See the best of the Italian Riviera on your Genoa and Portofino day trip from Milan.
Genoa And Portofino Day Trip
Escape the bustle of Milan on a full day tour of the Ligurian Coast.
After relaxing on a scenic ferry cruise, explore the beautiful Portofino, a glamorous seaside village considered the pearl of the Ligurian sea with its quintessential feel and crystalline green waters, and discover the historic city of Genoa, with a glorious past, and one of the most charming cities in Northern Italy.
In our Genoa and Portofino tour, you will combine Portofino’s glamour and Mediterranean scenery with Genoa’s historic centre and top cultural attractions.
- Genoa and Portofino full day trip from Milan
- Duration: 11 hours
- Departure from your hotel in Milan at 8,00 am. Arrival in hotel in Milan at 7,00 pm
- code: 01513
- Total price € 490,00 for a trip by minivan within 7 people.
- This is a personal trip by private car with driver for one group of clients only.
- Round-trip transport from Milan by minivan (or car on demand) with air conditioning
- Enjoy the scenic ferry-boat ride from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino
- Relax in the charming harbor of Portofino, full of colorful fishing boats and houses, and enjoy its stunning Mediterranean scenery and chic ambience
- Visit Genoa’s historical streets, rich with maritime monuments, and its main attractions
After leaving Milan early in the morning and a comfortable two-hour drive by luxury minivan, you will reach the colorful village of Santa Margherita Ligure on the Tigullio Gulf.
The Tigullio Gulf sits east of Genoa in the northern Italian region of Liguria and is part of the Italian Riviera. In Santa Margherita Ligure the maritime scenery and turquoise sea blends beautifully with the green of the Ligurian hills.
Here you will take the ferry-boat for Portofino, and enjoy the memorable and scenic cruise for Portofino on crystalline green waters that are part of a Marine Protected Area and that reveal a myriad display of aquatic life.
Portofino is a charming fishing village, whose beauty has been narrated across the millennia by writers and poets such as Guy de Maupassant, and that has became known in the last decades as the resort of the rich and famous, a popular escape for celebrities.
Portofino’s Roman name (Portus Delphini) means Port of the Dolphin and reflects the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf, and that are still spotted there.
You will have time to visit Portofino’s centre, its famous promenade with harbor, shops, restaurants, cafes, luxury hotels, pastel-colored waterfront houses and the Castello Brown, a 16th-century castle overlooking the village.
Do not forget to visit the Faro (lighthouse) on the way to the Castle and to check the great views of Portofino and the Tigullio Gulf from the Castle.
In the afternoon, you will take the ferry back to Santa Margherita and continue for Genoa, where you will have time to explore the town and enjoy its art, gastronomy and architecture.
Genoa (known in Italian as Genova), is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, and also the biggest medieval town in Europe.
Nicknamed “La Superba” (“Superb One”), due to its impressive landmarks, Genoa has an intriguing history.
It was in fact one of the “Maritime Republics,” along with Venice, Pisa, and Amalfi, and its role in maritime history is beyond compare.
Its ornate buildings and monuments reveal the richness of its history, of its trades and of its shipbuilding tradition.
Genoa’s countless landmarks include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town (since 2006), where you can get lost in a labyrinth of narrow alleyways, San Lorenzo Cathedral, Piazza de Ferrari, the Palace of the Doges and Royal Palace.
While Genoa still maintains the charm of the ancient maritime republic, it’s also been deeply renovated in the last 20 years.
The Ancient Harbour, renovated in 1992 by the architect Renzo Piano, hosts one of the biggest Acquarium in Europe, the iconic Lanterna (the lighthouse) and the scenic panoramic lift with 360° views on the town, the harbor and the sea.
The journey ends with the return to Milan.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Milan
- Transfers by air-conditioned minivan (or coach on demand)
What’s Not Included
- Tour guide (on demand)
- Roundtrip ferry-boat ride from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Entrance fees to attractions
More info on the Genoa and Portofino day trip: info ticket