The concept of share a shore excursion is really unique and provides lots of freedom and benefits to travelers with a reasonable budget but want to get the highlight of the city in one day with a small group of travellers. We initiated our group and soon got our specified minimum number of ppl. filled up. After we disembarked from our cruise ship, the drive was already waiting for us at the pier with a sign that has the group's name on it. We didn't expect the van they use is Mercedez Benz minivan with air-conditioning during the entire trip. Our tour is definitely a pleasant experience. Our driver/tour guide is very knowledgeable and the service is second to none. He got all the fast line tickets to the academia museum ready and let us avoid the line-up. We also visited the leaning tower in Pisa in the morning, with good lighting for photographs and avoided the crowds in the afternoon (Many cruiseship tour will visit Pisa in the afternoon). In the lunch time, we asked our guide to recommend an Italian restaurant for us. The pasta they served is delicious. After a day tour, our guide took us to a Gelato shop to taste the genuine Gelato. I have to say it's the best one I ever had in my life. The Gelato store is inexpensive compared to those stores in tourist area. At the end of our trip, one member of our group received a phone call from the company and was asked to evaluate the driver. Of course he deserves the best rating!!! We really loved the entire experience. At first we were worried that whether the driver can get us back to our cruiseship on time. The answer is they definitely arrive at the pier earlier than those cruise excursions' big tour buses. Since our minivan is so much smaller than those big buses, it can get around Florence with ease in those narrow allies where big tour buses are not allowed, therefore it saved us a lot of time. Travellers from cruise tour always had to walk longer. Its price turn out to be almost 2/3 of what the cruise tour charges. I will highly recommend people try this company. Sorry I forget our guide's name, but our tour happened on Sept 11, 2012 and our group's name is "The Best of Florence & Pisa". Our guide definitely deserves a good bonus^^
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