private tour with boat ride
This is a spectacular experience of the famous Cinque Terre on foot and, if you wish, by boat. Starting from Monterosso, we head south on a combination of low (classical) and high (optional) trails with breathtaking views. Hike as long as you feel like: from one hour to full day, enjoy the breathtaking views, pass through panoramic vineyards, relax on the boat, and savor local delicacies for lunch. We explore the five villages, have lunch in a local fish restaurant (or picnic if you prefer), learn local secrets about growing olives and vines, and of course experience the sea-land connection unique to this area. Nature, culture, gourmet wine and cuisine - all pleasures in one!
Non-slippery hiking shoes are a must. Hiking sticks could be useful (the guide carries two sticks that you can borrow). Trails often involve stone steps, can be very steep and narrow - please see pictures. Not suitable if you suffer from vertigo.
Meet at your hotel or La Spezia train station.
Transfer to Monterosso by train.
Hike Monterosso - Vernazza - Corniglia - Manarola - Riomaggiore (please note that some trails might be closed due to landslides so we might have to do one or two stretches by boat or train)
Lunch on the way in one of the villages or picnic lunch on the trail organised by your guide.
Boat ride Riomaggiore - La Spezia with a stop in Portovenere
NB: this itinerary might be adjusted to weather for safe hiking
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel or apartment if you stay in Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Portovenere, Lerici or Levanto.
At the train station of La Spezia if you are not staying in the area.
End location: At the train station of La Spezia or otherwise as agreed.
Duration: 8 hours
The length of hike and day will be adjusted to your wishes. Please note that some trails might be closed due to maintenance work; in such situations, an alternative by trail, boat or train ride will be arranged - this may cause variations in schedule, please discuss with your guide ahead of tour.
train, boat, feet
Day and route planning, arrangement of all transportation and lunch, tour time with expert local guide, trail snack
Estimated Local Cash Needed
70 Euro - €20/person boat ride
€20/person train and trail card
€5/person bottled water on the way
€20/person train ticket and trail pass
€20/person boat ride Monterosso - La Spezia
Lunch €25/per person - please contact your guide
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver. My Florence license is for English, Italian, Russian and French languages only.
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Anna is a great guide with an in depth knowledge of the area. She provided us with a hike that we would not have been able to do on our own. If you are looking for a an off the beaten path hike, Anna is the guide. Thanks so much. We would book again. Susan and Laura