15Jan
riomaggiore, 5 terre day trip from genoa and portofino
By: Umberto On: 15 January 2016 In: Cinque Terre Day Trips Comments: 0

Genoa-Portofino-Santa Margherita private day trip to the 5 Terre: Monterosso, Corniglia and Vernazza.

Discover the beauties of National Park and UNESCO site of 5 Terre with your personal English speaking driver-guide starting from the Portofino area.

cinque terre from portofino, view of vineyards from the coastal road
5 terre from portofino tour, bruschetta with extra-virgin olive oil
5 terre from portofino tour, vernazza view from the paths
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Highlights

  • Private tour with English speaking driver-guide.
  • Highly customizable tour upon your wishes.
  • Visit 5 Terre in relax, possibly beating the crowd.
  • Breathtaking views from the panoramic road and from the seaside.
  • Free time for savoring the local wines and food specialties.

Tour Details

  • Available: all year round.
  • Type of tour: Private day trip with English-speaking fully licensed driver-guide.
  • Transportation: private car/van. Once in the 5 Terre by car only and by private boat on request.
  • Duration 8+ hours, depends on the pickup place.
  • Activity level: Moderate. Visiting 5 Terre always involve some physical activity such as up/downhill walking for short distances, climb some stairs, step on/off big/small boats and trains if necessary.
  • People with impaired mobility or moving with wheelchair, please email us, we will design a tour fitting your needs.
  • Price: since this tour is highly customizable, quotations are provided on request.

Itinerary of 5 Terre from Genoa, Portofino and Santa Margherita private tour.

This is sample itinerary for exploring the Cinque Terre region at your own pace.  A very comfortable way of exploring 5 Terre, seat back and relax, your driver will take you there starting from Genoa, Portofino and Santa Margherita.  This itinerary permits in one day to:

– Have a touch of local culture;
– Avoid busy trains and possibly beat the crowd;
– Enjoy stunning views (from the sea, from up high, from inside the villages);
– Experience local wines and delicacies in a local restaurant.

All the listed villages are easily reachable by car, the driver will drop-off/pick-up very close to the pedestrian area of each village. In case you wanted to add other villages or a boat tour along the coast, don’t hesitate to ask 

Monterosso, Corniglia, Vernazza with English-speaking driver-guide service.

Meet the driver-guide at your accommodation and head to the 5 Terre region. The closest village to reach is Monterosso, during the trip your driver provides information about the region and about the 5 Terre area as well in order to make enjoyable your independent visit of the venues.

Upon arrival in Monterosso, you will be dropped off very close to the pedestrian area, enjoy a lovely stroll along the walkway by the sea to the old village. Don’t miss walking the old main street that ends right by the church beside which there is the very interesting Oratorio Mortis et Orationis decorated by mysterious sculptures.

At the end meet the driver again and head to Corniglia. This is the smallest of the five villages , it always offers a very pleasant atmosphere together with stunning views from the esplanade overlooking the cliffs. Free time for exploring the village on your own.

At this point lunchtime as come, Vernazza offers a wide range of eateries where to eat and drink local: pasta al pesto, pasta and seafood, anchovies in different styles, mussels (steamed and stuffed), swordfish and other types of seafood and accompanied by the 5 Terre white wines table and dessert wine.

After lunch meet again your driver-guide and, before leaving the Cinque Terre, don’t miss a ride along the panoramic road that offers many photo-opportunities of really breathtaking views of the villages from up high.

Cinque Terre with English-speaking driver and local guide service.

This is probably the most comfortable way to explore the area, and certainly the most expensive one. The local guide (who remains with you for the whole day) provides in-depth information of the area bringing to life these amazing venues.  The private driver guarantees the flexibility of the schedule: ride along the panoramic road of 5 Terre, pick you up anywhere you want if you are tired, skip/add one or another village.

  • If you are wondering on a boat tour, I advise to use the private boat, it’s more comfortable and makes you beat the crowd on the ferries.
  • Private local guide available on request.
  • Light lunch/wine tasting with pesto making experience on request.
  • Visit the surroundings of the Cinque Terre: Carrara marble quarriesLunigiana regionFlorence and Tuscany – The Western Ligurian Riviera – Wine and Olive Oil Tasting near Portofino.
  • Organizzazione tecnica a cura di V&D Viaggi e Dintorni – Carrara