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Old September 30th, 2009, 02:52 PM
blukoff blukoff is offline
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Default Re: First Cruise in the Mediterranean..Please help

Originally Posted by paz23
Does anyone have any suggestions for excursions or general help? I am going on the Brillance of the Seas, 12 day cruise departing from Barcelona May 1. I have never been to europe, and I am reaching out for some ideas amd advice...

The ports are:
Nice, France
Florence, Italy
Ephesus/Kusadasi, Turkey
Santorini, Greece
Naples, Italy
I just got off the 12-day eastern Med cruise (wonderful honeymoon!) so we only have Rome, Athens, Kusadasi, and Naples in common. The Pompeii (Naples) and Ephesus (Kusadasi) tours were worth it. We did Biblical Ephesus, which comes with a very nice lunch. Be careful at the Turkish carpet demonstration at the end, though — the salesmen are VERY high-pressure.

You could take an excursion in Athens, but we just took the train into town from Piraeus and went up to the Acropolis ourselves. Same deal in Rome. Basically, we took excursions in places where we thought a tour would be useful/instructive (Pompeii, Ephesus) or where we didn't want to try to arrange our own (Ephesus, Egypt).

Lucky you for going to Santorini. We went to Mykonos, Corfu, and Rhodes, but our itinerary didn't involve Santorini. I hear it's wonderful.
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