Departing from the pier, you’ll take a short journey along the Autostrada towards Santa Margherita. In the first 10 years of this century this stretch of coastline has welcomed royal families, politicians, famous actors and actresses, for their dream holiday. Santa Margherita was the seat for international political meetings, among which, in 1951 the preliminary conference of the European Coal and Steel Community was held, which prepared the way to the Common Market.
You’ll have approximately 1hour for independent exploration. Wander through the town, browse the shops or sample some Italian cuisine at one of the nearby restaurants. Have your camera at the ready to capture the most important monument of the town, the Basilica of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, with its baroque style façade.
After a short ferry ride, from Santa Margherita, you’ll arrive in Portofino. Begin your exploration in the main square, where your English speaking tour escort will offer some general information on the quaint village, before giving you approximately one hour of free time to explore the narrow streets of this charming town, which are surrounded by beautiful villas with gardens full of tropical plants and Mediterranean olive trees.
The most elegant boutiques and many cafés will certainly enchant your stay. At a time specified by your escort, you’ll meet up to walk back to the coach park for the return drive to Rapallo.
This excursion operates by coach,ferry and on foot.The drive to and from Santa Margherita is approximately 15 minutes. Shops in Santa Margherita and Portofino will be open from 09.00 am to 1.00 pm and then again from 4.00pm to 7.30 pm.