Learn why this area of Italy is so magical!
Composed of five small coastal villages, the Cinque Terre, which became a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997, is one of the most uncontaminated areas in the Mediterranean Sea. Each town is a unique destination carved into the steep terraced coastline.
Cinque Terre is a series of 5 fishing villages that sit at sea level. The roads in and out of these villages are restricted as to size and number of vehicles. Therefore we will leave you at the first of the villages and at that time, your driver will set a time and place to meet you for your return. This will allow you to 'village hop' by taking the small fishing boats that move from one to another of the villages. Stop and stay wherever you wish. Enjoy some lunch at one of the lovely cafes.
After meeting up with your driver, you'll depart from Genoa in your private, air-conditioned vehicle. Your first stop will be La Spezia, where you'll board the boat to Portovenere. Approaching this beautiful village by boat will give you the chance to admire the amazing coast and natural landscape. The village of Portovenere stretches out over a rocky spur with the church of St. Pietro built in Genovese Gothic style and dominated by an impressive castle on its top. The village also offers a succession of tall, nicely painted houses overlooking the sea, and many medieval corners to explore.
After Portovenere, board the boat to Riomaggiore, where the sea, hills, vineyards, ancient villages, and Genovese-style churches create breathtaking scenery. After Riomaggiore, you'll move on to Manarola by walking through the famous "Via dell'Amore." This walk offers a wonderful view over the coastal sandstones and Punta Mesco promontory. The trail, which will take about 20 minutes to walk, is suitable for everyone--and it is unforgettable!
From Manarola, you'll proceed by train to Monterosso. Spread out at sea level, this village has notable artistic scenic references. See the Medieval "Down Tower" (Torre Aurora), which divides the old part of town from the new; the Van Dyck Crucifix in San Francisco’s church; and the 18th century Sanctuary of Soviore on the hillside.
And don't miss the local Ligurian products! Take some time to taste the wines, liqueurs, oils, and famous Ligurian pesto. Enjoy lunch (additional cost) in a beautiful restaurant overlooking the sea.
- This trip is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
- While this tour is available year round, Cinque Terre is best visited between April and October. From November through March, the ferry does not run and the weather is often cold/rainy. Many shops/restaurants are also closed during this time.
- Lunch and beverages are not included in the cost of the tour.
- Ferry tickets are not included in the price of this tour. Tickets are 22€ per person and will allow you to visit all the Cinque Terre, one way. You can disembark the ferry at any village and re-board at the appointed time.
- The exact itinerary of the tour may be adjusted.
- The conditions and availability of certain features are ever-changing in the Cinque Terre; we reserve the right to modify the itinerary to give you the most satisfying visit with respect to the situation on the day of your visit.
- Changes in local ordinances (particularly with respect to where we can enter with the vehicle and park) may also make it necessary to alter your itinerary.
Days offered: 7 days a week