Private Shore Excursions for Cruise Passengers in Cinque Terre from Portofino or La Spezia


Private Shore Excursions for Cruise Passengers in Italy
Cinque Terre, Portofino, La Spezia
 

If you are going to be on a Mediterranean cruise with stops at Civitavecchia, Livorno, Naples, Palermo, Messina, Venice and/or La Spezia, you can go with a large group of fellow passengers on a full-day bus tour, or you can spend the day with an affable guide, in your own private vehicle, chatting and learning about the wonderful Italian way of life as you see the artistic masterpieces that make it a major destination. A private tour costs more than a bus ride, but then again, you will have a knowledgeable world-class guide all to yourselves, and what better way to make every minute count in Rome, Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Cinque Terre, Venice and Sicily!
La Spezia & Portofino (Cinque Terre)
Palermo & Messina (Sicily)

Venice
Civitavecchia (Rome)
Livorno (Tuscany & Cinque Terre)
Naples (Pompeii & Amalfi Coast)

Cinque Terre

FULL-DAY EXCURSION TO THE CINQUE TERRE TOWNS FROM LA SPEZIA

Few sites are as breathtaking as these five tiny villages -- Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore and Vernazza. Each is unique, but all are a jumble of pastel-colored homes clinging to an impossibly rugged cliff. Below are five tiny harbors, where equally colorful boats bob at anchor and a few brave souls swim beneath the bemused gaze of more sensible travelers sipping espresso at the town café above. Unlike the heavily populated Amalfi Coast, the lands between these hamlets are almost completely given over to agriculture, particularly cultivation of the indigenous sciacchetrà grape. How it manages to thrive on these perpendicular hillsides, exposed to all the elements and mainly left to its own devises, is beyond us! From afar, these vineyards may appear to be mere fields of green, but if you enjoy hiking and opt to take one of the many trails that lead from town to town, you'll have an up-close-and-personal view of the perfect terraces every local family has been painstakingly maintaining for centuries -- and then you'll understand the mystery of how these grapes survive. The Cinque Terre is world-famous for its hiking trails, which range from the most strenuous all the way down to the blessedly horizontal Via dell'Amore (Lover's Lane). Accessible to anyone who can manage a city sidewalk and a few stairs, it departs from Riomaggiore and makes its way past tidy vineyards, fragrant herb bushes and rocky outcrops for half an hour before arriving in Manarola.


Via dell'Amore

Our escorted private excursion has something for everyone, be they couch potatoes or gold-medal athletes. Your licensed guide will meet you at your ship and help you decide which of the area's many attractions you would like to experience. You might simply wish to take the train from village to village exploring each one at your leisure. If you'd like to try some hiking, the guide will describe all the trails so you can choose the one(s) most suitable for you. Or venture off on bicycles for three hours. As part of your full immersion into the totally unique culture of the Cinque Terre, we also recommend you visit the Sciacchetrà Museum to learn all about the luscious little grape and the wine it yields; the Museum of Memory where you can delve into local customs and history; the Antique Olive Mill where you'll see how some of Italy's most prized oil is squeezed on a 200-year-old grinding stone; and the Anchovy Factory where you can witness the ancient fishing and salting techniques that make the difference between a pizza topping and a delectable antipasto. Halfway through your adventure you will pause for lunch on your own (your guide will help you pick an eatery that's right for you), and by the time you return to the ship you will truly have seen all the sites and learned a great deal about the culture of this gorgeous microcosm of Mediterranean life.

This tour starts at 8 am and lasts approximately eight hours.

2016 Prices Available Upon Request

Click here for photos of the Cinque Terre.




FULL-DAY EXCURSION TO THE CINQUE TERRE TOWNS FROM PORTOFINO

Few sites are as breathtaking as these five tiny villages -- Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore and Vernazza. Each is unique, but all are a jumble of pastel-colored homes clinging to an impossibly rugged cliff. Below are five tiny harbors, where equally colorful boats bob at anchor and a few brave souls swim beneath the bemused gaze of more sensible travelers sipping espresso at the town café above. Unlike the heavily populated Amalfi Coast, the lands between these hamlets are almost completely given over to agriculture, particularly cultivation of the indigenous sciacchetrà grape. How it manages to thrive on these perpendicular hillsides, exposed to all the elements and mainly left to its own devises, is beyond us! From afar, these vineyards may appear to be mere fields of green, but if you enjoy hiking and opt to take one of the many trails that lead from town to town, you'll have an up-close-and-personal view of the perfect terraces every local family has been painstakingly maintaining for centuries -- and then you'll understand the mystery of how these grapes survive. The Cinque Terre is world-famous for its hiking trails, which range from the most strenuous all the way down to the blessedly horizontal Via dell'Amore (Lover's Lane). Accessible to anyone who can manage a city sidewalk and a few stairs, it departs from Manarola and makes its way past tidy vineyards, fragrant herb bushes and rocky outcrops for half an hour before arriving in Riomaggiore.


Via dell'Amore

Our escorted private excursion has something for everyone, be they couch potatoes or gold-medal athletes. Your licensed guide will meet you at the Portofino dock and, while you are riding in your private car, you'll decide which of the area's many attractions you would like to experience. If you are up for the easy hike, you'll stop first at Manarola and walk to Riomaggiore on Lover's Lane. Afterwards, you and your guide will drive or take the train from village to village exploring each one at your leisure. As part of your full immersion into the totally unique culture of the Cinque Terre, we also recommend you visit the Sciacchetrà Museum to learn all about the luscious little grape and the wine it yields; the Museum of Memory where you can delve into local customs and history; the Antique Olive Mill where you'll see how some of Italy's most prized oil is squeezed on a 200-year-old grinding stone; and the Anchovy Factory where you can witness the ancient fishing and salting techniques that make the difference between a pizza topping and a delectable antipasto. Halfway through your adventure you will pause for lunch on your own (your guide will help you pick an eatery that's right for you), and by the time you return to your ship you will truly have seen all the sites and learned a great deal about the culture of this gorgeous microcosm of Mediterranean life.

This tour starts at 8 am and lasts approximately seven hours.

2016 Prices Available Upon Request

Click here for photos of the Cinque Terre.




Venice
Civitavecchia (Rome)
Palermo & Messina (Sicily)
Livorno (Tuscany & Cinque Terre)
Naples (Pompeii & Amalfi Coast)