Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

We have 8 nights for Europe?? please help

We have 8 nights for Europe?? please help

Oct 31st, 2013, 02:40 PM
  #21  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 77,085
I also want to go to "Tower of Pizza" and is not sure if this will be possible going on these cruises?>

Well if the ship docks anywhere near Pisa - like Livorno then you can be sure there will be an optional excursion done by the ship company - that is in part - those type things where they make their money.
PalenQ is offline  
Oct 31st, 2013, 03:52 PM
  #22  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,522
PalenQ.. Tom, was/is a comtemp and friend of my sister.Hoover Mansion is the headQ, used to be "haunted" until Tom picked it up and renov. it. A2 was home and now after several (or more) decades is still home altho my bedroom is now a parking lot behind old St. Joe's. Don't know what the latest title of that domain is now. 3 sons,1 DIL, DH and self all bleed maize and blue on occasion... starting in the very late 40"s and then gen #2 in the 70's and 80's. We always like cruises as a brief overview of sites to be returned to later (hopefully). That being said we have always planned our own shore excursions and have really enjoyed lots of ports. One of the advantages is not unpacking every day. Another is same bed and ammenities. BUT NEVER on a mega ship..Costs a little more but then it may be a once in a life time experience. Cruises fill a need for many sites, an overview and all in a short and convenient time frame. Love to read your comments!!
amer_can is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 12:37 AM
  #23  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 14
HA HA HA - THANKS EVERYONE!!

WELL NOW I'VE GOT A BETTER IDEA.

As we're first time travelers! You've all helped a lot - and NO - by the sound of it the cruise will not be for us!

Luckily were have not booked any flights but are thinking of flying out (South-Africa) the Thursday evening (arriving Friday/Saturday - maybe via Dubai) and only fly back the next Sunday night (so that will give us 8 nights in total)

At this stage "Rome" is a must, (Rome & Florence) or *(Rome & Venice)

Honestly I've always wanted to go on these big cruise ships (looks magical - and I thought it would be the easiest and you'll see the most places in the shortest time) but by the sound of it - it's too expensive and we'll be seeing more of the country/life/style by traveling on land??? And because our SA Rand isn't really worth anything - I'd definitely want to get the most out of our week.

so if you have any more recommendation - please feel free to give more and more, at this stage we're like a sponge collecting data.
SusanWilliams is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 02:19 AM
  #24  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 11,212
I still want to know about the Tower of Pizza.
adrienne is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 04:03 AM
  #25  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,664
>>I still want to know about the Tower of Pizza.<<

I think we've established she meant the Leaning Tower of Pisa...
Gordon_R is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 04:30 AM
  #26  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 11,212
She never mentioned going to Pisa and I don't get why she would call the town pizza.
adrienne is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 04:43 AM
  #27  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,664
Oh c'mon Adrienne - people get place names mixed up / misspelt all the time (sometimes with unintentionally amusing results, as in this case), no big deal.
Gordon_R is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 05:50 AM
  #28  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 15,842
Some just have to hammer it home, Gordon!! it's their "fun", as if the rest of us didn't get the joke. LOL
Gretchen is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 06:19 AM
  #29  
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,435
Susan--

Before deciding between Rome and Venice or Florence, I'd get a good travel guide or two and read up on what's where. If your husband is really really into architecture, try the Blue Guide to Italy. That's the best I know of for art and architecture. Once he sees what's where, he'll be able to choose. And you should also get a good general guide, which Fodor's is one.
dwdvagamundo is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 06:29 AM
  #30  
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 7,928
IN your shoes I might try:

Venice -- with a size trip to view some of Palladio's works in the region.

Fast train to Florence or Rome. Special interest tour of the architecture/art if you'd like.

Fly to Barcelona, do a Gaudi tour.

Then back home. Or in reverse order.
annw is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 06:55 AM
  #31  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 3,051
Susan, I compliment your good nature. Fodorites can be rather brutal with newbies.
Grassshopper is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 09:22 AM
  #32  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 77,085
several (or more) decades is still home altho my bedroom is now a parking lot behind old St. Joe's>

amer can - well that parking lot was just bulldozed last week for construction of the new School of Nursing!
PalenQ is offline  
Nov 1st, 2013, 09:58 AM
  #33  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,335
Susan,
Don't discount cruises completely, just not for this trip. I often wonder exactly how many (and which) cruises some of the people who are so adamantly against them have actually taken because so many of their comments are wildly incorrect or apply only to one cruise line or one itinerary. There are cruises and ships that meet many different needs and provide a wide variety of travel experiences. Some big ships are wonderful and do not feel at all crowded. Some smaller ships actually feel more crowded. Some offer itineraries that allow sightseeing to archeological sites which would be terribly costly any other way. As far as costs, they can be very pricy or an absolute great bargain. Like anything else you purchase (airfare, hotels, etc.) you do a bit of research. You are doing research for this trip. You would do the same for a cruise, both the itinerary and the ship, cabin and cruise line. I won't go into details on this thread, but do check out the 90day sticker on vacationstogo so you get a more accurate picture of costs, etc. For more accurate information and opinions on cruises, go to the cruise forum or cruisecritic.com.

All that being said, for the trip you want now, I still think, as stated in my first post, that a cruise is not good for seeing anything much in Italy. or most of Europe for that matter.
Sassafrass is online now  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:27 AM.