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DURSEYGIRL's Port Reviews of Athens (Piraeus), Izmir, Istanbul, Naples, Rome (Civitavecchia)
Norwegian Jade cruise in February 2013
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Member Review: DURSEYGIRL's Norwegian Jade Review
Athens (Piraeus)
Port Rating: Not Rated
We walked to the local train station & took the train into Athens where we were met by the Walking Tour Guide- George. He knew his stuff and recounted the history of Athens in a pleasing manner. We walked to various historical sites with him ,ending at the PARTHENON, where some of us left the group , having been there several other times. He walked us back to the train station where we made our return trip back to Piraeus, about 45 mins.

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Port Rating: Not Rated
Our guide met us at the port in a new Van. As we journeyed to Ephesus, she gave us a wealth of information about the area. We first went to Mary"s House, which was

a basic stone cottage with a holy water fountain.spiggot.

Following that, we traveled about 10 mins. to Ephesus, which was a spectacular site It allowed us to visualize how folks lived 2 thousand years ago.

next, we visited the Terrace Houses , which were unearthed a few years back and are being reconstructed to showcase the mosaic floors and wall frescoes.

After a typical Turkish lunch ( with the requiset carpet factory tour), we went to St. John"s Basilica.

Our guide was FANTASTIC and always conscious of the comfort of her passengers. She was a wealth of information rendered in an easy going manner.

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Blue Mosque Rating: Not Rated
It was a good tour.

Grand Bazaar Rating: Not Rated
Too much time at the carpet factory showroom and not enough at the Grand bazaar.

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Port Rating: Not Rated
We 7 were in a private van driven by Marcello. He talked incessantly !! He did NOT listen. He grew up in Sorrento and new his way around the area. we saw quite a number of towns along the Amalfi Coast while Marcello droned on & on ...

By the time we got to Pompeii, it was ouring rain , so we 7 decided not to take a tour there. Marcello took us to an old Villa nearby & showed us frescoes & msaics that were being restored until the funding ran out. We retruned to the ship at 4:30 - ehausted, more from listening to Marcello than from the area covered.

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Rome (Civitavecchia)
Rome on Your Own Rating: Not Rated
Tour gal was nice & described the City"s sites well. We were dropped off in a square in Rome where we got a tai to our B&B.

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