Sept. or Oct. for European Cruise
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We're planning a European cruise on the Century. It begins in Barcelona and goes to France, Italy, Greece, Turkey. Would it be better to go 9/7 or 10/1? Is there a big temperature change in October? Also any recommendations for tours? We have never been to Europe so anything you can suggest would be deeply appreciated. Thank you in advance.The later the better temperature wise and crowd wise. We did the Med on the Solstice in Nov. and it was beyond belief!!!! Great weather, no crowds and great tour guides. As far as tours, everyone has different preferences. However, we did the following:
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If you have specific questions, you can ask on the port of call boards, or once you decide on your travel dates, on your roll call. If you have any questions that you would like to ask me, my email is in my signature. When we went to the Med the first time, we were traveling with friends from Scotland, so they were great tour guides. We booked ship's tours in Florence, Naples, Rome, and Santorini; we did our own thing in Villefranche, Dubrovnik, Venice, Corfu and Athens. In Rome, we booked the tour that included the Vatican, the Coliseum and the Forum as well as a great lunch. In Naples, we did a tour called the Exclusive Amalfi Coast, which was wonderful; we were in small vans and were able to get to Positano, to which the larger tour buses cannot go due to the narrowness of the roads there; the tour also went to Pompeii and Sorrento. We did a tour in Florence called Florence on your own, which was exactly what it implied; bus transportation to and from the ship. Our friends had been there several times and were excellent tour guides. In Santorini, our tour went to Pyrgos with a stop at a taverna for snacks. Great way to avoid the crowds during disembarkation. The other ports were easily navigable on our own and we had a lot of fun wandering, enjoying the local shops, restaurants and sites on our own.
Hope this helps; if those two dates are your choices either one will be fine, but the latter one might be a bit cooler and less crowded.
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Personally, I'd look at the Oct cruise. A bit more chance of rain, but lower averages, less crowds and that does matter. We went to Ephesis and the guide was saying how very nice it was - it said in season it was wall-to-wall.
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Also the evening coolness will descend earlier. We did a beach holiday in Mallorca in late September a few years ago, and we were surprised at how quickly things cooled off, starting from 5:30 or so.
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I would probably choose late Sept.or Oct. date next time. To lose some of the crowding. However... then rain and cloudy skies start...hmmm