Patterson - Answered a Question by Williams (22 Nov 08 17:28)

The train service from Cannes to Monaco is excellent.. you could almost set your watch by it! There are frequent trains stretching the full length of the French Riviera and the prices are very cost effective. The process of buying your ticket to the conclusion of your journey is very easy. Enjoy!

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Williams (22 Nov 08 20:47)

You have the answer to the cannes/Monaco bit and for the rest may I suggest that you go the "Find a Question" box at the top of the page and under Keyword write "Pisa". You will get a huge amount of information about Pisa and the way to get there from that, far more than I could write down here. You could do the same for Rome, if you are stopping there, you'll find that one is a doddle as well. .... Neil.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Williams (22 Nov 08 21:01)

A great book to have is Rick Steves Europe .

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Jones - Answered a Question by Williams (23 Nov 08 08:24)

Travelled on this line a couple of years ago taking the journey from Villefranche to Nice. Prices may have gone up a little since then but from recollection it was about 2 Euros eachway. Excellent value and a good frequent service - you save a small fortune when compared to the organised trips. In my opinion this is one of the easiest options available on the Med cruise circuit. Don't know if you are calling a Naples but, there too, the ships excursions to the usual destinations the Amalfi Coast, Pompei etc are all duplication by cheaper alternatives readily booked on the promenade adjacent to the cruise terminal. Always give yourself a good margin in time to get back but real savings can bbe achieved.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by Williams (23 Nov 08 09:43)

No need to do any shoreexcursions - all it needs isa bit of research. If you use a browser and type in the words 'message and cruise and europe' - of the results returned you need approx 3rd link down that begins with the word Europe.

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Mansfield - Answered a Question by Williams (23 Nov 08 10:07)

You are well informed. there are loads of trains and busses. we are tending more and more to eschew the offered excursions in favour of DIY.

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Williams - Answered a Question by Williams (23 Nov 08 11:18)

Thanks for all your responses - and so quick. We will definitely do the Cannes - Monte Carlo trip ourselves now, everyone makes it sound so easy. When we first booked the cruise, got alll excited at the sound of the shore excursions, but even in the travel agency someone sitting at the next desk advised us against the trip to Seville, he said Cadiz was well worth exploring, easy on foot and the Cathedral was not to be missed. So that was our first gem of advice. I seem to have wittled down our list now to the Rome excursion and possibly half day to Pisa. I have read some comments on train/bus services to Rome and it seems a bit daunting. Perhaps us virgin cruisers should stick to the organised trip for that, as it seems quite a long journey, would we be looking at our watches and worrying about getting back!! Nice to know that so many helpful people do respond. MANY THANKS.

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Wilba - replied to Williams (23 Nov 08 12:48)

Google Trenitalia ...it comes up in english so you can pre plan & time your journey to perfection based on the excellent info already provided below ...Regards Wilba.

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Ingle - replied to Wilba (23 Nov 08 16:45)

Isn't Trenitalia just for Italy?

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Wilba - replied to Ingle (23 Nov 08 16:59)

Hello Brian. I know what you mean but no it gives the times in English & is very easy to use for that journey. Try it! Regards Wilba.

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