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Halden - Answered a Question by birch (06 May 08 11:09)

I have done 2 full day excursions to Rome, 1 by coach and 1 by mini-bus on 2 separate holidays After first (by coach) I was quite exhausted and felt quite ill with the heat and all the walking. The second by mini-bus was far superior, although much more expensive, I would definitely recommend this. The mini-buses can get much closer to sites and therefore there is less walking and we saw much more. This mini-bus excursion was from Ocean Village in 2003 - but I would see if something similar is on offer for you.

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Hopwood - Answered a Question by birch (02 May 08 17:58)

We did ez Rome via Sea Princees in May 2006, the coach trip takes about 1.5 hrs each way with a toilet stop en-route. The coach takes you round all the popular sights with a well versed guide (no stopping for pictures though). The coach then drops you off at the entrance to St Peters Square you have then about 2hrs to look round and maybe go into the Vatican, the coach picks you up at the same drop off point at an oppointed time. Yes good vaulue for money.

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Vockings - Answered a Question by birch (02 May 08 19:31)

We did Rome on Sea Princess but the Full Day Tour.They used Trumpy Tours for all the Italian excursions so you could try googling them.The walking was very brisk and there was a lot and you had to keep up or you would miss the information but it was a good tour with enough free time to look around as well.Definitely book a tour of some kind as it takes over an hour to get to Rome from Civitavecchia port and the traffic in Rome is awful!We had to wait half an hour at the roadside for the coach to reach us in the traffic to take us back to port so if you have difficulty walking/standing for long periods then this one probably isn't for you.Maybe they do a coach tour only?And its worth a full day as there's nothing worth seeing at the port.Hope this helps.

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Brown - Answered a Question by birch (02 May 08 20:01)

Hi you wont see alot on a half day trip as most of the time you will be traveling there and back ,best do full day but be prepared to be exhausted when you get back , dont try and book a taxi and do it yourself as its down to you to get back to the ship on time and it wont wait . if you want to see rome its best to go there on a fly and stay hotel break you will see far more and be able to admire what a fantastic city rome is . enjoy what ever you decide.

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Driscoll - Answered a Question by birch (02 May 08 22:45)

If this is the one from Civitavecchia, you are on the coach a long time (about 3 hours round trip to Rome plus a couple of hours round the city).If you have not been there, you see the major sites, but through the coach windows. The cheapest way is train for 9 Euros day ticket including travel to Rome plus buses/trams/metro in Rome, but this may not suit if you cannot walk easily.

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foster - Answered a Question by birch (03 May 08 06:59)

We did Rome with OV, it was all day and a lot of walking, until my legs just about dropped off. some parts are quite hilly, but if you do it back coach you will miss the best bits. I would say you need a week to see it all, so judge for yourself. The guides are brilliant but they do take some keeping up with (pace wise) Not sure if you did the tour on your own you would see enough, such as Colisseum you get priority thro' queues.

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Bailey - Answered a Question by birch (03 May 08 07:00)

I have done a similar excursion but not on Princess. If you are going to Rome from Civititecchia, you will not do it in half a day as it is a 2 hour bus ride. My excursion was 6+ hours and consisted a rest stop on the way in and out and a 2 hour tour round the city. I also do not walk well and would not have wanted to in Rome as there are lots of cobbles and everywhere was very busy .

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macro - Answered a Question by birch (03 May 08 07:01)

It is a very long journey to Rome. Save time by taking the train from the port and arranging you own personal guide (e mail tourist board or go to www.tripadvisor).Most can be done on the internet or through an agent. the time saved will leave you with more time in Rome and you get to see what YOU want to see at less cost. (go to princess.com for shore excursion details including prices by using your booking reference.) Sea Princess is lovely, say hi to Beckie in Premier Cru for me ! have a great tim.

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Rondell - Answered a Question by birch (03 May 08 13:23)

We did this last year. Its a very good trip takes in lots of the sights you want to see in Rome, oand is good value. As far as the vatican is concerned, the bus off loads you and then goes into an underground car park, where you pick it up. The walk to the vatican was about8/10 mins at our slow pace (my husband is disabled) then about 5 mins to walk across the square. The good thing was it wasnt rushed so we could do it at our own pac.

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Tutt - Answered a Question by birch (03 May 08 13:45)

Went to Rome on a day drip from a P & O ship, but have recently sailed on the Sea Princess in the Caribbean. Rome is an extraordinary place, one I am so pleased I have been able to visit. I am 57 years old now and wished I had seen it 20 years ago. The ships dock about 1 1/2 hours away from Rome so that is 3 hours in total travelling. There are so many cruise ship people and other tourists doing the sites so it gets crowded, but this doesnt detract from the splendour of standing outside the Colliseum and other famous landmarks. There is a lot of walking, and given the journey times and the need to see all of the sites, the pace can be exacting and hot. Make sure you take plenty of water with you and some really comfortable clothes and shoes. You come back feeling exhausted but also feeling glad - wouldnt have missed the experience for the world. A Tutt - Ashford Ken.

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