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Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia

La Spezia, Italy

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Full-day sailing trip along Cinque Terre from La Spezia
  • Pass beautiful villages in the Gulf of Spezia, nicknamed the Gulf of Poets
  • Glide along Liguria's colorful Cinque Terre coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Enjoy a light lunch with wine on board
  • Swim and snorkel in a marine protected area
  • Learn how to sail from your expert skipper, if you wish
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a more personalized experience
Professional skipper
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Assonautica, 19121 La Spezia, SP, Italy

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start this fun day trip at sea by making your way to the port in La Spezia and meet the expert skipper who will be maneuvering your boat through the seas in Liguria for the next seven hours. Hop on the boat and sail away into the Gulf of La Spezia, also known as the Gulf of Poets because of the legendary scribes who have put their stamp on their area. From a distance, see the islands of Palmaria and Tino. 

After a while, head west along the coastline of Cinque Terre to see the famous five villages that hug the rocky shore: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. As the boat cuts through the shimmering sea, marvel at the colorful picturesque villages, some of which can't be accessed by automobile, which means the view from the boat is the best way to see them. 

Once you reach Varnazza, sit down on the boat to indulge in a typical Ligurian lunch that may included focaccia, anchovies, cured meats and other delights (see sample menu below). 

Continue sailing along the shoreline and even take the reins for a while as the skipper offers some valuable sailing tips. The trip finishes when you disembark back in La Spezia in the early evening.
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San Pietro Church
The San Pietro Church Portovenere is one of the landmarks in the landscape of Portovenere.
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Isola Palmaria
Palmaria is an Italian island situated in the Ligurian Sea, at the westernmost end of the Gulf of La Spezia. Measuring 1.6 square kilometres (0.6 sq mi), it is the largest island of an archipelago of three closely spaced islands jutting out south from the mainland at Portovenere. The other islands, Tino, and the tiny Tinetto lie further south.
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Portovenere, a small town in Liguria, is one of the most beautiful places on the west coast of Italy. In 1997 Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
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Cinque Terre is a rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera and consists of the five beautiful hillside towns Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. In 1997 Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
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Cinque Terre is a rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera and consists of the five beautiful hillside towns Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. In 1997 Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
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Cinque Terre is a rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera and consists of the five beautiful hillside towns Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. In 1997 Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Pass By:  
Cinque Terre is a rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera and consists of the five beautiful hillside towns Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. In 1997 Portovenere and the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum number of 6 people applies. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated, provided the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them with boarding and disembarking
  • Sunglasses, hat and sun protection are recommended
  • In case the Cinque Terre are not reachable because of rough sea, the tour is however guaranteed cruising in the Gulf of La Spezia (Portovenere and Lerici). This condition does not implicate the right of reduction of price or cancellation.
  • If you suffer of seasickness, we suggest you to buy appropriate pills in a pharmacy.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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  • "This Tour is not recommended for those with sea sickness." See review


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Best way to see the Cinque Terra coastline
Marieanne B
, Oct 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our day on the beautiful sailboat. We motored when necessary and sailed when the wind allowed. We highly recommend it
A Wonderful Way to Spend the Day
, Aug 2019
We spent the day with couples from all over the world sailing and enjoying the beautiful coast of Cince Terre. We are older and can't climb the stairs in the towns so it was a great way to see the area. Lovely lunch, and the staff was very nice.
A great day on the water
, Jul 2019
Highly recommended. This was a highlight of a great week in Italy. Good directions / service, prompt and professional staff, GREAT skipper Gerry! Only 10 guests on a 42' boat felt spacious. Gerry sailed us to a different, very private cove for swimming and lunch because my wife and I were staying in the area he had planned to go and wanted us to see a different gorgeous spot. We swam in the crystal clear water while Gerry made us a delicious lunch. He never left our hands empty for long and was super knowledgeable, informative and chill. We hit the water by 10:15 and were out until 5pm. This was a great trip and a great value. If we're ever back in the 5 Terre, we would book this again, for sure.
Cinque Terre sailing trip
, Jun 2019
Unfortunately there was not much wind that day so not much opportunity for sailing, just when leaving and returning to La Spezia harbour. The rest of the trip up the coast and back was motoring. Never mind, our skipper gave us a close up view of the Cinque Terre villages from the sea, and some interesting stories to keep us amused. Plenty of prosecco and beer for those who wanted it and a tasty antipasti picnic at anchor at Monterosso. A great way to get a perspective of the coastal tracks which we subsequently walked.
Perfect day
, Jun 2019
What an enjoyable day of sailing. It was a very relaxed day and we had beautiful weather. Our seven hour tour up the coast in Cinque Terre was filled with post card views and many photo opportunities as we sailed near each of the five villages. Our captain was very attentive with beverages and a delicious lunch served off the coast of Monterosso. The return trip we cruised back a little further off the coast for a different perspective. Delightful company as the seven of us enjoyed ourselves with prosecco and snacks as we absorbed the Mediterranean sunshine.
Great day!
, May 2019
Our skipper was Andrea. He was wonderful. We were lucky and it was a nice day outside for a motor sail. He was very informative and a pleasure to talk to. Lunch was very good and so much better than I anticipated. I highly recommend this adventure. The only negative was the company's miscommunication about departure.
Best day ever!
Kimberly O
, Aug 2018
Sailing through Cinque Terre will forever be one of the best experiences of my life. The skipper was so fantastic and the group was small - only ten people so you’re able to fit comfortably on the boat and it’s a nice size so you get to mingle with everyone. The views were spectacular and the food and wine were great. We stopped several times during the trip to swim in the sea and it was just perfect. I can’t recommend this enough - if the same trip was offered the next day, I would’ve done it two days in a row! This was such a fun experience. 10/10 would highly recommend!
Taking a medium sized sail boat trip is...
Felicia V
, Aug 2018
Taking a medium sized sail boat trip is an intimate experience because it can only accommodate a few people. WIth a sail boat, the captain has the option of allowing the boat to just drift, with the help of the sails or if it's a windless day, he can use the motor. So you enjoy a relaxed rather than a rushed journey most times. Fortunately when we set off from La Spezia with Captain Lorenzo nicknamed Gerre, it was a gloriously sunny day with calm waters. The wind helped us glide along the deep blue Ligurian sea and Gerre used the motor whenever he wanted to manoeuvre us close to the 5 Cinque Terre towns for better views. All along he gave us the history of the Villages and all the places we passed en route to them. In a medium sized sailboat it's easy to strike up conversations with fellow passengers and the Captain because you spend so much time together sharing the same beautiful experience. Sun bathing is possible on the boat itself, as well as swimming in the sea once the boat completes it's journey past the 4 Cinque Terre towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza and is finally anchored off the last town of Monterosso al Mare. At this point lunch is served by the Captain mainly an assortment of finger foods. Drinks are available throughout the cruise. There is even a restroom on board. On the way back, the boat takes the same route, but because the journey is more relaxed, the Captain allows those who are keen, to take the wheel and gives them sailing lessons. My husband was over the moon as he took the wheel from Captain Gerre and took on the high seas for quite a long time! The lessons he learnt served us well when we did an independent boat trip in The Netherlands, later in the month!. This Tour is to be taken to appreciate the sheer beauty of the Cinque Terre from the sea. You get to understand what the Poets and early settlers saw that drew them to these places. The perspectives and views of the Cinque Terre from the water are unparalleled. This Tour is not recommended for those with sea sickness. Arbaspaa srl is a good company that offers well designed Tours and they have very experienced Captains in charge of all their boats. We were fortunate to have the young, enthusiastic and knowledgable Gerre Lorenzo, who gave us an unforgettable day with great views, camaraderie, sailing lessons, ocean swimming and kept us regaled throughout the journey with his sense of humour and wonderful stories of Liguria and beyond. If you want to have a memorable experience in the Ligurian Sea with the jaw dropping backdrop of the Cinque Terre, take this Tour and if you're truly lucky, you'll be taken around by Captain Lorenzo! Felicia Variava Albert, Managing Director, Blaze Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India
We started in La Spezia and were...
, Aug 2018
We started in La Spezia and were able to get the best position at the back of the boat - starboard - best place for great photos - perfect weather. We went as far as we could and then did the return trip gradually - the best tour ever.
We would do this tour over and over...
, Dec 2017
We would do this tour over and over again. It was amazing our captain was fabulous. And seeing these picturesque villages from the Seaview is incredible. Highly recommend.

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