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Vintage Fire Truck Sightseeing Tour of Portland provided by Portland Fire Engine Co

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Vintage Fire Truck Sightseeing Tour of Portland

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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A note from Vintage Fire Truck Sightseeing Tour of Portland
We are only offering Private Charters now! All passengers must be a Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont resident. If you are arriving from any other state you must have completed the 14 day quarantine period. All groups must have been quarantined together or tested negative for the Covid-19 virus.
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Updated 23/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
See what Portland has to offer on this unique sightseeing and shopping tour aboard a vintage fire engine. You can't access a vehicle like this on your own! Enjoy an overview of Portland, from coastal scenery to historic sites, with live narration accompanied by high-resolution photographs from the Maine Historical Society on an onboard multimedia system. You’ll also have enough time to explore the city’s cobblestone streets, shops, and restaurants.
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You'll start at
180 Commercial St
180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USAWe are directly in front of Portland Lobster Co. Restaurant. We have a small kiosk in front of the blue fence. Meet the Fire Engine here! We leave prompltly on time so please plenty of time to park and to find us.
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  • Pass by Old Port
    Pass by Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal
    Pass by Shipyard Brewing Company
    Pass by Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum
    Pass by Portland Observatory
    Pass by Wadsworth-Longfellow House
    Pass by Portland Museum of Art
    Pass by Victoria Mansion
You'll end at
180 Commercial St
180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USAWe are directly in front of Portland Lobster Co. Restaurant. We have a small kiosk in front of the blue fence. Meet the Fire Engine here! We leave prompltly on time so please plenty of time to park and to find us.
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Highlights
  • Combine an overview of Portland with time to explore shops and restaurants
  • Ride on a covered vintage fire engine with a small group 
  • Don’t let the weather affect your trip: Borrow a fireman coat if it’s foggy
  • End your tour in historic Downtown, near wharves, restaurants, and shops 
What to Expect
Begin the tour at the designated departure point on Commercial Street. Hop on the vintage fire engine, which has seats high above the ground for good views. The tour explores the Portland Peninsula along Casco Bay, with its picturesque lighthouses, old harbors, and Civil War–era forts. As the tour continues, you’ll get live narration accompanied by high-resolution photographs from the Maine Historical Society on an onboard multimedia system. If it’s particularly chilly or foggy, borrow a fireman’s coat. Back in Portland, continue past cobblestone streets and enjoy plenty of time to browse souvenir shops and restaurants.  Finish the tour in the heart of historic Downtown Portland, where you can spend the rest of your day exploring historic wharves, boutiques, and restaurants.
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Important Information
Departure Point
180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Duration
50m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Tour
Exclusions
  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities (suggested)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Susan B wrote a review Dec 2019
Edmonton, Canada1 contribution
We had a very knowledgeable driver and riding in the back of a vintage firetruck was so cool. The weather and sights were spectacular. We were in Portland for 2 days and the overview given helped us plan the rest of our stay.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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John H wrote a review Nov 2019
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom138 contributions58 helpful votes
Unusual and entertaining way of seeing the sights around Portland. Guys doing the tour were good, and it was worth doing.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jeff W wrote a review Nov 2019
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey184 contributions68 helpful votes
I’m stingy with 5 star ratings, but this tour deserves it. First, the vehicle is fun. It’s equipped with a computer/PowerPoint presentation, which is helpful as you make the various stops. Portland is a small, very fun town, with lots of galleries, restaurants and
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Sue B wrote a review Nov 2019
Derby, United Kingdom299 contributions36 helpful votes
Booked this tour for my parents thinking it would be a good way for them to stay dry whilst seeing the town highlights and learning a little about the local history. They said the guides were friendly and knowledgeable and provided a screen with images of the buildings as they
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Tim R wrote a review Oct 2019
5 contributions1 helpful vote
This tour was excellent. Dan is a "Top Notch" tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and quick witted too. Mike is a great driver. The tour gives you a good overview of the Portland peninsula and allows you time to check things out more "in depth" on your own after the tour is
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Date of experience: October 2019
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BVull
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Great time....very informative!
We would highly recommend this tour. The guide and driver were great and it was very informative. Worth every pen
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RachelGes
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Excellent tour!
What a great way to tour the city. The ride was a little bumpy but lots of fun. Our tour guide was awesome!
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North-Jersey-2016
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Cruise Stop
Glad we booked this tour. Change in pace from the more usual bus tour. Our driver did a good job and our guide, a w
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Diane K
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Terrific Tour
Knowledgeable & friendly driver and tour guide provided excellent tour highlighting the important landmarks, vistas
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Leetlestar
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A Great Tour of a Very Interesting City!
We decided to take the tour of Portland on our Autumn tour of Maine. The tour was just shy of an hour, but it was s
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690elle
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What an awesomely fun (and educational!) way to see the city!
My husband and I were visiting from Houston and although it was our second visit to New England (Rhode Island=meh),
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Peter S
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Fun tour for a large family!!!
Our group of 12 took the private tour late in the afternoon for an hour around Portland, learned a lot about the to
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4nguyen
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Portland Main guided tour
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. We enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone visiting Port
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poddeery
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Portland tour
Nice enough guides but was it worth $100 for 2 adults and a 2&4 year old... quite simply no.... make sure you take
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Karen W
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Portland Tour
You would think that a 50 minute ride around the city would leave something lacking but the tour was great. The r
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199haroldb
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Fun and informative
The driver as well as the guide made the tour fun plus informative. They stopped so we could take pictures. The gui
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JohnRogerB
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Fun, informative and creative.
Fun, creative and informative tour of Portland. It only lasts an hour. You sit in the back of the truck - so bring
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iandgmacinnis
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Excellent tour
This tour was so informative great history and the guide was awesome,definitely a must to do in Portland
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Happiness42963618617
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Fire Engine tour
Very interesting. The tour guide was friendly and well-informed. Seemed to enjoy what he was doing. It was just fun
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eleech
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This tour made us fall in love with Portland
I booked this tour on a whim thinking the mode of transportation would be fun. We were not disappointed. The tour
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  • Duration: 50m
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