If you want to explore these fascinating places on your own, we are pleased to provide a motorcoach transfer to Florence and Pisa, complete with an English-speaking escort. You'll be dropped off at a central location in Florence and have approximately 3 1/2 hours to shop and explore the city at your leisure. In the early afternoon you'll continue on to Pisa for a ride of approx 1 1/2 hours. Your escort will walk you to the famous Miracle Square to enjoy some free time to take pictures of the Leaning Tower.
Note: The photo stop in Pisa is not guided and you'll have to walk from the bus parking area approximately 15 minutes each way. There will be only one departure from both Florence & Pisa; 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 & Pisa On Your Own
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:October
Favorite port:St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
I want to go here next:Hawaii
Date:November 8, 2012
Lot of travel in a bus and a lot of walking. Guide seemed to be a little annoyed by those guests in wheelchairs and those that had children.
Went to Pisa first to see the Leaning Tower and the other sights of interest in the area. Spent about a hour here before heading to Florence. Found Florence to be the best stop in Italy from the ports we visited. We ended up having about 4.5 hrs here to venture around and see the sights and do some shopping. Don't be late to the meeting place, as the bus will leave without you. 6 people were left behind. It would be an expensive cab ride back to the port as it is about 2 hrs away from Florence.
We started with a short drive to Pisa. A quick stop is all you need at Pisa. It is very touristy and there is no reason to spend more than an hour there. Get your picture next to the tower, walk around for a few minutes and then move one; that's all you need. You can buy a bottle of water there for the trip to Florence if you wish.
If you are an art history enthusiast, then you may want more than one day in Florence. The best museums there require advance reservation, so be sure to make those on your own before leaving. You probably have enough time to see a museum or two. We went to the Galileo Science Museum (no advanced reservation needed), which was frankly not all that exciting. It had lots of telescopes and clocks; they have English signs. My son and I aren’t art people, so we didn’t do any art museums and were very content to wonder around the city and see the sites.
As is often the case in Italy, pickpockets are everywhere. Travel light and use a moneybelt; don’t carry valuables in pockets or bags. You can leave items on bus if you wish. Stay away from groups of kids and Gypsy ladies. There are many Internet cafes in Florence. Free maps are available at both stops. Our guide (Sybilla) was a nice looking middle-aged Italian woman with very good English. She gave us regional information while on the bus and led us to meeting points on foot at both sites. The time allotted for this tour was just right. This is a good option for someone who doesn’t mind walking through crowds, wants to explore at their own pace, and doesn't need hours to study statues in museums.
Personally, I would never want to deal with the stress of traveling inland and trying to make it back before the ship leaves. If the bus gets held up, the ship will wait. But if you are on your own, better make darn sure you make it back on time or you will get left behind.
We travelled May 2012 (13 to 20th) This is a fantastic way to look at Pisa and Florence. Our guide Flavia was wonderful! She kept us entertained on way to Pisa. Ditto from Pisa to florence. That drive was extremely picturesque. I could do it over and over again. Flavia gave us a map and described things to do in detail. She then went from seat to seat addressing particular questions. We had lunch at a place she recommended: Bocodoma in the main square. Superb, sublime food! (we are foodies). We then strolled/shopped/ looked around things we wanted to see. We got a good 4.5 hours in Florence. I would do this excursion again any time!
This is the way to see these 2 cities for sure! We loved being able to see all the things in florence on our own, eat at a cafe, shopping etc. everything is so close and easy to walk to, we saw the statue of David, the Duomo, Ponte Vicchio, the tower of pisa and so much more.
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Review 6 for Florence & Pisa On Your Own
Location:Salt lake City, Utah
I traveled with:Self
Cruise Date Month:June
Cruise Date Year:2011
Favorite port:Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Date:July 2, 2011
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To start I was a solo traveler. I did not book this excursion until I met someone in the studio lounge to go with. Florence is an easy city to do on your own.
Overall- Wow, the escort on the bus was very informative. She gave us a great map of Florence with recommendations and her cell phone number in case we got lost. We did not get lost, we were a little close on getting back to meeting point, only had 5 minutes to spare. (Use a cell phone alarm to get back on time). Each time we got on the bus she did a count but she did warn us that she could only wait 5 minutes past the meeting times. So don't push your luck!
Florence was amazing don't miss it!
Don't forget water. It was really hot in June. Bus drivers normally have small water bottles for 1 euro.
Florence- In 4 hours First off, we got more time then the description said. This was due to less traffic. I saw outside the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croco (inside was amazing, 5-6 Euros), Piazza della Signoria (copy of David), lots of cute streets and shopping. Also had time for a quick sandwich and geleto!
I missed going inside the Duomo and the Ufitzi. You need to get tickets in advance for the museums, otherwise you have to wait in line for 1-3 hours. If you book tickets for the museums make sure it is between 11:30-2:30, that should give you enough time to go through the museum. (We got to Florence at about 11am but times will vary because of traffic.) We didn't go into the Duomo because we were shopping. Don't forget to haggle...you can get some good deals.
Pisa- Escort walked us to Miracle Square--leaning tower. Watch out there are lots of people selling things. It is a real tourist trap. Once you get your pictures you will be ready to go. We only had 45 minutes, so we didn't try to climb the tower. Even if we had time I wouldn't have tried, I was so tired from walking Florence.
By the way if you want to see both cities you need to book with the cruise line. We got back to the ship at 6:15pm...last boarding is 6:30pm. People that went out on there own caught the train at 4pm in Florence... so they only had about 4 hours of sight seeing and only one city. Trains are very crowded so no sleeping on the 1.5 to 2 hour train ride....I got a good nap on the bus ride back to the port and some nice pictures of the country side.