Day trip to Portofino and Genoa with private guide, boat tour and hotel pick-up
- Town of Portofino
- Boat tour
- Historical center of Genoa
- Private driver and private guide
- Boat tour and car transfer included
This romantic private tour of Genoa and Portofino takes you into the heart of Liguria with a day trip combining the historical capital of Genoa with an excursion to the charming seaside town of Portofino including a boat tour on the Tigullio Gulf.
From historic Genovese palaces to post-card perfect sea villages, this tour encompasses all that the Ligurian region has to offer. This tour can be also organized as a shore excursion from the port of Genoa, port of La Spezia or as day trip from Milan.
The tour with your private licensed guide and private driver will start in Genoa with a pick-up at your hotel or at the port if you are arriving on a cruise ship. Your driver will take you to the charming seaside town of Santa Margherita and from there you will take the public boat that will take you to Portofino with a delightful cruise along the Ligurian coast (subject to weather conditions). Together with your guide you will visit the lovely town of Portofino and have time for lunch.
After lunch you will be heading back to Genoa, voted the 2004 European Cultural Capital, a city with a rich past and historical heritage. You will start with a visit of the thirteenth century Palazzo Ducale, the Doge’s Palace, nestled in the historic heart of the city, before heading to the Casa di Colombo, Christopher Columbus’s home. In 1450, the navigator was born in this now ivy-covered stone building and spent much of his early life in the streets and port of Genoa.
The tour will continue to souring heights at the Spianata Castelletto, a romantic bird’s eye viewing-point of the city. In order to reach this breathtaking vista, you will ascend in the historic elevator- an engineering marvel made over a century ago. After a view from above, the tour will continue through the Via Garibaldi, the historic street lined with ancient palaces. Admire the rich details and elaborate architecture of the Palazzi dei Rolli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of 42 prestigious palaces.
You will then stop at the gothic Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, consacrated in 1118, before navigating towards Piazza San Matteo- the idyllic square that was heart of the Doria family consortium in the late 1200s. With your guide you’ll snake through historic streets before coming upon Piazza Caricamento. After touring Genoa together with your private guide, your private driver will take you back to your hotel or to the port on time to board your ship.
Please note that the time in Genoa may be shortened depending on how much time you wish to spend in Portofino. The boat tour from Santa Margherita to Portofino is subject to weather conditions, in case it is not possible to do it, you will reach Portofino by car. This tour may be customized to include also the towns of Camogli or Sestri Levante, contact us for more information.
Private guide, private driver, boat tour, all transportation cost
Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Your hotel or a convenient location in the center of Genoa (details will be emailed - please contact us to arrange a different pick-up or drop-off location)
Comfortable walking shoes recommended