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I dont have much to spend ashore what are the best things for me to do in livorno,genoa.marselles.valencia,ajeccio,civatavecchia,santa margheritaand villafranche i have done rome florence and pompei before.
Submitted by - , Leeds - United Kingdom / Subject - Island Cruises mediterranean Excursions
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Answer by , nottingham (07 Oct 08 09:04) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
In Marseilles, for very little you can catch the train touristique and enjoy a city tour, the large basilica which you see from every point in the city is even visited (entrance free) from the terrace up there you have a fantastic panoramic view over the whole city and port area, trains run from Vieux port which when we visited was the terminus of the coach shuttle from the dock. You can also take an open top city tour(with english commentary) in Ajaccio which also takes you on a city tour and then along the coast road for about 5/6 miles along some of the prettiest coastline that is around, other than that there is the Napolean birthplce which is practically in the city centre and easily reached on foot from the port as is the tourist open top bus. Ajaccio is a lovely port and cruise ships dock almost in the city centre which makes acces to and from the shops very easy if all you want is a stroll, which is very often all that we require. You will find city open top buses in almost all major cities of europe, we have used these informative and enjoyable ways of cheaply seeing cities in Rome, Naples, Palermo, Palma, Funchal, malaga and of course Barcelona where there are four interchangeable routes that take in all the major tourist places. I hope you find my advice helpful and enjoy your cruise...........Gordy at the Shrews .
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Answer by , Manchester (06 Oct 08 16:06) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
Just returned from Med cruise - Civit for Rome - catch the train 10 mins easy walk along the sea front from Port - 9Euros return and covers travel on the Metro as well. Used the open top bus 18euros - 13 for Pensioners just get on and off as you please all day. Livorno - used shuttle to town then the train to both Pisa and Florence very cheap! Villefranche is easy as well - train to Nice, Monaco and Monte Carlo. Haven't been to the other places.
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Answer by , tamworth (06 Oct 08 08:37) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
We went to Villefranche in August. We took a train into Monte Carlo, which was beautiful, lovely harbour and superb boats and lots to wander round to see. You can get the same train going the opposite way and go into Nice. The train fare is modest and easily accomplished. we did stop for a drink in a bar overlooking the sea in villefranche on our return very pretty little town.
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Answer by , Plonevez Du Faou, France (05 Oct 08 20:25) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
From Livorno and Civi, hire a car - can be done on net in advance. From Livorno, go to Pisa or Lucca, from both of them, head into the Tuscan hills/lakes. Car hire around 50 euro a day - it's for nothing! Villefranche - either train to Nice or just walk around the town. Santa Margherita - boat trip around the headland to Portofino - beautiful. When you say 'you don't have much time ashore'...you have as much time as everyone else!!! Just don't take any notice of the IDIOT who has wasted his own time, and ours, by telling you to 'stay on board and have a coffee' - they should just have stayed at home, period! Seriously, on our first Civi stop we did Rome, all in a day and fantastic, but without staying for a week, wouldn't want to do it again. Pisa OK but otherwise a dirty town. Last trip, this year, Ventura maiden voyage, did the two car hires and the difference was amazing - we do live in France so have no probs driving on the 'wrong side' but if you've done it before then it is worth it - take a satnav, invaluable, and have two fantastic days. Just remembered - Tuscania from Livorno was great, driving in countryside, discovered Sassa - miles up in the air on a huge hill, one local shop for picnic goodies, overlooking the valley...sublime!! Enjoy!!
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Answer by , yr (05 Oct 08 14:40) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
Villefranche -you can go easily by train to Nice (10 mins) or Monaco/Monte Carlo (20mins) and very cheap. Walk out of terminal and along the promenade and you will see the signs for the station again very easy. in Livorno there is a market (openair) where prices are much more reasonable thatn shops - it looks like a fruit and veg market but when you walk through this you will find a whole variety of things.
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Answer by , peterlee (05 Oct 08 11:47) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
We went to these places when we were on our cruise and it wasn't expensive at all no more than going into any other English town TO DO SHOPPING so just try and do your conversions happy holiday.
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Answer by , GRAVESEND (04 Oct 08 22:04) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
We visited Ajeccio and Marseilles last October. We went ashore on a tender boat not much to do here. A short walk takes you to a good beach and we also went on the tour bus pick up point at the dockside. It takes about an hour it wasn't expensive can't remember the exact cost. The boat docks away from Marseilles we went on the bus put on by Thomson if I remember rightly it was £5.00 return. It took us into Marseille port and we caught a little train which took us to a beautiful cathederal where you had amazing view overlooking Marseilles. It was only a few euros. Well worth doing. Hope this is helpful to you. Enjoy your cruise.
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Answer by , Falkirk (04 Oct 08 21:01) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
Marseille is beautiful and well worth a visit. We went recently with the Island Star and they laid on a shuttle bus from the ship into Marseille. It cost 7 euros, runs every 20 mins or so and you can use it as many times as you like. Just a few yards from where the bus drops you off you can get a hop on - hop off city tour bus which takes in all of the historic and archetectural sights The bus costs 18 euros and is fairly cheap compared to the excursion prices. I liked Genoa but wasn`t impressed with Livorno. Good luck on your cruise hope you enjoy yourself and look forward to reading your review.
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Answer by , Preston (04 Oct 08 20:41) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
Marsellies? Walk around the Vieux Port - lots of boats and stalls and bars - scene of French Connection 2. Then take the little train upto Notre Dame de la Gard - great views.
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Answer by , Elstree, Herts (04 Oct 08 16:42) to a QUESTION by ross (01 Oct 08 23:26)
- villefranche is easy, just walk into town, up the many hilly roadways. Very pretty. Civitavecchia = once out of the port,(you may be required to use shuttle bus) turn right, walk along for about 5-10 mins. Station on the left. Very easy to get to Rome, and cheap - worth doing more than once! about 30 mins to St. Peter's station. (San Pietro) Remember to validate your ticket BEFORE getting on trains which are quite frequent.
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