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Portland Discovery Tours

Long Wharf, 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
207-774-0808
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Ranked #7 of 46 Activities in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Richmond, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Information provided by the tour guide was informative. He was very knowledgable. The boat is roomy and you can sit in the open area on top of the boat or inside. We were concerned with the wind and cloudy day. The only difficulty was capturing good photos. For not being from this area of the country, the tour was interesting... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This was one of the most interesting tours ever. The guide was an expert on local architecture which made the trip especially interesting. We saw lighthouses up close and had a long stop at the lighthouses on Cape Elizabeth. This was the Portland City and Lighthouse Tour. It was coupled with the Lighthouse Lovers Cruise which took us on a... More

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

Hi Tom, Wow, we'll take "one of the most interesting tours ever" any day! Sounds like you opted for our Land and Sea package, combining both the Portland City and Lighthouse Tour and the Lighthouse Lovers Cruise. We put a lot of time into coming up with tours that we hope people will really enjoy so it's great to hear... More

Yorktown, Virginia, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We had never been to Portland and had heard it was a nice place for a day trip. We decided to do a Land & Sea Tour and selected this company. We thoroughly enjoyed the trolly car tour with "Bramps" and the Bay Tour around the light houses and small islands. The Elizabeth Island light house was beautiful, the Lobster... More

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

Hi Phillip, Thanks for visiting Portland and glad we could show you around! I'll make sure Bramps sees your nice review. Sounds like you made the most of your trip here between Portland Head Light, the lobster rolls and the donuts (I think you must be referring to the Holy Donut on Exchange Street, which is just up the road....made... More

Lake Charles, Louisiana
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103 reviews 103 reviews
51 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Our family really enjoyed the lighthouse boat tour on a trip to Portland this summer. It was a great way to see all of the lighthouses in the area. Before booking the tour, I called with a few questions. The person whom I spoke to on the phone was very friendly and helpful. The captain and guide on the boat... More

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

Hi Jules, So happy to hear you enjoyed the cruise, even in the rainy weather. We certainly try to be as helpful and friendly as possible, after all, many of our customers have never been to Portland before and we want to make sure they enjoy our wonderful city. Sounds like the boat crew gave you a pretty good overview... More

Eliot, Maine
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Great tour of Portland and the lighthouse. JJ was an excellent guide - funny, personable and informative. Added plus the weather was fantastic!

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

Hi Lulu, Thanks for the excellent review and we'll make sure JJ sees it. Great weather always helps too! Thanks again! More

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It was a good tour, but longer than I would have liked, and freezing cold. Tour guide was good and well informed. We also saw a bald eagle and some seals, which was pretty cool.

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

Hello G H, Thanks for joining us and the review. Sorry it was a cold out on the water. We try to warn people in advance to bundle up (even in July and August!). We get requests for our Sunset Cruise into October but have to explain to people that we stop in September because of how chilly it gets... More

Cary, North Carolina
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93 reviews 93 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Was a good tour... we took the 90 min Lighthouse Cruise, got to see all the key light houses, comfortable boat, and a very personable guide narrating the cruise.

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

Hi pmmnc, Thanks for cruising with us and happy to hear you enjoyed it! More

Kent, England
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106 reviews 106 reviews
14 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The tram tour with JJ was everything you wanted in a tour, part history and geography of Maine, part social history of Portland, part anecdote and totally amusing and entertaining. Nicely paced over an interesting route along with recommendations on what to visit later. The boat tour round the lighthouses was fine, full of facts but lacking the humor of... More

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

Hi manofekent, Thanks for your nice review of the trolley and boat tours and we're glad you enjoyed them. I'll make sure JJ sees your favorable review and he'll be happy to see het met your expectations. What you describe is exactly what we hope guests will get from the tour - history, recommendations on current places to visit and... More

Thompson Falls, Montana
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101 reviews 101 reviews
13 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Sunny day, calm seas and wonderful narration on this ninety minute tour. The history lesson was very interesting and we took lots of pictures :-)

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

Hi Cawnii P, Glad to hear you enjoyed the cruise and that you had a perfect weather day. Maybe we should hire you so you can order one just like it every day of the season! Casco Bay is hard to beat if you get a beautiful day out there. Thanks for joining us and for writing this review! More

Houston
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My husband, mother-in-law, and I went on the Portland Trolley highlights tour. We got off to a rough start... we had called the previous day for reservations. We arrived that day for our appointed time only to be told our tickets had been sold to cruise ship passengers. :( We were able to get tickets for a tour leaving that... More

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

Hi Asiaenthusiast, Thanks for joining us on the trolley and sorry things got a bit mixed up with your reservation. This is our first season switching to online booking. As you say, it really is the best way to go. We do take reservations over the phone, but only on the day-of and then ask that people pick up their... More

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