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  1. We also received better prices through ChoiceAir. A couple of things you may find is that June is prime time (high prices) because it is when school is out. It may also be very warm in June in some of the itinerary locations. If you have any flexibility I recommend travel in late May, September, or early October. We are in Barcelona right now getting on Allure today, and weather has been ideal for lots of walking. Another airfare tip, look every Tues-Thurs and be ready to book when you see the price you like. I wasn't sure what stateroom category you will choose, but you can save a lot by booking inside. We find we use the balcony so little that this is a big savings towards airfare.
  2. Thank You Sussi! Your review helped a lot with our last few days of planning. We sail in October on same itinerary. Was the VAT tax charged for entire cruise or only when you were in Spain?
  3. Here is a link that gives details. I haven't read the book, just following the plan. Definitely not easy, but is appearing effective. I have a BIG sugar addiction, so right now I am finding that my willpower or something is stronger. But energy and mild headaches can occur at first. http://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/
  4. About 4 weeks until I cruise. I know I have 1 day that I won't follow it. Will take it on a day to day week to week basis. It sounds hard, but 30 days goes fast. I actually don't have a full 30 days until travel, but close.
  5. You may have already found something, but this is someone I have been in contact with for a tour that is reasonable, and covers a couple sites. Mallorca Private Tours Guides - Alex Fraile Tour C - 4 hours Valldemossa Soller tour - 37 euros per person, plus 7 euros entrance fee per person in case you want to visit the Carthusian monastery.
  6. I have used Aldo Limos, and really enjoyed their tour. This time I booked this tour. They have lots of options. Classic Amalfi coast , calling in at Positano,Amalfi, Ravello. http://shared-tours.aldolimos.com/ Happy planning! If you email me, I can send you a blog we have regarding Rome etc. Also, I have other excursion ideas for Palma de Mallorca etc. It requires lots of research, and just to chime in with others, your wife and daughter may really enjoy being involved in the travel research! Email: tracyj79@comcast.net
  7. Rome In Limo, does a tour that includes these 2 spots *Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Tour *Passengers for this group: 8 - Euro 700 in total Each cruiseline has different rules on wine, most will take it and give it back to you the night before you disembark. An exception is when you first embark (some will let you take up to 2 bottles).
  8. This is an excursion I have booked, and I have space for 2 additional travelers on Oct 6th, 2015 if you happen to be there on that date. Email me at tracyj79@comcast.net if interested. http://Www.onedayinprovence.com 590 Euro for the group ** Châteauneuf-du-Pape *(including wine-tasting in a prestigious winery + * visit*of the villages and cellars), then drive*through Avignon to see quickly* * the historical center, then head back to Marseille through the Alpilles* * valley (south of Avignon) including a stop in the medieval hilltop village of* * Les Baux. *
  9. What date will you be in Marseilles? I have made arrangements for a tour for 6 to 7 people if it works out for you. Email me at tracyj79@comcast.net if interested. http://Www.onedayinprovence.com 590 Euro for the group ** Châteauneuf-du-Pape *(including wine-tasting in a prestigious winery + * visit*of the villages and cellars), then drive*through Avignon to see quickly* * the historical center, then head back to Marseille through the Alpilles* * valley (south of Avignon) including a stop in the medieval hilltop village of* * Les Baux. *
  10. Nice site and great pictures. We did the same itinerary on the Navigator in 2009 and loved it. We also used EKOL travel in Kusadasi and became so interested in Turkey that we spent five nights in Istanbul last year. I've posted pics on my travel website at www dot smoothsailingstravel dot com (please note that there is an "s" after "sailing"). Also please do not click on the "travel consultant" link at the bottom as I don't want to violate any CC rules.
  11. We spent five night in Istanbul last year and walked all over the old town area. The roads and alleys are not in straight lines so it was a little diificult finding a direct route uphill to a specific location (although getting a little lost was fun). It was much easier starting from the Sultanahmet and Grand Bazaar area and walking downhill since most lanes feed down to the docks which are level and open (and easier to find your destination). We absolutely loved Istanbul and spent hours having tea with numerous merchants without being pressured to buy anything. We just made sure we were not in the major tourist area like the Grand Bazaar. Most of the merchants were selling real carpets costing over $30,000 so they knew we weren't interested in buying. They were just interested in having a conversation and wanted to be a good host. Got a good education about modern Turkey and about the carpet trade. We were also there in February so the merchants may have had fewer customers and more time to socialize. We did get hassled in the bazaars so we didn't show any interest unless we really wanted to buy something. One memorable situation we had was buying a fish sandwich from the boats along the docks. They split a type of mackerel lengthwise, grill them on the boat and serve them on a roll with lettuce and onion. I thought it was very tasty but the fish still had all of its bones. I guess you are supposed to spit the bones out while you chew. Still a fun experience.
  12. I too will be on the Navigator out of Civitavecchia in September and appreciate the OP for asking the question and all the great responses. I've traveled in Italy before and had a wonderful time so I was really curious about the posts about rude behavior. I try not to take posts too seriously because it seems to always stem from someones expectations of a cruise (I paid my money so it should be like this or that). That being said, I do find a lot of comments on this board very useful. Thanks to all.
  13. All of the above lists are great. However, personally I think that the most memorable sights are the ones you find on your own or by accident. On our last trip there were too many times when we took pains to see a sight only to feel that it looked just like the pictures on the internet. Don't necessary miss the biggies but take time to wander. My favorite memory of Rome is of San Giovanni in Laterano (mainly because it was better than I expected).
  14. We like staying in Vernazza but a co-worker of mine likes Manarola better. Both are cute small towns. We used a lot of information from Rick Steve's books. Most hotels/pensions in these towns don't have elevators so some other tourist had to lug their bags up a lot of steps - we were backpacking it so we were fine. We would love to go there again but we won't have time on our trip in September.
  15. Thanks everyone. This also helped me a lot too. We are flying out of FCO at 7:35am to Frankfurt (connecting to Seattle). I'll make sure to arrange my transportation before leaving on the cruise. We are staying at the same hotel for a night post-cruise.
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