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Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

1. 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.

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

2. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

Sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets and admire villages that makeup Borgate Marinare. Cross the Le Bocche strait and stop at coves in the Portovenere Archipelago. Stop at the Blue Grotto, the Stella Maris, and the Portoro Marble Quarrie, and pass by a mussel farm. Start the sailing trip by following the western coast of the Gulf of Poets until you reach Portovenere. Admire the village of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island before stopping at a cove in Portovenere Archipelago, where you will have the chance to go for a swim. Hop back on board and head to the Blue Grotto. After seeing the Blue Grotto, visit Stella Maris and the Portoro Marble Quarries. See Byron's Grotto, where legend has it, Lord Byron lived and would swim across the bay. Discover the small town Lerici, where Mary and Percy Shelley lived, and other gems, including Tellaro and the Fiascherino's Bay. Stop in the bay and go for a swim behind Lerici's Medieval Castle. On the way back, pass by the local mussel farms.

From Monterosso: Cinque Terre & Porto Venere Day Tour

3. From Monterosso: Cinque Terre & Porto Venere Day Tour

Experience an intimate boat cruise and observe the sun setting over Cinque Terre. Leave Monterosso and appreciate 5 vibrant beach towns from the water including Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore on this boat day tour. Make a stop in the village of Vernazza, where you can explore for a while before boarding your boat to return to Levanto. Discover and learn about the Porto Venere village that George Sand, Lord Byron, and other famous poets portrayed. Stop by the intriguing Church of San Pietro, an old pagan temple with stunning ocean views. Hear the history and way of life in the area from your local guide. Tuck into an apéritif of regional delicacies while sipping prosecco and snacking on some traditional Ligurian dishes. In the warmer months, it is even possible to go swimming in the National Park's pristine waters.

Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

4. Livorno Shore Excursion to Portovenere & Cinque Terre

Meet your private driver beside your ship at 8:00 AM for the 1.5-hour drive to the delightful fishing village of Portovenere, with its tall and colorful waterfront houses. Enjoy memorable sea views from the promontory where the Church of San Pietro stands. Its Gothic Genovese style dates back to 1256-1277. The church was built on the remains of an early Christian church and Byzantine abbey with parts of a heathen temple from the Roman age. At the foot of the promontory, there is a small grotto named after Lord Byron who took refuge here. From Portovenere, you'll begin your adventure through the five lands of the Cinque Terre, a landscape so unique that in 1998 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A great way to discover this area is from the sea. You'll have the option of departing from the harbor to enjoy a ferry ride (additional cost) to Vernazza, a great stop for lunch at a restaurant set on the cliffs, looking out across the bay (lunch at own expense). The ferry journey will take you past Riomaggiore and Manarola with great photo opportunities from the sea.  Meet up with your driver and visit either Corniglia set up on the hill or enjoy a stroll around Riomaggiore or Manarola. You could continue on to the larger and busier town of Monterosso, but please note it is not possible to stop at all the villages in one day and for this tour, it is best to keep the day as flexible as possible and see where your journey will take you. At some places, you may wish to consider using the train and if the weather and sea conditions are good, the local ferry will be recommended. Wherever your journey takes you, you will return with wonderful memories to your ship in the port of Livorno at approximately 5:00 PM.

From Florence: Day Trip to the Cinque Terre

5. From Florence: Day Trip to the Cinque Terre

Travel by train and minivan on this day trip to the Cinque Terre from the city of Florence. Explore the beauty of a coastline of dramatic cliffs and admire how the colorful buildings in each town contrasts with the blue of the sea. Meet your guide in the morning at Piazza Antinori in Florence. Sit back and relax and enjoy the natural scenery in the Cinque Terre National Park as you travel to Manarola. Have some free time to soak up the vibe in this town with only 353 permanent residents. Continue to Vernazza, which is known as the ‘pearl of Cinque Terre’. Let this ancient fishing village with lovely beaches enchant you as you explore its lively cafes, fashionable boutiques, and local crafts, or take some time to see the Church of Santa Margarita de Antioquia. Stop at Monterosso al Mare which is situated in a natural gulf. See the town at your own pace with some free time to lose yourself in its charming alleyways and narrow streets, or make use of the most extensive sandy beach in the Cinque Terre. Transfer to a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan for the drive back to Florence.

La Spezia: Porto Venere Private Boat Tour

6. La Spezia: Porto Venere Private Boat Tour

Sail around the Unesco World Heritage site of Porto Venere on this private yacht tour from La Spezia. Go on a full-day or a half-day tour. Board your luxury yacht at the port in La Spezia and set sail. Sit back and relax with a glass of Prosecco and local Italian products. Visit Porto Venere, a settlement that was established by the Ligures in the sixth century BC. Explore the village and immerse yourself in its history. On the full-day tour, you will also visit the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Check out the villages of Lerici and Tellaro, where you'll have the opportunity to do some cave snorkeling. On the half-day trip, you won't be getting off the boat to visit Porto Venere and Lerici on foot and lunch is not included.

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What people are saying about Porto Venere

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 296 reviews

Laurence and Daniel took very good care of us. Both were very knowledgeable about Cinque Terre but just as important they were fun and attentive hosts. If one of the reasons you are going is to photograph the cities, you need to realize you are facing the rising sun on the way up the coast and going back may be better for taking pictures. You stop in a small city called Porte Venere for an hour…just after having a variety of bruschetta and drinks. If you want more to eat, head left to “restaurant row”. Otherwise, head right, up the main road where there are more shops and ends up at the fort on the coast. Lots of good photo opportunities there! We got gelato before getting back on board. On the cruise back to Monterosso we had beautiful fruit served to us…plus drinks. We then stopped in a small cove for a swim. The water was gorgeous! The rest of the way home was so much fun! All the passengers and crew felt Iike friends. We drank and laughed together for the remainder of the time.

Excellent tour for anyone who only has one day to visit the Cinque Terre. Well organized, the meeting point is easy to find, courteous staff with a trilingual Italian, French and English guide. The stops at the 3 stops pass quickly because the restaurants fill up and many close around 4:00 p.m. It is therefore sometimes difficult to find a restaurant without a queue and with fast service. I highly recommend this tour!

Amazing trip around the other parts of La Spezia not including the cinque terre! Was nice to hop on and off the boat and explore the smaller villages as well as swim in the sea! Great music and vibes on the boat and a lovely way to spend the afternoon!

Good organisation. Departure on time. Friendly crew. Clean boat. Translation into several languages including French I recommend

Positive experience, very kind staff with great professionalism, respected schedules, ok guides.