Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Optional Hiking

Firenze, Italy

From $79.39

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 13 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre in one day with a guided tour through the five idyllic fishing villages of old-world Italy. Following the walking trails along the cliffs of the national park, you will see glorious views of this unspoiled stretch of the Italian Riviera. Check out the highlights and learn about the area as you complete a 3.4-mile (5.5-km) route with your guide. If you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages.
  • Guided trip to Cinque Terre from Florence
  • Spectacular coastal views along the Cinque Terre
  • Soak up the old-world atmosphere as you explore Cinque Terre villages on foot
  • Visit areas inaccessible by car with a guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, this active tour lets you explore unspoiled Italian Riviera landscapes by foot.

What's Included

  • A fun and professional guide who is there to lead you through the day
  • Transport between Florence and Cinque Terre by coach plus all other transport for the day
  • Entry tickets to the Cinque Terre National Park
  • Boat ride along the Riviera (end March to end October only - weather permitting)
  • Time to explore the Cinque Terre villages on foot

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Piazza della Stazione
      Piazza della Stazione, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

      Check-in: 7.15am - Your guide will be holding a WALKABOUT sign, right by the taxi stand at Santa Maria Novella train station across from the outside McDonald's

    Start time

    07:30 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Your journey from Florence to the Cinque Terre starts by coach, where you can relax as your guide shares stories about the area. You'll hear tales about the Tuscan city of Lucca and its famous resident Puccini, before learning about the Cinque Terre and its five fishing villages—Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso and Riomaggiore—that form the national park.

    After a short, two-hour drive, you'll begin your hike through the Cinque Terre on the hills above Manarola. With your guide to help lead you, you'll follow a scenic trail to Corniglia, which culminates in a steep climb of some 382 steps. Note: This charming region is natural and untouched, so there are no hand rails or safety rails, and paths often cut close to the cliff's edge. (if you choose the tour option without hiking, the train will be used instead to move between villages).

    Once in Corniglia, you'll enjoy some free time where you can relax and refuel with these spectacular views, before continuing your journey with a hike to Vernazza, where you'll pass terraces of olive groves and colorful bars and cafes. Take a dip in the bay before heading to Monterosso by train, where you'll have free time to explore the beaches, wine shops and artisan goods famous to the village.

    The final portion of your journey will include a boat ride (or train ride, depending on weather) to Riomaggiore, a village known for its candy-colored houses, as well as a final hike back to Manarola. Your day trip from Florence to the Cinque Terre ends with a coach ride back to the city.

    Walkabout Tour Pick Up

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Borgo Storico di Manarola

    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Borgo Storico di Corniglia

    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Cinque Terre Trails

    8 hours Admission Ticket Free


    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Borgo Antico

    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Spiaggia di Fegina

    1 hour Admission Ticket Free


    40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Borgo Storico di Riomaggiore

    1 hour Admission Ticket Free

    Stazione La Spezia Centrale (Pass By)

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
    • Suitable walking shoes are mandatory for those doing the hiking – no flip-flops. Suggestions: walking boots or sneakers, closed toe shoes with non-slip soles.
    • If you want to swim during free time, please remember to bring your own towel and swimwear.
    • On rare occasions the boat ride will stop operating due to bad weather or strong winds. It is beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued.
    • In case of unexpected closure of the paths for unforeseen events, alternative routes will be taken instead for those doing the hiking
    • A large amount of walking is involved for those doing the hiking. You must be of average fitness and be able to keep up with the rest of the group.
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties, below average fitness, or young children.
    • Minimum age is 8 years.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • 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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    Featured review
    I recommend the Cinque Terre all day trip enthusiastically! Our tour guides were so careful to keep us well informed every step of the way about train protocol in the towns, history, culture, food (seafood especially), shopping, gelato. The scenery is spectacular. Some of the group went with guides on the hike, while others went with a guide by very short train rides between towns, and we visited all 5 towns! Us train riders got wonderful views even without the trail walking. Our trip was early in the season, so we couldn’t have the boat excursion … I’m sure that portion will be wonderful for those of you who will have the opportunity. My small group had Generva (so?) as our guide and she was lovely, caring, and so well-informed. Funny think: She taught me how to pronounce “pistacchio “ correctly, and when I ordered gelato in Venice days later, the fellow at the counter complimented me for the best pronunciation of the word by an American that he had heard this year! Thanks, Generva, for everything!


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    Absolutely Beautiful
    Nicolette_T, May 2023
    Cinque Terre is absolutely beautiful! The tour is a very long day given the bus ride there and back is quite long. Even if you are not hiking, there is a lot of walking and stairs. I recommend hiking (get the frozen lemonade at the top, it is worth the wait!). The ferry ride was an absolutely perfect way to end the day! Wish we had more time to spend in each town, but there is only so much time in the day... Highly recommend going to Cinque Terre, but next time we will allow for more time and stay in one of the towns.
    Amazing views and your guides!
    Shiloh_P, May 2023
    Super fun tour! We loved our tour guide and the hike way amazing! Super organized. It was pretty crowded but the stress was taken away by having a planned out tour.
    Great trip!
    Michael_R, May 2023
    The gelato and lemon twist recommendations by our guides were spot on! Beautiful views, and excellent guides!!
    Great experience
    marianj_a, May 2023
    Amazing tour. Well organized. Our guides, Ciara and Anthony were great. We had a great time and recommend this tour to anyone visiting this area.
    Great day hiking - lots of stairs
    Angelique_W, May 2023
    Viktorya was fantastic. Her and Otto make a great team. We definitely want to come back to Cinque Terre!
    Must do tour
    Marna_W, May 2023
    The Oceanside villages were gorgeous. We did the hike, it was tough but definitely worth it. The hike was about 45 minutes straight up , had a refreshing lemon slush with orange then traveled downhill. We also went with the lunch offered by the tour. So glad we did the outside terrace was just beautiful, food was good. Our tour guides were friendly and informative. Definitely would recommend this tour.
    Beauty .. must see
    Gaurav_A, May 2023
    The landscape is beautiful and you get to visit all the 5 towns. I recommend to go for the hiking for a good view and the adventure. The guides Ado and Marco were simply brilliant from the Walkabout tour company and really took good care of everyone.
    Beautiful but be prepared for a real workout
    Greg_B, May 2023
    Cinque Terre is as beautiful as they say but you are in for a challenging day if you take this tour. Lots of walking on hard, uneven ground, often at a serious incline, and that's if you skip the hiking option. The streets are narrow and incredibly crowded. We expected crowds but our experience was crazy. Trains were standing room only and we basically raced from village to village. To reach our lunch destination we had to climb more than 250 steps up the side of a hill at noon on a very sunny day with a temperature around 78 degrees. My wife sprained her knee at some point and spent the rest of the day hobbling along trying to keep up with the tour as we raced from point to point. Her Apple Watch told her that she logged almost 20,000 steps that day. Be honest about your level of fitness.
    Too crowded to enjoy. Visit two towns max.
    Todd_W, May 2023
    Due to the crowds, a trip to all 5 towns is overrated. We spent the majority of our time on the bus and in train stations/trains. The towns are all beautiful, but the restaurants were all full and the streets were jammed. Our tour guides worked very hard and were wonderful, but 20-30 minutes in each town in a 13-hour day was too little benefit. The towns on either end are the largest, so our recommendation is to take the train to the beginning and skip the three towns in the middle.
    Speedy tours
    Charli_T, May 2023
    It was pretty cool to go through all the towns. It's a great area and just a really cool place overall. The bus ride out was comfortable and it was easy to find in the morning. This is actually a super fast day though. You don't spend very long in any one of the towns, but that's the trade off for doing it in 1 day. The guides can go kind of fast and you mind end up missing some information. We missed the lunch at one of the towns cause we only caught the end of the instructions. You are able to do whatever you want, don't have to stay with the group or anything, and we didn't realize he was telling the people who were not going to eat with the group to meet after they ate. Kind of disappointing that we missed it just cause we were at the back of the group and didn't hear the first part of instruction. The boat ride at the end was really cool though. And you get some time to walk through/buy items from the area. The only free bathrooms are at the train station. And not easy to find other ones so make sure you manage the timing that part ha.
    Too many steps!
    Bobbie_K, May 2023
    Unfortunately this was not as advertised. We opted for non-hiking. No such thing! Horribly tiring! 👎
    Cinque Terre
    Michelle_D, May 2023
    Wonderful hiking trip, challenging for sure, be so rewarding! Dave and Marco went above and beyond to make sure our large group was well taken care of and attended to.
    The tours guide were...
    John_C, May 2023
    The tours guide were amazing. Geneva and Emma made the day a delight. One suggestion would be to reduce the amount of villages in the tour. We felt rushed at each site
    Incredible family adventure!
    Teresa_G, May 2023
    My family of four had a wonderful day on this day trip. It was first class organization and amazing tour guides. Ginevra and Parisa, (hope I spelled their names right) were first class. I have challenges because of a bad knee, and they both kept an eye on me the whole trip, giving me suggestions on how to make things easier and also some alternatives in case it got too tough. The tour was tight with time, but yet you still had lots of opportunities to roam in the different towns. They were a well oiled machine with the agenda. We got to swim and take a boat. The day was taxing if you are not athletic, but you definitely can push through it. I suggest walking sticks, they helped me a lot. My boys took the hike and loved the views that they were able to see. Definitely worth it when you look at the incredible pictures you will take. Definitely take this tour!
    Brilliant trip, highly recommend.
    Karlina_G, May 2023
    A brilliantly organised trip with fantastic tour guides. Victoria and Adi were so lovely and worked tirelessly throughout the trip. Each village we had spare time and the hike was hardwork but worth it for the views. It was a boiling hot day so a hat and plenty of water needed for the hot sun. I would highly recommend this trip.
    Best Guides Ever!
    Sami_H, May 2023
    Tony and Kiara were amazing!!! We felt so taken care of and the tour felt personal even with a big group. A day trip to cinque terre from Florence would have been much more stressful without the help of our amazing guides. They gave the best recommendations and seamlessly moved us from town to town.
    Amazing trip with unforgettable views
    Lin_G, May 2023
    This was easily our favorite experience of the trip and something we 100% would book again if replanning our whole vacation. Our tour guide, Kia, was awesome and super knowledgeable! If you’re on the fence about booking it, definitely go for it!
    It is a long day but...
    Daniel_P, May 2023
    It is a long day but worth it. Many inclines and a lot of walking. Guides were wonderful. I would do it again in a heartbeat
    Fabulous day with wonderful guides
    Andrea_S, May 2023
    What a trip! It was a fantastic, activity-packed, exhausting day! Our guides were Ado and Ginevra and they were wonderful: knowledgeable, friendly, upbeat and organized. Everything was on time, well explained and well managed. We took the hiking option, which was worth every drop of sweat for the views. Lunch (at an extra, but reasonable cost) was in a beautiful spot with a stunning vista and was tasty, too. Along the hike we stopped for a freshly squeezed lemon-orange slushy, which we totally recommend! Delicious! Yes, there were crowds everywhere, but we still managed to take two busses, four trains and a boat, plus a couple of hours of hiking, without a hitch. Had just enough time to do a bit of shopping, sit for an Aperol spritz and dip our feet in the ocean along the way. Wear comfortable shoes!
    Excellent; worth it
    Narendra_S, May 2023
    Trip was made amazing and enjoyable experience made by the efforts of Ciara (hope I spelt her name correctly) our tour guide, who kept us moving as a group, explaining in vivid detail the different places and plenty of opportunities to be on our own. She also identified a great place for lunch. A trip to remember.
    Nice Overview, Felt Rushed
    Jennifer_B, May 2023
    The trip was a nice overview of the 5 small towns. It did, however, feel rushed. In hindsight I would prefer to visit one or two of the towns and spend more time exploring, enjoying a swim, or people watching while enjoying a drink. It felt as though most of the day was spent traveling on buses, trains, and boats. The hike was nice, but definitely challenging for some. The guides did a nice job of moving everyone along given the circumstances of the trip.
    Breath taking views
    Lourdes_C, May 2023
    Enjoyed visiting the different villages and the winery on the Mountain View is spectacular. The hike was a very nice experience and well worth the effort. Our guide Kiara gets a five star review from us. She did an excellent job.
    Cinque Terre worth the trip!
    Danielle_B, May 2023
    Had a wonderful time. Ado and David were great guides. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and remember everyone’s names! I highly recommend this trip. It is such a beautiful area and very interesting history. Lots of walking but we were able to choose whether we wanted to take the train or hike and could decide at the time.
    Very well plannned
    Tarun_A, May 2023
    Very well planned tour. Our tour guide Kia was awesome. She was very clear and thorough with her explanation and made sure no one was left behind. Liked the fact that we covered so much of distance in one day without feeling rushed. One of the best tour we have done so far. Highly recommend if you want a chill out tour of cinque Terre.
    Anthony_S, May 2023
    Ado and Ginny were fantastic tour guides. It was a long day but worth it. We got to see the 5 towns in one day. It was very well organised. A good mix of free time too. The views were amazing! Something you won’t see anywhere in the world. I would highly recommend the hike if you have OK fitness levels
    Cinque Terra Excellent Day Trip !.
    Gary_F, May 2023
    Loved this Day Out Visiting a Fabulous Area !. Our Two Tour Leaders were Tony and Kia. They provided excellent Knowledge , Looked after everyone Brilliantly and were Super friendly and Great Fun.
    An full day of sight seeing
    Tara_L, May 2023
    Kia and Tony were both fantastic guides, both were personable and knowledgeable. We didn’t see much of the last village but the guides were well prepared to make changes to the schedule when necessary that helped us to have a good time and still see the maximum of sights that time would allow. We were able to the boat ride, visit each village as we wanted to. There was plenty of laughter to go around. We would highly recommend this tour and these two guides.
    Not to be missed!
    John_S, May 2023
    The variety of the scenery, pleasant and well organised guides, and meeting interesting people from all over the planet!
    Highly recommend
    JARED_W, May 2023
    Amazing day trip! You get to see so much and they let you have enough freedom and free time to do what you want. We were with the group for the first couple towns but then ventured off on our own, with the time and destination to meet up at for the end of the day. Kiara (Kia) was an amazing guide who was very knowledgeable and made the experience even better. Highly recommend doing if you have a whole day to see the beautiful towns.
    Best day trip and best guides
    Kelly_E, May 2023
    Our two guides were the best of our whole trip to Italy. Genevieva and Emma were our guides. So much fun and a great hike and lunch too.

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