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This excursion was outstanding! The excursion includes train tickets, a boat ride and a pesto cooking class with the owner/chef of a seaside restaurant with magnificent views. We had a little hiccup in at the start due to the schedule of the owner/chef which reversed the order of the day's activities. Our tour coordinator and guide, Gary, was very friendly, helpful and considerate. He explained the change in itinerary and gave us directions with a new meeting place after we explored the Cinque Terre's quaint towns. The train rides between towns were just a few minutes each. Corneglia was especially charming with one of a kind shops, cafes and expansive seaside views. The boat ride to the restaurant allowed you wonderful views of the coastline and towns perched on the cliffside locations with a different perspective of the Cinque Terre. Simone, the owner/chef, was an excellent teacher and historian of pesto's origins. The resulting pesto and lunch was delicious. I strongly recommend this unique excursion to anyone visiting the region.
If you are visiting Cinque Terre, this class is a must! Gary, our tour guide was great. We were able to meet him at Cinque Terre office at Manarola station instead of La Spezia since it was closer to our hotel. Once he greeted us, he told us about the town as we walked to where the class was going to take place. The actual class was amazing. The instructor gave up step by step directions on how to make a great Pesto class. He was very knowledgeable and very informative. After the hard work of making Pesto, everyone was awarded with wine and lunch. Lunch included various meats, breads and cheeses, and of course, your homemade pesto. The tour also includes a boat tour but Gary contacted us two days before the tour to let us know the seas would be rough. Instead of taking a boat tour, he gave us two bottles of delicious Cinque Terre wine! Gary even took pictures for us and sent them to us a few days later!
BEST EXCURSION!!! 100 would recommend this tour. We were in Europe for 3 weeks and my entire family would agree that this was our favorite day. The staff was incredibly knowledgable and so friendly. But the pesto course was what made this trip so amazing. Absolutely stunning view on the cliff overlooking Cinque Terre with the most phenomenal view. The winds were too rough, so we were unable to go on a boat ride, so the staff bought us all bottles of wine which was so great. And the food some of the best I have ever had in my life. Book this and you won't regret it!
This tour was the highlight of our trip, would absolutely recommend! We were a group of 6 ranging from 23-85 years old and we all loved it. Gary was a great host and it was so much fun! We got some history, amazing sights, learned the intricacies of making pesto, ate fabulous food, drank lots of Cinque Terre wine, went on a lovely boat ride with breathtaking views and then we were able to explore all the towns. The tour was over at 1ish but we enjoyed Cinque Terre until 9:30, including a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. If you want to stay for dinner you should make a reservation, we weren't able to eat at a sea side restaurant but had a lovely meal in town. Gary was taking photos and he sent them to us along with the recipe, an added nice touch. Really can't say enough good things about this tour.