Want to explore Florence on your own? We are happy to provide a motorcoach transfer to Florence complete with an English-speaking escort. You'll be dropped off at a central location in Florence and have approximately five hours to shop and explore the city at your leisure. Motorcoach drop-off and pick-up points will be provided by the Shore Excursion Desk on board your ship.
Note: There will be only one departure from Florence. Please return to the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Guests who are planning to visit religious sites during free time or on tour, please dress appropriately; no bare shoulders or shorts are allowed. The level of exertion on this tour is completely up to you.
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Review 1 for Florence On Your Own
Date:October 17, 2012
We've seen everything we wanted to see in the time we had. Florence isn't that big, but beautiful to walk in.
I was still getting over my jet-lag. So making the long journey to Florence was giving me a head-ache. This was an easy trasport, and I am glad I paid the extra money for this excursion. A guide gave us a map and some pointers. We had enough time to visit the David (reservations online), the Duomo museum, Bargello, the many piazzas with time for gelatto and a paninni. It was a perfect day.
This tour is good since you get to spend more time with what interests you. You'll be left in the Santa Croce area with a map and you won't get lost. Actual time in Florence is only about 5-6 hrs which makes you rushing briefly thru all sights if you want to see them all and just a short time for shopping.
Florence has a lot to offer, and this transportation only excursion gives you flexibility to allocate your time. The sights are all close to each other and the city is very walkable. If you plan on visiting Accademia to see Michelangelo's David, advance purchase of the ticket is highly recommended. Same is true with the Uffizi Gallery. For my particular cruise, the price for this excursion is $20 higher if you book from the shore excursion desk on the ship. Save yourself some money by booking ahead.
After looking into ways to get to Florence from Livorno, we went ahead and just booked this excursion. I thought we would get on a bus and just get dropped off in Florence, but our tour guide Marco gave us maps of all the most popular things to do in Florence. He also talked about the city and where to find the best gelato. Upon arriving at Florence, Marco guided us to the city center and told us some more history of the city. It was much more than what I expected from the tour and it was great information. Florence is known for its leather goods and you will want time to shop. Most other excursions we did rarely gave us time to shop so Florence on your own is the way to go! The city is small and easy to walk around.
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Review 6 for Florence On Your Own
I traveled with:Friends
Cruise Date Month:June
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Santorini, Greece
I want to go here next:Caribbean
Date:June 14, 2011
We originally were going to take the train to Florence, since I had lived there and was comfortable with public transport. I was under the impression we wouldn't be able to get off the ship until 8 am and that it would be hard to get a taxi to the train station and we would be forced to take a later train, leaving us with very little time in Florence. So this excursion seemed like a good idea. Come to find that they let people off the ship starting at 7:15 and there was a shuttle to the city near the train station, and we could have gotten an even earlier train than I originally planned for. Oh well. Anyway, the bus was clean, the tour guide Claudia was very nice, helpful and funny.We did hit a lot of traffic and it took around 2 hrs to get to the city instead of 1.5. We only had about 4 hrs in Florence. The drop off point was by the train station and the meeting point was in Piazza Santa Maria Novella in front of Hotel Universal. Claudia was very nice in allowing us to run off for an ATM stop.