First stop with the ships tour and we arrived at 0800hrs and were there for just over an hour. Wonderful as we got there before a lot of other tour groups so was quite peaceful.
San Gimignano Rating:
Amazing town but so packed and at the end of a very busy day we just found a cafe and people watched! The worse thing about the whole tour was the poorly maintained coach - air conditioning was not working well and the suspension was not that apparent!
Wine Tour Rating:
Part of the Ships tour was to visit a vineyard and experience wine tasting and local meats and cheeses. We had expected a couple of sips of wine and a hard sell for wine but it was actually just under two hours of a sit down wine tasting where we tasted 8 different wines (and they were not stingy) and a olive oil and a balsamic vinegar. Yes there was the usual sales pitch but no hard sell and you never felt obliged to buy. Quite funny as they kept pouring my DS the same amount of wine where he did have a small taste of each luckily there was a spit bucket on the table that he could pour the rest into - if I'd also drunk his he would've had to carry me back to the bus!!
With 6 others from our roll call we booked a tour with "Rome in limo" and it was the highlight of all our port excursions! We had arranged to see the underground tour of the Colosseum but opted not to go to the Vatican. We saw all the major sights but I stress if you can pre-book to go on the underground tour of the Colosseum it is truly amazing!!
We got a taxi from the port direct to the Acropolis which cost 25 Euros. To get back to the ship we used the train which was 2 Euros each and very easy to use. LOVED Athens, beautiful place and wonderful people.
Loved this port. We took the tram into town and visited the blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topiaka Palace and the Spice market. We walked easily everywhere and we walked back to the ship. Easy to navigate by yourself and never felt threatened or uneasy.