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Joining others on private tours can be a much better deal than the ship's offerings. I'm planning one. Join our roll call for the June 21, 2009—Rome to Venice at cruise critic. You will need to register to view the roll call section.
I need a few more people to join us on a private tour of Florence and Pisa with a stop at a Chianti winery, Fattoria San Michele a Torri Firenze. Museum (i.e., Uffizzi Gallery, Accademia) reservations can be made for us in advance to avoid lines. If you prefer you can skip the museums and do something else in Florence. We will have a driver to take us where we want.
This is the first trip to Florence and Pisa for my wife and me so I wanted to make sure we are able to see the famous sites. This should be an excellent opportunity for others to see the sites with the added benefit of having our own private driver. This should be much better than being on a bus with a lot of other people. Also, less expensive! If we get three other couples to join us, the cost will be about $99 per person, a little more if we only get two additional couples. Either way it will still be a much better deal than the ship’s. (The above price does not include entrance fees, meals, or tips. A light wine tasting is, however, included in the price.) I may be wrong, but I don’t believe the ship is even offering the combination of Florence, Pisa, and a winery stop. Here’s your chance to see the famous sites and tour a winery in a region known for its wine.
Anyone interested? I’ll be happy to answer any questions.
My tour is now full. However, I would like to point out that GiGi & Skipper has a great Ephesus tour going...It covers the Ephesus terrace houses, Hadrian Temple, Scolastica Bath, Trajan Fountain, Celceus Library, etc. Then up to see Mary's shrine in the Nightingale mountain, opt. lunch break, then Temple of Artemis & Ilyas mosque. Includes a/c mini-van, guide, all entrance fees & parking fees, p/u and drop off at Kusadasi harbor (lunch not included).
They are also organizing an Athens walking tour. This a great tour if you don't want to be on a bus all day. It is inexpensive and better than trying to do Athens on your own. This way you get a knowledgeable, qualified, and licensed guide to show you around. We are planning on taking the metro from the port into Athens. Other transportation is also possible. The tour last three hours and finishes around 12:30. So there will be plenty of free time to explore the Plaka area. We might grab something to eat and do a little shopping. I would like to extend an invitation for other people on our cruise to join us!