I walked from the ship to a nature reserve and this was north of the port and about an hours walk. I continued my walk past beautiful cacti and eventually had a great view of the town and my ship in the distance. The time ashore was from about 10am till 5pm so plenty to explore.
The guide had good English and provided interesting comments and also allowed time to explore alone
Historic Carthage Rating:
The guide provided some history of this in English and Spanish.
Sidi Bou Said Walking Tour Rating:
Our guide pointed out where to walk and the best places to see with some advice. I walked to the famous museum cafe which cost 2 Euro and included mint tea. The market where the couch dropped us off was very busy and you must be back in time as there isn't space to park for long. There was a continuous flow of coaches from our and other ships. The town was beautiful and highly recommended for a visit.
The Hippie Market was interesting but only took maximum of an hour to look round. It is pretty but not that interesting with the stalls selling similar items. There was some live music and places to eat and drink. I took a walk to the beach and sea just beyond the coach parking area. This was lovely.
Island Tour Rating:
This took us to hidden gems and was were dropped off at about 3 locations for beautiful views of the turquoise sea and a church. There was some free time and at the end of the trip we could leave the coach in the town and get a hopper but to the ship. The guide was very helpful and interesting and her English was excellent.
The walking tour did not have hardly any free time - taking in the Medieval part of the town - this is beautiful but most of the excursion was taken up at the perfume factory which was interesting but would have preferred more time in Monte Carlo or stopping on route to allow photos of the wonderful views.
Monaco Walking Tour Rating:
There wasn't enough time here and because one passenger was late returning we didn't not get the full tour of the city. This was also partly due to a trip to a perfume factory which took up a big part of the excursion. The town of Monte Carlo is beautiful though and I enjoyed the time I had which was mainly escorted.
This was a brilliant excursion and the guide was first class - with English and German speaking. The views from the journey was lovely and a trip on a ferry was used for the last half of the journey again with beautiful views of the harbour. There was plenty of free time to explore Portofino which is very beautiful with lots of shops and photo opportunities. Have an ice cream at the opposite side of the harbour.
I took the inclusive transfer to the airport for my journey home and left my luggage at a special deposit area for 6 Euro then took a hopper bus 9 Euro return, to the railway station in Rome and walked to the central tourist area with the help of a map bought at a kiosk.