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  1. I am looking for information about Sapsan Train for STP to Moscow and back. Do you know what class ticket you had? How was the train for comfort? Any food/drinks available for purchase? I will be using a tour company, not sure what class tickets are included in quoted prices. Thanks for any help/suggestions.
  2. We disembark at 8 am. Trying to figure out the earliest time we could fly out of airport. How long is the Taxi ride to airport. Thank you for any help.
  3. bw333

    Greek Taxi Advice

    Just back from Greece. We learned that all Greek Taxi's belong to the Taxi Union in Greece. Unless the driver rents a vehicle on strike days, your taxi driver will not be available. Strikes will happen without notice. I suggest you find other cruisers on your ship to share your driver on private tours and or airport transfers. Taxi Drivers can rent a van or bus and still drive you during a strike. We used Lefteris in Crete, Andreas Stamos in Katakolon, and Nikos Loukas in Athens with no problems.
  4. bw333

    Nauplion Beach Directions

    Just back from a cruise. Local agent on board gave terrible directions to beach. To find the local beach-walk to right of port around all the Cafe's and follow the fort wall along the water which will lead to the local beach. The beach is nice, no sand -just rocks, but pretty water. There is a cafe and bathrooms and ladders to get into the water.
  5. :) Just back from a cruise. Twelve of us from our cruise spent the day with Lakis on his Nautilus boat. He picked us up from the cruise port and headed to some caves, provided snorkel equipment. Next we went to some cliffs for diving and swimming. Lunch was grilled on the back of the boat, served with his homemade wine on a private beach. Lakis prepared some of the best Greek food we had on the whole trip! We all agreed this was one of our favorite ports. The water in [URL="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g189458-Corfu_Ionian_Islands-Vacations.html"][COLOR=#202d95]Corfu[/COLOR][/URL] is beautiful, and Nautilus Cruises with Lakis is the perfect way to relax and swim and enjoy the views.
  6. Our ship stops in Delos on a Saturday from 8 am till 11 am, can I hire a private guide at Delos? Any information on price, and can I bring my own group of people for tour? Thanks for any tips.
  7. [SIZE=4]Here is a summary of what we did in each port. [/SIZE] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4]Taormina (Sicily)-We shared a 2 hour taxi ride, 90euros total. In Taormina we found a Café off the main street that served wine in a Ceramic chicken pitcher. The wine pours out of the chicken beak. We enjoyed our wine and pizza. Do not miss the Greek Theater-great views. Took private taxi back to ship for 25 euros.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4]Sorrento-We shared a Private Mercedes Van for 8, with our new cruise critic friends. We used Romeinlimo, Giovanni was our driver. We had the best time! Went to Pompeii with a private guide, after tour Giovanni served us his chilled homemade white wine with fresh peaches. Next we went to Restaurant on the top of mountain over looking Positano. Great views and food. All we could eat and drink for 25 euros! Next came Limoncello talk, and Giovanni magically pulls out a whole bottle of Limoncello. We sing and drink and head to Positano to shop and visit. Great day![/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4]Amalfi-Booked online with Amalfi Tours Cruise-49 Euro per person. Private Water Taxi –we toured a grotto, and headed back to Positano. We had about 2 hours in Positano, Captain then picks you back up and serves sparkling wine on the way back to ship. Prior day we saw Amalfi Coast by car, today by sea, beautiful![/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4]Livorno-Our 2nd Romeinlimo Tour. Same fun group, our driver was Marie Claire. We drove to Tuscany-my favorite place in Italy. Tuscany is about 1 hour 45 minute drive from Livorno. First we went to Sienna, nice big church, learned the history of the local horse racing around the town square. Next we drove to San Gimignano-geat views, fantastic shopping and Gelato! Next we went to Tenuta Torciano Vinyard for lunch, and wine tasting. Great food and wine! We ordered wine to be shipped back to house. Sadly, we had to go back to ship.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4]Monte Carlo-One of my husband’s favorites. Yachts and High End cars everywhere. We walked around the port and admired all the yachts. Beaches on far right. We went to Meridian? Hotel and asked for Taxi. Private taxi for 25? Euros, drove by the Palace and asked to be dropped off at Musee Oceanographoqaue. Very nice aquariums, and specimens, and air conditioned. After Museum walked back to port area. Nice, pretty downhill walk. Visited a café and then headed back to ship. We ate early at Tappas, and headed back out for Casino and Hotel Paris. It is a twenty minute walk to Casino area. Men will need pants and dress shirt to gamble. Nice café in front of Casino to people and car watch. Allowed 45 minutes to walk and gaze into lighted Yachts in order to make the last tender.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4]La Spezia(Cinque Terre)-This was our least favorite port due to having to use Mass public transportation. We were tired, and for us the 5 minute walk thru each town vs time to get there was too stressful. However, if you want to go visit, I recommend getting up early and taking the boat there and coming back by train.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4]Portofino-One of my husband’s favorite. Pretty buildings with trompe l’oeil frescoes. We found another couple and took a private water taxi to Santa Margherita Ligure. Cost 50 Euros for 4 persons-15 minute scenic ride. Arranged for captain to pick us up 2 hours later and rode back to Portofino. St. Margherita is very nice, and not touristy. We walked around beaches, and found a Hotel and Bar that overlooked the beaches, we had a drink. Later we shopped and had a picnic. Very relaxing and scenic.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4]Rome-Our 3rd Romeinlimo Tour-We were picked up right where our luggage was. No rolling luggage down the block! I believe it took us 45 minutes to drive to Rome.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4]Our driver took us to all the major sites. We had time for photo stops. We visited the Vatican and had a guide. The guide was very helpful in explaining all the details. As usual we enjoyed our Romeinlimo tour. Our driver than brought each of us to our individual hotels. We stayed at Hotel Paba, near the Colosseo. Great Mini Hotel with large air conditioned rooms, for 100 euros. Our last night we took a taxi to Pizza Navona. We had a fantastic meal and enjoyed the street vendors. [/SIZE][/FONT]
  8. Driver has proposed this -Drive to Iraklion to visit the Palace of Knossos, the old Venetian port Nikos Kazantzakis and the open market. Any tips on what to visit or skip? Has anyone visited a winery? Thanks!
  9. I decided to rent a car. Will be in Port from 8am-6pm. I would like to visit Olympia, Lunch, Mercouri wine, and maybe a beach. What places did you visit with your rental car? Any great places for lunch. Did you hire a guide for Olympia? If you hired a guide, price? Any nice beaches? Looking for all tips. Thanks!:)
  10. bw333

    Details of Crew Staff?

    Is there a way to find out in advance who the Captain and Cruise Director will be? Also, is there a email list for the crew? Thanks!:)
  11. Our cruise ship is departing from Instanbul. We like to try local wines, and also bring a couple of bottles on ship. Any stores close to port? Thanks!:)
  12. Oceania 12 day cruise Rome to Venice. If you are new to Oceania, two words sum up the experience- service, quality of food! Oceania cruise staff will know you on a first name basis, and resolve any complaints immediately. Everyone from Leo the Captain to Dottie the Cruise director, and her entertaining husband Tom the Comedian will treat you like Royalty. Your fellow passengers will become your new best friends after enjoying all the fun times. This cruise had many ports; I will leave my recommendations below. Venice-docked at San Basilio-Purchase Vaporetta pass at ACTV at airport, this will provide your boat shuttle around Venice. We did the expensive water Taxi to port, I enjoyed the views with my camera going down the Grand Canal, and smaller branches. To the right of Basilio port, next to Zattere stop there is a Billa Supermarket. Most expensive wine I could find was 8 Euros. Stock up, Oceania lets you consume all you want in your cabins. To the left of Billa store there is a working ATM! Not all ATM’s will work in Italy. Reserve Basilica online, 1 euro. Dubrovnik-Walk around and enjoy the scenery, go to Bruza café located to right and above cliffs overlooking the water. Kotor-Enjoy the views sailing into port! To the right of entrance to old city there is a local market. Today’s mission is to climb to the top of the Fort. Great views, even if you can’t make it to top. Corfu-We rented a car from Sunrise Car Rental, 70 Euros plus 25 for gas. Drove to Paleokastritsa, and took a boat ride to Grottos. Easy 30 minute drive, views and water were breathtaking. Drove back to Corfu, South of Corfu we drove to the Palace, views were nice, tasted local Koum Kouat Liqueur, located across the street from Palace. Allow extra time to refill gas, there is a gas strike. Taormina (Sicily)-We shared a 2 hour taxi ride, 90euros total. In Taormina we found a Café off the main street that served wine in a Ceramic chicken pitcher. The wine pours out of the chicken beak. We enjoyed our wine and pizza. Do not miss the Greek Theater-great views. Took private taxi back to ship for 25 euros. Sorrento-We shared a Private Mercedes Van for 8, with our new cruise critic friends. We used Romeinlimo, Giovanni was our driver. We had the best time! Went to Pompeii with a private guide, after tour Giovanni served us his chilled homemade white wine with fresh peaches. Next we went to Restaurant on the top of mountain over looking Positano. Great views and food. All we could eat and drink for 25 euros! Next came Limoncello talk, and Giovanni magically pulls out a whole bottle of Limoncello. We sing and drink and head to Positano to shop and visit. Great day! Amalfi-Booked online with Amalfi Tours Cruise-49 Euro per person. Private Water Taxi –we toured a grotto, and headed back to Positano. We had about 2 hours in Positano, Captain then picks you back up and serves sparkling wine on the way back to ship. Prior day we saw Amalfi Coast by car, today by sea, beautiful! Livorno-Our 2nd Romeinlimo Tour. Same fun group, our driver was Marie Claire. We drove to Tuscany-my favorite place in Italy. Tuscany is about 1 hour 45 minute drive from Livorno. First we went to Sienna, nice big church, learned the history of the local horse racing around the town square. Next we drove to San Gimignano-geat views, fantastic shopping and Gelato! Next we went to Tenuta Torciano Vinyard for lunch, and wine tasting. Great food and wine! We ordered wine to be shipped back to house. Sadly, we had to go back to ship. Monte Carlo-One of my husband’s favorites. Yachts and High End cars everywhere. We walked around the port and admired all the yachts. Beaches on far right. We went to Meridian? Hotel and asked for Taxi. Private taxi for 25? Euros, drove by the Palace and asked to be dropped off at Musee Oceanographoqaue. Very nice aquariums, and specimens, and air conditioned. After Museum walked back to port area. Nice, pretty downhill walk. Visited a café and then headed back to ship. We ate early at Tappas, and headed back out for Casino and Hotel Paris. It is a twenty minute walk to Casino area. Men will need pants and dress shirt to gamble. Nice café in front of Casino to people and car watch. Allowed 45 minutes to walk and gaze into lighted Yachts in order to make the last tender. La Spezia(Cinque Terre)-This was our least favorite port due to having to use Mass public transportation. We were tired, and for us the 5 minute walk thru each town vs time to get there was too stressful. However, if you want to go visit, I recommend getting up early and taking the boat there and coming back by train. Portofino-One of my husband’s favorite. Pretty buildings with trompe l’oeil frescoes. We found another couple and took a private water taxi to Santa Margherita Ligure. Cost 50 Euros for 4 persons-15 minute scenic ride. Arranged for captain to pick us up 2 hours later and rode back to Portofino. St. Margherita is very nice, and not touristy. We walked around beaches, and found a Hotel and Bar that overlooked the beaches, we had a drink. Later we shopped and had a picnic. Very relaxing and scenic. Rome-Our 3rd Romeinlimo Tour-We were picked up right where our luggage was. No rolling luggage down the block! I believe it took us 45 minutes to drive to Rome. Our driver took us to all the major sites. We had time for photo stops. We visited the Vatican and had a guide. The guide was very helpful in explaining all the details. As usual we enjoyed our Romeinlimo tour. Our driver than brought each of us to our individual hotels. We stayed at Hotel Paba, near the Colosseo. Great Mini Hotel with large air conditioned rooms, for 100 euros. Our last night we took a taxi to Pizza Navona. We had a fantastic meal and enjoyed the street vendors.
  13. Need tour guide suggestions? Also, I would like to do 3 private tours, can you suggest 3 areas to tour? Thanks for any help.:)
  14. Need to get to a private tour as soon as ship docks. Is there going to be issue getting a Taxi quickly? Thanks!:)
  15. Steam room? Is there a fee? Thanks!
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