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La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

4.9 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: HopHop Boat

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

Activity provider: HopHop Boat

From US$ 83.17 per person

Board a boat and spend time exploring 3 islands in the Gulf of La Spezia. Discover unspoiled coves which are only accessible from the sea and swim in the clear blue waters.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Be mesmerized by the coves and bays along the Gulf of Poets
  • Stop at coves and bays throughout the trip and swim in clear blue waters
  • See the town of Lerici, where Mary and Percy Shelly lived
  • Pass through the Le Bocche strait to arrive at Portovenere Archipelago
  • Choose between a private and shared experience
Full description

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.

  • Private or shared boat trip depending on option chosen
  • Inflatable water toys
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet at the HopHop Boat - Floating Hub.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 26 reviews

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Amazing trip around the other parts of La Spezia not including the cinque terre! Was nice to hop on and off the boat and explore the smaller villages as well as swim in the sea! Great music and vibes on the boat and a lovely way to spend the afternoon!

September 21, 2022

Superb excursion with Alexandro. With a 1 hour stop at Porto venere, swimming at the foot of the boat and then another stop at Lerici. Worth doing. Discovery of the caves with blue water… There were 12 of us in the boat so a small committee, it changes from the big boats where you can't see everything. To do without hesitation Thank you Alexandro. I love speed

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August 17, 2022

I strongly recommend. The tour is perfect for those who have little time to explore. It is possible to stop on the islands to see the villages and castle, and you can even enjoy a dip in an incredibly blue sea! The guide Alessandro is extremely friendly and recommends the best place to enjoy a good gelato! Go for it!

September 6, 2022


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