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Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch

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Manarola, Italy
Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch

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Get a taste of Cinque Terre on this 4-hour tour from Manarola, Cinque Terre, that combines a pesto demonstration, a boat cruise along the coast, and lunch. Travel to Cinque Terre via train with your group, then end the tour in Vernazza with a Cinque Terre trail pass to explore further if you wish.
  • Lunch included
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Family friendly
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  • Manarola , 19017 Manarola, SP, Italy

    The meeting point in Manarola is in the station at 10.10 am , exit the platform via the stairs, at the top of the stairs there is a Cinque Terre Information Office . We meet outside here under the TV screen which displays the train departure times.Our guide will have a cherry red backpack.

  • La Spezia Centrale , Piazzale Medaglie d'Oro, 19122 La Spezia SP, Italy

    Meeting point For guests who have opted for the tour version included the Cinque Terre card 9.30 am  in front of the main ticket office next to the roundabout with red statue , outside the glass building with an elevator inside, Guide has a small red backpack .

  • Vernazza , 19018 Vernazza, SP, Italy

    The tour ends in Vernazza harbour where guests can independently explore the other villages of the Cinque Terre or walking trails etc.

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • In the event of rough seas the boat part of the tour will be substituted by train
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Cinque Terre Tours snc
    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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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch.
    What is the social distancing policy during Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Cinque Terre Pesto Making Class, Boat Tour and Lunch.

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    • "If you can't do the boat trip, just do the pesto class because that was the main highlight!" See review
    • "The walk was completely up hill, which was fine for me but a little harder for others." See review
    • "There are too many people in these “classes” The restaurant owner imparts a lot of knowledge and experience into his lecture, but too much time is spent with his back to you and he doesn’t seem to care." See review


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    One of my favorite memories!
    Roseann C
    , Nov 2019
    Absolutely fantastic! Loved the pesto class so much, our lunch, the views, and the boat ride! My kids still talk about it.
    Beautiful view, and fun experience, not really a class
    , Sep 2019
    There are too many people in these “classes” The restaurant owner imparts a lot of knowledge and experience into his lecture, but too much time is spent with his back to you and he doesn’t seem to care.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
    Sorry if you found the class busy, but we had to cancel 2 classes in the days before due to weather, so we tried to let some of the guests that missed a class come back. It can make it a lot fun when there are a lot of people of diifferent nationalities together .If there is anything you dont undersatnd then our guide or the tutor are always more than happy to explain any points you missed . In the end we make sure everyone makes a delicous pesto sauce to enjoy ! We are pleased you enjoyed overall and yes the view is very special. Enjoy the rest of your trip Fiamma
    Beautiful morning to start your Cinque Terre visit
    , Sep 2019
    Beautiful morning to start your Cinque Terre visit Great atmosphere and class was fun and informative. I would recommend this highly
    Pesto Education 101
    , Aug 2019
    I was doing research on Cinque Terra and learned this region is known for its white wine, anchovies, and pesto. I hopped on Viator and was able to find this special experience. We were a group of 3 families totaling around 13 people. It was no problem having us all in the same group. It also worked out perfect because we were all staying in La Spezia. The guide met us at the train station, led us to our train and handed us our train pass, a map, and a time table. It was a bit of a walk to the restaurant where the class took place. Along the way were plenty of scenic opportunities to take pictures. The walk was completely up hill, which was fine for me but a little harder for others. We arrived at the restaurant. In total there were 45 people there. The owner of the restaurant led us through the class and did a great job explaining the ingredients, why they matter, what makes them different, and how to best use them to get the flavor. You pair off to make the pesto, which was a LOT of fun. After the pesto is done, they give you some CInque Terra white wine (super good and wish I bought a bottle). Then they give you a GENEROUS portion of meats, breads, and cheese to eat. Very few of us finished the whole plate. Once lunch is done you walk back down to get on the boat(s). It's not 1 boat. It's multiple different boats. I went on the "young" boat, which was a speed boat. I loved it but it was NOT for the "grown ups" in the group lol. Overall, one of the best tours I booked for this trip, very special and different!
    , Oct 2018
    Everything about tour from start to finish was perfect. Meeting and the train station pick-up, train ride and walk to the restaurant, pesto and food were amazing! Simone is extremely knowledgeable, everyone had a great (and delicious) time. I will suggest this tour to everyone.
    Excellent experience, excellent food, and excellent people
    , Sep 2018
    Chiara was an excellent guide. The Pesto making class was wonderful. The food they gave us was plentiful and terrific!
    Highlight of trip
    , Sep 2018
    This tour was excellent. The pesto class covered all the tricks to make tasty pesto. Very instructive was the comparison with pesto made in the blender. Also loved the boat tour. It was great to be on a small private boat. The driver was excellent at pointing out the beaches and towns. Highly recommend!!!
    Great Experience
    Adam D
    , Aug 2018
    Great views, great wine.. and oh yeah and we learned how to make great Pesto. If you are staying in one of the Cinque Terra Villages, reach out to the organizer to see if you can just meet at the restaurant in Manarola instead of meeting at La Spezia train station.
    This was one of the highlights of...
    Kathleen B
    , Aug 2018
    This was one of the highlights of our trip. The pesto was amazing and the lunch spread with wine was very generous. If you can't do the boat trip, just do the pesto class because that was the main highlight!
    To Much Money and Too Little Information
    , Jul 2018
    I went on line to purchase 2 tickets and put in names of me and my wife and the vouchers came and each was for 2 adults I noticed when I checked in at LaSpezia. The even cost me over $300 each fr me and my wife. The pesta making was good, guides provided no information about the towns visited, the boat ride was okay, but not particularly scenic. So, a disappointing and expensive outing. I do not recomend this tour, but do recommend that you pay attention for over-charging if you book for two people who have different last names.
    icon Response from Host , May 2019
    Dear Fuller, If you had told staff on the day of the tour that you booked for 4 people by mistake instead of 2 it would have helped . Unfortunately you did not , instead our guide waited an extra half hour for 2 mystery guests who never materialized. You were refunded in full a week later when the matter came to our attention .Even if this was not our fault and had already we had already paid for an extra boat. You also point out that you feel that the boat trip is 'not particularly scenic', I dont know what to say except the Cinque Terre , a UNESCO world heritage site is one of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe!
    This was truly amazing!!!! We spent...
    , Apr 2018
    This was truly amazing!!!! We spent 2 weeks in Italy and had booked 5 tours and this was by far the best!! Highly recommend!
    A wonderful experience. Had a great...
    , Nov 2017
    A wonderful experience. Had a great view when making pesto. Lunch was good. The boat ride was a good way to see a different view of the Cinque Trre. Lunch was lovely. A good day out.
    A lovely way to spend the morning...
    , Nov 2017
    A lovely way to spend the morning! This was a nice, gentle way to spend our time in amongst the walking activities. The view from the lunch spot is phenomenal! And the pesto was delicious and easy to replicate when we got home.
    This excursion was outstanding! The...
    donald g
    , Oct 2017
    This excursion was outstanding! The excursion includes train tickets, a boat ride and a pesto cooking class with the owner/chef of a seaside restaurant with magnificent views. We had a little hiccup in at the start due to the schedule of the owner/chef which reversed the order of the day's activities. Our tour coordinator and guide, Gary, was very friendly, helpful and considerate. He explained the change in itinerary and gave us directions with a new meeting place after we explored the Cinque Terre's quaint towns. The train rides between towns were just a few minutes each. Corneglia was especially charming with one of a kind shops, cafes and expansive seaside views. The boat ride to the restaurant allowed you wonderful views of the coastline and towns perched on the cliffside locations with a different perspective of the Cinque Terre. Simone, the owner/chef, was an excellent teacher and historian of pesto's origins. The resulting pesto and lunch was delicious. I strongly recommend this unique excursion to anyone visiting the region.
    If you are visiting Cinque Terre...
    Darlene G
    , Oct 2017
    If you are visiting Cinque Terre, this class is a must! Gary, our tour guide was great. We were able to meet him at Cinque Terre office at Manarola station instead of La Spezia since it was closer to our hotel. Once he greeted us, he told us about the town as we walked to where the class was going to take place. The actual class was amazing. The instructor gave up step by step directions on how to make a great Pesto class. He was very knowledgeable and very informative. After the hard work of making Pesto, everyone was awarded with wine and lunch. Lunch included various meats, breads and cheeses, and of course, your homemade pesto. The tour also includes a boat tour but Gary contacted us two days before the tour to let us know the seas would be rough. Instead of taking a boat tour, he gave us two bottles of delicious Cinque Terre wine! Gary even took pictures for us and sent them to us a few days later!
    BEST EXCURSION!!! 100 would...
    Natalie E
    , Oct 2017
    BEST EXCURSION!!! 100 would recommend this tour. We were in Europe for 3 weeks and my entire family would agree that this was our favorite day. The staff was incredibly knowledgable and so friendly. But the pesto course was what made this trip so amazing. Absolutely stunning view on the cliff overlooking Cinque Terre with the most phenomenal view. The winds were too rough, so we were unable to go on a boat ride, so the staff bought us all bottles of wine which was so great. And the food some of the best I have ever had in my life. Book this and you won't regret it!
    This tour was the highlight of our...
    Christine R
    , Sep 2017
    This tour was the highlight of our trip, would absolutely recommend! We were a group of 6 ranging from 23-85 years old and we all loved it. Gary was a great host and it was so much fun! We got some history, amazing sights, learned the intricacies of making pesto, ate fabulous food, drank lots of Cinque Terre wine, went on a lovely boat ride with breathtaking views and then we were able to explore all the towns. The tour was over at 1ish but we enjoyed Cinque Terre until 9:30, including a swim in the Mediterranean Sea. If you want to stay for dinner you should make a reservation, we weren't able to eat at a sea side restaurant but had a lovely meal in town. Gary was taking photos and he sent them to us along with the recipe, an added nice touch. Really can't say enough good things about this tour.
    Pesto course great. Antipasto tray...
    , Sep 2017
    Pesto course great. Antipasto tray with local wine after great. Rest was marginal. Not a tour. Just s train ride and a small boat crammed with 8 ppl ride after. No explanations of sights etc. VERY DISAPPOINTING!! Then wallet stolen by pick pocket on train after.
    icon Response from Host , May 2019
    Happily our tour reviews usually recieve 4 or 5 stars , almost never 2 stars, as we aim to provide a high standard and exceptional day out. You say you had your wallet stolen after the tour was over, you were no longer on our tour, or with our guide, you were on your way home , what relevance does that have when you review our tour ? None , but does shed some light on your review.
    This tour was fantastic!!! Our...
    Paula S
    , Sep 2017
    This tour was fantastic!!! Our tour guides Gary and his partner totally blanking on her name were a lot of fun and very informative. The pesto making experience was awesome. We learned so much from the chef about making pesto the authentic way ... And the end result was spectacular!! We enjoyed a delicious lunch with our pesto along with the local wine which was great. We almost didn't get to experience the boat tour due to rough seas but in the end our brave sailer Niko was able to take us out and the views of Cinque Terre from the boat were absolutely breathtaking! If you enjoy exploring, learning and having fun experiencing the culture through food and great people this tour is not to be missed.
    I was so grateful to live this...
    , Aug 2017
    I was so grateful to live this experience in my life, it was the highlight of our trip to Cinque terre, the setting was amazing, Gary our guide was very helpful and understanding, the restaurant chef was very nice and made our course a unique experience, to be able to learn this and at the same time listen to the best arias of Pavarotti was amazing, the wine, the music, the food, the sky you just have to close your eyes and be grateful to be able to live this...

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