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From Monterosso: Cinque Terre Kayak Tour

1. From Monterosso: Cinque Terre Kayak Tour

Explore the charming villages of Cinque Terre with this tour along the Italian Riviera coastline. The tour will start on the beach of Monterosso towards Vernazza paddling alongside an expert guide, you will pass hidden coves, rugged cliffs and the bright, pastel hues of the five villages.  Coasting the amazing cliffs of this area, you will reach the beach of Guvano and then Corniglia. Pause to stretch out on the beach or cool off with a swim before continuing on your journey. An exclusive experience to visit the Cinque Terre National Park off the beaten track during the less crowded seasons. The surprising mild temperatures between autumn and spring and the incredible variety of colors are the key to a unique experience: visit the Cinque Terre from a different perspective. A lunch break in Vernazza will be the best solution to relax facing the sea and explore this little village.

Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

2. Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

This easy kayak tour is suitable for all levels to explore the beauties of the Park of Portofino and its Marine Protected Area. In the company of a kayak instructor and marine guide, you paddle along the coast from Paraggi to the picturesque port of Portofino and beyond to the Olivetta and the Lighthouse. Be captured by the charm of these areas rich in history and curiosity. The beauty of Portofino as seen from the sea, will make you feel as though you are in a postcard. At the feet of the lighthouse where nature gets more "wild", take a refreshing dip in front of the breathtaking landscape is an experience not to be missed. Alternatively, pick the sunset option and enjoy the unspoiled coastline of Portofino Park at dusk, the best hour when crowds leave and the landscapes turn quiet again. Explore Portofino’s unique territory and hidden gems from the sea and land. Savor an excellent apperitivo with local natural wine and food. Upgrade for a kayak and snorkel combo in the Bay of Paraggi to explore the rich underwater flora and fauna.

Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour

3. Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour

Departing from Monterosso, enjoy a welcome drink as you sail across the Cinque Terre, all the way to Riomaggiore and Punta Montenero on the south-east side of the National Park. Take a swimming break in a secluded bay, diving into the clear waters of the Ligurian sea. Once you're all back on the boat, navigate towards Punta Mesco, across the most north-western point of Cinque Terre National Park. Admire the fascinating landscape of lights and colors, and if you are lucky, spot some dolphins breaching the sea surface. In a unique atmosphere that only this picturesque bay at sunset can offer, enjoy a savory, rich Italian "aperitivo" made with fresh, regional ingredients.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

4. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend a full day navigating the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre at a close range, with a peaceful boat trip along the coast. Meet your guide and depart from the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour, visit Golfo Della Spezia, Portovenere, Palmaria island, Le Rosse, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Take the opportunity to plunge into the refreshing waters for a swim or a snorkel. Feel free to stop as many times as you like wherever you like.  Arrive in Monterosso at lunchtime and enjoy a 1.5-hour stop to explore the town and find somewhere to eat lunch. After the break, meet your crew back at the boat and set sail back towards La Spezia. 

1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

5. 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

Meet your guide in Niasca, a sandy beach nestled in the vegetation of the Mediterranean Sea, next to Paraggi Bay, famous for its  crystal clear blue water. After you're supplied with the necessary snorkeling equipment (all sizes available), you'll be introduced to your guide. Comfortably sitting on the terrace, you will be briefed with pictures on the great variety of fish species and marine plants you'll come across while snorkeling. After a quick explanation on how to use thew equipment, you'll be ready to dive. This bay, forbidden to boat traffic is completely safe for swimming.  Your guide will lead you underwater searching for hidden treasures in Portofino’s Marine Protected Area. During the first part of the excursion inside Niasca’s bay, you will swim above one of the most extended posidonia meadows in the area, which together with the near cliff, hosts many species, such as tube-worms, starfish, pinna nobilis, posidonia, sponges and mollusks. Then you will head to the second part of the journey, swimming towards Portofino, amidst a cross section of fish species, such as sea breams, gilt-head bream, sea bass, moray eel, damsel and many more. Crossing the bay, you’ll swim above different habitats, such as posidonia meadow and sandy seabed, housing many different species.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre Guided Hiking Tour

6. La Spezia: Cinque Terre Guided Hiking Tour

After you meet the tour guide at the port, start your adventure with a walk to the train station. Admire the beautiful and colorful city center of La Spezia during the journey and breathe in the scent of the breeze that characterizes this unique port city. Once you arrive at the station, board the first train that will take you to the small town of Manarola from where you will begin your intrepid hiking experience. Get ready and explore the ancient trails of this mountain passing through the vineyards perched on the rock. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the colorful houses built on the cliffs, it will seem that you’re admiring a work of art. When you reach the top of the mountain and begin the descent towards Corniglia, appreciate the charm of this little village that is more than 100 meters high at sea level. Discover the center of Corniglia as you walk through its narrow alleys and take a break to continue the adventure. After lunch, o to the train station to head towards your next destination, Vernazza. This village is a beautifully preserved coastal town and the perfect place to relax while you admire the wonderful landscape.  Finally, go to Riomaggiore where you will have some free time to walk through its narrow streets and enjoy beautiful hidden spots. Admire the particular construction of Riomaggiore and the Gulf of Cinque Terre from the panoramic terrace here. At the end of the day, return to La Spezia where you incredible adventure ends.

Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

7. Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

Together with a professional instructor, learn the basic techniques of the stand up paddle board in the bay of Paraggi which is an extremely safe area to learn in as it is closed off to nautical traffic. Enjoy a 45 minutes lesson which will teach you how to manage your board and use your paddle safely. After the course, put your new technique into practice. Explore the wonders of the promontory and protected marine area of Portofino from an unusual perspective. Thanks to the perfectly perpendicular position on the sea, you can enjoy breathtaking views, above and below the water. Paddle from Paraggi to Portofino and admire this charming little port, the Castle of Paraggi, San Giorgio's Church and Castello Brown. Get tips and local knowledge from your English-speaking guide.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

8. From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch

Embark on a one-day small-group adventure through Cinque Terre. Discover the beauty of its villages and soak up the authentic essence of this Italian paradise. Savour the ultimate treasures of this region – its traditional cuisine and unique local wines. Experience exclusive treatment from your knowledgeable guide. Escape the crowds and discover hidden gems.  On the morning of your tour, enjoy a comfortable transfer from Florence to the North West Riviera in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit some of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of the UNESCO world heritage site Cinque Terre National Park, such as Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Marvel at five miles of rocky coast lined with terraces and cultivated with vineyards. Learn about the regional peculiarities of grape harvesting and wine production. Spot small medieval fishing villages built on rock. Gaze at the incredible color of the sea and the sky, and understand how much of a paradise Cinque Terre really is. Enjoy the most astonishing views from land and sea, as you travel through the national park by boat, train, and on foot. Enjoy a light hike along cliff-side trails, such as the famous Via dell’Amore. An amazing boat ride (weather and sea conditions permitting) will offer another memorable perspective of the Riviera. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch in a typical restaurant on the sea; eat incredible fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by great white wines typical of this region.

San Fruttuoso Bay: Half-Day Hiking Tour

9. San Fruttuoso Bay: Half-Day Hiking Tour

Explore the Liguria region on a half-day hiking trip through the stunning Portofino Park. Be amazed by the secret beach of San Fruttuoso. Meet your guide at the train station in Camogli and start your tour through the beautiful Portofino Natural Park. After 1,5 hours hiking through the Mediterranean forest, reach the first stop, where you can have a rest and admire an outstanding view. Continue to hike 2h through the beautiful Portofino Natural Park you'll reach San Fruttuoso Bay and relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in Liguria. Here you can have a lunch in the local restaurant or bar. Your guide will show you how to get back with the local ferry, you can choose to enjoy this amazing beach as long as you like and back with one of the several ferries running daily back to Camogli. Return to Camogli by ferry and admire views of the natural park from the sea.

Portofino: Guided Mountain Hike with Ice Cream

10. Portofino: Guided Mountain Hike with Ice Cream

Head out to Portofino National Park for a day on the trails on this hiking tour. Take in spectacular coastal views, swim in the sea, and snack on some organic ice cream. Depart from Santa Margherita Ligure train station and cross the national park into the heart of the mountains. Once there, hike through valleys dotted with ancient water mills and reach the top, 610 meters above sea level. Continue along the coast to and stop at some viewing spots along the way. Enjoy panoramic views of the Ligurian coast. Then, go down towards the village of San Rocco, passing by the tiny hamlet of Mortola. This out-of-the-way place can only be reached on foot or by motorcycle. From there a stairway will take you to down the enchanting ancient seaside town of Camogli. Take an invigorating swim in the sea and try some organic ice cream.

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What people are saying about Liguria

Excellent activated! Ideal for a day of relaxation: boating, swimming, a walk in Monterosso with enough time for a restaurant.

I proposed to my partner on this cruise! It was absolutely beautiful, the staff were so lovely, and the food was excellent

Nothing I would change. Great tour guide; friendly, funny and very knowledgable. Wine and food was great too

Was a great way to explore the area and some great views from the ocean. Very well worth while

Small group with excellent mix of activities and engaging guide