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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 homemade pesto pasta for your 'primo' and fresh fish 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.

From Florence: Seaside Beauty Day Trip to Cinque Terre

2. 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.

From Montecatini: Full-Day Excursion to Cinque Terre

3. 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.

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.

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.

Vernazza: Panoramic Vineyard Trekking Tour w/ Wine Tasting

6. Vernazza: Panoramic Vineyard Trekking Tour w/ Wine Tasting

Explore one of the most beautiful vineyards in the Cinque Terre region, Eroico Vineyard, on a guided tour that includes sampling local snacks and wines. Start from Piazzetta dei Caduti in Vernazza and hike to reach Eroico Vineyard in about half an hour. Relax and enjoy spectacular views of the sea and Vernazza which is part of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO heritage site. Discover the intricacies of winemaking from your guide and get to taste three different types of wines produced by the host. Next, relish some local snacks cooked at the vineyard. To complete your adventure, hike back along the same trail that is both challenging and beautiful. Choose a private tour if you want to spend the day with just your family and friends.

From Florence: Cinque Terre National Park Guided Hike

7. 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Coach from Florence to Le Spezia followed by train between villages and then coach from Le Sepzia back to Florence. Tour leaders were Christian and Ato and driver was Fabio. Because you need to get trains between villages you are on a tight schedule however they try to be a flexible as possible. The Tour leaders were very friendly and knowledgeable. Spend time in Manarola, Corniglia with optional lunch @ 15 euros each of seafood plate and pasta with pesto, potato and green beans. Some then walked to Vernazza, while others took train. Then Monterosso al Mare. It was from here we were to catch a boat back to Riomaggiore however the sea was too rough. So back on the train to Riomaggiore which is one of the most photographed villages in the world. Only downside was the length of the tour and time in each town. Might be better option to drop one of the town and allow more time in the other towns but not sure how they would be able to do this.

This trip was really awesome and mind-blowing :) Alessendro was our tour leader and his excellent command of English really made communications and conversations so effortless and easy. He is also very well versed of the history and cultural knowledge of Cinque Terre and also Italy in general. Always so approachable and ready to answer our questions as well. I would also like to thank him for helping me to call a taxi at the end :) For the hike, I wore my hiking shoes and I recommend anyone who's doing the hike to wear a pair of hikers instead of a normal pair of sports shoes.

This tour was amazing. The place is beautiful, breathtaking. I had Ado like tour guide, and he was amazing!! He knew a lot of everything and made it so fun. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side that day, but he did his best to give the best experience possible. Im not a fan of "tours" in general, but after this time, I'll definitely will book more. If you have the opportunity, book this tour and hope you are lucky and get Ado as the tour guide

I would highly recommend this tour ! Our guides Chris and Ado were very nice, smart and helpful . They gave a lot of extra informations and made sure, everyone feels well and tried to answer all the questions somebody asked. They even went out of their way , so I could hike alone ahead and do my own stuff.I am very glad, I did this tour and I would do it again , because also "Cinque Terre " is a beautiful place !

I had Ado as a guide for this tour and he was absolutely fantastic. Hands down the best tour I have ever done. Ado has so much knowledge of the history of all the places we passed by and visited and he shares it all in a way that is interesting and engaging. Would definitely recommend.