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Portovenere Tours

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Portovenere
Portovenere’s brightly painted buildings, lively harbor, and clifftop castle make it a quintessential Italian Riviera town, perched on the rocky shores of the Gulf of Poets (Golfo dei Poeti). An easy detour from the wildly popular Cinque Terre National Park, this comparatively tranquil seaside town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history, delicious seafood, and stunning backdrop of cliffs, caves, and coves—making it ideal for hiking, mountain biking, or just relaxing.
 
The Basics
Portovenere is most often visited on a day trip from La Spezia, San Gimignano, Siena, Milan, or, most commonly, Florence. Most tours combine free time in this oceanside town with stops in the coastal villages of Cinque Terre for hiking, dining, and exploring. It’s also possible to admire the picturesque waterfront aboard a sailing cruise around the Golfo dei Poeti.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If visiting in summer, be sure to pack sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Public transportation to and from Portovenere is limited, so joining a tour is the best option for those without a car.
  • White some hotels, ferries, and attractions in Portovenere are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the village’s steep and narrow lanes can be challenging for those with limited mobility.
 
How to Get There
Located at the southern tip of Cinque Terre National Park along the Italian Riviera, Portovenere is reachable by car (year-round) and ferry boat (mid-April through October only) from nearby villages such as La Spezia, Levanto, and Vernazza. It is set 102 miles (164 kilometers) west of Florence and just nine miles (15 kilometers) from La Spezia.

When to Get There
The most atmospheric, albeit crowded, time to visit Portovenere is during the summer season (May to August). The town is a popular destination any time of year, but be aware that many hotels, restaurants, and attractions close down in low season.

The Legend of the Golfo dei Poeti 
La Spezia Bay is better known as the Golfo dei Poeti, or the Gulf of Poets, and its natural beauty has been inspiring poets since Roman times. Poets Persio, George Sand, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Eugenio Montale have all mentioned the bay in their verses, while one of the coastal caves is named after former resident Lord Byron.
Address: Portovenere, Italy
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26 Tours and Activities to Experience Portovenere

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Portovenere and the Cinque Terre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia

Portovenere and the Cinque Terre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia

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While docking ship in La Spezia, go on a private shore excursion to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cinque Terre, and the fishing village of Portovenere. Since this is a private tour, you can choose which places you go to from a wide variety of areas along the Italian Riviera. Take a ferry ride to Vernazza (own expense), or stroll around Riomaggiore—the choice is yours.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$904.11
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$904.11
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Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia

Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia

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See Cinque Terre from another perspective: from a boat at sea. Spend a full day sailing along the Italian riviera, viewing the five seaside towns and learning about the history of the area from your skipper. Drink in the views of the colorful villages that hug the coastline. Learn some sailing tips from the crew. Stop to swim in the shimmering sea. And then indulge in a lunch of Ligurian specialties, washing it down with some locally produced wine. Participants are limited to just 10 people on this small-group tour, ensuring plenty of personalized attention.
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  • 7 hours
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$180.82
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$180.82

Half Day Small Group Hike to Portovenere with Local Guide

Half Day Small Group Hike to Portovenere with Local Guide

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Break away from the crowds, and discover a wilder side of the Cinque Terre region, on this small-group hiking tour. Setting off from Riomaggiore, follow your guide through vineyards and other lovely scenery on this challenging trek to Porto Venere. As you go, you’ll enjoy unparalleled vistas overlooking the sea. Upon arrival in Porto Venere, you’ll have time at your leisure to explore before returning to Riomaggiore by boat or by bus and train.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.78
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$205.78

Half day Round Trip from La Spezia

Half day Round Trip from La Spezia

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Escape the crowds on land and explore the Cinque Terre and surrounding coastline by sea, setting sail from La Spezia to skirt the Ligurian shore past Portovenere to the most famous fishing villages in Italy. Sail past Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia before stopping in Vernazza and Monterosso to enjoy free time to explore on your own. On the way back to La Spezia, dock in Portovenere to sightsee and shop.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.58
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Walking towards Portovenere and the secrets of the ancient olives roman mill

Walking towards Portovenere and the secrets of the ancient olives roman mill

Tour: on 17th July 2020 on 14th August 2020 on 9th September 2020 on 22nd October 2020 It is something of different in this area, the roman villa is interesting and is the only one with this ancient press for olive. Very nice and overlooking the bay of Portovenere is the path to reach the panoramic walk along the sea. Many steps. If you ar at least 5 people we can choose different day
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.69
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$35.69
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Floating Island | Boat Tour ( Portovenere, Cinque Terre or Lerici )

Floating Island | Boat Tour ( Portovenere, Cinque Terre or Lerici )

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It is an exclusive boat trip that will help you experiencing the meaning of Italian "Dolce Vita", exploring one of the world’s most inspiring Gulf, loved by the English poets Shelley and Byron. It’s perfect for those who want to enjoy in style the area's most secret and inaccessible coves along Portovenere or Cinque Terre Coast, avoiding the crowd, and, at the same time, to explore the coast and its picturesque fishing villages without any stress.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$773.25
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$773.25
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Boat Tour through Portovenere and Tellaro

Boat Tour through Portovenere and Tellaro

Discover the untouched beauty of the Gulf of Poets on board a fast and comfortable dinghy. Take your time to explore the picturesque villages of Portovenere and Lerici and enjoy the best view of Tellaro from the sea. Sail along the jagged coast of the islands of the Poets Gulf where the sea is calm and crystalline. The Cinque Terre are just around the corner but here you will be away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere. Take a dip in a secluded cove and toast onboard with cool local wine. Take the opportunity to have a delicious lunch in Lerici, tasting mussels breed in the Gulf. Please note that the first part of the tour, islands and Portovenere, will be shared with other guests (up to 8) while the second part with Lerici and Tellaro will be private, with the boat just for you.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$223.65
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$223.65
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Riding to Portovenere: an e-bike tour across the magic of

Riding to Portovenere: an e-bike tour across the magic of "Golfo dei Poeti"

The so-called "Golfo dei Poeti" ha s charmed many artists and poets from all over the world, through the centuries: Byron, Shelley, Lawrence and even Dante Alighieri. This private guided tour will allow you to reach the pearl of this enchanting gulf, Portovenere, where the legend says that the goddess of beauty herself. Venus, was born. A quick, pleasant an easy ride on e-bikes will first reach the villages of Biassa, famous for the production of Sciacchetrà wine, and Le Grazie, well known for the precious marble caves. Once in Portovenere, there will be plenty of time to chill out with good glass of wine before getting back.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$257.22
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$257.22
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Fished and grilled: a private cruise in Cinque Terre and a special lunch onboard

Fished and grilled: a private cruise in Cinque Terre and a special lunch onboard

You may love seafood, but still you may be concerned about finding actual fresh fish in restaurants around. Well, here's the ultimate solution! In this exclusive tour, a boat captain will welcome you on his private fishing boat, for an exclusive cruise that will touch two of the jewels of Eastern Liguria: Portovenere and Monterosso; here, you will have the time to land, have a walk, shop and chill on the beach. During the cruise there will be time for a dive as well, while the captain will prepare an unforgettable seafood lunch onboard. While getting back, you will be in sight of the other enchanting villages of Cinque Terre, hidden between the cliffs and coves: Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. A special day, in close contact with the elements of this unique region: the sea and the sun.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,519.18
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$1,519.18
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Private 5 Hours Tour Cinque Terre

Private 5 Hours Tour Cinque Terre

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5/6 hours - 10:00 am Departure from La Spezia (includes all day service of : water, beer, local wine and soft drinks ) Our Day Tours are the perfect way to experince the Cinque Terre, allowing you to explore the beautiful coastline and picturesque villages of the area from the comfort of a private boat and under the guidance of our expert crew. Departing from La Spezia, we will sail across the Gulf of the Poets towards Portovenere. Once we enter the Cinque Terre National Park, we will explore the five villages by sea. Depending on the tour you decide on, there will also be an opportunity to get off the boat and explore these charming villages. The 5-Hour Day Tour include two stop villages, however the 6-Hour Day Tour allows you to get off and visit either Portovenere or Vernazza and Monterosso. Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to stop and swim and snorkel in some of the pristine, protected coves along the coast.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$654.29
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$654.29
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Private 6 Hours Tour Cinque Terre

Private 6 Hours Tour Cinque Terre

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5/6 hours - 10:00 am Departure from La Spezia (includes all day service of : water, beer, local wine and soft drinks ) Our Day Tours are the perfect way to experince the Cinque Terre, allowing you to explore the beautiful coastline and picturesque villages of the area from the comfort of a private boat and under the guidance of our expert crew. Departing from La Spezia, we will sail across the Gulf of the Poets towards Portovenere. Once we enter the Cinque Terre National Park, we will explore the five villages by sea. Depending on the tour you decide on, there will also be an opportunity to get off the boat and explore these charming villages. The 5-Hour Day Tour include two stop villages, however the 6-Hour Day Tour allows you to get off and visit either Portovenere or Vernazza and Monterosso. Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to stop and swim and snorkel in some of the pristine, protected coves along the coast.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$773.25
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$773.25
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Cinque Terre: Poet’s Gulf Private Tour

Cinque Terre: Poet’s Gulf Private Tour

Enjoy a relaxing day on the Ligurian coastline as you stop by some of its most picturesque islands and towns. With a dedicated guide on-hand to reveal a myriad hidden secrets along the way, you’ll discover an alluring area that fascinated poets and writers for generations. - Explore the Poet’s Gulf with a dedicated private guide - Visit islands Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto - part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Learn about the works of the Romantics Lord Byron, DH Lawrence and more - Relax with a flexible itinerary that reflects how you want to spend your tour time
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$642.39
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Cinque Terre Full Day Private Tour: In the Footsteps of Poets

Cinque Terre Full Day Private Tour: In the Footsteps of Poets

Follow the footsteps of writers, poets and thinkers by exploring the Cinque Terre of great literature and lore. On this private day tour of the picturesque Poet's Gulf, you’ll discover ancient towns and pretty islands as you make your way by ferry along the Ligurian coastline. Join a dedicated, expert guide as they unveil the landscape through the eyes of the English Romantics, leaving you with a true sense of this area’s most inspiring sites.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$642.39
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Private excursion to the Cinque Terre from La Spezia

Private excursion to the Cinque Terre from La Spezia

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Do you want a unique location for a day of relaxation and the beauty of the landscapes? When we talk about the Cinque Terre and an excursion outside the usual itineraries we think of a car rental with driver and the company of whoever you prefer. Here's how to spend a few hours away from the world and the daily grind. The Cinque Terre are an all-Italian natural beauty, nestled between Punta di Cavo Montenero and Punta Mesco, an area rich in bays and peninsulas. A fairytale atmosphere and ancient terraces are the typical characteristics of these areas. The Cinque Terre, as the name of this wonderful land suggests - comes from the five villages that delimit the beauty of the place: Monterosso, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore and, again, Vernazza. With the Cinque Terre Light, the destination will be limited to the elegant setting of Riomaggiore and Manarola, without forgetting the fascinating Portovenere.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$626.96
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$626.96
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Surf safely

Surf safely

SAILING FOR THE FANTASTIC COASTS OF THE CINQUE TERRE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF BATHS AND RELAXATION ENJOYING THE SUN OR ENJOYING BY SNORKELING IN THE CRYSTAL WATERS OF THE GULF OF POETS. POSSIBILITY OF BRUNCH ON BOARD.
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  • 9 to 17 minutes
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$1,308.58
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Private aperitif in Cinque Terre on historic boat

Private aperitif in Cinque Terre on historic boat

Afternoon dedicated to a guided tour of Portovenere, a wonderful village with the small church of San Pietro, built on the extreme end of the village from which you can enjoy a marvelous view of the sea, the 12th century castle, the Sanctuary of the Madonna Bianca and the Byron’s Cave, where the English poet used to go to get inspiration for his poems. Later, you will departure aboard the ancient leudo Zigoela (a traditional Ligurian boat) and sail along the coast between the pastel-coloured houses of the ancient village and the uncontaminated Palmaria island, enraptured by the light of the sunset in a unique setting. The breeze of the open sea and the emerald waters will accompany you to discover the jagged coastline and hidden bays until you reach a way known as Via dell’Amore. In a romantic atmosphere, you can enjoy an aperitif of typical Ligurian products and relax with a refreshing dive in the moonlight.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$380.68
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$380.68
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Private Day Tour by Boat to the Gulf of Poets

Private Day Tour by Boat to the Gulf of Poets

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With our boat tours we will make you discover fantastic landscapes, traditional architecture, curiosities and legends of these wonderful places that we love so much. We will make you live an unforgettable day on a boat, among the crystal clear waters of the famous Gulf of Poets, a natural inlet bordered between Porto Venere and Tellaro, which remained in the heart of famous romantic poets such as Lord Byron and P.B. Shelley and wife Mary Shelley. You can enjoy the sea, between dives, swimming and fun or relax and sunbathe, carried by the swing of the waves. We will also be happy to satisfy all your requests and offer you every comfort, to fully enjoy a day in total relaxation.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$999.28
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$999.28
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Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour with Aperitif

Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour with Aperitif

We offer you the best way to explore the Cinque Terre by sea: a territory whose water and land merge to form a unique and suggestive area. The best way to admire the coast is through the sea and on our boat, the Critical Jack, equipped with every comfort to make your tour enjoyable!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$148.70
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$148.70
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Private tour of The Poet's Gulf in Cinque Terre

Private tour of The Poet's Gulf in Cinque Terre

Leave the large crowds of Cinque Terre behind on a private 8-hour tour of the Poet’s Gulf. A ferry from Portovenere takes you to the picturesque Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto. Serving as inspiration for Byron, DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and other literary greats, the islands are today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together with your guide, decide how much time to spend at each location.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$319.52
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$319.52
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Cinque Terre: private tour in the footsteps of the Shelleys

Cinque Terre: private tour in the footsteps of the Shelleys

Leaving from La Spezia train station, where you will meet your private guide, you will get on a private taxi to reach the beautiful village of Lerici, one of the places that the Shelleys loved the most. In Lerici, after seeing the famous Shelley's house, you will board a ferry boat until you arrive to the picturesque village of Portovenere. Once there, you will start a proper boat tour to see the islands of the Poet's Gulf, such as Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. These islands are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have some time to explore the islands with your guide (you will decide together how much time to dedicate to each island, where to eat and so on). You will discover why poets and writers were fascinated by these places. Byron, Shelley, Virginia Woolf, DH Lawrence: all have dedicated poems and thoughts in this stretch of the Ligurian coast, so rugged and sometimes inaccessible. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to La Spezia train station.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$319.52
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$319.52
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Will You Marry Me? Love Experience at Sunset

Will You Marry Me? Love Experience at Sunset

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You will have a small yacht just for your couple to experience an unforgettable and romantic moment at sunset. 3 hours just for you in a romantic setting, in front of Portovenere, between relax, Prosecco, music, freshly prepared dinner with local products, wine and sunset colors as a backdrop.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$832.73
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$832.73
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Cinque Terre Private Tour from La Spezia

Cinque Terre Private Tour from La Spezia

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Maximise your time in La Spezia and head to the Cinque Terre on a private day trip. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed region is home to five fishing villages that are stacked into the cliffs, making for stunning coastal views. This shore excursion packages private transport with your own guide to give you more time there, and is one of the few day trips to visit all five of the Cinque Terre’s picture-perfect villages.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$873.18
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$873.18
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Rock climbing

Rock climbing

Explore the cliffs overlooking the ocean on a private rock climbing adventure in Cinque Terre. Ideal for experienced climbers or beginners, the day’s itinerary can be customized to your skill level. Participants should be in good physical shape as the day begins with a45-minute hike up to 1000 feet (300 meters) above sea level for stunning views of the Mediterranean. All climbing gear is provided and you climb alongside a professional, multilingual, alpine guide.
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  • 8 hours
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$509.38
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E-bike tours from La Spezia

E-bike tours from La Spezia

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Enjoy a leisurely e-bike ride in the La Spezia region with an option of four fun tours. Take the classic tour from La Spezia to Cinque Terre, bike around the Gulf of Poets from La Spezia to either Portovenere or Montemarcello, or tour Val di Magra. Each tour option features beautiful views of the seaside scenery and takes about four hours to complete.
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  • 4 hours
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$122.53
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