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  1. IMHO, Kotor is not a fort but a walled city and it is wonderful!!! We were there in 2017 and loved it. In the morning we took a tour with M Tours to the church on the rock and Perst. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon strolling around the city. See post #5 above for a good description. You may not have time for a tour but the city alone is well worth the time. <<<Karen>>>
  2. We took a cruise in 2012 that stopped in Le Harve. We, along with our friends, wanted to go to Paris for the day and after some careful planning this is what we did (from the trip log of our cruise): Today we booked a ship's tour – Paris on Your Own. Basically we paid for a bus to take us from the ship into Paris and get us back in time before the ship sailed. We had a very early breakfast in the buffet, and went to the ship's theater to await our tour group being called. The trip into Paris was uneventful and took about three hours. The scenery along the way was nice. Arriving in Paris we rode down the Champs Elysee, past the Arc de Triomphe and were let off near the Place de la Concorde. Luckily, we quickly found a taxi that would transport four people (many taxis won't) and we rode to Notre Dame Cathedral. We walked around the outside, taking pictures as we went. On the north side of the Cathedral under the rose window is a sidewalk cafe we discovered on the Internet called La Rosace. We ate lunch there, a ham and cheese sandwich for us and crêpes for our friends. We took advantage of their free restroom. After lunch we got in the long but fast moving queue to visit the inside of this vast church. In spite of the wall-to-wall people we were able to take a few pictures and admire the architecture. Leaving the church, we walked past the flower market and in front of St. Chapelle. We then crossed the Seine River and started walking along the river towards our bus pick-up point. Karen was able to purchase an oil painting of the Arc de Triomphe along the way. When we came to the Louvre, we walked through a large archway into a courtyard. A second archway took us to the famous glass pyramid. Lots of photos were taken. We continued on through the Tuileries Gardens and around the Place de la Concorde. It was time to return to the pick-up point for our return to the ship. On the way back we drove past the Eiffel Tower, which we had only seen from a distance, so we had a great photo opportunity. Traffic was a bit heavy as we rode back to Le Havre and got worse as we neared the ship. Finally we were there, and quickly made our way to the dining room for our “last supper”. Not the best way to " see Paris" but thinking we may never get there again we at least got a taste of it. Turns out we are taking the same cruise in May but we are planning to go someplace else rather then Paris. Our plans could change and maybe we will do the ship tour again.....who knows . <<<Karen>>>
  3. Posted this over on the ports board: We were in Dublin in 2012 and visited the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. It was raining and we thought it was a good place to "wait it out". However....it was a wonderful museum. And it's free!! It has two "illuminated manuscripts" (correct name for books like the Book of Kells). Maybe not as fancy but there was no line, no ticket to buy and you could look at it as long as you wanted. If I remember correctly I was the only person in the room!! Just a thought for people interested in something different. <<<Karen>>>
  4. We were in Dublin in 2012 and visited the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. It was raining and we thought it was a good place to "wait it out". However....it was a wonderful museum. and it's free!! It has two "illuminated manuscripts" (correct name for books like the Book of Kells). Maybe not as fancy but there was no line, no ticket to buy and you could look at it as long as you wanted. If I remember correctly I was the only person in the room!! Just a thought for people interested in something different. <<<Karen>>>
  5. I'm moving this thread up so maybe the OP will see it. <<<Karen>>>
  6. Hi- In 2017 we stayed in Fiumicino and toured Ostia Antica. We stayed at the Comfort Hotel Roma. Stayed there before in 2011. Here's a link to their website: http://www.comforthotelfiumicino.com/en/ They have shuttle service from the airport to the hotel and back again and are close to restaurants ATM's and a grocery store. We did not go to Ostia until the next day. The site is HUGE and requires a lot of walking. Since you are flying from the USA you will be tired once you get to the hotel. I think you will be too tired to really do the site justice. IMHO, it would be better to come in a day sooner, get a good night's sleep, go the next day and stay another night. To get to Citavacchia the day of the cruise we took the hotel shuttle back to the airport and took a Princess Cruise Line transfer to the ship. Here's what we did from our trip log: Monday October 9- Rome We arrived at Heathrow Terminal 5. We did not have to go through “passport control” as we figured we would. However, we did have to go through security again. Looking for the gate for our connecting flight to Rome we discovered that the gate would not be announced until 40 minutes before departure, so we had more waiting. The flight was full and we could not even get a drink of water until all passengers who paid for their drinks were served. We finally arrived in Rome and claimed our luggage. Passport control took longer than we wanted, and when we went to the pickup point for the shuttle to the hotel, the van had just left. So we waited some more. Finally a van arrived and delivered us to the Comfort Hotel Roma. By this time we were exhausted. We checked in and walked to a nearby ATM. Once again our local bank card would not work so we decided to wait until the next morning to try the other card. Then we walked to a nearby grocery store to purchase bread, chips and cold cuts for our dinner plus a large round pastry (similar to one we had in Rome in 1985!!) for breakfast the next morning. Tuesday October 10 We had breakfast on the patio of our hotel room – the pastry and coffee and tea. After breakfast we walked to a nearby ATM for some Euros. The ATM card from the credit union worked with no problems!!! We arranged for a taxi to take us to Ostia Antica, the ancient port city for Rome. The taxi picked us up at 10:00 and in less than 15 minutes delivered us to the entrance. We arranged for our taxi driver to pick us up at 3:00 that afternoon. We explored this sprawling old city that was buried by sediment from the Tiber River and excavated by workmen under Mussolini. We had lunch in the cafeteria; Karen had bruschetta and Gary had lasagna. We continued to explore after lunch but it was getting warmer and we were still tired from our long trip. We were back at the entrance by 2:30 and our taxi showed up shortly after. Back at the hotel we rested a bit and then went out walking to find a place for dinner. We found a pizza shop that looked good but it closed in the afternoon until 6:00. So we walked a bit more until 6 when we returned for pizza and coke zero. We bought another pastry for tomorrow's breakfast, and then back to the hotel and early to bed. Wednesday October 11 After breakfast on the patio, we checked out and waited for the 10:00 hotel shuttle to take us to the airport where we would board the Princess transfer bus to the cruise ship. Hope this helps- <<<Karen>>>
  7. I am going to attempt to clear up the confusion. When you are there in May or later in the summer the daylight will be almost all day long. It never gets really dark. That why they call it "White Nights". I know this because I lived in Anchorage, Alaska at one time. Anchorage and St Petersburg are at almost the same latitude. It gets "dusky" around midnight or so and then the sun comes back up an hour or two later. The evening tour will take you around St Petersburg so you can see the drawbridges open and lit up. Usually, it is a canal boat ride with maybe vodka tasting or possibly a walk along the Nevsky Prospect. We have been to St Pete three times but have never done an evening tour. Too tired after a day of touring. Maybe someone who has done the tour will chime in. The museums and other sites are not open at midnight so if that's what you want you need to take the day tour. Better still follow the advice of the other posters and me......do a private or group tour with one of the companies mentioned on this board. You won't be disappointed. <<<Karen>>>
  8. Couldn't agree with Mauimary more . I have arranged a number of tours and been part of other people's tours. I do exactly as she does when setting up my own tours. Never had anyone not show up or not pay. I do keep in touch with everyone and try to meet before the tour once on the ship. We meet and get off together. I took over a tour for people who canceled the upcoming cruise and found others to take their place. Don't be afraid to book tours and get others on your roll call to join. It works!!! <<<Karen>>>
  9. Thank you everyone who replied to my post. My signature is back on . I needed it on as it contains the link to the Roll Call spreadsheet I created for our cruise. The moral is "don't go clicking around when you don't know what you're doing. <<<Karen>>>
  10. Somehow my signature, which was a count down clock, vanished. Where did it go or how to I do another countdown clock? <<<Karen>>>
  11. We have stayed twice at this hotel: http://www.comforthotelfiumicino.com/en/ They offer shuttle service to and from the airport. It is located "in town" so there are restaurants, shops and a grocery story all close by. <<<Karen>>>
  12. On our British Isles cruise 2012 we and our friends did Paris in 4 hours . We chose the "Paris on Your Own" option offered by Princess. The four of us had never been there and thinking that we might not get there again we carefully picked things we wanted to see and do. The bus dropped us in the heart of the city at the Place de la Concorde. We took a cab to near Notre Dame and walked along the Seine going in back of the church and up the other side for good photo views. Stopped at a sidewalk cafe next to the church for a quick bite and then toured the inside of Notre Dame. Then we began walking back to the Place de la Concorde stopping along the way as we felt like it. I bought a small painting from a street vendor. We walked through the courtyard at the Louvre and saw the glass pyramid. Then we walked through the Tuileries Gardens and made it to the Place de la Concorde with time to spare. We did not go close to the Eiffel Tower but could easily see it. On the way out the bus went right by it!!! The moral of the story is...it can be done. Did not see everything but at least we can say we were there. Careful planning will make it work. Hope this helps. <<<Karen>>>
  13. We were in Italy last October and spent several days in Fiumicino before our cruise. Visited Ostia Antica one of the days. We stayed at this hotal, the second time we have used them: http://www.comforthotelfiumicino.com/en/ It's nice hotel located close to shops and restaurants. They offer a shuttle to and from the airport. We had the hotel book a taxi to take us to Ostia Antica. The fare was a bit more then we thought something like 25-30 euros each way but it was the quickest way to do it. We arranged a pick up time with driver for the ride back. You cannot see Ostia in just an hour or so. It is very spread out with a lot of walking. It could also be hot on a summer's day. Not a lot of shade. It was well worth it, though. We had been to Pompeii twice so this was a nice change. Hope this helps. <<<Karen>>>
  14. Burgmeister- If you are organizing the taxi you pick the times. We would meet the taxi at 9:00am and be in Brugge by 9:30. Then depending on the time the ship leaves we would meet again at the arranged place and return to the ship about 1 hour before sail away. We posted the tour on the roll call board with the info about the times. If a couple was interested in going with us they got in touch and we added them. Once in Brugge everyone is " on their own" and we didn't wait long if they weren't back at the meeting place. Worked great both times. You are on YOUR schedule and everyone else is too. <<<Karen>>>
  15. Also try Rony's Taxi at Rony@ronystaxis.com We used them twice, 2013 and 2016. Got a group of 8 together on our Roll Call so it came to 25 euros per couple round trip. Can't beat that and they drop you off and pick you up right in the center of town. <<<Karen>>>
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