation: hotel, twin share

Meals: Breakfast|Lunch

Hiking time: 2-3 hours

Day 6 – Sunday 19th May 2019

Portofino National Park

Meeting our guide this morning we travel by train to Santa Margherita Ligure. Our hike today takes us on a scenic path, immersed in century old olive groves to the thousand years old Fruttuoso Abbey (UNESCO site).

Depending on our hiking pace, there may be free time for swimming.

After lunch, we take a ride to the gorgeous town of Portofino, allowing time for a visit back before heading back to Santa Margherita.  After a magical day out, we return by train to Monterosso.

Meals: Breakfast

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Day 7 – Monday May 20th May 2019

5 Terre the path of the Sanctuaries

This morning we meet our guide and hike out of Monterosso along the mule track that leads to the Sovoire Sanctuary located on top of the mountains overlooking the 5 Terre.

From here we continue along the ridge footpaths as far as the Sanctuary of Reggio, a real terrace over the 5 Terre and Vernazza.

Our hike takes us downhill as far as Vernazza where we have free time for lunch. It is worth a quick hike up to the lookout for stunning views of the 5 Terre.

After lunch there is the option to return to Monterosso on foot via the blue path or by train

Meals: Breakfast

Hiking time: 3.5-6 hours

Day 8 – Tuesday 21st May 2019

Your own time

Today is yours to do what you like. By now you will have discovered that there is so much to see and do in the Cinque Terre that the hardest task of the day will be making a decision. OR don’t make one at all and simply relax.

Some options may include exploring more trails, revisiting villages, a long, long lunch, swimming, cooking classes, art classes or for the more adventurous, a day trip to Florence or Pisa. The choice is yours.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – Wednesday 22nd May 2019

The longest hike Riomaggiore to Portovenere

Meeting our guide this morning we travel by train to reach Riomaggiore where we start the mule track to Montenero Sactuary.  From here we hike to the village of Campiglia along the ridge where we enjoy a view on one side of the Mediterranean, and on the other side, the Gulf of Poets with La Spezia.

We lunch at the delightful town of Campiglia, with its spectacular views of the Mediterranean.

After lunch, we hike along the path to Portovenere. Our return journey to “home” is by boat to Monterosso.

As this is our final night of our Italian Fitness Adventure,  we have a Gala Dinner organised to celebrate our wonderful week. This will incorporate the tradition of our Awards Evening, which we always have on our multi day adventures.  This is certainly a night not to be missed. It is full of laughs, reflection on our memories of the week and a consolidation of the grand adventure we have had.

Meals: Breakfast|Dinner

Hiking time: around 5 hours

Day 10 – Thursday 23rd May 2019

Time to say goodbye

After an amazing week full of great scenery, wonderful memories, super fitness adventures and amazing company, it is time to say good bye and check out of Monterosso.

It is a leisurely start for breakfast and some time for last minute shopping, photos or a short hike, as we travel back to Milan, to complete the circle of where the adventure began.

For those departing for home, we will catch the shuttle from Milan Central Station to the airport for our evening flight to Australia.

Day 11 Friday 24th May 2019

Travel day

Day 12 Saturday 25th May 2019.

Arrive back to Brisbane

INCLUSIONS

What’s included?

  • A local Italian guide for the duration of the adventure
  • Your Women’s Fitness Adventures – C.R.E.W Leader
  • 1 night in Milan accommodation – twin share
  • 7 nights Monterosso, Cinque Terre Accommodation- twin share
  • Train travel Milan to Monterosso, first class return
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 5 days of hiking with local guide
  • Train, ferry and footpath tickets on the Cinque Terre
  • Special Awards dinner/celebration at Gala Dinner on final night
  • Hike Training delivered in a Group Setting in Brisbane and online

What’s excluded 

  • Flights to and from Milan
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Backpack, hiking poles, boots
  • Alcohol
  • Personal souveneirs/purchases
  • Gratuities

FAQS

What you carry
As we are staying in Monterosso for the duration of our time on the Cinque Terre, all our hikes start and finish from our central hotel. All you will need to carry for the day is a day pack, which should have provision for 2 litres water, personal first aid, hat, sunscreen, swimwear, snacks and any purchases you may make.

Fitness Level

Our 10 day, 8 night Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure is a moderate walk that requires a reasonable level of fitness (graded moderate). We advise you do as much training as you can before the trip.  The more you train for the walk, the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world. Training is included in the adventure price (see below).

In the unlikely event that you do not feel up to hiking one day, as all our hikes start and finish at our hotel, you do have the choice to not hike for that day.

Our Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure  is a  moderate hike with plenty of hills and stairs, that requires a moderate-high level of fitness (graded moderate). We advise you do as much training as you can before the adventure.

The more you train for this adventure, the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world.

Training is included as part of this adventure. Please refer to the “Fitness and Training” tab for information regarding Group Hike Training and online training.

With plenty of advance notice of the adventure and time to train, hikers at beginner/intermediate level make this a manageable and rewarding fitness goal, provided you do the training.

Our guides

Our local guides are members of the Italian National Hiking Guides Association, have full insurance and carry a first aid kit.

Weather
It is important to come along with an open mind ready for an awesome experience whatever the weather, whoever the group. It is very important you bring the right gear for the conditions.  Italian weather is generally predictable in May. Average daytime temperatures are in the low 20’s. Overnight temperatures are generally in the mid teens. A packing list will be supplied once your booking is confirmed.

In the event of extreme weather conditions or track closures, the adventure may vary from the itinerary.  In the case of very rough sea the ferry rides can be replaced by the train or the itinerary modified. Please be aware of this and accept this as part of the adventure. Your personal safety is our highest priority.

Flights
Flights are not included in the cost of the adventure. Please do not book flights until you receive confirmation of your place and confirmation that the adventure is proceeding. This forms part of the Booking Terms and Conditions from Women’s Fitness Adventures.

You may wish to purchase your own, use frequent flyer points or use our preferred booking partner. Details of our preferred booking partner will be supplied once your initial deposit has been paid. Your C.R.E.W Leader from Women’s Fitness Adventures will be travelling from Brisbane on May 14th. You are welcome to travel on this same flight.

Details of your C.R.E.W Leaders flights will be supplied once her flight is booked and confirmed.

Arriving early or staying on in Europe Longer or needing assistance with booking a flight

We understand it is a long way from Australia to Europe and you may want to stay longer. This is why we have left the flight portion of the adventure up to you. You may wish to use frequent flyer points or arrive early/stay longer. Should you require any assistance booking a flight or other arrangements to extend your stay, we can put you in contact with our preferred travel partner once your booking is confirmed.

Passport and Identification

All travellers must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months for entry to Italy. No Visa is required. A copy of your passport will be required once your booking is confirmed. Full details will be supplied after your initial payment is confirmed.

Next steps

To secure your place a 20% on refundable deposit is needed. Note that your place is not secure until payment is received.

If you are not yet a member of Women’s Fitness Adventures and would like to book, please contact us by emailing info@womensfitnessadventures.com

Other important notes

Our 10 day, 8 night Cinque Terre Italian Hiking Adventure is graded moderate and we advise you to do as much training as you can beforehand. It is also important to come along with an open mind ready for an amazing experience, whatever the weather and whoever the group.

Remember, this is Italy!  The Italians are very friendly and relaxed. It is important to note, that whilst we will endeavour to follow the itinerary as closely as possible, the relaxed manner of the Italian culture may mean some adjustments to the itinerary may have to be made. We suggest that you relax and go with the flow. Your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader will handle any difficulties should they arise.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDTIONS

Women’s Fitness Adventures

Booking Terms and Conditions

(including cancellation policy)

Please read carefully the terms and conditions of this contract.

These should also be read in conjunction with the website Terms and Conditions. (Please click here)

In completing and submitting the Booking Form, you agree to be bound by these conditions which constitute the agreement between Women’s Fitness Adventures ABN 99 126 975 880 and you.

No purported variation of these conditions will be effective unless in writing and signed by a person so authorised by Women’s Fitness Adventures. In these terms and conditions reference to “Women’s Fitness Adventures representatives” means C.R.E.W leaders and staff of Women’s Fitness Adventures and its officers, employees, agents, licensees, guides and other third parties and representatives and the land management authorities in each country in which the tour is conducted, or any of them.

 

Prices

All prices are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or varied without notice.

The price is only guaranteed once paid for in full by you.

Price changes can occur between the time you make a reservation and the date of full payment. Factors influencing price changes can be currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and other provider increases outside of our control.

Payment terms and cancellation policy

Please note the payment terms including the cancellation policy.

  • An initial non refundable deposit of 20% is required to secure your place on this adventure.
  • Once a booking is confirmed, payment must be received within the payment terms as advised by Women’s Fitness Adventures in the table below.
  • Failure to pay within the deadline will result in automatic cancellation of the booking.
  • Payments are accepted by direct deposit, by PayPal or by credit card. There are no surcharge fees.
  • When your credit card is processed by Women’s Fitness Adventures you agree to not have your payment ‘charged back’ or reversed by your credit card provider where the services have been provided
  • Direct Deposit payments can be made to the following account with the adventure and your initials as the reference

Women’s Fitness Adventures

BSB 084-447

Account: 837616982

 

Payment terms and cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to info@womensfitnessadventures.com. Your cancellation date is the date when written notification is received.

 

Payment Terms (Members­)

Payment Due DateAmount
On Booking$ 859.80  (20% non -refundable Deposit)
October 30th2018$1000.00
March 1st2019$2439.20

 

 

Cancellation Policy

Notification Received by

Women’s Fitness Adventures

Cancellation Charge
Before October 31st2019Total loss of deposit
Between & Including

October 31st 2018&January 5th2019

50% of full adventure cost
Between & Including

January 6th& March 1st2019

70% of full adventure cost
Between & Including

March 2nd& Departure Date

100% of full adventure cost
After Scheduled Adventure100% of full adventure cost

 

 

 

No refunds are provided should you have to leave the adventure early.

*As our adventures are so popular, please be aware that if you cancel your place, it will most likely be taken by someone else so you should consider this carefully.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance must be taken out at this point and a copy of your Travel Documentation supplied with your completed Participant Document to guarantee your place. This will be available for you to sign electronically at the time of making your booking.

  • Please make sure that you read, understand and accept all of the fine print contained within your insurance policy before purchase to ensure it covers all of your personal requirements.
  • Please ensure your Travel Insurance covers you for cancellation, medical and repatriation expenses, personal injury and accident, death, loss of personal baggage and money and personal liability insurance. It is also important to read the fine print in relation to parents over the age of 80 and what is included/excluded from your policy. If using your credit card insurance, please check the terms and conditions on this before booking with us.

Women’s Fitness Adventures and its partners are not liable for any out of pocket expenses that insurance will not cover and will not be held responsible financially or in kind should your insurance not cover your personal circumstances.

Inclusions

  • Note that prices are per person.
  • Prices are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at the time of publication.

 

Adventure Exclusions

  • Airfares, unless otherwise stated
  • Local hotel taxes – payable at check in
  • Visa’s , Passports and Vaccinations where applicable
  • Transfers – unless otherwise stated
  • Gratuities
  • Extra Meals and other expenses not included in the adventure. i.e but not limited to: laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses and items of a personal nature, emergency evacuation and/or emergency search charges

Itineraries and brochures.

Itineraries and other details are published in good faith as statements of intention only and reasonable changes in the itinerary and related items may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by Women’s Fitness Adventures.

The information contained in Women’s Fitness Adventures website, Facebook Pages brochures, itineraries, and any other published content, is, to the best of Women’s Fitness Adventures knowledge, correct at the time of publication.

Route changes, Postponement, Cancellation or Delay. 

Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to:

  • Cancel or modify any routes within the adventure or objectives set out in the itinerary; or
  • Substitute different or equivalent routes within the adventure in place of cancelled or modified routes, or
  • Postpone, cancel or delay (either in relation to the departure or arrival times or the duration of the tour) any such aspect of the adventure if, at the absolute discretion of Women’s Fitness Adventures, it is necessary to do so due to inclement weather, snow or icy conditions or conditions that are otherwise likely to be hazardous or dangerous or due to any other adverse or threatening conditions whether political or military or terrorist or otherwise or if, at the absolute discretion of Women’s Fitness Adventures there is a likelihood of any such event occurring which may impact upon the safety of the participants, or if an act or omission of a third party prevents the tour or the aspect of the adventure being undertaken in accordance with your booking or for any other reason considered necessary by Women’s Fitness Adventures.
  • In the event of any change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay under this condition, you acknowledge that you will have no right of refund of the adventure price (whether in whole or in part) and no right to claim compensation for any injury, loss or damage or other additional expenses incurred by virtue of the change, modification, cancellation postponement or delay.
  • Women’s Fitness Adventures also reserves, at its absolute discretion, the right to cancel any adventure due to any government travel warning or advice, or any change in such warning or advice. Travel insurance may compensate you depending on the circumstances.

Cancellation by Women’s Fitness Adventures. 

Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel an adventure and will advise you of such cancellations no later than 60 days before the adventure departure date.

If due to ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice, Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel an adventure at any time. With any form of cancellation, Women’s Fitness Adventures will do it’s best to offer you alternative arrangements if available, and if the price of your alternative adventure is of lower value than the original booking we will refund the difference to you. If you do not accept alternative arrangements we will refund all payments you have made to Women’s Fitness Adventures, (in case of ‘Force Majeure’ or government travel advice refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs). Women’s Fitness Adventures will not be liable for any additional costs incurred by you.

Force Majeure Women’s Fitness Adventures will not be liable for any delay in, change to or cancelation of adventure due to ‘Force Majeure’. ‘Force Majeure’ definition means a circumstance beyond the reasonable control of Women’s Fitness Adventures and includes, but is not limited to, war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and strikes.

Women’s Fitness Adventures reserve the right either before or during the course of the adventure to refuse to carry or accommodate any client which it reasonably considers, in the light of the best interests of all participants within the adventure group and crew, to be unsuitable by reason of physical or mental condition or unruly behaviour.

Cancellation due to small tour numbers. 

Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel any adventure prior to departure in the event that there are too few people booked on the adventure. In this case you will be given a full refund of the amount already paid by you. You will not be entitled to claim any additional amounts or seek any compensation for any injury, loss, expenses or damage (either direct or consequential) or for any loss of time or inconvenience which may result from such cancellation (including but not limited to visa, passport and vaccination charges, or departure, gear purchases, airport and airline taxes or annual leave).

We require a minimum of 13 trekkers for the Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure. If numbers do not reach this level we reserve the right to cancel, or change dates of the adventure or refer you to another existing adventure.

Adventure numbers are regularly reviewed and we will notify you of any cancellations no later than 60 days prior to your selected trek.

Medical Disclosure. It is your responsibility and you must advise women’s Fitness Adventures of any pre-existing medical condition and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention while on our adventure s. Women’s Fitness Adventures or our suppliers may require additional medical assessment by a medical practitioner. Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your booking and refund the money paid by you, less any unrecoverable costs. Women’s Fitness Adventures also reserves the right to cancel your participation in a adventure at any time, including after the commencement of your adventure, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the adventure and the enjoyment of other adventure members.

 

FITNESS AND TRAINING

Fitness and Training

 

We’ve got you covered with the Fitness and Training.

 

You may be thinking…

“I want to go, but can’t make time for training”

“I want to go but will I be fit enough?”

“I really want to be part of this but don’t know where to start”

One thing ALL of our past C.R.E.W. Adventurers have said is:
“do the training, follow the plan and you will LOVE your adventure even more”

Our training plans have been developed with YOU in mind, based on:

  • the latest research
  • 10 years of working with women in the health and fitness space, both as a Personal Trainer and a Certified Weight Loss coach
  • the cumulative effect of hundreds of kilometres and hours on the trails

        AND

  • feedback from our C.R.E.W Members.

All Group Hike Training options are perfect opportunities for you to:

  1. get to know fellow C.R.E.W members on your hike
  2. gauge your level of fitness
  3. boost your fitness
Feedback from our past adventurers identifies how important it is to them to participate in both online and offline training. Over 80% of our past adventurers stated that training was great for getting to know fellow adventurers.
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Lucy says, ” Hike training helps. You get to know your fellow hikers, – helps with comradeship and you tend to support one another on the adventure, especially if it is out of your comfort zone, ask questions on what gear to bring and find out more about the adventure”
Designed by women, for women, the benefits of our training plan spill over into everyday life and consist of the following components:
  • FUNCTIONAL – helping you strengthen the muscles that support the joints. This has benefits not only for your multi day hike, but for life in general.
  • CARDIO BOOSTING – designed to elevate the heart rate in a safe way, ensuring that every training session you do will make you better than the last one
  • ENDURANCE – nothing substitutes for time on your legs. So we have designed it that way – to work in with you and your lifestyle.

We also understand the physiology of women’s bodies, so rest assured our programs have truly been designed with YOU at the very centre.

Our training programs are proven and extremely successful – but ONLY if you follow them. Our C.R.E.W who hiked Kokoda in PNG, followed the plan EXACTLY and our only injury was a blister!!!
Member Success at training
Hike Training with Women's Fitness Adventures
There are FOUR components to the training and to MAXIMISE your results, we recommend you get involved in all.
1. Physical Group Hike Training
This is where the C.R.E.W Leaders get to see you in action. It is held QUARTERLY around Brisbane and is a 4 hour/half day duration.
2. Online training – MONTHLY in the comfort of your own home.
Each month, at a specified time and date, we will connect with the Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure C.R.E.W and catch up on where each person is at.
We also provide you the training for the coming weeks. This covers the 3 components of Functional, Cardio and Endurance as outlined above. You will also receive a  comprehensive 4 weekly hiking plan as well as functional exercises.
Don’t worry though – we will take you through it step by step, regardless of the level you are currently at.
3. One on one call with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader
So that we can best maximise your training and give you the best opportunity to be as fit as possible for your upcoming adventure, we will schedule a 15 minute call to maximise your training opportunities.
Again, this is based on feedback from our past participants who suggested this would be a great addition to training.
4. The closed Facebook Group
We encourage you to comment and support each other in the group. Where possible, get together as a group outside of the formal training times.
Life gets busy and simply having the support of the group when you don’t feel like training, will immediately shift your focus to CAN DO.
Training with Women's Fitness Adventures
Training with Women's Fitness Adventures

 

 

 

Additional information

Location

Cinque Terre, Italy

Length

10 days, 8 nights

Start Date

14th May 2019

End Date

25th May 2019

No. of Nights

8

No. of Days

10

Fitness Level

Moderate

1 review for The Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure 14-25th May 2019

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leanne McFadyen

    I did this adventure in May 2018 and loved it. Everything about it was fantastic: amazing views and hiking, great food and wine (& Aperol spritz), great company and lots of laughs, and our knowledgeable local guides – all overseen by our wonderful WFA host, Jane! If you have the chance to go on this adventure, do it! I highly recommend it. I had such a fun time with a great group of women and made wonderful memories. And don’t forget to have the Aperol!!

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