I'm cruising the Grandeur in August and need some info on the shore tours. You can get the details on the pricing and the tour itself at www.rccl.com but i want the 'real deal' from someone not affiliated with the company. I want to know if the tours are worth the money or if you can get the same tour from the 'locals' for less like you can in the Caribbean?
I am sure that you could go to Ephesus cheaper, but as I recall the tour was only about $30. It is certainly a must see, and I would not go without a guide, because the explanation of what you are seeing is a must.
In Greece a city tour to the Parthenon is a must, and again, that tour was reasonable. I was told that the day tours out into the countryside were really not worth it. If you wanted to skip the city tour, you could certainly just take a cab to the parthenon. Afterwards there is an excellent outdoor shopping district (I can't remember the name). Enjoy!!!!!!
We followed message board recommendation for a local tour company for our private tours on visit to Ephesus. Could not have been more pleased. They took us to many spots and treated us like treasured friends. If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me firstname.lastname@example.org