Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch
- Duration: 13 hours
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The online description did not adequately prepare us for the treacherous journey that awaited us. You should be prepared with wearing hiking/exercise clothes and hiking boots/sneakers. The trail is very rocky and uneven. Many large steps both up and down, with not much safety railing. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen. Given the tight timeline to get to each city, there wasn't very much time to explore the cities, shop or swim in the sea. If you want to do more of those things then you should visit cities individually and take train between each at your own leisure. The guides Levania and Alessandro were helpful, but it was difficult to keep up with them given the pace and large size of group.
We recommend this one day full expérience especially in you have only 1 day. Departure in La spezia to the Nice harbour of Venazzia, then hiking to the top to have a panoramic view on the small villages of Cinque Terre. Giuliano was our guide (english, a bit of French, only 4 people in the group). The hiking requires good shoes and could be difficult for children under 10. But Giuliano knows the trails with good view. The train ticket was usable after the tour so that we stayed longer to visit. With the tour you see 4 out of 5 (Monterosso is less typical but you can swim in sand beaches).
This tour with Paola was fabulous. She was a terrific guide and Cinque Terre was even amazing with a little rain. It’s a magical place. Lunch (and gelato!) was delicious and fun. Ferry ride wasn’t running this time of year which was disappointing, but understandable. Overall, A+!
Our tour guide, Marco, was sweet and caring. He made our tour very easy and enjoyable. Tour well-organised. Within a day you could have covered 4 villages without the feeling of being rushed out.
This tour was breathtaking! Exhausting but so incredibly worth it and Alessandro was a great guide.