Cinque Terre Culinary & Cultural Expedition

The vibrant, cliffside houses overlooking the Italian Riveria are an enchanting sight. Rooted in antiquity, Cinque Terre's five villages date back to the medieval period, and each one has something exceptional to offer. A beautiful, aroma-filled botanical garden sits high in the cliffs of Riomaggiore. This village is also known for its otherworldly sunsets, when the reflections of the sun and the colorful houses dance on the water. Vernazza is famous for its caruggi—narrow, winding paths that travel throughout the steep village. If you’re in the mood for some of Italy’s best wine, travel to Manarola, where Sciacchetrà—a fruity wine unique to Cinque Terre—is produced. Despite no direct access to the sea, Corniglia holds its own with the only terrace on Cinque Terre from which you can see the four other towns. The fifth and final village is Monterosso al Mare—the go-to place for white, sandy beaches, fresh anchovies, and fragrant lemons that sweeten the air.


Trip Summary: Cinque Terre, Italy | 7 Days

Trip Dates:  Year Round

Group Size:  Maximum 12 People

Price From: $3600 per person


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Trip Price $3600

Single Room Supplement + $600

3-Day Extension to Rome / Milan + $1200

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Comprehensive package including accommodation for all nights, train transportation between itinerary activities, lecture and instruction materials from our expert culinary instructors, all activities listed on the itinerary, arrival transfers from Genoa train station to Levanto, and 2 meals per day. *International Airfare, and Visa Fees not included


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This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.



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Trip highlights

  • All nights included at a boutique hotel accommodation in the heart of Levanto
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise through the five villages of Cinque Terre
  • Traditional Ligurian cooking course with an expert chef
  • Visit to Vernazza fishing village
  • Hands-on pesto making course with wine pairing
  • Visit to a traditional market in La Spezia and accompanying culinary instruction

Cinque Terre Itinerary | 7 days

Arrival Airport: Genoa International Airport

Day 1:  As you travel to the quiet, coastal towns of Deiva Marina and Levanto, a short distance from Cinque Terre, you’ll be treated to some of the most breathtaking views in Italy. After arriving at your hotel, unwind in you room, or head down to the nearby beach. To end your first relaxing day of Italian bliss, you’ll enjoy a traditional welcome dinner at the hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Carla / Hotel Clelia

Day 2: In the morning, enjoy a buffet breakfast to energize you for the adventures ahead. Fuel up on fresh fruit, fluffy croissants, and flavorful jams.  Partake in a morning of leisure before embarking on a scenic train ride to your first culinary masterclass. Before you get your hands dirty, you’ll learn about the philosophy behind traditional Ligurian Cooking and the ingredients you’ll be using, including how to identify the perfect mussels, freshest fish, and top-notch local vegetables. The chef will guide you through creating a scrumptious 3-course meal and how to create authentic Ligurian flavors working with a variety of coastal ingredients special to Cinque Terre. Spend your free time in the evening venturing to the surrounding Cinque Terre Region. Accommodation: Hotel Carla / Hotel Clelia

Day 3: Hop on a boat to appreciate Cinque Terre’s beauty from a new perspective. We’ll depart from the harbor in the north and cruise south along the coast.  You'll get to know the other guests and learn about the Cinque Terre region as it takes roughly an hour to arrive at your destination of La Spezia. The cruise will stop at the five villages along the way—Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore—allowing time for a delicious Ligurian lunch overlooking the picturesque Riviera, as well as exploring all the towns have to offer. Enjoy an optional afternoon swim (weather permitting) before heading back to Deiva Marina / Levanto. After a day full of exploration, gorgeous views, fresh ocean air, and delicious food, make the most of another free evening before a satisfying dinner at a nearby local restaurant. Accommodation: Hotel Carla / Hotel Clelia

Day 4: This morning you’ll travel by train to your next cooking lesson in La Spezia. When you arrive, you’ll take a stroll through charming markets brimming with fresh produce and ingredients. As we walk by the many vendors with stands overflowing with sunny, citrus fruit, and fresh produce, we'll learn how to select the finest of ingredients. Equipped with insider knowledge and the best of ingredients, we will prepare traditional dishes rich with the flavors of Cinque Terre. Follow the chef’s instructions as you craft a 3-course meal of mussels mariner, sea bream, and tiramisu, served with exquisite wine and robust coffee. Accommodation: Hotel Carla / Hotel Clelia

Day 5:  After another hearty breakfast, you get to choose how to spend your day in seaside paradise. Take the train through each of the scenic Cinque Terre towns, hike the footpaths along the coast, soak in the splendor of the views, or visit the local markets in La Spezia.  After a fulfilling day surrounded by sunshine, make your way back to the hotel for a nourishing 3-course dinner of seasonal dishes such as, frittata with ricotta, baked seabass, and a freshly baked fruit pie. Accommodation: Hotel Carla / Hotel Clelia

Day 6: Today you’ll complete your culinary journey by participating in a traditional pesto making course accompanied by a delectable local wine from the region. Throughout this culinary experience we will sample breads dipped in locally produced olive oil, fresh handmade pesto (that you'll make yourself!) with pasta, along with an array of popular sides. After a packed week of culinary experiences and incredible memories, you will enjoy a traditional farewell dinner, offering one last evening to soak up the unbelievable wonder that is Cinque Terre. Accommodation: Hotel Carla / Hotel Clelia

Day 7:  Sadly, it’s time to say, “Arrivederci!” to Italy. If you are departing by train back to Genoa, or continuing on to another part of Italy we wish you the safest of travels until you visit Cinque Terre again!

Departure Airport: Genoa International Airport


Optional 3 - Day Extension to Rome, Italy

For those who wish to extend your time in Italy, transfer to Rome and check-in to your beautiful hotel in the city center.  Spend the next 3 days exploring the ancient city, starting at Capitoline Hill before continuing on to the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Nuovo, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, ending at the famous Colosseum. Wake up to a traditional Italian breakfast each day before setting out to explore the world-famous Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. With your private guide, you’ll experience the unforgettable highlights of the Vatican, such as Michelangelo’s masterpiece—the frescoed ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, stop by St. Peter Basilica, the world's largest church, and gaze upon some of the world’s most beautiful Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Accommodation: The Empire Hotel

Optional 3 - Day Extension to Milan

Welcome to Milan!  You will transfer to the city, check-in to your hotel, and meet your guide to begin your city and culinary tours of Milan. The first stop on the tour is the famous Duomo cathedral (Duomo Di Milano). This famous structure is dedicated to St. Mary of the nativity and is the seat of the archbishop of Milan. This incredible cathedral took nearly 6-centuries to build and is the largest church in all of Italy. You will have a guided tour inside the Duomo structure, and we will get the opportunity to see the many beautiful frescos that cover the cathedral ceiling. Upon exiting the Duomo, adventurous members of the group can purchase bird seed to feed the hundreds of pigeons that crowd the courtyard grounds! The next day embark on a guided market tour where you will get to see the where local chefs purchase fresh produce, meats, and assortment of ingredients for their restaurants. The guide will explain how the perfect ingredients are selected and how to identify suitable ingredients for one of Milan’s most famous dishes -such as saffron risotto. Following the guided market tour, the group will have free time to explore the main city center and visit a number of famous historical and culinary sights.  Enjoy your final evening in Milan with a delicious Northern Italian Farewell Dinner.  Accommodation: Kilma Hotel Milan Fiere