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Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

1. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

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 this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of fresh fish for your 'primo' and homemade pesto pasta for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia 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 refreshing 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.

Cinque Terre Tour: Porto Venere, Monterosso and Vernazza

2. Cinque Terre Tour: Porto Venere, Monterosso and Vernazza

Board the ferry at La Spezia and start your boat trip to Porto Venere. Cruise for approximately 30-minutes before reaching Porto Venere. Disembark the ferry for a walk through the town. Porto Venere is a fortified seaside village filled with colorful houses and medieval buildings. During your tour, you will pass the Church of San Pietro, one of the most religious buildings in all of Italy, before walking through narrow streets. Pass the Church of San Lorenzo and enjoy panoramic views at Doria's fortress. Before returning to the ferry, you’ll have some free time to explore Porto Venere on your own. Board the ferry and continue on your tour along the Cinque Terre coastline. Relax onboard for approximately 50 minutes as you pass by the seaside villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia. Next stop is Monterosso. Here you will reach the medieval center in a few steps, where you can admire the parish church dedicated to San John the Baptist. Then, admire the landscapes from Torre Aurora and the large beach by Fegina. Arrive at Vernazza, where you will disembark to explore the unique village. Walk around Vernazza, a small village with an imposing fortification system. Here you will see the Church Santa Margherita d'Antiochia and walk down the main street filled with colorful houses. Walk to a viewing point in the village and see views of Doria's fortress.

Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

3. Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

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, Monterosso, and Vernazza along the way. Start at La Spezia's harbor and sail through the Gulf of the Poets admiring the magnificent village of Portovenere and the island of Palmaria from the boat. Reach the first village of Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, passing by the mesmerizing coastline with its famous terraced vineyard landscape and colorful houses. The city is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Here, visit the imposing church of San Giovanni Battista with your guide and enjoy some free time to stroll through the narrow streets. 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.

La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

4. La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

Discover the beautiful Cinque Terre National Park on a guided boat tour in La Spezia. Enjoy picturesque views of the coast as you explore the village of Riomaggiore and find a cozy tavern for lunch. Swim in the waters of Palmaria island before admiring the colorful houses of Porto Venere. Make your way to Porto Mirabello in La Spezia to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Get on board your boat and wave goodbye to the coast as you set sail on the Ligurian Sea. Feel the excitement as you approach the first village in the Cinque Terre National Park, making port at Riomaggiore. Be blown away by this idyllic harbor and stroll along the paths under charming colorful houses. Have 2 hours of free time to explore and find somewhere to eat. Depart from Riomaggiore and make your way along the coast to Porto Venere and the island of Palmaria. Jump off the boat to swim in the serene waters and bring a snorkel along to meet the tropical fish. Disembark at Porto Venere with more free time to go sightseeing before returning to La Spezia.

From Monterosso: Cinque Terre Kayak Tour

5. From Monterosso: Cinque Terre Kayak Tour

Explore the charming villages of Cinque Terre with this tour along the Italian Riviera coastline. The tour will start on the beach of Monterosso towards Vernazza paddling alongside an expert guide, you will pass hidden coves, rugged cliffs and the bright, pastel hues of the five villages.  Coasting the amazing cliffs of this area, you will reach the beach of Guvano and then Corniglia. Pause to stretch out on the beach or cool off with a swim before continuing on your journey. An exclusive experience to visit the Cinque Terre National Park off the beaten track during the less crowded seasons. The surprising mild temperatures between autumn and spring and the incredible variety of colors are the key to a unique experience: visit the Cinque Terre from a different perspective. A lunch break in Vernazza will be the best solution to relax facing the sea and explore this little village.

From Genoa: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sightseeing Cruise

6. From Genoa: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sightseeing Cruise

Embark on a day's outing and explore the wonders of Liguria, or the Italian Riviera, by boat. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you're transported to the historic seaside village area known as Cinque Terre. Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and soak up the charming Ligurian culture. Begin your tour with a morning departure from Genoa. Your first stop will be Camogli, located on the Golfo Paradiso. Take in the stunning, colorful coastline of this seaside town against the beautiful, blue-green waters of the Ligurian Sea. Your tour continues onward to Monterosso, where you'll disembark and have three hours to explore the town before moving on to the rest of the celebrated Cinque Terre area. Visit Vernazza, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, and Manarola, then watch the towns slip past you as you cruise back to Genoa.

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

7. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

Sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets and admire villages that makeup Borgate Marinare. Cross the Le Bocche strait and stop at coves in the Portovenere Archipelago. Stop at the Blue Grotto, the Stella Maris, and the Portoro Marble Quarrie, and pass by a mussel farm. Start the sailing trip by following the western coast of the Gulf of Poets until you reach Portovenere. Admire the village of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island before stopping at a cove in Portovenere Archipelago, where you will have the chance to go for a swim. Hop back on board and head to the Blue Grotto. After seeing the Blue Grotto, visit Stella Maris and the Portoro Marble Quarries. See Byron's Grotto, where legend has it, Lord Byron lived and would swim across the bay. Discover the small town Lerici, where Mary and Percy Shelley lived, and other gems, including Tellaro and the Fiascherino's Bay. Stop in the bay and go for a swim behind Lerici's Medieval Castle. On the way back, pass by the local mussel farms.

Cinque Terre: 2-Hour Private Boat Tour

8. Cinque Terre: 2-Hour Private Boat Tour

Climb aboard a private boat for you and your group. Cruise along the beautiful Cinque Terre and watch the magnificent color spectrum as the sun fades into the ocean. Experience the Cinque Terre from a different perspective.  Explore the beautiful Ligurian territory as you soak up the last ray of lights and listen to the soft waves of the ocean. Spend a wonderful late afternoon as you discover the breathtaking unspoiled scenery of the five villages.

From Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

9. From Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

Relax yourself in an amazing boat trip from Portovenere to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre. Swim in the clearest water of Ligurian sea. In this experience you will visit from the sea a lot of the most beautiful places in Liguria: St. Peter's church, The red Cliffs, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. On the way back we will stop to swim in a beautiful cove called "Tramonti", where you can see typical Ligurian houses built on the cliffs. Snorkeling kit is included.

From Montecatini: Full-Day Excursion to Cinque Terre

10. From Montecatini: Full-Day Excursion to Cinque Terre

Enjoy a day of paradise, exploration, and discovery in Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful, colorful coastal towns in the world, on this full-day excursion. Travel by luxury bus to and from Cinque Terre, a fast train between the towns, and by boat to the last town. Depart early in the morning to ensure a full day of exploration. Get dropped off via bus at the first village of Cinque Terre National Park or in the town of La Spezia. Travel alongside an expert tour leader as you hop between towns. First, stop in Manarola. You may recognize it since it has gained fame from its incredible views. Spend plenty of time exploring the old town, taking photos at the panoramic viewpoints, and dipping your toes into the sparkling water. Next, take a 10-minute train ride to Vernazza. The harbor feels like a step back in time, where you can enjoy views of the emerald water, colorful buildings, and children playing. Take a stroll through the alleyways and artisanal stores before heading to the next town. Stop in Monterosso, about another 10 minutes away by train. Spend some time relaxing under the sun, swimming in the crystal blue water, and exploring the old town. After enjoying lunch in a typical restaurant (optional), head toward the last stop of the day, Riomaggiore, on a scenic cruise along the Cinque Terre coastline. Admire the unique perspective of the high cliffs, blue water, and brightly colored villages from the sea. Explore the local streets and shops before heading back to Montecatini via bus.

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This Kayak Tour was so much fun and easily suitable for anyone who has never been in a kayak before. There is a quick induction into the basics of moving the kayak and off you go. Daniele had a number of spots he stopped at and pointed out with information on culinary or historical backgrounds which was fantastic. The wine was served in a natural pool which you could float in if you were not fussed to get your clothes wet or chose to kayak in bathers - which is easily the best option. The entire tour was fun, enjoyable and definitely a good change from the usual sunset cruises on boats, plus you’re pretty much the only ones out there, unlike the cruises we have seen. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the Cinque Terre from the water in a bit of a different way!

Ado, the traveling buddy (doesn’t refer to himself as a guide) was absolutely amazing. Made the whole experience feel easy and was very knowledgeable about the towns along the way and in Cinque Terre. Handled all the questions, we had well. Cinque Terre, WoW! What a beautiful place and yes, what you see on Instagram or online you will see there as is. We really loved this day trip and cannot recommend it enough

The day started with precise communication of the boats whereabouts, meet-up point etc by the terrific captain. Sailing around Cinque Terre, Rio Maggiore and Porto Venere was beyond expectations and all 6 of us were reluctant to end the day. Highly recommended!

Emma and Guido were perfect tour guides, the bus is comfortable, the scenery is beautiful. The boat trip and the train ride are simple, fast and accurate. I recommend it to everyone who wants an unforgettable trip.

We spent five days in Florence and the day of this tour was our favorite one! Anna and Ado were so helpful and informative. Excellent guides!! So much packed into one day! Highly recommend!!!!!!