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Yes team up with other passengers to share a mini bus and you will see much more than the trip itinery. Alternativly negotiate a price with a taxi driver and enoy a better day. You will be able to do the things that you want instead of having to wait get on and off buses, wait for straglers and have a guide that you cannot understand their Englis.
Mr johnson, if you think £35p.p is expensive for an excursion, i suggest you do not visit that area as most of the the shops/restaurants are very upmarket and their prices will be much too expensive for you.
Just pay the money you tight git! you are on holliday that's what you save for!!
Just come back! The train from Genoa Central station to Santa M takes about 25 mins and is very cheap (3 euro each?). From the station at Santa M walk down the hill to the small roundabout at the bottom (next to the harbour. The (frequent) bus to Portofino goes from next to the rounadbout takes a (very pleasant) 10 mins and again costs next to nothing. Reverse for way back but make sure you visit the harbour-side at Geneo - very pleasant. lots of bars etc. i hope that helps. Dave.
Take a look at this link:
All the timetables are on there as are the prices. It's about €12 return per adult for the train - £8!!
You can either:
take a train Genoa to sta Margherita then bus to Portofino and return or
take a train to Rapallo then a boat to Portofino then take a bus to Sta Margherita and then the train to Genoa.
Be careful with the second option; though it's the most picturesque entrance to Portofino the boat gets cancelled at the slightest sign of wind.
Hope you have an enjoyable cruise and enjoy Portofino, it's beautiful.
I think you would be better going on the organised trip as sometimes the beats do not dock in the expected place due to adverse weather conditions. There is often a swell in that area. Portofino is better accessed by boat and at this time of the year tey can be full so if you go on an organised trip you will be sure of a place.
Of all the places we visit on the Med (and we go often) these are my absolute favourites and the only trips we pay the overcharged fees for. Years ago several of the Cruise liners docked at Santa Margherita but obviously they lost revenue from their trips. (I think the Island Star is going to Santa Margherita this year and I have friends who said the boat was excwellent.
Local trains and/or boats will be cheaper. Local tourist offices will give information and times/costs et.
We have stayed in santa margherita many times and it is very easy to walk around the town. also there are frequent boat trips to portofino from santa margherita so again very easy for you to visit. i hope you enjoy your visit.
Hi - Yes we have been to Santa Margherita. We cruised with P&O - the ship docked and we got the shuttle ferry across to the port. Santa Margherita is a beautiful place you will love it. It is also easy to get a bus to Portofino or a taxi would be cheaper then the cruise tour. I suggest you do your own thing. Have a good time.
Have done the organised trip from the ship, and feel it was well worth the money to have it organised for you. If you travel independantly you will waste an awful lot of time travelling with the added stress of getting back to the ship on time.