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

Private tour to Camogli, Chiavari, Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure.

Discover the lovely towns of the Italian Riviera with your personal English speaking driver.

Tour details

Available: all year round and fully customizable.

Type of tour: private excursion with English speaking driver-guide. This tour does not include hiking along the footpaths in the Natural Park of Portofino.

Suitable for: individuals and small groups.

Transportation: A/C minivan with English speaking private driver-guide.

Duration: 9 hrs.

Activity Level: easy (Walk on flat terrain for short distances).

Advised clothing: comfortable shoes and clothes, sunglasses, hat/cap, sunscreen.

Meeting place: pick up and drop off at La Spezia train station or at your accommodation in one of the villages.

portofino and italian riviera day trip


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

Meet the driver in La Spezia 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. Then move to Chiavari, a medieval merchant town where experience the real Ligurian everyday life. Enjoy a lunch in a local osteria then, in the afternoon 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.

Before heading back to La Spezia, you could also enjoy a lovely ferry ride from Portofino to Santa Margherita. In approx. 20 min. trip admire the promontory of Portofino, and the beautiful villas built on the cliffs across 1800 and 1900. Once got off the ferry, have a stroll along the scenic promenade along the sea and take a look at the lovely square of St. Margaret of Antioch church.

Afterward head back to La Spezia.