Discover The Beauty of Cinque Terre in Liguria with our Day Tour from Lucca
Our Cinque Terre Small Group Tour from Lucca will bring you by minivan/minibus to this famous coastal area in Liguria belonging to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
In the National Park you will travel from village to village by ferryboat (depending on weather conditions) and you will be able to admire the colorful villages on the Ligurian cliffs.
One Day Tour in small groups from Lucca to Cinque Terre National Park: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up point: Porta San Pietro in Lucca (just outside the walls)
Pick up is offered from your hotel/accommodation in Lucca city area only for the private tour.
|SCHEDULED||Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (1st April to 25th October)
Everyday by Private tour (subject to availability)
|DEPARTURE TIME||7:55 am|
|DURATION||9 hours approx.|
|SUGGESTED CLOTHING||Comfortable shoes and clothing, hat, jacket and sunscreen|
|TOUR RUNS||Shine or rain (ferry-boats are operative based on weather and waves conditions)|
|ADDITIONAL INFO||There is no hiking on our tour but we do not recommend this tour to people with walking difficulties.|
*Preferred itinerary within the National Park is run by ferryboat. In the rare case when ferry-boats do not work, the villages will be reached by train.
For the private option we will pick you up directly from your accommodation in Lucca city area or you will be directed to the closest available location.
Within the historic walls, there are many narrow streets, therefore it is not always reachable by minivan.
After the pick-up, we will be ready to start our Exclusive Cinque Terre Small Group Tour from Lucca.
Arrival at Cinque Terre
In case the use of ferryboat is not possible because of adverse weather conditions, the Tour Leader can modify the program and the order of the visits and lead you from village to village by train.
Last Stop in the Village of Monterosso
Return to Lucca
Departure From Lucca, directly to Cinque Terre on the Ligurian Coast
After meeting with our Tour Leader in the city area, we will start our Cinque Terre Small Group Tour from Lucca.
The trip from Lucca to the first village will be either Manarola or Riomaggiore and it will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Once arrived there you will start the visit of the villages on the National Park together with our Tour Leader, who will be at your disposal during the day.
He/she will tell you nice anecdotes about what you see and advise you about what to do during your free time.
The National Park of Cinque Terre is a protected area stretching for about 15 km along the Eastern Coast of Liguria. In 1997, Unesco defined the area as a World Heritage Site as well as a national park and a marine protected area. During our Day Tour you will have the chance to discover the charming fishing villages all wedged between the cliffs and the sea. They are characterized by their typical pastel colored facades and surrounded by terraced vineyards and olive trees.
You will spend a lovely day discovering the real gems along the Ligurian Riviera.
Ferry-Boat* Experience to Visit Cinque Terre
We will travel by ferry-boat (preferable itinerary weather permitting) or by train, to move from one village to another.
Riomaggiore and Manarola, the southern most villages of the Cinque Terre
Riomaggiore: this is the most southern village of Cinque Terre, situated only a few minutes away by train from the main port of La Spezia.
The town overlooks the sea and its typical stone tower houses developed in height with colorful facades rise on the cliffs. From this village to the adjacent one, Manarola, runs a famous pedestrian street called Via dell’Amore (The Lover’s Lane), a romantic path engraved and carved into the rock connecting the two villages. (Unfortunately, the trail is temporarily closed due to 2011 floods and is therefore under maintenance).
Manarola: this is the second village you’ll find if traveling from the southeast. This is also the oldest village in the Cinque Terre National Park.
You can explore its narrow alleys and pretty squares with colorful tall houses leading down to the small harbor. On the hilly side of the village you can find the Church of San Lorenzo. From the square nearby you can have a nice view over the several terraced vineyards built by humans in the surrounding areas.
The charming village of Vernazza
Many people consider it to be the most fascinating village within the National Park. The village dates back to the year 1000 a.C. and still preserves a small natural harbor. This village is surely worth a visit for the beauty of its historical centre. Indeed you will see elegant arcades, loggias and portals. Moreover you will be able to admire the scenic surrounding area with innumerable olive trees and vineyards terraces.
On the top of the promontory rises the Castle Doria, surmounted by a sighting tower. Climbing up the narrow steps you can get to the castle and from there can enjoy a breath-taking view on the coast until Monterosso, the last village of Cinque Terre National Park.
You will love Monterosso
Monterosso is the biggest of the villages and a small promontory divides it into two smaller bays with the modern town on one side and the old one on the other. On the promontory, you can see the Aurora Tower. This is the only one of the thirteen original towers defending the town, today used as a private house. In Monterosso you also find the biggest beach of the entire coast, with rows of colored umbrellas and locals sunbathing in summer.
This is an antique and beautiful seaside town and its beach is considered one of the most 10 beautiful beaches in the world by Forbes in 2006.
Free Time for Beach Activities (in summer time), Lunch or Shopping in Monterosso
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Terms And Conditions
- Deposit 50% is required at reservation time, by credit card or paypal (in both case 4% more) in order to guarantee your reservation.
- Due payment may be made in cash in EURO the day of the tour.
- There will be a full charge to your deposit for bookings canceled less than 48 hours prior or for no-shows.
- No charge for cancellations made with at least 48 hours prior notice. If you are interested in proceeding we will send you the complete terms of service upon request.
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