Rather than tell you what you already know about Rome/ Naples/ Pompeii/ Florence, let me tell you a better way to see it. Typically, we would reserve tours directly from the cruise ship...NEVER again! We've just finished a 12 day European cruise and on several days we booked our adventures FROM THE COMFORT OF HOME with SHORE EXCURSIONS GROUP. This tour group is amazing. The tour guides spoke excellent English, were knowledgeable, & personable, the drivers skilled. Our average group size was 12-14 people and we rode in a small, comfortable Mercedes van. The guide was always waiting for us as we got off the ship, either with our names on a sign or the name Shore Excursions. With a group so small we all got to know each other & our guide during the day. We were able to go easily into the city & small back roads, where large buses had difficulty. If we saw something we liked not on the tour (i.e. local winery), we stopped. Washroom breaks were so short with only 12 passengers... unlike a full busload of 80 or more. We were always close to the guide for hearing or chatting, but also had radios for quiet areas like churches. We saved hours of time because of the small number. Prices were always cheaper than the cruise ship rates. (i.e. Rome was $199. rather than $250.) and they often have combo rates of 2 or more city stops. For several tours, admission to sites was included & our small number 'skipped the line' on numerous occasions... loved this. They have never missed getting people back to the ship on time. After getting home, I searched their site again and discovered that their offices are worldwide. Planning, delivery, price, simplicity, will keep us coming back.
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