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

Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

2. Aquarium of Genoa: Timeslot Ticket

Make your way to the Aquarium of Genoa to see more than 15,000 animals from 400 species at Italy's largest aquatic zoo. Skip the line, and learn how the aquarium was built for the Genoa Expo '92. Enjoy a venue that is home to the biggest display of aquatic biodiversity in Europe. Venture into the fascinating waters of the world as you explore more than 70 tanks of critters. Marvel at animals from the Antarctic, such as penguins, and see sharks, seals, jellyfish, and the colorful fish of the coral barriers. Go to the Cetacean Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano, and laugh along with the bottlenose dolphins at 4 open-air pools.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

3. La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

You will leave from our Floating Platform half way up Passeggiata Morin, in La Spezia. You will sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets admiring the four colourful villages that make up the Borgate Marinare, until you reach Portovenere where you will cross "Le Bocche" (a suggestive sea strait between the town of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island), from where you can admire the magnificent Romanesque church of San Pietro, set among the rocks and overlooking the sea. Then you will discover the unspoilt coves along the coast, completely inaccessible from the sea: Le Rosse, Monesteroli, Punta Pineda. You will have the chance to swim into the dreamlike waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park. From the sea you will see all 5 villages of the Cinque Terre and explore ashore Monterosso al Mare, the last and most vibrant of these 5 villages, where you can enjoy its specialities such as "focaccia" with anchovies or its delicious "gelato"! We will return to our starting point passing by the famous La Spezia muscle farms!

Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

4. Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

Experience a full-day boating excursion and discover three of the most charming villages in Liguria: Camogli, San Fruttuoso, and Portofino. You can choose to visit all 3 villages, or just stop and enjoy one or two of them when booking. The ferry connects the charming fishing villages of Camogli and San Fruttuoso while offering visitors a boat trip around Golfo Paradiso with stunning views and unforgettable sights. Depart from Genova in the morning aboard the motorboat Città di Camogli and enjoy panoramic coastal views on your way to the harbor of Camogli. If you choose to visit San Fruttuoso, you will find a charming fishing village located on the promontory of Portofino and the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. After leaving the dock from Camogli, passengers will catch sight of beautiful views of the tiny village. Next, you'll be able to admire the majesty of Portofino mountain, the pudding-stone landmark outcrop of Punta Chiappa. Then you'll pass the exclusive hamlet of San Fruttuoso, followed by the famous Hermit's Grotto and the Cala dell'Oro. Both of these locations are protected areas where boats are prohibited. In Portofino, you will find the awe-inspiring blue sea, the lush green vegetation at the edge of the cliffs, and the elegance of villas along the coast. Passengers often sight striped bottle-nosed dolphins and the other dolphins that live in these coastal waters.

Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour

5. 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.

La Spezia: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif

6. La Spezia: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif

the tour will start at 17:30 pm from porto mirabello. we will continue towards the palmaria island and Portovenere with the possibility of swimming from the boat. afterwards we will have an aperitif with local products during the hours of sunset to be able to admire it from the boat while relaxing.

Cinque Terre Tour: Porto Venere, Monterosso and Vernazza

7. Cinque Terre Tour: Porto Venere, Monterosso and Vernazza

Board the ferry at La Spezia and start your boat trip to Porto Venere. Cruise for approximately 30-minutes before reaching Porto Venere. Disembark the ferry for a walk through the town. Porto Venere is a fortified seaside village filled with colorful houses and medieval buildings. During your tour, you will pass the Church of San Pietro, one of the most religious buildings in all of Italy, before walking through narrow streets. Pass the Church of San Lorenzo and enjoy panoramic views at Doria's fortress. Before returning to the ferry, you’ll have some free time to explore Porto Venere on your own. Board the ferry and continue on your tour along the Cinque Terre coastline. Relax onboard for approximately 50 minutes as you pass by the seaside villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia. Next stop is Monterosso. Here you will reach the medieval center in a few steps, where you can admire the parish church dedicated to San John the Baptist. Then, admire the landscapes from Torre Aurora and the large beach by Fegina. Arrive at Vernazza, where you will disembark to explore the unique village. Walk around Vernazza, a small village with an imposing fortification system. Here you will see the Church Santa Margherita d'Antiochia and walk down the main street filled with colorful houses. Walk to a viewing point in the village and see views of Doria's fortress.

La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

8. La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

Start the tour from Porto Mirabello in La Spezia and travel to Cinque Terre. Disembark in the charming town of Riomaggiore. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the town and enjoy some lunch. Then, depart to see the other towns from the sea. Swim in the waters in front of Portovenere and Palmaria Island. Disembark in Portovenere for some free time, before returning to La Spezia. .

Savona: Pelagos Sanctuary Guided Cetacean Watching Tour

9. Savona: Pelagos Sanctuary Guided Cetacean Watching Tour

Upon arrival on the boat receive an introductory briefing about the Pelagos Sanctuary from your expert marine biologist guide. Learn more about its history and conservation programs. Learn about the species that populate it, including fin whales, sperm whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, bottlenose dolphins, and many more. Set sail on the open sea and reach some of the most favorable locations to spot various species of marine mammals in their natural habitat. Wait in anticipation of spotting a distant breach, or a jump that announces the arrival of a pod of dolphins. In full compliance with the directives aimed at not causing disturbance to the inhabitants, approach the aquatic mammals by boat and catch amazing sights of them frolicking in their natural habitat. Learn more about the curiosities of the species with your expert guide. Appreciate the sights of these beautiful creatures while the biologists explain more about the diet and behavior of the observed species. After admiring the jumps or breaches, go in search of other marine species within the sanctuary. Feel free to ask the guides plenty of questions and learn about the important work being undertaken to protect native marine life.

Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

10. Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

Experience the Cinque Terre coast by boat and take in gorgeous views of vineyards terraces and charming buildings from the sea. Make time to stop at Riomaggiore, Monterosso, and Vernazza along the way. Start at La Spezia's harbor and sail through the Gulf of the Poets admiring the magnificent village of Portovenere and the island of Palmaria from the boat. Reach the first village of Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, passing by the mesmerizing coastline with its famous terraced vineyard landscape and colorful houses. The city is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Here, visit the imposing church of San Giovanni Battista with your guide and enjoy some free time to stroll through the narrow streets. In Monterosso al Mare, explore the medieval historic center and marvel at the parish church dedicated to St. John, the Baptist. Then continue the sailing to Vernazza, the pearl of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza presents itself to visitors as the prow of a ship: most of the village is in fact built on a small promontory that ends at the sea with an imposing fortification system. At the end of the tour, enjoy free time and take the chance to taste the local wine and food, or go for a swim in the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean.

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What people are saying about Liguria

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This day tour was incredible and was a highlight of the trip! We were in a double decker bus which was very new and had waters for sale. We had two guides for our bus, which was really convenient, and they split us up by hiking and not hiking. Both guides were INCREDIBLE. I highly recommend the hike if possible. I am in my 30s, am not in great shape but do have some experience hiking, and I would rate this hike as fairly easy. There were some older people on the hike that thought it was strenuous, which is fair. But for someone my age, it was easy. The elevation gain is only about 100m and it was less than 3kms. The sun and humidity certainly made us sweat, but all in all, very doable! Glad we did it in May, which was “slower” season. It was PACKED, so I wouldn’t want to see it during their busy season.

Marta was a FANTASTIC tour guide! We had time to visit nearly every village, with ample time to explore, shop and eat throughout the day. Extremely informative, punctual and beautiful photo opportunities!

We enjoyed seeing the Cinque Terre coast boat trip so much. It was beautiful. The captain and crew were very accommodating and did their best to make our trip the best experience we could have.

Great tour options, train ride to different area of cinco Terra and boat ride was awesome

It was an amazing day, thanks to Ado! The trip exceeded our expectations.