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
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.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Visit to Genoa & Portofino
Just delightful all around long day but well worth it . Views are simply stunning . My compliments to Sylvia our guide . ver knowledgeable and organized despite having to deal with a large group !!!!
The whole excursion was organized perfectly. The guides were wonderful and magnetic people who managed to bring us to the history of the places we visited. We learned many new stories and visited great places.
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.
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.
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.
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!