9 days in Genoa, Cinque Terre & Portofino Itinerary

9 days in Genoa, Cinque Terre & Portofino Itinerary

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9 days in Genoa, Cinque Terre & Portofino Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Genoa
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Cinque Terre
— 3 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Portofino
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Cairo

1
night
Genoa

Genoa ©
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
On the 13th (Sat), examine the collection at Dialogo nel Buio, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of Genoa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and finally don't miss a visit to Via Garibaldi. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Osservatorio Astronomico Parco Antola, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario di Santa Caterina, then contemplate the long history of Fortezza del Priamar, and finally explore the galleries of Lanterna di Genova.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Genoa visit planner .

Cairo, Egypt to Genoa is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cairo to Genoa due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cairo in July: high temperatures in Genoa hover around 32°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Osservatorio Astronomico Parco Antola, Santuario di Santa Caterina, Fortezza del Priamar
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Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi ©
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi

3
nights
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Change things up with a short trip to Portovenere in Porto Venere (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: trek along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, get to know the fascinating history of Cinque Terre Trails, don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, and take a stroll around Vernazza.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cinque Terre day trip app .

Traveling by train from Genoa to Cinque Terre takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Genoa in July since evenings lows in Cinque Terre dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Portofino.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Portovenere
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza ©
Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza
Vernazza ©
Vernazza

2
nights
Portofino

Portofino ©
Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. On the 18th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Area Marina Protetta Portofino, then go for a stroll along the water at Marina di Portofino, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria di Nazareth, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oratorio della Santissima Trinita, and then make a trip to Teatro Auditorium delle Clarisse.

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You can take a train from Cinque Terre to Portofino in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cinque Terre in July, Portofino is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portofino

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Basilica di Santa Maria di Nazareth, Teatro Auditorium delle Clarisse, Oratorio della Santissima Trinita
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Area Marina Protetta Portofino ©
Area Marina Protetta Portofino
Castello Brown ©
Castello Brown
Church of San Giorgio ©
Church of San Giorgio

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