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If you use the review sites i.e.ship happens, a lot of people will take the time and write a very extensive review, thats how we found our own way around in Piza and saved ourselves nearly 100.00. For example if you buy a bus ticket in Barcelona you can ride around all day, getting on and off as you wish, my advice though is get the bus at the top of Le Rambles and use this as your focus point to change routes, it sound complicated, just spend a little time deciding on what you really want to see as it is a big place. We just enjoyed looking at all the fab building, O'h and the Cathedrial made me cry when I seen how breaktaking (no joke) it was, well worth the wait. The only other port I have been to is Gibralta, again we made our own way as we were only there for a few hours. very, very cheap to buy good, some tat, some not.Again my top tip is do your homework (geography) find out whats there, write to touris boards etc. Its what makes these holidays exciting, instead of sitting on hot coaches, waiting around etc. Yes they do rip you off. Hope this has helped, Hva a good hol.
Try booking a taxi on the quay side. Because my wife is confined to a wheelchair we always use the local taxis Flatter the driver a bit by telling him he knows the city/region and you want to see the best bits. limit the duration of the tour and arrange a price. You will not be disapointed and will probably pay a lot less in total.and see more than the local leatherfactory or winery!!
Take the orange bus tour in Barcelona and hire a taxi for a tour in Gib otherwise you will spend the entire time walking up a very short high street looking for the cheapest duty free fags/booze/cameras (delete as applicable) and not get any idea of the place.
Hi, I know what you mean about expensive shore excursions!! Barcelona the ship docks right in the centre, no problem there just get the city tour bus, Cannes again a short walk to the station and get the train to Monte Carlo for a few Euro,or of course see the port itself on foot. In Civitaveccia, the railway station is a 15 minute walk away and the train to Rome is about 11 euros, in Rome get the city tour bus, you can get on and off at all the sites. I can't remember what we did in Livorno, but I suspect we did the ships tour to Florence, haven't been to Elba, Alicante doesn't really warrant a tour and Gib the main street is straight ahead of you through the city gates if you want shopping, and it is well worth a trip up in the cable car and visit the caves. Hope some of that is some use to you, Have a great holiday. Jea.
My husband and I went on Arcadia earlier this year and went to several of ther ports you hsave mentioned. Barcelona, we did our own thing, good places to go iis Las Ramblas, the gaudi cathedral and the gaudi park, Las Ramblas you can walk to, the other two you can reach by tourist bus. Gibralter, we did the organised trip to the caves which are well worth a visit, this also includes seeing the monkeys which you have to do!!! Livorno, well worth the boat trip to Portafino a beautiful little place this also includes another delightful litte place the name of which I cannot remember. Civitavecchia (for Rome) again we did our own thing there but I felt it would have been better to have gone on an organised excursion as we spent too long on the tourist bus going from one place to another I feel it would have been better to have concentrated on less to appreciate it more. Cannot comment on the other places as we went to different places.
We hope whatever you decide, that you have a really good time as we did.
Sylvia and Denis Tarver
WE have just returned from a Med cruise and the cost of 'Rome by yourself' was 79 Euros per person. We took the free shuttle service from the coach into Civitavecchia and walked 5 minutes to the train station. The return cost into Rome is 9 Euros per person(4th July). After you get your ticket, before boarding the train, you need to have your ticket 'stamped' in a yellow ticket maching on the wall.The double decker train was clean, fast and air conditioned and we got off at the St Peter's stop, very close to the Vatican. It was great doind it on our own - not compelled to remain with a group if you wanted to look longer at a point of interest - and, to be honest, there are alwaays so many guides taking groups that if you wanted you could listen in for a couple of minutes! I'd definitely recommend going into Rome by train and doing your own thing.
In Barcelona try one of the local double decker tour buses. They operate from the terminal or close to the terminal depending where Arcadia docks. Ther are several routes, you can get on and off the bus as it goes around Barcleon.
Either get a group together and charter your own taxi, negotiating the price first, go on public transport - it can be done (don't be afraid, but leave plenty of time to come back) get your own taxi - or just walk!! Enjo.
My husband and I have been cruising at least once a year since 2002. We have only twice gone on organised tours - once for Pompeii because we wanted to be sure we made good use of our time there and once in Istanbul for similar reasons. The Pompeii tour was disappointing because we only visited the parts of the site where every other tour was and it was very crowded - made worse by the fact that we could see deserted streets round every corner. On the Istanbul tour all the passengers who participated got food poisoning from the lunch that was included.
We did a similar cruise to yours two years ago. We caught the train from Civitavecchia to Rome, it was very easy, cheap and punctual. Rome was interesting but hot and smelly in August. Another time we will probably stay in Civitavecchia, a very pretty seaside port.
Yes the prices are high. Reading your itineary at Barcelona do the rd bus yourelf. Cannes get the train to Monte Carlo and do it yourself, a great trip very scenic. Dont do GRASSE on the train as the timings are not good.
Citavechia you can do the train to Rome, but in view of the time to see as much as possible, the trip is worth the extra expense. The railway station is very central at both ends if yo go by train.
Livorno if youwant you can catch the train to either Pisa or Florence. Again it depends how much you want to see. Pisa is well worth doingon your own, but Florence is a little further, but the railway station is central.
Elba cannot comment not been there, but it is not that big. Alicante and Gibralter just do it on your own.
At least if you miss the boat at either Barcelona -Cittavechia always catch the boat up on the train!!!
Hve a great cruise and enjoy Arcadia a very comfortable ship.