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Genoa and Portofino Day Trip from Milan

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Genoa and Portofino Day Trip from Milan

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icon12 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

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
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Professional guide
2-hour Genoa walking tour
Roundtrip boat ride from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pick up and drop off
Entrance fees to attractions
Milan Visitor Center - Zani Viaggi , Largo Cairoli, 18, 20121 Milano MI, Italy

Corner with largo Cairoli 18, departure from bus stop next to the agency. Please be ready at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour.

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Santa Margherita Ligure
Free time for lunch and to explore the colorful village of Santa Margherita Ligure on the Tigullio gulf, nicknamed the Dolphins Gulf due to the large school of dolphins that are often spotted there. Here you take the boat for a mini-cruise to the charming fishing village of Portofino.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castello Brown
Free time to expolore Portofino, the half-moon shaped sea side village, whose beauty has been narrated across the millennia by writers and poets such as Guy de Maupassant. The journey ends with the return by boat to Santa Margherita, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Milan.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova
The biggest medieval town in Europe, Genoa maintains the charm of the ancient maritime republic. The Ancient Harbor renovated in 1992 by the architect Renzo Piano and the labyrinth of narrow alleyways in the old town are just two of the many attractions of this city. On arrival in Genoa downtown, a professional guide will show you the heart of the city on an inspiring walking tour.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Times indicated in the program and order of the visit are subject to possibile changes due to traffic problems and/or organizational requirements to ensure full enjoyment of the tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zani Viaggi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Genoa and Portofino Day Trip from Milan?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Genoa and Portofino Day Trip from Milan?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Genoa and Portofino Day Trip from Milan?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Genoa and Portofino Day Trip from Milan?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Just delightful all around long day but well worth it ." See review

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star-5
Worth it
Patrick_E
, Jul 2022
Tour guide was great and friendly. I was presently surprised by the destinations. Santa margarita and portofino were beautiful.
star-5
Excellent company and trip
Yvonne_C
, Jun 2022
This company were so professional to deal with. They had great coaches and staff and our guide on the day made sure we were all looked after. He even made sure we knew how to contact the company if we got lost…. The day itself was great. Probably could have done with more time in Portofino but as it’s a long distance from Milan, it’s not possible.
star-5
Great Experience
Stephen_A
, Jun 2022
Great scenery, long bus ride but well worth it. The old town of Genoa was brilliant. Santa Marguerita and Portofino were spectacular.
star-3
Too much Genoa, too little Portofino
John_P
, May 2022
Bottom line, too much time in Genoa, not enough time in Portofino. To make matters worse, about a third of Genoa's buildings are under renovation and covered in scaffolding. We booked this tour because we wanted to go to Portofino, and the time we had there was less than 2 hours
star-4
Genoa
Donna T
, Oct 2019
I was disappointed in that the Genoa part was to short and would like more time there than the other towns visited. Genoa guide was great but would have liked some free time as well. Other towns were ok but to touristy and did not need as much time in Portfino
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Genoa and Portofino Day Trip from Milan Epic
John_P
, Sep 2019
The Trip was FANTASTICO. The bus ride to and from the sights was smooth and pleasant. The guide delivered impassioned and informative banter about all the places we went to, and the local people were extremely friendly.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Poor communication and cancelled trip
Olga D
, Sep 2019
We booked this trip in advance, and the departure time was clearly stated as 7:30 am. Sadly, Zani Viacci agency in Milan has never communicated that departure time has been changed to 7 am. As a result, we missed this trip. I give it one star, because one person in this agency was very helpful and competent and offered other excursion. However, we missed the trip that we wanted to have.
star-5
Visit to Genoa & Portofino
smazz58
, Jul 2019
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 !!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A beautiful city and area.
pelegbd
, 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.
star-5
unforgettable experience
Anna_I
, Oct 2018
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.
star-5
Great trip to great places
Belgium442
, Jul 2018
Everything was great - the program, the places, the atmosphere. I wouldn't change anything. Perfect trip!
star-5
Genoa and Portofino Day Trip from Milan
Susan 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.
star-2
Not worth the money
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.
star-5
Colorful and Picturesque Day trip from Milan
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.
star-4
The sights of Genoa, Santa...
Erik F
, Jun 2018
The sights of Genoa, Santa Margherita Ligure, and Portofino are worth taking this trip from Milan.
star-5
This was an awesome trip. While...
Janine
, 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!
star-5
Tour guide was really very experienced...
Christopher_T
, Oct 2017
Tour guide was really very experienced. Enjoyed the trip thoroughly
star-2
I would rate this tour as a 2 star...
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.
star-5
Genoa guide very knowledgeable...
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
star-1
I am very sorry we purchased this...
Daniel O
, Sep 2017
I am very sorry we purchased this tour. There were multiple negative issues. The tour hostess offered virtually no commentary during the trip. My headset had static and did not work well. Hostess said they were all like that, but the tour we did the next day had a similar headset and it was perfect. Six hours of this tour is consumed in travel. Trying to tour both cities is simply too much. The Genova tour was good, but very rushed. There was barely time for lunch in San Margherita. Our boats to Portofino were cancelled due to the weather forecast, although the weather was fine. We were loaded onto a local bus for the trip to Portofino, standing all the way, on a bus loaded to about twice its' capacity. No offer of a refund for the lack of a boat trip. In Portofino, there was no guided tour. We were simply told to be back in an hour and twenty minutes. My wife and I were so disgusted at that point, we took a taxi back to San Margherita and the train to Milan at a cost of 130. If you want to see either city, save the hassle and do it on your own via the train.

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