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Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

1. 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 the "Five Lands" (translation of "Cinque Terre") from different perspectives from a boat and a train. These five enchanting medieval villages cling to the coast, offering a breathtaking sight of the sea and are now part of a national park listed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. After leaving Milan by coach, arrive in Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's five villages.  It is one of the five towns (Cinque Terre) that makes up the Cinque Terre region. 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 1.5-hour 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.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

2. 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. 

La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

3. La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

Admire the dynamic cliffs, beaches, and towns of the Cinque Terre on this sailing tour from La Spezia. Cruise past the picturesque villages of Portovenere and Lerici and the islands Palmaria and Tino. Relax as you sip on water and wine as you sail. Meet your skipper at the dock in La Spezia. Hop aboard and feel the wind in your hair as you sail away in a modern sailboat. Cross the Gulf of Poets and see the vibrantly colored houses that hug the hills and shores of the villages of Portovenere and Lerici. Admire the rocky landscapes of the small islands of Palmaria and Tino. Make your way along the villages of the Cinque Terre with a stop in front of Vernazza where you can see the Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church from the water. Take a refreshing dip in the sea in the waters of a pristine marine protected area. If you want to learn how to captain a sailboat, your skipper can give you a sailing lesson. Return to dock in La Spezia at the end of your tour.

Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

4. Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

Meet your private driver/guide beside your ship at 08:00 AM for the 1.5-hour drive to the delightful fishing village of Portovenere, with its tall and colorful waterfront houses. Enjoy memorable sea views from the promontory where the Church of San Pietro stands. Its Gothic Genovese style dates back to 1256-1277. The church was built on the remains of an early Christian church and Byzantine abbey with parts of a heathen temple from the Roman age. At the foot of the promontory, there is a small grotto named after Lord Byron who took refuge here. From Portovenere, you'll begin your adventure through the five lands of the Cinque Terre, a landscape so unique that in 1998 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A great way to discover this area is from the sea. You'll have the option of departing from the harbor to enjoy a ferry ride (additional cost) to Vernazza, a great stop for lunch at a restaurant set on the cliffs, looking out across the bay (lunch at own expense). The ferry journey will take you past Riomaggiore and Manarola with great photo opportunities from the sea.  Meet up with your driver and visit either Corniglia set up on the hill or enjoy a stroll around Riomaggiore or Manarola. You could continue on to the larger and busier town of Monterosso, but please note it is not possible to stop at all the villages in one day and for this tour, it is best to keep the day as flexible as possible and see where your journey will take you. At some places, you may wish to consider using the train and if the weather and sea conditions are good, the local ferry will be recommended. Wherever your journey takes you, you will return with wonderful memories to your ship in the port of Livorno at approximately 05:00 PM.

From Florence: Day Trip to Cinque Terre

5. From Florence: Day Trip to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is an unmissable destination for those who come to Italy, a land between the sea and high rocks, and one of the most romantic and striking spots in the world. Be driven to Riomaggiore from Florence, the village, dating back to the early 13th-century, is famous for its historic character and local wine. Admire the houses leaning one against the other and stroll along the narrow cobbled alleyways and sheltered paths. You can guide your way through this picturesque landscape, which has inspired many poets, painters, and writers, and see through the 5 villages that make up Cinque Terre. Afterward, take the train back to La Spezia, where you'll be picked up at the La Spezia Centrale Train Station to be transferred back to Florence after a memorable day in Cinque Terre.

From Florence: Private Full-Day Tour of the Ligurian Coast

6. From Florence: Private Full-Day Tour of the Ligurian Coast

Admire the sight of the white marble quarries of the Apuan Alps as you drive through the "azure motorway" along a stretch of Tyrrhenian coast, before entering the Liguria territory. Soon you will reach Riomaggiore, a beautiful village of the Cinque Terre, characterized by medieval coloured tower-houses, steps, alleys and small squares, between two steep terraces.  From here, you will take a train to Manarola, the small village of the Cinque Terre in the gorge of a high promontory among vines, olive trees and fragrant Mediterranean maquis. The next small village in the Cinque Terre lies in the gorge of a high promontory among vines and olive trees. You continue onward and reach Vernazza, one of the most beautiful hamlets in Italy, a jewel perched on a rocky promontory which stretches out towards the sea with a small port against green hills. Admire the houses from the beach with the colours tarnished by salt and disappear among the lanes with dozens of shops. Indulge in the seafood cuisine served in a traditional Italian restaurant. Next admire the beauty of the Cinque Terra from the sea in a boat along the stretch of water between Vernazza and Portovenere. The cruise will require one hour of navigation embracing the arch of the beautiful rugged coast featuring the picturesque villages you have just visited. Portovenere awaits you following the cruise and is a gemstone rich in history and art, nestled amongst a breathtaking and unique natural landscape. Take a walk along the seaside and among the shops that sell authentic products and local handicrafts then visit the Gothic Church of San Pietro (1198), decorated with the typical white and black bands, perched on top of a high promontory and built on the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Venus. Then, at the tour’s conclusion, admire the medieval sculptures of the Collegiate of San Lorenzo (1130) and the imposing Castello Doria overlooking the hamlet. In case of adverse weather conditions, the transfer will take place by minivan instead of by boat.

From Lerici: Scuba Diving Lessons and Dive in Portovenere

7. From Lerici: Scuba Diving Lessons and Dive in Portovenere

Learn from a diving instructor how to move and breathe underwater before beginning your first scuba diving lesson. Then, dive into the blue sea and experience the silence of underwater life. Feel the extraordinary sensation of floating weightlessly among colorful fish and corals. Meet your instructor at the scuba diving school near Lerici and try out the diving equipment. Next, leave the shoreline on a boat to one of the most spectacular diving spots in the protected marine area of Porto Venere. Learn the theoretical basics, and how to wear the diving equipment. Move hand in hand with your instructor into the water, where you’ll be able to try breathing underwater on your first dive.

From Florence: Portovenere & Cinque Terre Guided Day Trip

8. From Florence: Portovenere & Cinque Terre Guided Day Trip

Visit Portovenere and discover some of the most beautiful towns of Cinque Terre National Park on this full-day guided tour. Meet your driver and expert guide before departing from Florence and heading towards the rugged coastline and amazing natural beauty. During the full-day tour, you will board a public boat and reach the charming villages of Portovenere with its many picturesque and colorful houses facing the sea. Enjoy a walking tour of the area and learn more about the region before continuing to the next stop. Sail along the breathtaking Ligurian coast and visit another lovely village, Vernazza. Walk on a trail with magnificent views and wind through Mediterranean groves and partly deserted fields and vineyards. Learn about the area's ancient foundation dating back to the 1st century and its deep-rooted maritime traditions. At the end of the walking tour, you will reach Monterosso al Mare. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, steep rugged cliffs, and crystal-clear waters that make it one of the most charming resorts on the eastern Ligurian Riviera. Stroll through the little village and take the chance to taste some of the Ligurian food specialties. At the end of the tour, you will take the train to La Spezia, where you will meet your personal driver to return you to Florence.

From Florence: Day Trip to the Cinque Terre

9. From Florence: Day Trip to the Cinque Terre

Travel by train and minivan on this day trip to the Cinque Terre from the city of Florence. Explore the beauty of a coastline of dramatic cliffs and admire how the colorful buildings in each town contrasts with the blue of the sea. Meet your guide in the morning at Piazza Antinori in Florence. Sit back and relax and enjoy the natural scenery in the Cinque Terre National Park as you travel to Manarola. Have some free time to soak up the vibe in this town with only 353 permanent residents. Continue to Vernazza, which is known as the ‘pearl of Cinque Terre’. Let this ancient fishing village with lovely beaches enchant you as you explore its lively cafes, fashionable boutiques, and local crafts, or take some time to see the Church of Santa Margarita de Antioquia. Stop at Monterosso al Mare which is situated in a natural gulf. See the town at your own pace with some free time to lose yourself in its charming alleyways and narrow streets, or make use of the most extensive sandy beach in the Cinque Terre. Transfer to a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan for the drive back to Florence.

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A fost o zi minunata. Ghidul a fost foarte amabil si a reusit sa ne tina tot timpul la curent. Am mers cu atocarul pana la Manarosa. De acolo am facut o mica plimbare si ne-am bucurat de privelistea minunata. Am luat trenul pana la Monteroso. Acolo am avut o ora la dispozitie pentru a ne plimba si vizita. Am mancat paste cu sos pesto delicioase. Mi-ar fi placut sa stam mai mult in Monteroso. De acolo am facut o plimbare cu barca.

We took this guided trip to Cinque terre. It was definitely worth the money and convenience. The bus was very comfortable and equipped. The guide Sabrina was very nice. The are of Cinque Terre is very beautiful. It was a good 1 day trip and not very tiring due to the way they had arranged the transportation between bus, train and boat. There was also time in between for lunch and stroll around the villages

The trip was great and the tour guide did an awesome job. Cinque Terre is beautiful and I will definitely visit here again and use Get Your Guide in other places.

Though couldn't get the cruise because of bad weather, it was a fun day. The journey from Milan is quite lengthy, but the scenery on the way makes up for it all.

Well-organized trip! Comfortable bus, great guide and beautiful scenary. Recommended!