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From Genoa: Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino

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Day trip

From Genoa: Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino

Activity provider:Z V SRL

From US$ 95.35 per person

Discover Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and a city with a glorious past. Spend your morning in one of the most charming cities in northern Italy before starting on the crystalline green waters to Portofino, the pearl of the Ligurian sea.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Be led through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways of the old town
  • Take a boat cruise from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino
  • Explore the charming fishing village of Portofino
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Genoa, the largest medieval town in Europe, maintains the charm of the ancient maritime republic. Your day will start in the ancient harbor, renovated in 1992 by the architect Renzo Piano. Here, your friendly and professional guide will lead you through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways of the old town to discover the many attractions of this city on an inspiring walking tour. After free time for lunch, hop-on your air-conditioned coach for a scenic ride following the Tigullio Gulf, nicknamed the Dolphins Gulf due to the large school of dolphins that are often spotted there, to reach the colorful village of Santa Margherita Ligure. Here, take the boat for a mini-cruise to the charming fishing village of Portofino, a half-moon shaped seaside village whose beauty has been narrated across the millennia by writers and poets such as Guy de Maupassant. The journey will end with a return by boat to Genoa.
  • Guided tour of Genoa
  • English-speaking guide
  • Roundtrip boat ride from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino
  • Scenic bus ride in Dolphins Gulf
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
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  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Genova, Via Andaldo de Mari, in front of the entrance to Galata Museo del Mare.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

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  • Times are subject to organization and/or traffic problems

Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

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Was not aware we were being attached to a tour coming from Milan. The guide arrived 1/2 hour after scheduled meeting time as they were delayed coming from Milan, leaving the 8 of us rather concerned as meeting point is outside a museum and no tour rep or office there. Had 2 guides one for Genoa walk & another for rest of tour. Both were lovely Enjoyed the tour, in particular the ferry ride from Portofino to Genoa was fantastic Our group of 8 had to catch the ferry back to Genoa, which was great, but we felt in limbo as we were given a ferry ticket and time to be at the terminal. No sign up on ferry or jetty to state if it was our boat, so we hoped we were queuing up in right line. Would have been nice to have the tour guide to meet us at jetty to say “ this is your ferry “ Despite my comments above we all had a really great day!!

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September 16, 2019

The tour would start at 09:30 in Gênova but started only at 10:30 because a group was coming from Milan and nobody told me that.So beyond I needed to wait for 1 hour, I lose 1 hour of the tour in Gênova citycenter. The guide did the tour almost running. We didn't have the oportunity to get in the san Lorenzo catedral. After that the tour was more calm because we took boats to Portofino. I really want to say that the get your guide's customer service was really good trying to help the situation with the guide (that was late). Also I have to say that the guide (english speakers) was not friendly with most of the group.

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August 4, 2019

We did this tour on the first day of our stay in Genoa, and it was a great opportunity to see the city and decide what areas we might want to revisit later. It also provided us with good photo opportunities, especially high up the hill where one can see the entire city and port from a vantage point we probably wouldn’t have found on our own. We were given about an hour to explore both Santa Margherita and Portofino alone, which was a decent amount of time since there isn’t too much to do in either of those places beyond eating and taking photos. The boat rides (for us, from Santa Margherita to Portofino (15 min) and then from Portofino back to Genoa (1.5 hours) — those who started in Milano took the bus back from Portofino) were excellent because the coastline is absolutely gorgeous. Our photos are stunning. The tour operation was good. Guide was dry but knowledgeable. Bus was about 10 minutes late to pick us up. Warm bottles of water provided — cold ones would be nice!

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July 20, 2019

Product ID: 99030