We had a fantastic trip all the way through. We both really enjoyed the Insight Vacations motorcoach tour probably more than the cruise because we saw so much more. However, it was definitely done in the right order because the cruise was much less hectic and it was nice to rest up after the bus tour. We did most of the Insight extra excursions because they were interesting and you never know if you’ll be back again. Our Insight tour guide, Karen, was very good as were all the local experts. Everything was well coordinated and we met a very nice group of people. We of course enjoyed the extra leg room on the bus. We were reminded of how much we liked it when we were packed into the shuttle from the Rome airport to the cruise ship.
As far as Royal Caribbean cruise line, it was a good experience. We were fortunate to have good weather almost all the way; we were unable to stop at Olympia, Greece because of bad storms but we did get to stop instead at Naples on the way back. Italy was our favorite, especially Venice – it was just so different. Vatican City was super interesting and would be great to see again at a slower pace. Greece was beautiful and Ephesus, Turkey was definitely the highlight of the cruise although Athens was also fabulous due to the Acropolis.
As you can probably tell, we had a great first trip to Europe and look forward to traveling to a different area in the future. One question, is it always as crowded as we found it to be? Perhaps that’s just Europe?
Many thanks for making all the arrangements for this great trip, Nora!
Dean & Jane, Blaine, MN.
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