Posted by: maria
Posted: 18th Dec 2010
There are many different types of tours. Organized tours take the hassle out of deciding what to do each day, provide safety in the fact you are travelling with others and would normally only be taken to safe places, and visit all the well known destinations. In 2006 we travelled with our adult son to Europe. We combined a week in Italy with a 10 day cruise of the Mediterranean. It was superb! The tour was not the usual travelling with the same people every day type. After spending two days in Rome where we did our own thing using the public transport system we joined a Tempo Tour which leaves every day from Rome! We travelled on a large bus to spend the day in Pompeii with a tour guide.. From there we boarded a small 8 seater minivan which took our small group to Sorrento for the night. The next day was an organized tour of Capri and a further night in Sorrento. Next morning we left for the Amalfi Coast, which surely must be heaven on earth. We had two days to do our own thing using public transport. We visited Positano and Ravello two beautiful towns. After our fourth night we were picked up for return to Rome.
The next morning we travelled by train to Civitavecchia, Rome's port, where we embarked on a 10 night cruise on the Nordam, a beautiful ship. We visited Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Malta and Sicily.
Cruising is carefree. Beautiful food, lovely accomodation, great entertainment and the bonus of only unpacking once during the cruse! In each port you can decide to do land tours which you can organise independently or through the ship, or just wander at leisure in port. We did tours in 7 or the 8 ports and are glad we did so......you might as well see something of the country while you are visiting.
My husband and I did our first cruise in 2002 and are sold on the concept. We have done 4 now - the most recent was a Panama Cruise from LA to Miami this past April.
Whether you choose to do organised tours or a cruise, I wish you safe travels. There is so much to see and to......enjoy!