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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.
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.
We enjoyed the excursion to the Cinque terre, the scenery was beautiful.
Everything run on time.
The lunch was nice with different type of pasta and plenty of vernaccia to drink.
The guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
The rest of the group were friendly and had a good time
This tour was not what we expected at all but ended up being a nice day. The Viator site seems to be misleading with the description. The guide was not very good. Viator messed up our reservation and it ended up getting fixed but things seemed disorganized.
Too hectic and too much to see. I would have been happy visiting just two cities.
My wife and I booked this trip because it promised great views of the Cinque Terre and the opportunity to travel by boat and train, together with some good walks and leisure time to explore the villages. We dressed accordingly.
We were picked up on time in Siena and driven to Florence. The coach was not at the rendezvous but appeared soon after. We left about 45 minutes later.
The weather was not too good and we were soon informed that the boat trip was cancelled because of rough seas.
A traffic jam on the way to the first village brought us to a complete standstill. Our guide (Amadeo) didn't seem to know what to do. "Get off coach, get back on". Then off again to walk to the village (not the intended first one).
Because of this delay there was just enough time to walk from the railway station to look at sea and back. Then a train to the second village (2 stops). The train was overcrowded even before another set of passengers (us) tried to squeeze on. The doors kept trying to close and we all ended up squashed into a double decker coach. My back didn't recover all day (I am in my middle 60s).
We disembarked at the second village and were given a half hour to explore before our rendezvous back at the station. At the station it became clear that our next train was not going to come and we actually spent over an hour on a cold, windy and damp platform while our guide became increasingly agitated. There obviously wasn't a Plan B. Eventually a crowded train arrived and took us to our next destination (for lunch).
Lunch was alright; nothing to write home about but OK. After lunch we had about 40 minutes to explore before meeting back at the station for our train to our final village. This train was on time. We disembarked at the final village and were again given just enough time to walk through the village and back to the station.
Our last train was again very busy and took us to La Spezia where we were to meet our coach. As we disembarked the doors slammed shut and even though people were trying to hold them open they kept slamming. At one point I was trapped by the shoulders. It is fortunate that I have strong shoulders or I could have suffered an injury.
The trip back to Florence passed without incident and our driver was on hand on our arrival to transport us back to Siena.
To sum up, the day was nothing like advertised. Even allowing for the unexpected (the weather that led to the cancellation of the boat trip, the traffic jam that led to rearrangement of the order we visited the villages, and the cancellation of one of the trains) there was nonetheless a lack of sensible replanning, a lack of explanation from the guide, and a complete lack of leisurely walking!
I felt that we were pushed from one place to another without care (at one point our guide sent us off through a village with no explanation, actually saying "This is not a guided tour, if you have any questions, please ask when you get back.").
I'm aware that the running of the trains is a matter for the railway company but I think potential customers should be made aware that they risk severe discomfort and, indeed, injury on this trip. I also think that the tour operator should have in place some contingency plans should this kind of disruption happen again. For example, it might be better to miss a village or two and allow more time to walk around. This day felt more like the sort of day one might have commuting to the city and back.