shore excursions



looking for private shore excursions from star princess for:
kusadasi, athens, naples(amalfi coast), rome (civitavecchia)
florence (livorno), montecarlo/monaco, barcelona
4 adults may 28-june 9, 2004
does anyone have recommendantions and contact information

Mike Andrews

For Naples (Amalfi Coast) Salvatore of DriveAmalfi ( for Livorno (Florence & Pisa) Paola of Florence Tour ( and Monte Carlo Sylvie of Azur Guides ( We have done rome by ourselves on three occasions without a hitch using public transport.


Definitely contact Nejat Incedogan ( for Ephesus. We toured with him in 2001 and hope to again in 2005.



i am finding the costs for excursions through the cruise line to be so much cheaper than private tours... almost $200 USD cheaper for an all day trip in Rome including lunch.

What are the advantages to a private tour that make it worth the extra $200... after the cost of the cruise and inevitable expenses, it would have to be an amazing difference!


My husband and I just completed our 12 day Mediterranean Cruise cruise on Star Princess and had a wonderful time.
1. Kusadasi (Ephesus) - We used Byzance Limo. The website is The site lists all of the tours and prices. I found them very courteous, professional, and very quick to respond to my emails. There are many wonderful reviews about this company. They were first class and the guides were helpful, informative and very flexible. It was something we enjoyed so much (a feast for the eyes, ears and senses). Could not have been more pleased from the services. They took us to many spots and treated us like treasured friends. We highly recommend them to everyone (really reasonable).

2. Naples - We used Marcello Maresca from See Sorrento. Our trip will included a visit to Pompeii, then the drive along the Amalfi coast with a stop at his family's restaurant for lunch. Marcello owns the business and has another driver to assist him when he his personally booked up. His website is Marcello's email address is

3. Athens - we used Spiros from He is very reasonable...around 200 euro for up to 4 people for a full day tour.

4. Villefranche - We are booked through Dream Tours for a tour to Monte Carlo, Monaco, Nice, Eze, and St. Paul de Vence. Alain is the person who handles the reservations. He was VERY helpful and put up with dozens of emails from me. The website is You can email him at I have also heard that Sylvie De Cristo (sp?) is a wonderful guide here, as well.

Our favorite port was Santorini! We took the half day tour and still had time to shop and make it back to the ship for a late lunch. Everyone takes either the gondola or the donkeys back down to the tenders! Fun! Make sure to be out on deck when you sail into Malta! Nothing like it! We took a taxi into town and went to St. John's Co-cathedral. An amazing, pleasant surprise and right in the middle of town right above where the ship docks. Still had time to shop a bit and get back to the ship in time for lunch.(This always helps in the finance department!) Mykonos, we didn't take a tour because the ship has a shuttle bus to town. We enjoyed the photo opportunities here as well as shopping for music. We heard some complaints from people who paid for tours here... but then there are always some unhappy campers everywhere!

We couldn't find anything to complain about the cruise. The price was right, the accommodations (ship and hotels) were great and the crew were very pleasant. We have no regrets (other than we aren't doing it again this year!!!).
Have a wonderful trip!