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Portland Discovery Tours

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Address: Long Wharf, 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
Phone Number: 207-774-0808
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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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Nice tour of Casco Bay

Just visiting from FL for 2 days, the boat tour was a great introduction to the Port and Casco Bay. The captain and the guide were both pleasant, helpful, knowledgeable about the... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just visiting from FL for 2 days, the boat tour was a great introduction to the Port and Casco Bay. The captain and the guide were both pleasant, helpful, knowledgeable about the area, history and wildlife. The boat was comfortable, though the benches on the top deck are not secured to the boat, so beware, they move! It could definitely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My Wife and I took the bus and cruise tour last week and absolutely loved this tour. The drivers/Tour guides were excellent and very informative.I would also like to thank the tour staff also since I had left my camera on trolley from cruise ship o tour location and did not notice until I had got back on cruise ship.... More 

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Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived in Portland and took this tour. It was a good tour covering the highlights of the area. The lighthouse was on the coastline and was very nice. My only problem was the tour guide made political statements a couple of times that I did not appreciate. I would think one would avoid making controversial comments in a public... More 

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Greendale, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the city and lighthouse tour. Our guide was very funny as he took us around town. Later, we went to the Portland Head Light and were allowed to wander for 30 minutes. We liked the tour and would recommend to visitors of Portland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

...but our time in Poetland was short and we wanted an overview of the city. Actually it was enjoyable and informative. The guide, Steve, was knowledgable and even on occasion amusing. He detailed the neigborhoods and the attractions (you get a discount at the Longfellow House). We took the option including the South Point light house which was worthwhile (even... More 

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East Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Two Hour cruise was Good value. Learned so much and got to see on the harbor islands in addition to the lighthouses. Good narration, but difficult to hear at times.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I took the land and sea tour. The land tour takes you out to the lighthouse where you can walk around and take pictures. The harbor tour takes you out and there are several lighthouses to see as well as seals in the harbor. Great way to see Portland.

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Thank betsyprice83
Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this review

Hi betsyprice83, Thanks for taking our Land and Sea Tour combination and glad to hear you enjoyed both tours and that you got to see some seals! We hope the tours will be a great way to get acquainted with Portland and Casco Bay for our guests. Thanks again! More 

Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

JJ was a terrific tour guide, patient, knowledgeable, amusing. The hour and 15 minute tour was full of interesting facts about Portland. On a quiet Monday in September, the 11;30 tour was booked so a 11:35 tour was formed. Good customer service.

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

Hi Lindylou, Thanks for reviewing your Portland City and Lighthouse Tour with JJ and happy to hear you had a good time. The tour is actually an hour and 45 minutes so hopefully it was good enough that it flew by! We'll pass along this review to JJ and thanks again for joining us! More 

Freehold, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had booked the Lighthouse Lovers' Cruise for the morning, and the City Tour for the afternoon. The weather the morning of our tour was not pretty, and we were wondering if we would even be sailing. After about 45 minutes of huddling under the porch of the building the ticket office is in, trying to stay dry during a... More 

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

Hi whgm, Thanks for taking our Land and Sea combination and for the kind words on Shannon's and Peter's respective tours. They're both new to us this season and I'm sure they will thoroughly appreciate your great feedback. Thanks for being patient with us and the weather as well. We do our best to make the most out of what... More 

Victor, NY
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were so looking forward to our lighthouse cruise around Portland. Got there w/ plenty of time to spare. Didn't realize that the dock area of Portland would be so busy - lots of traffic and it was a Tuesday in late Sept so not really tourists. Found the place but couldn't see where to park. Called them and found... More 

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

Hi db_victorny, Sorry to hear you had some issues finding parking and this would be one for the City of Portland's parking division. We, along with many other businesses in the downtown area know it can be an issue and try to work with the city every year to come up with solutions, but easier said than done, I'm afraid.... More 

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