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Carnival Florence Tour vs. Private


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Can anyone give me any information on the differences between the Carnival tours of Florence ("on your own") vs. a private tour? From what I read on the Carnival site, they have 2 tours that will take you to Florence, drive around the city a bit with an escort, drop you off for around 4 hours and then pick you up. I'm not sure what the exact cost is (shows as $$ which is between $50-$99 per person)


Driverinrome has a similar tour where they take you to Florence where you're on your own for 6 hours and then take you back to the ship but it doesn't seem to take you around the city. Cost is 400E for 5-6 pax.



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If you search on some of the Liberty reviews you will see a lot of opinions. The main drawbacks to the Carnival tour seemed to be too much time waiting at the bus for stragelers, and a long walk to the center city from the bus. Also stop at a rest area was way long.

If you can put together a group, I would strongly recomend a private tour for Naples, Cannes and Florence. The rest you can do easily without any tours or with the less expensive Carnival tours. Thats how we did it and had zero regrets.

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Thanks for your reply. We're on the Carnival Freedom and I've booked private tour guides for most of the ports from information on these boards but I wasn't quite sure about Florence since it appears that it can be done on your own. Looks like private is still the way to go.

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If you were thinking of a ship's tour for any of the major ports of call, Florence would definitely be the one in my opinion.


Florence disappointed me. Dirty and very crowded in September and I was told by my private driver that it really wasn't crowded as compared to summer!


Book your advance tickets for the Accademia to see David and avoid the monster lines. Go to the leather flea market for your purchases. Ponte Vecchio bridge was ok, but if you missed it don't be upset.



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