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Old 10-05-2008, 05:21 AM
Debbeck Debbeck is offline
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We have just returned from our trip to Europe and I will try to answer your question. We had a wonderful visit to the Naples area. The day we arrived, there were 6 other ships in port so all the tourist destinations were hopping. It was a great idea to have a private tour at that stop. Our guide was Franco. He was a native of Sorrento and was very informative. He was waiting for us with an 8 passenger van at the cruise port and we were on our way immediately. We drove up the Amalfi coast with a couple of picture stops along the way. Our first destination was Positano and it was lovely. It is a very small village that is perched on a hilltop...literally clinging to the side of the hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Then on to Sorrento for a stop in the center of the town with time to explore and have lunch. We had pizza, of course and bought Olive oil and Limoncello for friends and family back home at the multitude of shops. Then we headed to Pompeii for a 2 to 2 1/2 hour tour with a private guide. This is not included in the price of the tour but it was worth the extra fee because our time was limited and Pompeii is huge. Our guide showed us the "must see" areas at Pompeii and gave us some time for pictures along the way. We were taken back to the ship in plenty of time. We saw a lot that day and our heads were spinning but it was a great stop and I don't think we could have navigated it on our own. The price was reasonable when contracted through SorrentoLimo. We had 2 vans, 15 people total and the price was about $125 each after the Euro to Dollar conversion. Compare to the ship excursion of $279 for similar stops. Hope this helps....if you are going soon, have a wonderful time. We were on the Norwegian Gem, a new ship....absolutely gorgeous and the staff and crew were wonderful. We can't think of anything that would have improved our trip except having more time to go around again!