Discovering the Cinque Terre is a full-day hiking tour offered by Select Italy that takes in four of the villages. Currently this excursion starts in the perched village of Corniglia. The hike heads upward toward Volastra where the vines grow on steep terraced slopes, accessible only by monorails that are used to harvest the grapes. The route descends to Manarola for lunch and then continues along the Via dell’Amore to Riomaggiore and by boat to Monterosso.
For those staying in Florence but wanting to visit the Cinque Terre, taking a guided day trip is a good way to do it. This tour from Select Italy offers pick up and drop off at your Florence hotel and a guided hiking tour starting in Riomaggiore and following hiking trails to visit some of the other Cinque Terre villages. Lunch with wine in the village of Corniglia is included.
Angelo's Sunset Boat Tour is one of the most romantic ways to experience the Cinque Terre. You'll see the villages from the sea at sunset. These boat excursions are on a typical Ligurian fishing boat called a gozzo led by Captain Angelo and his American wife. It includes typical appetizers and wine. Tours usually start in late May and run through summer.
Portovenere by Private Boat is a scenic, 30-minute cruise down the coast passing right by all five Cinque Terre villages. A lunch of fresh fish and seafood is served on an island in the Gulf of Poets. After lunch the boat crosses over to Portovenere, a charming seaport of brightly-colored houses.
For those arriving on a cruise ship, Select Italy offers a shore excursion from the port of Livorno. This full day tour offers pick up and drop off at the port, transportation to La Spezia train station, train and ferry transport, and guided visits to three of the five villages.