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Kellie Poodle's Port Reviews of Venice, Kotor, Athens (Piraeus), Kusadasi, Bodrum, Mykonos
Grandeur of the Seas cruise in October 2012
Member Name: Kellie Poodle
Cruise Date: October 2012
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: Kellie Poodle's Grandeur of the Seas Review
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
With very little time, we took the People Mover to the P.Roma and hopped on the number 2 Vaporetto to St. Marks. At St. Marks we visited the Doge's Palance and the Basilica. Walked around the area a little. We took the number 1 Vaporetto back and had a grand tour of the Grand Canal. People Mover back to the port.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
What a gorgeous place! We had a private tour with a taxi and an amazing driver and we saw so much. After a stop at a high point on top of a mountain where we could see our ship floating like a tiny toy in the port, we descended the mountain on a twisty narrow road while watching the sun set over the hills and water. Not something that will be ever forgotten.
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Athens (Piraeus)
Acropolis Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Same tour Standing on the Acropolis was the fulfillment of a dream.

Archeological Museum Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Same tour. Great museum with awesome layout. Perfect follow up to the visit to the Acropolis

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Ephesus Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Remarkable! We learned so much from our excellent guide and enjoyed traipsing through the ruins. As Americans, coming from a young country on a relatively "young" continent, these ancient ruins put things in perspective.

Athena Temple Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
I just love these ruins. Hard to believe how old they are. Makes one feel very insignificant in the scheme of the universe.

Basilica of St. John Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Quite an interesting place.

Carpet Weaving Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We had a lovely lunch here that was included in our tour price. We very much enjoyed learning about the weaving process and materials used. The method of making silk was fascinating. The carpets were lovely and the hospitality was gracious, but we were not in the market to purchase. Still, it was a treat to see the carpets and how the colors changed in the light.

Celsus Library Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Part of the Ephesus Tour. Awe inspiring.

Ephesus Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We did not climb up to the theater but got a great view while exiting the ruins. It's massive!

House of the Virgin Mary Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Though it had no religious significance for us, we found it a charming place with an aura of reverence. We filled our water bottle at the fountain hoping to get a little "magic" from the water.

Temple of Artemis Rating: Not Rated
Not much left of it.

Terrace Houses Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Our guide told us that large groups are not yet permitted to see the Terrace Houses. We were amazed at how well they were preserved. There are a lot of stairs, but having a private guide, we took them at our own pace.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
What fun we had wandering through the castle! Great way to get rid of some of those calories!

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Island of Delos Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
It was Monday, the day all museums close, so the only way to get to Delos was via the ship's tour. We took a ferry to the island and then had a fabulous tour of the ruins. I was astounded to learn of the different cultures that inhabited the island at the same time.

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Island Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Santorini is one gigantic photo op. It's gorgeous. We had a fantastic tour guide who gave us so much insight into the history, politics and culture of the island. We visited all the most photogenic sites as well as a few off-the-beaten-path places that tourists don't usually go.

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City Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
We did not get to visit the National Park, but we were in Oia, Trogir, Omis and got to see some lovely beaches. We also had a genuine Dalmation lunch of "peka" which takes hours to cook s we had to order it in advance. I really loved the little alleys and streets in Trogir. The line for the cable car on return was very long.

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