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Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking

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  • 13 hours (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided tour through the five idyllic fishing villages of old-world Italy. Following the walking trails along the cliffs of the national park, you will see glorious views of this unspoiled stretch of the Italian Riviera. Check out the highlights and learn about the area as you complete a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) route with your guide. If you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages.
  • Guided trip to Cinque Terre from Florence
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Cinque Terre
  • Soak up the old-world atmosphere as you explore Cinque Terre villages on foot
  • Visit areas inaccessible by car with a guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this active tour lets you explore unspoiled Italian Riviera landscapes by foot.

What's Included

  • A fun and professional guide who is there to lead you through the day
  • Transport between Florence and Cinque Terre by coach plus all other transport for the day
  • Entry tickets to the Cinque Terre National Park
  • Boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting)
  • Time to explore the Cinque Terre villages on foot

    Departure & Return

    Departure Point

    • Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
      Check-in: 7.15am - Your guide will be holding a WALKABOUT sign, right by the taxi stand at Santa Maria Novella train station across from the outside McDonald's

    Departure Time

    • 7:30 AM

    Return Details

    • Returns to original departure point

    What To Expect

    Your journey from Florence to the Cinque Terre starts by coach, where you can relax as your guide shares stories about the area. You'll hear tales about the Tuscan city of Lucca and its famous resident Puccini, before learning about the Cinque Terre and its five fishing villages—Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso and Riomaggiore—that form the national park.

    After a short, two-hour drive, you'll begin your hike through the Cinque Terre on the hills above Manarola. With your guide to help lead you, you'll follow a scenic trail to Corniglia, which culminates in a steep climb of some 382 steps. Note: This charming region is natural and untouched, so there are no hand rails or safety rails, and paths often cut close to the cliff's edge. (if you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages).

    Once in Corniglia, you'll enjoy some free time where you can relax and refuel with these spectacular views, before continuing your journey with a hike to Vernazza, where you'll pass terraces of olive groves and colorful bars and cafes. Take a dip in the bay before heading to Monterosso by train, where you'll have free time to explore the beaches, wine shops and artisan goods famous to the village.

    The final portion of your journey will include a boat ride (or train ride, depending on weather) to Riomaggiore, a village known for its candy-colored houses, as well as a final hike back to Manarola. Your day trip from Florence to the Cinque Terre ends with a coach ride back to the city.
    1

    Walkabout Tour Pick Up

    Check-in and departure point

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

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    Borgo Storico di Manarola

    Built in the valley of the torrente Groppo, until 1950 the stream which runs through the town was completely uncovered and 11 stone bridges allowed the people to cross from one side to the other. Over the next thirty years the stream was gradually covered over. The ancient village was destroyed by Saracen pirates (in 849) and the surviving people fled in land to live. When the seas were made safe again in the 11th century, people came back to settle here under the protection of the Republic of Genova. By the 1200's cultivation of vines was not only established but the wine they produced was sought after. The church of San Lorenzo was begun in 1338. The patron saint is celebrated on the 10th of August with a procession through the streets carrying a statue of him. The castle which protected the town from pirates is now a private home, you can see the garden from the panoramic walk, it is on the rock immediately above the port. Manarola is now famous for its Christmas nativity scene which is the biggest in the world. Figures outlined in thousands of lights cover the hillside. Also an Easter scene is made.

    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
    • Suitable walking shoes are mandatory for those doing the hiking – no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, closed toe shoes with non-slip soles.
    • If you want to swim during free time, please remember to bring your own towel and swimwear.
    • On rare occasions the boat ride will stop operating due to bad weather or strong winds. It is beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued.
    • In case of unexpected closure of the paths for unforeseen events, alternative routes will be taken instead for those doing the hiking
    • A large amount of walking is involved for those doing the hiking. You must be of average fitness and be able to keep up with the rest of the group.
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties, below average fitness, or young children.
    • Minimum age is 8 years.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    Operated by Walkabout

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?

    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks provided for travelers
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    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?

    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    Q:What is the social distancing policy during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?

    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking?

    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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    Traveler Tips


    The hiking trail can be a bit challenging, especially in the rain, so be prepared for a significant hike over very rocky terrain.
    Wear good shoes and bring a water bottle as well as a camera.
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    What a day!
    nathalie_p, Jan 2022
    Wow, the day is long but sooo worth it. We got lucky and had great weather for the end of December. The guides were so nice and the scenery just can't compare. Lots of walking up and down and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
    Fantastic guide and amazing tour!
    Robert_S, Jan 2022
    Our tour guide Chris was amazing. Definitely opt for the hike, but it does get a little intense at some points. Totally worth it and one of the best tours I’ve ever been on.
    Not to be missed!
    Karen_N, Dec 2021
    The entire day was terrific, the hike we managed to see some incredible views. The guides Chris & Gabriel were fantastic.
    Beautiful day
    Meta_M, Dec 2021
    Trip was fantastic. Manolo was a great tour guide and make the trip a delight. Day was beautiful and we got to take the boat at the end of the day. Definitely take.
    Highly recommended
    Jacintha_P, Dec 2021
    Cinque Terre is beautiful and our guides from Walkabout Florence are wonderful - they are knowledge, informative and making sure we get all the great photos! I am impressed how they managed to keep the group in tact despite the tour was carried on trains.
    Whirlwind of beauty, history, and delicacies!
    Meghan_M, Dec 2021
    We decided to take this trip because 1) Visiting Cinque Terre in a limited amount of time would not have been possible without this tour 2) We couldn’t decide which towns to visit 3) We wanted to learn about the area as well as enjoy it. This was one memorable day!!!! Cris was absolutely wonderful - funny, engaging, knowledgeable! He gave us a ton of information not only about Cinque Terre but also of the towns and areas along the way during the bus drive. His food recommendations were excellent - go where he tells you! The hike was super easy for us and we were lucky to take the boat back at the end. Book this tour!
    Awe Inspiring views, great hike!
    Laura_F, Dec 2021
    Chris and Gabriel were great guides! They told us what to expect at each stop and kept us on track throughout the day. The lunch that they thoughtfully arranged was delicious and one of our best during our week long trip in Italy! I appreciated Gabriel taking time during our bus ride back to Florence to chat with us and other passengers about the day and answer any questions we had. I would recommend this tour! It is a beautiful area and an enjoyable hike!
    Do this tour! You won’t be disappointed!
    melissanelson3, Nov 2021
    This tour was amazing! It was our favorite day trip from Florence while we visited Italy! We were traveling in November so opted to use the train between villages but did get to hike between 2 of the villages due to the nice day we had. The views were incredible and our guides were very knowledgeable about the history of the area. Our small group guide was Manola and he was great! So laid back and accommodating. The bus ride to the area took about 2 hours but was a very nice double decker bus. We want to go back during the summer and hike between each village.
    An exhilarating hike …at Cinque Terre!
    sherynongyc, Nov 2021
    Amazing experience and Chris our guide is one of the best and most informative! He knows Cinque Terre through and through! Lively commentary and totally animated!
    A nice workout coupled with sightseeing and lunch
    Stephanie_B, Nov 2021
    Dec is off peak season hence there’s no crowd and many of the town’s shops/restaurants are closed. It can get very cold due to the winds so make sure have to prepare for that. Choice of footwear is very important in this activity. The paths are rocky, muddy and wet. Regular sneakers may not have the grip. Really recommended for active individuals. The hike is Not suited for young kids and elderly. Option to take the bus/train instead to get to the different towns. Our guide Chris is excellent as he shares his in-depth knowledge of not just Cinque Terre but also towns we passed by on the way there on coach.
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