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My family of 4 (2 teenagers) will be in Naples on the Clebrity, Galaxy July 3 and we are evaluating our sightseeing options for the day. This is our first trip to the Med area. I would like to visit Pompeii, drive the almafi coast, and perhaps eat a brief lunch at a local place.

We are trying to decide between the ships tour, a private driver, or negotiating a rate with a cab/driver once we get off the ship. I have been reading all the reviews, both good and bad regarding the private driver route and I have some specific questions:
<LI>Has any one negotiated a rate at the port for a day and or a trip to the ruins with a taxi / driver. If so, what was the cost and your overall opinion. Would you reccommend this and would you go this route again?
<LI>What is the entry fee at Pompeii, and what are the guided tour options. I understand that the audio head sets are available for rental, but I have read varring things regarding guides for hire at the gates. Can someone provide more specifics?
<LI>If I were to hire a driver for the day at the port, what other sights would you suggest?

Thanks in advance for your advice. This board has already been a tremendous help. I have already met some nice folks on the Roll call board that will be on my ship. We are all quite excited!

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Mark
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I was actually trying to help another on this board with a similar question. It would be reasonable to hire a car/driver,,, go to Pompeii, and than continue to the Amalfi Drive (Pompeii is actually on the way to Sorrento and the Amalfi Drive. You would want to get an early start and your kids would probably think the Amalfi drive is "neat" because of the views. It would probably work to go to Pompeii, than head to Positano (along the Amalfi Drive) for lunch, than on to Ravello and perhaps Amalfi. All the drivers know the good places for lunch. You will probably pay around $300 for a full day tour. I suggest you seek advice on this board regarding the best guides (you can usually make reservations via e-mail).

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Geez! I am no expert on private guides (we normally go on our own with a rental car) but 500 Euros (over $600) sounds absurd! Try posting a new topic here called something like "Guides for Naples" and lets see the advice. Also, if you look back over the previous posts, you will find some recommendations. Hopefully Mike Andrews and some of the others who use private guides can give you some help! Keep in mind that you could also simply hire a taxi for the day. There will be a group of taxis at the pier, and most want a full-day hire. The rates will be negotiable but should not exceed $300. Its helpful to have a driver who speaks some English, so be sure to test their language ability before you pay.

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Our first private tour from Naples took in in Pompei and an Amalfi Coast tour which included Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi and on our second private tour we spent virtually the who day touring around Amalfi and Ravello as we wanted specifically to spend a lot of time in Ravello.Depending on numbers touring and the quality of the tour I would expect to pay anything from 350/400 euros to 500/550 euros for groups.My perfect itinerary would include Pompei,Ravello,Amalfi and Positano. Sorrento is a place we have visited on our own from Naples without problems as is Capri.

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Thanks for all the good advice!

Can anyone address the cost of entry to the ruines at Pompeii and what are the guide, tour options. I understand that neither Taxi or hired driver can serve as a guide unless they have special licencing. I am looking to figure out the overall cost for the day before I decide which way to go. The ship has an excursion for $120pp that seems to include Pomoeii, the tour at the site, a drive up the almafi coast and a stop at Positano with lunch included. Thanks again.

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I believe the entrance fee to Pompeii is 10 Euros and the audio guide 5 Euros.

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Hi Mark

I think the entry cost for Pompei is something like 10 euros with official private guides costing 90/100 euros for two hours. We took the audio tour which I would recommend.With four in you group you would probably be better off on a private tour.

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We did pompeii on our own. We had a superb experience just getting the audioguide and taking things at our own pace. We were able to avoid crowds of people and enjoy the ruins "contemplatively."

In addition to the audio guide there is a free booklet/guide given away near the ticket booth (available in various languages) that has explanations of the numbered highlights throughout the site. The text seemed very similar to the audioguide script, although the audioguide does have options for extra information at some of the featured areas. (It is very well put-together & a fab free souvenir for yourself or friends at home.)

I also highly recommend purchasing a "before and after" book in the bookshop before you start your self-guided tour. It has overlays so you can see what certain areas looked like in the days before the eruption. Very interesting to look at while you're looking at the actual ruined site.

Finally, be advised that the Audioguide vendor wants your DRIVER'S LICENSE or other official document to hold to ensure you return the audio unit. We were aware of this in advance and brought our licenses so we would not have to leave our passports.

Pompeii was one of the big "jaw-droppers" on our cruise. You will have a GREAT time, for sure.
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We hired a taxi outside the ship for 200 euros he took us on a tour of Naples, took us to Pompeii and to Sorrento. His English was okay. If you can hire a driver ahead of time I would reccommend that but there are plenty of taxis waiting to negotiate.
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Sorry, I should have specified that it was for a group of 6 that we were quoted E500 for the Pompeii/Amalfi drive tour (Mercedes Van [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]. It seems that's not too out of line. I just received a quote back from Papillon Service for E520 including a 2 hr.guide in Pompeii. Is a guide a neccesity or just a nice bonus for Pompeii?
We're taking Mike and Hanks advice and going to Positano and Ravello, and Amalfi, time permitting. We're from So. Cal. so for this port the quainter, quieter villages are more appealing to us, so we'll forego Sorrento.
I'm getting addicted to this site so I'm sure I'll post again soon.
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Hi Becky,

If you visit Ravello,make sure you visit the Villa Cimbrone,it is a good walk from the main square but the views are spectacular. We used Salvatore of DriveAmalfi (driveamalfi@hotmail.com) and make sure he takes you to the restaurant San Giovanni in the little village of Pontone.

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Hi Mike,
We are definately going to Ravello and I just put your suggestion for Pontone on my "list of things to do". Does Salvatore have a website? I've tried [url="http://www.driveamalfi.com"]www.driveamalfi.com[/url] but that's not it. You mentioned in a previous post that Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and Pompeii would be your perfect itinerary, is being in port 12 hours enough time to see Pompeii and stop in 3 villages? I'm probably trying way too hard to make this trip perfect, but I'm learning so much and having a great time doing it [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]
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Hi Becky,

You can contact Salvatore at [email]driveamalfi@hotmail.com[/email]. 12 Hours in Port is definately sufficient time to see Pompei and the Amalfi Coast. Tours normally spend two hours at Pompei and then tour the Amalfi Coast stopping for lunch mid tour. Having visted the area several times I personally prefer Positano,Amalfi and Ravello to Sorrento.

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Great! That's exactly what I wanted to hear. We want to see as much as we can without compromising our chance to get a real feel for the area. I've read in travel books and on this site that although Sorrento is a great place, the middle of summer is way too busy, and the other stops are wonderful.I just emailed Salvatore and I have committed myself to make a decision and book tomarrow.
This process can tend to get overwhelming and it really helps to get advice that gets me on to the next phase, shopping for cruise clothes!!
Thanks,
Becky

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Hi Laura,
We will be on the Brilliance July 25 [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img] We are all getting very excited!! We are all getting very excited. We live in Corona, winter in Big Bear (my son's an avid snowboarder) and try to spend some time in Newport in the summer.
What part of So Cal are you from.
Becky

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any one know where you can rent a car from Amalfi on a Sunday? I don't think that 500E for a whole days is that out of line for 6 people. It ain't cheap but so far the cheapest rental car is close to 150E for one day(I need an automatic)

Can someone give me a website to look up guides for this area? Thanks all

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Hi Becky, We live in Huntington Beach, not too far from Newport Beach. We are excited about this trip. We are trying to figure out what to do in this port. We have booked a private tour for 500E for our family of 5. As it was stated earlier, they don't do Capri. I have been there, but the rest of the family wants to go. If only we had two days...Anyway, we need to figure out our priorities. Laura
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We hired a driver for 400 euros for 5 of us. We did the tour in reverse - Amalfi, Ravello, Positano first and then Pompeii with a stop for lunch in Positano. It seemed like we avoided a lot of traffic on the steep roads by being there before the afternoon tourist invasion. Pompeii has guides available at the entrance for about 100 euros/2 hours. We opted to do it ourself and rented audioguides. Although they are a bit dry/dull they are very explanatory. You can then spend as much or as little time as you wish among the ruins. AVOID Naples - it is the PITS! We had 2 people on our ship that were actually accosted and victims of attempted mugging and pickpocketing - one right off the pier! City is very dirty also. Sorrento is lovely, and if shopping is your thing, it has great shopping and not too large of a place either. Good buys on leather purses, belts, shoes etc.
Capri is super touristy and you need quite a bit of time just to get there and back on the boats.
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Hi Laura,
We're pratically neighbors, I grew up hanging out at Huntington.... loooong time ago.
You are so right, 2 days is what we need!! Deciding between Capri and Amalfi was tough. The experienced ones on these boards and the several tour drivers I've corresponded with all agree, can't do both in a day. We've opted for Amalfi, to try to get a true flavor of Italy.
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Mark, try this page [url="http://www.uniplan.it/ruins/"]http://www.uniplan.it/ruins/[/url]

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hi Mark,
I just wanted to let you know what I'm planning on doing. (if Hank or Mike see this,I'd appreciate their feedback as I really trust thier practical advise) We too, are travelling with our 2 teenaged kids and I like to think we are adventurous travellers, going off the main road and experiencing life with the locals. We are on the Millenium sailing July 8 from Venice. From the Naples pier I was hoping to take the hydrofoil (sp?) to Amalfi and then from Amalfi we'd take the local bus back to Sorrento, this way we'll see the coast from the sea and then from land. Then we'd find our way, maybe by taxi, to Pompeii and do the self-guided audio tour. Three years ago when I was in Sorrento we met many couples that avoided the high cost of the cruise tours by taking this exact route by local bus and it only cost them 2euro each way. Last year when my husband and I travelled Italy on our motorcycle, we missed the Amalfi coast because we were running out of time but we knew we'd be back this year with the kids [img]http://messages.cruisecritic.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] I had friends do Pompeii with the audio tour and they loved it. Hank & Mike, do you think this is possible? I checked out the schedules on the following web sites. [url="http://www.metrodelmare.com/"]http://www.metrodelmare.com/[/url] [url="http://www.sita-on-line.it/"]http://www.sita-on-line.it/[/url]
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