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Shore excursions from La Spezia and Portovenere

Cruise shore trips are considered those excursions departing from a cruise ship when docks in a certain port, in this page you find all ship excursion available from the ports of La Spezia and Portovenere.
CTTours provides exclusively private shore excursions, but if you intend to share your tour with someone else, feel free to do it and let us know once you created your own group.
From La Spezia and Portovenere are available walking tours and transport based tours to the main tourist destinations easily reachable in the range of two hours journey:

  • Cinque Terre
  • Portofino and Italian Riviera
  • Carrara and marble quarries
  • Pisa and Lucca
  • Florence
  • Chianti wine region
  • Parma and parmigiano region

In case you don't find a certain destination or you wish a custom made tour from the shore of La Spezia or Portovenere, don't hesitate to contact us

The services are provided by English speaking driver-guides or licensed tourist guides, that you will meet at the cruise facility. Remember that to reach the meeting point is necessary to take the free shuttle bus that in 5 min. takes you from the ship to the cruise facility in La Spezia port.

Driver guides are professional chauffeurs fully licensed for the commercial transportation of people (NCC), they are reliable, informative and entertaining. He/she has a good knowledge of the areas and the whole country, during the trip provides relevant information about the history, the culture, the spirit of the region and relative sights. During the tour he/she drives guests as close as possible to each town center, if timing and conditions permit parking the vehicle, he/she escorts guests for a walk or attend them for ticket purchase. Otherwise he/she provides maps, timetables (if necessary) and information for making guests enjoy the area at their own pace.

He/she can point out the right restaurants or will simply ensure that guests get out of their trip whatever you are looking for, fun, culture, sights, landscapes, shopping etc.
Remember that he/she is not a tour guide, the only one allowed to explain (by the law) in the historical city centers and inside museum, churches, etc."

Local tour guides are available on request. They are professionals examined and licensed by the Province to accompany tourist during the visit of a certain area. They deeply know our town and surrounding areas; they have knowledge of art, archeology, history but even of local foods&wines, uses and traditions.


In case you prefer to receive an all inclusive quotation of the tours listed below (guides, car transfer, meals, tasting, tickets, etc etc) please send an email at or visit their website

This is the travel agency I coop with as travel designer and on which I rely for techical organization and invoicing of services.

CTTours joined the TRAVEL SAFELY with NCC drivers project

CTTours joined the TRAVEL SAFELY with NCC drivers project

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Any time you hire a chauffeur service (rented vehicle with driver) remember to check that they are an authorized N.C.C. (Noleggio Con Conducente).

An authentic N.C.C. will bear a distinctive plaque on the rear bumper of the vehicle, bearing the number of their license and the name of the municipality that granted it, and will display the initials "N.C.C." in the windshield.

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Cinque Terre Terre and Portovenere by minivan

Riomaggiore 5 terreTransport based La Spezia cruise shore trip to 5 Terre.

Cruise day trip with private driver-guide to Portovenere, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia.

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Cinque Terre and Portovenere walking tour

Portovenere saint Peter churchCruise shore trip from La Spezia with private tourist guide of Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso, Portovenere.

Private guided walk of the 5 Terre departing from the port of La Spezia or Portovenere moving on foot, public boats and trains.

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Cinque Terre wine and food tour

PestoLa Spezia cruise shore trip for foodies to Portovenere, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia.

Guided walk for food and wine passionate, experience the flavors of the Cinque Terre departing from La Spezia or Portovenere.

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Florence and Pisa

Florence the statue of DavidShore trip from La Spezia to Florence and Pisa.

La Spezia cruise ship day trip with private driver-guide discovering the two wonders of Tuscany: Florence and Pisa.


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Cinque Terre and Pisa shore trip from La Spezia

Pisa Miracles field and leaning towerCruise shore trip from La Spezia to 5 Terre and Pisa.

Private cruise day trip available also from Portovenere to the Cinque Terre (Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia) and the leaning tower of Pisa.

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Parmigiano and Parma ham cruise shore trip from La Spezia

parmigianoLa Spezia cruise ship excursion to the Parma food valley.

Private cruise day trip with private driver-guide discovering the land of Parmigiano cheese and Parma prosciutto.


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Portofino and the Italian Riviera


La Spezia cruise shore trip to Portofino and other towns of Tigullio Gulf.

Private shore day trip available also from Portovenere to Portofino, Santa Margherita, Camoglia, Chiavari.

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Shore excursion from La Spezia to Ferrari car factory and balsamic vinegar

ferrari car factory tourLa Spezia cruise shore trip to Maranello where Ferrari car is built.

Private cruise day trip to visit the Italian motor valley and taste the brown nectar of balsamic vinegar.


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Shore excursion from La Spezia to Carrara marble quarries and Lucca or Pisa

inside-of-carrara-marble-quarryla Spezia cruise shore trip to Carrara marble quarries, and Lucca/Pisa.

Private cruise day trip available also from Portovenere to Carrara and its unique white marble, preferred by Michelangelo for his works.

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