Cinque Terre and Portovenere Day Trip from Siena - Reviews

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GLENN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

EXCELLENT TOUR EXCEPT FOR TOILET TRAUMA. AT MEETING POINT IN SIENA 6.15am, TAKEN TO FLORENCE AND RUSHED ONTO DOUBLE DECK COACH. THREE HOURS TO FIRST STOP. THE BUS TOILET WAS UNMARKED AND LOCKED. ONLY AFTER SEVERAL DEMANDS DID THEY OPEN IT FOR ME ONLY!

Nancy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Long day, but a good way to see the towns of the Cinque Terre.

Jana P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This was a very long day but a worthwhile one. We really wanted to see this part of Italy and the tour was the best way for us to do it and to cover a lot of ground. Our guide did a very good job of managing a large group. We enjoyed the visit very much and were glad we went. There was a traffic snafu on the reurn trip which made a long day even longer, but that was not a fault of the driver. Over all, I would certainly recommend the trip. Just be aware that you will be on the go gor 14-15 hours.

Betty B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

A full day with only short stops at the destinations. Enjoyed the experience but would have loved having more time in the villages.

4TR United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Wonderful tour of the Italian Riviera!

jillirose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

We used this tour to take us to our next stay Monterosso and did not take the bus back to Siena. The Cinque Terre was a favorite destination by all in our traveling party. The little towns were quite busy during the day, so we appreciated being there at night to explore. Monterosso's beaches were heavenly, and the food options were plenty! There was music at night in the square and lots of quaint shops. Our guide was very good, and extremely helpful. Be advised that it is a quite popular tour and when joining in from Siena, you take a small van to meet the bus at a designated location. All of the seats were sold on our tour, so when we met up with the bus, we were the last to board I think the tour originates in Florence so we were split up.

Jane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Such a beautiful trip. So glad we didn't miss it.

Lorenzina F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Exceptional tour and guide and drivers. It was tough initially climbing all those stairs, but then it just got better. We were all so impressed! The boat rides were refreshing!

rakeshtiku1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

We loved visiting Cinque Terra. It truly is a wonder to see and our tour guide, Francesca certainly added to our experience with her knowledge and friendly attitude.

Bridget U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

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.

Caryl F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

This was an awesome day trip!

Viktoriya B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Claire M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

So worth the money!

cheebob

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

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.

Cynthia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

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!

Rachel V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

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.

Tara L S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

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.

Simon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

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.

Harry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

great day out but not for the faint hearted ! have to fight your way on and off the trains

Ellen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

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.

Raymond E M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

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.

Lyn W

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2017

This was a very long day trip from Siena. We joined up with other travellers from Florence, so it was an early 6:30am start. The transfers were smooth between busses, trains, and boat. We returned to Siena close to 10pm. Each stop was interesting but seemed rushed. The explanations on the bus were thorough and informative offered in 3 languages. Tour walks were fast, with little direction except for shopping and view points. We had to ask how to get to the castles, cathedrals, and fortresses. Our guide, Rafael, was increasingly frenetic through the day. He was often seen pacing, yelling into his phone and looking on the verge of a breakdown. Rafael was quite rude to several guests who asked questions regarding transfers, including my travel partner. He seemed to be insulted and took travellers questions as a affront to his professionalism. It would have been helpful to know that we had to travel with the group all the way to Florence before getting our private transfer to Siena, as we were not given time to get something to eat at our last stop. Most restaurants in Siena close their kitchens around 10pm. I would absolutely recommend this tour... with a different guide.

Laurence E

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2017

After a slow start, this turned out to be a very good tour. We started with a transfer from Siena, to the tour bus in Florence. The bus got lost a few times, but eventually we made it to the Cinque Terre. Wonderful, beautiful scenery, but only a short time in each location. Our boat transfer was cancelled due to the weather, but otherwise all good. The tour definitely tries to cover too much ground in one day. I would not recommend taking this tour from Siena, unless you are prepared for a very long day. We were picked up at 6.30AM, and dropped back at 10.00PM, having had no dinner. Could not fault the enthusiasm of the tour leader. The driver needs a GPS system.

Laurence E

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2017

After a slow start, this turned out to be a very good tour. We started with a transfer from Siena, to the tour bus in Florence. The bus got lost a few times, but eventually we made it to the Cinque Terre. Wonderful, beautiful scenery, but only a short time in each location. Our boat transfer was cancelled due to the weather, but otherwise all good. The tour definitely tries to cover too much ground in one day. I would not recommend taking this tour from Siena, unless you are prepared for a very long day. We were picked up at 6.30AM, and dropped back at 10.00PM, having had no dinner. Could not fault the enthusiasm of the tour leader. The driver needs a GPS system.

Delaine W

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2017

The tour was highly enjoyable. The 5 towns were picturesque and the train ride between town was easy. Our tour guide was very helpful. But, I wish I had known that there was no bathroom on the bus. Over the long trip from Siena to Cinque Terre I had a very full and uncomfortable bladder. Misery! Once we reached the first town, most merchants did not want tourists using their bathrooms, so I was about to burst by the time we reached the train station, where there was a public bathroom. So, make sure you use the bathroom before you start the tour.

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