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Kallisto's Port Reviews of Venice, Bari, Katakolon (Olympia), Izmir, Istanbul, Dubrovnik
Costa Favolosa cruise in October 2012
Member Name: Kallisto
Cruise Date: October 2012
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: Kallisto's Costa Favolosa Review
Venice
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We took the blue line boat service from Marco Polo Airport to the cruise terminal. This brings you next to the ship. During the 'ride' you get an excellent view of Venice, including San Marco. The ride goes very smooth. Costs: 14 euro pp single route. Even can be booked online in advance.

On our way back we took the people mover to Place Romale (1 euro pp) and then the bus to the airport (8 euro pp).

The ride by boat was the fastest (app. 1H).

You have to walk to the boats from the airport terminal with your luggage (7 minutes). But you don't have to hop over along the way.

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Bari
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Cosy, very italian place. We didn't expect much of it, but is was a nice town for a stroll, a up of coffee, a 'focaccia' and a real-deal ice cream ;)

We stopped over at Bari for 3H and that was ok.

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Katakolon (Olympia)
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We rented a car at Avis (half day cruise tariff) and drove to Olympia.

(Costs: 45 euro + 10 euro fuel). We made a reservation online, but the rate is equal.

Olympia is a nice park, but in my opinion Pompeii (Italy) and Ephesus (Turkey) are much more interesting.

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Izmir
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
From the cruise port to the old city center, its quite a walk. The route is ok, through shopping area mostly. It's worth it, because the old caravan serai is nice. We walked back along the sea. There was a nice walking path with a lawn.

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Istanbul
Blue Mosque Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Beautiful building with nice tiles and painted windows. A bit smelling inside because you have to remove your shoes and walk on you're socks...

Here again: long lines and too many people inside (looks like a bee hive).


City Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We had been in Istanbul before, but not yet visited Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque because of long lines. This tour was a nice complement of our earlier visit.


Grand Bazaar Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
Grand bazaar is a touristic happening, but not to be missed. You can bargain quite good.


Hagia Sofia Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Enormous church with both remains of christian and Islamic ornaments. A museum nowadays.


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Dubrovnik
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
An unexpected surprise! We tendered right into the little port of Dubrovnik and walked the tiny little streets and stairs of this nice old, but entirely renovated city. We had an ice cream and bought some souvenirs. The water is crystal clear at the harbour.

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