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Genoa and Portofino Day Trip from Milan

Genoa, Italy
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12 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Get out of Milan for the day and explore the Italian Riviera, seeing the seaside port town of Genoa and prettied-up Portofino on this action-packed guided tour. Learn about the history of both towns, as you take a guided walking tour of Genoa and then take some free time to discover Portofino on your own.
  • Full-day trip to Genoa and Portofino from Milan
  • 2-hour Genoa walking tour with your knowledgeable guide
  • Roundtrip boat ride from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino
  • See Portofino at your own pace, and enjoy its stunning Mediterranean scenery and chic ambience
  • Transport by air-condioned, luxury coach
Head out of Milan in the morning and relax on the comfortable coach for the 2-hour ride to the coast. Once in Genoa (or Genova as the Italians call it), begin an information-packed walking tour, as you learn about the history of this fascinating history. Let your guide regale with historical anecdotes that include native son Christopher Columbus. Learn about how just a couple of decades ago the historical center of Genoa was a dangerous no-go zone but today it's been cleaned up and is now a safe and fun place to hang out. 
When the tour is finished, take some free time to explore independently. Sit down at a restaurant and have lunch (at own expense) or stroll along the sea and explore the village of Santa Margherita Ligure, just to the southeast of Genoa. This diminutive and charming seaside town sits on Dolphin Gulf, named for the abundance of dolphins that inhabit the area. Switch from coach to boat here and cruise through the sea over to Portofino. 
Then take some free time in Portofino to explore on your own, strolling the narrow cobblestone streets and going past colorfully painted houses on the waterfront and soaking up the Mediterranean scenery. Head to Castello Brown, the city’s 16th-century castle. If you visit on a clear day, you'll be rewarded with views across the Mediterranean Sea of the lush mountains of Corsica.

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Peleg B
, Oct 2018

This is a tour I would recommend to anyone who likes the beautiful Italian cities and cost line also The guide at Genoa was extremely knowledgebale.

Ronald D
, Jul 2018

Totally amazing! Genoa was a busy seaport city with lots of history. Portafino and San Margherite are both beautiful towns. Portofino had spectacular colorful buildings and was very quaint. I would highly recommend this tour.

Elisheva D
, Jul 2018

The stops are actually Genova and Portofino. Genova is a large city that I would have rather not gone to. Our guide provided no information regarding the location and it was literally just a stop and drop. I am not joking when I say that in under 60 seconds of arriving in both locations he was no where to be found.

I was SHOCKED that they dropped us off in Genova. The place where we were left for lunch was full of homeless citizens who were agressively harassing my daughter and I for money while we were trying to eat lunch. I am not sure why they could not find a safer location in town to drop us in but I was not pleased with this.

Portofino is nice but again, it is really a DIY tour. I felt that I could have saved a lot of money planning this myself as the transportation would not have been as expensive as this tour. Not recommended.

Victor S
, Jul 2018

This guided tour was taken on June 21, 2018. Our main tour guide was Sabrina (from Zani Viaggi) who was professional, knowledgeable,competent and kind. She pointed out special places of interest which should be visited during this quite interesting tour. Loredana was the local guide in Geneva and I enjoyed the city tour - we visited the main attractions of Geneva. I would not mind to repeat the same tour. A day well spent. This tour is highly recommended. My special thanks to Sabrina.

Erik F
, Jun 2018

The sights of Genoa, Santa Margherita Ligure, and Portofino are worth taking this trip from Milan.

hutoxi a
, Dec 2017

Portofino is stunning.

, Nov 2017

This was an awesome trip. While Portofino was the goal, I ended up loving Genoa, the tour guide was so knowledgeable. Both places were amazing. So worth it! For the long bus ride, Wifi on the bus often doesn't work, so just have a few movies downloaded on your iPad and you are good to go!

, Oct 2017

Tour guide was really very experienced. Enjoyed the trip thoroughly

Edward H
, Sep 2017

I would rate this tour as a 2 star. The tour guide on the bus was good but seemed to be a little disenteeested in the group. The tour person in Genoa was very informative but we had no opportunity to visit any buildings due to a selfimposed time restraint of the tour.
When we arrived in Santa Margarita to get the boat to Porto Fino we had to get a small public bus as no boat was available for us. A small bus should have been arranged for us. by small I mean a bus for 25 to 30 with over 50 squeezed on board. An incident occurred on the small bus on the return of this ride and a tour passage had to be rushed to the hospital.
Due to this delay and other items the tour was almost 2 hours late returning to Milan amid heavy rain. We were glibly told with an arm wave where to go to get a taxi to our hotels. The last time we had a trip this far behind scheduled return into the evening the tour operator arranged for transport of all the tour passangers back to our hotels in the interest of our safety.

This was very poorly handled and on top of the other items I would not recommend this tour to anyone.

Joseph M
, Sep 2017

Genoa guide very knowledgeable. Nice free time in Santa Margarita with an abundance of restaurants to have lunch. Portofino was beautiful. Very crowded with cruise ship tourists. Wonderful day

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