Our cruise will stop in La Spezia on Wednesday, May 21 (7:00-19:00). We would like to spend the day visiting/exploring Cinque Terre. We do not plan to hike any of the trails, but enjoy walking and would be happy to do walks/trails that fit our plan or improve our plan. I have read many travel books and sites for information about the trains and boats. Since we must be back to our ship comfortably before sailing time, I need to know if I am being realistic to plan to use boats and trains. Here is what I am thinking:
--train from La Spezia to Riomaggiore
--boat to Manarola--visit
--boat to Vernazza--visit
--boat to Monterosso--visit
--train back to La Spezia
Of course we would start as early as possible and plan to be back by 17:00. Does this make sense? Should we use the trains instead of the boats? Will it be difficult to find schedules that allow the changes without losing too much time? Is there something I am missing? Should we modify our plan? Is there a better plan?
I appreciate any comments/suggestions you can make and any tips you can offer. We would like our plan to be reasonable. We want the day to be pleasant...not stressful. Thanks for any help you can give.