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  • Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

    1. Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

    This easy kayak tour is suitable for all levels to explore the beauties of the Park of Portofino and its Marine Protected Area. In the company of a kayak instructor and marine guide, you paddle along the coast from Paraggi to the picturesque port of Portofino and beyond to the Olivetta and the Lighthouse. Be captured by the charm of these areas rich in history and curiosity. The beauty of Portofino as seen from the sea, will make you feel as though you are in a postcard. At the feet of the lighthouse where nature gets more "wild", take a refreshing dip in front of the breathtaking landscape is an experience not to be missed. Alternatively, pick the sunset option and enjoy the unspoiled coastline of Portofino Park at dusk, the best hour when crowds leave and the landscapes turn quiet again. Explore Portofino’s unique territory and hidden gems from the sea and land. Savor an excellent ap...

    Great experience, the only downfall is when u have other people in your group that are too busy taking pics with their cell phone resulting in slowing everybody down. Next time will rent our own kayak.

  • Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour from Milan

    2. Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour from Milan

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan on a full-day sightseeing tour of 3 gems of the Ligurian Coast. Departing by bus from central Milan, drive south to the capital of Liguria and the largest seaport in Italy at Genova (Genoa). Nicknamed “La Superba” ("Superb One"), due to its impressive landmarks, part of the old town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. Explore streets rich in art, gastronomy and architecture. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, its role in maritime history is beyond compare. Once one of the "Maritime Republics,” along with Venice, Pisa, and Amalfi, the ornate buildings and monuments reveal a rich story of trade and shipbuilding. Next, relax at the pearl of the Ligurian Sea at Portofino, a small village that dates back to the Roman period. Its glittering harbor and colorful waterfront houses have made it a much sought after destination among ce...

    Great tour and Guide. Well organized and they shared with us a lot of information that helped to know more about the culture , tradition of the cities . Thank you Serena, Luca and team.

  • From Genoa: Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino

    3. From Genoa: Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino

    Genoa, the largest medieval town in Europe, maintains the charm of the ancient maritime republic. Your day will start in the ancient harbor, renovated in 1992 by the architect Renzo Piano. Here, your friendly and professional guide will lead you through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways of the old town to discover the many attractions of this city on an inspiring walking tour. After free time for lunch, hop-on your air-conditioned coach for a scenic ride following the Tigullio Gulf, nicknamed the Dolphins Gulf due to the large school of dolphins that are often spotted there, to reach the colorful village of Santa Margherita Ligure. Here, take the boat for a mini-cruise to the charming fishing village of Portofino, a half-moon shaped seaside village whose beauty has been narrated across the millennia by writers and poets such as Guy de Maupassant. The journey will end with a return by b...

    Amazing guide, would have been nice to have more time to explore in Portafino, that’s why it’s only 4/5 from us. Would highly recommend this to anyone who wanna see Genova.

  • Portofino and Camogli: Self-Guided eBike Tour

    4. Portofino and Camogli: Self-Guided eBike Tour

    Smell the flowers, the olive trees, and lemons, while admiring incredible landscapes. Discover an ancient local bakery where the “galletta del marinaio” was invented, and visit a church built more than 1,000 years ago. You will be free to explore and bike around at your own pace, with no worries about parking or missing a train. Visit the most amazing typical Ligurian fisherman villages of Portofino and Camogli, and take pictures from a secret lookout point up on the mount of Portofino. Up there you will be welcome to eat genuine, homemade local food (included in your tour). This is what this self-guided bike tour is about. Your roadbook and custom map will allow you to stop in the best hidden gems of the territory, without having to depend on others or on a schedule. The eBikes (with assisted pedaling) allow you to do some enjoyable workout without getting too tired or exhausted, and ...

  • San Fruttuoso Bay: Half-Day Hiking Tour with Lunch

    5. San Fruttuoso Bay: Half-Day Hiking Tour with Lunch

    Explore the Liguria region on a half-day hiking trip through the stunning Portofino Park. Taste traditional Italian cuisine during lunch with a beautiful seaside view, and be amazed by the secret beach of San Fruttuoso. Meet your guide at the train station in Camogli and start your tour through the beautiful Portofino Natural Park. After a couple of hours hiking through the Mediterranean forest, reach the old Agririfugio Molini water mill. Stop here for lunch with an outstanding view. Continue to San Fruttuoso Bay and relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in Liguria. Return to Camogli by ferry and admire views of the natural park from the sea.

  • 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

    6. 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

    Meet your guide in Niasca, a sandy beach nestled in the vegetation of the Mediterranean Sea, next to Paraggi Bay, famous for its  crystal clear blue water. After you're supplied with the necessary snorkeling equipment (all sizes available), you'll be introduced to your guide. Comfortably sitting on the terrace, you will be briefed with pictures on the great variety of fish species and marine plants you'll come across while snorkeling. After a quick explanation on how to use thew equipment, you'll be ready to dive. This bay, forbidden to boat traffic is completely safe for swimming.  Your guide will lead you underwater searching for hidden treasures in Portofino’s Marine Protected Area. During the first part of the excursion inside Niasca’s bay, you will swim above one of the most extended posidonia meadows in the area, which together with the near cliff, hosts many species, such as tube...

    This was good fun - our guide was knowledgeable and showed us all the best features of the bay.

  • Portofino: Sea Kayak Tour with Sit-In Kayaks

    7. Portofino: Sea Kayak Tour with Sit-In Kayaks

    On-board your kayaks, you will discover charming beautiful places rich in history, such as Portofino, Cala degli Inglesi, and San Fruttuoso. The unspoiled landscape of Portofino Park is rich in wildlife nature providing you sightseeing opportunities of dolphins, several types of birds, such as cormorants and grey herons, and many other species. Enjoy a pleasant stop for lunch comprised of typical Ligurian focaccia. For those who wish to discover the underwater beauties of Portofino’s marine protected area, the unspoiled coast is the ideal place to snorkel and see breathtaking sceneries. Upon request, your guide will suggest for you the most interesting spots characterized by a higher number of species.

  • Camogli Full-Day San Fruttuoso Portofino Tour

    8. Camogli Full-Day San Fruttuoso Portofino Tour

    Start your tour in Camogli with a guided walk through the village to discover its hidden spots. Once you reach the port of Camogli, board a ferry and enjoy the ride to San Fruttuoso, admiring the stunning coastline.   San Fruttuoso is tucked away in a tiny, pristine bay between Camogli and Portofino, surrounded by lush vegetation. Take a guided tour of the amazing stone abbey, then enjoy some free time for lunch. Relax and swim at ones of the most beautiful beaches in Liguria.   Continue by ferry to Portofino, the most famous place in Liguria. Explore the fishing village filled with pastel-colored houses, seafood restaurants, and cobbled squares. Walk to the lighthouse to admire the amazing views. At the end of the tour, your guide will show you how to reach your next destination.

  • Portofino: Self-Guided Bike Tour From Santa Margherita

    9. Portofino: Self-Guided Bike Tour From Santa Margherita

    Explore the stunning coastline between Santa Margherita and Portofino in a sustainable way with a self-guided bike tour. Choose between normal or electric pedal-assisted bicycles to reach the most beautiful places in the Tigullio Gulf. Stretch up to the bay of Paraggi for a swim or snorkel in the crystalline waters. Admire the pastel-coloured houses in the fishing village of Portofino, and take a short hike up to the Portofino Lighthouse. Receive all the necessary information about the equipment and the places you can visit from a guide before departing. Take advantage of the included map and insider tips to have the best trip possible. Before returning your bike, enjoy a pleasant snack made from local products on a seaside terrace in Niasca, or upon arrival at the rental location. The snack is included with the tour.

  • Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

    10. Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

    Together with a professional instructor, learn the basic techniques of the stand up paddle board in the bay of Paraggi which is an extremely safe area to learn in as it is closed off to nautical traffic. Enjoy a 45 minutes lesson which will teach you how to manage your board and use your paddle safely. After the course, put your new technique into practice. Explore the wonders of the promontory and protected marine area of Portofino from an unusual perspective. Thanks to the perfectly perpendicular position on the sea, you can enjoy breathtaking views, above and below the water. Paddle from Paraggi to Portofino and admire this charming little port, the Castle of Paraggi, San Giorgio's Church and Castello Brown. Get tips and local knowledge from your English-speaking guide.

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What people are saying about Portofino

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 64 reviews

We had a great kayaking and snorkeling tour with our guide Giuseppe. He told us great stories about Portofino, very interesting. This day was definetly the highlight of our vacation. We would recommend this to everyone!

Great activity! We were only us 2 + the guide. Superb seen and very well explained. At the end of the kayak we received an aperitif. Thanks to Nicolas who was super nice to us. I recommend 100%!

Great tour and Guide. Well organized and they shared with us a lot of information that helped to know more about the culture , tradition of the cities . Thank you Serena, Luca and team.

We enjoyed kayak tour very much. It is not physicaly demanding our guide provided us with interesting info.

The tour was beautiful! There were a lot of fish, starfish and even a small octopus to be seen