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Old 05-15-2011, 09:24 AM
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Default Eastern Meditterranean Port Excursions
Will lv for Eastern Med.for 1st time visit in 2 wks .Would appreciate any reviews of excursions in Messina,Sicily,Athens,Kasadasi,Turkey and Crete.
Thanks for any recommendations)
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:47 PM
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For Kusadasi we did the ship's tour the Ephesus but you can try Ekol Tours for private guide or now I see there is a shuttle to Ephesus

If you are into shopping lots of stores near the port to haggle
Athens again we did the ship's tour it was great but it depends on what you want to see/do there
we also spent 2 days in Athens on our own
Very busy place
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:34 AM
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Thumbs up I ,,too,,did ships tours,,because,,,of time constraint
some of the ports had less time to go on own,,to see the major sites,,that is,,,,also,,was uncomfortable about the different languages,,,and need to see so much,,,in short time,,and make it back to ship ON TIME>...but this was just my solution,,,many others feel very comfortable going on own,,,we do,,IF we go ahead to time or stay later in a city...but do research,,and double check,,,before booking private tours....good luck...either way,,,will be memorable experience.....
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:53 PM
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We went last year in June and Ephesus in Turkey was great...would do it again. We did all our trips from the ship. This way you get back to the ship on time. There was 2 trips to Ephesus and the lesser hours one was perfect and gave us time to shop the market area at the pier before going to the ship. They do barter. We felt safe. Have a wonderful time...all the place that you go to are full of history and culture......ENJOY!! ...amm
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