finch - Answered a Question by GREEN (14 Aug 08 16:38)

These are great ports which do not usually see as they always put in the few tourist trap ones. If you had to miss any out I would miss Olbia and at a push Taormina the others are fantastic - enjoy!!!

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Wilba - replied to finch (14 Aug 08 17:23)

Can't agree with missing out Taormina, we all thought it was a wonderful little place & the next time in Messina we will be grabbing a cab for a revisit. It just goes to show we all favor different things. Whatever you do enjoy it. Regards .

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DODD - Answered a Question by GREEN (14 Aug 08 19:03)

We did the best of Italy cruise in May. We took tours in Bari, Split,Ravenna, Taormina & livorno. The Bari/Trani tour was the most disappointing of all, not a lot to see. The guests who did the full day unesco site tour had a good time. We then did the highlights of Split tour, we enjoyed it very much, the tour was very informative. In Venice we booked tours independantly which i would reccomend (with tickitaly). Again in Ravenna we did the mosaic tour, we loved this one. Fabulous place!! My favourite tour of all was in Taormina, where we did the full day taormina & mt Etna. It was brilliant in our oppinion. Sorrento we got the trian to pompei & vesuvius, which was very easy. We had a wonderful time. On the 2nd day in Sorrento we got the red tour bus. Olbia was quite a disappointment, so we made for a wine cellar to taste the local brew. Livorno,1st day we got the train to florence, easy again, absolutely fantastic!!! 2nd day we took the essence of pisa tour which we enjoyed very much. This was a wonderful itenary, enjoy yourselves.

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GREEN - replied to DODD (17 Aug 08 15:58)

Thank you for your reply. How did you do the Red Bus Tour in Sorrento and what is it? In Ravenna we fancy doing our own DIY walking combo of tours 02,05 and 06 i.e. walking round Ravenna - do you think that's a good idea or better to do the Ravenna and Mosaics tour 05 you did? The Azamara tours seem VERY expensive, even though we normally take lots of ship excursions - do you think they are marked up more than other cruise companies? We fancy the Full day Mount Etna and wine as it goes much higher up Mt Etna - did you hear any feedback? Is it possible to get to Taormina on your own from the ship - walk? Re Olbia recommend doing tour of Emerald coast? Full or half day-again very expensive, but best option here? Thanks again for all your help.

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McAdam - replied to GREEN (19 Aug 08 13:11)

We have just been on the Island Star and did the half day excursion to the Emerald Coast. We thought it was very enjoyable and worth the money. this was the only excursion we did.

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