Florence (Livorno) Cinque Terre Excursion Reviews

A scenic drive from Florence is Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands,” a collection of villages along the rugged portion of the Italian Riviera coast offering opportunities for shopping, beaching, hiking and more.
After doing 2 private tours, I was definitely spoiled.
After doing 2 private tours, I was definitely spoiled. Having to deal with the larger group of a cruise tour meant moving slower and longer bathroom stops. However, it was not awful... just not as exclusive ;). This ended up being my ... Read More
After doing 2 private tours, I was definitely spoiled. Having to deal with the larger group of a cruise tour meant moving slower and longer bathroom stops. However, it was not awful... just not as exclusive ;). This ended up being my favorite location of the trip. The beauty of Cinque Terre is not to be missed! I fully plan on booking a trip to come back and spend a week here! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
I thought I'd really love this tour but it was only ok.
I thought I'd really love this tour but it was only ok. We were on very small buses and it was a cramped two hour ride each way. The towns were as pretty as they are in pictures but I found the locals that worked in the shops and ... Read More
I thought I'd really love this tour but it was only ok. We were on very small buses and it was a cramped two hour ride each way. The towns were as pretty as they are in pictures but I found the locals that worked in the shops and restaurants were not welcoming to tourists. It was my least favourite place to visit in the entire trip. I wish we had just gone to Florence instead. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It is what it is.
It is what it is. You stay with your group mostly the entire time (which is large) and it's a long ride on a bus. The cities themselves were beautiful with a tad of time to do some solo exploring. I wish we had more solo time as the ... Read More
It is what it is. You stay with your group mostly the entire time (which is large) and it's a long ride on a bus. The cities themselves were beautiful with a tad of time to do some solo exploring. I wish we had more solo time as the other tourists can be tiresome and whiny. I don't know why people who have mobility issues choose to take this tour as it advises against that and it was super slow-going. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
It was a long day, but very full!
It was a long day, but very full! We took a bus to the first village, walked through it, then took a train to the next village. We walked there for a bit, with a little free time. Then we all boarded a ferry for the 3rd village. There ... Read More
It was a long day, but very full! We took a bus to the first village, walked through it, then took a train to the next village. We walked there for a bit, with a little free time. Then we all boarded a ferry for the 3rd village. There we did a walking tour, then a wine tasting. Then we were given 2 hours free time, which was great! We took a short train ride afterwards and our bus was waiting for us there. It was a quiet ride back to the port, I think we were all tired out. It was a good day. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great trip.....long day.
Great trip.....long day.
Great trip.....long day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Excellent way to explore 3 villages of Cinque Terre.
Excellent way to explore 3 villages of Cinque Terre. The pace of the tour was perfect and there wasn't an excess amount of walking as we were worried about.
Excellent way to explore 3 villages of Cinque Terre. The pace of the tour was perfect and there wasn't an excess amount of walking as we were worried about. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Highly recommend this tour wonderful scenic excursion, try the pesto and pasta!
Highly recommend this tour wonderful scenic excursion, try the pesto and pasta!
Highly recommend this tour wonderful scenic excursion, try the pesto and pasta! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did this with NCL because our tour operator cancelled at the last minute due to insufficient ...
We did this with NCL because our tour operator cancelled at the last minute due to insufficient number of passengers. The NCL cost was comparable to other operators for same tour.
We did this with NCL because our tour operator cancelled at the last minute due to insufficient number of passengers. The NCL cost was comparable to other operators for same tour. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Loved going to Cinque Terre, it was great.
Loved going to Cinque Terre, it was great. Tour guide was not feeling well and complained about being sick. When she did talk, it was interesting information. Driver was amazing. Loved the Sight of this tour, but thought the tour ... Read More
Loved going to Cinque Terre, it was great. Tour guide was not feeling well and complained about being sick. When she did talk, it was interesting information. Driver was amazing. Loved the Sight of this tour, but thought the tour company was poor. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
$267 AUD (€167) each - 8am - 6pm Rather than having a quick look at Florence & Pisa we chose to ...
$267 AUD (€167) each - 8am - 6pm Rather than having a quick look at Florence & Pisa we chose to go to The Cinque Terre. It was a bit pricey but we loved it and therefore have no regrets. We drove via La Spezia to Manarola for about ... Read More
$267 AUD (€167) each - 8am - 6pm Rather than having a quick look at Florence & Pisa we chose to go to The Cinque Terre. It was a bit pricey but we loved it and therefore have no regrets. We drove via La Spezia to Manarola for about 2 hours (including a coffee/comfort stop on the way). We then set off on foot down the hillside and through the picturesque village for a small amount of free time before catching a passenger ferry to the next village. We had free time in Vernazza as well before catching the next ferry to Monterosso al Mare where we had time for lunch and shopping. We were given short guided tours at each location (with headsets). A short trainride from Monterosso took us back to meet the bus for our return to Livorno and a lovely sunset departure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was a good tour but I think my expectations of Cinque Terre were too high.
This was a good tour but I think my expectations of Cinque Terre were too high. Also, the pickpockets on the train are very, very good at what they do, so beware. That said, I enjoyed the tour and it was very scenic. We had a very good ... Read More
This was a good tour but I think my expectations of Cinque Terre were too high. Also, the pickpockets on the train are very, very good at what they do, so beware. That said, I enjoyed the tour and it was very scenic. We had a very good guide, who took everyone’s name and cabin number and then took attendance before we left each place. We drove 2.5 hours with a comfort stop to get to the first town. It was a scenic drive, so it was quite nice. We went to Portovenere first, where we had a short walking tour and some free time (about 70 min total). Then we had a 1 hour ferry ride to Monterosso. You don’t need to be on the top deck for the best views but you should be on starboard side. The villages are quite small, so while they are very photogenic, for most of the boat ride you are just looking at green hills. In Monterosso, we had a short walking tour followed by free time (about 1 hour 45 min total). The advertised snack was a wine tasting with a few tiny pieces of bruschetta,, so don’t expect to make lunch out of it. Then we took a 10 min train ride to the bus. Two pretty young female pickpockets intentionally created a bottleneck to make it hard to get on the train. By the time we got into the train and got seats, everyone around us had had their bags opened, although nobody seemed to be missing anything. Carrying your bag in front of you isn’t enough – keep a hand on the zipper too and try not to be distracted by the chaos around you. It was a 2 hour bus ride back to the ship, with a comfort stop. All in all, if Cinque Terr is on your bucket list, then this is a nice tour. The villages are pleasant and picturesque, but don't expect the whole boat ride to be colorful. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
After an hour boat ride to Cinque Terra, we landed on one of the towns and started walking up hill!
After an hour boat ride to Cinque Terra, we landed on one of the towns and started walking up hill! the walk was beautiful and of course, lots of steps!! Very colorful area and we had about 2 hours of free time to shop (the stores closed ... Read More
After an hour boat ride to Cinque Terra, we landed on one of the towns and started walking up hill! the walk was beautiful and of course, lots of steps!! Very colorful area and we had about 2 hours of free time to shop (the stores closed shortly after we arrived so do your shopping as early as possible!) and enjoy a nice lunch at one of the many restaurants. Make sure you try the Gelato!! probably the best we had on this trip! then went to catch a train to the next village where we caught the bus back to the ship. Bathrooms are limited so use one when you find one!! Was sad that many of the booths selling clothing, hats, etc closed for their afternoon breaks. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Enjoyable but the group was too large and again, we weren't given much time on our own in the ...
Enjoyable but the group was too large and again, we weren't given much time on our own in the villages. Walking from the bus to the first town was challenging due to the elderly people in our group who went VERY VERY slowly. Tour ... Read More
Enjoyable but the group was too large and again, we weren't given much time on our own in the villages. Walking from the bus to the first town was challenging due to the elderly people in our group who went VERY VERY slowly. Tour guides nice but would have preferred to do this one on our own. And again, why Oceania docked in industrial Livorno when there were better options is frustrating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Disappointed with how much time we got to spend in Manarola.
Disappointed with how much time we got to spend in Manarola. Didn't get much of a chance to get some good photos there so my favourite island ended up being Vernazza. Overall I enjoyed this tour.
Disappointed with how much time we got to spend in Manarola. Didn't get much of a chance to get some good photos there so my favourite island ended up being Vernazza. Overall I enjoyed this tour. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Want to experience Porto Venere and the 5 villages of Cinque Terre?
Want to experience Porto Venere and the 5 villages of Cinque Terre? Then this is the tour you need take. Bus, boat, and train are used to get an overview with free time in two of the towns.
Want to experience Porto Venere and the 5 villages of Cinque Terre? Then this is the tour you need take. Bus, boat, and train are used to get an overview with free time in two of the towns. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Visited three of five villages...maybe my favorite port...be prepared to walk, very hilly terrain.
Visited three of five villages...maybe my favorite port...be prepared to walk, very hilly terrain. Tour offered free time to shop, get lunch and gelato! We went between villages by boat....gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Flavia is amazing ... Read More
Visited three of five villages...maybe my favorite port...be prepared to walk, very hilly terrain. Tour offered free time to shop, get lunch and gelato! We went between villages by boat....gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Flavia is amazing guide! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Tour guide met us at our ship and took us to Manarola.
Tour guide met us at our ship and took us to Manarola. On the way to Manarola, he asked us about our lunch plans and suggested that he make reservations for us in Vernazza. He then walked with us thru Manarola and helped us purchase ... Read More
Tour guide met us at our ship and took us to Manarola. On the way to Manarola, he asked us about our lunch plans and suggested that he make reservations for us in Vernazza. He then walked with us thru Manarola and helped us purchase tickets for the tour boat that would take us to Vernazza. We took the tour boat to Vernazza, where we walked down the main street. We then walked back to the harbor and had an excellent lunch at a restaurant that overlooks the Mediterrranean. After lunch, we walked to the Vernazza main parking lot, where we met our tour guide. He then took us to Corniglia, where we walked around for about an hour. We then got transported back to our ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
We was picked up at the pier in the morning and had Lisa as driver and guide.
We was picked up at the pier in the morning and had Lisa as driver and guide. She did a super job during the day. We took the ferry, it is worth the 24euro ticket. The view is so nice and i gives a great sight of the areas.
We was picked up at the pier in the morning and had Lisa as driver and guide. She did a super job during the day. We took the ferry, it is worth the 24euro ticket. The view is so nice and i gives a great sight of the areas. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great tour of Cinque Terre and Pisa.
Great tour of Cinque Terre and Pisa. We beat all the crowds by booking our own private (group of 8) excursion. Definitely two places that you want to see while you are in Livorno)
Great tour of Cinque Terre and Pisa. We beat all the crowds by booking our own private (group of 8) excursion. Definitely two places that you want to see while you are in Livorno) Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
They are so crowded I could not believe it, you are nose to tail with other people the whole time ...
They are so crowded I could not believe it, you are nose to tail with other people the whole time and all tour groups follow the same times and itenary so you are always in the same huge crowd, they should do a different route sometimes so ... Read More
They are so crowded I could not believe it, you are nose to tail with other people the whole time and all tour groups follow the same times and itenary so you are always in the same huge crowd, they should do a different route sometimes so you are at different places at different times to the other groups. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Good, not exciting.
Good, not exciting. Cinque Terre was very pretty, but instead of neat little regional shops, all you get there are tee shirt stores.
Good, not exciting. Cinque Terre was very pretty, but instead of neat little regional shops, all you get there are tee shirt stores. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
long, drawn out, no history just dropped off for 2 1/2 hours in the heat, wasnt told there qould be ...
long, drawn out, no history just dropped off for 2 1/2 hours in the heat, wasnt told there qould be a beach, so no bathing suits.. just all day travelling for 1000$ for 4 a def dont do
long, drawn out, no history just dropped off for 2 1/2 hours in the heat, wasnt told there qould be a beach, so no bathing suits.. just all day travelling for 1000$ for 4 a def dont do Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
This was a great tour.
This was a great tour. A once in a lifetime experience. Lots of standing and walking but worth the wait. I highly recommend this tour.
This was a great tour. A once in a lifetime experience. Lots of standing and walking but worth the wait. I highly recommend this tour. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Even though it was a drive to get there, it was neat to see this rustic old Italian area.
Even though it was a drive to get there, it was neat to see this rustic old Italian area.
Even though it was a drive to get there, it was neat to see this rustic old Italian area. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Cinque Terre was good, as was our guide, but the little towns were swamped with tourists, which put ...
Cinque Terre was good, as was our guide, but the little towns were swamped with tourists, which put a lot of pressure on the available ferry boats. Can't imagine what it must be like in the height of summer!
Cinque Terre was good, as was our guide, but the little towns were swamped with tourists, which put a lot of pressure on the available ferry boats. Can't imagine what it must be like in the height of summer! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line