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Hi, we're a couple in our late 20's going on the Treasure of the Mediterranean cruise this Saturday 8th Oct) calling at Palma, Trapani, Naples, Rome, Ajaccio, Palamos, Palma. If anyone has been on this cruise before, are there any excursions you would recommend? Are there any of these ports where you would recommend an excursion over just getting off the boat for a wander? Any tips for trips we could do ourselves rather than the official organised one?
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Submitted by - Templeton, Glasgow - United Kingdom on 6th Oct 2011 / Subject - Thomson Cruises mediterranean Excursions
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Comment by Lewis, Stockton (08 Oct 11 18:31) about a QUESTION by Templeton (06 Oct 11 14:56)
I Rome we took a ship's cruise. Expensive but for a first tiem to Rome they new axactly where to go and also huge quies at the Vaticon (one hour wait) also meant that we walked straight in because it had been pre booked. In Naples, we took a Capri trip a couple of weeks ago and again took a cruise ship trip which meant we saw a bit more of Capri than just the port and top of the cable car. Two years ago, again in Naples, we took the Sorrento. Amalfi trip and I must say it was excellent with a stop at beautiful cliff side hotel for lunch (although many hotels in the Sorrento area close in Mid October until the spring.0
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Comment by Moffat, Kirkcaldy (08 Oct 11 12:07) about a QUESTION by Templeton (06 Oct 11 14:56)
Hi when you go to civitavecchia you will be bused to the port gates complimentry you then turn right and walk for about 5-10 minutes to the railway station, follow the crowds. when you get there you purchase a return ticket to rome for about 9 euros which includes the metro underground when in rome allow a little extra coming back cause trains sometimes dont stick to timetables and the platform is probably the furthest one away . rather than waiting a a big queue at the ticket office go past and into the small cafe/shop and get your ticket there and remember to validate your ticket in the machines in the concourse or on the platform cause if caught you will be detained and you cuold miss the boat. we got the underground to the colosseum and crossed the road and a guide asked us if we would like to take a tour of the colosseum and after a tour of the palatzio at the back of it. I would strongly recommend this as it was very imformative and is usually done by history students we learned alot about the vatican taken all the marble ect and putting it in there. we then made our wayup through to the spanish steps then the trevi fountain but all this is a bit neat for getting back so plan well. the year before we took the transfer to rome from the boat and it cost about $80 each. At naples we went up to the museum which holds all the artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum which is huge and still never seen it all in a day all the treasures and gold down to the basic dentist tools used at the time , very interesting.
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Comment by Lawson, Pinner (07 Oct 11 18:18) about a QUESTION by Templeton (06 Oct 11 14:56)
Naples port is at the bottom of the city, so all sorts of excursions are easy to do on your own. You could take a ferry or hydrofoil to Capri or Ischia, or even to resorts like Sorrento. You could walk into town to the main station, where you can take the Circumvesuviana train direct to Sorrento, Herculaneum or Pompeii. You could wander around Naples. There's nothing to be afraid of, but make sure you leave any flashy jewellery on the ship (and that includes Rolex watches etc). There are historical places of interest to visit, or you could just browse the local shops along the Via Toledo and round about. You can also take the funicular train up to the highest part of the city, and wander round the shops there. Whatever you do, don't forget to stop for a Pizza. Naples is the home of pizzas and you won't be hard pressed to find a good one. Steer clear of the designer shops, unless you really want to splurge, there is far more reasonable shopping to be done. You can catch a train into Rome from the port at Civitavecchia. Just as long as you have a good guide book you can choose your own places to visit, but once in the centre most of the main sights such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the main shopping in the Via Frattini or Via Condotti or along the Via del Corso or within walking distance of each other. The Colosseum is a must and I'd also recommend the Baths of Caracalla and the Circus Maximus. If you need to travel around, use the bus. Tickets are 1 Euro, available from news stands and tobacconists and for that money you get 75 minutes of travel. However the Romans don't bother validating their tickets when they get on the buses, so if you copy them you'll be able to re-use the tickets too.
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Comment by Guy, Halifax (07 Oct 11 10:04) about a QUESTION by Templeton (06 Oct 11 14:56)
The other thing you can do from Naples if history isn't your thing, is get the hydrofoil to Capri. If you moor where we did it's just across the pier.
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Comment by Solender, Royston (07 Oct 11 09:48) about a QUESTION by Templeton (06 Oct 11 14:56)
Ajaccio - the little train, which is highly recommended, www.petit-train-ajaccio.com Or you could go on the tourist bus www.ajacciovision.fr There are a lot of memories of Napoleon here! I would echo the views of ms Rae with respect to Pompeii - you will need an accredited guide to bring the whole thing alive - the Italians are very good at the history and stories around it all.
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Comment by Taylor, Loughborough (06 Oct 11 19:49) about a QUESTION by Templeton (06 Oct 11 14:56)
Corsica is one place where you are confined to the town (Ajaccio is a very pleasant town) unless you take the ship's trips. If there is a trip to the Prunelli Gorges, I can recommend that as a kind of microcosm of Corsica.
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Comment by Rae, Walton-on-Thames (06 Oct 11 16:53) about a QUESTION by Templeton (06 Oct 11 14:56)
In Ajaccio, you can just wander in to town from the ship. There is one of those little road trains which you can take for a tour of the town and out along the coast road. Also I believe a bus which does the same. I think there is a ho-ho bus in Naples, but most people want to go to Pompeii. We went on a tour, but you can go by train. However, a guide is helpful here. Rome from Civitavecchia is iften discussed on here, if you go back through a few pages - but basically you can go by train if you want. Never been to Palamos or Trapani, but they sound like 'wandering' sort of places!
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Question by Smith, Birmingham (30 Jul 13 22:11) about a COMMENT by Rae (06 Oct 11 16:53)
We are doing Trapani and Palamos , and Calvi Corsica. And Sorrento this September on the Dream. Would love to know how you got on at any of these places , particularly need to know if we can get to amywhere/any place, cafes, shops etc straight from tje dock as i walk with stick or crutches. If not can you recall if taxis or buses are available near the ship? PS did you do any organised tours?
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Question by Newitt, Northampton (17 Jan 12 16:22) about a COMMENT by Rae (06 Oct 11 16:53)
were can you get the road train from and how much does it cost we are going at the end of may
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Answer by Rae, Walton-on-Thames (17 Jan 12 23:24) to a QUESTION by Newitt (17 Jan 12 16:22)
Place Foch by the seafront, short walk from ship. See http://www.petit-train-ajaccio.com/ajaccio/loisirs/circuit2_en.htm for map. Big square with statue of Napoleon. Buy train ticket from kiosk there. 90 minute circuit 10 euros.
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