Santa Margherita & Portofino Accessible Guided Tour
This 6 hour accessible guided tour of Portofino and Santa Margherita includes accessible transportation, panoramic views, focaccia tasting, and more!
The Santa Margherita & Portofino Accessible Guided Tour is an excellent way to see enjoy the natural beauty of the Italian Riviera! You will have several opportunities to take photos and experience a part of Italy you’ll be glad you didn’t miss.
Your Santa Margherita and Portofino accessible guided tour will begin when your guide and driver pick you up from the cruise terminal in a wheelchair accessible van. If you are arriving in the port of Genoa, you will drive to Portofino first. Along the way you will have several photo opportunities and spectacular panoramic views along the coastal highway.
When you reach Portofino, you will see the Portofino Regional National Park, with one of the highest concentration of Mediterranean plant life, including chestnut trees and olive trees! You will also walk/roll along the quays to see the luxury yachts, picturesque beaches, and trendy boutiques. Before leaving for Santa Margherita Ligure, you will stop at a local bakery for a taste sampling of the local specialty—focaccia, including the famous “focaccia al formaggio.”
Next, you will drive to Santa Margherita Ligure, and along the way you will have more opportunities to take photos at panoramic viewpoints. Once in Santa Margherita, you will walk/roll along the waterfront promenade to see the harbour and fish market. Your guide will take you to visit the 17th century Basilica of Santa Margherita of Antioch, including the stunning baroque interior.
Afterwards, you will visit the Villa Durazzo and its beautiful, wheelchair accessible gardens, before breaking for lunch in an accessible, authentic Italian restaurant. On the way back to the cruise terminal in Genoa, you will have more panoramic views and opportunities to stop and photograph the beautiful coastline of the Tigullio Gulf.
The Santa Margherita & Portofino Accessible Guided Tour features:
- Convenient accessible van transportation with a wheelchair ramp
- 6 hour driving tour
- Lively commentary by an officially-certified, English-speaking tour guide
- Tour guide can push manual wheelchair users (depends on the total weight of the wheelchair plus wheelchair user)
- Pick-up and drop-off at any centrally-located hotel or at the cruise port
- Memorable sightseeing and great photo opportunities in Genoa!
If you would like to see Santa Margherita, Portofino, and Genoa in a day, we recommend the Best of Italian Riviera Accessible Driving Tour. Or, you’d prefer a shorter, 4 hour tour that visits Genoa, consider the Classic Genoa Accessible Walking Tour.
- The jetsetter Riviera town of Portofino
- The Portofino Regional National Park
- Luxury yachts in Portofino harbor
- Trendy boutiques on the quays
- Sampling of the local specialty– Focaccia (including the famous “Focaccia al Formaggio”)
- Paraggi, the only sandy beach near Portofino
- San Michele di Pagana
- Waterfront promenade, harbor and fishing market in Santa Margherita Ligure
- Basilica of Santa Margherita of Antioch, including Baroque interior
- Villa Durazzo
- Views of numerous northern Italy valleys
- Lunch in an accessible, authentic Italian restaurant (price not included)
The Santa Margherita & Portofino Accessible Guided 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.
There is a scenic drive along Italian coast between Santa Margherita and Portofino. You will have the opportunity to get out and take photos at some beautiful viewpoints along the way!
The charming fishing village of Portofino has a picturesque harbor and narrow winding pedestrian paths, shown in the photographs below.
The local specialty in Portofino is Focaccia de Formaggio. You will stop to taste some fresh baked focaccia at a local bakery (shown below)!
This tour avoids stairs in Santa Margherita Ligure like those shown on the left. It follows routes with wheelchair ramps like shown on the right.
Villa Durazzoand gardens with smooth, paved walkways
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 duration: 6 hours
Cost: €820 for 1-2 people, €890 for 3-4 people €950 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. € 5.50 for Villa Durazzo
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, snacks/meals, and gratuities.
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