Posted April 28th, 2008, 05:08 PM
Clive, so glad George was available for you. I do hope he is okay. I haven't come across anything negative about him..and believe me I've searched.
We tend to find we about break even on ships tours prices. If we pay less it is a bonus, if we pay more, I feel it is worth it for the extra time we gain & less wear & tear. Just for your information, Levent is charging $75 per person for a full day Istanbul to include, I think, all mentionned in Amomondo's post...including entrance fees but lunch will be extra. It will of course be much cheaper to do it yourselves though. I do believe there is also a Bosphorus cruise between the European & Asian sides which should be easier than a lot of walking, oh & the underground cisterns too..there is too much to see in one day unfortunately. I didn't know about the apple tea, I must look out for it.
Amomondo, hi. Thanks for the info, particularly Bari. I think those houses are called trulli, from the info on MSC. There are other excursions too but I think it will be too much of a rush in the heat, particularly after Venice, so I am all for taking it easy. Can you remember though if the ship had a shuttle in Bari?
China..yes, we were lucky enough to go to Beijing for a week for our 20th wedding anniversary....I've always been a frugal type of girl
Amomondo, if you ever fancy it, CTS Horizons do a fantastic deal as a special, they usually have a few dates between January & March each year, if you can the tail end of March it is just about spring like with some warm days. We paid £600 pp for everything..flights, hotel. virtually all meals, guide, transport, all tours including extras like acrobatic show, beijing opera, rickshaw ride, hutong visit etc. They only take small groups..we were in a group of 12 for the whole week. There was also an option to add a couple of days in Xian, & I think maybe Shanghai. It was amazing.
Way off topic of course...I do gabble.