- Full-day trip to the Cinque Terre from Siena by luxury coach
- Discover the best parts of the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre with an expert guide
- Use your Cinque Terre Card to travel by train between villages
- Relax over lunch in Monterosso and go for a swim in the sea if you wish
- Ride by sightseeing boat from Vernazza to Monterosso (weather permitting)
What You Can Expect
Meaning ‘five lands,’ the Cinque Terre is precisely that, but a whole lot more scenic than its name suggests. Five sun-baked fishing villages cling to the area’s dramatic sea cliffs, separated only by wind-gnarled vineyards and olive groves; it’s the rugged face of the Italian Riviera at its picture-perfect best.
Hop off your coach at the village of Manarola and explore its streets on a stroll around the village. Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time and hop on the train to travel north to Vernazza -- a village once favored by Italian nobility and naval forces. Amble around the pretty streets at leisure, and then hop aboard your sightseeing boat (or train if the weather is bad) to the village of Monterosso. Sit down for lunch in one of its charming seaside trattorias, and admire views over its turquoise bay as you eat. The rest of your time in Monterosso is spent at leisure, so why not head to one of its beaches for a swim?
Your last stop is Riomaggiore, the area’s southernmost village, and on arrival here, your guide will show off its delights on a stroll around. A winemaking village that dates back to the 13th century, Riomaggiore is often considered the highlight of the Cinque Terre, with its candy colored houses and secluded beaches. After exploring Riomaggiore, board your train to La Spezia and then board your coach for the journey southeast back to Siena. Your tour finishes around 9pm in the evening at the start point.
Please note: Due to a landslide which occurred at the end of September 2012, the famous path “Via dell’Amore” has been closed.
This was a wonderful tour of an equally wonderful location in Italy. The three villages visited give you a fairly good sense of the treasures in Cinque Terre, which you can only explore more by staying right there. I wish I had known that the tour was available from Florence, as it is a shorter trip and I would have preferred to take it from there, but otherwise it was great.
We departed Florence for Siena and joined the trip there thinking that Siena should be the start point but to our surprise, we needed to travel back to Florence to join the big group. This was not stated in the itinerary and we have to spend 2 extra hours on traveling to and from Siena. This piece of information should be stated and if we knew that, we would have joined the trip in Florence. The trip is good though a bit rush but this can be excused cause 4 villages ( one requiring walking uphill was omitted) have to visit.