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Non Member Price: $4,699.00

Member Price: $4,399.00

Moderate
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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.

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Monday May 17th

Arrive in Milan

Arrival day in Milan, Italy. If coming directly from Australia, arrival time is approximately 2:20pm.  With a group transfer to the hotel, the afternoon 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: Welcome Dinner

Tuesday May 18th

Milan to Monterosso, Cinque Terre

After  a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we travel by train at noon 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 late afternoon 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

Wednesday May 19th

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 Riomaggiore. 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 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)

Thursday May 20th

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)

Dinner is of your choosing tonight

Accommodation: hotel, twin share

Meals: Breakfast|Lunch

Hiking time: 2-3 hours

Friday May 21st

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  ferry ride to the gorgeous town of Portofino, allowing time to explore this town before heading back to Santa Margherita.  After a magical day out, we return by train to Monterosso.

Meals: Breakfast

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Saturday May 22nd

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: 5-6 hours

Sunday May 23rd

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

Monday May 24th

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

Tuesday May 25th

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.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Here's What You Get

FITNESS TRAINING

Our The Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure is classified Moderate and provides the opportunity to experience a beautiful part of Italy. There are steps.

Women’s Fitness Adventures provides the opportunity to attend  monthly hike training sessions within the greater Brisbane area.

This monthly training is included in your package.

We advise you do as much training as you can before the trip.  The more you train for this hike, the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world.

Non Brisbane residents have a monthly call and online training provided.

Fitness Goals

If you’re at a beginner AND are keen to do this adventure, we can help you meet your goals to assist you in the enjoyment of this trip.

 

ACCOMMODATION

During our The Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure we will be staying in one base at Monterosso which truely captures the true essence of the region.

One Night in a hotel – twin share in Milan

Seven Nights in a hotel in Monterosso twin share

All our accommodation is clean and comfortable.

MEALS

In this itinerary we have catered for

8 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 Dinners.

We have allowed for flexibility with lunches and some dinners as there are many choices and stunning places we can choose depending on days and weather. Therefore we have not included lunches and some dinners for this itinerary

Please refer to each day’s itinerary for inclusions.

Whilst we do not supply alcohol, you are welcome to buy your own.

Remember alcohol is dehydrating and the goal is to hike each day.

Should you have any special snacks that you can’t live without, you are welcome to bring these with you.

YOUR LEADERS

Your experienced Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W. Leader is with you all the way.

From the moment you arrive in Milan (or if you are travelling there together) until the time you leave she will be your ultimate fan and support.

Your C.R.E.W Leader is fully trained in Remote Area First Aid and is your first point of call once you are on the adventure.

 

GEAR AND EQUIPMENT

Within a few weeks of your booking being confirmed, you will have access to your Gear and Packing list.

By sticking to the list, you will be well prepared for The Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure

Each day you will be required to carry your own day pack.

If you are new to adventures and do not have the gear, please hold off until our Member Night at the Adventure store or your first training session where you can talk to your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader

Women’s Fitness Adventures regularly holds information and education evenings with our preferred Adventure store partners.

At these events you will be able to receive professional advice, adventure specific information, a fun night out and the Women’s Fitness Adventures Members’ discount on equipment purchases on the night.

Your C.R.E.W Leaders are carrying Emergency Communications Equipment and a group first aid kit.

SAFETY

Safety is our number one priority. Your C.R.E.W Leader is fully trained in Remote Area First Aid and your Guides hold  Senior First Aid Qualifications.

All guides and leaders have current CPR Qualifications.

In the event of extreme weather conditions or conditions beyond our control, the adventure may vary from the itinerary. Please be aware of this and accept this as part of the adventure. Your personal safety is our highest priority.

KNOWLEDGE

Our  Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure comes with a dedicated, local and professional hiking guide.

Our guide, along with your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader, who is there to support YOU, will ensure that you leave with not only knowledge of the local area, but also priceless memories.

These elements, along with our amazing C.R.E.W make our  multi day hikes transformational. Some kind of “magic” happens with the group.

FRIENDSHIP

From the moment you book on to the The Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure , you will begin to make new friends. It all starts with the training.

Our adventurers tell us that they love the opportunities of meeting others before the adventure in the Closed Facebook Group or in person at training.

Many of our members have gone on to become great friends. You can read some of the friendship stories by clicking here.

PRICELESS MEMORIES

Our multi day hikes are transformational. Some kind of “magic” happens with the group.

Here is what Melinda said about her Italian Adventure in 2019

“It was just the level of fun! The comradeship and sense of adventure was great with the entire group of ladies. Also the fact that every single step was never repeated. The variety of walks was super. The adventure was coordinated so well and ran like clockwork” Cinque Terre, Italy 2019.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What you carry

    You will only need day packs to carry your water and snacks for the day.  You may also have personal items that you might like to carry along such as extra clothing, rainjacket, sunscreen and camera. The weight of this would vary around 5-7kg.

    A comprehensive gear list will be supplied to you long before the adventure so that you can feel confident that you have the right gear.

    Within a few weeks of your booking being confirmed, you will have access to your Gear and Packing list.

    By sticking to the list, you will be well prepared for The Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure

    If you are new to adventures and do not have the gear, please hold off until our Member Night at the Adventure store or your first training session where you can talk to your Women’s Fitness Adventures C.R.E.W Leader

    Women’s Fitness Adventures regularly holds information and education evenings with our preferred Adventure store partners.

    At these events you will be able to receive professional advice, adventure specific information, a fun night out and the Women’s Fitness Adventures Members’ discount on equipment purchases on the night.

  • Fitness Level

    Our  Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure is Graded Moderate.

    The walking is moderate with daily guided walks of around 4-6 hours.

    There is also trains and ferries to catch. The ferry hugs the coastline and is a great way to see where you have walked and how these towns are set into the mountainous coastline.

    You will need an average level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.

    Women’s Fitness Adventures provides the opportunity to attend  monthly hike training sessions within the greater Brisbane area.

    This monthly training is included in your package.

    We advise you do as much training as you can before the trip.  The more you train for this hike, the easier you will handle the terrain and the more you will enjoy this wonderful part of the world.

    Non Brisbane residents have a monthly call and online training provided.

    Fitness Goals

    If you’re at a lower level  of fitness than moderate we can help you with your goals to successfully prepare for this trip.

  • Weather

    May is Spring in Italy, and one of the best months to travel to this Italian Region

    The weather is warm but not humid.

    It is important to come along with an open mind ready for an awesome experience whatever the weather, whoever the group. Weather can sometimes be unpredictable.

    In the event of extreme weather conditions and other factors beyond our control, the adventure may vary from the itinerary. Please be aware of this and accept this as part of the adventure. Your personal safety is our highest priority.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    The following is INCLUDED as part of the adventure:

    • all transfers that form part of the adventure as specified in the itinerary
    • 8 nights/9 days fully guided and accommodated adventure
    • all breakfasts
    • 2 lunches
    • 3 dinners
    • Local qualified Italian Hiking Guide
    • Your Women’s Fitness Adventures leader

    The following are not included

    • airfares
    • visas, passport costs
    • vaccinations & medical expenses
    • Travel Insurance
    • transfers other than specified
    • tips and gratuities
    • alcohol
    • souvenirs & gifts
    • meals & food not specified in the itinerary, specifically lunches & some dinners
    • entrance fees unless specified
    • items of a personal nature
    • hotel taxes where applicable.
  • Booking Terms and Conditions

    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 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.

    For international bookings please note a passport is required for all International Travel and a minimum of 6 months validity is required on your passport.

    Final itineraries and gear lists will be supplied via email no more than 14-21 days prior to your departure date.

    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. Therefore pricing is subject to change until final payment has been received. Factors influencing price changes can be currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, taxes and other provider increases outside of our control. Please be aware of this.

    Payment terms and cancellation policy

    Please note the payment terms including the cancellation policy.

    • An initial non refundable deposit of 25% 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 your booking.
    • Payments are accepted by direct deposit, by cheque or by credit card. There are no surcharges for bookings made through the Women’s Fitness Adventures website
    • 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 [email protected]. Your cancellation date is the date when written notification is received.

     

    Payment terms and Cancellation Policy for Members

     

    Payment terms

    Payment Due Date Amount
    On Booking $1099 (25% Non refundable deposit)
    October 19th 2020 $1100
    December 21st2020 $880
    February 22nd2021 $1320

     

    Cancellation Policy

     

    Notification Received by

    Women’s Fitness Adventures

    Cancellation Charge
    Before October 19th 2020 Total loss of deposit
    Between & Including

    October 19th & December 20th 2020

    50% of full adventure cost
    Between & Including

    December 21st, 2020 & February 21st 2021

    70% of full adventure cost
    Between & Including

    February 22nd, 2021  & Departure Date

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

    Payment terms and cancellation Policy for Non members

     

    Payment terms

     

    Payment Due Date Amount
    On Booking $1174 (25% Non refundable deposit)
    October 19th, 2020 $1175
    December 21st2020 $940
    February 22nd2021 $1410

     

    Cancellation Policy

     

    Notification Received by

    Women’s Fitness Adventures

    Cancellation Charge
    Before October 19th, 2020 Total loss of deposit
    Between & Including

    October 19th& December 20th, 2020

    50% of full adventure cost
    Between & Including

    December 21st, 2020  & February 21st, 2021

    70% of full adventure cost
    Between & Including

    February 22nd, 2021  & Departure Date

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

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


    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 increase outside of our control.

    Note you must be a financial member AT THE TIME OF YOUR ADVENTURE DEPARTURE to take access the member price. If you are not a financial member at the time of your adventure departure you will need to pay the difference between the member and non member price for this adventure.

    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.

    • 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.

    Adventure Inclusions

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

     

    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 adventures or objectives set out in the itinerary; or
    • Substitute different or equivalent routes within the adventures 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 adventures) any such aspect of the tour 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, in 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 tour 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 tour 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.

     

    Cancellation by Women’s Fitness Adventures. 

    Women’s Fitness Adventures reserves the right to cancel a departure 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 a departure 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 cancellation of trips 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 adventure 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 11 trekkers for The Cinque Terre Italian Fitness Adventure. If numbers do not reach this level we reserve the right to cancel, or change the 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 tours. 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 trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

     

Here Is What Other Women Say About Our Adventures

” Knowing the leaders has been a most positive part of my life. From the very beginning I have been encouraged to do my best. Everything about the adventures has been amazing” Mt Koscuisko 2017

Merlene Madge

“It was just the level of fun! The comradeship and sense of adventure was great with the entire group of ladies. Also the fact that every single step was never repeated. The variety of walks was super. The adventure was coordinated so well and ran like clockwork” Cinque Terre, Italy 2019.

Melinda Schulte