La Spezia cruises

Tucked into the Ligurian coastline, between Genoa and Pisa, is the pretty town of La Spezia – one of Italy’s most important military and commercial harbours. But it’s not this that attracts so many. La Spezia is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site called Cinque Terre – a collection of five coastal villages perched on the coastline.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Florence On Your Own

    Perfect for those who may have already been to Florence, but wish to discover even more of this beautiful city independently.

    Florence On Your Own

    On arrival in Florence, you’ll take a walk to Santa Croce Square with your Escort. Sightsee at leisure or enjoy ‘people-watching’ from a ringside seat at one of the cafés in the Piazza della Signoria. Re-visit some of the wonderful monuments missed on a previous occasion or browse in the elegant boutiques in the city or at the goldsmiths on the famous Ponte Vecchio.

    This is the perfect tour option for those who want to take in some of the many museums Florence has to offer, such as the Accademia, Uffizi, the Medici chapels and many more.

    Alternatively, you may want to take your place in the queue to visit the spectacular interior of the Duomo or climb the heights of its impressive dome for incomparable views of the city.

    The day is yours to do as you please. Your Escort will arrange to meet at a specified time and place for the return drive to La Spezia.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. This excursion is non-guided and exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. The transfer to Florence takes around 2¼ hours. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. Traffic is not permitted and the coach drop-off point is a 15-minute walk to and from the city centre. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The coaches cannot be held for latecomers and a return taxi to La Spezia costs around $280.

    Tour code

    LSP_018

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    11 hours

  • Introduction To Florence

    Florence is a wonderful city to discover. Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights followed by free time to explore independently .

    Introduction To Florence

    The Piazza del Duomo holds three beautiful buildings, which complement one another perfectly. The Campanile and the Baptistery are set aside the truly stunning Cathedral (exterior visit only).

    Admire the Fountain of Neptune, Donatello's ‘Judith and Holophernes’, and a copy of Michelangelo's ‘David’ amongst other fine works in Signoria Square. Renowned as one of the most pleasant of Florence’s squares, you’ll have time in Santa Croce Square to enjoy the gems of this charming area.

    During your walk through Florence, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the famous 14th century Ponte Vecchio Bridge over the River Arno.

    You’ll have the afternoon free to sightsee at leisure. Discover the sights, relax in an open-air café, or simply stroll around soaking up the atmosphere of this magical city.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The transfer to Florence takes around 2¼ hours. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. Traffic is not permitted and the coach drop-off point is a 15-minute walk to and from the city centre. The majority of this tour is conducted on foot and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. You’ll have around 2½ hours’ free time. Luncheon is not included. Passengers should dress appropriately if entering churches. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers; a taxi to La Spezia costs around $280.

    Tour code

    LSP_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    10 hours

  • Lucca On Your Own

    Discover the Renaissance charm of Lucca at your own pace.

    Lucca On Your Own

    Enjoy a scenic drive to the lovely town of Lucca, where you’ll enjoy around two hours to explore independently. Upon arrival you’ll see the Renaissance walls, one of Lucca’s most significant monuments which surround the city with almost two miles of ancient ramparts.

    Take a stroll to the heart of Lucca and you’ll view the Romanesque-style Duomo with its asymmetrical façade. Through the maze of shadowed streets, you’ll see beautiful buildings along with typical pastel-washed houses. Lucca has many wonderful little shops and is an ideal place to pick up some of the local wine, oils and other specialities of the region. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from if you wish to purchase some luncheon or simply relax and watch the world go by.

    Your Escort will arrange specified meeting time and place in Lucca for the drive back to La Spezia


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. This excursion is non-guided and exclusive of luncheon and entrance fees. The level of walking is at guests’ discretion. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should dress appropriately if entering churches. Euros are accepted for purchases. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, please take note of the pick-up time and place. Some shops may be closed on Sundays and guests are asked to bear in mind the general shop opening times in Italy.

    Tour code

    LSP_021

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Florence and Pisa

    Wander amidst the treasures of Florence and Pisa, absorb the artistic history and admire the timeless architecture and monuments.

    Florence and Pisa

    Rising above the heart of the city is the richly decorated Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo). Standing in its shadow, you won’t be surprised to learn that this is the fourth largest church in the world.

    See the most striking square in Florence, Signoria Square. The massive Palazzo Vecchio with its high fortress-like walls dominates the Piazza. Here, you can see a copy of Michelangelo’s famous statue ‘David’.

    Santa Croce Square is one of Florence’s most pleasant squares. See the lovely church, surrounded by numerous shops and quaint cafés. (church exterior only). Photograph the famous 14thcentury bridge over the River Arno, the serene Ponte Vecchio.

    You’ll enjoy some free time to purchase your own lunch and browse the shops before heading off to Pisa. Once in the famous and surprisingly small town of Pisa, you’ll have time to photograph the ‘Field of Miracles’, site of the Cathedral and, of course, the Leaning Tower.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The transfer to Florence takes around 2¼ hours. Lunch is not included to allow maximum flexibility and time in Florence. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. Traffic is not permitted and the coach drop-off point is a 15 minute walk to and from the city centre. The majority of this tour is conducted on foot and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is a 15 minute walk to and from the parking area to the Field of Miracles. Time spent at Pisa is un-guided. Guests should dress appropriately when entering churches. Entrance fees are not included. The order of this tour may vary.

    Tour code

    LSP_017

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    10 hours

  • Beautiful Cinque Terre

    Discover the breathtaking Cinque Terre, a national park of five dramatically situated villages clinging to the cliffs.

    Beautiful Cinque Terre

    The name Cinque Terre, ‘five Lands’ was once only accessible by sea and even today there are no proper roads linking the villages you visit on this unique tour.

    Travelling by boat towards Portovenere, you’ll capture the delightful coastal landscape along the way, and see the steep rugged and often vertical cliffs down to the sea below. After a guided tour you’ll re-board your boat and head towards Monterosso.

    Monterosso is the most famous of the 5 lands, and after a guided introduction of the village, some free time will be given for you to purchase your own lunch from one of the local cafés or restaurants and to browse the local shops.

    Afterwards, re-board the boat and head to the charming village of Vernazza, where you’ll be given some free time to explore this picturesque fishing village at leisure.

    Afterwards, enjoy a return boat ride along the coastline to La Spezia.


    This excursion operates by boat and on foot. This tour involves extensive walking, which includes some uneven ground. There are around 100 steps to negotiate throughout the tour. Flat, non-slip walking shoes are essential. Guests are advised to take sun protection, a bottle of water and Euros for purchases. In the event of poor sea conditions, the boat may be replaced by bus or train and Portovenere will be substituted with a visit to Manarola. The boat is a local service and is not exclusive to Cunard guests.

    Tour code

    LSP_020

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7¼ hours

  • Easy Pisa

    Discover the delights of Pisa with less walking. Trundle through this famous little town taking in the sights from the trolley train.

    Easy Pisa

    On arrival at the Pisa coach parking area, you’ll be met by your very own trolley train. Take a guided tour of the Pisa Medicea. See the interesting buildings along the River Arno, and pass through the lovely little Piazza dei Cavalieri, where the University and Conte Ugolino Tower are located.

    The Trolley Train then takes you to the famous Field of Miracles. Here, your guide will introduce you to the delights of the Cathedral and the Baptistery. You’ll have around 30 minutes of free time to enjoy Miracle Square. Take some photos of the incredible Leaning Tower, do a spot of souvenir shopping, enjoy an ice cream or relax in a nearby café.

    Take note of the meeting point for your trolley train transfer back to the parking area, where you’ll rejoin the coach for the return drive.


    This excursion will operate by coach and trolley train. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on and off the coach as well as the trolley train. The trolley only has limited storage for wheelchairs. The trolley train ride can be bumpy at times. The amount of walking during the free time is at passengers’ discretion; the terrain here is flat. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    LSP_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Pisa and Wine Tasting

    Discover why the Leaning Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pisa, followed by a generous tasting of local Tuscan wine.

    Pisa and Wine Tasting

    Originally an Etruscan trading post, Pisa grew to be one of the greatest commercial and seafaring towns in the Mediterranean. Today, Pisa offers Renaissance splendour intermingled with modern shops and lively cafés.

    The setting for the famous Leaning Tower and splendid Cathedral is the Field of Miracles. Here you’ll also find the Baptistry and Campo Santo (Exterior visit only).

    The foundations of the Leaning Tower of Pisa began to subside when the builders reached the 4th storey, and each year it was said to lean a little more. A band around the tower prevented further lean, and the tower is now in the same condition as it was in 1810 (exterior visit only).

    Time permitting, you’ll have a chance to do a spot of shopping and browse Pisa’s many souvenir shops.

    The Tuscan hills are home to some of the finest wines in the world, including Chianti, and after a scenic ride through the Italian wine country you’ll visit a typical wine producer, tour the winery, and learn how Tuscan wines are created.

    Enjoy a generous wine tasting with local products in this privileged setting, ending with a taste of Vin Santo – a sweet dessert wine.

    After a day filled with the aromas and tastes of Tuscany, take in more beautiful scenery during the return drive to La Spezia.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. The majority of this tour is on foot and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is a 15-minute walk to and from the coach park to the Field of Miracles. Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter the Cathedral. Euros are accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    LSP_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Pisa

    The Leaning Tower is one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks, and the most popular tourist attraction in Pisa.

    Pisa

    Originally an Etruscan trading post, Pisa grew to be one of the greatest commercial and seafaring towns in the Mediterranean. Today, Pisa offers Renaissance splendour intermingled with modern shops and lively cafés.

    The setting for the famous Leaning Tower and splendid Cathedral is the Field of Miracles. Here you’ll also find the Baptistry and Campo Santo (exterior visit only).

    The foundations of the Leaning Tower of Pisa began to subside when the builders reached the fourth storey, and each year it was said to lean a little more. A band around the tower prevented further lean, and the tower is now in the same condition as it was in 1810 (exterior visit only).

    Time permitting, you’ll have a chance to do a spot of shopping and browse Pisa’s many souvenir shops.


    This excursion operates by coach and foot. The majority of this tour is on foot, flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There is a 15-minute walk to and from the coach park to the Field of Miracles. This tour does not include entrance to the leaning tower. Euros are accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    LSP_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Medieval Pontremoli Little Train and Taste

    Medieval Pontremoli is an exceptional example of a classic Tuscan village.

    Medieval Pontremoli Little Train and Taste

    Pontremoli is in the heart of Lunigiana, a region very rich in history, culture and traditions. In the middle ages it was known as the door to Tuscany. You’ll find a maze of quaint cobbled streets, ancient palaces, churches, medieval bridges and squares, without forgetting the magical atmosphere of the Piagnaro Castle.

    From the coach park, a little train will take you to the main historical centre, where you’ll commence your discovery of this tiny medieval village. Beginning at Piazza della Repubblica, you’ll see the main highlights including 2 mansions Pavesi and Bocconi and the great bell tower, at 36 metres high, this was once a central part of the impressive fortress called Cacciaguerra (War Fighter).The adjacent Piazza del Duomo is dominated by the majestic marble facade of the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, the Virgin Mary.

    Keen photographers are sure to love exploring the hidden corners, with each twist and turn revealing another photo opportunity.

    During your visit, you’ll stop at a local venue to taste some of the local delicacies and before you leave, be treated to a farewell song.


    This excursion will operate by coach, trolley train and on foot. Journey time is approximately 45 minutes. The majority of this tour is on foot over cobbled stones. Flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The train ride may be bumpy at times.

    Tour code

    LSP_028

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Gelato & Italian Lesson

    Learn some Italian and taste delicious Italian gelato in Florence.

    Gelato & Italian Lesson

    This "add on" tour is designed for those of you who have booked the "Florence On Your Own" transfer, and want to enhance your time in Florence.

    The fun part of the tour starts when you interact with your guide! Follow your guide for a tour of Florence. You’ll see the main highlights of the town and learn more about the Italian gestures and language, have fun in a gelateria tasting then testing your Italian words and " using your hands as the Italians do", and enjoy your Gelato!

    You’ll spend three hours with your guide; the rest of the day will be at leisure. Afterwards re-join your tour escort for the transfer back to La Spezia.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. The coach drop-off point is a 15 minute walk to and from the city centre. The majority of this tour is conducted on foot and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour is an ‘add on’ for the LSP018 Florence On Your Own tour. Please book this separately. Please note that the departure time for this ‘add on’ part of the tour will be the same as LSP018 Florence On Your Own.

    Tour code

    LSP_031

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Florence & the Uffizi Gallery

    Enjoy an introduction to the highlights of Florence, including the Uffizi Gallery and free time to explore this magnificent city at your leisure.

    Florence & the Uffizi Gallery

    Departing from La Spezia, you‘ll take a scenic coach ride to Florence. Your visit will commence with a walk to Piazza Santa Croce, where you’ll see one of the most beautiful gothic churches in Italy.

    Continue your tour with a visit to the renowned Uffizi Museum, one of the oldest and most famous museums, housing precious artworks from Botticelli, Caravaggio, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.

    Afterwards, you’ll walk the short distance to the famous Ponte Vecchio, the only historic bridge in Florence to have survived destruction in the Second World War and the floods of 1966. After a brief stop here to take photographs, you’ll make your way to Piazza della Repubblica.

    Your walking tour continues as you follow your guide to the Duomo Square and onto Piazza Signoria, where you will be given some free time to wander through the shops or sample Italian cuisine at the restaurants nearby.

    At a time specified by your guide, you’ll meet up and walk back to the coach park for the return drive to La Spezia.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The transfer to Florence takes around 2¼ hours. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. The coach drop-off point is a 15-minute walk to and from the city centre. The majority of this tour is conducted on foot and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. You’ll have around 2½ hours’ free time. Luncheon is not included. Guests should dress appropriately if entering churches. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers; a taxi to La Spezia costs approximately $280.

    Tour code

    LSP_030

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    10¼ hours

  • Florence and Pisa on Your Own

    An ideal option for those wishing to discover Pisa and Florence independently.

    Florence and Pisa on Your Own

    Discover Italy’s most iconic landmark at your own leisure. Upon arrival, take the short walk to Field of Miracles and enjoy around one hour to explore Pisa and to browse the many souvenir stalls.

    Florence is a delightful city to discover. Upon arrival you’ll head to Santa Croce Square, where you’ll have around three hours to explore independently. Sightsee at leisure or relax at one of the cafés in the Piazza della Signoria. See some of the many wonderful monuments, browse in the elegant boutiques or head to the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge over the River Arno.

    Your escort will arrange specified meeting times and places in both Pisa and Florence.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is a 15 minute walk to and from the parking area to the Field of Miracles. An inside visit to the tower is not possible due to time restraints. The transfer to Florence takes around 2¼ hours. Florence is pedestrianised with cobbled streets. Traffic is not permitted and the coach drop-off point is a 15 minute walk to and from the city centre. The level of walking is at guests’ discretion. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please dress appropriately when entering churches. The coaches cannot be held for latecomers and a return taxi to La Spezia costs around $280. The order of this tour may vary. This excursion is non-guided and exclusive of luncheon and entrance fees. Some shops may be closed on Sundays and guests are asked to bear in mind the general shop opening times in Italy.

    Tour code

    LSP_019

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    10½ hours

  • La Spezia Discovery and Taste

    A walking tour of La Spezia rich in experiences, hidden treasures and history. Discover the typical flavours of the region.

    La Spezia Discovery and Taste

    Your tour begins with a walking orientation of the pedestrian district. Follow your guide towards Via Cavour, one of the main streets in La Spezia. You’ll be amazed by the beauty and elegance of the buildings dating back to the 19th century, especially the white and black facades of the St Mary Assumption Church.

    Next, you’ll enjoy a tasting of the famous "Farinata" with a nice glass of white wine from the Liguria region.

    Afterwards you’ll visit the Museo del Sigillo, for an overview of the local history, and you’ll see a most comprehensive sillography collection from eras dating back to the 4th millennium B.C.

    Continue to San Giorgio’s Castle, built in the 13th century to defend the city, the Castle was built on the remains of a pre-existing Medieval Fort, today, it is home to the Ubaldo Formentini Museum of Civil Archaeology. The Museum has one of the largest collections of ancient Roman artefacts. You’ll have the opportunity to take panoramic photos over La Spezia from the sun terrace before you return to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by shuttle bus and on foot. There is 3½ hours of walking on this tour. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. At the Museu del Silgillo and at St. George’s Castle there are steep inclines and over 50 steps to negotiate.

    Tour code

    LSP_026

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Blue Bay Beach Getaway

    Relax on the beach or take a dip in the crystal clear sea at the sheltered Blue Bay Beach.

    Blue Bay Beach Getaway

    Blue Bay (Baia Blu), it one of the most beautiful bays in the region of Liguria. Its sheltered position between Punta Santa Teresa and Punta Galera makes it the perfect retreat for swimming and watersports.

    Blue Bay offers many amenities such as a self service restaurant, three bars, two swimming pools for adults and children and a children's club.

    After a short transfer from the ship, you’ll arrive at Blue Bay where you’ll find changing rooms, a complimentary sun lounger and beach umbrella (which are included in the price of your tour). >br>
    You’ll have approximately three hours to relax on the beach, swim in the sea or perhaps take a dip in the pool.

    At a time specified by your escort, you’ll meet up and walk back to the coach park, for the return drive to La Spezia.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion operates by minibus and on foot. Blue Bay is a shingle beach. Please remember to take swimwear, a towel and protection from the sun; beach shoes are also recommended. Blue Bay is a popular beach and can become crowded at times. Luncheon is not included. Please take note of the pick-up time and place.

    Tour code

    LSP_024

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours