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Portland Discovery Tours

Long Wharf, 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
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A nice way to discover Portland

We really enjoyed our tour of Portland using these guys. We did the harbor cruise and city. We saw... read more

Reviewed November 28, 2017
Dana J
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Safety issues prevent a higher rating

Our harbor tour took place on October 7, 2017. In general, it was a satisfactory tour, with... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2017
Bill_K_Utah
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Herriman, UT
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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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Long Wharf, 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME

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Reviewed November 28, 2017

We really enjoyed our tour of Portland using these guys. We did the harbor cruise and city. We saw all the important landmarks, learned about the history, and explored downtown. It was a nice way to get it all in on limited time. The boat...More

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Reviewed November 14, 2017

Our harbor tour took place on October 7, 2017. In general, it was a satisfactory tour, with attention called to the most important landmarks. The available tour times are convenient. The tour took place during the peak of fall colors, so it was not a...More

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Portland D, Owner at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2017

Dear Bill K, We appreciate you taking the time to express your concerns about safety aboard our vessels. We take exception to the seriously inaccurate conclusions that you report in this review. Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours considers safety of its passengers to be...More

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Reviewed November 7, 2017

.. I cannot fault the quality of the service offered on board during our 90 minute cruise. The crew did their jobs professionally, and the on board commentary was very good. So nothing that the company did was wrong in any way at all. My...More

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

Hi Sue, Sorry to hear the coastline wasn't as exciting as you hoped it would be, but we're happy that you at least enjoyed the commentary and felt the crew was professional. Hopefully you learned a little bit about Casco Bay and had fun overall....More

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Reviewed November 6, 2017

This tour was great! I took the city tour around 11 and then the lighthouse tour at 330. Both tours were great during the space in between the tours I tried a lobster roll at one of the many restaurants close by. Both tours were...More

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

Hi Shenea, Thanks for joining us on our Land and Sea Combination. We're pretty centrally located to some great restaurants down here and taking a break in between the tours is a nice way to schedule them for a lot of people. We're delighted you...More

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Reviewed October 30, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed our trolley land tour this morning and even though it was the last day of the season, our guide was enthusiastic and so very knowledgeable!! We had a lovely time seeing the historic parts of Portland, a beautiful stop at...More

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

Hi Audrey, Thank YOU for joining us! We always love to hear that our guests felt the tour was well worth the money and saw some sights in Portland that they thought were neat. Our guides work hard on their tours and really like showing...More

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Reviewed October 28, 2017

Our New England motor coach tour group was treated to a wonderful cruise on Casco Bat with Portland Discovery Tours. Our tour director dis an excellent job conveying a great deal of information about the bay and it's history as well as the Portland area....More

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

Hi Fred, Thanks for the great review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour and felt the captain and crew did a nice job on the tour and getting you close to some of our more popular sights. We appreciate you taking the time to...More

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Reviewed October 27, 2017

On October 17th we took the Portland City and Lighthouse Tour. We boarded the Phoenix and our tour guide was JJ. This tour was excellent. JJ was very knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining. The trolley took us to a variety of areas in Portland and then...More

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

Hi cmt, Glad we could show you around and thanks for taking some time to join us while you were in Portland. JJ will be happy to hear you enjoyed his tour and we'll pass along your nice review to him. Thanks again!

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Reviewed October 27, 2017

Our group of six took an afternoon tour on the trolley. 4 of us were from Texas, and 2 were from Canada. We learned so much of the history of Portland and the area during our tour. We were all so glad we took the...More

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

Hi 442annie, We're happy you decided to join us as well! Wendy does give a great tour, and we're delighted you enjoyed it. We'll make sure she sees it and thanks so much for taking the time to review your tour.

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Reviewed October 25, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed perfect weather for the Portland Discovery Tours. The guides were informative and entertaining.

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2017

Hi GWProud, Glad we could arrange for some beautiful weather while you were in town! We really have had a beautiful fall this season overall, but it's great to hear you also enjoyed the narration on both tours. Thanks for joining us!

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Reviewed October 23, 2017

We did have a beautiful day on which to do this tour in mid October but, that said, the guide was great and the captain was a real pro. It was a beautiful ride with a lot of interesting details. Book ahead if the weather...More

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Portland D, Manager at Portland Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2017

Hi Helen, The Lighthouse Cruise is hard to beat on a beautiful day, but we're happy to hear you enjoyed the guide's commentary as well. We like to think we have a beautiful bay here and really enjoy being able to show off it's many...More

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78traveler
May 26, 2017|
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Response from Portland D | Property representative |
Hi 78traveler, Thanks for inquiring about our tours. The Portland City and Lighthouse Tour, our 105-minute trolley tour, can get occasionally get a little long for children of that age, as you spend almost the time on the... More
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Bruce R
April 20, 2017|
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Response from Portland D | Property representative |
Hi Bruce, We have a snack bar on board the boats with drinks alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, mixed drinks and non-alcoholic like water, soda, coffee, tea. Snacks are of the vending machine variety, like chips... More
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madcat920
April 9, 2017|
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Hi madcat920, The information others have provided here is spot-on. The only stop where you would get off the trolley is at Portland Head Light lighthouse. There are benches to sit on there, but as bob_cindy mentioned... More
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