I enjoyed my one day tour of the Cinque Terre. All the staff were helpful. Transportation was smooth and efficient. And all in all it was a great day. Of course this area deserves much longer than one day - but if thats all the time you've got - this tour gives a great introduction.
We booked the tour out of Siena. We were picked up from Piazza Gramsci at the appointed time and driven to Florence to meet the other travelers. The tour guide was very informative, helpful and pleasant. Cinque Terre is a must even if it's for a day and Viator is well organized n is great value for $. Our return from Florence-Rome was just as hassle free.
The tour was amazing. It was fast paced as we visited four of the villages in one day. There was confusion about transportation from Sienna to Florence. No one was at the bus station to pick us up. But a driver was dispatched immediately after we called the Viator number. We had a wonderful day!
This was a great day out from Siena. Lucky for Amadeo, our excellent guide, there were only 11 of us in the group as there are a lot of deadlines to meet, for trains and the boat trip from Vernazza to Monterosso, so at times the day feels a little rushed. Good lunch of pasta, fresh fish and lemon sorbet. This is not a complaint, but enhanced communication from the local operator when I called to confirm pick-up time/location would have helped - I would have liked to have had an idea ahead of time that, as the only passenger starting the day in Siena, I would be taken to Florence by private car, and driven back to Siena at the end of the day by the tour bus driver who did not speak English. Arriving in the dark at what was no doubt the bus company depot in the middle of nowhere was a little disconcerting, so I was happy to see my smiling driver Renzo from the morning who drove me back into town.
Cinque Terre was beautiful! And the tour wasn't as rushed as I had first expected. The towns we visited were pretty small villages, so it was easy to walk them in the allotted time. The guide was very nice and friendly, and the lunch he arranged for us was delicious. I enjoyed this trip very much.
We were well looked after by our guide, Amadeus. Keep us fully informed as to timings, and was a constant reminder to be sure to guard our belongings, as pickpockets are a problem in the area. The lunch provided was just great...great pasta, wine, dessert, a nice shot of Limoncino (as opposed to Limoncello)...a great way to end our day @ Cinque Terre. Highly recommend this tour.
great day out but not for the faint hearted ! have to fight your way on and off the trains
Although it was a rainy day, my son and I enjoyed a wonderful day in Cingue Terre. We were picked up in Siena in a very nice car and driven to Florence where we met up with the group. The bus was a roomy air-conditioned bus with very comfortable seats. Our tour guide pointed out interesting facts along the way. Because of the rain there were no boats and more tourists walking than normal. Cinque Terre was very crowded that day and we had to work hard to keep up with the group and follow our guide. We took the train between the towns and got to see 4 out of the 5. Besides one steep climb down from the bus, it was very easy. Our group all had a lovely lunch together that was pre ordered and overall I would absolutely recommend this tour. Even despite rain all day, it was a wonderful day and worth the money. If you are taking the tour from Siena, I would suggest you find the pick up spot the day before. We had to be there at 6:15 a.m. and we knew it would still be dark so we tracked it down the day before. I am very glad we did this since we some trouble finding it. Also, it was nice that we could keep anything extra on the bus and not have to carry it around with us all day.
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.
The pickup driver was on time. Its was well organized,, a very friendly and informative guide. Lunch was excellant. Howver, it was to long of a day as wedidnt return until 9:39 pm and we didn't have dinner and lunch was at 1:00.
Cinque Terre was amazing, but for the tour, we have few remarks:
- Please share along with booking a mobile number to be able to reach you early in the morning in case we are running late or lost
- please have available on the bus chargers to be able to charge our phones
- the lunch venue was a disaster: not facing the beach the food was below average the server/ manager was in a bad mood and throwing the dishes on the table
- we were always showing on time but waiting for at lest 15 minutes for trains although they were not always late
- the driver of the bus from Sienna to Florence and the way back was friendly, talkative and interesting
- it was a perfect day and each managed to make it wonderful
I recommend this if you really only have 1 day to see Cinque Terre. I would recommend spending more than one day here though.
Nice quick overview of Cinque Terre, but be prepared to move through fast. If you are looking to see as many villages as possible in a short time, this is your trip! We saw 4/5 villages, spending 20 minutes in three of them and then 3 hours in Monterosso.
I throughly enjoyed the trip. It was a little long because we had to go from Siena. Cinque Terra was definitely worth seeing.
Our family loved this location. If you have knee issues some of this trip is difficult. The bus drive was great, the tour guide was very knowledgable and made sure no one was left behind. Our favorite part was skipping rocks in the ocean. Great tour thist tour took us 14.5 hours. A lot of time on a bus and train, we may have considered a different tour.
This was a great trip. I enjoyed it very much. I would have preferred a bit of a slower pace and more information on the region and way of life. The boat ride was a wonderful way to see the villiages. There is certainly a level of fitness required for this tour as there are many steep hills.
Good points: Incredible scenery and unique towns carved out of curves in the coast line. It is impressive to see how they farm, with multiple terraces going almost straight up hill.
Bad points: They said that the sea was too rough for the boat ride between towns, so we missed seeing the towns from the sea. We started in Siena and were taken to the Florence train station to meet the tour bus. There was lots of traffic during rush hour, It seems like it might make more sense to meet the tour bus outside Florence. The ride to Siena was in a mini-bus. The ride back to Siena was in a cramped, small Mercedes (driver plus four people). Cruise ships were in that day, so the trains between towns were very crowded. This might be normal, but be forewarned.
Overall: The good significantly outweighs the bad. Worth the trip.
Great trip! Beautiful sights. The tour guides try their best to let you see everything in one day. Cinque terre is so beautiful you could definitely spend a few days there, but if you have limited time I would highly recommend this trip.
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.
Cinque Terre always beautiful. The tour guide was very helpful and the lunch they provided was more than expected. I just wish I had more time to spend there.