14Jan
portofino and riviera bay private tours
By: Umberto On: 14 January 2016 In: Cinque Terre Day Trips Comments: 0

Private tour, excursion to Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Camogli the gems of the Italian Riviera.

Discover the lovely towns of the Tigullio Gulf (Portofino Gulf) with your personal English speaking driver.

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Highlights

  • Private tour with English speaking driver-guide.
  • Highly customizable tour upon your wishes.
  • Visit Portofino and the gems of the Italian Riviera at your own pace.
  • Breathtaking views, lovely ambiance, stylish villages, great shopping.
  • Free time for savoring the local wines and food specialties.

Tour Details

  • Available: all year round.
  • Type of tour: Private day trip with English-speaking driver-guide.
  • Transportation: private car/van. Once in Portofino area boat on request.
  • Duration 8+ hours, depends on the pickup place.
  • Activity level: Light: no special skills are required and even people without a fitness base will enjoy these trips. The guided walks take place mostly on flat or slightly sloping surfaces, with a possibility of few steps to climb.
  • People with impaired mobility or moving with wheelchair, please email us, we will design a tour fitting your needs.
  • Price: since this tour is highly customizable, quotations are provided on request.

Itinerary of Portofino and Italian Riviera 

This is a sample itinerary, feel free to require a further customization of this trip that better fits to your wishes or needs.

Meet the driver at your accommodation and travel as far as Camogli. It is an ancient fishermen village, built around 1000 years ago on a tiny island and later connected to the ground for enlarging the living area. Later stroll along the imposing Palazzata, a tall and long line of buildings built right in front of the sea. 

Afterward move to Portofino, this is considered the pearl of the Italian Riviera, the name originates from Portus Delphini (the port of dolphins) and the location was perfect for a trading port, for fishing and the security if the inhabitants. Enjoy the ambiance of the main square, or walk up to St. George church. 

The third gem of the area is Santa Margherita, a little bigger than Portofino it offers good lunch and good shopping opportunities. The church of St. Margareth of Antioch is definitely unmissable, built in the 1600 in Baroque style is richly decorated with precious marbles and stucco works.

For lunch all these villages offer very interesting opportunities for savoring the local specialties, rely on your driver-guide for choosing the best location matching your wishes.

Afterward head back to La Spezia.

  • You might choose to do a ferry or private boat tour from St. Margherita to Portofino.
  • Private local guide available on request.
  • Add the visit of Chiavari the least touristy village of the area with its colorful food market and typical restaurants.
  • Cut the time to spend in the Riviera and decide to add the visit of Genoa.
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