In many ports you can pick up a local tour guide in a minivan right as you depart the ship at a much more reasonable cost than a ship's tour. Can anyone tell me if you can do that in Lisbon, Barcelona, and/or Livorno? The guides whose websites I have seen appear very pricey, and I don't know if we will be able to find anyone prior to or onboard the ship to share the tour expenses. I am traveling with my mother who is 86 years old, and she wants very little walking involved in her sightseeing so I have to be a little more careful. Thanks for any suggestions anyone has.
Margie in Houston
sailing April 16, 2005 out of Galveston
In Barcelona you can walk from the port to La Rambla which is the main shopping street in Barcelona. When you're at the end of this street there's a square with several doubledecker tourbus agencies who can travel you to all the touristic areas in Barcelona.
Once you get out you can stay at a stop as long as you want and when you're done just enter another bus to continue the tour.
There are 2 lines for each agency, a red line and a blue line, both going to different attractions.
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Thanks so much for the advice, Frank. Exactly what I was looking for. Sounds like a hop-on hop-off bus which we have used in other places quite well.
Any info on a possible Cannes to Monaco trip? We are in port from 8 am to 6pm and want to visit Monace and the casino, with possibly a stop or two on the way. Nothing over four hours probably. Thanks for any info someone might have.
Those hop-on hop-off busses in Barcelona are great and definately visits every touristic spot in the city, so you can't miss a thing, only when you have a lack of time
I've been to Cannes by car from Holland and we also drove to Monaco.
If you really want to go to Monaco when you're in Cannes and stop at several oher places on the way I would suggest renting a car in Cannes which wouldn't be a big problem.
You can go by using small inland roads close to the coast, but these roads are most of the times very busy and it would take you ages to get into Monaco.
When you use the highway you'll be there in less then an hour.
Fact is when you go in the French highways you definately got to pay some road taxes.
Once in Monaco it isn't hard to find the casino and you'll have a great time exploring the city.
I'll have a look later on to see if there's any nice places to visit on your way to Monaco.
Thanks, Frank. You are a font of information! I have a young French friend who was in Monaco over Christmas, and she says driving in Monaco is a nightmare, and that finding a place to park is even worse. Your opinion? I don't mind renting a car at all, but don't want to get stuck not finding a place to put it when arriving in Monaco. Someone else suggested just taking a taxi, but that sounds fairly pricey.