Cinque Terre National Park
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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

1. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend a full day navigating the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre at a close range, with a peaceful boat trip along the coast. Meet your guide and depart from the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour, visit Golfo Della Spezia, Portovenere, Palmaria island, Le Rosse, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Take the opportunity to plunge into the refreshing waters for a swim or a snorkel. Feel free to stop as many times as you like wherever you like.  Arrive in Monterosso at lunchtime and enjoy a 1.5-hour stop to explore the town and find somewhere to eat lunch. After the break, meet your crew back at the boat and set sail back towards La Spezia. 

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From Monterosso: Cinque Terre Kayak Tour

2. 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.

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Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour

3. Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour

Departing from Monterosso, enjoy a welcome drink as you sail across the Cinque Terre, all the way to Riomaggiore and Punta Montenero on the south-east side of the National Park. Take a swimming break in a secluded bay, diving into the clear waters of the Ligurian sea. Once you're all back on the boat, navigate towards Punta Mesco, across the most north-western point of Cinque Terre National Park. Admire the fascinating landscape of lights and colors, and if you are lucky, spot some dolphins breaching the sea surface. In a unique atmosphere that only this picturesque bay at sunset can offer, enjoy a savory, rich Italian "aperitivo" made with fresh, regional ingredients.

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La Spezia: Cinque Terre Guided Hiking Tour

4. La Spezia: Cinque Terre Guided Hiking Tour

After you meet the tour guide at the port, start your adventure with a walk to the train station. Admire the beautiful and colorful city center of La Spezia during the journey and breathe in the scent of the breeze that characterizes this unique port city. Once you arrive at the station, board the first train that will take you to the small town of Manarola from where you will begin your intrepid hiking experience. Get ready and explore the ancient trails of this mountain passing through the vineyards perched on the rock. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the colorful houses built on the cliffs, it will seem that you’re admiring a work of art. When you reach the top of the mountain and begin the descent towards Corniglia, appreciate the charm of this little village that is more than 100 meters high at sea level. Discover the center of Corniglia as you walk through its narrow alleys and take a break to continue the adventure. After lunch, o to the train station to head towards your next destination, Vernazza. This village is a beautifully preserved coastal town and the perfect place to relax while you admire the wonderful landscape.  Finally, go to Riomaggiore where you will have some free time to walk through its narrow streets and enjoy beautiful hidden spots. Admire the particular construction of Riomaggiore and the Gulf of Cinque Terre from the panoramic terrace here. At the end of the day, return to La Spezia where you incredible adventure ends.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

5. From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

Embark on a one-day small-group adventure through Cinque Terre. Discover the beauty of its villages and soak up the authentic essence of this Italian paradise. Savour the ultimate treasures of this region – its traditional cuisine and unique local wines. Experience exclusive treatment from your knowledgeable guide. Escape the crowds and discover hidden gems.  On the morning of your tour, enjoy a comfortable transfer from Florence to the North West Riviera in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit some of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of the UNESCO world heritage site Cinque Terre National Park, such as Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Marvel at five miles of rocky coast lined with terraces and cultivated with vineyards. Learn about the regional peculiarities of grape harvesting and wine production. Spot small medieval fishing villages built on rock. Gaze at the incredible color of the sea and the sky, and understand how much of a paradise Cinque Terre really is. Enjoy the most astonishing views from land and sea, as you travel through the national park by boat, train, and on foot. Enjoy a light hike along cliff-side trails, such as the famous Via dell’Amore. An amazing boat ride (weather and sea conditions permitting) will offer another memorable perspective of the Riviera. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical restaurant on the sea; eat incredible fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by great white wines typical of this region.

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From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

6. From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

Visit one of Italy's most enchanting destinations, Cinque Terre, on a day trip by coach, train, and boat. Each of these unforgettable little cities will take your breath away with their gravity-defying dance above the azure waters. This day trip will give you an unforgettable and fun introduction to this coastal gem. Begin your tour of these UNESCO sites at daybreak with your arrival in La Spezia. Board a train to Riomaggiore, a quaint medieval town dating to the 13th century. Marvel at the winding streets of this village and its charming houses leaning one against the other. Next, head over to Manarola to enjoy panoramic views. Continue on to Monterosso, an ancient fishing village considered the "pearl of the Cinque Terre." Finally, take a boat across to Vernazza, whose natural port has kept it safe from invaders for centuries.

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Cinque Terre: Small Group Guided Tour from Florence

7. Cinque Terre: Small Group Guided Tour from Florence

Start your group day trip by meeting with all the participants in Florence. Once on-board, take the highway for the chance to admire the white Alpi Apuane, famous for the marble that gave life to masterpieces of Italian world-renowned architecture and sculptures. On your arrival in the area, your idea of these incredible lands will turn into reality. See the blue sky and the blue sea blend into one. See vines filling up the steep slopes, proof of a constant human endeavor that has never given up to the nature of the territory.  Once on-site, your guide will introduce you to the secrets and stories about this particular and complex area. Using the local train or boat, see Riomaggiore, the quiet Manarola and the picturesque Vernazza. At Monterosso al Mare find the perfect place to relax, do some shopping, enjoy the sea and have lunch in one of the local restaurants. At the end of the day, start your drive back to Florence. 

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Cinque Terre: Half-Day Hiking Experience

8. Cinque Terre: Half-Day Hiking Experience

Start the tour by meeting your experience hiking guide in the little square at the entrance to the tunnel at Manarola Station. Then, set off on a half-day hike towards Corniglia discovering breathtaking views and hidden villages of the Cinque Terre along the way During the route, navigate your way up ancient stone staircases along the coastline, taking in the bright colors of the villages and unforgettable picturesque landscapes. Be prepared for a few steep ascents which a rewarded by breathtaking views. Your guide will help you gain the needed elevation at your own tempo, showing you the most characteristic features of this unique area. At the end of the climb, walk along the world-famous stone walls and soak up the astonishing panoramas over the gulf and the different villages. The entire hike has an elevation gain of 1500 feet over approximately 3.2 miles.

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Cinque Terre Full Day Hiking Experience

9. Cinque Terre Full Day Hiking Experience

Hike through the stunning landscapes, colours, villages and nature of the beautiful Cinque Terre. The hike can be modulated according to the skills and desires of the guests, from a minimum of 2 hours for the hike between two closer villages, up to a 6 hour hike from Manarola to Monterosso. Be prepared for a steep ascent on old stone staircases. Your guide will help you gain the needed elevation on your own tempo, showing you the most characteristic features of this unique area. At the end of the climb, walking along the world famous stone walls, you will be rewarded by the astonishing view over the gulf and the different villages.

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From Florence: Cinque Terre National Park Guided Hike

10. From Florence: Cinque Terre National Park Guided Hike

Depart Florence in the early morning with your guide and head to the charming town of Manarola. Fall in love with the town’s pastel colored houses that line the Liguirian Sea and feel welcomed by the friendly locals going about their day. From here, begin the hike through the Cinque Terra National Park, which has been specifically routed to embrace the landscapes that characterize this fascinating region. As you hike, admire the glistening sea on one side and the rolling countryside on the other, bursting with colorful vineyards. Once you reach the summit of the hike, begin the descent to Corniglia, a rustic town perched on a hill without direct access to the sea. Spend some time relaxing in Corniglia to recharge your energy for the rest of the day’s hike. Wander through the town’s narrow and winding streets, broken up by small squares that ooze timeless beauty. After a short train ride arrive at Vernazza, a stunning bay town with a small but vibrant port. Explore the colorful streets of the town and immerse yourself in la dolce vita. The last stop of the day is a visit to Riomaggiore, a beautiful village characterized by brightly colored houses that appear to sit on top of one another set against a backdrop of imposing cliffs that sink into the cobalt sea. After a full-day of exploring, return to the hustle and bustle of Florence in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about Cinque Terre National Park

The tour guides were AMAZING!!! The bus ride and boat ride were great. I would've preferred 3 out of 5 villages with a little longer at each village with a less hectic rush to the transport. And to know in advance to bring enough euro to pay for a spot on the beach. There was no free spot to sit or change our clothes so we didn't get to swim as planned.

Don't hesitate to leave the Florentine museums aside for a day, and go for this excursion to the Cinque Terre !! That's wonderful !! Unique !! My ranking in order of preference: Manarola, fabulous, then Riomaggiore and Vernazza both lovely, then Monterosso.

A great fulfilling day. I found the directions to the meeting point a little weak. That should be better signposted. Otherwise perfect.

Simplemente hermosa Cinque Terre…. El guía muy bien preparado y muy preocupado x todos…..

It was a great day packed with activities…and the tour guide was wonderful!!