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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
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Real Portland Tour: City & 3 Lighthouses Historical Tour with a Real Local
Passengers are required to wear face coverings/masks. Passengers must complete an online form verifying they will adhere to the mandatory state of Maine COVID-19 guidelines. The Real Portland Tour will email/text this form beforehand. Tours are limited to 6 people in the 14 passenger van.
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Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Travelers that want to see the best of Portland, Maine in less time shouldn't miss this guided tour, where you're whisked to the city's top sights, in just a couple hours. Follow your Mainer guide to see top landmarks—from the Portland Head Light to 19th century Fort Preble—as well as some hidden gems that only a local could find.
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You'll start at
96 Commercial St
96 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USAPlease arrive at 96 Commercial Street (in front of the Casco Variety Store) at least 10-15 min before your tour time. You will see a sandwich board on the sidewalk that says The Real Portland Tour. That is our meeting point. The tour departs from the bus parking spot directly across the street.
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  • Pass by Commercial Street
    Pass by United States Custom House
    Pass by Eastern Promenade
    Pass by Portland Observatory
    Pass by Eastern Cemetery
    Pass by Congress Street
    Pass by The Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception
    Pass by The First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist
    Pass by Wadsworth-Longfellow House
    Pass by Arts District
    Pass by Portland Museum of Art
    Pass by One Longfellow Square
    Pass by Victoria Mansion
    Pass by Fort Williams Park
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    Portland Head Light
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 2
    Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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    Pass by Bug Light Park
    Pass by Liberty Ship Memorial
  • 3
    Portland Breakwater Lighthouse
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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    Pass by John Ford Statue
    Pass by Old Port
You'll end at
96 Commercial St
96 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USAPlease arrive at 96 Commercial Street (in front of the Casco Variety Store) at least 10-15 min before your tour time. You will see a sandwich board on the sidewalk that says The Real Portland Tour. That is our meeting point. The tour departs from the bus parking spot directly across the street.
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Highlights
  • See more of Portland, Maine on this guided small-group sightseeing tour
  • Visit three of Maine's lighthouses, with stops to stroll and snap photos
  • Travel comfortably by air-conditioned van, with only 13 fellow tour guests
  • Meet-up in the heart of the historic Old Port, on bustling Commercial Street
Important Information
Departure Point
96 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Duration
1h 45m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Knowledgeable, entertaining guide with 20 years experience giving tours of his hometown of Portland.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Passengers are required to wear face coverings/masks for the entire time within the vehicle.
  • Passengers are required to fill out an online form verifying that they will adhere to the mandatory state of Maine COVID-19 testing/quarantine requirements for out of state travelers. Travelers from NH, VT, CT, NY, and NJ are exempt from the testing/quarantine requirements, but will still need to complete the online form. The Real Portland Tour will text/email the online form to customers before their tour. If the form is not completed, the customer’s booking will be cancelled and refunded.
  • The tour vehicle is a high-roof, 15 passenger Ford Transit van. All tours for the 2020 season are limited to a total of 6 passengers, seated 6 feet apart in separate rows.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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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Rebecca N wrote a review Jul 2020
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We had a wonderful, safe tour with Derek. He was very informative and had a good sense of humor on the hour and 45 minute tour. He limited our tour to 4 people and the was an empty row of seats in the van between the two groups. Would definitely recommend for anyone who has some
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Terry D wrote a review Mar 2020
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Very nice tour for seniors easy to get on and off the bus, knowledgeable tour guide. Hit all the right spots
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from Realportlandtour, Owner at The Real Portland Tour: City & 3 Lighthouses Historical Tour with a Real Local
Responded 9 Apr 2020
Thanks so much for the great review! I take pride in giving a knowledgeable and entertaining tour of my hometown, and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it! Also glad to hear you appreciated the ease of getting on and off my tour vehicle. Thanks again for writing a review, and hope to see you again!
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Noah F wrote a review Mar 2020
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My girlfriend and I had a great time on the tour. Our tour guide was very charismatic, funny and knowledgeable of Portland and it’s history(he has a masters of library science). Would highly recommend this tour to get a good feel of the city, learn more about the city and see
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Realportlandtour, Owner at The Real Portland Tour: City & 3 Lighthouses Historical Tour with a Real Local
Responded 9 Apr 2020
Thanks for the excellent review! Glad to hear you appreciated all the humor and history, and yes, I am indeed proud to be a librarian too! I take pride in giving an entertaining and informative tour of my hometown, and it's great to hear you enjoyed it so much! Thanks again for taking the time to write a review, I really appreciate it! Hope to see you again in Portland!
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Maddy38 wrote a review Dec 2019
New York City, New York3 contributions
We have had two experiences with Derek and The Real Portland Tour, and we recommend it highly. Derek is a careful and attentive driver, yet he manages to maintain a lively, informative commentary and answer questions patiently and thoughtfully. He is clearly proud of Portland,
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Realportlandtour, Owner at The Real Portland Tour: City & 3 Lighthouses Historical Tour with a Real Local
Responded 1 Jan 2020
Thanks so much for the excellent review! It's always great to have repeat customers! Thank you for your support! Happy to hear you appreciated my attentive driving, and found my tour to be entertaining and informative! Being as I am also a college librarian, I always enjoy answering questions, and I'm glad to hear you appreciated that too! I am indeed proud of my hometown! Thanks again, and hope to see you again in Portland!
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Bridget N wrote a review Nov 2019
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Packed a ton of history and facts in a short amount of time. Great tour, especially in the colder months.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Realportlandtour, Owner at The Real Portland Tour: City & 3 Lighthouses Historical Tour with a Real Local
Responded 19 Nov 2019
Thanks for the great review! Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour, and appreciated all the history! I take pride in giving an informative and entertaining tour of my hometown, and I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it! Hope to see you again in Portland!
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About the operator

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Elena D
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A real Portland experience
A very brilliant tour guide, he really knows the town and every corner. We really enjoyed every moment
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TheJetStream
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ONE OF THE MOST INFORMATIVE AND ENTERTAINING TOURS WE HAVE EVER DONE
The title of this review pretty much says it all. If you want to do this tour try to book well in advance, the word
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asalvaggio1224
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Highly Recommended
Derek is awesome! Extremely knowledgeable about the city of Portland ME. Lots of fun and interesting facts! Highly
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Coastal750022
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Real Portland Tour
This was by far the best tour in Portland. Our guide was extremely informative, funny and just made the tour fun!
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cakemakerquilter
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The Real Portland Tour
The tour was great and Derrick is an amazing guide. He's funny and extremely knowledgeable about the area. The t
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grasshoffg
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Best tour we have ever had!
If I could give more than 5 stars I would! My wife and I had a wonderful time doing the the real Portland tour! The
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tinathorn69
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Real Portland tour was real good
Highly recommend this tour, full of information about local sites, wonderful stops at lighthouses and very personab
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tinalou2012
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Fun Tour
This was a great tour. Very informative and our tour guide was hilarious! I would highly recommend this tour.
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goutezz
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Great info & insight
He did a fantastic job & was very knowledgeable about the area & the great things for us to see. We REALLY ENJOYED
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haydenhafner
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Excellent Tour of Portland
Tour guide is very knowledgeable of Portland history and adds humor to make his presentation very delightful.
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dreagan63
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Portland Tour
Good informative tour! Very enjoyable and good way to see some highlights of the city. I would definitely recommend
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Kristin G
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Excellent tour
Derek was very knowledgeable and able to communicate interesting details about the sites we visited. Would definit
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Bedazzled1
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Tour was excellent
Our tour with Derek was more than wonderful. He is very knowledgeable, very professional, has a nice comfy van, and
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RoseFredericksburg
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Best Ever in Portland
Tour Guide was phenomenal, knowledgeable and very conscientious of what we wanted to see. Absolutely fabulous!!
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Nancy H
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Personal and "local" tour of Portland and the LIghthouses
We loved this tour. It was less than 2 hours but we saw all the highlights and never felt rushed. Derek is almost a
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  • Duration: 1h 45m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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