Cinque Terre, home to a string of colourful, centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline, represents one of Europe’s most striking visual landmarks. Tens of thousands of visitors come here each year to explore the area and marvel at the colourful houses and vineyards, harbours filled with fishing boats and trattorias serving up delicious local cuisine.
A couple of hours’ drive inland is the iconic city of Florence, where a number of companies offer tours to the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre. We’ve picked out three of the best based on price and previous guest reviews.
PRICE ON ENQUIRY
While most organised tours stick a to a rigid itinerary, Tau Touring offer a highly bespoke experience tailored to your specific wishes. For those keen to visit the Cinque Terre as part of a small and intimate group, this could be the option for you, presenting the chance to experience the area’s five magical villages in comfort and style. Aboard a stylish and comfortable mini van helmed by a multi-lingual driver, you and your party will be transported from your preferred location in Florence to the Cinque Terre, where you’ll get to explore the area in all its glory, all the while accompanied by a multi-lingual guide who will help you get the most of your time here. A licensed guide or tour leader can also be included at an additional cost. Even better, with a 24-hour service, there’s no limits on arrival or departure times, or the length of your trip. Just tell them how you’d like to spend your time, and Tau Touring will do the rest.
FROM €90 PER PERSON
As the name suggests, this 12-hour tour invites you to immerse yourself in the Cinque Terre, exploring the enchanting nooks and crannies , narrow walkways and steep staircases of its five charming towns. After being transported to the town of La Spezia by coach from Florence, you’ll navigate the Cinque Terre via a combination of train, boat and bus. There’ll be plenty of time to spend at your leisure, so be sure to bring some swimwear as a dip in the sea is certain to tempt you, while a hat to protect against the Mediterranean sun is also recommended. After taking in all that the area has to offer, you’ll travel back to La Specia to board your coach for the return journey to Florence, armed with memories to last a lifetime.
FROM €658 PER PERSON
This 2-night tour combines a day-long excursion to the Cinque Terre with a full day of free time in the ultra-chic Riviera town of Portofino. Departing from Florence by coach, a 2.5 hour journey will see you arrive on the stunning Ligurian coast. Your first port of call in the Cinque Terre will be candy-coloured Manarola and from there you’ll proceed by boat to Monterosso, where you can swim in the beautiful blue waters or stroll around the narrow stone walkways, before a slap-up 3-course Ligurian lunch. That night you’ll catch a train to Santa Margherita where you’ll stay in a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel before catching a ferry to one of Europe’s most glamorous towns the next morning for a day of freedom. The following day you’ll catch a coach back to Florence where your tour will come to a close in the evening.