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Private Portofino And S Margherita Highlights Tour With Driver

Day Trip, Private Tour
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Spend an unforgettable day touring the famous village of Portofino with a private driver. Experience the history, culture, and cuisine of Portofino and its neighboring villages of Santa Margherita and Camogli.

Private Portofino and Santa Margherita Highlights Tour with Driver

Departing from the Port of Genoa, this private day tour takes you through the historic coastal villages of Portofino, Santa Margherita, and Camogli, where you'll discover the stunning art, architecture, history, and cuisine of these ancient Ligurian harbors.

On the morning of your tour, your personal driver will pick you up from the Port of Genoa in a private vehicle to start your sightseeing trek along the stunning coast of the Ligurian Sea and the Italian Riviera. In the summer months (usually from April to October) when the weather is good, you'll arrive at the harbor of Santa Margherita, where you will board a ferry. Head out into the crystal blue waters and skirt the rocky coastline as you take in the dramatic views of cliffside fishing villages, stepped vineyards and orchards, and quaint inlet beaches. In the winter months (usually November to March), your driver will take you straight to Portofino.

Cross the narrow passage that connects the sea to the secluded cove of Portofino. Wooden fishing boats and brightly colored tall houses ring the basin, all surrounded by groves of olive and chestnut trees perched high above on the cliffs. Among the most ancient of villages along this stretch of coast, Portofino's origins date back to the Roman Empire. Spend the rest of your morning strolling the quaint blocks and alleyways, and touring the hamlet's historic sites. Marvel at the view from Castello Brown, a 10th-century castle overlooking the sea, once used for harbor defense against invading bands of pirates. From there, venture to the most ancient part of the village and the Church of St. Martin (Chiesa Divo Martino), originally constructed during the decline of the Roman Empire. The small church is home to the relics of saint martyrs Dorotea, Cassiano, and Vincenzo. Wander over to the Church of St. George (Chisea di San Giorgio), which is situated at the edge of a stunning promontory overhanging the bay. Since it was built in the 12th century, the church has been destroyed and restored four times, most recently during World War II. It is home to a small collection of Italian paintings, preserved masterpieces from centuries past.

In summer, climb back aboard the ferry for the scenic trip back to Santa Margherita. In winter, your driver will take you to Santa Margherita directly, where you will be able to purchase lunch at one of the town's many delectable trattorias. Sample the best of the local cuisine, including the world renowned focaccia bread, fresh pesto, and the most amazing local seafood. After lunch, meet your driver for the short trip along the breathtaking La Ruta, a roadway built along the ridge that divides the two main sides of the promontory of Portofino. Arrive in Camogli, a quaint Medieval village of fishermen and sailors. Lining the shore, you'll find centuries-old buildings painted in bright hues of pink, yellow, and green. Walk through the village among the fragrant wild rosemary and lavender, citrus and olive trees, under boughs of myrtle and laurel. Take your time and stroll the cobblestone streets and lush nature paths of this sleepy village, one of Italy's best kept secrets. After you've had the opportunity to shop, relax, and sightsee, meet your personal driver for the trip back to the Port of Genoa along the breathtaking coastal road.

This private tour of Portofino is a must during your stop along the Ligurian Sea. Be prepared to be charmed by the astonishing scenery, historic architecture, and wonderful cuisine found only in Portofino.

Please Note: Your private driver cannot act as a tour guide. This tour does not include admissions or tickets for the ferry to Santa Margherita. The ferry operates weather permitting in summer (usually from April to October) and costs approximately 10 EUR per person, which should be paid directly when boarding the boat.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$65.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
8 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing and walking tours.
Participants must be able to get in and out of the vehicle. This tour can accommodate up to 2 wheelchairs with advanced notice.