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“Amazing day in Portofino”

Portofino Taxi Boat
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Portofino
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We are operating starting mid March until the end of October. During this time you can rent our boats with or without driver, for various kinds of tours, ranging from 1 hour (minimum) to a full day. The tours can be planned according to clients' requirements, even sailing from a different place. During our tours the following services are at your disposal: mini-bar, towels, fresh water shower, snorkelling masks and much more.
Reviewed October 21, 2013

I contacted Andreas via Email (on his website) 2 months before our cruise was going there on October 14th. He was quick to respond and we very helpful and polite. We booked a private boat for 4 of us to be taken to several places around Portofino. The tour was 3 hours long. Andreas gave very specific directions to a meeting point (Very easy to find once off the cruise ship) and the exact name of the boat. He never asked for a deposit in advance. The day we arrived it was a little bit rainy but we still went out and did the tour. Andreas speaks wonderful English (along with a few other languages). He is VERY knowledgable about the area (He was born in Santa Margherita...the village just 15 minutes away from Portofino). If you are going to this area of Italy and are looking for a EXCELLENT tour guide - look no further! Thank you Andrea for a wonderful time in Portofino, Santa Margherita and Rapallo! I will be back!

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

I emailed Andrea the night before we wanted to be picked up in Portofino where our cruise was coming in. He emailed back and gave us clear directions - in front of Restaurant Stella another great place- and a description of the boat. We met up with no problems and Andrea was very obliging and informative. We had a wonderful three hours on the boat and at two delightful places between Portofino and Genoa. On the way back we sailed close to the caves and hidden entrances in the cliffs. A wonderful trip at our own pace.

Thank robykmc
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We booked 6 hours with Andrea who was waiting for us at the dock at 10 a.m. He and I had discussed by email so e itinerary ideas and off we went. What a wonderful day. Andrea showed us all around the coast, stopped the boat for swimming, made lunch reservations for us, docked forums to explore a few towns and was chatty, charming, warm and welcoming. As we headed back to Portofino, he suggested sailing a little longer and see the coast more. We shared stories of our lives, our travels and our families. Seeing the area by water is really the best way to enjoy it and Andrea made this one of the most memorable parts of our trip. This is a DON'T MISS!

Thank sbfmom
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had a great time but felt misled in a couple of ways. First, Lorenzo is a great guy but his English is insufficient for a tour guide (we were told he spoke English). Second, we were told the trip would take 3 or 4 hours. We asked for 3. It was impossible for us to know how to time our stops or the journey back. The trip lasted 4 and 1/2 hrs.....so we were charged 450 euros, while we were expecting to pay 300. We had a very nice time but were left with a bit of a sour taste.....

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

My wife and I booked a 4 hour trip up with coast with Andrea a couple weeks back. After all the amazing reviews, we were incredibly excited for our afternoon. When we got to the boat, we were surprised to have a different captain (after Andrea has previously told us he would be with us). While the next few hours were pleasant, Andrea met us as we returned to the dock and explained the Hotel Splendido (a hotel we were also staying at - although he didn't know) had called him and told him they had two very important guests asking for him - and as a result, he bailed on our trip for another (which clearly was going to be more lucrative). So while I have nothing terrible to say about our time on the water, know that if you are booking the trip largely on Andrea's stellar reputation - which was a key consideration for us - that 1) he may not be there, and 2) unless you're the high bid, you may not be getting top tier service.

6  Thank RAC1313
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