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Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike

1. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of the quaint village and wander around. Then, choose to either go on a guided hike to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Boat

2. La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Boat

Experience the Cinque Terre coast by boat and take in gorgeous views of vineyards terraces and charming buildings from the sea. Make time to stop at Riomaggiore or Portovenere, then Monterosso, and Vernazza along the way. Start at La Spezia's harbor and sail through the Gulf of the Poets . Sail to the first stop: Riomaggiore or Portovenere ( depends on tour availability ) and marvel the beauty of the Village. In Monterosso al Mare, explore the medieval historic center and marvel at the parish church dedicated to St. John, the Baptist. Then continue the sailing to Vernazza, the pearl of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza presents itself to visitors as the prow of a ship: most of the village is in fact built on a small promontory that ends at the sea with an imposing fortification system. At the end of the tour, enjoy free time and take the chance to taste the local wine and food, or go for a swim in the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean before returning to La Spezia.

From Florence: Pisa & Cinque Terre with Hike Day Trip

3. From Florence: Pisa & Cinque Terre with Hike Day Trip

Depart Florence early in the morning and transfer to the Ligurian coast by air-conditioned coach. Cross 2 of Italy’s most scenic provinces as you pass the rolling hills of Tuscany for Liguria.  Upon arrival at Cinque Terre, transfer to the public train and travel up the coast for breathtaking views of the villages. The first stop of the day trip is Monterosso, the largest town of the Cinque Terre. Wander around the charming town on your own and stop to taste the delicious flavors of Ligurian cuisine. Go on an optional 45-minute-long light hike through the stunning scenery of Cinque Terre. Let your tour leader guide you through the terraced vineyards and ancient olive groves with spectacular panoramic views. After the hike, return to Monterosso and relax at Fegina beach. Stroll along the promenade and stop to refresh yourself at one of the many restaurants, pubs, and ice cream shops. Then, climb aboard the train to Manarola and enjoy views of the tiny harbor, full of colorful boats and vibrant natural formations. Take your time to stroll around the area on your own and discover this beautiful village. Your day will continue beyond the splendors of Cinque Terre as you embark on a captivating journey to the renowned city of Pisa, home to the world-renowned Leaning Tower and many other architectural wonders As your day trip concludes, board the train for a swift and scenic return to your private air-conditioned coach bound for Florence.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip by Bus

4. From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip by Bus

Experience an unforgettable adventure to the Cinque Terre 5 from Florence. Discover the charming UNESCO villages of Levanto, Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola, and Riomaggiore that are suspended between sea and land. Choose to discover these amazing villages with a multilingual guide that will show you around for the full day or have free time to explore on your own. Select the train and ferry option to move from village to village by train and to view the coast from the water. During the day you, have some free time to enjoy these beautifully-colored villages and taste some of the delicious regional dishes as pasta al pesto, olives, focaccia, or wines. If you prefer discovering those villages by yourself you can chose the low cost option that includes only the transfer from Florence and you can make your way to the villages that you prefer on your own.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

5. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

Explore the beautiful cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns of the Cinque Terre on a sailing tour from La Spezia. You will see all five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 5,5 hour boat tour. Start your tour from Passeggiata Morin in La Spezia and sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets. Admire the beautiful landscape of the four villages that make up the Borgate Marinare. Continue sailing towards Portovenere, where you will cross the Le Bocche, a strait between the town of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island. See the magnificent Romanesque church of San Pietro, set among the rocks and overlooking the sea. Discover one of the unspoiled coves like Le Rosse, Monesteroli or Punta Pineda along the coastline. Grab a chance to dip in the pristine waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park. Marvel at the beauty of Monterosso al Mare, the last and most vibrant of the five villages. Here you can enjoy ashore local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the local mussel farms while returning to La Spezia. 

Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

6. Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

Explore the Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on a guided day trip from Milan by van. See Cinque Terre from different perspectives from a boat and a train. After leaving Milan by coach, arrive in Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's 5 villages. With no car traffic, it remains one of the truest fishing villages on the Italian Riviera. Restaurants, bars, and accommodation all have an endearingly homespun air about them. From Monterosso, start the final leg of your journey: a boat cruise, where you can admire the stunning views of the Cinque Terre and the delightful village of Portovenere from the sea. Arrive at La Spezia where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan. These 5 enchanting medieval villages cling to the coast, offering a breathtaking sight of the sea, and are now part of a national park listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Lunch

7. From Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Lunch

Our journey begins on a comfortable bus, led by our expert guide. The first stop is the enchanting village of Manarola. Colorful houses, churches, and picturesque shops cling to the cliffs overlooking the sea. Moving on to Vernazza, considered one of the most enchanting villages of Cinque Terre, our guide will lead us on an exploratory stroll through narrow alleys and charming squares to the harbor, where we'll embark on a boat. From this unique perspective, we'll marvel at the spectacular coastline unfolding before our eyes. The next stop is Monterosso, renowned for its lovely beach and hills gently descending towards rocky coves. Here, a typical restaurant awaits us for a delightful lunch featuring local products (if option selected). You'll also have ample free time for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean or to explore the fascinating workshops of local artisans. Our unforgettable adventure in the Cinque Terre comes to an end in this lively and picturesque village. Then our comfortable bus awaits us to take us back to Florence, concluding a perfect day. Please note: - Round-trip transportation option does not include: train tickets, boat ride and typical Lunch - The order of visits may change

Cinque Terre: Hybrid Boat Tour with Swimming Stop

8. Cinque Terre: Hybrid Boat Tour with Swimming Stop

Embark on a captivating journey that unveils the heart of Cinque Terre from the sea. The following itinerary starts from Monterosso, but it's also possible to begin the tour from La Spezia, with the same attractions included. Get ready to discover the iconic villages along the sea. As your boat tour departs from Monterosso, the northernmost village of Cinque Terre, you're immediately enveloped in its lively atmosphere and historical charm. Monterosso, known for its beautiful beaches and lush lemon trees, serves as the perfect starting point for your adventure. As you glide southward, the next spectacle is Vernazza, arguably the most picturesque of the five villages. With its natural harbor and colorful houses clinging to steep terraces, Vernazza is a photographer's dream. The Doria Castle and the Santa Margherita d'Antiochia Church stand as timeless sentinels over this vibrant fishing village. As the coastline unfurls, a special moment awaits—a leisurely stop at Cinque Terre's most secluded beach. Here, in the midst of crystal-clear waters, indulge in a refreshing swim followed by an aperitif featuring local specialties, a true taste of Ligurian hospitality. Continuing along the coast, you reach Corniglia, the only village perched high above the sea, offering breathtaking panoramic views from its vantage point. Surrounded by terraced vineyards, Corniglia feels like a step back in time with its narrow streets and quaint piazzas, embodying the tranquil essence of rural Italian life. Manarola, your next stop, is a cascade of multi-colored houses that seem to emerge straight from the rock itself. This village is renowned for its lively waterfront where the houses seem to dive into the sea. The romance of Manarola is unmatched. The final jewel in the Cinque Terre crown is Riomaggiore, the southernmost village, a picturesque coast-side village with postcard-perfect panoramas at every bend. The boat will navigate back to Monterosso, concluding a journey that has taken you through the heart of the Cinque Terre's unparalleled beauty.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour with Lunch and Wine

9. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour with Lunch and Wine

Sail aboard a 10 meter long vintage wooden boat for a unique experience discovering the Cinque Terre. Embark on a panoramic cruise through the five picturesque villages Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza Monterosso. During the tour we will stop at three beaches where you can dive into the crystal clear waters: Monesteroli, Le Rosse, Portovenere, some reachable only by boat, and finally you can take a dip in the middle of the sea immersed in silence, sipping a drink in the water. The tour includes a stop where you can get off to visit Vernazza . On the boat you can enjoy a lunch based on: Ligurian Crostino, Pasta with Pesto or Pasta with Muscles and a Caprese based on Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomatoes on a bed of Arugula. Various sauces and snacks. Drinks are unlimited: Prosecco, wine, beer, soft drinks. Don't wait any longer, book your unforgettable trip now

Cinque Terre & Portovenere: Boat Tour

10. Cinque Terre & Portovenere: Boat Tour

Departure at 10 a.m. from Porto Mirabello, La Spezia, near the gas station. The boat (10 metres) and the captain will be there waiting for you. You will sail along the borgate marinare, i.e. the small villages on the coast between La Spezia and Portovenere. You will see Torre Scola, an old military fortress built on a rock in the middle of the sea. We will pass through the archipelago consisting of the three islands, Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, which are still unspoilt places, until we reach the romantic Portovenere. Here you can choose whether to go ashore for a short visit to the town and the famous church of San Pietro, overlooking the sea, or stay on the boat and dive into the turquoise waters between Palmaria Island and the village of Portovenere. Continuing the tour, we will have time to approach the world-famous Grotta Byron, the red rocks and swim in beautiful hidden coves, in the crystal-clear waters of Monesteroli or under the natural waterfall of Canneto. From here we will enter the 5 terre marine protected area. We will sail past the 5 villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso), you will have plenty of time to take your photos, listen to interesting stories and explanations from your captain and take another dip. During this tour there is also the possibility to go ashore and visit the villages of Vernazza or Monterosso. If you are lucky, you will be able to see the dolphins that habitually swim near our shores. The tour will end at 6 p.m. at the place of departure.

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(2,940 reviews)

Manu & Ema, where amazing, going above and beyond They give us so many options to make the best of this wonderful tour with request Hiking was really amazing, walking all over the beautiful mountain The train walking around the towns They always show us the best spots for pictures The food and views of the restaurant that they took us was perfect and delicious Thank you Manu & Ema

Great day out, takes all the planning off your hands and Emma was amazing at getting us everywhere whilst making it fun and exciting! The views are amazing on the hike so we definitely recommend taking this option up. Emma also makes it fun with her knowledge on the local areas. She was really friendly and easy to talk to, making the trip even more enjoyable

The 2 Group leaders with excellent, Dani and Nathan managed the tour superbly well. Nathan also shared his experiences with the Photography skills. Even the tour designed very smarty to cover best spots in one tour. Overall a great experience although we travelled with 4 years kid.

I highly recommend booking this trip. Organization was great, the guide offered clear information throughout the day and the views are fantastic. Definitely worth it!

Perfect amount of time on the water…captain was awesome!