I have done a lot of research and found a couple great shore tours lined up and looking for 3-4 others to share cost. You travel in nice, A/C vehicles, with English speaking guide, and see much more than the cruise line tours, and it's still less expensive. Please let me know if you are interested. Right now I have ready Villefranche (Nice, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Eze, etc!) and Naples (Pompeii, Sorrento, Amalfi coast, and more). Nothing against the ship tours, but overall I will see far more not being on large bus, and you can customize the cruise tours. I am trying to include quite a bit in a full day tour - don't want to miss anything! We pay on tour, not in advance, but need to commit to the tour operators so we get the best. Let me hear if you are interested. I am still working on the other ports.