Best of Italian Riviera Accessible Driving Tour

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Enjoy the best of the Italian Riviera on this 8 hour accessible driving tour that visits Genoa, Santa Margherita, and Portofino by accessible van!

Don’t miss out on better preserved medieval architecture than Rome, Florence, or Venice and breathtaking views of numerous northern Italy valleys in one of Italy’s best kept secrets: Genoa!

Your accessible driving tour of the Italian Riviera will begin when your guide and driver pick you up from the cruise terminal in a wheelchair accessible van. You will begin in Genoa (in Italian, Genova) where you will see the Palazzi dei Rolli, a group of palaces and mansions used by prominent Genoese families during the time of the Republic of Genoa, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

You will also see the Piazza de Ferrari, the heart of the modern town, as it compares to the “carruggi” or narrow alleys of the Historical City Centre, which is also one of the best preserved old city centres in Europe!

The next stop on your Italian Riviera accessible driving tour is Santa Margherita Ligure, which you will get to by driving along the scenic coastal roads through Recco, where you will have a very wide panoramic view of the Tigullio Gulf—and great photo opportunities!

Once in Santa Margherita Ligure, you will have lunch in an accessible Italian restaurant (price not included) before visiting the Waterfront Promenade harbour and fish market. Afterwards your guide will take you to the Villa Durrazo, a 17th century estate and botanical gardens. If you appreciate the beauty of ancient churches, then you will enjoy the next stop on the tour—the Basilica of Santa Margherita of Antioch, with its stunning Baroque interior! You will also have the option to visit an accessible beach in Santa Margherita Ligure.

The final stop on your accessible Italian Riviera driving tour is Portofino, where you will drive through the Portofino Regional National Park, home to one of the world’s largest concentration of Mediterranean flora, including olive trees and chestnut trees!

You will also have the opportunity to taste the different kinds of local “Focaccia” (including “Focaccia al formaggio”) at a local bakery that has been in business over 100 years! Walk/roll along the seaside promenade to see the picturesque shops and luxury yachts in the harbour before taking a break on the famous “piazzetta” for a drink or one of the local specialties!

At the end of your Italian Riviera accessible driving tour, your guide and driver will drop you back off at the cruise terminal.

The Best of Italian Riviera Accessible Driving Tour features:

  • Convenient accessible van transportation with a wheelchair ramp
  • 8 hour driving tour
  • Lively commentary by an officially-certified, English-speaking tour guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off at any centrally-located hotel or at the cruise port
  • Memorable sightseeing and great photo opportunities in Genoa!

 

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A shorter tour that is similar but does not visit Genoa is the Santa Margherita & Portofino Accessible Guided Tour. Or, if you’d prefer a full-day shore excursion of just Genoa, we recommend the Highlights of Genoa Accessible Cruise Excursion.

Tour Highlights

  • The Portofino Regional Natural Park
  • A taste sampling of the local favorite “focaccia al formaggio”
  • Villa Durazzo and Durazzo Gardens
  • Santa Margherita Church of Antioch (including Baroque interior)
  • Lunch in an accessible, authentic Italian restaurant (price not included)
  • Panoramic tour on the Hillside Ring-Road
  • Piazza Banchi, symbol of the Genoese economy
  • PalazzideiRolli
  • Carignano Hill, Basilica S. Maria Assunta
  • Villa Durazzo
  • Much more!

Accessibility Description

The Best of Italian Riviera Accessible Driving Tour has a 4 star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses a wheelchair accessible van and follows a step-free route. It did not receive a higher rating because you will encounter mild cobblestones and the guides are unable to push a wheelchair.

The photo below shows the wheelchair accessible van you will be using for the tour.

Accessible Driving Tour

Some of the best artwork in Genoa is found above the doorways of Renaissance homes in the old town.  There is no map to find them so a local guide is necessary to find and explain them.

Renaissance homes Renaissance homes

The scenic drive between Genoa, Santa Margherita Ligure, and Portofino is a great opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the Italian Riviera. You will have the opportunity to stop and take photographs at some breathtaking viewpoints!

 Italian Riviera Italian Riviera

In Portofino, you will stop at a bakery to taste the local specialty– Focaccia de formaggio!

Focaccia de formaggio Focaccia de formaggio

If you can transfer to a seat in a normal vehicle and do not wish to use a wheelchair accessible van, you may be able to receive lower rates on this tour. Contact us for more information.

Tour Details

Tour duration: 8 hours
Cost: €830 for 1-2 people, €910 for 3-4 people €970 for 5 persons
* €50 off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.
Days of the week the tour is offered: 7 days a week
Meet-up time: 9 am or when cruise ship arrives
Meet-up place: Genoa accessible hotel lobby or cruise dock
Dress code: Covered shoulders and knees for interior church visits
Maximum number of people on tour: 3 wheelchair user plus 1 other person, or up to 7 non wheelchair users
Entrance tickets: Not included. Villa Durazzo is free for people with disabilities and a companion and €5.50 for everyone else.
Cancellation policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days notice, and no refund with less than 4 days notice. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Entrance tickets, meals, and gratuities.

 

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