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King - Answered a Question by cottle (09 Sep 07 17:56)

Ship great, lots to do. Didn't go on ships excursions - bit expensive for 4 of us. We did get off the ship everyday and explore the local area. Ports:- LIMASSOL - can buy tickets for the ships shuttle bus but very pricey. If you go through port building, through taxis, follow the sheltered walkway to a bus stop and catch the bus (number 12 I think) for 80 cyprus cents each to Limassol. Also easy to catch bus back. Not alot to do there, few shops but good to have a nosey if you've never been. RHODES - beautiful place. Leave the ship and few minutes walk to a walled city with lots of character, shops, bars etc. Cobbled floors, no cars. Further round the port is a small market, artists, marina etc. TURKEY - few minutes walk into town, lots of bargains if you can put up with them all wanting you to go into their shop. We got a bit fed up of this, it was extremely hot too! SANTORINI - great laugh. Took cable car to top of mountain 4 euros pp each way - fast! Pretty little town with lovely views. Walked back down the 600 'steps' (shiny, slippery cobbled but wide steps) shared by donkeys! Seemed to take forever. You can ride a donkey up or down but were asked not to as they aren't treated very well and the smell....!! MYKONOS - we caught the ships shuttle bus for about Ł6 each return. Could walk to the town in about 45mins but road a bit dangerous and no pathways. Also no taxis here. Maps of the area are included in the ships daily newsletter.

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Walker - Answered a Question by cottle (21 Jan 08 19:11)

We didn't do any ship excursions either as it was the first time for us in the Greek Isles so we just wanted to explore each port. Limassol - catch public transport bus as previously advised. They take Euros so don't need Cyprus pounds. Not much to see - walk along the prom, visit the castle, browse the shops. Rhodes - World Heritage Site. Absolutely georgeous, extremely easy to walk from the ship. Kusadasi - easy to walk from ship. Very hot so had to buy thin blouse & shirt to change into. Not much to see except shops. Mykonos - we walked but it wasn't a good walk. No pavement & very dusty, cars/buses/lorries passing too close for comfort so caught public transport back. Mykonos is very pretty - watch out for the pelicans in the town. If you can't see them, ask the locals where they are. You can catch a ferry over to Delos where there are loads of ruins (and lizards) to see. Santorini - unfortunately we were unable to visit as the sea was a bit choppy and the captain decided it wasn't safe for the tenders. Lots of people moaning as we had an extra day on board but obviously safety comes first. Heraklion - busy city, too much traffic around the town, not too bad to walk from the port though. Nice around the harbour. Can catch public transport to Knossos - very hot! Santorini - .

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