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How can we book our own tours on Mediterranean cruise?

Mar 10th, 2007, 05:01 AM
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How can we book our own tours on Mediterranean cruise?

Going on a Holland America Meditteranean cruise and ship sponsored tours seem very expensive. Would appreciate advice of alternatives. Is a tour necessary or has anyone used private booking at the following ports: Dubrovnik, Santorini, Rhodes, Ephesus, Athens and Olympia? Specific names and contact would be most helpful. Thanks!
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Mar 10th, 2007, 05:13 AM
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We ar on a Med cruise this fall, mostly Italian ports, but Dubrovnik also. I have done lots of research, and Dubrovnik is one port I have decided NOT to do a tour on. It seems it a a walled city, and walking the wall sounds very intesesting. Google Dubrovnik and you will find sites to read about doing this.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 05:26 AM
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Mar 10th, 2007, 06:18 AM
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tropicalkerry, you will be wise to
go as early as possible on your own
as the walled city is jammed by 11a.m.
w/all the tours. the walled city is
gratis but pay a few kuna to walk atop
the walls so that you may have an overview. Also, visit the original
still-operative pharmacy which is
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Mar 10th, 2007, 10:27 AM
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thanks Rhea, for the advice. We don't get into Dubrovnik till 1PM, so plan to do the walls later in the day,like maybe 4 PM, when hopefully the crowds are gone, and not as hot. I have also read theat photos taken from atop the wall are better in early AM or later in day.Will look for the pharmacy. Thanks!
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Mar 10th, 2007, 10:44 AM
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Pasta-Just to expand a bit on what Rhea58 said about the Dubrovnik's wall walk - it only costs a few kuna to gain access, but you must pay in kuna (Croatian currency). NO other currency is accepted. We visited last year and saw so many people turned away because they didn't have kuna's. It will be money well spent!! ENJOY!

Love your screen name by the way!
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Mar 30th, 2007, 07:18 AM
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For Santorini you can contact Dimitri at: [email protected] he runs a tour company in the island.
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Apr 5th, 2007, 06:04 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, especially on Dubrovnik and Santorini. Have booked tour for Ephesus but looking for ideas and thoughts re Athens and Olympia. Also, any "not to be missed" eating/dining experiences in Venice?
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