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La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Boat

1. La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour by Boat

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 or Portovenere, then Monterosso, and Vernazza along the way. Start at La Spezia's harbor and sail through the Gulf of the Poets . Sail to the first stop: Riomaggiore or Portovenere ( depends on tour availability ) and marvel the beauty of the Village. 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 before returning to La Spezia.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

2. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour

Explore the beautiful cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns of the Cinque Terre on a sailing tour from La Spezia. You will see all five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 5,5 hour boat tour. Start your tour from Passeggiata Morin in La Spezia and sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets. Admire the beautiful landscape of the four villages that make up the Borgate Marinare. Continue sailing towards Portovenere, where you will cross the Le Bocche, a strait between the town of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island. See the magnificent Romanesque church of San Pietro, set among the rocks and overlooking the sea. Discover one of the unspoiled coves like Le Rosse, Monesteroli or Punta Pineda along the coastline. Grab a chance to dip in the pristine waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park. Marvel at the beauty of Monterosso al Mare, the last and most vibrant of the five villages. Here you can enjoy ashore local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the local mussel farms while returning to La Spezia. 

Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

3. Milan: Cinque Terre Full-Day Guided Trip With Cruise

Explore the Cinque Terre, one of Italy's most scenic landscapes, on a guided day trip from Milan by van. See Cinque Terre from different perspectives from a boat and a train. After leaving Milan by coach, arrive in Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the Cinque Terre's 5 villages. With no car traffic, it remains one of the truest fishing villages on the Italian Riviera. Restaurants, bars, and accommodation all have an endearingly homespun air about them. From Monterosso, start the final leg of your journey: a boat cruise, where you can admire the stunning views of the Cinque Terre and the delightful village of Portovenere from the sea. Arrive at La Spezia where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan. These 5 enchanting medieval villages cling to the coast, offering a breathtaking sight of the sea, and are now part of a national park listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

4. Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

Ride by boat to three different islands all located in the majestic Gulf of Poets. Swim in the Ligurian Sea, and make visits to Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto, and experience untouched natures in a completely unique environment. Snorkel and discover the underwater world, and relax on the boat for a true day at sea. Meet your captain and depart from Portovenere for a day of sightseeing and relaxation. Breathe in the salt air and experience the Torre Scola, a historical ruin that begs to be photographed and discussed. Then, make a swim stop at La Maiella and explore the marine world while snorkeling. Then, head to the lighthouse of Tino Island, where you can see the Madonnina emerge from the TInetto Sea. Find yourself next in the Blue Cave, and take some time to learn about the Church of San Pietro. Notice the nature all around and feel how it calms the nerves of a busy lifestyle. Before heading back to port, discover Saint Peter's Church, said to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Cinque Terre & Portovenere: Boat Tour

5. Cinque Terre & Portovenere: Boat Tour

Departure at 10 a.m. from Porto Mirabello, La Spezia, near the gas station. The boat (10 metres) and the captain will be there waiting for you. You will sail along the borgate marinare, i.e. the small villages on the coast between La Spezia and Portovenere. You will see Torre Scola, an old military fortress built on a rock in the middle of the sea. We will pass through the archipelago consisting of the three islands, Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, which are still unspoilt places, until we reach the romantic Portovenere. Here you can choose whether to go ashore for a short visit to the town and the famous church of San Pietro, overlooking the sea, or stay on the boat and dive into the turquoise waters between Palmaria Island and the village of Portovenere. Continuing the tour, we will have time to approach the world-famous Grotta Byron, the red rocks and swim in beautiful hidden coves, in the crystal-clear waters of Monesteroli or under the natural waterfall of Canneto. From here we will enter the 5 terre marine protected area. We will sail past the 5 villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso), you will have plenty of time to take your photos, listen to interesting stories and explanations from your captain and take another dip. During this tour there is also the possibility to go ashore and visit the villages of Vernazza or Monterosso. If you are lucky, you will be able to see the dolphins that habitually swim near our shores. The tour will end at 6 p.m. at the place of departure.

La Spezia: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitivo and Snacks

6. La Spezia: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitivo and Snacks

Programme: We will be waiting for you at the embarkation point (Porto Mirabello, La Spezia), 10 minutes before the departure time. With a 2-hour tour during the Golden Hour, starting from La Spezia (Banchina Revel), we will guide you through the secrets of the Gulf and the 3 Islands: - Torre Scola, an ancient military fort built in the 16th century and damaged during the Napoleonic wars - Portovenere, the true pearl of the Gulf, unrivalled in beauty and magic - The Roman Church of San Pietro, perched on the promontory of Portovenere is considered the most beautiful in the world - The Blue Cave in Palmaria, which turns golden at sunset - The historic Tino lighthouse, one of the few remaining lighthouses in Europe still in operation - The Madonna Stella Maris, which emerges from the waters in front of Tinetto and protects sailors and the Gulf - The ancient funicular railway used until the Second World War to load the precious marble from the local quarries onto ships - The many military installations and bunkers from the First and Second World War

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour with Lunch and Wine

7. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour with Lunch and Wine

Sail aboard a 10 meter long vintage wooden boat for a unique experience discovering the Cinque Terre. Embark on a panoramic cruise through the five picturesque villages Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza Monterosso. During the tour we will stop at three beaches where you can dive into the crystal clear waters: Monesteroli, Le Rosse, Portovenere, some reachable only by boat, and finally you can take a dip in the middle of the sea immersed in silence, sipping a drink in the water. The tour includes a stop where you can get off to visit Vernazza . On the boat you can enjoy a lunch based on: Ligurian Crostino, Pasta with Pesto or Pasta with Muscles and a Caprese based on Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomatoes on a bed of Arugula. Various sauces and snacks. Drinks are unlimited: Prosecco, wine, beer, soft drinks. Don't wait any longer, book your unforgettable trip now

From Florence: Cinque Terre & Porto Venere Seaside Day Tour

8. From Florence: Cinque Terre & Porto Venere Seaside Day Tour

Depart from Florence and relax on the scenic journey to Manarola in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre. Once you arrive in the village around 10 AM, you will enjoy the silence and the awakening of Manarola from the amazing terrace over the cliffs. This itinerary allows you to avoid too many crowds in the morning. Marvel at the typical case-torri (tower-houses) on arrival, and then continue to Vernazza, overlooked by the remains of a medieval castle. Get some free time to explore the village at your own pace. Next, discover the Pearl of Cinque Terre, the ancient fishing village of Monterosso, known for its lovely beaches and lush vegetation. We will spend here 2 h and half to relax, going shopping in the ancient shops and taste some Ligurian food such as trofie al pesto. Our professional guide will recommend you where to spend your lunch break. Take an optional swim off a sandy beach, before crossing to Riomaggiore by boat. By an hour-long boat crossing, we will admire the colourful Cinque Terre villages from the water towards Portovenere, passing through Byron cave. The worldwide poet Lord Byron came here to catch inspiration for his poems. Take some pictures in the picturesque town of Porto Venere, which city walls date back to 1113 before Christ. Return by boat to La Spezia, where our train will be waiting to take you back comfortable to Florence.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre and Gulf of Poets Full-Day Boat Tour

9. La Spezia: Cinque Terre and Gulf of Poets Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend the day discovering the beauty of Cinque Terre National Park on this boat trip from La Spezia. Explore the Gulf of Poets, and stop to bathe in crystal-clear seas. Taste typical local products and drink local wine. Make your way to La Spezia Port and hop aboard the Vittoria, a 9-meter, typical Genoese gozzo boat with a sundeck. Then, sail along the coast slowly so you can admire the spectacular scenery from the sea. During the full-day cruise, you'll see Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, Porto Venere, Byron Cave, Palmaria Island, Tino and Tinetto Islands, Lerici, San Terenzo, and Tellaro. Enjoy plenty of chances to stop and swim in the protected marine area of the Cinque Terre National Park. You'll also be treated to an aperitif of Ligurian focaccia, white wine, and various snacks.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

10. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend a full day navigating the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre at a close range, with a peaceful boat trip along the coast. Meet your guide and depart from the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour, visit Golfo Della Spezia, Portovenere, Palmaria island, Le Rosse, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Take the opportunity to plunge into the refreshing waters for a swim or a snorkel. Feel free to stop as many times as you like wherever you like.  Arrive in Monterosso at lunchtime and enjoy a 1.5-hour stop to explore the town and find somewhere to eat lunch. After the break, meet your crew back at the boat and set sail back towards La Spezia. 

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This was possibly the best tour we took in Italy. The views were stunning! We sat at the front of the boat which you do get a little splashed but I think we had the best views. The tour guide was so fun and he stopped to tell us interesting facts of the surrounding area. He played fun music and created a very enjoyable atmosphere. Would 100% recommend taking this tour. The views are breathtaking.

Not only were we taken to multiple places to swim, we were also taken to a cliff jump that was followed by some snorkelling. This was the highlight of our whole trip. Thank you

We had to make changes due to the weather and they kept me informed. although we couldn't get to our requested location, we were provided with a great alternative.

I like how on each stop we were given ample time to explore on our own.

Highly recommended excursion. The guide is very attentive at all times.