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10 BEST La Spezia Boat Tours (selected by an Italian)

Looking for memorable La Spezia boat tours? I bring you a carefully curated list of the very best boat trips in the area to help you choose. Check it out!

La Spezia, nestled on the stunning Ligurian coastline, offers a unique maritime playground. Picture-perfect landscapes and crystal-clear water create the perfect backdrop for your adventures. So, grab your captain’s hat, and let’s dive into an exciting adventure!

By joining a boat tour, you’ll embark on a voyage through the Gulf of La Spezia, often referred to as the Gulf of Poets. You can also explore the legendary Cinque Terre from the sea, with visits to its picturesque villages, swimming stops, and trips to hidden coves that can be only accessed by boat.

Boats and sailboats parked at the harbor in La Spezia, inserted in a psot about the best boat tours in La Spezia, Italy.

Whether you’re on a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, La Spezia boat tours offer a truly magical experience for all. Read on to find the perfect experience for you!

I generally use Viator and Get Your Guide to book tours around the world. I especially recommend them for their great cancellation policy, which allows you to cancel most activities up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund. 

The BEST La Spezia Boat Tours to Cinque Terre 

▶️ Hop on a Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise and be captivated by vineyard terraces and vibrant buildings as you sail along the striking coastline, passing by sights such as Palmaria and Portovenere. You’ll also enjoy free time to wander around the towns of Riomaggiore, Monterosso, and Vernazza, likely the most popular (and absolutely beautiful) villages in Cinque Terre. 

Indulge in local flavors, sip on exquisite wines, and bask in the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters on your own before sailing back to La Spezia. 

📝 This tour includes: Boat tour, and a local guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Set sail on a thrilling Cinque Terre Speedboat Tour from La Spezia to immerse in the region’s wonders. Sail past the enchanting pastel-colored houses of all five picturesque villages, spotting the stunning San Pietro church perched among rocky shores and other magnificent landmarks.

Witness the striking beauty of coastal cliffs and discover hidden coves like Le Rosse and Monesteroli before stopping for a dip in the pristine waters of Cinque Terre Natural Park.

Plus, visit the gorgeous Monterosso al Mare to savor local delicacies or a scoop of gelato and be mesmerized by its views and attractions. 

📝 This tour includes: Speedboat tour with facilities. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ On this Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia, you’ll cruise through the Gulf of Poets and soak up the vibrant beauty of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore…the cinque seaside villages of the region. 

Learn sailing tips from your knowledgeable skipper as you navigate this UNESCO World Heritage site, passing by the iconic San Pietro Church and the stunning Palmaria Island. Dive into the azure waters for a refreshing swim in a marine-protected area, and indulge in a delightful Ligurian lunch onboard. This personalized tour guarantees an intimate and immersive experience for only 10 people.

Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia

📝 La Spezia boat tour to Cinque Terre includes: Boat tour, lunch with wine, and a swimming stop. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Sunset Cruises from La Spezia

▶️ Set sail from La Spezia on a captivating Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif, and be enchanted with the changing colors of the sky over the Mediterranean. Cruise to Palmaria Island and revel in the charm of Portovenere Town with a stop to dive into the crystal-clear waters. 

Indulge in delectable local appetizers, featuring fresh fruits and exquisite regional wine, and relax as you take in the sunset views from the water. This experience accommodates up to 7 people, ensuring intimacy and personalized attention from the crew. 

📝 This tour includes: Boat tour, wine, and nibbles. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ On this Blue Boat Cinque Terre Sunset Private Tour, skip the crowds and relax onboard with your own group of people. Your captain will guide you past the picturesque fishing villages of Cinque Terre, and you’ll get to admire Porto Venere, the magnificent Church of St. Peter, and Doria Castle from the water. 

Catch a glimpse of Monterosso’s historic center, witness the charm of Vernazza with its harbor and Belforte Tower, and snap pictures of Corniglia’s cliff-top location and panoramic terrace. You’ll also enjoy stops for a refreshing dip and some snorkeling near Manarola.  

Blue Boat Cinque Terre Sunset Tour

📝 This tour includes: Boat trip, swimming stops, and snorkeling gear. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Private Boat Tours from La Spezia

▶️ Join this Private Five or Six Hours Boat Tour to Cinque Terre to experience the best of the area in style! Cruise through the Gulf of the Poets and explore the picturesque villages accompanied by up to seven of your friends. 

Swim in the pristine coves of the protected marine area, marvel at the colorful houses of Riomaggiore, and learn about Manarola’s unique dessert wine. Discover Vernazza’s charming harbor and bask in the sun at Monterosso’s beautiful beaches during your stops in these villages. 

Private Five or Six Hours Boat Tour to The Cinque Terre

📝 This La Spezia boat rental includes: Boat trip, wine, soft drinks, snorkel gear, and a visit to three Cinque Terre villages. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Discover the enchanting coastline on this Full Day Boat Experience in La Spezia, Portovenere & Cinque Terre. Embark on an elegant gozzo boat from La Spezia’s Mirabello harbor and cruise the Gulf of the Poets. 

Admire the picturesque ancient villages and the stunning Palmaria & Tino islands along the way, and catch sight of the breathtaking Cinque Terre from a unique perspective: the sparkling sea! You’ll pass by Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

You’ll glide from La Spezia to Portofino by boat, indulge in a tasty lunch with drinks, and enjoy a fabulous day out.

Boat Experiences La Spezia Portovenere Cinque Terre Full Day

📝 This tour includes: Boat tour, lunch, alcoholic and soft drinks, and a beach towel. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Sail along Liguria’s coast on a luxurious yacht with this Private Portofino Cruise with Lunch and Drinks. Ancient Mediterranean vibes and stunning beach towns await as you set sail to Portofino, Porto Venere, and San Fruttoso. 

Dive into the crystal-clear waters for a swim or some snorkeling, and explore the beautiful Grotta di Lord Byron. Once you’re back on your yacht, relax with a glass of Prosecco and local delicacies. It’s a private boat tour in La Spezia, perfect for friends and family seeking a sea adventure!

📝 This tour includes: Private cruise, snorkeling gear, lunch, and drinks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

La Spezia to Portovenere by Boat

▶️ Join this Gulf of Poets Boat Trip from La Spezia for a fantastic half-day in the sea. You’ll set sail to explore hidden coves in the Portovenere Archipelago, admire the Borgate Marinare villages from the water, and enjoy stops at the Blue Grotto, Portoro Marble Quarry, and the Stella Maris.  

You’ll also get to visit the town of Lerici, where Mary and Percy Shelly lived, and see Byron’s Grotto from up close (get why it’s called the Gulf of Poets?) You can choose between a shared or a private experience, and be prepared to be awed by the picturesque landscapes at every turn!

📝 This La Spezia boat trip includes: Shared or private boat trip, and all mentioned stops. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

The Best Cinque Terre Boat Tour for Cruise Passengers

▶️ Leave the tourist crowds behind and set sail on an exclusive Cinque Terre & Portovenere Private Tour for Cruise Ship Guests. On this 8-hour sailing trip, you’ll glide along Cinque Terre on a luxurious Italian boat, soaking up the sun and sipping on Prosecco as you take in the region’s stunning vistas. 

Discover the gem of Portovenere as you explore it on your own, and dive into the turquoise waters during two invigorating swim stops. Finally, enjoy free time in Monterosso or Vernazza, where you can visit a local eatery for lunch and go shopping for souvenirs. 

The Cinque Terre boat tour from La Spezia is a private experience catering to up to 6 travelers, ensuring a personalized adventure. 

Cinque Terre Portovenere Private Tour for Cruise Ship Guests

📝 This tour includes: Private boat trip, Prosecco, soft drinks, nibbles, and all mentioned stops. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

La Spezia Boat Tours FAQs

What are the best boat tours from La Spezia to Cinque Terre?

The ultimate Cinque Terre boat trips from La Spezia are these: 
Riomaggiore, Monterosso & Vernazza: La Spezia to Cinque Terre by Boat Cruise
Cinque Terre Speedboat Tour
Cinque Terre Sailing Day Trip from La Spezia

What are the best private boat tours from La Spezia?

If you’re looking for La Spezia boat trips to enjoy with your own group, these are my recommendations: 
La Spezia Boat Rental: Private 5/6 Hours Boat Tour to Cinque Terre
Full-Day La Spezia, Portovenere & Cinque Terre Private Boat Tour
Private Portofino Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Can I go on a boat tour to Portofino from La Spezia?

Sure thing! Taking a boat from La Spezia to Portofino is a very enjoyable way to visit the area. This private Portofino cruise with lunch and drinks offers a super comprehensive day trip! 

Is there boat hire in La Spezia?

If you want to enjoy the privacy of sailing with your own group, you can book a private boat tour or a yacht charter in La Spezia to enjoy an intimate trip with a professional captain and crew. I highly recommend this private Portofino boat cruise which includes lunch and drinks.

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.

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