Tag Archives: Organised tours

People posing in Pisa

When our cruise ship docked at Livorno, Italy, we chose to visit Pisa and Florence for the day, paying for an “on your own tour”. That is, you pay for transport only and are escorted to a meeting place to … Continue reading

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Not too long in Toulon

Seeing the long queue that had already formed to catch the shuttle boat from our cruise ship into Toulon, on the southern coast of France, we thought we had better get a move on. The queue was even longer by the time we … Continue reading

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So close and yet so far

I have just found this link to a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel: http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html Isn’t technology wonderful? Now if only our own visit to the Sistine Chapel in Rome had been so easy (and so private). But nothing compares to seeing … Continue reading

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We’ve seen Messina

The downside of organised tours in general is that there’s no guarantee that you will actually get what you (believe) you’ve paid for, and I’ve found that tour guides get on their soapbox a little too much for my liking. … Continue reading

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Au revoir Asia

We spent our last evening in Asia on a Hong Kong tour: a sunset cruise on Victoria Harbour (pity we were too early for the “Symphony of Lights” – every night at 8pm – when all the skyscrapers light up and beams flash in time to … Continue reading

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To market to market

The second private tour we organised at the hotel tour desk in Bangkok took us to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets (about 100km away) where you can shop without dropping, floating by all the touristy stalls in a canoe. The vendors were … Continue reading

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Bustling Bangkok

First stop on our round-the-world 12 month tour was Bangkok,Thailand. Bel Aire Princess Hotel, tucked away up a side street, was modern and hospitable – they upgraded us (always good to make it known when you’re on honeymoon) and surprised … Continue reading

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