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Santa Margherita Ligure

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From Milan: Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour

1. From Milan: Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan on a full-day sightseeing tour of 3 gems of the Ligurian Coast. Departing by bus from central Milan, drive south to the capital of Liguria and the largest seaport in Italy at Genova (Genoa). Nicknamed “La Superba” ("Superb One"), due to its impressive landmarks, part of the old town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. Explore streets rich in art, gastronomy and architecture. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, its role in maritime history is beyond compare. Once one of the "Maritime Republics,” along with Venice, Pisa, and Amalfi, the ornate buildings and monuments reveal a rich story of trade and shipbuilding. Next, relax at the pearl of the Ligurian Sea at Portofino, a small village that dates back to the Roman period. Its glittering harbor and colorful waterfront houses have made it a much sought-after destination among celebrities, while its Roman name of Portus Delphini (Port of the Dolphin) reflects the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. End your tour at Santa Margherita Ligure, where the maritime scenery and turquoise sea blends beautifully with the green of the Ligurian hills, colorful fishing boats bob in the harbor, and picturesque fishermen’s houses transport you back to a less hurried time.

From Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

2. From Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

Join us on this tour dedicated to the discovery of Genoa, its coast and the enchanting resort of Portofino. This experience will make you admire the beauties of Liguria, discovering a coast full of unique and breathtaking views, the tour will start from Genoa reaching Portofino along the Riviera di Levante, crossing typical places such as Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo. Our one-storey panoramic open-top bus will take you in an hour from Genoa to Portofino, the onboard staff will be happy to provide information about the coast and curiosities of Liguria. Once in Portofino you will have free time to discover this renowned Ligurian resort. Prepare your camera and come and discover with us the Italian Riviera!

Portofino Sunset cruise with Aperitif

3. Portofino Sunset cruise with Aperitif

Enjoy the best experience of the tigullio gulf, embark an adventure at sunset, you will be welcomed on board by a local aperitif and a bottle of fine italian wine. Take a moment to unwind with relaxing swim in the warm evening water and enjoy the slow cruising, all while being captivated by the stunning sunset. Share this cherished time with friends and family, creating the highlight of your vacation. The adventure begins with arriving at the starting point in a sunny atmosphere. Guests are welcomed aboard the luxury boat with an experienced skipper. Before the sun starts to set, there is an opportunity to enjoy a final swim in the crystal-clear waters under the warm sunlight. Once ready, the boat sets out, offering a spectacular view of the coastline as the sun begins its descent. The relaxing atmosphere is accompanied by an aperitif of local products and high-quality beverages. Navigating around the lighthouse and towards San Fruttuoso provides a unique experience, with the chance to explore the bay before the sunset transforms the sky. Visiting the underwater statue of Christ of the Abyss adds a touch of spirituality and beauty to the tour. The second half of the experience is dedicated to the sunset, when the sky is painted with warm and intense colors. The boat provides a privileged perspective to enjoy this unique natural spectacle, while the selected music contributes to creating an evocative atmosphere. The return is planned according to the guests' desires, allowing them to extend the experience or gradually return, fully savoring every moment of this unforgettable sunset boat adventure.

Portofino Tour private van

4. Portofino Tour private van

The best way to explore Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure or Camogli in only one day on board of deluxe vehicle with professional english speaking driver! Highlights: Travel in comfort on board of deluxe air-conditioned vehicle. 7/8 seats. Discover the sights , sounds and colors of the spectacular Gulf Paradise. Take part to this unique tour that has been created following the high request of our tourists. This tour will be perfect choice for those who prefer high quality service in very small group for very accessibile price. Maximum size of the group is 8 participants. During the panoramic drive along the coast, your professional english speaking driver will provide you with live commentary. You will have 1 hour of the free time to visit Portofino and 1 hour to visit Santa Margherita and Camogli.

Sunset on boat with aperitif

5. Sunset on boat with aperitif

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable journey through the crystal clear waters by boat, where every wave tells a story and every bay hides a treasure. Enjoy the view of the timeless village of Santa Margherita Ligure, Paraggi, and Portofino. Sip an excellent glass of wine and local appetizers surrounded by this earthly paradise. Dive into the crystal clear waters for an unparalleled emotion and discover the colorful seabed where time seems to stop. Enjoy positive vibes together with your friends on the boat. Your captain will help you discover hidden bays and breathtaking landscapes before getting back on board and concluding the tour with the sun setting behind you as if to say goodbye. Come and live an experience that will remain imprinted in your heart.

Private Boat tour in Portofino Coast and 5 Terre

6. Private Boat tour in Portofino Coast and 5 Terre

Come aboard for a premium day at sea with our elegant boats, complete with all the essential comforts for an enjoyable day at sea. Our ships are equipped with a refrigerator stocked with ice and soft drinks, ideal for hot days. Additionally, free snorkeling gear and towels are provided for those who opt for a refreshing dive. Our expert skippers will guide you to the most picturesque locations on the Riviera, satisfying your needs throughout the journey. Choose our half-day option for a more concise maritime excursion. You just need to choose the boat that fit the best for your group and decide the time slot, we provide a complete service including fresh drinks on board, towels and all the facilities you could need. You can also decide if choosing one of ours guided tours exploring our best spots or choosing by yourself the places to visit and totally customize your experience.

Portofino and San Fruttuoso Boat Experience

7. Portofino and San Fruttuoso Boat Experience

Explore the beauty of the Ligurian Riviera with our exciting boat tour service! We'll take you by sea, touching all the highlights of the coast: Santa Margherita Ligure, Paraggi, Portofino, and San Fruttuoso. You'll even have the chance to make a short stop in the heavenly hamlet of Portofino to explore further treasures. In addition to providing you with an experienced skipper who will make the journey safe and enjoyable, we also offer snorkeling equipment to explore the seabed and discover the famous Christ of the Abyss. Music, sun, and sea will make the experience even more memorable. Don't miss the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience. Book your ticket now and get ready for a breathtaking adventure!

Portofino, San Fruttuoso and Camogli Boat Experience

8. Portofino, San Fruttuoso and Camogli Boat Experience

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable journey through the crystal clear waters by boat, where every wave tells a story and every bay hides a treasure. Enjoy the view of the timeless hamlet of Santa Margherita Ligure, Paraggi, Portofino, San Fruttuoso, Camogli, all the treasures and stories that hide the coves to get there. Dive into the crystal clear waters for an unparalleled thrill and discover the colorful seabed thanks to the snorkeling equipment offered. And if you want to completely immerse yourself in local culture and traditions, treat yourself to a stop in Camogli, to taste local delicacies, where you will have time to discover the beauties on land before getting back on board and ending your tour with a breathtaking view. Come and live an experience that will remain imprinted in your heart.

Private Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif of Ligurian goods

9. Private Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitif of Ligurian goods

A sunset cruise is a unique experience, as only few boaters are out at sea, you will have the chance to admire the sunset and the wonderful colour combinations it creates. This peaceful atmosphere is perfect for a romantic trip or to switch-off from daily routine. Join us in a magic tour of Paraggi, Portofino and San Fruttuoso, immersed in the Portofino Natural Reserve. You will also taste a selection of finger-food, freshly made each day and served with a wide selection of soft and alcholic drinks. Not the typical focaccia anymore ;) but some new bites carefully curated by our Bistrot partner. All-round a truly immersive experience in one of the most special places on planet Earth. Live #TheItalianBeat to the maximum and select our signature option. This includes a premium bottle of your choice.

Private Boat Tour in Portofino Natural Park or Cinque Terre

10. Private Boat Tour in Portofino Natural Park or Cinque Terre

Embark on an extraordinary journey and discover the true essence of "La Dolce Vita". This exclusive tour offers an enchanting exploration of the breathtaking beauties of Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo and San Fruttuoso. You'll be treated to unforgettable vistas of picturesque coastlines, charming fishing villages, and crystalline waters. Indulge in the allure of the Italian Riviera as you bask in the sun and create memories to last a lifetime. You will have plenty of time to dive, swim, and snorkel in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. Embrace #TheItalianBeat and join us in a enchanting tour of the Portofino Natural Reserve. Looking for the fullest experience? Select the full-day option and enjoy a typical Ligurian lunch in some of the most stunning sea-front restaurants (in San Fruttuoso, Punta Chiappa or Camogli) and then hop back on board to visit Golfo Paradiso.

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4.4
(75 reviews)

Our guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about Genoa after being born here. He was so accommodating, kind and he was able to modulate the trip for us because of some physical limitations on our part! He also was able to refer us to a local restaurant that was excellent which also enhanced our experience. I would highly recommend our guide Davide.

Am very very very happy about the quality of this trip ! The tour guide Najma is the best ! I felt taking care of as if I am touring with family! She was genuinely caring about all the details of the trips and she was genuinely smiling and happy that we were enjoying our time . Thanks, Fatema

Salvatore is an excellent guide and very prudent and timely. He gave us all the necessary information all the time. Having included Santa Margarita was the best! I felt like they gave me a lot more, for the same reason. Beautiful places. And I was happy to have taken this tour.

To improve. Establish the exact point of departure. We searched for half an hour and no one gave us a reason for the bus. The bus was not at the point indicated by the agency. Thank you

Salvatore was a great guide. Really enjoyed the tour.