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My family and I are going on a 12 day Med. cruise in July and will be going to the following ports of call. I am looking for as many ideas of things to do while in those ports in the time frames we are there. We are not big on using Royal Caribbean for excursions because it seems in the past we have been able to find better ones on our own, but if some of you know that there is a good one through RC please let me know that when listing the ideas for each port. If you have ideas of things to do and know the company name please give me those also. Thanks for all of your help.

Ports of Call:

Cannes (Monte Carlo), France 10am-8pm

Livorno (Pisa/Florence), Italy 7am-7pm

Rome, Italy 7am-7pm

Naples, Capri, Italy 7am-7pm

Venice, Italy 130pm on first day -3pm the second day (so in port little over 24 hrs)

Dubrovnik, Croatia 10am-6pm

Corfu, Greece 7am-7pm

 

The other 3 days of the trip we will be at sea. Thanks for all of your help.

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MonteCarlo: you can go check out the casino, the church where Princess Grace is buried, the shops, and if you have extra time definetely check out these two charming, gorgeous villages near by: Eze and St. Paul de Vance.

 

Livorno: you can either go to Florence and Pisa or go to Tuscany

 

Rome: Hire a private driver since there is so much to see with such a limited time (the colosseum, the trevi foutain, the Spanish steps, the Vatican, the forum of Caesar)

 

Naples: You can either go to the island of capri or go to Sorrento, Positano and Pompeii.

 

Venice: well the city itself is the main attaction, unbelievable place. Definetely ride a gondola at sunset.

 

Dubrovnik: Check out the fort and take a small boat to a small island close by and swim in the water (cold and super salty so you can float without even trying) it is an great experience and have lunch there.

 

Corfu: Check out the palace, walk the town and go to one of the beaches.

 

This is a great itinerary, you won't be bored, there is so much to choose from at every port.

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  • Livorno - catch the train to Lucca via Pisa, have a lovely day in beautiful untouristy walled city. See the Leaning Tower on the way back
  • Rome - catch train into town for €9. Get off at San Pietro, see the Vatican, then stroll through the beautiful streets to Piazza Navorno, Pantheon, Spanish Steps (via the Gucci shop) and Trevi Fountain stopping for lunch and ice cream en route, then go back to Roma Termini to catch the train back.
  • Naples - the hydrofoil to Capri goes from right next to the cruise dock for €17
  • Venice - just wander and wonder at the beauty of the place
  • Corfu- stroll into town -look at the Liston, and enjoy a good lunch at Pizza Petes overlooking the sea and Albania.

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My family and I are going on a 12 day Med. cruise in July and will be going to the following ports of call. I am looking for as many ideas of things to do while in those ports in the time frames we are there. We are not big on using Royal Caribbean for excursions because it seems in the past we have been able to find better ones on our own, but if some of you know that there is a good one through RC please let me know that when listing the ideas for each port. If you have ideas of things to do and know the company name please give me those also. Thanks for all of your help.

Ports of Call:

Cannes (Monte Carlo), France 10am-8pm

Livorno (Pisa/Florence), Italy 7am-7pm

Rome, Italy 7am-7pm

Naples, Capri, Italy 7am-7pm

Venice, Italy 130pm on first day -3pm the second day (so in port little over 24 hrs)

Dubrovnik, Croatia 10am-6pm

Corfu, Greece 7am-7pm

 

The other 3 days of the trip we will be at sea. Thanks for all of your help.

When we did this cruise we took ships tours in all the locations. We didn't want to risk a delay and miss the ship.

In Cannes we strolled the town at our own pace. The guided tours did not interest us. In Monte Carlo you had to dress for the casino and it was a long ride.

Livorno is the gateway port for visiting Florence and Pisa. we did a tour that visited both and Florence was awesome while Pisa was a disappointment. The museums, churches, art, etc was jaw dropping in Florence. The visit to Pisa was ho-hum. The busses park a distance away from the venue so you have a short hike to get there. Once at the Tower area it is loaded with tons of vendor stalls hawking all sorts of stuff. There is a very limited amount of time actually in the tower area to see the sights. If I did it over again I would spend all day in Florence.

Rome is a 2 hour bus ride from the port. WE did "Imperial Rome Tour" that allowed us to see the Trevi Fountain, Forum, Colleseum, and parts of more modern Rome. A great lunch and then the Vatican in the afternoon. Very few were awake for the bus ride back to the ship.

For Naples we did a tour of Sorrento in the morning, had a pizza lunch at an outdoor cafe, and Pompeii in the afternoon. Pompeii is a must see!

Be prepared for it to be hot in July. Tours that include church sites require long pants and modest tops. No shorts and no bare shoulders.

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When we did this cruise we took ships tours in all the locations. We didn't want to risk a delay and miss the ship.

In Cannes we strolled the town at our own pace. The guided tours did not interest us. In Monte Carlo you had to dress for the casino and it was a long ride.

Livorno is the gateway port for visiting Florence and Pisa. we did a tour that visited both and Florence was awesome while Pisa was a disappointment. The museums, churches, art, etc was jaw dropping in Florence. The visit to Pisa was ho-hum. The busses park a distance away from the venue so you have a short hike to get there. Once at the Tower area it is loaded with tons of vendor stalls hawking all sorts of stuff. There is a very limited amount of time actually in the tower area to see the sights. If I did it over again I would spend all day in Florence.

Rome is a 2 hour bus ride from the port. WE did "Imperial Rome Tour" that allowed us to see the Trevi Fountain, Forum, Colleseum, and parts of more modern Rome. A great lunch and then the Vatican in the afternoon. Very few were awake for the bus ride back to the ship.

For Naples we did a tour of Sorrento in the morning, had a pizza lunch at an outdoor cafe, and Pompeii in the afternoon. Pompeii is a must see!

Be prepared for it to be hot in July. Tours that include church sites require long pants and modest tops. No shorts and no bare shoulders.

 

I wanted to make a correction, for the MonteCarlo casino you only have to dress up at night. They do have "An American side" to which you can go dressed in regular clothes during the day but they do require for you to show a passport.

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