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Portland Discovery Tours
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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.
Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you want to see the highlights of Portland, don't miss this tour. It is inexpensive and you get a comprehensive view of the city. Our guide was Scott and if you take this tour, do your best to get him. He was very friendly and funny - my side hurt from laughing after we got off the trolley! It is only 1.5 hours so you have plenty of time to explore the Old Port area and have a lobster roll to boot.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

The Portland Trolley Tour is a pleasant enough ride – which lasts a couple of hours and takes you around most of the central part of the city. The tour includes also a drive across the Casco Bay Bridge to South Portland and a brief visit to the Portland Head Lighthouse. But other than the lighthouse, the tour has hardly any attractions to speak of. You will see a few interesting buildings and mansions and drive by a statue of the legendary late film director John Ford – but unless you for some reason are very interested in the city of Portland per se, taking a walk in the streets of the restored Old Port area is much more rewarding. Here you will find numerous gift shops, nice bars and cafes and many other interesting places to stop. If you are interested in movies or music, be sure to visit the Bull Moose dvd and cd warehouse on Middle Street – and for lunch just continue a bit further down the same street and treat yourself with a delicious sandwich & fries at the Duck Fat. Compared to these and other similar attractions in the Old Port area, the trolley tour is a waste of time.

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2012

We would completely agree that you take in all the Old Port area has to offer as it is a beautiful area with lots of the shops, cafes, and bars that niels-j mentions. As a local, I absolutely love this area on my days off. However, for clarication, while the trolley tour begins and ends in the Old Port, it goes a ways outside of the Old Port area to the Eastern Promenade (Munjoy Hill and the aforementioned John Ford House), the Western Promenade (mansions, John Calvin Stevens homes), the arts district, and unless there is a parade or marathon blocking any sections of the city, every tour goes by and details the Wadsworth Longfellow House, The Victoria Mansion, The Portland Observatory, the Portland Museum of Art, Shipyard Brewery, and Portland Head Light among other sites of interest. We would be happy to email anyone interested a route map that details the various sites.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We took the Lighthouse Lovers Cruise. We had booked our tickets a month ahead of time when we planned our trip, and stopped by Old Port to pick up our tickets the day before the tour. The tour itself was great. We learned a lot about lighthouses, lobsters, and the history of Portland. We even got to see a seal. Dress warmly; it was sunny and in the low 70s, but out on the open water it is really cold! They have blankets on board to keep warm. This was definitely worth the money, and the tour guide and captain were friendly and helpful with any questions about Portland.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Have been visiting the Portland area for years for business but rarely had a chance to see all it had to offer. We went for a long weekend and decided to take the Land and Sea tour. We did the trolley tour one day and the sea tour on the next - that worked out to be ideal. We had great weather both days and did not feel rushed. Parking can be expensive in the area so shop around and if you get there early, the Fisherman's Wharf is very reasonable. Both tours were excellent, the tour guides were knowledgeable and made the tour fun also. They hit all the main highlights from the different neighborhoods, sights to see, city history, gossip tidbits, lighthouses, harbor military war efforts, Indian lore, seals and so much more. The best part of the trolley tour was of course the Portland Lighthouse visit - magnificent views. We went back to visit several areas pointed out during the tours afterwards which we may not have known about at all. This is definitely a professional outfit (sorry did not get the tour guides names but they were both great). Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area or even locals that may not know all the great history and facts about their city.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

On September 18, 2012, my group of 52 passengers toured Portland, Maine, with Portland Discovery, when Carnival Glory docked at Portland, Maine. I arranged the tour with Jake Charette, Portland Discovery manager, including pick up and drop off at the pier.

We took the 90 minute cruise around Casco Bay at 9:30 AM, went to lunch on the
Wharf, and then took the 90 minute Trolley tour at 1:30 PM.

Captain John of the Islander toured us at Casco Bay, a private tour for my group.
The ship has a service bar and bathrooms. It was beautiful to see the bay, surrounding islands and the ocean. The ship’s tour guide narration contains lots of interesting facts about the islands, lobster information (i.e. how to determine male and female lobsters, etc.).

For the trolley tour, our guide Scott, a retired fireman, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He asked Trivia questions about famous people from Portland. My sister and I won each a can of H&M pork & beans for the correct answer to the final trivia.

I definitely recommend Portland Discovery for first time visitors when in Portland for a day!

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