Transport based La Spezia cruise shore trip to 5 Terre.
Cruise day trip with private driver-guide to Portovenere, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia.
Available: all year round and fully customizable.
Type of tour: private shore trip with driver-guide***. Cruise shore excursion to the Cinque Terre that allows in one day to have a taste of this magnificent region: walk inside the villages, a touch of local culture, stunning views from the seaside and from up high, experience local specialties. Everything at your own pace and possibly beating the crowd. This tour does not include hiking along the footpaths.
Suitable for: individuals and small groups.
Transportation: move between the villages, by train (very short ride) by ferry (sea permitting), by minivan along the panoramic road. If interested to a private boat ride http://www.lunaetours.com/en/private-boat-tours.html
Duration: 9 hrs.
Activity Level: active (Walk up/downhill, go up and down stairs, get on/off trains and ferries). Please contact us for a lower activity version of the itinerary.
Advised clothing: comfortable shoes and clothes, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen.
Meeting place: pick up and drop off at La Spezia cruise facility. In case the port of call is Portovenere another timing and meeting point will be planned.
This is a sample itinerary, feel free to require a further customization of your cruise ship excursion that better fits to your wishes or needs.
Meet the driver-guide at the cruise facility and ride along the Gulf of Poets as far as Portovenere, another UNESCO site like Cinque Terre. Once arrived enjoy a self-guided walk of the town that was founded by the Genoese in the 1100 A.C. to be their port and stronghold in the eastern Liguria. Walk along the main street as far as St. Peter church from where look all over the Cinque Terre coast. Some free time follow.
Afterward, you might choose to take the ferry directly from Portovenere and ride along the coast as far as Manarola and Vernazza.
Otherwise, meet your driver-again and travel to Manarola. Once there take a walk and reach the lovely marina by walking along the alleys or choose to walk for a short distance through the vineyards surrounding the village. Once arrived at the sea, enjoy some free time.
Take the train from Manarola to Riomaggiore (one min. ride), then walk along the panoramic footpath (paved) that leads from the new to the old part of the village. From up there have a view of the “Via dell’Amore”, the rest of Cinque Terre coast, and the old Riomaggiore. Some free time will be given along the main street, then meet you driver-guide who will assist in purchasing the ferry tickets to Vernazza (approx 40 min. ride). Before leaving you will agree about the time and place for meeting each other.
Once arrived in Vernazza take your time to experience some local food, after lunch visit the village then meet your driver and move towards Corniglia. This is the smallest village of the five, and the most isolated one, located on top of a rocky spur 100 mt. above the sea. Due to its isolation is always quieter the others and offers also a good chance for a tasty gelato.
Meet your driver again and, heading back to La Spezia, enjoy the last breathtaking views from Volastra.