My husband and I will be taking our first cruise on the Grand Princess Oct 17 - 29 beginning in Barcelona and ending in Venice. We'll arrive early in Barcelona and stay at the Hotel Colon with a Cathedral view. We will go from there to Marseille, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Naples, Mykonos, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Athens and end in Venice, where we will stay for an extra day.
I've read numerous posts suggesting private tours over cruise ship shore excursions. Because we hope to see as much as possible on our trip, are private tours a better way to go. How do they compare in price?
Can readers please recommend companies they've used? Likewise, please let me know which ones NOT to use.
I realize that we certainly can't see all of Rome in only a day, but we'd love to spend most of our time at the Vatican . . . can private tours be arranged through the Vatican website? Is it difficult to purchase tickets in advance?
If anyone has been on this cruise at this time of the year, please advise us as to the weather and crowds.
Thanks very much!