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The Real Portland Tour: City & 3 Lighthouses Historical Tour with a Real Local

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    Pass By: Commercial Street, Portland, ME

    We start at historic Commercial Street, the heart of Portland's working waterfront. See original cobblestone and brick that was laid in the 1850s.

    Pass By: United States Custom House, 312 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4110

    See one of the most beautiful granite buildings in all of Portland.

    Pass By: Fort Allen Park, Maine

    We'll drive through Fort Allen Park and get a majestic view of Casco Bay and its Calendar Islands. Also get up close views of memorials from the Civil War, Spanish American War, and WWII located in the park.

    Pass By: Eastern Promenade, Portland, ME 04101

    You'll see the Victorian era homes once owned by sea captains and merchants that line the Eastern Promenade, as well as Eastern Promenade Park which offers endless views of Casco Bay, islands, and forts.

    Pass By: Portland Observatory, 138 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3608

    We'll get a great view of the only remaining maritime signal tower in the U.S.

    Pass By: Eastern Cemetery, 224 Congress St Mountfort St., Portland, ME 04101-3639

    Hear about the legends and lore regarding the oldest cemetery in Portland, first established in 1668.

    Pass By: Congress Street, Portland, ME

    One of the busiest streets in all of Maine, we'll see Portland's eclectic downtown, Monument Square, and arts district.

    Pass By: The Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3638

    The neo-Gothic architecture of this cathedral built in 1869 dominates the skyline of Portland.

    Pass By: The First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3505

    This church is the oldest in Portland, and you'll learn about its rich history.

    Pass By: Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414

    See the home where Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow grew up and wrote his early poetry.

    Pass By: Arts District, Congress Street, Portland, ME

    We'll tour the center of downtown Portland, and its highly acclaimed Arts District.

    Pass By: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Sq, Portland, ME 04101-1119

    See one of the finest art museums in New England, and learn about its exhibits.

    Pass By: One Longfellow Square, 181 State St, Portland, ME 04101-3701

    See the statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born in Portland in 1807.

    Pass By: Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101-4504

    Get an up close view of the Victoria Mansion, the finest example in the country of a 19th century Italianate brownstone.

    Pass By: Fort Williams Park, 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916

    We enter one of the most beautiful parks in the state, Fort Williams Park, and drive to Portland Head Light (located in the park) where you will be let off to explore.

    Stop At: Portland Head Light, 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916

    This iconic lighthouse located within Fort Williams Park is the most photographed lighthouse in the country. Walk right up to the lighthouse, explore Fort Williams Park, and take in the views of Maine's rugged, rocky coastline.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Fort Preble, South Portland, ME

    Get an up close view of Fort Preble (one of the oldest forts in Casco Bay) and learn about its storied history.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, 2 Fort Rd Southern Maine Community College Campus, South Portland, ME 04106-1611

    Get out for a photo of Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, and its 900 foot long breakwater connecting it to the shore.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Pass By: Bug Light Park, South Portland Greenbelt Pathway, South Portland, ME 04106

    Enjoy panoramic views of the Portland skyline from this beautiful park that sits directly across the bay from Portland.

    Pass By: Liberty Ship Memorial, Bug Light Park 0 Madison St, South Portland, ME 04106

    Get an up close view of the Liberty Ship Memorial, and learn about the thousands of shipbuilders who worked here during WWII.

    Stop At: Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Bug Light Park End of Madison Avenue, South Portland, ME 04106

    Get a photo of Portland Breakwater Light (affectionately called "Bug Light" because of its small size).

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Pass By: John Ford Statue, Gorhams Corner, Portland, ME 04101

    Get an up close view of this statue dedicated to one of the most distinguished movie directors in history, and learn about his connections to his hometown of Portland.

    Pass By: Old Port, Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101

    See the center of the bustling downtown/waterfront district known as the Old Port. Learn the history of this vibrant area of Portland that is home to countless eclectic shops, businesses, and world class restaurants and bars.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    96 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews tour guide take pictures great sense of humor great tour the real deal home town highly recommend this tour to anyone wealth of knowledge the owner small group points of interest sound system enjoyable tour history buff great job lay of the land lots of fun
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    We loved this tour. Our guide gave us great insights into the history of Portland and used humor in his presentation too! He was available to answer any questions and the timing of the two stops was perfect. We even spent time talking with his...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Deb H
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    Our tour guide was one of the best! Funny, good historian, punctual and easy to find pick up point and directions for parking options, good sound system, clean and comfortable van, allowed for short walks at the lighthouses. A great start to our Portland tour!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Susan G
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    Great tour of the city and some lighthouses. The guide owns the business and is a hometown boy. He knows the history and makes it fun. The only issue is he uses a large van/bus and if it's full, it's a bit tight but still...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank terryweaver2
    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    Great tour guide. I thought two of the lighthouses were kind of disappointing because of the size, but the rest of the tour was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the city and history.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank laurend186
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    My wife son and I loved the tour it was a great way to start off our visit to Portland. We learned a lot about Portland history and saw many great sites and neighborhoods. It was nice to have a guide that grew up in...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank S2066IRjohnl
    Realportlandtour, Owner at The Real Portland Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thanks so much for the great review! Glad you were able to learn a lot and enjoyed all the sights! I do indeed enjoy showing off my beautiful hometown! Thanks again, and hope to see you again in Portland!

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    8 September 2019|
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    Response from Pamela S | Reviewed this property |
    There are two stops to see lighthouses for approximately 1/2 hour each otherwise you tour city in the van. You can walk as close to lighthouses as you wish.
    7 September 2019|
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    Response from Nava1203 | Reviewed this property |
    easily walking distance (maybe 2 blocks)
    1 September 2019|
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    Response from Joy M | Reviewed this property |
    No..they pick up in old port but it is walking distance or short uber ride from hotel.
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