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Address: Long Wharf, 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
Phone Number: 207-774-0808
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Description: If you want to get up close and personal with Portland’s landmarks...
If you want to get up close and personal with Portland’s landmarks, lighthouses and harbor seals AND learn some city history, join Portland Discovery on a Land & Sea Tour! Start your day on board the Discovery trolley as you travel from city streets to rocky coast and make your way to Portland Head Light, Maine’s oldest and most photographed lighthouse! After a break for lunch and shopping in the Old Port, board a classic cruise boat for a 90-minute narrated harbor tour, where you’ll see 4 lighthouses up close, 3 Civil War forts and several of the inner bay islands, including Halfway Rock Ledge, home to many seals and seabirds.
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Combo tour was a disappointment

We booked the combination land and sea tour with Portland Discovery Tours. My four star rating is based on the harbor/lighthouse tour only. The harbor/lighthouse cruise was well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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Toledo, Ohio
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Toledo, Ohio
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We booked the combination land and sea tour with Portland Discovery Tours. My four star rating is based on the harbor/lighthouse tour only. The harbor/lighthouse cruise was well worth the money and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and showed us the best of Portland by sea. The sea tour, however, was not worth the money spent.... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Teacher071, Thanks for your nice review of the Lighthouse Cruise, and while you say "sea" it seems you didn't enjoy the Land (trolley) tour as much. The trolley does stop at Portland Head Light lighthouse, which is our most famous and most photographed lighthouse and certainly the most quintessentially "Maine" in the area (compared to Bug Light or Spring... More 

Houston, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Portland is a wonderful place and the combo tours w/ Portland Discovery Tours is the right way to start. We enjoyed an hour & half city trolley tour that gave a great overview of the sights, history, shopping & dining options. Then we had an hour & half on our own to have lunch along the harbor before taking the... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi TXhome, So happy that you loved Portland and that we could show you around! We like to think the tours give people a fun, comprehensive overview of Portland, so that you can get your bearings while also learning about our city at the same time. We're happy to hear you felt the tours were reasonably priced as well. Can't... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We booked the sunset lighthouse tour, we enjoyed the tour, but it was freezing on the top deck. They had a limited number of blankets, that were quickly snatched up, so definitely dress warm, even in midsummer, bring at least a jacket. We saw a 3 - 4 lighthouses, seals sunning on a rock, and a bald eagle in the... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hello G H, Thanks for joining us on the Sunset Lighthouse Cruise and happy to hear you enjoyed it. You are correct that it can get chilly out there on the water. We do have the enclosed cabin on the lower level but most people would say the views are better from the top deck. Layers are always a good... More 

Apex, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Knowledgeable staff, great beer options, beautiful views of various lighthouses, hotels, landmarks, and Portland from the coast. Layer up, as it gets very blustery. A great value for the money -- you'll get some nice photos!

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Cassandra, Thanks so much for taking the nice to write this nice review. We do our best to make people aware in advance, but you are right about it getting chilly out on the water, especially in October. We do have inside space on both boats, but of course there's a better view from the decks. So glad to... More 

Rochester
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78 reviews 78 reviews
16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This boat tour lasts about 90 minutes and takes you past no fewer than a half-dozen light houses thar ring the Portland harbor. Passengers are free to move about the upper and lower decks, which makes the trip that much more enjoyable because you are not restricted to your seat. The guide was very well-informed, and gave a very good... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Jason, Thanks for the great review! We're happy you had fun on the cruise it felt it was a good price. We should clarify that we can usually get up close to 4 lighthouses, and can usually see three others as long as it's a clear, calm day. Sounds like that is what you must have had! We can't... More 

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Our family group of 9(8 plus 1 dog) visited Portland in mid October and were treated to a warm, sunny day. We wanted to take the combo City/Lighthouse, but the bus portion was sold out, so we settled for the water portion. When we inquired about bringing our dog, we were told: "This Maine, of course your dog is welcome!"... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Bobbalou 23, Thanks for joining us on the cruise and we're glad to hear you enjoyed it! We appreciate you sharing all this helpful information, and would like to make just one clarification: our handicap accessibility on the boat can really be affected by the tide. It sounds like you were probably here closer to high tide when there's... More 

Buffalo, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Bumpy waters, worth the trip. Awesome fall day. Wanted to go out past headlight, but tour did not include that.

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Shawn, Thanks for taking our Lighthouse Lovers Cruise and for taking the time to write this review. We do tend to have choppier seas in the fall than in the summer months. Within our tour loop, Portland Head Light is where the open ocean starts so if it's a nice calm day, we can get around Portland Head Light... More 

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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87 reviews 87 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I loved that I could pre-book this harbor and city tour prior to arrival in Portland. We took the harbor cruise tour first and it was fantastic! This was one of the highlights of our Canada New England Cruise trip. The setting is amazingly beautiful and our boat captain and tour guide were wonderful. The tour guide was a young... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi TandF33, We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tours and found the online booking process easy and effective!! Now that we have gotten our website set-up for online booking, it really has become the easiest way to reserve space on a particular tour and we hope our customers will feel the same. Thank you for letting us... More 

Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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127 reviews 127 reviews
30 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Booked on-line to tour from a cruise ship. Fascinating tour of Portland and the area. Out to a lighthouse and many other sights.

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi Dunold0, Thanks for this 5-"star" review and we're so happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. The lighthouse you mention is Portland Head Light, our most famous and most photographed, which is a highlight for many, but it's sounds like you enjoyed the Portland history as well, which is what we like to hear. Thanks for taking the time... More 

Montana City, Montana
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141 reviews 141 reviews
27 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This was a fun little Trolley tour and well worth the low price, but honestly, not so informative. I think our guide was good and entertaining, but we mostly viewed old houses and mansions which just were not that interesting. I had already been to the Lighthouse, but it was worth another trip. It is fantastic, it just says Maine.... More 

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi akmoma, Thanks for taking our Portland City and Lighthouse Tour and we're happy to hear you thought it was fun and a good value. Apologies there was not more to keep your attention. What you describe does make up a good portion of Portland's history. We start off by talking about the working waterfront and it's role in shaping... More 

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