We just got back and had a great time. Below is a list of the tours that we did and hopefully that will help you make your decisions – have a great trip! Debbie
Venice – On the first night my husband and I took the Evening Gondola ride for $119/pp and while it was nice there are m4-6 people in each Gondola and not very romantic. You are better off taking a private one through the channels on your own. The next day we took the ship tour Murano & Burano for $64/pp - was nice but you can save money if you arrange this tour on your own and take the waterbuses over to the islands for the day.
Split Croatia – We did nothing in this port – but others we meet told us that they did took the on/off bus for a city tour and it was great. Not much to see in town but we heard the castle was beautiful.
Piraeus (Athens) Greece - We took the Ancient Olympia and Mercouris Vineyard for $109/pp through the ship and it was not worth it in my book. The ruins were great but at the Vineyard you share a table with 6-8 people with a small platter of cheese, salami and bread and 2 bottles of wine after a brief tour of the winery
Istanbul Turkey - Start off by taking a taxi to the Spice Market when the ship docks it was wonderful and a must see. We then had hired a private guide for the next day and it was amazing. www.Istanbultoursonline.com
and trust me you will not be disappointed. If you combine this tour with one in Kusadasi you will get a 10% discount. We had 3 people for full day tours with lunch and it was $500 for both tours
Mykonos, Greece – We did not do a ship tour here but instead took the local bus to the beach it was very easy to do and it only cost us a few Euros for the bus ride and the buses run every hour.
Kusadasi (Ephesus) Greece We again took a private tour. www.istanbultoursonline.com
- it is faster and you will not have to constantly wait on the others in the group to catch up - it is at your own pace and well worth it.
Thira (Santorini) Greece - We took the Panoramic Santorini tour from the ship for $79/pp and it was OK not great but if you have nothing else planned it can be a good tour.
Katakolon Greece - We took a private tour with people we meet online with cruisecritic
through Spiros at www.athenstaxi.net
and it was a great excursion. He took us to all of the main sites, had water waiting for us in the van and was a great tour guide. We had 9 people on this tour and it was 50 Euros/pp where as through the ship it is $200/pp. You will not be disappointed in this trip.