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  • Shore excursions for "limited" walkers ? Rome & Istanbul particularly

    Travelling in May (1st time with Celebrity) from Venice round to Barcelona via Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Naples, Civitavechia, Livorno and Marseilles. Can sort ourselves out in Venice and Dubrovnik (been before), and booking Pompeii from Naples but really struggling for ISTANBUL, ROME AND FLORENCE WITH PISA. The problem is I am NOT wheelchair bound, but do need crutches or sticks to walk any distance over 200m, particularly on hard paving/cobbles etc. I also slow down the further I walk, so keeping up with a tour guide for a full day tour is not practical. However both me, hubby and 12 year old grandson who is coming with us for the first time specifically to see the historic sites, LOVE to see the usual tourist places. Rome and Istanbul present the biggest problem as the things we want to see are spread out across the Cities and we don't think I can walk from one place to the other even if we take a tour which gives us "Free time". We know the train, tram, bus etc is cheaper, but are prepared to pay the price of Ship's transfer services to minimise walking from the Port.
    Does anyone have experience using TAXIS for either place - that is if our original Ship's coach takes us to St Peters/Vatican for example, how could we get across town to see Trevi Fountain,Pantheon, Colosseum, Forum ...or can't we do it all in a few hours?
    Similarly in Istanbul - really want to see Topkapi, Blue Mosque, etc. but realise there is quite a lot of walking around these sites, so need to not use up my "walking energy" just getting from from the Ship to the site or one place to the next.
    I guess I am really asking for the impossible, I know these are not good venues for those with limited mobility, but we would like to see just a bit more than the "disabled" coach tours the ship offers for our grandson's sake.
    I know that I will have to walk to see Leaning Tower and Pisa and to get into Florence, (it says 15 minutes but if anyone knows it is much more would appreciate the nod on that) but have been to Florence before so that is not as vital, if I am worn out by then hubby will take grandson (as they are doing with Pompeii) but really would appreciate any advice. Thanks
    Viv

  • Mikeimp, Lincoln
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    Love Rome but from a ship with only about 4-6 hours there you wouldn't do it justice. We have stayed in Rome on several occasions and enjoyed them all.When docked in Civitavecchia when tend to explore near to the ship.

    Rome is the place to go to on a cheapie long weekend ,enjoy the place and its people, from a ship it is just too much and very tiring.

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  • Embarco, Oadby
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    In Istanbul some of the major sites are relatively close together in a mainly pedestianised area. These include Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, The Hippodrome. Check that the places you want to visit are open on the day you are in port. Some days some of them are only open to groups. The tramway is modern and easy to use, you just buy tokens at a machine,( instructions in English )We have found young people automatically get up and give you a seat.You can whizz from one area to another quite quickly. There are plenty of cafes to sit and rest if you wish. Is there a "must see" you have in mind for Instanbul? Rememsber, that like Rome, Istanbul is built on 7 hills, so what seems a short distance on the map may be a vertical slog.I love Istanbul, I hope you have a wonderful day there

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  • nannyviv, West Midlands
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    Thank you so much for your detailed advice - exactly what we needed. ~(Wasn't going to bother with Spanish Steps, St Peters for me, Coliseum for grandson, Forum for hubby are the first on the list - then Trevi Fountain, Pizza Navona and Pantheon if we have time.

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  • nannyviv, West Midlands
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    Thank you all - still working on our "plan" but keep the advice coming.

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  • hat776, malta
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    Once you need specific information on Rome maybe you could try the Rome Forum of Trip Advisor. The experts there could give you accurate and up to date information regarding taxi companies.

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  • hat776, malta
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    JC the electric buses you mentioned are excellent but they are MEANT to take 8 people, When we were there they were packed.

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  • andyn, Bucks
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    Istanbul also has the HOHO buses, just outside the port the HOHO bus takes you to the Topkapi palace and Blue Mosque and from there you can jump onto whichever bus you want (think it may be the RED or Blue Route) we took the one that took us over the Bridge. You will need to stay clear of the bazaars as that does require a lot of walking and can be extremely crowded.
    Pretty much agree with JC's summary above plus would also include the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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  • jc, liverpool
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    Originally posted by nannyviv, West Midlands View Post
    Thanks this sounds closest to what we want....was it easy to pick up taxis...did you "arrange" with one driver to do this or get in and out of taxis at each place?
    Hi Nannyviv.
    It is difficult at times flagging down taxi's in Rome.
    You really need to narrow it down to 3 or 4 sights you want to see.
    The coaches usually drop off near St Peters,,,if this is a definite must see,do it 1st,get in the queue...then after your visit you will know how much time you have left.
    Personally i would then get a taxi to the Coliseum,starting your walk from there is easy for a good walker,through the Forum to the bottom of Via del Corsa.
    You can get a taxi from the Coliseum to Via del Corsa.
    All the sights are off this street....to the left the Pantheon And Piazza Navona,,,to the right the Trevi Fountain.
    Its a long walk (1mile) up this street to the Spanish Steps,,,not worth the visit in my opinion.

    Have something to eat/drink in Piazza Navona,then taxi back to St Peters.

    I love Rome,but as Wilba says,i would rather do it in a weekend.
    The heat and traffic is unbearable in summer to do it in a day.

    ps,If you are good at reading transport route maps,there are very good electric buses that go down all the back streets to the sights.only a couple of Euro.Only about 8 people on a bus.

    Try this site for transport routes,,especially electric bus.....ATAC S.p.A

    Hope this helps.
    JC

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  • timothyturtle, Crawley
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    Originally posted by nannyviv, West Midlands View Post
    Thanks this sounds closest to what we want....was it easy to pick up taxis...did you "arrange" with one driver to do this or get in and out of taxis at each place?
    We found taxis easily at St Peter's, then hailed a different taxi for each leg of our tour. We had no problems. But make sure you allow plenty of time just in case of delays - you don't want to be panicking at the end of the day because you're not sure if you'll get back to the bus in time!! (I suppose leaving St Peter's to last would solve this!)

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  • nannyviv, West Midlands
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    Thank you, lots of useful info on that site

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  • nannyviv, West Midlands
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    Thanks this sounds like the sort of thing we would want....do you just approah tais in the street or does it have to be pre arranged? Approx should we budget for?

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  • nannyviv, West Midlands
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    Thanks this sounds closest to what we want....was it easy to pick up taxis...did you "arrange" with one driver to do this or get in and out of taxis at each place?

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  • Wilba
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    Rome is a fantastic city and would definitely be on my "Not to be missed" list, but you have to be realistic under the circumstances.

    We are able bodied and planned our day in Rome like a military operation and still didn't see and do everything we wanted, so maybe picking out two or three places from the top of your list would maximise the time available.

    My further advice would be to grab a cheapie Ryanair flight at an off peak time of the year, spend a few days in this fabulous city and achieve everything you wanted at a pace to suit...........Wilba

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  • hat776, malta
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    Rome is difficult as many of the sites are in Pedestrian Only zones or no Buses zone. A taxi would get you much closer than a hop on bus would. Once you have the problem of crutches the buses aren't that practical anyway .
    If the ship's bus stops you near the Vatican, a taxi would pass through a route where you'd see much of the most important sites = for example St. Angelo, Vitt. Emanuele monument, Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Colisseum/Forum and close to Fontana di Trevi and Piazza Navona.
    On our last visit our bus stopped at Colisseum for some 20 minutes, passed round the Forum, in front of Vitt. Em. monument and dropped us off near Piazza del Popolo. We then walked to Spanish Steps, Trevi, Pantheon, Piazza Navona. Then bus to Vatican via St. Angelo. We had about 1 1/2 hours at Vatican.
    So if you took a taxi you should easily manage it

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