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sadied's Port Reviews of Venice, Athens (Piraeus), Istanbul, Mykonos, Santorini, Kotor
Nieuw Amsterdam cruise in October 2012
Member Name: sadied
Cruise Date: October 2012
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: sadied's Nieuw Amsterdam Review
Venice
Burano Island Rating: Not Rated
No real tour..on our own which is all you need here. the only reason we took this was because of the shortness of time. Otherwise go without a tour.


Murano Island Rating: Not Rated
fantastic boat trip commentary by an educated and interesting guide. However when we entered the glass factory there were too many people and many had to stand and could not see well. Factory was then too crowded. Shouldn't have happened.


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Athens (Piraeus)
Cape Sounion Rating: Not Rated
this is not worth the money or the long journey. Stay in Athens.


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Istanbul
Blue Mosque Rating: Not Rated
need an audio guide/


Grand Bazaar Rating: Not Rated
do on your own if you dare. you will be hassled to death and so confused you will want to flee. I would only shop here with a Turkish friend.


Hagia Sofia Rating: Not Rated
Impossibly long lines and almost an hour wait no matter how you plan to see this. A great deal of walking!!! Guide needed to make what you are seeing meaningful but ship horribly overpriced and there are great guides on the internet...check trip advisor.

Taxi drivers will rip you off up and down with every trick in the book. they are merciless. Do not get in a cab.


Spice Market Rating: Not Rated
do this on your own. no bargaining here.


Underground Cistern Rating: Not Rated
do this on your own. only ten minutes...an easy tour.


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Mykonos
Island of Delos Rating: Not Rated
terrific guide...she had to be because it was so hot and so much walking that one would drop out if she weren't. Of high interest. Boat trip enjoyable.

Never would go in Summer months. Take an umbrella!


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Santorini
Port Rating: Not Rated
car rental is cheap here and good! From $20 up for the day and the roads mostly empty in autumn months. did three wineries on our own and had lunch at a major beach. do not miss Santos Winery even if you have to take a bus or taxi there. ship tours are ridiculously expensive.

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Kotor
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Sail in is just spectacular...bring binoculars! However the town itself is less than stellar and only interesting for a few hours. we should have taken the bus to Perast and gone to the two islands by water taxi but time was short.

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Split
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Gorgeous port from the sea with a wide promenade lined with pineapple palm trees and little cafes. Diocletian's place beautiful and interesting. they do walking tours right in front of it and free tours as well. The goods for sale are lacklustre for the most part and the people seemed a bit cold. However some interesting art and leather bracelets in the tunnel of shops as you enter Split. It's very much a meandering place.

They offer Segway Tours of the mountain park and we are so sorry to have missed that as the views are wonderful and there are little cafes along the way. find it on internet. Also there is a city hop on bus in the port for $20 which included a walking tour later of the Palace. A good deal.

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