OVERVIEW: This tour is designed for guests who would like to enjoy free time in Portofino. After a limited, guided exploration of the city's main highlights, enjoy the ambience of this charming town at your leisure.
HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy a scenic motorboat cruise along the Paradise gulf (approx. 1 ˝ hours). After a brief guided tour, enjoy free time for shopping or a visit to St. George Church (approx. 1 ˝ hours).
NOTES: This tour requires considerable walking and isn't recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchairs. Walking during the free time is at guests' discretion.
This tour is designed for guests who would like to enjoy free time in Portofino. After a limited, guided exploration of the city’s main highlights, enjoy the ambience of this charming town at your leisure.
- Gulf of Paradise: Ride a motorboat along the scenic coast (approx. 1 ½ hours)
- Portofino: Enjoy a brief guided walking tour
- Free time to explore the city, including St. George Church at your leisure (approx. 1 ½ hours)
Once ashore, you will board a motorboat for a 1 1/2 hour scenic ride along the Paradise gulf coast to Portofino. During your ride, you will view the city of Genoa from the sea and the Village of Camogli from a distance. You will pass by the promontory of Punta Chiappa where you will have an opportunity to see the bay of San Fruttuoso, famous for its FAI Abbey. On arrival in Portofino, stroll through the charming streets and square as your guide provides commentary.
In Roman times, Portofino had a strategic position on the sea. It was known as "Portus Delphini" because the Greeks called the native people of Liguria dolphins. In the little bay, which was known throughout the Mediterranean world, the Romans built the "castrum" and the "turris", and left their garrisons to defend their territory.
These fortifications were very important during the periods when Genoa was at war with the great European powers. The luxurious vegetation and charming port drew English tourists to Portofino and today it is linked to Santa Margherita by one of the most attractive winding roads along the sea. Mild winters and refreshing summer breezes are ideal for those seeking quiet resorts in unique settings. The fame of Portofino is worldwide and its calm green waters attract the most luxurious yachts.
At the conclusion of your guided tour, spend your free time shopping or take a leisurely stroll. Enjoy the views from one of the cafe tables in the small decorative square surrounded by typical frescoed houses. Return to the boat launch for your cruise back to Genoa.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-Camera and local currency.
-Sun protection and sunglasses.
What to Wear:
-During summer, hats and other forms of sun protection are highly recommended.
-Flat-soled, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended.
-Guests are requested to dress conservatively when visiting sacred sites. Clothing should cover shoulders and knees. Shorts and vests are inappropriate.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.75 mile over uneven and cobblestone surfaces with few steps.
-Walking during the free time is at guests’ discretion. Guests will encounter a steep incline to reach St. George Church in Portofino.
-Guests will be required to embark/disembark vessels that sit low in the water.
-This excursion is not suitable for guests with physical limitations.
-Should St. George Church have a special event or mass service, guides will give an explanation outside and guests will then enter on their own.
-In case of bad weather, rough seas, strong winds from the north or east or other operational issues, the direct motorboat transfer to Portofino cannot operate. Participants will be transferred by coach to Sta. Margherita to board a motorboat or local public bus into Portofino.
- This tour will be offered for the Mariner of the Seas - only for guests debarking in the port of Civitavecchia.